WWF: Raw is War (03.30.98)


WWF: Raw is War
March 30, 1998
Albany, NY
Pepsi Arena

The current WWF champs are as follows:
WWF Champion: Steve Austin (3/29/1998)
Intercontinental Champion: The Rock (12/8/1997)
World Tag Team Champions: Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie (3/29/1998)
European Champion: Triple H (3/17/1998)
Light Heavyweight Champion: TAKA Michinoku (12/7/1997)

TIME TO GET RAW! Your hosts are Jim Ross and Michael Cole.

Vince McMahon comes down to the ring to a CHORUS of boos carrying with him the *new* WWF title belt to be presented to the *new* WWF champion Stone Cold Steve Austin as he defeated Shawn Michaels last night at WrestleMania 14. In case you are wondering, this is *not* the belt with the scratch WWF logo associated with the Attitude Era. This short-lived belt has the traditional (for a lack of a better word) WWF logo at the top of the belt. The crowd is so loud that Vince checks to make his microphone is working because he can’t hear himself talk. Steve Austin brings out the old “winged eagle” belt he won from Shawn Michaels the night before. He drops the old belt on Vince’s foot and takes the new belt off his shoulder to pose for the crowd in all four corners. VINTAGE AUSTIN! Vince congratulates Austin on his victory and says he would like to clear up any misinterpretations of what he said about Austin winning the WWF championship a week ago on RAW. He says he is proud of Austin’s accomplishments and being the face of the WWF, but together with his vision Austin could one day become the greatest WWF champion of all time. Austin wants him to cut the BS because he knows Vince hates him, but that’s okay because Austin hates Vince as well. There will be no “us”. What you see is what you get. And if Vince doesn’t like that – tough luck. Vince responds saying that he is incapable of hating people and finds Austin to be a “swell guy”. He even tells Austin that he loves him. HA! Gayyyy. Austin laughs and tells Vince he loves him too, but he will not do things the Vince McMahon way. He will continue to raise as much hell and create chaos for every single day of Vince’s life. Nobody – especially Vince McMahon – tells Austin what to do and that’s the bottom line. Vince drops the famous line saying that they can either do this the easy way or the hard way. Austin wants Vince to be more clear as to what that means. The easy way would be for Austin to simply adapt to McMahon’s way and the hard way will be Vince forcing Austin to adapt to his way. Austin wants ten seconds to ponder this decision. When his ten seconds are up, Austin lays out Vince McMahon with a STONE COLD STUNNER. I don’t know which Stone Cold Stunner to McMahon means more: the one in Madison Square Garden or this one? Probably this one as it REALLY kicks the Austin/McMahon feud into high gear. As the refs come out to help the WWF chairman, Austin grabs the mic and tells the world that this is Austin doing things the hard way. If you want Austin to keep doing things the hard way, give him a HELL YEAH.

After the break, we see Commissioner Slaughter and agent Gerald Brisco tending to Vince McMahon’s needs. IT’S NOT LIKE THAT. They are getting him water and stuff.

  • LOD 2000 (w/Sunny) vs. Los Boricuas

Jose Estrada Jr. and Jesus Castillo represent Los Boricuas here. Not that it matters much because Estrada gets drilled with the DOOMSDAY DEVICE and pinned in :35 by the reinvented and revived Legion of Doom.

In the back, Kevin Kelly reports that Vince McMahon has called the Albany police department and told them to come to the Pepsi Arena and arrest Stone Cold Steve Austin on battery charges.

When we return, Kevin Kelly follows up telling us that Steve Austin said he ain’t going anywhere and that Vince McMahon doesn’t have the balls to have him arrested.

  • Kurrgan (w/Jackyl) vs. Chainz

So Chainz is on JTTS duty now. No entrance for him tonight. Ross and Cole say there is a rift within D-Generation X after what went down at WrestleMania 14. We’ll hear from Triple H a little bit later on that. We would almost rather watch Vince and Sgt. Slaughter stand around waiting for Albany police than watch this match. PARALYZER clawhold pins Chainz in 2:15. Jackyl points the blame at Ross and Cole for what is happening to Chainz for some reason. Kurrgan holds onto Chainz and drags him up the ramp. Who knows what he’ll do to him once he has him backstage. KINKY!

Conveniently, the Albany police arrive at the end of the last segment to meet Vince McMahon.

When we return from break, Vince McMahon and his stooges with a smile on his face lead a bunch of Albany policemen over to Steve Austin’s dressing room.

