WWF: SuNDAY NiGHT HeAT (01.10.99)

January 10, 1999
San Antonio, TX
Freeman Coliseum

The current WWF champs are as follows:
WWF Champion: Mankind (1/4/1999)
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: Road Dogg (12/21/1998)
Women’s Champion: Sable (11/15/1998)

HOT ENOUGH? Your host – at least for now – is just Kevin Kelly.

Vince & Shane McMahon are joined by Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson as they head down to the ring. Nothing but boos and “asshole” chants. Kelly thinks it’s because of Vince firing San Antonio’s Favorite Son Shawn Michaels. Vince announces that Mankind is the World Wrestling Federation champion. He promises to take action against Mankind – and the consequences will be DIRE. Vince introduces his son Shane McMahon and hands him the mic. He directs Pat and Gerald’s attention over to the TitanTron to remind them of the chokeslams they received from Kane. Shane wants to make sure it’s clear to Brisco and Patterson what their roles are around here – OR ELSE. Back over to Vince, he brings up Shawn Michaels. Unfortunately, Shawn is unable to be here tonight because he rocked Vince’s cerebellum. Crowd calls Vince an asshole again. Vince warned Shawn not to show up, but he shows up to the building with D-X and then Triple H puts his hands on poor Shane. As for Helmsley, tonight in this very ring, Vince GUARANTEES Triple H will pay “hard time”. Oh boy. It’s unfortunate Shawn Michaels suffered such a beating last week on RAW, but Vince everybody know he had nothing to do with it. Vince warned you, Shawn. He supposes if Shawn Michaels were here tonight, Vince would even apologize to Shawn Michaels. Shane points out somebody in the fifth row to Vince – it’s JOSE LOTHARIO. Vince welcomes him into the ring to apologize to him in place of Shawn. While he and Vince talk, Patterson and Brisco stand behind Lothario. Jose cannot accept Vince’s apology – in fact, NO WAY JOSE. Lothario tells him he sucks and shoves Vince back into the ropes. Vince then comes back and kicks Jose in the balls. Gerald and Pat stomp him on the mat until refs and agents run down to help out. OH THIS IS TRAGIC. Shane joins Kevin Kelly at the table talking about how Triple H is going to serve hard time tonight – ignoring Kelly’s concern for Lothario. WHAT DOES VINCE HAVE IN STORE FOR TRIPLE H?

Backstage, Michael Cole talks with Al Snow and the Blue Meanie. Turns out that Snow is back to his normal self before he got the bloodbath from the Brood as the backwards “HELPME” has returned to his forehead. Meanie stands by Snow to help him get revenge on the Brood.

  • Al Snow vs. Christian

Meanie joins Kevin and Shane at the table. Snow runs wild to start until he telegraphs a backdrop. Christian hits a sitout gourdbuster for two. Snow fires back with the arm trap headbutts. Meanie is sticking pencils up his nose at the desk. He’s really contributing here to some excellent analysis. To the floor, Christian hits his signature springboard dive. Back inside, GOLDUST comes out and steals Head. Blue Meanie goes after him, but gets wiped out by Head. Meanwhile, Christian hits the Inverted DDT for the win. (2:10) This was two minutes of a good match. What’s up with Goldust? ¾*

Kevin Kelly does voiceover for a video package showing Luna turning on Sable.

Earlier in the day, Michael Cole met up with Sable at the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio. Apparently, she thinks becoming the WWF women’s champion has led to her promotional tours and work on TV shows – and not her huge cans. She responds to those who say she is promoting unrealistic expectations and unhealthy attitudes concerning her body, but she thinks she is promoting exercise and a healthy self-image. Cole wants to know her thoughts on Shane McMahon. She says he needs to remember what goes around comes around and he should treat people the way he wants to be treated. Talk turns to Luna. He wants to know if she’ll wrestle Luna at the Royal Rumble for the WWF women’s title. Absolutely she will.

SLAM OF THE WEEK (brought to you by Glover on N64 / PC CD-ROM): RAW, 1/4/99. The Rock giving Mankind the ROCK BOTTOM through the announce table.

