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Hello everyone! This is my first official foray into an actual legit diary on TEW. I've been playing it like crazy and I finally have a solid idea of what I want to do and where I want to go with an actual diary.


I will be starting in January 1996 in the WWF. I have some big things planned and I hope y'all enjoy. I've scraped everything that was taking place at the end of 1995 in the WWF, so pretend there's no fueds going on going into the new year. I also dumped a ton of off-air talent and several guys I just didn't have plans for. I'll hopefully post one show every few days (provided that I keep up on staying ahead).





Adam Impact

Ahmed Johnson


Barry Horowitz

Bart Gunn

Billy Gunn

Bob Holly

Bret Hart

Dude Love

Duke Droese

Henry O. Godwinn

Marty Janetty - On Leave


Razor Ramon - On Leave

Roddy Piper

Ron Simmons

Savio Vega

Shawn Michaels

The Undertaker




1-2-3 Kid

Chris Jericho



Hunter Hearst Helmsley


Issac Yankem

Jerry Lawler



Owen Hart - WWF Tag-Team Champion

Psycho Sid - WWF Champion



The Ringmaster - WWF Intercontinental Champion

Yokozuna - WWF Tag-Team Champion





WWF Champion - Psycho Sid

WWF Intercontinental Champion - The Ringmaster

WWF Tag-Team Champions - Owen Hart and Yokozuna

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<p><span style="font-size:18px;">Title History</span></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#FFD700;"><span style="font-size:14px;">WWF Champion:</span></span></p><p>

- Bret Hart (January Week 1 1996 - March Week 4 1996)</p><p>

</p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">Defenses:</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

- vs. British Bulldog - Royal Rumble 1996</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

- vs. British Bulldog - In Your House: Full Steam Ahead!</div><p></p><p> </p><p>

- Psycho Sid (March Week 4 1996 - Current)</p><p>

</p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">Defenses:</div><p></p><p> </p><p>

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<span style="color:#FFD700;"><span style="font-size:14px;">WWF Intercontinental Champion:</span></span></p><p>

- Razor Ramon (January Week 1 1996 - January Week 4 1996)</p><p>

</p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">Defenses:</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

- vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley - Royal Rumble 1996</div><p></p><p> </p><p>

- The Ringmaster (February Week 3 1996 - Current)</p><p>

</p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">Defenses:</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

- vs. Savio Vega - In Your House: Full Steam Ahead</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

- vs. Ron Simmons - Wrestlemania 12</div><p></p><p> </p><p>

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<span style="color:#FFD700;"><span style="font-size:14px;">WWF Tag-Team Champions:</span></span></p><p>

- "The Smoking Gunns" - Billy Gunn and Bart Gunn (January Week 1 1996 - Feburary Week 3 1996)</p><p>

</p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">Defenses:</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

- vs. Shawn Michaels and Diesel - Royal Rumble 1996</div><p></p><p> </p><p>

- Owen Hart and Yokozuna (Feburary Week 3 1996 - Current)</p><p>

</p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">Defenses:</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

- vs. "The Smoking Gunns - In Your House: Full Steam Ahead!</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

- vs. "The Smoking Gunns - Wrestlemania 12</div><p></p>

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<p>1996 January, Week 1</p><p> </p><p>

Quick Notes:</p><p>

- WWF is getting into a bidding war with WCW over several top prospects. It's too early to announce who they are but the sources say that the WWF is ready to pay top dollar for some new stars.</p><p> </p><p>

- I heard a fight broke out backstage between Bob Holly and Razor Ramon before the taping of the shows this week. Rumors are swirling that Razor started the fight but that management was quick to pull Razor aside and say that this is not acceptable behavior. Razor was reportedly in better spirits at the end of the night.</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">WWF Superstars quick recap:</span></p><p>

- Tatanka jobbed out Hakushi quickly</p><p>

- Savio Vega and Hunter Hearst Helmsley got into a shoving match backstage, leading to a match between the two later</p><p>

- The Smoking Gunns took care of the Bodydonnas in a non-title match</p><p>

- Ted DiBiase and The Ringmaster tell the crowd that he's here to make an impact</p><p>

- Issac Yankem squashed Avatar in what was a pretty awkward match</p><p>

- Video package highlight the sheer power and strength of Ahmed Johnson</p><p>

- Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Savio Vega</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#FF0000;"><strong>Monday Night RAW coverage!</strong></span></p><p>

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From the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago in front of 20,000 Fans!</p><p> </p><p>

- In a strange pre-show match, <strong>Issac Yankem and the Bodydonnas teamed up to take on the job-trio of Henry O. Godwin, Barry Horowitz and Duke Droesse.</strong> Yankem lead the charge and took down Barry for team after 9:45. Sunny was really looking good out there and really helped get the heat on the Bodydonnas.</p><p> </p><p>

- To start the main show, the <strong>WWF champion Bret Hart</strong> comes out. He says that he's been on a real tear lately and that nobody can stop him. The British Bulldog comes out and disagrees. He says that Bret is due for a fall from the spotlight any time, and he might crack under pressure. Both men exchange a few words back and forth before a fight breaks out between the two men.</p><p> </p><p>

- The first match of the night saw <strong>The Ringmaster</strong> squash the bug known as Aldo Montoya. Ringmaster got in all the offense and dominated the poor jobber before finally putting him down in 3:42. The Ringmaster put in a very strong performance here and looks to be poised for a good run ahead.</p><p> </p><p>

- Backstage, <strong>Diesel and Shawn Michaels</strong> declare themselves to be the best tag team in the WWF! They say that they've never been stronger friends and are looking forward to taking on some strong competition!</p><p> </p><p>

- The next match saw <strong>Hunter Hearst Helmsley take on Phatu</strong>. The match went back and forth for several minutes, with both men making it clear that this is going to be a tough contest. Hunter ultimately got the win after 7:09.</p><p> </p><p>

- <strong>Ted DiBiase</strong> comes to the ring with <strong>Psycho Sid</strong> and tells the crowd that they are looking at the Royal Rumble winner! Ted says that nobody can stand up to the size and power of Sid and that the 29 other men should just quit now while they are ahead! Sid grabs the mic and says that this is Step 1 to conquering the universe and the flexes.</p><p> </p><p>

- Next, <strong>Jerry Lawler holds "The Kings Court"</strong>, where his guest is Ahmed Johnson. During the interview, Lawler goes out of his way to make fun of Johnson; from the way he's dressed to his answers, it's clear that he just wanted to make fun of Johnson the whole time. Johnson was cool about everything but once Lawler says something about his mother, Johnson jumps out of the seat and forces Lawler to cut the time short and scamper away.</p><p> </p><p>

- The next match saw <strong>Razor Ramon take on the 1-2-3 Kid in a non-title match. </strong> Razor clearly was the bigger man here but Kid did not back down to him. The match went back and forth before Razor hit the Razor's Edge to put away Kid in 8:43.</p><p> </p><p>

- <strong>Jeff Jarrett</strong> is backstage telling the crowd that he's ready to win the Royal Rumble! He says that nobody's going to stop him from taking his act all the way to the top! He sings a song about the Rumble as we cut to commercial.</p><p> </p><p>

- The Main Event saw <strong>The Undertaker take on Goldust</strong>. Both men are hard hitting and really took it to each other in this contest. At one point, Goldust had Undertaker on the ropes and almost had him with a close two count but Undertaker sat straight up. The end of the match came when Goldust went for a clothesline but Undertaker ducked it and picked him up for a Tombstone Piledriver and the victory in 12:28.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

Overall, it was an okay show. Had lots of action and the field for the Royal Rumble is starting to take shape. The in-ring matches could have been better quality. There also just isn't enough good storylines to follow so far, it just seems as though there's not a whole lot going on. The best segment of the night was the opener between Bret and Bulldog by far. Both men really tried out there and it really kicked off their feud in a huge way. Overall, this show gets a C+.</p><p> </p><p>


Preview of next show!</p><p> </p><p>

- Goldust vs. Marty Janetty</p><p>

- Owen Hart vs. Jeff Jarrett</p><p>

- Royal Rumble Qualifier - 1-2-3 Kid and The Ringmaster vs. Savio Vega and Phatu</p><p>

- PLUS! A certain "cocky" WWF Superstar gets himself and his partner in hot water!</p><p>

- PLUS! Ahmed Johnson responds to the comments made by Jerry Lawler!</p><p> </p><p>

All that and more, next time on <strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">MONDAY NIGHT RAW!</span></strong></p>

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<p>January 1996 Week 2</p><p> </p><p>

Jan Week 2:</p><p>

Quick Notes:</p><p>

- Word going around is that Razor Ramon was a little "tipsy" in the ring last week. Razor has been known to have drinking problems in the past and it was clear by watching the match with Kid that he wasn't preforming at 100%. Management was said to be giving him a stern talking to and that if he did it again, he'd be fined. Razor was very upset by this and claims he doesn't have a problem.</p><p> </p><p>

- Several young superstars were officially announced as the first crop of talent going to the new Developmental Territory of the WWF. Let's hope that they can make some real stars out of the territory and that we see them in the ring on the main roster soon.</p><p> </p><p>

- Word on the street is that Bob Holly is looking to makes some moves backstage. He's trying to align himself with the top guys in order to get a push from management. We'll see what actually happens.</p><p> </p><p>

- The WWF has stolen one of the major talents from WCW. I can't say who it is yet but the word on the street is that his contract was up, WCW wanted nothing to do with him and he came to the WWF at the first chance he got. It might be awhile until we see this man in the ring but he's expected to make a major impact right away.</p><p> </p><p>

- Ratings Battle Update! The WWF scored a 8.09 TV rating last week and that was enough to but it over WCW Nitro, who managed a 7.67. Although Nitro had a much better show (including giving away Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan on FREE TV), RAW still pulled away in the ratings.</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Superstars Quick Recap:</span></p><p>

