WWF: Monday Night Raw (08.12.96)

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Monday Night Raw
August 12, 1996
Seattle, WA
Key Arena

The current WWF Champs were as follows:
World Champion: Shawn Michaels (3/31/96)
Intercontinental Champion: Ahmed Johnson (6/23/96)
World Tag Team Champions: The Smoking Gunns (5/26/96)

There’s a video package highlighting the current condition of Ahmed Johnson voiced over by Vince McMahon.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler.

  • Faarooq (w/Sunny) vs. Skip

Being the creepy uncle he is, Lawler flips out over Sunny and hypes something he calls the “naked truth” for later tonight. Don’t expect anything competitive here. Faarooq disposes of Skip pretty easily with the DOMINATOR in 4:34. I mean, he looked about as strong as Aldo Montoya or Barry Horowitz in this situation.

Let Us Take You Back: Monday Night Raw, 8/5/96. Lawler poured Jim Beam all over Aldo Montoya. During Savio’s entrance, Jake Roberts joins us via telephone to tell us that this Sunday night at SummerSlam, the power that “saved” him will crush Jerry Lawler. Sounded more like a “pre-recorded comment” to me.

  • Crush (w/Clarence Mason) vs. Savio Vega

Strange that there’s no video clips of Kona Crush. Clarence joins Vince and King at the table for some lawyer jokes. This is another annihilation to put over another heel. It goes on through a commercial break, but I can certainly understand why someone would flip over to Nitro at this point as Rey Mysterio is taking on Ultimo Dragon. Savio misses the Spinning Heel Kick and gets ran shoulder-first into the corner to set up a FULL NELSON to give Crush the win. (8:38 shown) Borrring. ½*

Nice video package showcasing the Undertaker-Mankind feud. BOILERROOMBRAWL.

We see a “naked” silhouette of Sunny changing backstage. Evidently, the “naked truth” is next.

And we’re back. Sunny is still trying on bikinis to try and outdo Marlena and Sunny for the Bikini Beach Blast-Off prepared for SummerSlam.

Kevin Kelly speaks with Ahmed Johnson at his house. Ahmed has the Kuwait Cup, his Slammy award, and the IC belt all hanging out in his living room. He might lose his kidney if it doesn’t stop bleeding. He doesn’t know if he’ll ever be able to compete again in the WWF. Lawler has a good laugh about it.

  • The Godwinns (w/Hillbilly Jim) vs. TL Hopper & Who

You know, this is the first time I’ve ever seen “Who” and I just wonder what they were thinking. It’s good that Jim Neidhart has a job, but come on. He’s looking like a rib towards Mr. Wrestling II. Mr. Bob Backlund joins the table for this match. He wants to bring somebody in to the WWF take the WWF title away from that heathen Shawn Michaels. He makes a crack about our educational system saying they don’t teach kids morals, but instead teach them how to not “contract AIDS” by using a condominium. His words, not mine. He gets a little too excited and leaves the table ranting and raving. On the split-screen, Gorilla Monsoon announces that the WWF Intercontinental championship is declared vacant. Therefore, a single-elimination tournament is being formulated and will begin next week on Raw. Meanwhile, Henry hits Who with the SLOP DROP for the win in 5:20.

On aboard the Wrestle Vessel, Mr. Perfect took an opportunity to speak with Bret Hart about returning to the WWF. He’s going to think about it for a few months and then give us his answer. Hey, anything to kill the rumors that he’s going over to WCW, right?

  • Non-title match: WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels (w/Jose Lothario) vs. Owen Hart (w/Jim Cornette)

Fairly even contest to start. Shawn takes control by skinning the cat and taking Owen to the floor with a headscissors. Back inside, Shawn works a headlock and then an armbar on the cast. On the split-screen, we see the Enziguri Kick of Doom from last fall. Owen takes over with his Belly to Belly Suplex and punishes the back. When we return from commercials, HBK fights out of a camel clutch, but eats the Spinning Heel Kick. Nobody does it better. Owen torques a chinlock. Shawn escapes that as well, but receives a missile dropkick. More commercials. Owen mocks the setup to Sweet Chin Music and tries for the Enziguri Kick, but Shawn ducks and mounts his signature comeback. Just as he looks to put Owen away with Sweet Chin Music, here comes Vader for the distraction. Shawn dropkicks him off the apron and hits Owen twice with Sweet Chin Music for the pinfall. (9:47 shown) Weak match considering what they have done in the past. Afterwards, Vader abuses Shawn with short-arm clotheslines before hitting him with two VADER BOMBS. He heads up to the top for the VADERSAULT, but we fade to black before we can see it happen. **½

NEXT WEEK: The fallout from SummerSlam. Plus, the Intercontinental championship tournament begins!

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