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The Steiner Brothers vs. The British Bulldogs

Dream card by Ervin Griffin, Jr.

The Way I See It...

Opinion by Earl Oliver


Volume 3, Issue 396 - December 13, 1998

The Steiner Brothers vs. The British Bulldogs

Fiction by Ervin Griffin, Jr.

TOKYO, JAPAN

Moments after The Bulldogs successfully defended their WWF/NWA World Tag Team Championship against the formidable duo of Antonio Inoki & Tasumi Fujinami, they were involved in a brief staredown with Rick & Scott Steiner (who had came down to watch the match)!!! No words or blows were exchanged but the looks on their faces told the story!! In an interview after the event, Scott Steiner told everyone around the world what the intentions of he and Rick were to Gordon Solie:

SOLIE: Hello wrestling fans!!! I am standing here in the locker room area of the Tokyo Egg Dome here in Tokyo, Japan with Scott Steiner of The Steiner Bros. First off, let me ask you about your triangle tag team match you and your brother had against "The Outsiders" - Scott Hall & Kevin Nash - and "The Land Of The Giants". The team of Andre The Giant and The Giant of WCW.

SCOTT: Well, first off let me say that Scott Hall and Kevin Nash got what was coming to them tonight!!! Yeah, me and my brother wanted to win that match but we are not too disappointed that the Giants won!!! They are a formidable challenge and I hope me and my brother will get the chance to face them again!! At least it wasn't those two scumbags "The Outsiders" that won!!!

SOLIE: Well, now let me ask what was all that about with you and Rick Steiner getting into a staredown with NWA & WWF World Tag Team Champions The British Bulldogs? It was almost like you were sending a challenge out in your own right.

SCOTT: You know something Gordon? You're right!!! We are serving notice to Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith!!! We are making a challenge to The British Bulldogs!!! Right now, we are after those two stinking Russians Ivan & Nikita Koloff for the WCW World Tag Team belts!!! But make no mistake, Bulldogs, if you are still the champs when we get those straps back from the Koloffs, then we want a challenge for those belts of yours!!!

Scott leaves at this point.

SOLIE: Well, there you have. Scott Steiner speaking on behalf of the Steiner Bros. They have made it clear that they want The British Bulldogs.

MAY 16. MIAMI, FL

In this no disqualification bout from the James L. Knight Center, Ivan Koloff has Scott Steiner in trouble as he makes the tag to Nikita. Nikita comes in and gives a stiff kick to Steiners' ribs!!! He whips Steiner into the ropes for a backdrop but Steiner hooks him into the "Tiger Bomb" (double-underhook powerbomb)!!! Steiner falls back and makes the tag to Rick Steiner!!! Rick comes in with right hands that stagger Nikita!!! Ivan comes in and gets a "Steinerline" clothesline for his trouble!!! Krusher Krushev tries to interfere and gets a right hand!!! Nikita tries to sneak in a "Russian Sickle" clothesline but Rick ducks it!!! Nikita's momentum sends him into the ropes and Steiner catches him with a powerslam when Nikita rebounds off!!! Rick goes for the cover but Ivan Koloff prevents the pin!!! Now, all four men are fighting!! The ref is with Scott and Ivan, trying to get them back to their corners!!! Krushev, meanwhile, has entered the ring and is holding Rick Steiner for Nikita to get in the "Sickle"!!! But, as Koloff is running across, Bill Goldberg (from out of nowhere) comes into the ring and gets in his spear shouldertackle!!! This is payback for what happened to Goldberg at the hands of Nikita over in Japan!!! Krushev is decked by a right hand by Goldberg!!! Goldberg throws Krushev outside and is brawling with him on the floor!!! Meanwhile, Nikita is just getting to his feet only to be taken down again by Rick's Bulldog Headlock from the top rope!!! Rick covers Nikita and the ref, just coming back into the ring, makes the three count!!! The Steiners have regained the WCW World Tag Team Championship!!! Goldberg comes in and hands them the belts!!! He then leaves the Steiners to celebrate!!! As they leave, however, they hear someone over the house mic:

DAVEY BOY SMITH: Hey Steiners!! Congradulations on your victory!!! As everyone sees, you are a terrific tag team!!! Now, enough of the pleasentries, we and Dynamite know that you issued a challenge for a title shot at these belts!! Well, we will do it on one condition!!! And that is if you will put those WCW World straps on the line as well!!! The winner between us, the two greatest tag teams in the world today, should rightfully be the world tag team champions!!!

At this point, Rick and Scott have another house mic:

SCOTT: If that's the way you want it, then you got it!!!

RICK: I only have one thing to say!!! (Rick starts his dog bark)

The match is quickly signed for the first date of the NWA Great American Bash tour for Baltimore, MD at the Baltimore Arena on July 4!!! It is also decided that the whole theme for this card would be tag teams so many wrestlers formed teams while established teams went to this event as well!!! It was nicknamed "Tag-Mania."