- King Mabel squashed (literally) a jobber</p><p>

- Savio Vega, Phatu, 1-2-3 Kid and Bob Holly all make their claim that they are going to win the Royal Rumble (SPOILER: They won't)</p><p>

- The Smoking Gunns cut a promo and say they are the best in the WWF before destroying two jobbers</p><p>

- Henry O. Godwinn tells the world he's going Buffalo hunting before getting struck down by "The Buffalo Man" himself Tatanka</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

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<span style="color:#FF0000;">Monday Night RAW Coverage!</span></p><p>

From the FleetCenter in front of 18,000 fans!</p><p> </p><p>

- The show opens with <strong>Shawn Michaels and Diesel in the ring</strong>. HBK goes on and on about how great he and Diesel are and that he's so confident he'd win against anybody, that he challenges BOTH Smoking Gunns to a match later! Diesel is upset by the cockiness of Shawn but ultimately backs him. Shawn really stood out here and showed the WWF why he's a huge star here.</p><p> </p><p>

- The first match of the night saw <strong>1-2-3 Kid and The Ringmaster team to take on the equally random pairing of Savio Vega and Phatu</strong>, with the winners getting into the Royal Rumble match. It was a decent back and forth match but in the end, The Ringmaster was able to ring up Phatu with a stunner and picked up the victory for his team in 6:55. Ringmaster was quite literally the "Ringmaster" here in this one, leading the charge of the match.</p><p> </p><p>

- Next we saw <strong>Todd Pettengill backstage with Hunter Hearst Helmsley.</strong> Hunter told Todd and the rest of the crowd that he's deserving of the WWF Intercontinental Title, since he's a world traveler and that Razor just isn't going to cut it.</p><p> </p><p>

- The next match saw <strong>Jeff Jarrett and Owen Hart face off</strong>. This match was much better than the previous, and both men really gave it their all. The end saw Psycho Sid come down and, with help from Ted DiBiase, distracted the referee and hit Jarrett with a powerbomb to allow Owen to get the victory. After the match, Sid continued his attack on Jarrett as Owen just stood by and watched.</p><p> </p><p>

- <strong>Jim Cornette</strong> then appeared on screen and said that he's entering the giant known as <strong>Yokozuna</strong> into the Royal Rumble match. Cornette said that nobody is going to be able to put the big man over the top rope and that he's going on to Wrestlemania to take the WWF title!</p><p> </p><p>

- Backstage, <strong>Ahmed Johnson</strong> told the crowd that Jerry Lawler is a punk and that he didn't deserved to be called all those names last week. He said that Lawler could be beaten down anywhere, anytime and that he isn't hard to find.</p><p> </p><p>

- After that, we saw <strong>Marty Janetty and Goldust</strong> square off in another Royal Rumble qualifier. This match was pretty standard stuff, with Goldust getting the victory in 6:58.</p><p> </p><p>

- The <strong>British Bulldog</strong> came out after that. He told the fans that he was surprised that Bret would talk to him that way last week, and he thought they were more civil than that. Bulldog also claims that Bret is not a good fit for the WWF Champion, and wants to take the belt from him. British Bulldog then challenges Bret Hart to a title match at the Royal Rumble, and says that he'll win it for the Royals in England and take the throne back.</p><p> </p><p>

- Before the next match, Diesel tried once again to talk Shawn out of it[/b] but Shawn still wasn't listening. After the failed talk, <strong>Shawn went out alone and had a match with the Tag-Team champions</strong>. Shawn held his own for almost the entire match but, when the things got tough for Michaels, Diesel came down to protect his friend and got into it with Bart and Billy, causing the referee to throw the match out.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

Overall, the show was not as good as last week. There's still just not enough going on during these shows to make people want to watch them. There's some build to the Royal Rumble but it's just not enough. The segment of the night was sadly Bulldog's official challenge. When British Bulldog talking is the highlight of the show, that's a real problem. With no Bret or Undertaker on this show, we are starting to see the problem of star power with the WWF. I give this show a C-.</p><p>


Preview of the next show!</p><p> </p><p>

- Royal Rumble Preview: Henry O. Godwin, Phatu and Savio Vega vs. 1-2-3 Kid, Tatanka and King Mabel</p><p>

- The Smoking Gunns vs. The Bodydonnas in a non-title match</p><p>

- PLUS! More men declare their entry into the Royal Rumble</p><p>

- PLUS! Jerry Lawler claims he's ready to fight Ahmed Johnson!</p><p>

- PLUS! Will Bret Hart accept British Bulldog's challenge?</p><p> </p><p>

All that and more, next time on <span style="color:#FF0000;">MONDAY NIGHT RAW!</span></p>

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<p>January 1996 Week 3</p><p> </p><p>

Quick Notes:</p><p>

- More Razor Ramon saga news! This week, it was reported that Razor went to WWF management and demanded that he be given a huge raise. The WWF only gave him half of what he was asking for, citing his recent scuffle backstage and work in the ring. Razor was reportedly upset by this and could be thinking about leaving the WWF when his contract comes up soon.</p><p> </p><p>

- The WWF made several more signing this week, and some of them were for the main roster. The current plan in the WWF is to focus on younger talent in an effort to make more stars. We should be seeing the debut of some of these men in the coming weeks.</p><p> </p><p>

- Ratings Battle Update! RAW scored a 7.81, which is down from last week while Nitro did a 7.73, narrowly coming in second. The WCW put another insane free match on TV (Arn Anderson vs. Sting) to try and boost the ratings again but it didn't work as well as they hoped. With the last two RAW shows being weak, it'll be interesting to see if WWF keeps their ratings up.</p><p> </p><p>

- Another backstage fight before the tapings of the show saw Shawn Michaels attacking Howard Finkel of all people. The Heartbreak Kid obviously was very upset at something The Fink said at the catering department because word is going around that Shawn threw a plate of food at him and tried to take him down. Management was furious at Shawn for trying to attack someone backstage. Michaels reportedly didn't seem to think very highly of the comments made by management because he went around the rest of the evening visibly upset. We'll see how this plays out going forward. Also, we heard reports that even Howard was upset by what management said, as I suppose he wanted a harsher punishment for HBK. Looks like management came out on the bottom on this one.</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Superstars Quick Recap:</span></p><p>

- Bob Holly put away a high-flying jobber</p><p>

- Skip ran circles around Hakushi and pinned him for the victory (Skip and Hakushi did NOT work together at all, it was a real clash of styles)</p><p>

- Phatu, Henry O. Godwin and Zip offered their reasoning why they will win the Rumble match (Spoiler: None of them will)</p><p>

- Aldo Montoya picked up a rare victory over another jobber twice his size</p><p>

- Hunter Hearst Helmsley outlasted Savio Vega, 1-2-3 Kid and Avatar to win a Fatal Four Way in a Royal Rumble preview</p><p> </p><p>

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<span style="color:#FF0000;">Monday Night RAW Coverage!</span></p><p>

From Louisville Freedom Hall in Louisville in front of 17,208 fans!</p><p>

- The show started off with <strong>Bret Hart in the ring</strong>. He told the crowd that he's ready to face British Bulldog, and that Bulldog isn't in his league. Hart the claimed he's going to defeat Bulldog and then turn his focus to whoever wins the Royal Rumble. </p><p> </p><p>

- The first match of the night saw another Royal Rumble preview as <strong>Henry O. Godwin, Phatu and Savio Vega teamed up to face 1-2-3 Kid, Tatanka and King Mabel.</strong> A standard match saw both teams give it their all to win before Mabel got the hot tag, came in and destroyed everyone who was moving and finally landed on Savio Vega for the win in 5:41.</p><p> </p><p>

- <strong>Diesel and Shawn Michaels</strong> were backstage and Diesel told Shawn to stay in the lockeroom tonight during his match with Owen. Diesel said that because Shawn almost got beaten down by the Tag-Team champs last week, he doesn't need to be coming out and trying to "help" him win his match. Michaels looked confused but ultimately agreed.</p><p> </p><p>

- Next, J<strong>erry Lawler was in the ring</strong> and had his backup in Issac Yankem with him. Lawler called out Ahmed and said that he's ready to "throw down" and Johnson came storming to the ring to oblige him. Johnson tried to get ahold of Lawler but, he hid behind Yankem and at one point threw him into Ahmed, who beat down Yankem with a bodyslam. Lawler skirted up the ramp and away from the ring with Johnson in hot pursuit.</p><p> </p><p>

- The next match saw <strong>Undertaker squash a jobber.</strong> The poor guy got no offense in and Undertaker just dominated him. After the "match", Undertaker claimed that he's ready to win the Royal Rumble and go on to face whoever the champ is at Wrestlemania.</p><p> </p><p>

- After that match came a more competitive one as the <strong>Smoking Gunns took on the Bodydonnas</strong> in a warm-up match for the Gunns at the Royal Rumble. Both teams gave it their all, with both teams looking for something to prove. The end of the match saw Billy Gunn take down Zip with a huge clothesline and then a Gunn Slinger on Skip to finish them off in 7:30.</p><p> </p><p>

- Backstage, <strong>Razor Ramon speaks to the audience</strong> and tells them that he's accepted the challenge of Hunter Hearst Helmsley. He says that Hunter is a spoiled rich brat who gets everything handed to him, including this title match. However, Razor is out to prove that he can back up the talk in the ring and will remain Intercontinental Champion at the Royal Rumble.</p><p> </p><p>

- In the ring, <strong>Ted DiBiase stands with his Million Dollar Corporation</strong> and Todd Pettengill. Ted then tells Todd how each of his members will go on to have a huge performance at the Royal Rumble. He says that all three of his men will work together to make sure that one of them wins the Rumble and then they go on to take down the champ at Wrestlemania.</p><p> </p><p>

