WWF: Raw Saturday Night (09.05.98)

WWF: Raw Saturday Night
September 5, 1998
New Haven, CT
New Haven Coliseum

The current WWF champs are as follows:
WWF Champion: Steve Austin (6/29/1998)
Intercontinental Champion: Triple H (8/30/1998)
World Tag Team Champions: The New Age Outlaws (8/30/1998)
European Champion: D’Lo Brown (7/20/1998)
Light Heavyweight Champion: TAKA Michinoku (12/7/1997)

There’s tennis on Monday nights now, so RAW gets moved to Saturday Night!

Before we go to the show, we start with EXCITING STILL SHOTS of the Steve Austin and the Undertaker match from SummerSlam.

TIME TO GET RAW! Your hosts are Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler.

Vince McMahon begins the show to explain to the audience that there will be an emotional and physical breakdown at the Breakdown: In Your House PPV (planned for September 27!) for Stone Cold Steve Austin. It’s a good thing they named the PPV “Breakdown” then. McMahon guarantees that after September 27, Austin will no longer be the WWF champion. He reminds us that the Undertaker sent his brother Kane back to the locker room during his match with Austin at SummerSlam. The next day, Austin went on the cutting edge talk show “Regis and Kathie Lee” and talked about how much respect he had for the Undertaker. Vince calls out to the Undertaker and refers to Kane as “retarded” which didn’t get edited out of the Peacock release. He thinks the Undertaker and Kane should be dominating the WWF, but instead the WWF Superstars are laughing at them. He calls them both “putrid pussies” and that brings the Undertaker and Kane to chase Mr. McMahon out of the arena.

  • Ken Shamrock & Steve Blackman vs. The Disciples of Apocalypse (w/Paul Ellering)

They take us back to two weeks ago when Shamrock and Blackman were throwing each other around. Ross considers they may have patched up things since that incident. Paul Ellering’s shirt and jacket both have some Orwellian connotations about the future of the internet. He was certainly ahead of his time on that. Shamrock and Blackman seem to be working quite good when Kane and the Undertaker head to the ring. (about 2:00 or so) Blackman proves to be the only victim of their wrath while the DOA beat up Shamrock on the floor. Taker applies a kneebar while Kane puts the boots to him. Apparently, McMahon got the brothers pissed off enough to start ripping ass on the WWF. N/R

Somewhere in a bathroom stall in the arena, it sounds like maybe Val Venis is getting some loving. Good grief.

Let Us Take You Back to Moments Ago when Mr. McMahon lit a fire under the Undertaker and Kane’s butts.

Next up, we get clips of the New Age Outlaws regaining the WWF tag titles, putting Mankind in a dumpster, and then Kane appearing from the dumpster to strike Mankind with a sledgehammer. Ross talks like we may not see Mankind again. Let’s hope he doesn’t wind up in Cleveland again. It hasn’t been a good city for him.

  • Vader vs. Val Venis

No word yet on if Val was screwing a chick (or dude – no judgment here!) in a bathroom stall. Dustin Runnels shows up in the crowd again with his “He’s Coming Back!” sign. Vader is all over Venis here. He hits a splash from the middle rope for two. Next thing we know, Bradshaw shows up to go after Vader. As if that’s not enough, DESTRUCTION PERSONIFIED (Undertaker and Kane) head to the ring. Bradshaw leaves and lets them beat the crap out of Val Venis and Vader. Kane gives Val a Chokeslam and it takes both brothers to Chokeslam The Man They Call Vader. (about 3:30 or so) Time for Vader to head to All Japan because he’s certainly not appreciated here anymore. N/R

Backstage with Michael Cole, The Rock and Mark Henry talk about the New Age Outlaws. Well, Rock does all the talking. Since there’s not much to say about Triple H other than Rock may not be the Intercontinental champ anymore, but he will always be the People’s Champ.

