WWF: Monday Night Raw (02.19.96)

Monday Night Raw
February 19, 1996
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Gardens

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)

A bikini-clad Sunny tells us that Monday Night Raw contains material too hot for some. Viewer discretion is advised.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler.

  • WWF Intercontinental Champion Goldust (w/Marlena) vs. Razor Ramon

Is it just me, or does Razor look bored? Ironic how it’s Razor’s LAST match on Raw until 2002. And by Razor, I do mean Scott Hall. Anyways, he attacks Goldust while it’s still dark in the arena to get this one going. He rips off Goldust’s robe and threatens to blast him with the belt, but the ref stops him just in time. Razor settles for a clothesline out to the floor. After Goldust seeks solace in the arms of Marlena, he heads back in and does his shtick. Razor spits at him and starts to break off his arm. Out of nowhere, he goes for the RAZOR’S EDGE too close to the ropes and takes a tumble out to the floor. Commercials! When we come back, Razor begins his comeback as he stops Goldust up top for a superplex. Fallaway Slam, but this time it’s EXTREME as he throws Goldust back over the top rope to the floor. Back inside, Ramon delivers the Back Superplex and it looks to be curtains for Goldust, so he and Marlena bail to the locker room for the countout. (5:34 shown) That was actually going pretty good there. **

Afterwards, Razor Ramon gets on the mic and tells everybody that he doesn’t want the title anymore. He just wants Goldust’s a–. Whoa! Isn’t this kind of behavior the very reason you got into a feud with Goldust in the first place? Strange how they go right to some eight year kids in the front row for their overjoyed reaction after this comment. Razor says he doesn’t want his kids watching Goldust on TV and since WWF (interim) President Roddy Piper has six kids of his own, he should be able to understand why he wants anytime – anywhere. Make it happen, chico.

They show an Ultimate Warrior advertisement and Vince wonders what Roddy Piper could be up to. Hmm, I wonder.

In the back, Undertaker comes out of his big ‘Rest in Peace’ casket that’s sitting up in the corner. Well, that’s not normal.

Dok Hendrix eats up a couple minutes recapping the happenings of last night’s In Your House PPV. No replay for people to buy?

  • The Bodydonnas (w/Sunny) vs. Barry Horowitz & Aldo Montoya

No match. While Horowitz and Montoya are waiting the ring, Vader and Jim Cornette come out before the Bodydonnas entrance to maul these two. He’s BAAAACK! Vince hypes Vader vs. Yokozuna at WrestleMania 12.

Here they show the actual coming soon montage with (naturally) old clips of the Ultimate Warrior.

Anybody want to fill me in on why Sunny would be singing Happy Birthday, Mr. President in a red nightie? I get the Marilyn Monroe reference, but it’s neither Piper nor Monsoon nor McMahon nor Clinton’s birthdays. Heck, not even Bischoff or Turner’s birthdays for that matter. I guess I should just turn my brain off and enjoy it.

Mr. Bob Backlund is shown messing around in the crowd. Lawler says he wants to challenge Bob Dole to a match.

  • Steve Austin (w/Ted DiBiase) vs. Marty Jannetty

Vince informs us of Marty Jannetty’s new tag team called the NEW Rockers, who will be a part of the tag team tournament to find NEW WWF tag team champions at WrestleMania 12. Austin just shaved his head as you can tell from all the whiteness. Jannetty tries to score a quick pin on the Million Dollar Champ, but Austin cuts him off with a Stun Gun as we go to a commercial. When we return, a splash from Jannetty hits knees and Austin gets on the mat for an STF. To show off more of his Ring Mastery, he applies some sort of Koji Clutch. Jannetty tries a quick comeback, but Austin flips out of a back suplex and locks in the MILLION DOLLAR DREAM for the submission. (5:16 shown) Not a bad match, but can we get a match without a commercial break? It’s like watching TNA Impact over here. Vince calls the stern look on Austin’s face “stone cold”. Wonder if that’s important? **

We go to Mankind. He cuts an ECW-style promo from a location I can only describe as right outside the Dungeon of Doom where he mentions how God forgot to make some important parts of him while petting a friendly rat named George. Incredible!

Vote for the 1996 Slammy Awards! They’re important! The nominees for Blue Light Special (best fashion) are Jim Cornette, Harvey Wippleman, Henry Godwinn, Brother Love, and Dok Hendrix. Best Buns nominees are Goldust, Sunny, Yokozuna, Shawn Michaels, and Razor Ramon! Cast your vote *now*.

  • The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) vs. Tatanka (w/Ted DiBiase)

DiBiase distracts Undertaker so Tatanka can BUM RUSH THE SHOW, but UT turns back around just in time to GOOZLE the man. Taker does his thing, but runs into the PAPOOSE TO GO! Just as that happens, Diesel comes down carrying an ax and kidnaps a camera man from ringside! We’ll be right back. AND WE’RE BACK! On the split-screen, Diesel is destroying Undertaker’s casket with the ax! The match really isn’t important. Taker comes back and hits the Chokeslam followed by the TOMBSTONE for the 1-2-3. (3:23 shown) Paul Bearer points to the video wall and shows Undertaker what Diesel is doing to his casket. This guy is SO going to rest in peace. ½*

Despite all these legal threats, here’s Larry Fling Live with special Billionaire Ted!

Next week: Yokozuna meets Davey Boy Smith and Owen Hart in a handicap match, Diesel will be in action, and Jake Roberts battles Isaac Yankem DDS. Plus, an interview with the WrestleMania 12 main eventers: Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels! You do not want to miss it.

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  1. RE: Sunny If it was on 2/19/96, I’m assuming it was President’s Day?

  2. Ahh, you’re right! It was just a weird thing to do, that’s all.

  3. I was in 4th grade and in attendance on this night. Do you know where I can watch this episode online and if this was the episode when Pipper made the announcement of the bret hart vs shawn michaels Iron Man match?

  4. There ya go, Eric.

    We must be the same age. I went to an episode of Nitro in March 1996 and I was in the fourth grade as well.

    • Thank you! I found all 4 parts of that night on YouTube. It was just as I remembered it. It’s sorta amazing how watching vintage wrestling from the 90s can bring back so many memories. I forgot back then the wwf used to tape 2 Raws during one show. So this was on Feb 19 but they continued to tape it after they went off air and showed that portion the following week (when Piper announced the Iron Man Match). Thanks again for the trip down memory lane!

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