- The Main Event saw <strong>Diesel face off with Owen Hart.</strong> Both men really gave it their all here and put on a great match, with lots of back and forth action. Diesel did come to the ring by himself and was able to hold his own against Owen and really had a couple of great spots. However, the end of the match got a little tainted as Shawn Michaels came down to help his partner, who had the match well in hand. Michaels got onto the ring apron and distracted the ref supposedly to help Diesel but it really allowed Owen to get a low blow behind the refs back and then the pinall of Diesel in 14:21. After the match, Diesel looked highly upset at Shawn for costing him the match and stormed backstage as the show went off the air</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

Overall, another very average show for the WWF. There's still not a lot of solid storylines to follow in the company and they still need to take their time and get more stars on the shows instead of getting a parade of midcarders to come out every week. There were some bright spots, as the interplay between HBK and Diesel was very well done as well as the Undertaker squash match, which made Taker look like a million bucks. The segment of the night saw the opening promo from Bret again; he's really got his fire back and he's ready to put together some great matches and segments moving towards Wrestlemania as the champion. What the WWF needs to do is give more time to their storylines and make sure that the fans get who they want and what they want and so far they aren't delivering on that very well. I give this show another C.</p><p>

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Royal Rumble Card:</p><p>

<span style="color:#FFD700;">WWF Title Match:</span> Bret Hart defends vs. British Bulldog</p><p>

<span style="color:#FFD700;">WWF Intercontinental Title Match: </span>Razor Ramon defends vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley</p><p>

<span style="color:#FFD700;">WWF Tag-Team title Match:</span> The Smoking Gunns defend against Shawn Michaels and Diesel</p><p>

Ahmed Johnson vs. Jerry Lawler</p><p>

PLUS... The ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH! Who Will Win? </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#00BFFF;">ALL THAT AND MORE AND THE 1996 WWF ROYAL RUMBLE!!!</span></p>

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<p>Hi hugobravez - I like this so far. I've enjoyed reading about Scott Hall's spiralling bad behaviour. Hope you are enjoying doing it.</p><p> </p><p>

If I was to make a suggestion I'd say use something like imgur and add a pic or two to each write up. It will take away the wall of text effect that can happen with just a straight write-up of events. Maybe just a pic of the most prominent worker of that particular write up at the top or something.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

Royal Rumble Card:</p><p>

WWF Title Match: <strong>Bret Hart </strong>defends vs. British Bulldog</p><p>

WWF Intercontinental Title Match: Razor Ramon defends vs. <strong>Hunter Hearst Helmsley</strong></p><p>

WWF Tag-Team title Match: The Smoking Gunns defend against <strong>Shawn Michaels and Diesel</strong></p><p>

Ahmed Johnson vs.<strong> Jerry Lawler</strong></p><p>

PLUS... The ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH! Who Will Win? The Undertaker</p>

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<p>Predictions</p><p> </p><p>

A great year to start with, I enjoyed the write-up and looking forward to the Royal Rumble results!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Royal Rumble Card:</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong>WWF Title Match: <strong>Bret Hart</strong> defends vs. British Bulldog</p><p>

WWF Intercontinental Title Match: <strong>Razor Ramon</strong> defends vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley</p><p>

WWF Tag-Team title Match: The Smoking Gunns defend against <strong>Shawn Michaels and Diesel</strong></p><p>

<strong>Ahmed Johnson</strong> vs. Jerry Lawler</p><p>

PLUS... The ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH! Who Will Win? <strong>Diesel</strong></p>

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Thanks for the Feedback guys! Happy that y'all are enjoying it. Going to add some graphics to these and spice it up some! Hopefully it works well.





- One quick note before the show recap. Looks like Razor Ramon wrestled again under the influence in a dark match after the show on RAW. Management is really upset with him and gave him a fine for his actions. Razor didn't much care for this fine and told all of his buddies backstage that it was unfair and it made them upset as well. Seems as if Razor isn't going to get anywhere if he doesn't shape up his act and shape up fast. The management team has no problem putting their foot down and forcing him to go to rehab, regardless of if he is the IC champ or not. Things were not any better on the day of the show because Razor showed up and was clearly hungover. Management gave him another stern warning not to do it again, and this time Razor was actually a bit apologetic for his actions. Perhaps this story is taking a turn for the better.



The 1996 WWF Royal Rumble! LIVE! from the New York Area in front of 43,000 fans!


- To open the show, there's a quick video package highlighting the major matches that we'll see tonight along with lots of pyro to open the show as Jim Ross and Vince McMahon welcome the viewers at home!


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- The first match of the evening sees Ahmed Johnson and Jerry Lawler finally stepping into the ring against each other. Jerry spent most of this match trying to run away from Johnson and Johnson was able to keep up. At one point, Ahmed hit a running powerslam that everyone thought would have been 3 but somehow Lawler kicked out. The end of the match saw Lawler distract the referee by bringing a chair into the ring and throwing it towards Johnson. As the ref went to pick it up, Jerry pulled out brass knuckles out of his tights and decked Ahmed with them and that allowed Lawler to pick up the improbable three count.


- Backstage, the giant tumbler of numbers was spinning away as Sunny helped the superstars draw their numbers. We saw The Ringmaster take his turn and pulled out a number that he was very happy with and said that this puts him in great shape to win the match!


- Bret Hart was with Todd Pettengill and said that he's ready to face British Bulldog and focused on defeating him tonight and stay on his hot streak!


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- Our second match saw Razor Ramon defend his Intercontinental Title Match against Hunter Hearst Helmsley. The two men went back and forth with Razor getting a majority of the offense in. At the end of the match, Razor was able to get Hunter up in the Razor's Edge and put him down for a three count and a successful title defense.


- After that match, we see Shawn Michaels and Diesel backstage, and Shawn is trying to get Diesel fired up for their match, next. Michaels claims that it should be a walk in the park for them and he can't wait to be crowned champion again. Diesel seems annoyed but ready to go.


- The tumbler is spinning again for the superstars as Owen Hart takes his turn to draw the number. Sunny hands it to him and Owen takes one look and throws it back at her, clearly upset at the number he drew before storming off.


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- The next match is the WWF Tag-Team champions The Smoking Gunns defending their belts against Shawn Michaels and Diesel. A short video package showing the build is played before the four men make their way to the ring. Throughout the match, it is pretty equal between the two teams, as the Gunns are able to hold their own against Diesel and HBK. Shawn constantly gets himself in trouble however, and Diesel has to break up many pinfalls. At the end of the match, Billy Gunn has Shawn on the ropes in a submission and ready to tap out. Michaels is pleading with Diesel to save him but instead, Diesel just gets off the apron and heads to the back, abandoning his partner. Shawn tries to fight out of it but is finally forced to tap and the Smoking Gunns retain their titles.


- After the match, Shawn demands that Diesel come back out to explain himself. Diesel finally does and says that he's tired of getting Michaels out of trouble and tired of seeing Shawn make a fool out of himself and then kicks him in the face! The crowd boo massively as Diesel walks to the back alone.


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- The semi Main Event saw the WWF Title defended by Bret Hart against the British Bulldog. A video package played before this match as well, highlighting how we got here. The match was fantastic and both men really gave it their all. There were several submissions and near falls that put both men within inches of winning. By the end, Bret just proved to be stronger and smarter, as he was finally able to lock in the submission victory in the Sharpshooter and forcing Bulldog to tap out.


- The last of the numbers for the Royal Rumble was drawn next and it was by Savio Vega. He was pretty happy with his spot but then Ted DiBiase came up and found him. Ted offered to buy the ball of off Savio and Savio was unsure at first. After increasing his offer more and more, Psycho Sid came into view and demanded that Vega hand it over. Savio stood his ground for a second and then took the bribe and traded balls with Sid. Ted laughed as Sid said this was all part of the plan.


- Before the match began, a video package showing various WWF superstars all making claims that they would be the one who wins the Royal Rumble. Then, the rules were explained to the crowd and we were off to the races for the 1996 Royal Rumble!

Final Five Men:


Royal Rumble Entrant Order:

1. Jeff Jarrett

2. Owen Hart

3. Duke Droese

4. Phatu

5. Justin Bradshaw

6. Billy Gunn

7. Bob Holly

8. Hunter Hearst Helmsley

9. Goldust

10. Issac Yankem

11. Barry Horowitz

12. Savio Vega

13. Bart Gunn

14. Jerry Lawler

15. Amhed Johnson

16. Hakushi

17. Aldo Montoya

18. Marty Janetty

19. King Mabel

20. Chris Jericho

21. Zip

22. Skip

23. Tatanka

24. Avatar

25. 1-2-3 Kid

26. Psycho Sid

27. Yokozuna

28. Henry O. Godwinn

29. The Ringmaster

30. The Undertaker


Runner-Up: Undertaker

Final Five: Sid, Undertaker, Johnson, Owen Hart, Yokozuna

Most Eliminations: Sid

Iron Man: Owen Hart


Highlights of the match:

- Owen Hart entered the match at #2 and held out for the longest of any superstar. He was almost eliminated several times but each time he was able to barely hold on to stay in the match-up.

- When Psycho Sid hit the ring, it was full of superstars that Sid quickly dispatched. He threw out 4 Superstars within the first 30 seconds of his entrance, including eliminating Mabel by himself.

- Ahmed Johnson went straight after Jerry Lawler when he came in. Lawler jumped out of the ring through the middle rope and hid from Johnson while Yankem attacked and beat down Johnson.

