WWF: Monday Night Raw (09.23.96)


Monday Night Raw
September 23, 1996
Hershey, PA
Hersheypark Arena

The current WWF Champs were as follows:
World Champion: Shawn Michaels (3/31/96)
Intercontinental Champion: Vacant (8/12/96)
World Tag Team Champions: Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith (9/22/96)

Stills from last night are shown of Diesel and Razor Ramon stomping Savio Vega from In Your House. The cameraman is too far away to get a good look at their faces before they scramble off and hide. How pathetic is this whole angle? WCW was doing a similar angle at the SAME time with Sting, but it’s a BAZILLION times better and feels way more natural. This is just sad.

Your hosts are Kevin Kelly, Jim Ross, and Jerry Lawler.

  • WWF Intercontinental Title Tournament Finals: Marc Mero (w/Sable) vs. Faarooq (w/Sunny)

Pat Patterson is *your* special guest referee. Seems suitable since he was the first ever IC champ back in 1979. Even former two time IC champ Mr. Perfect, who won his FIRST IC belt in a title tournament, joins the threesome at the table to give us his thoughts on this match. Faarooq attacks early, but Mero hits him with a tilt-a-whirl headscissors. Crucifix into a sunset flip gets two, but then Faarooq stops the Wildman with an enziguri. Faarooq misses a corner charge and takes a clothesline to the floor as Mero follows him out with a somersault plancha! Back in, a Merosault (double-jump moonsault press) gets two. Mero starts unloading on Faarooq, so he backdrops him out to the floor. As Mero tries to get back in the ring, Faarooq shoves him off to the guardrail. Back in, Faarooq continues to punish Mero as Kevin Kelly talks with Ahmed Johnson. Lawler makes a crack about Ahmed taking a kidney transplant from Jake Roberts, which makes Ahmed REAL mad. “OH, you think kidney problems are funny?” So much for that phone call. Meanwhile, Faarooq gives Mero a Super Samoan Drop for 1-2-NO! Sunny takes a chance to choke Mero in the ropes. Sable screams at Pat Patterson to get his attention, which gets Sunny caught and sent to the dressing room. After some commercials, Mero slips out of the DOMINATOR into a backslide for 1-2-NO! Mero escapes a chinlock, but Faarooq catches him with a knee. Sunset flip gets two, but now we’re back in the chinlock. Diesel and Razor Ramon will be here tonight! SNAP! Mero crotches Faarooq up top and brings him down with a hurracanrana. Cover, 1-2-NO! Double-KO brings Sunny back out to ringside. Sable starts screaming at her again and now we’ve got Pat Patterson breaking up a cat fight. JR ~ “The queens of the WWF are outside the ring!” In the ring, Faarooq goes to whack Mero with Sunny’s purse, but Mero ducks and whacks him with the purse instead. That sets Faarooq up perfectly for the WILD THING for 1-2-3! (9:38 shown) And everybody celebrates as Mr. Perfect and JR join Mero and Sable in the ring. Sunny retrieves her purse and pulls out a freaking BRICK! Whoa. Not too shabby there for a TV match. **¼

It seems Razor Ramon and Diesel have a dressing room, but they have decorated the door like a 10-year old kid.

When we return, we join Dok Hendrix in the curtain jerker babyface locker room, as they celebrate with the new IC champ Marc Mero.

Time for another bad angle. Next week, Jeff Jarrett will be *exposed* and we will hear from the REAL Double J.

  • WWF Tag Team Champions Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith (w/Clarence Mason) vs. The Bodydonnas

Looks like Clarence Mason has lawyered his way into managing the NEW WWF tag team champions. He joins us at the commentary table. Ross wants to know if he got Cornette to sign the tag champs over to him under duress. We get an ECW interruption here from Taz and Bill Alfonso. JR work-shoots on them saying they wrestle in a bingo hall and trying to get their 15 minutes of fame. Commercials. When we come back, the ECW interruption is gone. Jim Cornette appears on the split-screen vowing revenge on Clarence Mason for hornswoggling him out of Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith’s contracts. He also takes a moment to hype next week’s main event: Shawn Michaels and Jose Lothario take on Vader and James E. Cornette himself. All these distractions taking away from the match. Zip hits the Doctor Bomb on Owen to set up the Rocket Launcher, but Skip only gets two. Bulldog nails Skip with a knee as he comes off the ropes causing him to stumble into a Spinning Heel Kick by Owen. SHARPSHOOTER is applied and Skip taps out. (4:31 shown) Clarence Mason celebrates just a little too much. He just looks out of place with the tag champs. **

