Monday Night Raw (03.03.97)

Monday Night Raw
March 3, 1997
Berlin, Germany
(Taped on 2/26/97)

The current WWF champs were as follows:
World Champion: Psycho Sid (2/17/1997)
Intercontinental Champion: Rocky Maivia (2/13/1997)
World Tag Team Champions: Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith (9/22/1996)

TONIGHT: The WWF European title tournament finals! And in the finals, Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith EXPLODE!

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, and the Honky Tonk Man.

  • Bret Hart vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley

This could have been a dream match, but there was never a right time and place for these two. On the split-screen, Bret hopes Stone Cold Steve Austin is at home watching this match because what he’s going to do to Helmsley is the same thing he’s going to do to Austin at WrestleMania 13. Bret plays off a headlock for a LONG while to start. We see Stone Cold Steve Austin entering the WWF Studios back in Stamford. We will hear from him later in the program. HHH buries a knee as Bret comes off the ropes to set up an ad break. AND WE’RE BACK! Hunter is still in control as Bret gets thrown shoulder-first into the ringpost. Bret reverses a whip, but telegraphs a backdrop and takes an armbreaker DDT to the mat. You know where this is leading to now. HHH hammerlocks the arm on the mat and as he’s got his foot stuck in there, he bows and falls back to do more damage on the arm. Helmsley gets caught up top as Bret brings him down with a superplex. Russian Legsweep gets two. Backbreaker and the flying vertical elbow scores another nearfall. Suplex gets another two. Helmsley reverses a corner whip and tries the PEDIGREE, but Bret counters with the catapult. SHARPSHOOTER, but HHH rakes the eyes. This time, Bret reverses a corner whip and Helmsley does the Ray Stevens bump in the corner only to get caught in the tree of woe. Bret gets to stomping and shoves the ref away to do more stomping, which results in a DQ. (8:44 shown) Chyna makes the save for HHH since Bret won’t hit a woman, even if that woman is Chyna. Vince’s stooges escort Chyna to the back. That is until Helmsley shoves them all away. This was Bret on auto-pilot. Helmsley was just the tackling dummy for the most part. **

Let’s check in with Stone Cold Steve Austin back in Stamford. All we see is an empty chair and a toilet flushing. Well, I guess even Stone Cold has to doo-doo. We will just check back later.

They replay the Owen-Davey Boy disaster from the Royal Rumble.

Slam of the Week is brought to you by – WWF Full Metal: The Album! It’s Undertaker beating the crap out of Faarooq last week on Raw.

  • WWF Intercontinental Champion Rocky Maivia vs. Vader (w/Paul Bearer)

Rematch from the European title tournament where Vader pinned Maivia. Vader mauls Rocky to start. He fights out of a chinlock and uses his speed, but then Vader sits down on a sunset flip. That gets two. Rocky reverses a suplex and starts up with the clotheslines. Back suplex gets two. Commercials! When we return, Vader splashes Maivia for 1-2-NO! Splash from the second rope gets 1-2-NO! WHAT. As Rocky gets to his feet, Vader comes off the second rope again only to be slammed in mid-air. That gets two. Belly to belly suplex by Maivia (!!) gets another nearfall. HURRICANE DDT connects! Off comes the mask. FLYING BODYPRESS hits as well. Vader takes a dropkick to the floor and Rocky follows him out, but here comes Mankind the bash Rocky in the head with the urn for the DQ. (7:18 shown) Vader doesn’t win the IC title, but he does leave Rocky laying in the ring. More DQs? *½

We flashback to last week where ECW invaded RAW. Everything “controversial” that’s done (except that for full-on chair shot to the head from D-Von to Dreamer) is blurred for those more sensitive viewers.