TAG-MANIA/UNDERCARD

Ivan & Nikita Koloff VS. Bill Goldberg/Ken Shamrock (Texas Tornado Style)

In this bout, all four men were allowed to be in the ring at the same time!!! Also, Shamrock brought down Steve "Lethal Weapon" Blackmon to counter Krusher Krushev!!! This match was a wild ten minute brawl with the Koloffs having a slight edge due to more experience as a team but they couldn't put Shamrock or Goldberg down for the count!!! The match ends when Krusher manages to get in a shot with the chain on Blackmon!!! Shamrock and Nikita are now battling on the floor and Ivan has taken an advantage on Goldberg with an eye-rake!! Krushev tries to hit Goldberg with the chain but hits Ivan instead!!! Goldberg quickly "spears" Krusher and sends him out of the ring!!! He goes over to Ivan and executes his "Jackhammer" suplex with Shamrock coming back in (Nikita had been "posted" by Shamrock right before Goldberg's "JH")!!! Shamrock quickly applies the anklelock and gets the submission!!! Nikita comes in to check on his uncle and commrade but has a burning glare directed at Goldberg as he and Shamrock leave!!!

The Road Warriors VS. The Land Of The Giants (Andre The Giant/WCW Giant)

For one of the rare times in their career, The Road Warriors are both outweighed and out-sized!!! While the combine weight of their opponents is a staggering 993 pounds with both men standing at over seven feet tall!!! Still, The Warriors were not intimidated!! They battled the two Giants as hard as anyone has since this team was formed back at "Hell Burns Over"!!! At one point, Animal pulled off an unbelievable body slam on Andre!!! This took its toll, however, as Animal's back was injured in the attempt!!! Andre rolled over to tag The Giant while Animal tagged in Hawk!! Hawk runs in and catches The Giant with a clothesline that staggers him but The Giant is still on his feet!!! Hawk hits the ropes again but The Giant nails him with a dropkick as he comes off!!! The Giant then picks Hawk up by the neck and drills him with a "Chokeslam"!!! Animal comes back in (as does Andre) and now all four men are in the ring!!! Hawk gets thrown outside while the two Giants double-team Animal!!! Suddenly, "The Skyscrapers" (Sid Vicious/Dan Spivey) come from the back and jump Hawk!!! They were going for a "Powerbomb" on the concrete when Animal and "L.O.T.G" come out to help Hawk!!! Sid and Dan beat a hasty retreat after trying to fight all four men!!! The official ruling is that The Road Warriors win by DQ!!! The Warriors shake the hands of the Giants and, though upset by the way they lost, they return the gesture.

Chris "The Crippler" Benoit/Ron "Hands Of Stone" Garvin/Magnum TA VS. A**-Whippers Inc. ("Stone Cold" Steve Austin/Perry Saturn/TAZ)

This newly formed trio made their debut at this event and their opponents were WCW US Champion Chris Benoit, NWA United States Champion Magnum TA and the tough veteran from Montreal, Canada Ron Garvin!!! This six man was out of control from the beginning with Benoit and Austin wanting a piece of each other!!! Tempers also flared between Magnum and Saturn and the matchup of Garvin and Austin was very physical!!! The end came when all six men got into the ring!!! Austin went for a kick to the midsection of Magnum but Magnum blocked it!!! He then spun Austin around and (in a surprise move) put the "Stone Cold Stunner" on "Stone Cold" himself!!! As Magnum went for the cover, Saturn came off the top with an elbow to the back of Magnum!!! He then placed Magnum in the "Rings Of Saturn" but Benoit prevented a possible submission by diving off of the top rope with his patened flying headbutt!! He then rolled Magnum on top of Saturn and threw Austin to the floor to prevent a save (Garvin and Taz were, meanwhile, violently hooking it up)!!! Magnum got the three count but the worst was yet to come as Austin, Taz and Saturn lived up to their collective name!!! As Magnum was getting up, Austin had managed to "post" Benoit on the outside, sneak back in, and gave Magnum the "Stunner"!!! Garvin came back in to help Magnum but Taz was not far behind!!! He gave Garvin his "T-Bone" suplex and hooked him in the "Taz-mission" as Austin and Saturn stomped Garvin in the ribs and chest!!! Garvin and Magnum was helpless to defend against this onslaught!!! Benoit came back in with a chair but was caught coming into the ring!!! Austin gave Benoit the piledriver onto the chair and Saturn hooked his "R.O.S" hold on Benoit!!! Taz was kicking Benoit in the ribs while Austin kept driving repeated forearm smashes into Benoit's head (bear in mind that Saturn is holding Benoit in the rings the entire time)!!! Suddenly, help from the back arrived in the form of "L.O.T.G"!!! Austin and Co. made a quick exit from Andre and The Giant and saved Benoit, Magnum and Garvin from serious injury!!!