  • Jeff Jarrett (w/Tennessee Lee) vs. Aguila

Tennessee Lee joins Ross and Cole at the announce table. Another glorified squash as Aguila misses a corkscrew off the top (but not really) allowing Jarrett to put him away with a FIGURE-FOUR at 2:38. Steve Blackman comes out and cleans house on Jarrett, but gets distracted by Tennessee Lee helping Jarrett get the last word. Huh?

We go to the back to see Steve Austin being carted out of his dressing room in handcuffs. As he walks by Vince, he shoulderblocks him into some lockers for laughs. McMahon tells him that he deserves what has come to him tonight. This feels like a piece of COPS footage.

After a break, Vince McMahon comes down to the ring with Gerald Brisco and Commissioner Slaughter by his side. He feels he owes the WWF audience an explanation as to why he had Steve Austin arrested. He figured Austin needed a 24 hour period to cool down. Austin made his choice, Vince made his choice. And with that, Vince drops the mic and walks out. Meltzer says this is McMahon’s way of spoofing his locker room altercation with Bret Hart back in November.

Before we go to the next hour of the show, we see Triple H and Chyna with their heads hanging low in the locker room. Helmsley says that the WWF as we know it comes to an X-rated end – TONIGHT.

Now over to the Nation of Domination, the Rock says he can hardly walk and he’s been spitting up blood all night long, but he’s still standing like the man and a half that he is. He will lay the smackdown on Ken Shamrock later tonight. Rock then turns his attention to Faarooq. Last night, his eyes were opened by Faarooq. He admits that without Faarooq, he wouldn’t be nearly as successful as he is. Rock says he is grateful for what Faarooq has done for him and after tonight, the Nation of Domination will be as strong as it’s ever been. Well, that can’t be good for Faarooq.

ENTER THE WARZONE! Your hosts are Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler.

  • The Rock & Faarooq (w/the NOD) vs. Ken Shamrock & Steve Blackman

Rock is hobbling around on that bad ankle selling the injury from last night. Pretty awesome. He and Faarooq argue over who will start the match here. Finally, Faarooq starts against Shamrock and powerslams him down. Tag to Blackman, he takes a suplex from Faarooq. He misses an elbow drop and quickly becomes heel in peril for a little bit. When he drops Shamrock with a Spinebuster, he crawls over to Rock for a tag. Rock leans in to reach for Faarooq, but then lifts his hand up in the air as if to say Faarooq wouldn’t tag him. Rock has enough of this and then walks out on the leader of the Nation of Domination. That leaves Faarooq all alone to be taken out with a Belly to Belly Suplex by Shamrock for the win. (4:23) Faarooq gets on the mic and calls the Rock out for a fight. Well, here comes Rocky and they go nose to nose. The rest of the Nation try to keep them separated, but then Faarooq shoots on Rock and takes him down for a schoolyard fight. Eventually, refs and agents and the other NOD boys break them up. Rocky tries to leave again, but Faarooq calls him back. Next thing we see, Kama, D-Lo Brown, and Mark Henry turn on Faarooq. Once he’s beaten down, Rock comes back in the ring to deliver the ROCK BOTTOM. He then declares himself the RULER of the Nation of Domination and tells Faarooq to go back to Haiti where he came from. Haiti? ¾*

Out comes Triple H and Chyna to discuss the changes in DX. We already see there’s some X pyro going off in secession with some crotch chops. You know what I’m talking about. Anyways, that’s new. Helmsley gets on the stick and tells Shawn Michaels that he dropped the ball, but never fear because HHH picked it up and now the ball is in his court. He’ll take care of everything now. Tonight, Helmsley declares this as the genesis of DX (huh?). He will form the DX army to handle business that should have been taken care of right from the start. When you want to start an army, you look to your buddies, your friends, your pals. You look to the KLIQ. A smattering of cheers at the sound of the word – because it’s 1998 and so few people know what that means. Anyways, out comes the 1-2-3 Kid or Syxx as we know him in WCW. Well, he’s not Scott Hall or Kevin Nash, but he is Sean Waltman. Once he reaches the ring, he does some rather vigorous crotch chops. To show his allegiance to the WWF, he tells Hulk Hogan that he sucks and that Bischoff’s head has gone up his backside. Waltman says that he’s here to help his buddy Triple H and that Scott Hall and Kevin Nash would be standing right here beside them if they weren’t being held hostage by Eric Bischoff in WCW. Shoot comments that really aren’t shoot comments. He finishes up saying this is new beginning for D-Generation X and they are here to “rip ass” on the WWF – and it starts tonight. By the way, they got two words for us. Ross – “I’m sure that will be the most quoted interview of the week.”

