WWF: SuNDAY NiGHT HeAT (12.20.98)

December 20, 1998
Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Dome

The current WWF champs are as follows:
WWF Champion: The Rock (11/15/1998)
Intercontinental Champion: Ken Shamrock (10/12/1998)
World Tag Team Champions: The Big Boss Man & Ken Shamrock (12/14/1998)
European Champion: X-Pac (10/18/1998)
Light Heavyweight Champion: Duane Gill (11/23/1998)
Hardcore Champion: The Big Boss Man (11/30/1998)
Women’s Champion: Sable (11/15/1998)

HOT ENOUGH? Your hosts are Kevin Kelly and Shane McMahon.

  • WWF European Championship: X-Pac (c) vs. Tiger Ali Singh

Mad after getting a “blood bath” from the Brood, he starts off strong against X-Pac. Naturally, X-Pac could make Singh look halfway decent. X-Pac comes back with his kicks and the Bronco Buster and the X-FACTOR gets the win in 1:54.

Can Mankind overcome the odds as he’s stuck in a four corners match against members of the Corporation – including the WWF champion the Rock? We catch the Corporation colluding and strategizing backstage.

Get your WWF Catapult – Live Action Wrestling Ring from Jakks Pacific!

  • Brian Christopher & Kevin Quinn (w/Scott Taylor) vs. The Hardy Boyz

Taylor of course was injured at the hands of Droz and Animal a few weeks back. He joins Kelly and McMahon at the announce table. Last week on HeAT, Kevin Quinn defeated Brian Christopher – and now they’re teaming together?! Quinn shows off with a walk the ropes hurracanrana on Matt. Christopher tags in and takes an atomic drop into a clothesline double-team. BAAAACK BODY DROP to Christopher. Taylor discusses his close relationship with Christopher and gets real defensive about it. Tag to Quinn, Jeff hangs him out to dry and lands a Swanton Bomb back when it was fresh. Christopher sneaks in and delivers the Stroke to Jeff. Sitout powerbomb wears Jeff down as Quinn tags in only to fly down into a dropkick. Matt tags in and goes SLAM CRAZY. Christopher blocks a flying moonsault by bringing up his knees and avoids a Phoenix Splash from Jeff. WHOA. Christopher dumps out Matt while Quinn delivers a head and arm suplex to set up the TENNESSEE JAM for the win. (3:17) GOOD MATCH. One of the best I’ve seen on HeAT to date. **½

Mankind is backstage hyping himself up for tonight’s main event.

  • Al Snow vs. Droz (w/Animal)

Animal leaves Droz behind to face Snow. While Snow and Droz go back and forth, ROAD WARRIOR HAWK shows up with his left arm in a cast. He steps right onto the apron, clobbers Droz, and the SNOW PLOW ends Droz in 1:23. Does Kevin Kelly really have to ask why Hawk did that? Hawk says tomorrow night on RAW he will let the world in on their deep, dark secret. N/R

  • The Headbangers vs. Golga & Kurrgan

Giant Silva helps Golga and Kurrgan wheel down a huge Christmas present down to ringside and then heads back to the locker room. Headbangers double suplex Golga and then Kurrgan helps out by sending Mosh to the floor. Golga avalanches Thrasher and Mosh pulls him out to the floor. Curious about the present, Headbangers rip open the box and OUT COMES GEORGE THE ANIMAL STEELE. Call it a DQ. (1:13) After the Headbangers are ran off, Steele joins the Oddities inside the ring for a huge celebration. Steele bites open the turnbuckle pad and throws the stuffing everywhere – just like old times. N/R

D-Generation X is shown backstage walking towards the ring. We can only assume.

WWF << REWIND (brought to you by Glover on N64 / PC): RAW, 12/14/98. The Motley Crue security guy (Test) makes his debut and helps the Rock beat Triple H.