Stills are shown of what took place in last night’s In Your House main event. Undertaker vs. Mankind in a “Buried Alive” match and Sid vs. Vader have now been scheduled for the next In Your House PPV on October 20 in Indianapolis. Taker cuts a promo on Mankind and Paul Bearer from a grave site promising to bury Mankind alive. He will NEVER rest in peace…

Dok Hendrix is standing outside Razor Ramon and Diesel’s locker room. When he tries to get a word from them, he gets the door slammed on him. Bad timing, Dok. Ross mentions that Dok is trying to steal his interview.

  • “The Stalker” Barry Windham vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley

Steve Austin joins us for commentary to put down Bret Hart every chance he gets hoping to goad him into a fight. Since he can’t use the word on TV that he wants to use, he uses a word that rhymes with the word he wants to use: he *spits* on the life, career, and family of Bret Hart. This match takes forever to end. Like he’s done for the past month or so, Mr. Perfect comes out and leaves with Helmsley’s girlfriend. JR wants this match to end sooner than later so he can bring out Razor Ramon and prove he’s not hoodwinking anybody. Perfect’s distraction causes Helmsley to take a SUPERPLEX for the win. (7:50 shown) Run of the mill match. This ain’t Barry Windham’s finest hour. As Stone Cold said, “Why is Barry Windham covering his face with paint? We all know it’s him!” ¾*

Mankind and Paul Bearer respond to what Taker said earlier from presumably the same grave site. Since he and Bearer feel Taker cost him the WWF title, Mankind says he’s going to take something away from Taker: HIS LAST BREATH. Have a nice day.

Now it’s time for Jim Ross to bring out Razor Ramon. Oh wait, we have to take a commercial break. Sorry, Jim.

Okay, now before JR brings out Razor Ramon, he “shoots” on the WWF for a bit. He gives us the scoop on the last four years of his WWF career. In his WWF debut, he left an NFL commentary position to come and wear a toga at WrestleMania 9. He carried King of the Ring 1993 and then no longer did any PPVs in 1993. Why? Because Vince McMahon didn’t like the competition. The day after Super Bowl XXVIII (February 1, 1994), JR woke up with Bell’s Palsy. Instead of getting any sympathy from Vince and the WWF, he was promptly fired on February 11. He calls Connecticut a hellhole, which is NOT a worked shoot. Anyways, when Vince was being indicted, he hired JR back for half the pay. Ross doesn’t think Razor Ramon and Diesel was an accident, and getting them to come back wasn’t an accident either. He worked HARD to bring them back. So here we go, come on out Razor Ramon. The same music hits, same entrance, but it’s just an imitation. The guy LOOKS like Razor, like a REALLY good and expensive Halloween costume, but it’s not Scott Hall. Lawler – “I think he’s a little bigger than the last time I saw him.” Right after Razor Ramon II tells us to “say hello at the bad guy”, he’s getting punched in the face repeatedly by Savio Vega (who was originally brought into the WWF by Razor in 1995) to close out the broadcast.

How could anyone at the brain trust at the WWF believe this was going to get over? Even if it generated some interest and caused a few people to change the channel from Nitro to Raw, did they think those people would come back after seeing what just closed the show? SURELY not.

NEXT WEEK: Shawn Michaels teams with Jose Lothario to battle Vader and Jim Cornette! Savio Vega gets his hands on Razor Ramon!



The WWF presents In Your House: Buried Alive on October 20! Here’s what the card looks like so far:

  • MAIN EVENT: Casket Match: The Undertaker vs. Mankind
  • Psycho Sid vs. Vader

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