  • The Sultan vs. Flash Funk

Just FYI, Sultan is the future Rikishi. Meanwhile, Jerry Lawler calls in and sends another invitation out to Paul E. Dangerously and his ECW goons to show up next week on the RAW is WAR debut. Flash Funk fights off Sultan’s pre match attack and dropkicks him to the floor so he can springboard dive on the guy. Back in, chinlock time. While Flash makes his comeback, Paul E calls in with his response. Paul E says you never know when his ECW boys will show up. And don’t forget about the ECW PPV coming up on April 13! Flash hits a MOONSAULT for 1-2-NO! HTM thinks Flash is half-way knocked out from something done earlier in the match. I don’t know. Sultan wins with the CAMEL CLUTCH. (4:05 shown) Pretty soon, Bob Backlund and Iron Sheik will reappear to back the Sultan against Rocky Maivia at WrestleMania. Sounds like money to me! ¾*

Last time Stone Cold Steve Austin had a sit down interview at WWF Studios on Raw was back in October where he was hilariously and highly disruptive to say the least before being forced to leave via the Stamford Police Department.

Back in Germany, WWF world champ Psycho Sid blathers on about something referring to the Undertaker because he is the man, the master, and the ruler of the world. TEE-HEE-HEE.

Another flashback! I feel like Peter Griffin. They show more of the miscommunication problems Owen and Davey Boy have been having. Most recently at the In Your House PPV when they defended the tag team titles against Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon.

Out comes Ahmed Johnson to answer Faarooq’s challenge to a Chicago street fight at WrestleMania. This is short and sweet. He’ll be there, but he won’t come alone. Not this time. No matter what, FAAROOQ-GOING-DOWN! FAAROOQ-GOING-DOWN! FAAROOQ-GOING-DOWN!

More flashbacks! Legion of Doom returned last week on RAW. At Shotgun Saturday Night, they showed interest in appearing at WrestleMania 13.

  • WWF World Champion Psycho Sid vs. Mankind (w/Paul Bearer)

Before he heads out to the ring, Mankind cuts a promo in German. Sid takes it right to Mankind here. They brawl to the floor where Mankind misses a charge up against the ringpost. That’s bad for your brain. Back in, Sid grabs a chinlock and then changes over to a Fujiwara armbar. We check in with Stone Cold Steve Austin. Where was he at earlier? Bret’s whining as of late has made him violently ill to his stomach. He’d like to say he was just throwing up in there, but it goes WAYYY beyond that. Dang, diarrhea too? Gross! We’ll talk with him later. Ain’t it funny that they interrupt Sid’s WWF WORLD TITLE MATCH to talk to Steve Austin? Back to the match. Mankind is in control and legdrops Sid through the ropes. Sid starts a comeback, but misses a big boot in the corner as we go to commercials. When we come back, they head to the floor where Sid throws Mankind’s head back into the ringpost again. He follows up with a back suplex on the floor! Mankind hotshots Sid to put a stop to him for a moment. Back in, Mankind delivers a sad legdrop off the second rope for two. Next thing you know, Mankind locks in the MANDIBLE CLAW! Sid forces Mankind’s hand out of his mouth, but takes a DOUBLE-ARM DDT for 1-2-NO! Mankind grabs a sleeper, but Sid falls back down on him. HERE COMES SID! Paul Bearer distracts on the apron and gets grabbed, but Sid moves and Mankind runs over to knock Paul down. CHOKESLAM gets two, but the POWERBOMB gives Sid the victory. (10:20 shown) Definitely one of Sid’s better title defenses if you ask me. **

Flashback to the February 22 Shotgun Saturday Night: Davey Boy Smith was cheated out of a win against Crush when Savio Vega held down his foot while Davey Boy’s manager Clarence Mason stood back and did nothing. Enough of the BS, Davey Boy Smith decides to FIRE Clarence Mason of all his managerial duties. It’s not like he was helping them in non-NOD matches anyway.

Alright let’s check in with Stone Cold Steve Austin again.

HAHA! Just a fantastic promo.

Alright here are the legit brackets. This was no Rio de Janeiro tournament, folks.