- The last five men were Psycho Sid, Undertaker, Ahmed Johnson, Owen Hart and Yokozuna. Ahmed Johnson was the first of them out when Lawler came back to ringside and pulled Johnson over as Owen pushed! Johnson was furious and chased after Lawler. The next elimination was Yokozuna as both Undertaker and Sid teamed up temporarily to eliminate the big man. Owen then tried to form an alliance with both Undertaker AND Sid but both men turned him down. The three men battled for quite awhile before Owen got to cocky and tried to hit a dropkick on Undertaker but Taker grabbed him out of the air, and Chokeslammed him right over the top rope. In the end, it came down to Undertaker and Psycho Sid. Both men gave it their all with the spot at Wrestlemania on the line. Undertaker almost eliminated Sid with a big boot but Sid pulled down the rope and Undertaker's own momentum sent him crashing to the floor and allowing Sid to get the victory!



Overall, another solid, yet average show for the WWF. This was clearly a big show for them and they had some fantastic in ring work, with some of the men pulling double duty. The WWF title match was especially good and probably the best match of the year for the WWF so far. However, there was still just not as much going on as people would have liked. The stories are starting to come together and we can see where things are going but they have to get their top guys into fueds that they can really shine in. The fact that Undertaker, Owen and several top stars were given nothing to do besides the Rumble match is probably the wrong way to go. This show was a solid C+.


Upcoming on RAW!


- Ahmed Johnson vs. Justin Bradshaw

- Goldust vs. Phatu

- Owen Hart vs. Bart Gunn

- PLUS! Fallout from the Royal Rumble! What will Psycho Sid have to say after winning?

- PLUS! Diesel will come to the ring and explain his actions! Why did he turn against Shawn Michaels???


All that and more on MONDAY NIGHT RAW!!!

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January 1996 Week 4:


- The major news coming out of the Royal Rumble is not Psycho Sid winning and going on to Wrestlemania to take on Bret, it's that Razor Ramon was sent to rehab by WWF Management! He wrestled for a third time drunk at the event last night against Helmsley and the heads of the WWF had finally seen enough. After the show was over, they sent him straight to be checked in to a rehab facility and begin treatment. It's assumed that he will be stripped of the WWF Intercontinental Title but there's no formal announcement as of yet.


- It appears as though when one substance abuse problem is stopped, another one pops up. Marty Janetty was reportedly high as a kite when he tried to come to the building before the shows. WWF Management had to send him home and were very disappointed in him. They gave him a stern warning that if he does it again, he'll be fined. Marty was less than happy with this response and stormed back to his car before peeling out. More on this story as it breaks.



Superstars Quick Recap:

- King Mabel said that he's ready to decree that the WWF is all his before squashing Hakushi

- Savio Vega, Phatu, 1-2-3 Kid and The Ringmaster all get into a shoving match backstage

- Hunter Hearst Helmsley says that the WWF needs more civility before taking out the "Trash" of Duke Droese

- Billy Gunn, confident after his victory at the Rumble makes an open challenge, to be answered by a returning Kama! Kama then pins Gunn and celebrates



Monday night RAW Coverage!

From the Frank Erwin Center in front of 14,724 fans!


- The show started off with British Bulldog in the ring. He said that what happened last night was was a fluke and that Bret was lucky to beat him. Bulldog then demanded another title shot and he says that next week, Gorilla Monsoon has to come out and give it to him.


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- Next, Psycho Sid took on Savio Vega. This was a squash match really, with Savio getting little offense in. By the end, Sid was able to easily pin Vega with a chokeslam for the victory. After the match, Ted DiBiase says that this is the fate that lies ahead for Bret Hart at Wrestlemania and that Sid will stop at nothing to get to the top of the mountain and become WWF Champion. Sid then steals the mic and says that he's on step two of becoming Master of the Universe and that the final step is defeating Bret.


- Gorilla Monsoon is backstage and tells the fan that due to personal issues, Razor Ramon has been striped of the WWF Intercontinental Title and has been forced on a leave of absence by the WWF. He wishes Razor luck and says that Ramon will return when the time is right. He then sets up an Intercontinental Title Tournament that will begin next week with the finals taking place at In Your House in a few weeks.


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- The next match saw Ahmed Johnson take on Justin Bradshaw. This was one of the first times we've seen this new big Texan, but he didn't really get much to do as he was dominated by Ahmed for most of the match. Johnson was able to hit the Pearl River Plunge for the victory in a short match. After the match was over, Ahmed said that he got punked out by Lawler and the "Big Evil Freak Dentist" at the Rumble and he's looking for revenge. He told Lawler to watch out when he's on the streets because if Ahmed sees him, it's going down and nobody can stop him.


- Finally, Diesel came to the ring to explain his actions from the Royal Rumble. He said that he walked out on his partner because he finally realized that he's tired of trying to carry Shawn Michaels around to everything. He calls Shawn selfish and that everything has to revolve around him and he's always getting himself in over his head. Diesel tells Shawn that he really cared about him once but that time is over and now he's going to cut ties with him all together and make the impact he always knew he could.


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- Our next match was Goldust and Phatu. The two men gave a pretty good match, given the time they had. Goldust was clearly the better of the two men but Phatu was able to give him a go. The end of the match saw Goldust hit a running Bulldog and was able to get the three count. After the match, Goldust told the crowd that he's not afraid of anybody or anything in the WWF and that he would take on all comers. Suddenly, the lights go out and we hear a gone, symbolizing a certain someone who might be looking to take on the challenge.


- A video package airs for a "Hip new Cat" looking to "slide" into the WWF. We don't see who it is but all we hear is cheesy dance music and that this man is "cooler than a cucumber, and more fly than any man".


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- The Main Event match of the night saw Owen Hart take on Bart Gunn. This was a suprising main event but the two men were actually able to put together a good match. Owen was looking to make a statement here and Bart was looking to prove that he deserves to be a champion in the WWF. By the end of the match, both men were on the brink of winning and just as Bart was about to get the upset victory with a Superplex, Owen hit him and knocked him off the top rope, allowing Owen to get a splash and then pull him up for a Piledriver for the victory.



Overall, this show was actually better than previous ones. We had a lot more squash matches and a lot less midcard talent and it focused more on the stars of the WWF. However, with no Bret, Shawn, or Undertaker, there was a star-power that was lacking on this show. It was a good fallout show from the Rumble and sets up some fueds going forward as they build towards Wrestlemania. Overall, this show gets a B-.


Preview of the next show!


- TWO! Matches in the Intercontinental Title Tournament!

- In-Ring Return of Kama to Monday Night RAW!

- PLUS! Shawn Michaels responds to Diesel!

- PLUS! Will Gorilla Monsoon give British Bulldog another shot at Bret?


All that and more on MONDAY NIGHT RAW!!!

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February 1996 Week 1:


Quick Notes:

- The WWF has finally decided to go live for Monday Night RAW. The word is that the WWF wanted a bigger feel for their show and they felt that going live to compete with WCW directly would accomplish that.

Here are the matchups for the IC Title Tournament. There should be a lot of interesting matchups and several men could go all the way and win the tournament.




Superstars Quick Recap:

- Aldo Montoya actually got a win over a jobber

- 1-2-3 Kid, Phatu and Saivo Vega discuss the upcoming Intercontinental Title Tournament

- Savio Vega beat a jobber who was dressed like a cowboy

- Tatanka and Billy Gunn got into it backstage before heading to the ring to settle their score with Gunn getting the victory



Monday Night RAW Coverage!

From the CoreStates Spectrum in Philadelphia in front of 18,000 fans!


- The show opens with British Bulldog coming to the ring. He demands the WWF President Gorilla Monsoon come down and give him another Titie match. Monsoon appears and says that Bulldog must EARN his title match by facing The Undertaker at the show! Bulldog is upset at first but then accepts the gauntlet.


- Next was a video package hyping the newest WWF superstar who is looking to dance his way into the WWF. He's the "hippest man to throw a hip toss" and is going to "move and groove and be smooth in the ring" and the graphic shows that he's making his in-ring debut at In Your House.


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- The first match of the night was part of the Intercontinental Title Tournament which saw The Ringmaster square off against Barry Horowitz. The Ringmaster dominated from the start and finished this one off quickly with a Thesz Press and a stiff clothesline.


- Backstage, we see Shawn Michaels. He's upset that his partner left him for dead and that he really thought that he could trust Diesel through everything. HBK then goes on to say that he doesn't need Diesel anyway and that he's ready to cut off the dead weight so he can fly even higher. He challenges Diesel to a tag-team match at In Your House where they can each pick their partners. Shawn goes on to say that he'll find a partner who won't betray him and leave him like Diesel.


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- The next match saw Phatu and King Mabel face off in another IC title tournament match. The two big men were a lot of muscle and mass in the ring and both men were throwing it around with ease. Phatu was able to pick up the win by sucessfully getting Mabel to the ground and then coming off the top rope with a ring shaking splash.


- Next, Jim Cornette comes to the ring with Owen Hart and Yokozuna. He demands that The Smoking Gunns give Owen and Yoko a title match since Owen pinned Bart Gunn last week. He said that the Smoking Gunns had a nice little run with the belts but now it's time for them to come back to their rightful owners.


- We quickly cut to Goldust backstage where he's telling the camera that he's not afraid of anything and that if "HE" wants to face him then "HE" has the match.


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- Our next match saw Kama face Avatar. We saw Kama randomly return a few weeks ago on a episode of WWF Superstars and now he's ready to return to the main show. This was thankfully a quick match and Kama got the win easily after a massive punch right to the jaw of Avatar.


- Jerry Lawler and Issac Yankem made their way to the ring next and Lawler told the crowd that Ahmed Johnson is begging for another match with him. Jerry told them that the only way he'd step back into the ring with Johnson is if it's a 2 on 1 match with Issac Yankem backing him up as well.