  • WWF World Tag Team Championship: The New Age Outlaws (c) (w/Chyna) vs. The Rock & Mark Henry

After the Rock and Mark Henry are in the ring, the Outlaws are HYPED about being the WWF tag champs again. Rock and Gunn start us off. There are headlocks and shoulderblocks and hiptosses and crotch chops to begin things. It’s 1998, folks! Road Dogg comes in and slows the match down with a headlock takedown. Rock goes to the eyes and tags out. Henry unloads on Road Dogg. He slams Road Dogg and hits a legdrop off the ropes for two. Tag to Rock, he continues the Outlaw-in-peril segment. He hits the People’s Elbow for only two. Gunn saves the day. Rock then squares off and punches Road Dogg in the dick with ref Earl Hebner’s back turned. Henry grabs a NASTY bearhug. With Road Dogg down, Henry goes for his big splash only to miss him. Hot tag to Road Dogg, Gunn runs wild on the Rock and Henry. The match breaks down with the Rock and Billy Gunn going to the floor. Rock runs Gunn into the ringpost. Hey look, it’s Chyna. She jumps Mark Henry for the DQ. (7:00) The New Age Outlaws have to hold her back while the Rock and Mark Henry head for the locker room. Looks like now Chyna wants a smooch from Mizark. *½

More Moments Ago: Chyna beats up Mark Henry and lets him know she wants a kiss.

Time for Tiger Ali Singh and Babu to make Americans look silly. Ross – “Why do we give [Singh] airtime?” That’s a good question. Singh shames Babu for eating sardines and never brushing his teeth. He offers any American woman $500 if she will “French kiss” Babu for five seconds. Some plant with a tongue stud and no bra shows up, so YOU KNOW she’s down. Singh says he’ll give her $600 because she’s hot.  She gets her $600 when the Undertaker and Kane appear to Chokeslam both Babu and Tiger Ali Singh. Once the deed is done, the Brothers of Destruction leave.

  • Southern Justice vs. The Headbangers

Southern Justice BUM RUSH THE SHOW on the Headbangers – tossing out Thrasher and allowing Mosh to get attacked. Mosh headscissors Knight to the floor and does a fancy springboard dive to take Knight off the apron. Back inside, Thrasher tags in and catches Knight with a jumping clothesline for two. Canterbury gets a tag and catches a leapfrog for a powerslam. With Thrasher still down, Canterbury gives him a wheelbarrow face slam for a nearfall. Running elbow drop to Thrasher gets another two. Knight tags in for a drop toehold and elbow drop combo. Behind Chioda’s back, Knight headbutts Thrasher in the balls. Thrasher catches Canterbury with a boot out of the corner, but that just pisses off Canterbury. He drags Thrasher over to Knight for some illegal stuff. Knight misses a corner charge allowing Thrasher to hot tag Mosh. He runs wild, but gets nailed by Knight and dropped with the PROBLEM SOLVER (formerly known as the Slop Drop) for the win. (4:44) Ross explains that Southern Justice is looking for a WWF tag title match down the road. *

Elsewhere, the Undertaker and Kane try to break in Mr. McMahon’s office using Kane’s sledgehammer. Once Kane gets the door open, they find the room empty.

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

  • WWF European Championship: D’Lo Brown (c) vs. X-Pac

Feeling out process to start. X-Pac delivers a hiptoss and follows up with some shots, but D’Lo fires back and levels X-Pac with a big clothesline. WHO SUCKS NOW? D’Lo whips X-Pac from corner to corner and hits another clothesline. X-Pac comes back with a jumping clothesline and the Bronco Buster. He tries one more, but X-Pac gets his foot up to block. That’s the third crotch shot I’ve seen tonight. D’Lo tries a press slam, but X-Pac gets away and delivers the X-FACTOR. X-Pac covers, but Jeff Jarrett arrives with his new haircut for the DQ. His long golden locks are gone forever. (3:30) Felt like they were phoning it in tonight. While X-Pac and Jarrett brawl through the crowd, D’Lo Brown is left all alone with the Undertaker and Kane as they corner him. The Rock comes to D’Lo’s aid, but then D’Lo gets the heck outta Dodge leaving the Rock to get decimated by the Brothers of Destruction. The Nation is SCREWED. ½*

