WWF: Monday Night Raw (11.11.96)

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Monday Night Raw
November 11, 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 and Jerry Lawler.

  • WWF Tag Team Champions Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith (w/Clarence Mason) vs. Psycho Sid & Shawn Michaels (w/Jose Lothario)

Now tell me why this match makes any sense. Sid and Shawn do not want to be partners, so why would they want to win the WWF tag belts that would force them to be together? Even if they are made to team up, what is their motivation? During the entrances, Steve Austin appears on the split-screen as he’s supposed to apologize for what happened last week, but he thinks that’s pathetic and refuses. Sid throws Owen around to start. Shawn tags in and they run the ropes. Owen gets taken over with a monkey flip and receives a clothesline out to the floor to take us into commercial. When we return, Bulldog is in there against Shawn. Sid tags in, but Bulldog delivers the Hourglass Suplex. Back to Shawn, he becomes *your* face in peril over in the Cornette corner. Sid comes into the ring every now and then to cause Shawn to get double-teamed. It’s all very punchy-kicky chinlock stuff. Another commercial break and Owen levels Shawn with the Spinning Heel Kick for two. When Michaels starts punching on Bulldog to make a comeback, Davey Boy gives him a lowblow right in front of the ref. No DQ? Anyways, Owen misses a missile dropkick on Shawn and nails Bulldog by mistake. Hot tag to Sid and the match breaks down. Bulldog backdrops the POWERBOMB away and then ducks SWEET CHIN MUSIC, which nails Sid by mistake in a VERY silly moment. Maybe it was just a bad angle, but WOW. Sid clearly walks right into the kick. While Owen pulls out Shawn, Bulldog covers Sid for the three-count. (11:19 shown) Shawn comes back in the ring to keep the tag champs off Sid, but gets an ENZIGURI KICK from Owen and he’s out cold. They would try this again in May 1997 with Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin – except then there was way more backstage heat than what’s here between Sid and HBK. **

Kevin Kelly is backstage and vows to us he’ll get interviews with both Sid and Shawn at some point tonight.

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Dok Hendrix handles the Survivor Series Report.

  • MAIN EVENT: WWF Championship: Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Psycho Sid
  • Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
  • Paul Bearer In A Cage: The Undertaker vs. Mankind
  • Survivor Series Elimination Match: The Stalker, Marc Mero, Rocky Maivia & Mark Henry vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Crush, Goldust & Jerry Lawler
  • Survivor Series Elimination Match: Savio Vega, Yokozuna, Flash Funk & Mystery Partner vs. Faarooq, Vader, Razor Ramon & Diesel
  • Survivor Series Elimination Match: Doug Furnas, Phil LaFon & Godwinns vs. Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith & New Rockers

Over to Kevin Kelly, he says Sid has a ton on his mind that he wants to tell us.

  • Mankind (w/The Executioner & Paul Bearer) vs. Freddie Joe Floyd

Vince and King discuss Undertaker getting his hands on Paul Bearer at Survivor Series. Standard squash for Mankind. He hits the running knee in the corner and knocks out Floyd with the Pull-Up Piledriver before making him surrender to the MANDIBLE CLAW at 2:41. Poor Terry Gordy stands there looking glassy-eyed. The Undertaker’s music hits and a shark cage lowers from the rafters with another noticeably skinnier Paul Bearer hanging upside down inside. Taker tells Bearer that he will pay for his sins and that these three unfortunate souls will never rest in peace.

As Mankind walks back to the locker room pulling out his hair, Vince says he’s not destined for the WWF Hall of Fame.

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We see a WWF Hall of Fame Class of 1996 montage highlighting the inductees. This would be the last class until they would pick back up again in 2004. Killer Kowalski and the Valiant Brothers are highlighted.

Next up, there’s a video package to get us hyped for the debut of Rocky Maivia.

Now back to Kevin Kelly. Sid is still WAY too high-strung to give an interview, so hang around instead of flipping over to WCW, please.

After a break, we come back and Sid is now ready to say things. Sid is tired of all the misunderstandings and screw-ups. Survivor Series will be the end of the reign of Shawn Michaels. Why? Because he’s the master and the ruler of the world. You should know this by now.

Steve Austin prepares to give Bob Holly a wrestling lesson. Austin says he hopes Bret Hart is watching so he can be prepared for Survivor Series. It will be the most important match of his life. When he’s through with Bob Holly, Austin plans to find Bret’s dressing room and show him what it’s like.

More Karate Fighters action. Sable beats Dok Hendrix. Exciting stuff.

Hey look, Shawn Michaels was on Regis & Kathie Lee! I bet Michael Gelman was certainly awake for this episode.

This is Gelman - but on SNL.

This is Gelman – but on SNL. Yeah.

Over in the locker room, Kevin Kelly gets a word with Shawn Michaels. HBK is in towels! Everybody who has called him chump change in the past has been kicked in the teeth at one time or another. Even though what happened tonight was a mistake, he still knocked Sid out colder than a block of ice. What does that mean for this Sunday night at Survivor Series when he’s actually gunning for him? Sid is going down whether anybody else in the WWF likes it or not. He wants Sid’s respect and if he has to beat it out of him, he will. AWESOME.

  • Steve Austin vs. Bob Holly

JR joins us for the commentary. Bret Hart takes Austin’s advice and watches this match on a monitor backstage. Austin takes his time wearing down Holly. We even take a commercial break halfway through. When we return, Holly catches Austin with a Frankensteiner and the Best Dropkick in the Business. He heads up top, but flies down and eats a boot. STONE COLD STUNNER! Cover, 1-2-3. (7:36 shown) Afterwards, Austin goes banging on Bret’s dressing room door. The door is locked. It doesn’t stop Austin from telling Bret that next week will be the end of the legend of Bret Hart – and that’s the bottom line.

NEXT WEEK: The fallout from Survivor Series. Plus, Steve Austin takes on Vader no matter what.

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