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- The Main Event saw The British Bulldog face off with The Undertaker. Bulldog tried with all that he had to put the Deadman away but Undertaker was able to stay in the match. At one point, Undertaker had Bulldog up for a Tombstone but Bulldog was somehow able to roll through and escape. At the end of the match, Undertaker was looking like he was going to pick up the victory but suddenly, Goldust came out and tried to get into the ring. The referee stopped him but that allowed Bulldog to give Undertaker a low blow and roll him up for the victory.



Overall, it was another solid show for the WWF. It has to be said that they've all been solid but not great and that can be attributed to the roster they currently have. There's lots of good talent there at the moment and they need to really have the good workers stand out. The fueds for In Your House are building nicely and we are seeing that card take shape. Goldust was the best promo of the night surprisingly and cut a short but still very good promo. However, Bret Hart and Diesel were not on the show again and you really would think that the WWF Champion should be on each show at least once. If the WWF could fix this issue then they might be turning these solid shows into great ones. I give it a B-.


Preview of the next show!


- 1-2-3 Kid vs. Marty Janetty

- Savio Vega vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley

- PLUS! - Ahmed Johnson lays another challenge down to Jerry Lawler

- PLUS! - Bret Hart responds to Psycho Sid

- PLUS! - Diesel's tag-team partner revealed for In Your House! Who will it be???


All that and more on MONDAY NIGHT RAW!!!

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<p>February 1996 Week 2:</p><p> </p><p>

Quick Notes</p><p>

- Marty Jannetty fell off the wagon last night. He had a pre-show match and was telling everyone that he was fine to compete but it was clear he was very messed up. WWF management let him in the ring but it quickly became clear that he shouldn't have been. They were very upset with him and even sent him straight home after his match. He's on a very short leash now and I believe that if he messes up again, he's going to be following Razor Ramon straight into rehab or worse.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">WWF Superstars Quick Recap:</span></p><p>

- Psycho Sid and Ted DiBiase talk about how they are going to take over the WWF when Sid is champ</p><p>

- Justin Bradshaw gets a rare win over Hakushi where both men meshed together in a good match</p><p>

- 1-2-3 Kid and Savio Vega say they are each going to be the new IC Champ</p><p>

- The Smoking Gunns defeated the Bodydonnas</p><p>

- Phatu and Issac Yankem get into a scuffle backstage leading to a match between the two where Phatu gets the win</p><p> </p><p>

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<span style="color:#FF0000;">Monday Night RAW Coverage!</span></p><p>

From the ARCO Arena in Sacramento California in front of 16,677 fans!</p><p> </p><p>

- The show opens with <strong>Diesel and Ted DiBiase in the ring with Psycho Sid.</strong> Diesel says that he accepts the challenge of Shawn Michaels and that he's worked out a deal with Ted DiBiase to allow his partner for that match to be Sid! DiBiase says that he's happy to help Diesel and glad that he was given such a good price for Sid's talents. Sid grabs the mic and says that this will allow him to get closer to being the master of the Universe and WWF Champion.</p><p> </p><p>

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- Another Intercontinental Title tournmament match kicked off the night as <strong>1-2-3 Kid took on Marty Janetty</strong>. There's no love lost between these two men who were one time tag-team champions together. In the end of the match, Kid was able to sneak in a low blow and a hand full of tights to advance in the tournament.</p><p> </p><p>

- Next, we see yet another package for <strong>"The Dude Man"</strong>. He's ready to "Jive on in to the WWF" and we'll be seeing him make his debut at In Your House: Full Steam Ahead!</p><p> </p><p>

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- The next match saw <strong>Hunter Hearst Helmsley take on Savio Vega</strong> in a IC tournament match. Hunter was the clear favorite going into the whole tournament so Savio was sure to be on top of his game. Helmlsey might have underestimated him however, as Savio was actually able to pull off the upset victory by making Helmsley tap out.</p><p> </p><p>

- <strong>Ahmed Johnson</strong> stormed to the ring and called out Jerry Lawler again and said that he's through waiting around and wants to beat up Jerry now. <strong>Lawler and Issac Yankem then appeared</strong> and said that he's not stepping into the ring with Ahmed until he absolutely has to. Lawler then told Johnson that he's willing to make a concession and that Ahmed can square off against Issac Yankem next week!</p><p> </p><p>

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- In what was described as a "Quick but somehow still painful" match, Kama came out and took down a jobber who was already in the ring. Kama gave the poor young man a chance to leave but the kid wanted to stay and take his chances. He had none it turns out as Kama was able to dominate him from the start and take him out with a huge right hand.</p><p> </p><p>

- From one end of the extreme to the other, <strong>Bret Hart came down to the ring</strong>. He was ready and focused on his match with Goldust next, but he came out early to say that Sid better watch his back and that he was ready to derail Sid's Master of the Universe plans and retain his title at Wrestlemania!</p><p> </p><p>

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- The Main Event saw <strong>Bret Hart square off against Goldust</strong> in a non-title match. Announced earlier in the show, the two men squared off and took each other to the limit. Goldust almost beat the champ a few times but Bret was always able to make the come back. At the end of the match, Bret was able to put the finishing touches on his gameplan of working Goldust's knee and getting him into a Sharpshooter and the victory for the WWF Champ. After the match, Goldust was alone in the ring when the lights went out and a gong went off as Goldust sat up and tried his best to scamper off to the back.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

Overall, this was an actual good show. This was a strange one because all of the non-wrestling segments were great and the matches were not (aside from Bret/Goldust). This might show a real weakness for the WWF; good talkers but not good workers. With several excellent in-ring stars (HBK, Owen, Bulldog) not in any matches tonight, I think the show could have faired even better with one of them in a match. Overall, this show was a B-.</p><p>


Preview of the next show!</p><p>

- Ahmed Johnson vs. Issac Yankem</p><p>

- The Ringmaster vs. Phatu</p><p>

- Savio Vega vs. 1-2-3 Kid</p><p>

- PLUS! Shawn Michaels has his pick for tag-team partner to face Diesel and Sid! Who will it be?</p><p>

- PLUS! Goldust wants to make a statement against The Undertaker days before In Your House!</p><p> </p><p>

All that and more on <span style="color:#FF0000;"><strong>MONDAY NIGHT RAW!!!</strong></span></p>

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<p>great stuff, really enjoying reading this, always been a sid mark, despite most people not liking him, so glad to see him win the rumble.</p><p>

ringmaster for the IC title imo, then maybe a gimmick change like a certain king of the ring moment <img alt=";)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/wink.png.686f06e511ee1fbf6bdc7d82f6831e53.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p>

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February 1996 Week 3


Quick Notes:


- Another WWF star is headed off to rehab. Marty Janetty was given time off to check into rehab after wrestling again while drunk at Monday Night Raw. Management was hoping that he'd turn it around and had a big angle planned for him but it was scrapped because they couldn't trust him in the ring. Marty was seen in good spirits when he left for rehab and hopefully his life gets turned around while he's off.


- A bidding war has broken out over a talent that is near the end of his contract with WCW. Both promotions are eager to get this guy and the WWF is hoping to bring this man back to where he belongs for the right price.


- Rick Rude popped back up into the scene recently. He was given a shot at the Raw show held last week in a dark segment but ultimately, the WWF decided not to move on with him.


- While we are taking contracts, two WWF superstars were also reportedly contacted about coming over WCW. No word yet on who they are or if they plan to make the jump but we'll see if the WWF wants to fight for them or kick them to the curb.



WWF Superstars quick results:

- 1-2-3 Kid put away Duke Droese with a dropkick from the top rope in a very awkward match

- A scuffle breaks out between King Mabel, Phatu, Savio Vega and Tatanka

- Justin Bradshaw gets a win over Barry Horowitz

- Newcomer Chris Jericho gets a submission victory over Aldo Montoya

- The Ringmaster and Phatu got into it ahead of their IC Title Tournament match on RAW

- The odd pairing of King Mabel and Tanaka get the victory over the equally odd pairing of Savio Vega and Phatu



Monday Night RAW Coverage!

LIVE! From the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa in front of 12,438 fans!


- The show starts with Shawn Michaels coming to the ring. He says that he's worried about Diesel and Psycho Sid as a tag-team as both men are huge. He wants to know that he's got a partner who has his back and then he says he needs the help of a champion. He calls Bret Hart to come to the ring and says that he wants Bret's help at In Your House. Bret isn't sure if he wants to wrestle twice in one night against top level opponents so he'll think about it and get back with Shawn later tonight.


- The Ringmaster tells Dok Hendrix that he's ready to take the next step in the WWF and become the Intercontinental Champion and his path starts tonight with his second round victory over Phatu.


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- The first match of the night saw the other Intercontinental Title Tournament match with 1-2-3 Kid facing off against Savio Vega. Both men were stepping up their game because they knew they were that much closer to the title. The end of the match saw Savio get the victory with a Cobra Clutch maneuver. Vega celebrated with the crowd as he knew he punched his ticket to the finals.


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- Our second match of the night saw Yokozuna take on Billy Gunn. Yokozuna wanted to get the win and get the momentum on his side for his team going into the tag-team title match at In Your House. Billy fought back against everything that Yokozuna had for him and was able to hold his own. At the end of the match, Billy had Yokozuna on the ropes and was able to get a Gunn Slinger and Bart Gunn popped up from under the ring and held Yokozuna's massive legs down for the three count! Both men celebrated up the aisle as Jim Cornette threw a huge fit.


- Next, the final video package for "The Man With The Groove" played. Finally, we see that it's the man they call "Dude Love" and he'll be stepping into the ring at In Your House and "getting down with all the fellas and honeys" in the WWF.


- Backstage, Bret Hart is in his locker room and finally decides that he's going to help Shawn Michaels in his tag-team match at In Your House. He leaves his room to go and find Shawn but suddenly, British Bulldog appears and attacks Bret! He beats Bret down and puts him down and out. Bret is rolling around on the floor as Bulldog laughs and tells Bret he'll see him Sunday... maybe.