We get our first vignette for Val Venis. He’s shown sitting on his couch watching his own porn videos using his VCR and television set. THROWBACK~!

  • TAKA Michinoku vs. Marc Mero (w/Sable)

Why are we putting the light heavyweights up against heavyweights tonight? Before we get started, Luna comes out and introduces the idea of an evening gown match to that slut Sable at Unforgiven: In Your House on April 26. Since Sable wants to beat her up again, she accepts the challenge despite Marc Mero trying to change her mind. Sable nearly gets Mero pinned by getting up on the apron, but Mero kicks out and delivers the TKO for the win in 1:37. After Mero and Sable leave, three Japanese guys come out of the audience and put the boots to TAKA. Could it be YAKUZA?!

  • NWA World Tag Team Championship: The Headbangers vs. The New Midnight Express (w/Jim Cornette)

The NWA world champion Dan Severn comes down and stands beside Jim Cornette while he’s being hyped on commentary. The crowd is almost silent for this tag match. The New Midnights work over Thrasher until Bombastic Bob eats a boot as he comes off the middle rope. Tag to Mosh, the match breaks down. During the mayhem, the ROCKET LAUNCHER puts away Mosh. (4:02) Ladies and gentlemen, we have new NWA world tag team champions. While Bombastic Bob and Bodacious Bart celebrate with the belts, Dan Severn lays out the Headbangers with suplexes. Mr. Charisma, folks. *

Stone Cold uses his one phone call to contact Jim Ross instead of calling a lawyer. He calls Vince some bad names and threatens him. Next Monday night won’t be very fun for Vince. And if that doesn’t get the job done, Vince will find out that Austin 3:16 says he just whipped your ass and that’s exactly what will happen.

Paul Bearer brings out Kane with him to talk about the Undertaker while they get the cage set up. He drones on and on about having a dream about the ring being surrounded by fire. In the ring, he saw Kane standing alone. He then challenges the Undertaker to step into the fire to face his brother one more time. To win the match, you must set your opponent on fire. That’s right – an inferno match at Unforgiven: In Your House. Ross is appalled at the very idea.

They show us Terry Funk getting medical attention on a deep bruise on his hip from last night’s dumpster match.

  • (Cage Match) WWF Tag Team Championship: Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie vs. The New Age Outlaws

Road Dogg wears a J.O.B. Squad t-shirt to the ring which I had no idea was a thing yet. Since the Outlaws were put into the wrong receptacle, the WWF tag belts are held up. Cactus and Funk suplex Gunn into the blue cage and hang him by his feet. Gunn fights back and gives Cactus a backdrop into the cage. Road Dogg pulls out some handcuffs that are used more as a weapon for now than their main intention. Gunn hits Cactus with the Famouser. The Outlaws use the handcuffs to essentially tie Funk to the cage by his neck. With that bruised hip, it’s not like he could do a whole lot. Cactus takes a nasty flapjack into the cage wall. They try again and fail. Cactus hits them with DDTs and catapults Gunn into the cage. Road Dogg takes a ride into the cage. Gunn tries to stop Cactus from climbing out and gets crotched. As he tries to climb out, the new DX comes down to ringside. Sean Waltman hits Cactus over the head with a chair a few times knocking him back inside the ring. Waltman tosses the chair into the ring to Road Dogg as the Outlaws proceed to give Cactus a SPIKE PILEDRIVER ON THE CHAIR. Road Dogg does the worm and covers Cactus for the win and regains the tag titles. (4:22) Together, they continue their assault on Cactus Jack and Terry Funk complete with a PEDIGREE and a nasty chairshot over Cactus Jack’s cranium. And there you have it, folks. The New Age Outlaws have joined D-Generation X.

Until next time, so long for now.


10-321 presents WWF Unforgiven: In Your House LIVE ON PPV April 26 from the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC
WWF Championship: Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs. ???

WWF Tag Team Championship: The New Age Outlaws (c) vs. Legion of Doom 2000 (w/Sunny)
Inferno Match:
The Undertaker vs. Kane (w/Paul Bearer)
Evening Gown Match: Sable vs. Luna


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