Jake "The Snake" Roberts/Raven VS. Diamond Dallas Page/Terry Funk (No DQ)

This was a revenge match of sorts as DDP was humiliated by his former friend and mentor at "WarGames" in Atlanta, GA!!! DDP got the crazy Texan to help him against Jake and Raven (with whom Terry had a score to settle with anyway)!!! Like the six man, this one was out of control from the opening bell!!! Ten minutes into it, all four men were fighting in and out of the ring!!! Terry managed to get in a piledriver on Raven and was about to cover when Jake kicked him in the back, spun him around and gave him the DDT (DDP was just crawling back into the ring)!!! Jake elected, however, not to cover!!! He then went for another DDT when DDP blasted Jake with a clothesline that knocked him into the corner!!! When Jake came staggering out, DDP nailed him with the "Diamond Cutter"!!! Terry covered Jake for the three count and the win!!!

The Hart Foundation VS. Bruiser Brody/Stan "The Lariat" Hansen

In their first big match since being taken out of WarGames, the Harts faced the formidable international duo of Brody and Hansen!!! The Harts, to be blunt, got their a**es handed to them for most of this bout!!! Still, the former WWF Tag Champions fought back and capitalized on a rare mistake by Hansen when he accidently nailed Brody with his "lariat" clothesline (Hansen was trying to hit Bret)!!! Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart quickly grabbed the stunned Brody and held him for Bret's "Hart-Attack" clothesline!!! As Bret went for the cover, Hansen came back in with his cowbell and nailed him with it!!! The ref immediately called for the bell and a disqualification against Brody and Hansen!!! Hansen then nailed the ref with the "Lariat" and he and Brody motioned for someone to come down!!! It was "A**-Whippers, Inc."!!! The men (Austin and Saturn actually) that were partially responsible for the Harts being on the shelf in the first place were coming down to help Hansen and Brody in the carnage!!! Ten seconds later, Chris Benoit, Magnum TA, Ron Garvin led by Davey Boy Smith charged the ring!!! It was a big battle royal with fists, kicks, chairs and anything else flying everywhere!!! In the end, A.S., Inc. made a hasty retreat with their two new allies with the Harts, Magnum, Benoit, Smith, and Garvin standing tall!!! In any event, however, A.S., Inc. had made their impact!!!

Sting/The Ultimate Warrior VS. The Outsiders (Scott Hall/Kevin Nash)

The reunited "Blade Runners" VS. The former WCW World Tag Team Champions (in my world anyway). This match was an incredible battle that saw the advantage trade back and forth!!! The match ended when Nash was going for the "Jacknife" powerbomb on Sting (Hall was laying out on the floor as a result of a thrashing from UW)!!! Before he could execute it, however, UW nails him with a clothesline that knocks him into a corner!!! As Nash staggers out of the corner, UW nails him with his flying shouldertackle and hits his splash!!! He then motions for Sting, who hooks in the "Scorpion Deathlock" for a quick submission!!! Afterwards, Hall & Nash was seen arguing with Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, and members of the nWo!!!

The Fabulous Freebirds VS. The Skyscrapers

In this bout, the team of Michaels Hayes and Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy stepped into the ring with the awesome duo of Sid Vicious and Dan Spivey!!! Late in the bout, Hayes got caught with a chokeslam from Vicious and was going for the cover but Gordy broke it up!!! Now, Spivey and Gordy was going at it with the ref trying to seperate them!!! Vicious continued his assault on Hayes when The Giant (WCW) snuck into the ring, kick Vicious in the back and gave him the chokeslam (payback for Vicious & Spivey costing him and Andre their bout with The Road Warriors)!! The Giant quickly left the ring!!! Hayes, the opportunist, covered Vicious and the Freebirds scored an upset over the favored Skyscrapers!!!

MAIN EVENT TIME

The ring announcer for this one is Gary Capetta:

"Wrestling fans, the following contest is the main event at "Tag-Mania"!!! It is the NWA/WWF World Tag Team Titles VS. the WCW World Tag Team Championship!!!"

With that, the Steiners' old theme of "Welcome To The Jungle" blares out to a great pop from the Baltimore crowd!!!

"First, the WCW World Tag Team Champions!!! From Detroit, MI. Total combined weight, 505 pounds!!! Rick Steiner, Scott Steiner, The Steiner Bros.!!!"

Fans are doing the dog-bark as Rick and Scott Steiner make their way down!!! They are even wearing their old Michigan jackets again for tonight's bout!!! They hit the ring and limber up as Capetta introduces their opponents!!!

"Their opponents (at this point, the British theme plays), total combined weight 485 pounds, the NWA & WWF World Tag Team Champions, Davey Boy Smith, The Dynamite Kid, The British Bulldogs!!!"

Both Bulldogs are wearing tights with the British colors on them with white boots. Both are wearing the WWF tag titles around their waists and carrying the "original" NWA tag straps on their shoulders (Later, it was learned that the Bulldogs wanted the classic NWA tag belts to wear to the ring tonight)!!! They enter the ring to a great ovation from the crowd!!!

