WWF: Monday Night Raw (10.07.96)


Monday Night Raw
October 7, 1996
Hershey, PA
Hersheypark Arena

The current WWF Champs were as follows:
World Champion: Shawn Michaels (3/31/96)
Intercontinental Champion: Marc Mero (9/23/96)
World Tag Team Champions: Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith (9/22/96)

Your hosts are Kevin Kelly and Jerry Lawler. Jim Ross is supposed to be here, but Kevin Kelly thinks he might on the phone backstage or something.

  • Non-title match: WWF Intercontinental Champion Marc Mero (w/Sable) vs. Diesel II

Well, Jim Ross walks out to the ring with Diesel and then joins Kelly and Lawler. We’re supposed to think he’s conducting some sort of business deal with Diesel. Somehow we’re supposed to believe that neither Kevin Kelly nor Jerry Lawler knew that Jim Ross is the VP of the WWF. Ross never appears bias on commentary in favor of Diesel or anything. They announce that Marc Mero will face Faarooq in a rematch from the IC title tournament finals at In Your House on October 20. Mero punches away after a Diesel beatdown and dropkicks him to the floor for a plancha. Back in, a slingshot splash gets two. Diesel hangs Mero out to dry and then delivers the Bossman straddle. Now he lands the Big Boot. What’s next? Knees and elbows in the corner. Razor Ramon II joins us via split-screen. He thinks Diesel is doing alright, but thinks he should take a closer look. Okay, why? Commercials. When we come back, Mero and Diesel continue to do their thing. Mero comes back with a tilt-a-whirl headscissors as Razor Ramon makes his way to ringside. Crowd seems only mildly interested in any of this. Mero follows up with the knee lift and sends Diesel to the floor. He wants to do the somersault plancha, but makes the mistake of flying down on top of Ramon instead. Back inside as Mero goes after Diesel, Ramon jumps in the ring for the 2-on-1 assault for the DQ. (5:38 shown) Ross actually denounces all of this – especially the JACKKNIFE to Mero after the bell, so I guess he’s not turning heel after all. I’m so confused. ¾*

Somewhere dark and creepy, the Undertaker is nearly finished digging a grave. He promises that at In Your House, Mankind won’t be able to have a nice day OR rest in peace. Well, that’s pretty mean.

Somewhere backstage, Psycho Sid tells Goldust that tonight he will find out why Sid is the master and the ruler of the world. He certainly can’t think of anything new to say, but what does it matter when you’re THIS over.

Mr. Perfect vignette, which looks like a TitanTron video. He returns to the ring on the night after In Your House on October 21.

  • The Smoking Gunns vs. The New Rockers

On the split-screen interview, Billy seems more concerned with getting Sunny back than winning back the WWF tag titles from Owen and Davey Boy. Sunny joins via telephone and says she might consider taking back the Gunns if they regain the tag titles. From there, she talks about how big of a tease she is and hypes up Livewire telling us to fax or email her questions. For you kids out there, it’s like an text or a tweet. Ahmed Johnson will be on Livewire this weekend. With both teams being quasi-heels, the crowd has no clue who to cheer for. It takes forever to get anywhere as Bart plays Gunn in peril about five minutes into this. After a couple minutes of the Rockers cutting the ring in half on Bart, Billy catches Jannetty with a knee from the apron, which allows a tag. Billy jumps off Bart’s back and Stinger Splashes Jannetty. Once Jannetty pulls the top rope down on Billy, Cassidy gets the tag and he tries to be a house of fire on the Gunns. Nobody cares though. The Gunns pearl harbor Cassidy so they can put him away with the SIDEWINDER. (9:02) Good gosh this was so uninspired. *

Time for the THRILLING Jesse James revelation that he’s the one who really sang Jeff Jarrett’s tune “With My Baby Tonight” and Jarrett was just your modern day Milli Vanilli. This is so stupid. No one gives a crap about anything of this. If you can’t see that they’re only doing this because Jeff is now in WCW, then I don’t know what to tell you. At the end of the piece, Jesse James calls himself “Road Dogg”.

Jim Ross brings out the “uncrowned WWF champion” Vader and his manager Jim Cornette. Of course, Corny does all the talking. He is super pissed that Vader has to go through Psycho Sid at In Your House in order to get another WWF title match with Shawn Michaels. Cornette thinks the WWF is doing this in order to protect their cash cow champion. If Vader is the WWF champion, then he and his pudgy unattractive manager will deserve all that merchandising. HAHA. Oh well, Cornette feels Vader can get passed the immovable object that is Sid and then dethrone Shawn Michaels at Survivor Series. Vader is already getting SCREWED.

  • The Sultan (w/the Iron Sheik & Bob Backlund) vs. Aldo Montoya

The most interesting thing about this match is Bob Backlund wearing sunglasses and going crazy. It’s incredible TV. CAMEL CLUTCH gets the win in 3:26.

Whatever graveyard Mankind and Paul Bearer are at, Mankind starts to realize how messed up this match concept is. He REALLY doesn’t want to be buried alive.

  • Goldust (w/Marlena) vs. Psycho Sid

For some reason, Razor Ramon is watching on the monitor backstage. Ross is giving Vince McMahon grief all night long about Vince making himself the lead commentator for In Your House, which is the job JR should have. As per usual, Goldust gets a little homosexual with his opponent, which causes a comeback. Sid teases the chokeslam and then goes for the POWERBOMB, but Goldust escapes and rolls out to the floor. The WWF champion Shawn Michaels joins us via telephone to talk about his title match at Survivor Series and his match next week with Steve Austin. Meanwhile, Marlena distracts Sid to turn the tide. Jim Cornette joins us at the commentary table. Commercials! When we return, Sid delivers the Chokeslam and the POWERBOMB for the win. (3:33 shown) Afterwards, Vader jumps Sid from behind and splashes him from the second rope, but Sid NO-SELLS and Chokeslams Vader to send him retreating to the locker room. ¾*

All this show did was make me hope next week will be better.

NEXT WEEK: Shawn Michaels battles Steve Austin! Plus, Jerry Lawler meets Jake the Snake!

IN TWO WEEKS: Hunter Hearst Helmsley takes on the returning Mr. Perfect!


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