  • Lion’s Den Match: Steve Blackman vs. Owen Hart

DAN SEVERN (still wearing his neck brace) is a special referee. He’s watching on from the deck around the rim of the Lion’s Den. I don’t know what he’d be able to do up there. Owen comes out wearing his “Enough is Enough” t-shirt. Blackman attacks Owen at the door and delivers a suplex bouncing Owen off the cage and then dropping him with a gourdbuster. They try to submit one another with leg holds, but it’s too early for that. Owen delivers a snap suplex which just sounds like it’s got to hurt. Big backbreaker follows. Blackman ducks the enziguri and applies a Muta Lock. Owen claws his way out and kicks Blackman in the nards. Blackman forces Owen down to avoid a piledriver and runs Owen into the cage. Big slam and a diving headbutt connects. More cage abuse which backfires on Blackman. The Spinning Heel Kick knocks Blackman down. He follows with a butterfly suplex and mounts Blackman for some punches. Blackman dropkicks Owen into the cage, but Owen avoids the Martial Arts Kick. Owen delivers a belly to belly suplex, but Blackman flips out of a back suplex and runs Owen into the cage. A drop toehold from Owen sends him into the cage. Blackman tries to flip out of the Dragon Sleeper by using the cage, but Owen sees it coming and slams Blackman. SHARPSHOOTER! Blackman powers out and applies his Sharpshooter. HEY WAIT, Dan Severn jumps down into the Lion’s Den and knocks Blackman hard into the cage. He rips off the neck brace and applies the DRAGON SLEEPER on Blackman until a bunch of REAL referees jump into the cage and stop Severn. (5:50) Throw the match out. Looks like Owen Hart and Dan Severn are in CAHOOTS. **½

When we return, they take us back to moments ago when Dan Severn showed his true colors and attacked Steve Blackman.

Meanwhile in the locker room, Steve Blackman is throwing chairs around fuming mad.

  • The Oddities (w/Giant Silva & George “The Animal” Steele) vs. The Headbangers

Tony Chimel announces the Headbangers as the “Tag Team Champions of the Universe” as they are still wearing those foam title belts. We have Golga and Kurrgan representing the Oddities. Kevin and Shane seem to think the Oddities think the foam belts are a REAL WWF championship. Mosh gets his butt whooped while George Steele gnaws on Thrasher’s leg. Kurrgan fails against Mosh and receives a Bossman Straddle. He comes back with a CHOKESLAM and Golga tags in to deliver the GOLGA SPLASH for the win. (1:48) The Oddities celebrate thinking they are new tag champions – because of course they do. 1/2*

Outside the building, we catch Steve Blackman trying to beat up Dan Severn and Owen Hart as they are just trying to LEAVE San Antonio.

WWF REWIND << (brought to you by 10-10-220): RAW, 1/4/99. Steve Austin returns to help Mankind win the WWF title from the Rock.

They take us back to RAW again to revisit Steve Austin’s return to help Mankind claim the WWF title. For me, it’s the ZENITH of the Attitude Era. It won’t get any better than that. This leads into Michael Cole doing a voiceover for Mick Foley’s biography. Naturally, he went from jobbing to the British Bulldogs in 1986 to getting in a death match situation with Terry Funk in Japan to flying off the top of the Hell in a Cell. In a sentence spoken by Michael Cole that would only make sense in context of the Attitude Era, Cole says, “Mick Foley put a sock on his hand, cut the Corporate umbilical cord, and led us inside the awkward young boy who grew up with an outrageous fantasy. Last week, Mankind won the WWF championship.”

Meanwhile, Vince and his Stooges give marching orders to the Big Boss Man. He wants Triple H’s face to look like hamburger meat.

  • Lion’s Den Match: Triple H vs. The Big Boss Man

Yep, looks like we have another Lion’s Den match. Brisco and Patterson make sure they lock the cage door. Now what. Triple H is not going to make it that easy as he runs Boss Man in the cage a bunch. Shane McMahon leaves the table and uses the staging to climb onto the deck of the Lion’s Den. He tosses Boss Man’s night stick to him to DESTROY Triple H. Once Helmsley is down, Shane jumps down into the Lion’s Den to get his own measure of revenge – jabbing Triple H in the ribs. NOW WHAT. Where’s D-X? They continue to do a number on Triple H as the crowd wants Austin. Triple H is bleeding from the mouth now. Finally, D-X is here, but so is the Corporation. Road Dogg manages to get inside the Lion’s Den to help out. He gets his hands on Shane, but Boss Man is there to jab him with the night stick. Meanwhile, Patterson and Brisco open the cage door and pull Shane out of there. Now Billy Gunn brings Kane into the Lion’s Den. Test is punching on X-Pac on the outside. The fight continues as we run out of time. N/A

Until next time, so long for now.

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MAIN EVENT: The Royal Rumble
WWF Women’s Championship: Sable (c) vs. Luna


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