Now, the announcer is explaining the rules!!!

"Wrestling fans, I have just been informed by officials from WCW, NWA and WWF that, at the request of both teams, this match must have a winner (this gets a huge ovation from the crowd)!! The match can only end by pinfall or submission!!! No disqualification, no countouts!!!"

With that, the wrestlers readied themselves for a tough bout!!! The bell rings and we are underway!!! It'll be Davey Boy Smith for the Bulldogs and Rick Steiner for the Steiner Bros. to start it out!!! Rick and DBS lock up, trying to push for position (By the way, I am pairing DBS from 1992 with Dynamite from 1986)!!! DBS easily shoves Rick Steiner down!!! As Steiner gets up to one knee, DBS gives Steiner a double-bicep pose and smiles!!! Rick gets to his feet and locks up with DBS again but, this time, he gets a waistlock on DBS, picks him up and takes him down to the mat!!! DBS quickly gets to the ropes!!! Rick gives a clean break, stands up and gives a dog-bark out to the crowd!!! The two circle each other for about 5 seconds until Rick goes in for another tie up!!! This time, however, DBS gets in a forearm to the chin as Rick was coming in!!! DBS throws another forearm to the face that knocks Rick into the corner!!! DBS stands Rick up and throws in two quick knees to the gut of Rick!!! DBS then throws Rick into the opposite corner but Rick reverses the whip!!! DBS goes into the corner chest first, staggers backwards out of the corner, and gets a German suplex from Rick!!! DBS gets to his feet immediately but is met with a "Steinerline" clothesline from Rick!!! Rick goes for the cover but only gets a two count!!! DBS wisely scoots to his corner and tags Dynamite Kid into the match!!! Rick, likewise, tags in Scott!!!

Scott and Dynamite don't even bother with a "feeling-out" process as they come in trading forearms and fists!!! Scott ends the stalemate by kneeing Dynamite in the gut and delivering a press slam on Dynamite!!! Scott picks up Dynamite and goes for it again but Dynamite slides out of it, kicks Scott in the ribs and hooks in his "Snap" suplex!!! He follows it up with an elbowdrop and a cover!!! He gets a two count!!! He brings Scott to the corner and quickly tags in DBS!!! DBS then hooks in his standing vertical suplex, holding Scott for about 10 seconds before dropping him!!! DBS covers for another close two count!!! DBS tags Dynamite back in!!! Dynamite whips Scott into the ropes and nails him with a running clothesline!!! With Scott down, Dynamite falls and connects with his headbutt and covers for another two count!!! Dynamite whips Scott into the ropes again but Scott reverses it!!! Scott then catches Dynamite with his "tilt-a-whirl" suplex!!! With Dynamite down, Scott makes the tag to Rick!!! Rick comes in and catches Dynamite with a "Steinerline" clotheline!!! He then picks up Dynamite, sends him into the ropes and gets off his powerslam!!! He covers Dynamite for a two count!!! Rick then goes to the top for his bulldog!!! But, as Rick comes off, Dynamite hits the mat before Rick could catch him!!! Rick crashes to the mat, injuring his right leg!!! Dynamite tags DBS back in!!! DBS goes to work on Rick's leg with kicks to the back of the knee!!! He then puts a leg lace hold on Rick, trying to get a submission!!! Rick refuses to give up but he is in trouble!!! DBS then hooks in the "Sharpshooter", concentrating more of the pressure on the legs rather than the back!!! Scott, at this point, runs in and kicks DBS in the back of the head to break up the hold!!! Dynamite almost comes in but thinks better of it!!! Still, DBS goes back to the attack with forearms and kicks to the injured limb of Rick Steiner!!! DBS tags Dynamite back in!!! Dynamite then puts Rick in a "shinbreaker" (like the one Ric Flair uses), takes Rick back down to the mat and hooks in a one-leg Boston Crab!!!

Dynamite is pulling for all he's worth as Rick Steiner is in major trouble!!! After about a minute in this hold, Dynamite tags DBS back in!!! DBS goes to the top rope while Dynamite holds the leg streched out!!! DBS nails it with his own version of the flying headbutt!!! DBS then hooks in a "Perfect-Plex" for another close count!!! DBS is getting a little frustrated now as he tags back in Dynamite!!! Dynamite sends Rick into the ropes and goes for a leapfrog but Rick catches him with a powerslam in mid-air!!! Rick crawls over and tags in Scott!! Scott comes in, hooks the arms of Dynamite, and puts him in the "Tiger-Bomb" (butterfly powerbomb)!!! He throws Dynamite into the ropes and nails him with a clothesline!!! Scott then hooks Dynamite in what looks like a vertical suplex but turns it into the "Steiner-Screwdriver" suplex (suplex/piledriver combo)!!! Steiner then signals to the crowd that it is over as he goes for the "Steiner Recliner" chinlock!!! DBS, sensing that the end is near, quickly comes in for the save!!! Rick Steiner is back in and now all four men are in the ring!!! Rick is dumped over the top by DBS while Scott is still working over Dynamite!!! Scott tries to whip Dynamite into a corner but he reverses it on Scott!! Scott goes into the waiting arms of DBS and is caught in his running powerslam!!! Dynamite goes to the top rope quickly and gets in his diving headbutt on a prone Scott Steiner!!! Dynamite covers and would've had the pin if Rick Steiner didn't make it back in for the save!!! DBS goes for a clothesline on Rick moves out of the way and DBS goes to the floor!!!

