WWF: SuNDAY NiGHT HeAT (08.30.98)
WWF: SuNDAY NiGHT HeAT
August 30, 1998
New York City
Madison Square Garden
The current WWF champs are as follows:
WWF Champion: Steve Austin (6/29/1998)
Intercontinental Champion: The Rock (12/8/1997)
World Tag Team Champions: Kane & Mankind (8/10/1998)
European Champion: D’Lo Brown (7/20/1998)
Light Heavyweight Champion: TAKA Michinoku (12/7/1997)
IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERRE! Your hosts are Jim Ross, Shane McMahon, and Shawn Michaels. Yes, SHAWN MICHAELS. He does his whole entrance and everything.
- LOD 2000 vs. Too Much
Droz was supposed to be Animal’s partner since Hawk is messed up all the time, but Hawk comes out behind them wearing the LOD 2000 helmet acting like he’s “ready to compete”. Droz heads to the back looking pissed. Christopher and Taylor double-team Animal to start. We can see Edge watching from the audience. Weird hearing HBK give Hawk a hard time for partying too hard. Imagine what JR must be thinking. Animal comes back by giving Too Much a double suplex. He’s all clotheslines now. There’s a powerslam on Taylor. Animal dumps out Christopher and powerbombs Taylor. Hawk has trouble getting up to the top rope. He’s still wearing the helmet by the way. He falls off the middle rope onto Animal and Taylor covers Animal for the three-count in 2:14. Losing to Too Much might prove to be “too much” for Animal – IF YOU SMELLL WHAT I’M COOKING.
Stone Cold Steve Austin is shown backstage wielding a sledgehammer waiting for the Undertaker and Kane to come to the arena.
“Highway to Hell” music video plays.
When we come back, Shawn Michaels brings out Sable to the ring. HBK has to walk her through the interview and leads up to the question as to who her mystery partner will be. Of course, she won’t say. All she will say is it won’t be one of the Oddities since they have a match tonight. After that, Sable and Shawn do some bad dancing in the middle of the ring. Oh boy the cringe.
- Gangrel vs. Dustin Runnels
Gangrel jumps Runnels at the bell, but he telegraphs a backdrop and gets his face slammed. Runnels misses a corner charge and Gangrel drops an elbow drop on him. Dustin hotshots Gangrel, but runs into a powerslam for two. They claw each other’s eyes, but Gangrel telegraphs another backdrop and gets the uppercut and clothesline. Runnels lands an inverted atomic drop and a lariat for two. Runnels tries a backdrop, but Gangrel counters and connects with the IMPALER for the win in 2:32.
Michael Cole stops D-Generation X backstage asking Triple H what the future of DX is. Helmsley says DX lives for today and the bell rings tonight, things around the WWF will never be the same.
We get a look at the Mario Lopez and Val Venis showdown from a few weeks back on RAW.
Over to Mr. McMahon’s office, Michael Cole asks him what he thinks about Steve Austin looking for the Undertaker and Kane holding a sledgehammer. Vince is concerned, but if he has to take the sledgehammer away from him, he will do that. McMahon will not let Austin ruin tonight’s main event.
Down in the ring, Jeff Jarrett and Southern Justice assault Howard Finkel and shave what’s left of his hair. WHY FINK? COME ON MAN. Nobody helps him. Jarrett gets on the mic and tells the crowd (and X-Pac) to not piss him off.
Backstage, Commissioner Slaughter, Gerald Brisco, and Pat Patterson confront Steve Austin about the sledgehammer. He won’t give it up.
After the break, the stooges show up in Mr. McMahon’s office. Vince is tired of hearing their excuses and blows up when Patterson tells him to go get the sledgehammer himself. HE’S JUST A MAN, PAT. Vince looks like he’s about to go confront Austin when we go back to the ring for the last match on HeAT.
- The Disciples of Apocalypse (w/Paul Ellering) vs. Bradshaw & Vader
Tony Chimel has replaced Howard Finkel. JR knows this will be a slobberknocker. Vader and Bradshaw argue over who will start the match. I’m guessing Bradshaw is still mad over getting his bell rung in the Brawl for All finals. DOA work over Vader to start, but Vader fires back and slaps Bradshaw’s hand for a tag. One of the DOA boys put down Bradshaw with a clothesline and then a suplex, but Bradshaw boots him down and hits a short-arm clothesline. Tag to Vader, Skull (or 8-Ball) reverses a whip that sends Vader into Bradshaw. Well, Bradshaw didn’t like that, and punches Vader back into a rollup for the three-count in 2:56. Despite the WWF agents and refs best efforts, they can’t stop Vader and Bradshaw continuing to brawl with each other after the bell.
Michael Cole meets up with Brian Collard from the Home Shopping Network to discuss WWF merch people can buy.
We check in at the Theater at MSG where the Lion’s Den match will take place.
Vince and the stooges are shown walking through the arena. Commercials!
When we return, Mr. McMahon and his backup confront Steve Austin. It seems Vince is awful worried. Austin sees through McMahon because he’s just here to make sure Kane doesn’t interfere in his match. Slaughter reaches for the sledgehammer, but can’t get it away from him. And with that, Vince gives up on Austin as Austin continues to wait.
Charlotte Hornets power forward Anthony Mason is in attendance. He gets booed out of MSG for being a former New York Knicks player. RIP MASE!
Dok Hendrix has a little rap for the New York crowd as they play a “Highway to Hell” music video with lots of Steve Austin and the Undertaker clips.
Next up, we catch the Rock and Mark Henry entering MSG.
That sets up a recap video of the Rock/HHH feud.
Moving on, we get the Rock and the rest of the Nation (sans the Godfather) in the ring. Before the Rock can get going, DX hits the ring for a big brawl. Since he’s got problems outside DX, Owen Hart is the first to leave. The Rock whacks Triple H in the knee with the IC title and puts the boots to the knee until X-Pac and the New Age Outlaws run him out of the ring. DAMAGE IS ALREADY DONE.
In the back, a hearse pulls up inside the arena. Steve Austin pulls the driver out and starts beating the hearse with his sledgehammer. Instead of opening the door to see who is inside, Austin jumps on a nearby forklift and runs the fork through the back glass. Shane wonders if there’s anybody in there. Hilarious.
And that’s going to do it because SummerSlam is NEXT. Until then, so long for now.
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