  • Marc Mero (w/Jacqueline) vs. Edge

Ross claims there’s been a home video made with Marc Mero and Jacqueline. Lawler has heard it’s very “touchy-feely”. We’ll see it tomorrow night on HeAT. Ross also thinks that maybe Gangrel and Edge have crossed paths before coming to the WWF. Edge absorbs Mero’s punches and stomps to land a flapjack and a running face slam. He sends Mero to the floor and delivers a plancha. Next thing we know, Gangrel appears and assaults Edge. (about 2:00) They fight into the ring and roll around punching each other. Mero and Jackie head to the locker room. Naturally, the Undertaker and Kane attack Mero on the ramp. N/R

Jim Ross speaks with Al Snow and Head in a special interview. Hey, there’s some ECW footage! Basically, Ross wants to know why people should take Al Snow seriously since he carries around a mannequin head and listening to the voices in his head. Ross is framing this like Snow’s past gimmicks have driven him crazy. “They” want to talk to Vince McMahon, but Al Snow doesn’t. When Snow and Head get into an argument, Ross ends the interview. We’ll get more of that later, I’m sure.

  • The Giant Silva, Golga & Kurrgan (w/Luna & ICP) vs. LOD 2000 & Droz

Road Warrior Hawk is in the ring wearing his Zubaz and LOD 2000 headgear. Droz and Animal try to get him out of the ring. While the match is going on, Hawk attacks ICP on the floor. Hawk steals a tag from Droz and then tags Kurrgan. That brings Kurrgan in and he boots Hawk down. The match breaks down as Giant Silva gives Hawk a powerbomb for the win in 1:37.

Backstage, the Undertaker and Kane are beating up stage hands and tearing up stuff.

  • Los Boricuas vs. Too Much

Jesus Castillo and Miguel Perez Jr are representing Los Boricuas. It’s been a while since we’ve seen these together on RAW. Savio Vega was injured in his Brawl for All match with Droz and it’ll be a long while until we see him again. Atomic drops all around for Too Much to start. Castillo gets distracted and sent to the floor as Christopher gives him a suplex. Back in, Taylor hits a gutwrench suplex. Christopher tags in for the Hart Attack on Castillo. There’s another crotch shot. Back over to Taylor, Castillo punches back to no avail. Taylor hits a suplex and dances before dropping a fist. Oh boy. More beatdown of Castillo. I can’t imagine anybody caring any less. Perez gets a tag and hits some nice dropkicks. Christopher comes in and eats a spinning heel kick from Castillo. Out goes Christopher. There’s a Double Powerbomb to Taylor, but Christopher flies in with the TENNESSEE JAM to Perez. Taylor gets put on top of Perez for the three-count. (5:06) Another match that wasn’t too bad, but this whole night feels like they are phoning it in knowing the start time is 11PM EST. It’s close to 1AM EST right about now. *½

  • Jeff Jarrett vs. Scorpio

Don’t look at Jeff Jarrett because that apparently pisses him off. Scorpio does a good job getting away from Jarrett’s wristlocks to start. He runs into a powerslam though, but then comes back with a bridging German suplex for two. Jarrett lands a backdrop and a dropkick to put Scorpio on the floor. Scorpio sunset flips back inside for two. A superkick puts Jarrett on the floor for a baseball slide. Back in again, Jarrett puts the boots to Scorpio and launches him as Scorpio comes off the ropes. Scorpio tries a headscissors, but Jarrett blocks with a powerbomb for two. Jarrett grabs a chinlock, but Scorpio fights up and hits the spinning front kick for another nearfall. Scorpio heads up top, but misses the Flying Moonsault. Jarrett delivers a superplex and goes for the pin as X-Pac runs in for the DQ. (4:54) X-Pac and Jarrett fight into the crowd. Enter the Undertaker and Kane. Scorpio doesn’t deserve this. He gets a Chokeslam from UT. Mr. McMahon is on the ramp and seems quite pleased with the two brothers. Now a SPIKE TOMBSTONE to Scorpio! WHAT IS THE MASTER PLAN? Undertaker and Kane catch McMahon enjoying himself and go after him to close the show. *

That’s going to do it for this week. SuNDAY NiGHT HeAT is next! Until then, so long for now.

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