Monday Night Raw
March 11, 1996
San Antonio, TX
The current WWF Champs were as follows:
World Champion: Bret Hart (11/19/1995)
Intercontinental Champion: Goldust (1/21/1996)
World Tag Team Champions: Vacant (2/15/1996)
Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler.
- Savio Vega vs. Steve Austin (w/Ted DiBiase)
If I’m not mistaken, this is the first time Austin has been referenced as “Stone Cold”. Sure beats being called the Ringmaster. Vince describes both men as being from the “street area”, which just makes me laugh. Headlocks and shoulderblocks to start. Savio fights back with armdrags, but Austin avoids one and Savio falls to the mat. Savio gets fired up again, but Austin drills him with a Polish hammer to the face. Suplex gets two. The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry who is heading to compete in the 1996 Olympics is shown sitting in the audience making his WWF TV debut. There seemed to have been some kind of disturbance between he and Lawler prior to the broadcast, but Lawler tries to shut Vince up about it. Another comeback from Vega, but a splash hits knees. Commercials! When we return, Austin reverses a cross-corner whip and blast Savio from behind with a clothesline. Austin starts working the neck and whips Savio in the corner, but charges into a back kick. HERE COMES SAVIO! He hits one big SPINNING HEEL KICK in the corner and Austin goes flying over the top rope along with him down to the floor and bounces his face off the steps! They start brawling and prevent each other from getting back inside for the double-countout. (6:18 shown) The fight now continues back into the ring where Austin eats the SPINNING HEEL KICK to send him retreating to the floor. Funny how a year later, people were clamoring to see Austin’s finisher. You might not think they would, but these two always showed me a good time. **¼
They finally show what went down earlier tonight between Mark Henry and Jerry Lawler. Apparently Jerry said something derogatory to Mark Henry, so he gave Lawler a press slam. Afterwards, Isaac Yankem comes down to lick Lawler’s wounds.
Some updates are mentioned in the WWF tag team titles tournament. Last week on Superstars, Razor Ramon and Savio Vega defeated the 1-2-3 Kid and Tatanka. The final first round match will take place the following weekend on Superstars between the Body Donnas and the Bushwhackers. Interesting note: Razor Ramon gets replaced in the tournament by none other than Stone Cold Steve Austin, which you can imagine SUCKED for Savio Vega.
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Back in the ring, Vince McMahon conducts a showdown between Roddy Piper and Goldust. Piper gets all homophobic on us and tells the world not to pay Goldust any attention because that’s all he really wants. He also reminds us that he beat up the last transvestite to come through the WWF back in 1986 with a ball bat. What really bugs Piper is that Goldust should be a proud Intercontinental champion, instead he’s a mockery of everything the title stands for. If Goldust just wants to use Piper to move up in the rankings, Piper says he’s messing with the wrong guy, because not even Freddy Krueger comes into his nightmares. AWESOME. Now Goldust steals away the stick. He gets down on his knees and gives the kilt some weird looks as he tries to get under Piper’s skin and then underneath the kilt. That’s all Piper can stand. He takes Goldust’s hand off his kilt, so Goldust gets up in his face instead. We see some more Goldust antics and Piper shoves him back. Goldust SLAPS him across the face, so Piper SLAPS him down to the mat. The back lot fight is on. Piper promises to make a man out of him and drops the mic on his special place. Well, that was fantastic.
- The Godwinns (w/Hillbilly Jim) vs. Jerry Meade & Alex Porteau
Vince reminds us that the Godwinns have advanced over the New Rockers in the WWF tag team titles tournament. Phineas goes psycho mule-kicking and such until Henry comes in and calms him down. After that’s over, Henry puts Porteau away with the SLOP DROP at 1:44.
They show the boyhood dream workout montage with Shawn Michaels and Jose Lothario. Does Lothario think Shawn can win the WWF title? No doubt about it. Nothing derogatory said about Bret there. Then we go up to Calgary, Bret doesn’t think Shawn Michaels or anyone that implements the lucha libre style is very tough like the submission mat-based style he has perfected. Some people seem to think that Shawn is better than him and that just drives Bret NUTS. While he thinks Shawn is good, Bret feels he’s the best and that Shawn never ever will be. Check these promos out on YouTube if you so wish to do so.
Karate Fighters Slam of the Week: Yokozuna sandwiching a couple scrubs with the BANZAI DROP.
- Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Vin Grier
Helmsley’s model of the week is named Michelle Snickler, I believe. Her name sounds made up. Vince and Lawler spend the whole time exchanging rumors about what the Ultimate Warrior has been doing the past three years. Nothing too interesting. PEDIGREE ends Grier at 1:51.
- Yokozuna & Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) vs. Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith (w/Jim Cornette)
Diesel is watching this one on the monitor from backstage as he explains he and Shawn Michaels have some tag matches lined up this week against the Undertaker and Bret Hart. He says he hopes the rumors aren’t true about Shawn Michaels, but doesn’t tell us what they are and shoves the camera away. Maybe we have to call Scheme Gene to find out more. Anywho, entrances eat up a LOT of time here. Once everything dies down, Yoko and Taker do a brief staredown until Owen and Davey Boy try and BUM RUSH THE SHOW. Well, that attempt completely fails as Yoko and Taker clean house. Meanwhile, out comes Diesel who clotheslines Paul Bearer down and walks out. Taker spots Diesel and sees Paul Bearer lying on the floor. Bearer then orders Taker to go after Big Daddy Cool and leaves Yokozuna in a handicap match, or due to his girth, an even 2-on-2 match. Commercials! When we return, Yoko starts to come back on the opposition. That is until Vader waltzes down for the DQ. (3:32 shown) Ahmed Johnson and Jake Roberts try to make the save. They get pummeled until Yokozuna rallies back on Vader, which fires up Ahmed and Roberts as well. Agents and referees try to alleviate the situation as Camp Cornette retreats backstage. No word on what happened with Diesel and Undertaker. ½*
That’s all for now!
Next Week: Bret Hart v. Tatanka is *your* main event. Plus, perhaps a Bret and HBK confrontation!