WWF: SuNDAY NiGHT HeAT (11.01.98)

WWF: SuNDAY NiGHT HeAT
November 1, 1998
Austin, TX
Frank Erwin Center

The current WWF champs are as follows:
WWF Champion: Vacant (9/28/1998)
Intercontinental Champion: Ken Shamrock (10/12/1998)
World Tag Team Champions: The New Age Outlaws (8/30/1998)
European Champion: X-Pac (10/18/1998)
Light Heavyweight Champion: Christian (10/18/1998)
Women’s Champion: Jacqueline (9/21/1998)

HOT ENOUGH? Your hosts are Michael Cole and Jim Cornette. Tonight’s show is *live*. Suck it, taped WCW/nWo Thunder!

They air a Mr. McMahon video montage set to some music intended to get STRAIGHT to your heart strings (…WRESTLEMANIA 3!!!) concerning an “announcement concerning his future that will most certainly have a profound impact on this industry.” Tonight’s episode of SuNDAY NiGHT HeAT is dedicated to the “single most innovative and influential force in the history of sports entertainment: Vincent K. McMahon.” Man, who wrote *that* one? Cole and Corny think the McMahon family might be crumbling as we speak.

  • Animal & Droz (w/Hawk) vs. The Hardy Boyz

Hawk is still being treated like a second string LOD member right now – and it’s not good. The Hardy Boyz are wearing their OMEGA gear tonight. Hardly a match here. Droz and Matt go to the floor while Animal powerbombs the shit out of Jeff in the ring. While Droz and Hawk start shoving each other, Animal gives the Hardy Boyz a suplex. Yes, both Hardy Boyz. They come back with their own double-team suplex and the EVENT OMEGA (flying legdrop/splash) gets the win in 1:28. Quite a huge upset at the time. Hawk challenges Droz to a match on tomorrow night’s RAW. ½*

We catch up with Shane McMahon backstage who is hanging with the Hardy Boyz who are high after their big win. Matt starts cutting a promo, but we gotta talk about Mr. McMahon being the brains behind WrestleMania.

“TOTALLY TWISTER” ad involving Michael Cole. He says the Oddities will join him later to play a game.

We get a “Steven Regal: The Real Man’s Man” promo.

  • Steven Regal vs. Bradshaw

This is the in-ring debut of the “Real Man’s Man” character in the WWF. Regal dares any man to come out and knock off his construction worker’s hard hat. If they can do it, then he’ll be a “good man”. Bradshaw answers the challenge and knocks off Regal’s hard hat with one blow from behind. We get some back and forth brawling to start. Bradshaw comes back with a big slam, but misses a running boot and gets pulled into a cradle back suplex for the pinfall in 1:38. Just as the crowd got going, it was over. As Bradshaw heads back to the dressing room, he’s stopped by the Jackyl. ¼*

Elsewhere, Shane McMahon is shown hanging out with D-Generation X.

Mr. MCMAHON – CREATOR OF STARS!

  • The Brood vs. The Oddities (w/Luna Vachon)

THE BROOD consists of Edge and Christian with their vampire leader Gangrel. Edge joined forces with Gangrel and Christian last week on RAW when Edge helped them against Kane. The Oddities squash the Brood. Golga really got this crowd going. He does some bicep poses (brother) and hits a legdrop off the ropes on Gangrel for two. Cole swears he saw Kane up in the rafters. Why is Cole looking up in the rafters anyways? Golga even hits an elbow drop off the second rope for another nearfall as Edge makes the save. As Golga goes for his splash finish, we see that Edge has taken his Cartman doll for the distraction. Luna jumps on Edge’s back to get at the doll. Meanwhile, Christian and Gangrel hit a DOUBLE DDT on Golga for the win in 2:04. Golga is at least entertaining. ¾*

We check on what Shane McMahon is doing now. He’s talking with the crew members. Vince McMahon would NEVER do that.

Kevin Kelly checks in with Steve Blackman backstage. He says Owen Hart isn’t fooling anybody with his Blue Blazer get up and calls Owen a “filthy little nugget”. As for D’Lo Brown, he better tighten up that chest protector because he’ll kick right through it.

  • D’Lo Brown (w/Mark Henry) vs. Steve Blackman

They trade dropkicks to start. Henry has a sign at ringside that reads “I MISS YOU CHYNA”. The Running Ligerbomb connects on Blackman as the Headbangers head down to ringside. Henry stands in their way and gets shoved back by Mosh. Meanwhile, Thrasher interrupts the Sky High pushing D’Lo off the top. Blackman cradles up Brown for the three-count in 1:23. Just when you thought the matches couldn’t get any shorter, they do. The Headbangers battle with Mark Henry and D’Lo Brown at ringside until they get separated by refs and agents. These two will battle on RAW for a shot at the WWF tag titles. Hmm, I thought there was already a readymade feud going between the Outlaws and the Headbangers. ½*

Cole and Corny try and communicate with the injured Dan Severn via satellite, but it doesn’t appear it’s working right now, so we’ll come back to him later.