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- Finally, we see The Ringmaster and Phatu step into the ring as the other IC Title Tournament match takes place. Ringmaster was able to combat the size and strength of the big man and was able to put him away with a Stunner and move on to face Savio Vega in the finals.


- Goldust then came down to the ring and called out The Undertaker. He said that he's not afraid and won't be scared by smoke and mirrors and tricks. Suddenly, the lights go out and The Undertaker appears to come to the ring from underneath and both men go nose-to-nose. A host of WWF superstars and officials come down to break up the fight before it even gets started.


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- The Main Event saw Ahmed Johnson finally get his hands on Issac Yankem. Johnson has been trying to get Jerry Lawler but this was the only way that Lawler would fight Ahmed was if he got into the ring with Yankem first. Both men showed off their power and strength with Johnson being just a little more powerful. At the end of the match, Jerry Lawler slid into the ring and attacked Ahmed with a chair when he thought the referee wasn't looking but the ref saw it and called for the bell. Lawler then swung the chair at Johnson and missed and then ran away to avoid more wrath from Ahmed.



Overall, this show was pretty good. There were a lot more matches than usual and we set up to In Your House nicely with a few segments. The Bulldog/Bret/Sid/Shawn/Diesel/Shawn Michaels storyline took an interesting turn so we'll see how that plays out. Shawn was out there cutting a hell of a promo at the show and really got his feud with Diesel over. It was a great way to start the night. It was very strange to see Ahmed Johnson and Issac Yankem main event the show but I guess management felt that it was a good match for the main event and didn't really pay off and was a letdown to the fans. This was another C+ show.


In Your House: Full Steam Ahead Card!

WWF Title Match: Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog

WWF Tag-Team Title Match: Smoking Gunns vs. Owen Hart and Yokozuna

WWF Intercontinental Title Tournament Finals: The Ringmaster vs. Savio Vega


Shawn Michaels and ??? vs. Diesel and Psycho Sid

Issac Yankem and Jerry Lawler vs. Ahmed Johnson

In Ring Debut of Dude Love

The Undertaker vs. Goldust


Who will Shawn Michaels Tag-Team partner be???


Tune in to In Your House: Full Steam Ahead to find out all this and more!!!

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- A massive announcement was made this week as British Bulldog is going to be leaving the WWF and joining WCW. No word on what made him jump ship since his contract was ending soon. It has been rumored that the WWF offered him more money than WCW but it seems as though the WWF is losing a top star. This all but confirms that he won't be winning the WWF Title at In Your House but I guess there's always a chance.



In Your House: Full Steam Ahead!

LIVE! From the South East of the USA in front of 37,000 fans!


- The show started off with a video package highlighting the matches that we are going to be seeing tonight. Once the show actually began, WWF President Gorilla Monsoon came down to the ring. He said that based on the attack that British Bulldog did on Bret Hart, he’s not going to be medically cleared to have two matches tonight. Instead, he’s just going to have to defend his WWF Title and not team with Shawn Michaels. Gorilla then thanks everyone as we head into the first match of the night.


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- The first contest was a Handicap match between Jerry Lawler and Issac Yankem on one side and Ahmed Johnson on the other. Johnson has been trying for ages to get his hands on Lawler and is willing to be at a huge disadvantage to do so. By the end of the match, Ahmed was finally able to get his hands on Lawler, only to have Issac hit him from behind and that allowed Lawler to get the piledriver on Johnson and get the victory. Lawler and Issac dashed away as soon as they got the victory.


- Backstage, Shawn Michaels is visibly upset as he frantically looks for a tag-team partner for his match. He approaches several men and all of them decline.


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- Our second match saw the long awaited in-ring debut of Dude Love. We’ve seen a lot of Dude in the past few weeks but now he was finally in front of everyone and he looked good out there. He faced Chris Jericho and Jericho was able to give him a good match but in the end, Dude Love was just too strong and hit his finisher “The Love Below” for the three count.


- Savio Vega was backstage with Dok Hendrix and he said that he’s ready to become Intercontinental champion. Vega said that he’s put away two tough competitors to get here and he knows he has one more in Ringmaster and he’s ready to get it done.


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- The first title match of the evening saw Owen Hart and Yokozuna challenge The Smoking Gunns for the tag-team titles. The Gunns actually took the belts off Owen and Yoko and have held them for awhile and Owen and Yokozuna want them back. Yokozuna and Owen Hart showed excellent teamwork, even better than the Smoking Gunns at times. The end of the match came when Owen caught Bart off the top rope and slammed him to the mat and Yokozuna followed it up with a Banzai Drop for the victory and NEW tag-team champions!


- Shawn Michaels is still backstage looking for a partner and gets off the phone and says that he’s finally found someone to help him take down Diesel and Psycho Sid!


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Next, The Ringmaster and Savio Vega faced off for the vacant Intercontinental Title. It was clear that both men wanted to be champion and gave it their all in this match. Ringmaster almost had Savio put away with a Stunner but Savio was able to kick out. By the end however, the gas tank of Savio Vega quickly ran to empty and Ringmaster hit another Stunner for the victory and his first title in the WWF.


- Following that, a video package was shown highlighting the interactions between Undertaker and Goldust over the past few weeks. Both men are ready to get in the ring and fight each other tonight.


- Bret Hart is shown backstage finally arriving at the arena. He has taped ribs and he’s walking slowly but, it’s clear he’s ready to give it his all tonight against British Bulldog.


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The next match was The Undertaker facing off against Goldust. Goldust has been taunting Undertaker over the past few weeks and he’s been claiming he’s not afraid of The Deadman. Both men worked over their opponent hard in this match and were ready to do whatever it took to get a victory. Goldust went to setup Undertaker for a Shattered Dreams spot but, Undertaker stuck out his hand, grabbed Goldust and gave him a Chokeslam that was good enough for the three count.


- Ted DiBiase, Psycho Sid and Diesel were backstage, preparing for their tag-team match tonight. Ted told his team that HBK never found anyone of importance and that the two men should easily take down Michaels.


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- After going to the ring, Diesel called out Michaels and said it was time to face the music. Shawn came out and said that he finally found a partner for his match and it was none other than Ron Simmons!

So, Ron Simmons joined HBK to take on Diesel and Psycho Sid. Simmons was actually able to hold his own against two giants, and actually got a bodyslam on Diesel at one point. Shawn was going in and out of the ring, getting quick shots so that he wouldn’t be cornered by Diesel or Sid. Shawn also pulled off a new top-rope spot that we’ve never seen before and it was fantastic. Diesel and Sid were able to work together somewhat but there were times when the two men were clearly not getting along. By the end of the match, Diesel was so frustrated that he couldn’t get to Michaels that he tagged himself in and put HBK in the corner and stomped him and wouldn’t stop, even with the ref pulled him away. Diesel struck the ref with a boot and that caused the downed referee to call for the bell and the DQ. Diesel didn’t seem to care that he lost and stormed away, clearly happy that he got the advantage in the end.


- British Bulldog was backstage with Dok Hendrix. He said that because he hurt Bret so badly on RAW, that this should be an easy cleanup job and that the WWF Title is all but his.


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Finally, we are led to the Main Event of Bret Hart defending his WWF Title against British Bulldog. Bret was clearly injured in this match but was able to hold off Bulldog for a majority of the match. Bret went for the legs again during the match, in order to get him off his feet and his game plan worked after a long Boston Crab that saw Bulldog almost tap out. In the end, Bret was able to finally lock in the submission and forced British Bulldog to tap out again for the victory and Bret retained his title. As Bret was holding the belt high, Psycho Sid came running in and attacked Bret. He stomped the ribs of Bret and put him in a very painful looking torture rack. Sid held the belt high and said it was finally his time as the show went off the air.


Overall, another solid Pay-Per-View for the WWF. This was a good show that setup the main event of Wrestlemania nicely and also hinted at a few other spots for the big card coming up. The in-ring work was probably the best part of the night as none of the other segments really did anything for the audience. Shawn Michaels put on a very good performance tonight and it’s clear that he’s probably the top star in the company, even without the belt. Another B- show for the WWF.


Monday Night RAW preview!


- The Undertaker vs. Jeff Jarrett

- The Ringmaster in action!

- RAW debut of Dude Love!

- PLUS! - Shawn Michaels has something to say about Diesel

- PLUS! - Ahmed Johnson makes a challenge to Jerry Lawler

- PLUS! - An injury update on Bret Hart


All that and more on MONDAY NIGHT RAW!!!

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Feburary 1996 Week 4


Quick Notes:

There’s a rumor going around that another WWF Superstar is about to make the jump and join British Bulldog in WCW. I won’t say who it is but it’ll be surprising if he does, considering who he is and who’s aligned with him.


WWF Superstars Quick Recap:

- Savio Vega defeated Justin Bradshaw

- The Smoking Gunns tell the crowd they are looking to get back on track. They go out and immediately lose to 1-2-3 Kid and the new IC champion, The Ringmaster.

- Dude Love wrestles Chris Jericho and again comes out on top.

- Phatu and Tatanka get into a fight backstage before their match and Phatu is able to defeat Tatanka.



Monday Night RAW Coverage!

In Front of 12,238 fans in the Rose Garden in Portland Oregon!


-The show starts with Ted DiBiase and Psycho Sid coming down to the ring. Ted tells the crowd that the reason he had Sid beat down Bret Hart after his match last night was to send a message. Sid then grabbed the mic and said that it was part of his plan to become the master of the universe and that Bret’s days are numbered and he needs to watch his back because if he can do that to him last night, he’s not ready to get into the ring with him.


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The first match of the night saw Kama take on Barry Horowitz. This was thankfully a quick match and really showed the power and strength of Kama as he easily won with a shoulderbreaker.