Meanwhile, Scott has Dynamite on his shoulders for Rick's top rope bulldog!!! Rick leaps and connects on Dynamite!!! Dynamite is covered by Scott but Dynamite kicks out!!! The Steiners are stunned!!! Scott picks up Dynamite and throws him into the ropes!!! Scott goes for the "Frankensteiner" and connects!!! Scott covers but DBS pulls Scott out of the ring to prevent the pin!!! Meanwhile, Rick Steiner goes for a backdrop after whipping Dynamite into the ropes!!! Dynamite, however, has other ideas as he catches Rick, picks him up in a piledriver position, and drops on his knees (dropping Rick on his forehead rather than the back of his head)!!! The ref continues the bout with Rick and Dynamite as the two legal men in the ring (this is legal because of the no-DQ, no-countout clauses in the match. The ref can make whoever in the ring a legal participant)!!! By this time, DBS has made it back to his corner!!! Dynamite tags in DBS!!! DBS now puts Rick in the "Tombstone" version of the piledriver!!! DBS covers and Rick barely avoids getting pinned as DBS gets a 2 7/8 count on him!!! DBS puts a front-facelock on Rick but Rick, unbelievably, gets DBS up in the air and rams him backfirst into a corner!!! DBS' back is injured by the jarring blow!!! Rick falls back to his corner and makes the tag to Scott!!! Scott comes in and puts a "Gorg-Buster" suplex (face-first suplex) on DBS!!! Scott then hooks in his "Steiner Recliner"!!! Dynamite tries to come in for the save but Rick cuts him off and forces him outside the ring!!! DBS hangs on for about a minute but finally gives it up in a rare submission from DBS!!! The Steiners have done it!!! They are the true tag team champions of the world (at least in this world)!!! They now hold the NWA, WCW, and WWF Tag Titles!!! Dynamite comes back in to check on DBS!!! The Steiners are exhausted but elated!!! In a surprising gesture, both DBS and Dynamite (after about 2 minutes of recovering) hand them the NWA and WWF tag belts and embrace the victors!!! Afterwards, both sides had comments two days after this match:

SCOTT: This is the greatest victory of me and my brothers' career!!! The British Bulldogs are not as good as people say they are!!! They are better than what people say they are!!! Those are two tough competitors!!! This is what makes this victory so sweet!!! To beat an elite tag team such as the Bulldogs is an honor!!!

RICK: Yeah!!! The Bulldogs!!! Anytime you want another shot at these title belts!! Come on down!! Land Of The Giants, L.O.D., A**Whippers Inc., The Freebirds, any of you!!! You want this hardware?!!! Come on down to the dogpound and get 'em!!! Whofff!!! Whofff!!! Whofff!!! Whoffff!! Whofff!!!

DAVEY BOY SMITH: We can't take anything away from the Steiners!!! They are a great tag team and they deserved to win. But Steiners, don't think for one second that the British Bulldogs are going away!!! We will be back!!!

If you have a question, comments, criticism, or just want to talk pro wrestling, e-mail me at griffiev@hotmail.com or griffiev@yahoo.com

Ervin Griffin Jr. is Solie's resident historian and also contributes to the Ringside Insider on a regular basis. Many of his previous articles are available in the Articles section of the website. Check out Ervin's Pro-Wrestling Fan Fiction web site.


WWF Rock Bottom PPV Report

The program is live from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Rock makes his appearance at the beginning of the program with a room full of fans telling us that all the Pay-per-views from now on will be named after him. Then we get our first replay (since 10 o'clock this morning) of clips of the crucifixion of Steve Austin on RAW. Cut to the present and Mike Cole doing voice-over to a shot of the "buriel ground" for tonight's Buried Alive finale. Jerry Lawler is on hand to do color and tasteless jokes.