Here comes DX to the ring. Billy Gunn doesn’t think Boss Man and Shamrock should feel good being the WWF tag team champions since they had a little help from Shawn Michaels. Gunn says he wants to “jerk a knot” in HBK’s ass. You want to try that again, Billy? Road Dogg says he’ll put his foot in HBK’s ass. There ya go. Time to whip Boss Man and Shamrock’s “tough ass”. Okay. Getting weird. Triple H asks how many times does he have to beat the Rock’s ass. The WWF title belongs to Triple H – and everybody knows it. As for Commissioner Michaels, they go a long way back, but it’s over and done. If Shawn doesn’t get out of his way, Triple H will take him out of the way. As for Test, tests are like rules. DX breaks rules and they’ll break Test just as well. THE ROCK and TEST interrupt from the stage. Rock thinks “Bad Ass” Billy Gunn is jealous of him. As for Road Dogg, the Rock calls him “trailer park trash” and Road Dogg doesn’t seem to mind. Rock calls X-Pac a “bony jabroni” and Rock about put him in a coma one month ago with the Corporate Elbow. As for Chyna, she went on a date with Mark Henry – and that’s all the Rock has to say about her. HA. Rock thinks Triple H is a prime example of a guy who looks like Tarzan and wrestles like Jane. Triple H chimes in with what he thinks is a real zinger – Jane kicked the Rock’s ass last week. It doesn’t look like Triple H has the WWF title, so what does it really matter. If anybody wants to go through the Corporation, they first have to “pass the Test” IF YA SMELLL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN’. Triple H and DX will pass by Test whenever they want. Triple H tells Test to put his bony elbows down because he’s standing there like he’s holding two grapefruits under his arms. Imaginary Lat Syndrome kills people every day. Okay, that was pretty funny and Test’s arms do look ridiculous. If you want to see “jacked”, check out Billy Gunn, says Triple H. As for the Rock, the taste in his mouth is DEEZ NUTS. OHH SNAP. Triple H tells the Rock when he gets his “monkey ass” in the ring with him, he gets his ass handed to him. And in case the Rock has forgotten, Triple H has two words for the Rock.

EXCITING STILL SHOTS from WWF Magazine highlighting Rock Bottom: In Your House.

  • The New Age Outlaws vs. The Disciples of Apocalypse (w/Paul Ellering)

8-Ball pounds on Road Dogg, but Road Dogg fires back with the Shake, Rattle and Roll followed by the Shaky Knee Drop. In comes Skull, he stomps Road Dogg down in the corner. The DOA boys get some more heat on Road Dogg. 8-Ball runs into a foot in the corner and Road Dogg hits a clothesline off the second rope. Hot tag to Gunn, he delivers a DOUBLE NOGGIN KNOCKER to DOA. The match breaks down, Road Dogg and Skull brawl to the floor, and Paul Ellering hits 8-Ball by mistake with a Halliburton briefcase. Whoops. Gunn jumps on top of 8-Ball for the win. (3:04) Afterwards, 8-Ball and Skull beat the crap out of Paul Ellering and whack him with the Halliburton. No Legion of Doom though. ¾*

Backstage, Mankind is throwing chairs around singing a song.

EXCITING STILL SHOTS from WWF Magazine highlighting Rock Bottom: In Your House.

  • The Rock (w/Shawn Michaels) vs. Mankind vs. Ken Shamrock vs. The Big Boss Man

THERE’S NO WAY MANKIND CAN SURVIVE THIS. No titles are on the line despite having four different champions here. The Rock and Ken Shamrock stay in their corners while Boss Man goes one-on-one with Mankind. Essentially, Mankind gets his ass kicked and everybody takes their turn. Mankind gets a chance to throw the Rock out to the floor and tries the Cactus Elbow, but Shamrock runs him down with a clothesline. The Rock punches Mankind straight in the testicles. We catch Vince McMahon and Test watching from backstage. While the Rock distracts the ref, Shamrock and Boss Man beat on Mankind. Next thing we know, Mankind gets the MANDIBLE CLAW on Boss Man. As Boss Man forces him back into a corner, Rock trips up Mankind and pulls his nuts into the post. Out comes Vince McMahon and Test down to ringside. Meanwhile, Rock hits a DDT on Mankind for two. While Shamrock talks to ref Tim White, Boss Man tosses a chair into the ring for the Rock to hit the ROCK BOTTOM on Mankind onto the chair! The CORPORATE ELBOW connects for the win. (6:13) Wow, the Rock battled back from all the odds stacked against him to defeat Mankind. Vince stands over Mankind, pulls out his Vinnie Mac version of Mr. Socko, and shoves it down Mankind’s throat. HOW FAR IS TOO FAR? Next thing we know, D-Generation X runs Vince and his Corporation out of the ring to close the show. **

RAW IS WAR from Spokane is next. ONLY TWO MORE RAWS in 1998!  Until then, so long for now.

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