- In the ring next, Owen Hart, Yokozuna and Jim Cornette came down and celebrated their title victory last night at In Your House. Owen said that it felt good to be a champ again in the WWF and that he and Yokozuna were back where they belonged. The Smoking Gunns came out and said that they want another shot and that Owen and Yoko got lucky last night. Cornette tells the Gunns that they aren’t getting another shot until they can show him that they mean business.


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- Our next match saw the Monday Night RAW debut of Dude Love against 1-2-3 Kid. Dude was really showcasing his dancing ability in this match and also was really able to take it to Kid. Kid held his own but by the end, Dude hit the “Love Below” for the victory. After the match, Dude Love requested that the lights go down and he began to dance in the ring. Hunter Hearst Helmsley watched backstage and was disgusted by what he saw.


- Next in the ring, Shawn Michaels and Ron Simmons came out. Shawn thanked Simmons for coming thru on such a late notice and help him out last night and Simmons was appreciative. Michaels then told Diesel to take a look because that’s what a real friend does. Shawn said that there’s nothing left between he and Diesel except for their match at Wrestlemania and he’s going to prove why he’s the best in the WWF by defeating Diesel. Suddenly, Diesel came out from backstage and attacked Ron Simmons. He beat Simmons down and Shawn tried to help Ron out but was met with a Jackknife Powerbomb for his troubles.


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- The next match was another short one between the new Intercontinental Champion The Ringmaster and a local talent. The poor kid never got any offense in as Ringmaster dominated from the start and put him away quickly with a Stunner. After the match, Ringmaster kept beating down the local man, and was eventually stopped by referees. Ringmaster was saying that he’s the champ and that he doesn’t have to play by the rules anymore.


- Ahmed Johnson was backstage. He said that he’s tired of Jerry Lawler running away from him and he’s tired of getting beat down. Ahmed said that the only way to settle who the better man is would be to have a strap match so that Lawler can’t escape. He said he’d give Lawler a week to think about it and wants his response next week on RAW.


- We get a quick video on the condition of Bret Hart, who isn’t at the show tonight because of the injuries sustained last night. He will be back on RAW next week.


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Our Main Event saw The Undertaker face off against Jeff Jarrett. Before the match, Undertaker got a mic and told Goldust that he’s not finished with him yet and they have another date with destiny. During the match, Undertaker and Jarrett were somewhat evenly matched and both men were giving it their all. Jarrett really wanted to pull off the upset victory and almost got it several times. By the end of the match, Goldust came down to the ring and tried to help Jarrett get the win but his efforts were cut short by The Undertaker, who got Jarrett in a Tombstone for the victory. After the match however, Goldust was able to get back in the ring with a steel chair and hit Undertaker several times with it and said that he’s ready for their next date.


Overall, a good showing by the WWF. Now that In Your House is gone, the next stop for big shows is Wrestlemania and we got several advanced storylines to get us there. There was a lot more action in the ring than usual but two matches were squashes so it’s hard to say that it was better. Not having Bret show up was a real hurt for the show but he should be back next week. The WWF are starting to go in the right direction hopefully and that means a successful Wrestlemania. This show gets a B-.


Preview of the next Monday Night RAW!!

- Diesel vs. Ron Simmons

- Ahmed Johnson and The Smoking Gunns vs. Jerry Lawler, Owen Hart and Yokozuna

- PLUS! Bret Hart appears to give an injury report!

- PLUS! The Undertaker has a sign for Goldust!


All of this and more, next time on MONDAY NIGHT RAW!!!!!

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March 1996 Week 1:


Quick Notes:

- The big notes coming out of this week is that Jeff Jarrett has been stolen by WCW for the WWF. There’s no word on when Jarrett will start with the other company but the WWF can’t be happy that another one of their top stars.


- Not to be outdone, there’s a WCW superstar whose contract is up and he’s considering moving to the WWF. It’s not clear if this man is on the same level as Jarrett but, we’ll have to wait and see.


- Further contract news, several key WWF stars have expiring contracts and the WWF will do everything they can to keep them. WCW would be more than willing to take them so the WWF is going to have to offer big money deals to keep them.


- Before the show on Monday night, it was reported that Bob Holly got in the face of Dude Love and started telling him that he wasn’t worthy of being in the WWF. The two men got into it and had to be pulled apart by security. WWF Management took Bob and sat him down and gave him a stern warning to not be a jerk to new talent and that everyone is welcome in the WWF. Holly was not having it and said that he’s still going to make sure the new guys “know their place”. We’ll see if anything unfolds from this.



WWF Superstars Quick Recap:

- The Smoking Gunns defeated Justin Bradshaw and Chris Jericho

- A brawl breaks out backstage between Dude Love and Hunter Hearst Helmsley, sparked when Dude asked Helmsley to dance

- Zip defeated Hakushi in a “Who Booked This $%!*” Match

- Issac Yankem put the drill to Aldo Montoya and got the win

- Kama seemed confident going into his match with Dude Love

- Kama defeated Dude Love with the help of Hunter Hearst Helmsley attacking Love behind the referee’s back



Monday Night RAW Coverage!


LIVE! From the Richmond Coliseum in Virginia in front of 13,000 fans!


- The show starts with Bret Hart in the ring. He says that he is ready for Sid and that he can defeat him. Bret is used to wrestling bigger guys all his life and Psycho Sid is no different. Sid then comes to the ring with Ted DiBiase and Ted tries to talk but Sid grabs the mic. Sid tells Bret that he better count the days with the WWF titles as blessings because he’s going to ascend to the stars and become the master of the universe shortly. Bret then goes to attack Sid and the two men brawl as security has to seperate them.


- Backstage, Ron Simmons tells the crowd that he’s happy to be in the WWF but unhappy that there’s a bully in the locker room. He challenges Diesel to a match later to prove who the biggest tough man really is.


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- The first match of the night kicked off as Jerry Lawler teamed with Owen Hart and Yokozuna to take on Ahmed Johnson and the Smoking Gunns. All six men wanted to get their hands on each other and it was a wild match from the start. Lawler still ran from Ahmed at every chance he got and Johnson was more focused on Lawler than the tag-team champs. By the end, Owen and Yoko were able to stop the big man from chasing Lawler by working his legs until Owen finally got him in the Sharpshooter and forced Ahmed to tap out.


- We see The Ringmaster backstage with his Intercontinental Title belt. Ringmaster shows everyone and they all give him respect, mostly because they are afraid of Ringmaster. When The Ringmaster meets up with Duke Droese however, he makes Drosse bow and when he doesn’t, Ringmaster beats him down and leaves him in a broken pile.


- Dude Love was on screen next and was dancing away in the locker room. Hunter Hearst Helmsley entered the room to find Dude and said that he shouldn’t be doing that and he should have more respect for himself. The Love Machine said that he does Love himself and that Hunter should come over and dance and show himself some Love too. Helmsley was clearly having none of it so he left the locker room in disgust.


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- The next match was Shawn Michaels taking on Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Helmsley was trying to shake off what he just saw and get his shot to defeat Michaels. There was a great flow to the match and it’s clear that the two men worked hard to defeat the other. At one point, Shawn went for a Splash from the top rope and Hunter moved and Shawn landed very awkwardly on his knee. Michaels worked through the rest of the match and surprisingly was able to hit a Sweet Chin Music for the victory.


- Next, The Undertaker came down to the ring with a huge covered object. He said that Goldust is really getting in his way and that he really needs to put Goldust to rest so he made an item to help him with that. The sheet is taken off to reveal a casket. Undertaker tells Goldust that he’s going to put him in this at Wrestlemania.


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- The Main Event match saw Diesel accept Ron Simmons challenge and face him one-on-one. Diesel was very strong here but the newcomer to the WWF showed that he won’t be a pushover. Simmons almost got the victory at one point by hitting a giant Powerslam on Diesel but he kicked out. Shawn Michaels came down to the ring to cheer on Simmons and when the referee was turned around, Michaels tried to get into the ring and attack Diesel but his knee gave out. Diesel threw Michaels out of the ring and when Simmons went to check on HBK, Diesel capitalized and hit a Jackknife Powerbomb on Simmons for the victory.



Overall, another good showing of RAW. There were a lot fewer matches than normal but that actually worked in their favor tonight. They were able to shape the Wrestlemania storylines even more and that helped them out quite a bit. It seems that Michaels really injured himself so, we’ll have to see how badly and if it will affect his time in the ring. Hopefully the WWF can keep this momentum up and ride it all the way to Wrestlemania. This show gets a solid B.


Preview of the next Monday Night RAW!!

- Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Bob Holly

- Kama vs. Savio Vega

- PLUS! Injury update on Shawn Michaels

- PLUS! Ted DiBiase has a surprise for Bret Hart!


All of this and more, next time on MONDAY NIGHT RAW!!!!!