Val Venis/Godfather vs. D-Lo Brown/Mark Henry (w/Jacqueline/Terri) - Mr. Cheese is perpetually a loner because every woman he gets involved with ends up attacking the "Big Valboski". Godfather, on the other hand has an extra large entourage tonight of his "garden tools". Tonight he decides to do something for the ladies - Venis for the night. Infantile sexual references abound. D-Lo and Val have a very athletic encounter to start the match then the Godfather tags in. Brown holds the high ground until the crowd starts chanting "D-Lo Sucks!" He loses focus but quickly tags out. Henry uses his superior size to bury Godfather but keeps making mistakes. Venis is back in but doesn't have sufficient bulk to slow his opponent down. He incapacitates Val and then sends D-Lo in for the kill. D-Lo takes too long climbing the top and misses his frog splash. Now all bets are off. Venis is on his feet again and Henry is back in the ring. Suddenly Venis is waylaid by Jacquie who pulls his trunks down (he wears a thong underneath) to distract him while Henry drops a splash on him for the win. Doc Hendrix throws us to a video from earlier tonight when Mankind attacked the Rock backstage. A doctor tells Maivia that he shouldn't wrestle and he complains to McMahon that the "Corporate Ribs" are injured.

The Oddities vs. The Headbangers - Golga and Kurrgan are the competitors tonight. The Giant Silva lumbers about ringside with Luna. Kurrgan overpowers Mosh to start but the smaller man backs up and goes in again. Kurrgan lets him deliver a few blows then hits a sidewalk slam. The Bangers switch partners and Thrasher just runs into a freight train. Kurrgan turns and cuts Mosh off as he charges across the ring. Golga comes in and traps both Bangers in the corner and splashes them. They team up to get past him then Kurrgan comes in. The Bangers are now functioning smoothly as a team and Kurrgan is tied up and pummeled. He takes it for several moments before hitting back with a clothesline that knocks them both down. Golga surprises Mosh (and us) with a drop-kick in the corner - one down (he thinks) and concentrates on Thrasher but as he is about to take the match, Mosh dive bombs him and takes a roll-up pin.

Owen Hart vs. Steve Blackman - as far as I can tell there is almost no heat involved in this match. I know I don't care... Mr. Straight-Arrow basically wrestles Hart into a knot then starts trying to put him away with a submission hold. Hart escapes and never looks back. But then he launches himself right onto Blackman's upraised boot. Blackman delivers a suplex and a flurry that drives Owen from the ring. Owen walks around until Blackman decides to come out after him. After the first surprise, Owen recovers and takes charge again. Back in the ring, Blackman is grounded but is wrestling well. Owen is getting all the heavy shots while Blackman fights a defensive action. Blackman starts to make a come back but gets caught in a Dragon Sleeper. He escapes but Owen delivers a DDT. But Blackman is right up and puts a Sharpshooter on Owen! Owen struggles to the ropes to escape. The match goes to the floor where Blackman drives Owen away then returns to the ring to beat the count and win the match by count out.

Vince McMahon hunts Mick Foley down somewhere in the bowels of the building. He has put a sign that says "Mankind's Office" on a storage room door. Foley invites Mcmahon in saying "you have something I want..."

The Job Squad vs. The Brood - the Scarey Brothers Lite have become pretty much glorified jobbers lately so I can guess at the winner in this one. Edge and Bob Holly start the match. Holly has gotten a haircut - looks like he's trying to ape Jeff Jarrett. Holly is tied up and handed over to Christian who blows the advantage. Scorpio comes in and is all over the Brood's youngest member. He goes for a pin and the referee has to restrain both sides from swarming in. Snow gets his chance at Christian next. He pounds on him for a while then allows the tag to Gangrel. This evens things up a little and eventually Gangrel turns the tables. Edge tags in and works Snow over in enemy territory. He drops into a reverse chinlock on the mat. Snow fights to his feet then delivers a great insiguri but Edge upsets him and tags Gangrel back in. Snow moves quickly to exploit the changeover and all hell breaks loose. All four get involved inside and out of the ring. Scorpio and Christian are the legal men but the action is all over the place. Scorpio throws a suicide dive and tastes concrete - surprisingly he is right back up again. In the ring, Snow uses Head to knock Christian out then gets hit by Gangrel. Scorpio gets to the top and delivers a somersault leg drop and gets a two count before Edge interferes. Edge then bowls both Snow and Holly over with an inside to out splash. Back in the ring, Christian gets a double reverse DDT type move on Scorpio and takes the pin.

Cut to the storeroom where McMahon and Foley are having a conference.

Jeff Jarrett (w/Debra) vs. Goldust - Strip Tease match - either Goldust or Debra will have to strip naked according to the hype for this match. Nobody wants to see Dustin strip, ergo, he will probably win this match. He dominates the early going using his superior leverage and size advantage. Jarrett escapes momentarily but is powerbombed and loses the initiative again. He finally knocks Dustin to the floor to turn the tables. Back in the ring he starts to solidify his control. He uses his speed to maintain the advantage. Jarrett sinks in a sleeper, once then a second time and Goldust slips to the mat. He fights his way out of the predicimate and is coming back but Debra is distracting the referee. Jarrett comes back and there ar a series of pin attempts from each side. Goldust sets Jarrett up for Shattered Dreams - Debra comes in to distract him but affects the referee more profoundly allowing Goldust to complete his illegal move.Jarrett falls out of the ring while Debra sneaks in a hit's his opponent with the guitar. Jarrett struggles back to the ring and pancakes Goldust and pins him. Shawn Michaels arrives and sends Jarrett away.. He then turns to Debra and tells her she has been disqualified for using the guitar!! He is there to enforce the stipulations. "The Stripper" plays on the PA and Debra starts her strip tease. Jarrett is freaking out in the back - meanwhile Debra is having fun with it. Suddenly the Blue Blazer and Jarrett arrive at the ring and cover Debra with the BB's cape. Damn...

