WWF: Monday Night Raw (10.28.96)

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Monday Night Raw
October 28, 1996
Fort Wayne, IN
War Memorial Coliseum

The current WWF Champs were as follows:
World Champion: Shawn Michaels (3/31/96)
Intercontinental Champion: Hunter Hearst Helmsley (10/21/96)
World Tag Team Champions: Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith (9/22/96)

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, and Jerry Lawler.

  • Jesse James vs. Salvatore Sincere

This is the RAW debut of the “Double J” Jesse James babyface character. You have to hand it to Sincere for taking a couple big bumps to the outside for Road Dogg. Sincere tried the Full Nelson Slam finisher, but JJ counters and puts him away with the PUMPHANDLE SLAM. (4:14) He’s the REAL Double J, ladies and gentlemen. ¾*

Dok Hendrix gives us the Survivor Series report, but not without being interrupted by Stone Cold Steve Austin a few times. While Austin is at WWF Studios, Bret Hart will be talking to us from the comfort of his own home sitting in his chair with his cat on his lap.

  • Crush (w/Clarence Mason) vs. Aldo Montoya

Marc Mero joins us via telephone vowing revenge on Mr. Perfect and Hunter Hearst Helmsley. While Ross is griping about McMahon and the no-brainer outcome of this match. Montoya takes a nasty bump to the floor as Crush presses and drops him on the floor. Ross – “Is that jockey strap on Montoya’s face your idea, Vince?” HEART PUNCH by Crush gets the three-count at 2:41. After the bell, Crush snaps when people won’t stop calling him jailbird and beats up a security guard.

Let Us Take You Back: RAW, 10/21/96. We see the ending of the HHH/Mero IC title switch where Perfect swerved Mero and turned heel. They air some of Mr. Perfect’s commentary from Superstars 10/27/96 on the matter.

We head over to the WWF Studios where Steve Austin is at. After hearing that we will be heading to Brian Pillman’s house next week, he wants to know why they won’t come to Victoria Texas where he lives. If there is going to be a party at that crippled freak Pillman’s house, you can bet Austin is going to be there as well. They replay Austin dishing out punishment and doing what we now know as Pillmanizing his leg. So yeah, Austin calls Pillman the biggest puppet in the world and promises to be at Brian Pillman’s house next week. Vince wants to know why Gorilla Monsoon hasn’t suspended Austin for what he did to Pillman. Austin calls Monsoon a puppet as well and confesses that it’s actually Vince McMahon who is pulling the strings of the WWF. The reason Austin hasn’t been suspended is because Vince is a greedy promoter and realizes that Austin vs. Bret at Survivor Series is MONEY. Fantastic! We look to Bret Hart for a response, but they’re either having technical difficulties or wanting to stretch this segment out a while. Take your pick.

  • Billy Gunn vs. Freddie Joe Floyd

Sunny joins the commentary table to watch Billy Gunn now that the Gunns are apparently splitsville. Freddie Joe gets in a few armdrags to start. Imagine that! It’s not too long before Bart Gunn shows up to argue with Billy before he’s escorted out by referees. Flying Leg Drop by Billy scores the pinfall in 3:06.

Alright, back to Bret Hart and Steve Austin. Although Bret thinks Austin is the best wrestler in the WWF until he returns on November 17, he doesn’t think Austin has what it takes to kick his ass. Austin feels win, lose, or draw that Bret will never be done with Stone Cold. This is Austin’s house now. ZING. Now that the interview is over, Austin goes ballistic on this production guy. He throws him into ladders and everything.

  • Non-title match: WWF Champion Shawn Michaels (w/Jose Lothario) vs. Davey Boy Smith (w/Clarence Mason)

Owen Hart joins Vince and the King on commentary. He wants to know what makes Shawn so great. He doesn’t even have a Slammy award! Bulldog runs down HBK and does that forward cartwheel move he does, which is awesome. Shawn takes Davey Boy over with a headscissors and clotheslines him out to regroup with Mason. Back inside, Shawn delivers an enziguri and applies a headlock. Bulldog escapes and hangs Michaels out to dry with a press into a stun gun. Shawn takes the Ray Stevens bump out to the floor as we go to commercial. When we come back, Davey Boy hits the Hourglass suplex and a running legdrop for two. Shawn escapes a chinlock, but Bulldog avoids the crucifix by falling back on top of him for another nearfall. More chinlockage. Another commercial break. Time for the Shawn comeback as he lands the Flying Forearm and the KIP-UP. Baaaaack Body Drop. Ten-count corner punch is countered as Bulldog looks for the Running Powerslam, but Shawn shoves him away and slams him down for the Flying Elbow Drop. Time for Sweet Chin Music, but Owen gets up from the table and hooks Shawn’s legs. No DQ though. Out comes Psycho Sid to help his buddy. As Owen rolls into the ring, Sid follows suit and we’ve got a pier-six brawl on our hands for the DQ. (11:20 shown) As Sid goes to punch Owen, he reaches back too far and elbows Shawn into the Bulldog. Once the two clear the ring, Sid and Shawn go nose-to-nose. Owen gets on the mic and puts the WWF tag titles up against Sid and Shawn for next week – IF THEY GOT THE GUTS. Fun stuff, but you could see the finish coming a mile away. **½

NEXT WEEK (starting for the first time at 7:57PM EST): We will joining Brian Pillman – LIVE – from his home in Cincinnati!

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