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August 3rd, 1997 – WWF Summerslam. During an Intercontinental Championship bout, Owen Hart delivered a piledriver to champion Steve Austin, breaking his neck. Somehow, Austin willed himself to finish the match, but “The Rattlesnake” was seriously injured. Austin was forced to relinquish the Intercontinental Title, but it seemed that he would be able to make a full recovery.


However, on October 1st, 1997, Vince McMahon and the WWF received incredibly unfortunate news from the medical team regarding Austin. The face of their company would not be able to make a full recovery and be forced to retire. The man who would play a pivotal role in the war between WWF and WCW would be forced to retire right in the prime of his career.


With McMahon’s plans for the future thrown out the window, the chairman of WWF had to make drastic changes. He decided to give the job of head booker to someone with a good mind for the business, although they never really got along – WWF play-by-play man Jim Ross. With the keys (somewhat) in Ross’ hands, the pro wrestling world is waiting to see whether the WWF can survive without Steve Austin or not.





Ahmed Johnson


Bart Gunn

Billy Gunn

Blackjack Bradshaw

Blackjack Windham

Bob Holly

Bret Hart – WWF Champion

Brian Adams

Brian Christopher

British Bulldog

Brooklyn Brawler


D’Lo Brown


Flash Funk



Henry O. Godwinn

Jeff Jarrett

Kama Mustafa


Ken Shamrock



Marc Mero

Mark Henry

Miguel Perez Jr.


Owen Hart

Phineas I. Godwinn


Road Dogg

Savio Vega

Scott Taylor

Shawn Michaels


Steve Blackman

TAKA Michinoku

The Rock

The Sultan

The Undertaker


Triple H



Tag Teams and Stables

Headbangers: Thrasher and Mosh

Legion of Doom: Animal and Hawk

New Age Outlaws: Road Dogg and Billy Gunn

The Godwinns: Phineas I. Godwinn and Henry O. Godwinn

The New Blackjacks: Blackjack Windham and Blackjack Bradshaw

D-Generation X: China, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Rick Rude

Disciples of Apocalypse: 8-Ball, Brian Adams, Chainz, Skull

Los Boricuas: Savio Vega and Miguel Perez Jr.

Nation of Domination: The Rock, Faarooq, Kama Mustafa, D’Lo Brown

The Hart Foundation: Owen Hart, Bret Hart, Jim Neidhart, British Bulldog

Truth Commission: Kurrgan, Recon, The Jackal


Current Champions

WWF World Heavyweight Champion: Bret Hart

WWF Intercontinental Champion: Owen Hart

WWF World Tag Team Champions: Legion of Doom

WWF European Champion: Shawn Michaels

WWF Light Heavyweight Champion: Vacant

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<p><strong>TotalExtremeWrestling.com – Who Will Lead WWF to the Promise Land?</strong></p><p><strong>


With the shocking retirement of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin – a man who many pegged as the biggest star in the pro wrestling world – we here at TotalExtremeWrestling.com consider five superstars who may lead the WWF in the future.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Kane, 30 Years Old</strong></p><p><strong>

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The Undertaker’s kayfabe half-brother, Kane, is not someone who is a talented in-ring performer, or someone who is that talented with a microphone in hand, but his pure size and look give him the potential to be the biggest heel in the industry given some time. With Paul Bearer in his corner, we believe that Kane has all the tools to be a huge draw for Vince McMahon and the WWF. Although, it will take some smart booking to make sure that Kane is not forever known as an “Undertaker Knock Off”. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Ken Shamrock, 33 Years Old</strong></p><p><strong>

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Though he lacks charisma and leaves a bit to be desired inside the ring, we believe that Ken Shamrock can be a huge star for WWF based solely on his MMA cross-over appeal. If booked correctly, we believe that Shamrock can be a massive star with his main stream appeal.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>The Rock, 25 Years Old</strong></p><p><strong>

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With Austin out of the picture, The Rock is undisputedly the most entertaining wrestler on the planet with a microphone in his hands. Though he is average at best in the ring, we believe that his charisma and promo ability will catapult him into being one of, if not the, biggest star the WWF has seen since Hulk Hogan. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Triple H, 28 Years Old</strong></p><p><strong>

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Though not as impressive as The Rock on the microphone, Triple H cuts an extremely effective heel promo. On top of that, HHH is already developing into an excellent in ring performer at such a young age. Triple H has all the tools to be a top heel in the WWF, it’s just a matter of if he can stay out of trouble.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Owen Hart, 32 Years Old</strong></p><p><strong>

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The youngest of the Hart Family, Owen Hart is arguably the best technical wrestler alive next to his brother, Bret. It has yet to be seen if Owen has the potential to carry the WWF like Austin could have, but at the very least he will be a serviceable main event star for years to come. </p><p> </p><p>

With The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, and Bret Hart leading the company today, along with a great crop of future stars, things are looking bright for the WWF despite the loss of Steve Austin.</p>

