WWE: Monday Night Raw (05.06.96)

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Monday Night Raw
May 6, 1996
Sioux City, IA
Civic 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 Bodydonnas (3/31/96)

Tonight’s program is dedicated to Ray Stevens who passed away on the previous Friday from a heart attack. He has been called by many as one of the most influential and greatest wrestlers of his era. He was 60 years old.

Before we hit the RAW intro, a blackened out ex-wife of a professional wrestler announces to the world that Shawn Michaels is a homewrecker and ruined her marriage.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler.

  • Marc Mero (w/Sable) vs. The 1-2-3 Kid (w/Ted DiBiase)

Hunter Hearst Helmsley joins us for guest commentary during this match. This is a rematch from the recent ‘In Your House: Free For All’ when Helmsley came out and gave Mero a PEDIGREE for the DQ. While he does other things, the most interesting (if you can call it that) part of HHH’s presence on commentary is when Lawler makes the joke that Helmsley’s name isn’t the only thing that’s *long* about him. I almost did a spit-take. Mero gets all fancy with armdrags to start and dropkicks Kid to the floor. He nails him with a pescado, but a slingshot splash hits knees. Kid fires back with kicks and slaps on a sleeper. Of course he puts his feet on the bottom rope. Mero fights out, but finds himself back in the sleeper. Commercials! When we return, Mero is making his comeback. Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker sets up a flying double sledge for two. To the floor we go, Mero executes a somersault plancha. That brings Helmsley over to help Kid back in the ring. As Mero looks to fly, Helmsley crotches him real good. Kid goes for a superplex, but Mero falls on top of him for the 1-2-3. (9:33 shown) Helmsley is pissed! He and Mero will meet at ‘In Your House’ in three weeks. **

We check up on the recent happenings between Savio Vega and Steve Austin. Vega announced last week on RAW that he wants a Caribbean Strap match for In Your House. At first DiBiase refused, but changed his mind come time for Superstars when he came up with the idea that if Vega lost, he had to be his chauffeur.

Now we go to the ’20/20′ expose of the anonymous woman who is accusing Shawn Michaels of ruining her marriage. While this woman’s hubby wrestler was on the road, Shawn came over to her house to woo and charm her with his ways. He knew she couldn’t resist him! He was the best sex she ever had! Next thing she knew, Shawn and her hubby were in the ring together. Her husband knew what had happened and he couldn’t concentrate and ended up losing the match. It’s all Shawn’s fault! Now that she sees Shawn doing this to another couple, she had to speak out.

And with that, Let Us Take You Back to Last Week on Raw: Diana Hart-Smith confronted Shawn about “wanting her”. When Shawn insults her and her hubby Davey Boy Smith, it turns into a REAL donnybrook!

  • Davey Boy Smith (w/Jim Cornette & Diana Hart-Smith) vs. Fatu

With Bret, Diesel, and Razor all gone, Davey Boy Smith is left to be *your* #1 contender to the WWF title. Bulldog can’t seem to concentrate on the match at hand here as he tries to pound on Fatu’s head, which we ALL KNOW is a terrible strategy. It’s not until he drops Fatu’s balls on the top rope when he gains the advantage and clotheslines Fatu to the floor. Davey Boy then proceeds to be awesome by doing push-ups, that forward cartwheel thing he does, and then the HBK pose! HA! Bulldog continues to own Fatu as we see who are only described as members of Fatu’s family in the aisle. Let’s take a break. When we come back, Fatu reverses out of a sleeper hold and gets kicked in the balls. The other Samoans do not look pleased. Fatu rallies back with a Samoan Cutter for two. Cornette gets knocked off the apron, but then Fatu gets turned inside out with a clothesline. When that only gets two, Davey Boy delivers the RUNNING POWERSLAM for the win. (8:12 shown) The Samoans confront Fatu over his loss. Since Fatu is still trying to make a difference, he tells these bozos that the WWF is his family now. *½

Let Us Take You Back to Superstars: In a WWF tag team titles #1 contenders match, the wrong New Rocker pinned Phineas Godwinn to earn a shot at the belts.

  • WWF World Tag Team Champions The Bodydonnas (w/Sunny) vs. Tekno Team 2000

Harvey Wippleman is in the aisle ‘taking notes on the officiating’ for WWF President Gorilla Monsoon. Snitches get stitches, Harvey! Tekno Team works on Zip’s arm for a bit. One of them launches the other onto Zip in the corner. Commercials! When we return, Skip gets a blind tag and helps out with a double flapjack. The New Rockers watch on a monitor backstage. Rock on, McMahon! Vince calls them ‘cornballs’. They continue to work on whichever Tekno Team member this is. I can’t tell Erik Watts apart from Chad Fortune. The other one gets a hot tag, but he gets cooled down rather quickly. Skip headscissors him out of the corner and tags Zip to deliver the Whoopie Cushion for the win. (6:51 shown) That felt twice as long. ¾*

In the back, Jim Ross meets with Vader and Jim Cornette. Yokozuna is coming back at ‘In Your House’, but Cornette and Vader aren’t worried because there’s no way he could be at 100%. What about Duke Droese next week? Cornette can’t think of a better man to take out the trash than Vader.

  • The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) vs. Owen Hart (w/Jim Cornette)

Goldust and Marlena join us for color commentary. When Goldust gets a little too close to Vince, that’s when Vince announces that Goldust will meet the Undertaker in a casket match at ‘In Your House’. Needless to say, Goldust is terrified. He can’t even handle Undertaker’s entrance without crapping himself. Owen’s stick-and-move strategy only works for a moment. Taker chokes Owen a lot, but then Owen goes for the knee. Goldust takes off his headset as we go to break. AND WE’RE BACK! While Owen is still working the knee, Goldust is goosing Paul Bearer, which sends him running backstage. Owen lands the Missile Dropkick and calls for the Sharpshooter, but Taker GOOZLES him to escape. Taker hits a big boot and throws Owen to the floor. Goldust tries to help Owen back in, but Owen doesn’t take being handled by Goldust very well, and gets all flustered. That’s when Taker picks up Owen off the floor into the TOMBSTONE for the 1-2-3. (6:51 shown) As Goldust and Marlena say things to Taker, he backs up into a golden casket with a star on the lid that says “Goldust”. Totally freaked out, Goldust and Marlena run for the hills. Beverly Hills? Probably. *

NEXT WEEK ON RAW: WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels takes on Hunter Hearst Helmsley in non-title action! Plus, Vader takes out the trash against Duke “The Dumpster” Droese!

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