Looks like Shane McMahon is getting his head right before he comments later on in the show on his daddy’s “big announcement” for tomorrow’s RAW.

Vince McMahon – indoor attendance record – WRESTLEMANIA 3!!!

  • Jeff Jarrett (w/Debra) vs. Val Venis

We expected to see Terri Runnels in Val’s corner, but there’s no Terri. Apparently there was a shouting match between Val and Terri on Shotgun Saturday Night, but who watches that? Looks like Debra has got her bedroom eyes out for Val. I mean, we don’t really know what her relationship with Jarrett is at this point. Jarrett tires quickly of Val’s pre-match promo and BUM RUSHES THE SHOW. X-Pac and Goldust have been added to the WWF title tournament at Survivor Series. Out comes Terri out to ringside. She talks Debra down off the apron. Meanwhile, Jarrett hits a DDT for two. Venis hits a powerslam for a nearfall. He buries the knees into Jarrett, but quickly counters and backdrops Val out to ringside. When Debra walks over to check on Venis, Terri takes offense. The women start discussing a sale at Target or something while Venis hits a suplex on Jarrett. He then orders the women to separate while Jarrett comes up to Venis and hits the STROKE for the win in 2:25.

Afterwards, Terri gets on the mic and explains to the world that she’s pregnant with Val’s baby. Well, Val doesn’t seem very excited. In fact, he seems quite pissed. He says this pregnancy is *her* problem and leaves her behind. Just when I thought they were going to turn Val back full-fledged babyface. The crowd is more silent than mad.

We catch up with Dan Severn who announces he suffered a “spinal shock compression” that has left him paralyzed. As far as returning to the WWF, he can’t think about that right now. Yet he still wants to confront Owen Hart and plans on showing up to RAW tomorrow night. Man to man, Dan has a few things he wants to say to Owen.

Get your “LAYIN’ THE SMACKDOWN” the Rock t-shirt for only $25 bucks!

We see a video package of what went down on last week’s RAW is WAR to show it was an angsty Shane McMahon who re-hired Stone Cold Steve Austin after Vince fired him at Judgment Day: In Your House.

Back to HeAT, Kevin Kelly brings out Shane McMahon to the ring. Jim Cornette is confused as to what happened to the McMahon family because Linda McMahon is a wonderful woman and Stephanie McMahon is a sweet girl. Is this the first time Stephanie gets mentioned on-air? Kevin hands the mic over to Shane so he can freestyle on his father. You can hear someone in the crowd yell “GET OVER IT” at one point. They decide to start chanting “Austin” because it’s been over an hour and they haven’t seen him yet. In Shane’s vision of the WWF, there wouldn’t be any stooges, swerving, lying, or screwing. Sounds LAME. Whatever Vince has to announce tomorrow, it’s too little too late. Why does Cole and Corny think Shane will take control of the WWF? I’m not seeing it.

  • The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) vs. The Godfather (w/Hos)

Cole announces Triple H will be part of the WWF title tournament at Survivor Series. As for the match here, Godfather says he knows that the Undertaker likes whores. It looks like Taker is trying not to crack. They could fight and they both know Godfather could kick Taker’s ass or Taker could have his pick of one of Godfather’s whores. When Godfather mentions Taker’s erectile disfunction, Taker starts beating the shit out of Godfather. Ref Mike Chioda even gets punched down. No match here. A pile of referees receive the same fate as Chioda.

Next thing we know, Kane’s music hits and the lights go dark. KANE IS IN THE RAFTERS. We see him for sure this time, but what does it all mean?!

And that’s all for tonight’s episode of HeAT. Until next time, so long for now.

The World Wrestling Federation presents “Survivor Series: Deadly Game”
LIVE on November 15 ONLY ON PAY-PER-VIEW from the Kiel Center in St. Louis, Missouri

CARD INCLUDES:
A ONE NIGHT SIXTEEN-MAN TOURNAMENT TO CROWN A NEW WWF CHAMPION INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING PARTICIPANTS:
The Rock, The Undertaker, Kane, Mankind, Ken Shamrock, the Big Bossman, Goldust, X-Pac, Triple H, and seven potential WWF Superstars yet to be announced
WWF Women’s Championship:
Jacqueline (c) vs. Sable

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