Backstage, McMahon is leaving Mankinds "office" with a smile on his face.

New Age Outlaws vs. Corporate Chumps (w/Shawn Michaels) - We have a little run and hide game to start before the bell. The Outlaws definitely look reluctant to take on their opponents. Shamrock finally faces Road Dog and devesatates him early on. The Bossman then comes in and continues the assault. Dog escapes and tags Billy in who gets dragged to the corner but fends off an attack on his legs. Back in the ring, both of the NAO's attack Bossman but then the Dog is left in and blows the advantage. He ends up in an ankle lock submission but is rescued by Billy. Billy faces Shamrock next and isn't faring very well until his opponent ducks his head at the wrong time. Road Dog tags in and surrenders the advantage yet again. The Corporate team is starting to isolate him. Bossman and Shamrock take turns pounding on him for several minutes. They taunt Billy to provide distraction for their doubleteam tactics. Road Dog is going down, or so it would seem. He keeps trying to come back but keeps being overwhelmed. From the outside, Michaels is poking him with the Bossman's night stick. Shamrock slaps on a front face lock. After a bit Road Dog escapes then gets leveled by a shoulder block. Bossman uses his considerable bulk to continue the assault. Every time the Dog breaks free he gets stopped in his tracks. Billy is arguing with Michaels who threatens to fire him. The Dog finally gets the tag but the referee doesn't see it and disallows it. The dog manages to tip the Bossman out over the top then drops on him only to be surrounded and beat on. Back inside, Shamrock takes up the campaign then runs head-to-head with Road Dog. They are both down then Billy gets the pin. They exchange moves then Billy catches Shamrock in a powerbomb. He goes for the pin but the referee is dragged from the ring by Michaels. He is read the riot act by Michaels then sent back in only to refuse to count Billy out. Billy thwarts a suplex and gets one of his own but Michaels trips him so that Shamrock falls on top - but Billy rolls right through it and gets the pin. Michaels enters the ring and starts stripping off his outer clothing but apparently thinks better of leading an attack.

The Rock is in the back with the McMahons - Vince is explaining something that seems to deal with a contract and some "white-out" ..?

Mankind vs. The Rock - WWF Title match - Mankind comes out to the ring carrying a folded paper - purported to be the contract for tonight's match. The Rock then comes out with the McMahons. All of them meet in the ring. McMahon points out a hole in Mankind's tights before Mankind starts his speech. There is some talk about the clause stating that Maivia will lose the title if unable to compete. Mankind wants McMahon to admit publicly that he (Foley) never gave up in his last match against Maivia. He wants McMahon to do it on his knees. Vinnie tries to say he did hear someone say "I quit" - so Foley rips up the contract and the match is underway. The fight goes to the outside right away and Mankind is in control. Maivia fights back but Foley is in his element. He rolls the Rock back into the ring. McMahon makes an announcement that Foley is to be disqualified for any "legitimate" reason (he's directing that at the referee). Back in the ring, Maivia is back in control. He tosses Foley back out to the floor once again. and pummels him some more. On their way back in, Mankind turns the tables. Maivia is kicked in the face then tossed to the floor. Mankind tries to throw an elbow off the apron but Shane McMahon interferes. Maivia pulls the dictracted Foley off the apron then joins the broadcast team attempting to control Foley with headphones on. Foley turns the tables on him then goes after a chair. Maivia beats him to the punch and DDT'd him n the chair. Back in the ring. Maivia gets a pin attempt then goes for and gets the Corporate Elbow. Mankind kicks out then comes back with a swinging neck breaker. Both are down for the count. Both rise on 6 and start slugging each other. Mankind gets a clothesline and a two count. He gets another two count a moment later. He drops a leg on the midsection of Maivia and McMahon orders the ref to end the match - so Foley piledrives the referee! Then mcMahon tells the timekepper to ring the bell so Foley goes after him and prevents that as well. Back inthe ring the Rock gets the Rock Bottom but there is nobody to count. Shane runs in and accidently brains Maivia with the Title belt. There still no referee - a second one runs in but is too late. There is s series of close counts but no cigar for either guy. Mick gets up and puts Socko on his hand. Maivia wanders right into the Mandible Claw. Maivia sinks to the mat and is declared out - Mick Foley is the new WWF Champ!!! Or maybe not - McMahon has the mic and says that there wasn't a pinfall or submission, so Maivia retains the title. Mankind attacks McMahon with Socko and takes a chair shot from Shane. He turns around and gives the younger McMahon the same treatment. The Stooges run in and are ejected, then the Corporate Chumps run in and punk Foley. The Rock is back and lending a hand (or boot).