  • Davey Boy Smith vs. Owen Hart – WWF European Title Tournament Finals

This is the first WWF title to be introduced since 1979 with the IC belt. Clearly Davey Boy Smith is the babyface here. We see some signature fancy wristlock exchanges that we’ve come to expect from these two. Owen tries a monkey flip, but Davey Boy cartwheels away. Hiptoss is blocked by the Bulldog, but Owen flips over using Davey Boy’s head and gets the hiptoss. Davey Boy kicks him away and rises to his feet only to have Owen kip-up as well. AWESOME. I see a handshake! Owen bridges during a test of strength and then uses the ropes to flip away from the pressure. VINTAGE OWEN! Owen delivers a hiptoss and tries a rana, but Davey Boy counters with a powerbomb. Catapult sends Owen out to the floor, leaving Bulldog to do his signature handstand in the ring. Once Owen gets back to his feet, Bulldog pulls the ropes open to let him back inside. Owen flips over a hammerlock and rolls up Bulldog for two, but then runs into an armdrag. Owen tries to flip over the hammerlock again, but Bulldog knows its coming and slams Owen back down. Commercials! When we return, Davey Boy is still working the arm. Crucifix gets two. Owen counters the Hourglass Suplex, but misses his Enziguri. Davey Boy locks in the Surfboard, but Owen grabs the ref to escape the hold. Owen escapes an armbar, but gets caught with a monkey flip. Bulldog charges Owen up against the ropes, but takes a backdrop to the floor. That leaves Owen in the ring to do Bulldog’s signature handstand. WOO! Just like Bulldog did, Owen opens the ropes for his brother-in-law to get back in the ring. Davey Boy grinds on a headlock, but Owen fights out. He leapfrogs and feigns a knee injury. Even though Davey Boy wasn’t falling for it, Owen still capitalized and starts stomping the knee real good. SHARPSHOOTER? No! Bulldog kicks him away. Nevertheless, Owen hits the Spinning Heel Kick to stun Davey Boy. Now Owen starts working on the back with backbreakers and slams. Bulldog fights out of a chinlock, but runs into a knee. Owen stomps Bulldog to the floor, but Davey Boy comes back in with a sunset flip for 1-2-NO! Back to the chinlock. More commercials! After the break, Owen catches Bulldog coming off the ropes with a Belly to Belly Suplex for 1-2-NO! Owen wants a camel clutch, but Davey Boy stands up out of that with an electric chair drop. Owen tries the Ric Flair corner pin for 1-2-NO! Reverse neckbreaker sets up a flying elbow for two. More of the chinlock. Next up, Owen wants a superplex, but Bulldog grabs the top rope on the way down and lands on top for 1-2-NO! HERE COMES DAVEY BOY! He delivers a pair of clotheslines and hits the Hourglass Suplex for two. Owen goes chest-first into the corner and then gets dropped CROTCH-first on the top rope. Owen avoids a suplex from the apron and delivers a bridging German suplex for 1-2-NO! Bulldog whips Owen in the corner who tries to flip over Bulldog, but gets caught for the possible RUNNING POWERSLAM. Owen holds tight to the ropes and uses his momentum to crash back down on Bulldog for two. Crossbody out of the corner, but Bulldog rolls through for 1-2-NO! Finally, Owen hits the Enziguri when Davey Boy least expected. It’s time for the SHARPSHOOTER! Oh, but Bulldog crawls to the ropes. They exchange tombstone reversals, but there’s one from Bulldog where powers Owen up on his shoulders in position for the RUNNING POWERSLAM. Cover, 1-2-NO! While Bulldog argues with the ref about the count, Owen surprises Bulldog from behind with a victory roll, but Bulldog shifts his weight back on top of Owen for the 1-2-3! (17:24 shown) This felt like we were back in 1994 if even for just one match. Anyone else enjoy the nod in the finish to the Bret-Owen WrestleMania 10 match? There was a few flashbacks in that match. From the two-month build to the performance itself with both roles played perfectly, this is the best match in the history of Monday Night Raw to this point. ****¼

And they won’t do much better than this. Good night all!


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