Monday Night Raw
June 17, 1996
Cumberland County Memorial Auditorium
The current WWF Champs were as follows:
World Champion: Shawn Michaels (3/31/96)
Intercontinental Champion: Goldust (4/22/96)
World Tag Team Champions: The Smoking Gunns (5/26/96)
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler.
We see clips of the Austin-Vega strap match to get us all excited!
- Savio Vega vs. Steve Austin - KOTR Quarterfinals
Austin attacks Savio before the bell, but Vega fires back with an enziguri and nearly pins Austin. As Austin retreats to the floor, he trips up Savio and posts the knee. Austin works the knee real good, but Savio returns the favor and posts Austin’s knee. TURNABOUTS FAIRPLAY~! Austin sells like his knee has given out. He falls backwards when he tries a slam. Austin blocks a splash by bringing up his legs, but of course that smarts. Double-KO ensues as we go to commercial. When we come back, Austin misses a Bossman straddle which does further damage to the legs. Savio wins a slugfest and lands the SPINNING HEEL KICK, but Austin gets his foot on the bottom rope. While Austin picks himself up by using the ropes, Savio is pounding on his back and shoulders. From there, Austin debuts what would become known as the STONE COLD STUNNER on Raw and advances to the KOTR semifinals. (8:13 shown) Vince and King don’t know what to call it, but it was certainly effective. Pretty good match too with some quality selling from Austin. **½
Video package showing the biggest happenings between the Undertaker and Mankind. Taker says Mankind will pay for his sins.
Sega Saturn Slam of the Week: From Superstars 6/15/96. Jake Roberts nailing Justin Hawk Bradshaw with a DDT to advance to the KOTR semifinals.
RIP Dick Murdoch (1946-1996). He is called a former WWF tag team champion. I know it’s WWF-related and that’s what they care about the most, but to me it is one of the least significant parts of his career.
- Marc Mero (w/Sable) vs. Owen Hart (w/Jim Cornette) – KOTR Quarterfinals
Steve Austin stays out here for color commentary with Vince and King. He faces the winner of this match in the semifinals at the KOTR. Headlocks and hammerlocks to start. Mero does the floatover back flip escape that you typically see Owen doing. Mero works the left arm a bit, which still has that cast. We move on from the arm and Mero misses a somersault. Owen lands a nasty Spinning Heel Kick for two. He works the back with a series of suplexes and what not. Boston crab is applied, but Mero fights him off. Fisherman’s suplex gets two. Owen tries a flying splash, but hits nothing but knees. Cue Mero’s comeback. Mr. Wrestling II Knee Lift gets two. Owen rakes the face and goes for a back suplex, but Mero flips out and catches Owen with a reverse victory roll for the win to advance to the KOTR semifinals. (9:42 shown) Okay match, but not what I expected. Afterwards, Owen attacks Mero and nails him with his cast. Trainers look after Mero as if he has been seriously injured. **¼
We go to an interview that looks like it took place at a recent Superstars taping. Jim Ross talks to Davey Boy Smith and his wife Diana. Word on the street was that Bulldog threatened to leave the WWF at the time since all of a sudden he found himself in the main event and wasn’t making main event money. Clearly, history tells us that the two parties were able to figure out an agreement. Davey Boy says since Shawn tried to take away his most-prized possession (Diana), he’s going to take his most-prized possession (the WWF title). Ross tells Bulldog that Shawn Michaels is in the building, which brings out Shawn Michaels for a pull-apart brawl.
- Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Aldo Montoya
Lawler prevents the match from happening by coming into the ring and treating Aldo Montoya like he was the Ultimate Warrior. MEMPHIS PILEDRIVER! Out comes Jake Roberts for the save.
Outside Titan Towers today, a special Olympian ran around with the torch. Inside Titan Towers today, the Brian Pillman contract signing took place. Hey, there’s JJ Dillon! Pillman was very humble and teary-eyed – not loose cannon-like at all – to finally be a part of the greatest wrestling federation in all the world!
- Non-title match: WWF Intercontinental Champion Goldust (w/Marlena) vs. Jake Roberts
Harvey Wippleman – the man who has been taking notes on referees over the past month or so – is refereeing this match. When Goldust takes a powder, Wippleman counts faster than any other ref ever, so Goldust plays around with the count. Lots of Goldust games are played here. Roberts finally gives him a spanking and hiptosses towards the snake to send Goldust running. Goldust tries to knock him out by pulling him into the post a couple times so he can give him CPR too. Jake uppercuts him away and atomic drops Goldust. We cut to Mr. Perfect on the split-screen, but Vince wants us to go back to live action because Jake is calling for the DDT. Oh, Goldust backdrops him away. Back to Mr. Perfect, he says Jim Cornette has told him who the special referee for the King of the Ring will be. Corny is behind him pacing and rubbing his hands together. He’ll let you know at the end of this match. Lawler wants to know if we’ll like the special referee? Perfect says we’re going to LOVE it. While Goldust mounts Jake, we go to commercials! AND WE’RE BACK! Jake rallies back with his signature jabs. The Short-Arm Clothesline lands Goldust over by the ring apron. When neither Wippleman nor Jake is looking, Marlena slips Goldust some gold dust. Marlena distracts Wippleman, allowing Goldust to throw the dust in Jake’s face. While Jake is blinded, Goldust decks him with a right hand for the 1-2-3. (11:47 shown) Once Wippleman checks on Roberts, he sees the gold dust all over his face and reverses the decision. Goldust picks up Roberts for more punishment, but a blinded Jake the Snake still manages to drop him with a DDT. Remember Goldust, he’s been in a blindfold match before! Silly main event. No wonder people were switching to Nitro – where everything good happens at the end. ¾*
Over to Mr. Perfect and Jim Cornette. The special referee will be… Mr. Perfect.
NEXT WEEK: Nothing announced since it’s a new round of Raw tapings.