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">TotalExtremeWrestling.com – WWF Raw is War Results – November 3rd 1997</span></strong></p><p><strong>


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<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Big Takeaway</span></strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>After going to a draw with WWF World Heavyweight Champion Bret Hart last week, Ken Shamrock was added to the Survivor Series main event by Commissioner Slaughter. This caught the ire of both the Hart Foundation and D-Generation X, but Shamrock stood tall against both stables twice in the same night. </p><p> </p><p>

We also saw the Nation of Domination challenge the Disciples of Apocalypse to an elimination tag team match this Sunday at Survivor Series, in which the losing stable would have to disband forever. One can only assume that the Nation will walk away victorious from this one. </p><p> </p><p>

A third match was also added to the Survivor Series card when WWF World Tag Team Champions challenged the New Age Outlaws to a match at the PPV, putting their titles on the line. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Show Recap</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">

</span></strong>Sgt. Slaughter opened up the show to announce that Ken Shamrock would be added to the WWF Championship match at Survivor Series, following his draw with the champion last week. Both the Hart Foundation and D-Generation X came out to intimidate the commissioner into reversing his decision, but Shamrock came out and cleaned house, tossing each member of both DX and The Hart Foundation out of the ring.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>WWF World Tag Team Champions Legion of Doom def. Los Boricuas</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>LoD made quick work of Savio Vega and Miguel Perez Jr. by pinning them after a Doomsday Device, a little over five minutes into the match. After celebrating their win, Hawk and Animal grabbed a pair of microphones and challenged the New Age Outlaws to a match this Sunday, offering to put their titles on the line. The champions said that they plan on teaching “those two punks” a lesson in respect this Sunday. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>D’Lo Brown def. Brian Adams</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>In a match with both stables running a ton of interference, D’Lo Brown hit the Low Down to pick up a win for the Nation of Domination. After the match, a brawl between the two stables broke out, having to be broken up by numerous officials. This lead to Faarooq and The Rock grabbing microphones and challenging DOA to a loser leaves town elimination tag match this Sunday, which was accepted. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>The Headbangers def. The Godwinns</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>Nothing to write home about this match, as it felt like a time filler match. The Headbangers picked up the win after hitting the Mosh Pit. </p><p> </p><p>

Backstage, The Hart Foundation were seen enraged about Ken Shamrock. They said that during the main event, when British Bulldog will take on Shamrock, they’ll make sure he won’t make it to Survivor Series.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Marco Mero def. Steve Blackman</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>Blackman was about to fly off the top rope to attack Mero, but he was distracted by Sable. This allowed Mero to toss Blackman off of the top rope and follow up with a Shooting Star Press to win.</p><p> </p><p>

The New Age Outlaws attacked The Legion of Doom backstage, throwing them into a bunch of backstage equipment. They then got into the champions’ faces and said that they accept their challenge. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Ahmed Johnson def. Jeff Jarrett</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>Jarrett was about to apply the figure four leg lock, but Ahmed Johnson was able to push him away and nail a Spinebuster to pick up the win and build momentum headed towards his Intercontinental Title match this Sunday. </p><p> </p><p>

We also see DX backstage discussing Shamrock. They also plan on making sure that Shamrock doesn’t make it to Survivor Series during tonight’s main event. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Kane def. Bob Holly</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>In a short squash match, Kane chokeslammed Bob Holly in about two minutes flat to pick up the win. Afterwards, Mankind was shown in his boiler room on the Titantron. Mankind said that he heard everyone wondering why he would want a match against Kane, and his response was quite simple. He began reminiscing about his matches with The Undertaker, and how much fun he had. He talked about how The Undertaker would chokeslam him, and tombstone him, and throw him all over the very boiler room he was sitting in… and that he wanted to experience it all over again. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Ken Shamrock def. British Bulldog via disqualification</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>The referee was unable to maintain control in this match, and when Bret and Owen decided to attack Shamrock, he had no choice but to rule it as a disqualification. The Hart Foundation were beating down on Shamrock, until DX eventually came out to join in. The Hart Foundation took exception to this, and soon enough a brawl between the two groups erupted. This gave Shamrock enough time to recover and grab a steel chair. Shamrock began wildly swinging with the steel chair, sending both groups packing. </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

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(If anyone's wondering, yes I'm modeling my show right ups after the recaps on f4wonline)</p></div><p></p><p></p>

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Updated Survivor Series Card</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">

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<strong>WWF World Heavyweight Championship</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>Triple Threat Match</p><p>

Bret Hart © vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Ken Shamrock</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>WWF Intercontinental Championship</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>Singles Match</p><p>

Owen Hart © vs. Ahmed Johnson</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>WWF World Tag Team Championships</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>Tag Team Match</p><p>

Legion of Doom © vs. New Age Outlaws</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Loser Leaves Town</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>Elimination Match</p><p>

Nation of Domination vs. Disciples of Apocalypse</p><p> </p><p>

Singles Match</p><p>

Kane vs. Mankind</p></div><p></p><p></p>

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