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March 1996 Week 2:</p><p> </p><p>

Quick Notes:</p><p>

- Injury update on Shawn Michaels! It appears that HBK has a slight Tear in his knee. He has gotten a second opinion and seems as though right now at least, he should be able to work his Wrestlemania match but beyond that, he might need some time out of the ring.</p><p>

- A bidding war has broken out between the WWF and WCW over two key superstars. No word on who they are but if the WWF is unable to keep the two men, it could very much shift the power to WCW in the War.</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">WWF Superstars Quick Results:</span></p><p>

- Savio Vega defeated Zip</p><p>

- Chris Jericho came out on top against Aldo Montoya</p><p>

- Bob Holly managed to get a win over Justin Bradshaw</p><p>

- Tatanka and 1-2-3 Kid said they will team up to take on the Smoking Gunns and surprisingly get the victory over the established team</p><p> </p><p>

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<span style="color:#FF0000;">Monday Night RAW Coverage!</span></p><p>

LIVE! From the Ottawa Civic Centre in Ottawa, Ontario Canada in front of 10,000 fans!</p><p> </p><p>

- The show kicks off with <strong>Ted DiBiase and Psycho Sid</strong> in the ring. Ted tells the crowd that he knows everyone is excited to see the “Candadian Hero” tonight, and so he was able to book him a “Wrestlemania Warm-Up match” by offering a nice sum to the WWF Management. Sid gets the mic and tells the crowd that he hates Canada and he won’t wrestle here once he defeats Bret Hart and becomes Master of the Universe.</p><p> </p><p>

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- Our first match of the evening saw<strong> Hunter Hearst Helmsley take on Bob Holly</strong>. Both men were evenly matched and Bob really wanted to get a breakthrough win against Helmsley. Hunter was just too much for Bob however, and was able to get the victory with a “Pedigree”. After the match, Helmsley got the mic and said that he just showed the crowd how a real star behaves and didn’t do any dancing. He said that Dude Love is a phoney and doesn’t belong in the WWF because the WWF is for serious competitors only.</p><p> </p><p>

- <strong>Ahmed Johnson</strong> is backstage. He said that Lawler still hasn’t committed to their Strap Match at Wrestlemania. Johnson then says that he’ll throw in the offer that if he loses, he’ll be Lawler’s personal assistant for 30 days and help him in the WWF in whatever way he wants.</p><p>

- There’s a short video package next, covering the injury of <strong>Shawn Michaels</strong>. We see footage of it from last week and his trip to the doctor. Shawn’s doctor said that he should be able to compete at Wrestlemania but he has to take it easy before then and doesn’t want him anywhere near the ring unless he absolutely has to be.</p><p> </p><p>

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- The second match of the night saw <strong>Kama take on Savio Vega</strong>. Kama has been on a roll lately and wanted to keep it going against a more formidable opponent in Savio. Vega gave it a good shot but Kama was just overpowering Savio at every turn. Eventually, Kama was able to lock in a submission hold and made Savio Vega tap out for the victory.</p><p> </p><p>

- Next,<strong> Goldust</strong> came down to the ring. He told the crowd that he’s ready to face Undertaker at Wrestlemania and isn’t afraid of the caskets or facing his own doom. Suddenly, a group of men wearing robes pushed a large casket down to the ring. Goldust said that didn’t scare him and that he’s going to get into it now, to prove his point. He went to open it and Undertaker was inside! Goldust jumped and then ran to the back as Taker sat up and laughed.</p><p> </p><p>

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- <strong>Owen Hart and Ahmed Johnson squared off next</strong>. This was a much better match than the previous two, with Owen being a good foil to the bigger and stronger Johnson. Owen was flying all over the ring whereas Johnson was trying to use his power to his advantage. At the end of the match, Johnson had Owen in the spot for the Pearl River Plunge but Jerry Lawler came to the ring and distracted the referee. This allowed Owen to get down and hit Johnson from behind and roll him up for the quick three count.</p><p> </p><p>

- Backstage, <strong>The Ringmaster</strong> was showing off his Intercontinental Title and telling everyone that he can do whatever he wants and nobody can stop him. He knocks over a catering table and laughs at the men who start to pick it up. However, we see <strong>Ron Simmons</strong> appear and tell Ringmaster that he doesn’t like bullies and that he has no problem taking that title from him. The two men go nose-to-nose before Ringmaster finally backs down.</p><p> </p><p>

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- Our Main Event saw <strong>Bret Hart in his “Wrestlemania Warm-Up” match that Ted booked for him turn into a handicap match where he had to face Jerry Lawler and Issac Yankem</strong>. Bret was upset at the idea of facing two men but was able to hold his own for a good portion of the match. Bret used the strategy of focusing more on Lawler and making sure he stayed away from Yankem. Lawler however, was too crafty for that and was able to get the advantage closer to the end of the match. Right at the end, Bret was finally able to get a submission locked in on Lawler and suddenly, Psycho Sid came from out of the crowd and attacked Bret, causing the referee to call for the bell. Sid, Lawler and Yankem then beat down Bret, much to the delight of Ted DiBiase. All three men celebrated after they conquered the champion.</p><p> </p><p>

Overall, this was a below average show. A lot of the segments just fell flat on the Canadian crowd for whatever reason. It was not a good show, as the wrestling was mostly bad (except for the performances of Owen and Bret obviously) and there wasn’t a lot of build going into Wrestlemania. We barely saw Shawn Michaels, didn’t see Diesel at all, and barely saw Psycho Sid. These three men have huge matches at the biggest show of the year and they were largely kept off the show. The WWF really needs to focus more on their bigger stars. This show gets a C.</p><p>


Preview of the next Monday Night RAW!!</p><p>

- Bret Hart and the Smoking Gunns vs. Psycho Sid, Owen Hart and Yokzuna</p><p>

- Jerry Lawler vs. Phatu</p><p>

- Diesel vs. Bob Holly</p><p>

- PLUS! A "Love Summit" with Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Dude Love!</p><p>

- PLUS! Bret Hart and Psycho Sid go face-to-face!</p><p> </p><p>

All of this and more, next time on <strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">MONDAY NIGHT RAW!!!!!</span></strong></p>

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March 1996 Week 3:


Quick Notes:

Both Razor Ramon and Diesel were able to resign their contracts to keep them with the WWF. The two were favored by WCW to make the jump but they decided to stay with the WWF and continue their careers there.


WWF Superstars Quick Results:

- Ted DiBiase and Psycho Sid tell the crowd that things are going to change when Sid becomes Master of the Universe

- Chris Jericho defeated Avatar

- Dude Love runs into Hunter Hearst Helmsley and invites him to a “Love Summit” on RAW to discuss their differences

- The Bodydonnas defeated two jobbers

- Savio Vega and Takanka cut dueling promos on each other before facing off in a match where Savio Vega got the victory



Monday Night RAW Coverage!

LIVE! From Madison Square Garden in New York City in front of 19,382 fans!


- The show kicks off with Bret Hart coming to the ring. He tells the crowd that he’s looking forward to defeating Psycho Sid at Wrestlemania. Bret tells everyone that the time for talking is almost over and the time for action is upon us. Hart says he feels suitably prepared for anything that Sid would throw at him and he’s ready to retain the WWF Title and continue his reign as the champion.


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- Our first match of the night saw Jerry Lawler take on Phatu. It was a warm up for Lawler, who is looking to defeat Ahmed Johnson at Wrestlemania and have a new assistant for 30 days. Phatu was able to keep Lawler grounded for a lot of the match because of his size advantage. Lawler was able to outsmart him at the end however, and was actually able to put down the big man with a Piledriver for the victory.


- Backstage, a set was in place that had couches a tye-dye everything as Dude Love set up his “Love Summit” for himself at Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Love invited Hunter to sit down and discuss how they feel about each other. Helmsley had none of it and told Dude that there was no reason a “dancing freak” should even be in the same room as himself. Dude tried to tell Hunter that he loved him but Helmsley had none of it and attacked Dude Love with one of the chairs on set.


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- The second match of the evening saw Diesel take on Bob Holly. Although this was a clear mismatch in size, the two men put on a very entertaining match. Diesel was the clear favorite going in but Holly was actually able to hold his own and almost got the victory several times. In the end, Diesel was just too strong and too much for Holly and put him away with a Jackknife Powerbomb for the victory. After the match, Diesel tried to attack Holly and wanted to make an example of him. Shawn Michaels then came down to the ring to try and save Holly but once he got into the ring, his knee gave out and couldn’t get back up. Diesel went to attack Shawn but instead, he just laughed at him and walked away as trainers came down to help Shawn.


- In the back, The Ringmaster was again up to no good and causing problems. He flipped a catering table and then laughed as the poor caterer cleaned it up. Ron Simmons showed up again and once again told Ringmaster he doesn’t like bullies and that he should pick on someone his own size. Ron then challenged Ringmaster to a match at Wrestlemania for the Intercontinental Title. Ringmaster agreed and the two men got in each others faces before security came to break them up.


- Goldust then came down to the ring. He said that last week, he ran away because he just remembered he left something in the back and not that he was afraid of a casket. However, once he mentioned the casket, it was wheeled out to the ring again. This time, Goldust went over and opened it, and a hand came out from inside and was able to pull him in. The casket shook and moved as it was wheeled to the back.


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- The Main Event saw Bret Hart teaming with The Smoking Gunns to take on Psycho Sid, Owen Hart and Yokozuna. This was a giant match, with everyone really trying to get one over on their Wrestlemania opponents. At one point, Bret was the legal man with Owen Hart and Bret did not want to fight his brother. Psycho Sid was also trying to get the momentum on his side by almost single-handedly taking out both Smoking Gunns. By the end of the match, Sid was tired of playing by the rules and went after Bret even though Sid was not the legal man. Sid beat down Hart so bad that the referee had to call for the bell and throw the match out. An explosive brawl broke out between the six men and security had to come down and break the men apart to end the show.


Overall, this was a much better show from the WWF than we’ve seen. There were fewer matches, but they really all told good stories and helped push the storylines going into Wrestlemania. It will be interesting to see if Shawn Michael’s potential new injury will hinder him in his match with Diesel that’s upcoming. There were also fewer segments on the show than normal, which is a good thing because it allows the stories to have more time and more room to develop. The card for Wrestlemania is set and ready to go and the WWF are really hoping that they have a great show on their hands and that it sets them up for the year nicely. This show gets a solid B-.


Preview of the next Monday Night RAW!!

- Tatanka vs. Dude Love

- Kama vs. Bob Holly

- Owen Hart vs. Ron Simmons

- PLUS! Contract signing between Psycho Sid and Bret Hart!

- PLUS! Shawn Michaels addresses his injury and Wrestlemania status!


All of this and more, next time on MONDAY NIGHT RAW!!!!!

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