Steve Austin vs. The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) - Buried Alive match - well, they crucified Austin this week, now lets see if they mean to bury him and then resurrect him and then try to tell us that it doesn't have any religious overtones. UT, of course has already "risen from the dead" a while back but he wasn't crucified first. The match starts right next to the burial ground. They brawl at the edge of the dirt mound that surrounds the grave then move out into the crowd at graveside.

Austin breaks away and heads toward the ring. Once inside he hits an immediate Lou Thesz press then drags UT over to the corner and pulls him into the post. He works over the big guy's legs then jams him into the stairs. UT comes back with a high boot to the face as Austin leans over him. The destroy the Spanish announce table then Austin attempts a piledriver on the floor but is back dropped instead. Back in the ring the Undertaker is in control. He lays Austin on the apron to rain blows on him then stretches his arm around the post. UT starts moving Austin toward the grave. He hauls him up the mound but Austin blocks the blow and forces UT back to the floor. He follows him down and gets a couple of shots then hauls him up the mound - they both fall face first on the edge of the grave. UT falls in head first while Austin keeps himself above ground until UT drags him in. They brawl im the grave. UT tries to climb out but Austin drags him back. Austin tries to leave but UT attacks his leg.

Both are out of the hole now and they trade blows on the edge with UT getting the upper hand. They are back to the floor and brawling into the crowd again. Austin pins UT against the railing and pummels him. UT slips away and heads for the ring with Austin in pursuit. They brawl around ringside though both are moving slow. UT uses a chair on Austin's back then picks him up and rolls him into the ring. UT tries to enter but gets clotheslined off the apron back to the floor. Austin tries to jump on UT but is caught and smashed against the ringpost. UT posts Austin a second time then rolls him in once more. In the ring, he whips Austin then puts his head down. Austin kicks him but UT is right back up and gets a chokeslam. Both men are out on their feet. UT rolls Austin out to the floor and grabs a headlock to escort Stone Cold to the grave. He grabs a gas can en route. He kicks Austin into the graave then starts shoveling dirt. Austin is struggling to rise - UT isn't paying attention so Austin escapes. He grabs a shovel and belts UT with it, dumps him in the hole and emptys a wheel barrel full of dirt on him then splits chasing Paul Bearer. Meanwhile UT comes to and climbs out of the grave. No sign of his opponent. He lies on the mound with a shovel ready when an explosion goes off in the grave. Kane emerges from the hole and attacks his brother. They brawl at graveside and UT gets the Tombstone but hears an engine. Kane reverses the move and dumps UT in the grave. Here comes Austin with a back hoe! He has the operator drop dirt into the hole. He dissappears for a bit then returns with a six pack. He opens a cold one on the grave and takes a swig as his fans go crazy.

Was it just me or did it seem like folks weren't really trying very hard tonight..? They didn't even deliver on the promised nudity...


The Way I See It...

By Earl Oliver

A while back I wrote an editorial wherein I posed the question: "If the WWF keeps running angles calculated to shock viewers, what will they do when the audience ceases to be shocked by anything?"

I think we are about to find out...

This weeks Crucifixion of Steve Austin may well have been the final shock. As anyone who reads the Internet wrestling press knows, the public reaction to this presentation (which was certain to offend some segments of the viewing audience) was a collective yawn from the majority of fans.

Personally, I found nothing offensive about it, but, I believe the WWF has been short-sighted and has shown a serious lack of good judgement which could eventually come back to haunt them. Religious groups in the US and Canada have already lodged complaints, (the Canadian broadcast of RAW was censored, in fact) but that doesn't bother the WWF because the protests are being drowned out by the ho-hum attitude of the public at large.

So certain were the powers that be at Titan that they even replayed the sorry spectacle on both weekend morning shows and will doubtless give us another dose or two during the PPV broadcast. Interestingly, where the WWF normally censors some parts of the RAW material for re-broadcast during it's weekend shows - this segment, despite it being barely two weeks before Christmas, was shown in it's entirety with all of it's obvious symbolism intact.

The editorial comments I have seen so far mainly fall into a pretty narrow range of opinion saying essentially that this is just one more WWF foray beyond the bounds of taste, but no worse then what we see on other Television programs every day.

I cannot agree...

I don't remember a single instance ever seeing a television program before this one that depicted a crucifixion, except during Christmas specials and in other historical or religious contexts. This incident truely was a first...my expectation is that, now that they think they have gotten away with this one, it won't be the last...

At least that's the way I see it...

Earl Oliver
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