Mike Books WWF Shotgun Saturday Night 9th January 1999
By Michael Fitzgerald on 8th November 2023
Happy Wednesday Everyone!
We’re continuing on with booking Shotgun, as I try and build upon the show from last week in an effort to put together a cogent and interesting narrative (I’ll probably fail, but one can dream). I’ll post the results and happenings from last week’s show after the break line and I hope you all have some fun whilst we book Shotgun!
Last week on Shotgun
Tiger Ali Singh defeated Lance Diamond after giving the local fans some stick on the mic
Golga defeated Head Banger Mosh as the issues between The Bangers and The Oddities raged on
Gangrel got a win over a keen young Matt Hardy
The Acolytes defeated LOD 2000 of Animal and Droz in the Main Event when the latter team had some miscommunication and got into a spat following the bout
And with you all brought up to speed, let’s move on to this week’s show;
This taping took place on the 29th of December 1998 from Worcester, Massachusetts
Episode aired on the 9th of January 1999
Three Shows were held
Sunday Night HeAT Taping
Monday Night Raw Taping
We get the opening credits and then the announce team run us through what we can expect to see on tonight’s edition of Shotgun.
1 Minute Total for Segment
1 Minute Total for Taping out of an available 45
The Disciples of Apocalypse (8-Ball and Skull) Vs The J.O.B Squad (Bob Holly and Scorpio) w/ The Blue Meanie and Gillberg
This is your standard tag team match to start things out, with Holly and Scorpio playing the babyfaces whilst DOA work as Heels. Though Meanie and Gillberg are at ringside, they are there for moral support only, with neither of them getting involved in the match, outside of one brief moment where one of DOA gives Gillberg the side-eye for his wacky gimmick. Eventually Scorpio will head up top and pin a DOA member with the 450 Splash whilst Holly takes care of the other opponent.
8 Minutes Total for Segment, Roughly 6 Minutes for the match and 2 Minutes for Entrances etc
9 Minutes Total for Taping out of an available 45
Sunday Night HeAT Recap
This is a segment reserved for recapping the notable events of the most recent episode of HeAT, seeing as this is a weekend syndicated show at the end of the day, whilst Raw and HeAT are the main two shows of the week. This segment exists not only to recap the previous episode of HeAT but also as a way to hype up and advertise any matches or segments that have been announced for the next episode.
2 Minutes Total for Segment
11 Minutes Total for Taping out of an available 45
Tiger Ali Singh Vs Steve Bradley
As with last week, Tiger will cut an anti-American promo before the bout with the idea being to rile the crowd up before the bout starts. Bradley will quickly grab the mic for himself and say a few words to insult Tiger in the aim of getting him an easy cheap pop and ensuing the next match has a little bit of extra interest from the crowd. Once the bout starts, Tiger will eventually win clean but he’ll give Bradley a little something first before putting him away. The announcers can state that it’s all well and good for Tiger to be doing this with “local” talent, but soon he’ll have to mix it up with genuine WWF Superstars™.
7 Minutes Total for Segment. 3 Minutes for the Match. 4 Minutes for the promo segment and Tiger’s entrance
18 Minutes Total for Taping out of an available 45
Monday Night Raw Recap
This is a segment reserved for recapping the notable events of the most recent episode of Raw, seeing as this is a weekend syndicated show at the end of the day, whilst Raw and HeAT are the main two shows of the week. This segment exists not only to recap the previous episode of Raw but also as a way to hype up and advertise any matches or segments that have been announced for the next episode.
2 Minutes Total for Segment
20 Minutes Total for Taping out of an available 45
Pre-Taped backstage promo with Too Much (Brian Christopher and Scott Taylor) Kevin Kelly to handle the interview
Too Much are wrestling LOD 2000 tonight, so the purpose of this promo is to hype that match up. The crux of the promo is that Too Much are a united duo whilst LOD 2000 have been having issues, so they believe that will ensure their victory.
1 Minute Total for Segment
21 Minutes Total for Taping out of an available 45
The Brood (Edge and Gangrel) Vs The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff)
This is a match to follow on from last week, where Gangrel picked up a win over Matt in a singles bout. Christian is working Val Venis on HeAT, so we’ve got Gangrel and Edge representing The Brood here. This will be a competitive match, with The Brood settling into the Heel role for the most part. Eventually The Brood will emerge from the bout victorious, but The Hardyz won’t be jobbed out and will have their chances to win it. The Hardyz would eventually get pushed as 1999 rolled on, so this is a way of keeping them in the mix and competitive for when the time comes for those writing the main shows to elevate them, whilst also giving The Brood a win to pad their record.
10 Minutes for Segment. 8 Minutes for the Match. 2 Minutes for Entrances etc
31 Minutes Total for Taping out of an available 45
Pay Per View Centre
This is where we let Dok Hendrix hype up the upcoming pay per view. If any matches are already announced then he can hype them here, and if we’re still waiting for any of the real meat of the pay per view to be advertised then we can look back at previous events in order to pad the segment out. The next pay per view is the Royal Rumble, so Dok hopefully won’t be hurting for content.
2 Minutes for Segment
33 Minutes Total for Taping out of an available 45
Pre-Taped backstage promo with LOD 2000 (Animal and Droz) with Kevin Kelly
LOD 2000 lost last week when they were unable to work together, so Animal is the bigger man of the two here and admits that things haven’t been going well but that he’s willing to let bygones be bygones so that they can get the team back on track. Droz seems happy with that and the LOD 2000 promise to win their bout later on.
1 Minute for Segment
34 Minutes Total for Taping out of an available 45
Live Event Centre
This is where Dok Hendrix hypes up the next big event coming to YOUR local area. So it’s a long day for the poor sod in the recording booth, but we need to slip that stuff in on the syndicated show.
1 Minute for Segment
35 Minutes Total for Taping out of an available 45
Too Much (Brian Christopher and Scott Taylor) Vs LOD 2000 (Animal and Droz)
The story of this match is that Droz ends up getting worked over in the Too Much corner and continuously attempts to make the tag with little success. Eventually Animal gets the hot tag and runs wild on Too Much, before trying to bring Droz in so that they can finish the bout together. Christopher attacks Droz before that can happen though, and as they scrap on the floor Animal realises that it’s now or never and he puts Taylor away with a Powerslam. Following the bout, Droz chastises Animal for hogging the glory on the pin, even though Animal correctly points out that he was trying to be a team player, but had to pull the trigger on Taylor lest they lose the bout. Droz seems to understand, but as soon as Animal isn’t looking, Droz clobbers him from behind and unloads with a beat down. Just as things look bleakest for Animal, his former partner Hawk makes the save to send Droz packing, seemingly cleaned up following his battles with personal demons. Droz scowls from the stage whilst the reunited Road Warriors stand tall to close the show.
10 Minutes for Segment. Roughly 5 Minutes for the match and then another 5 minutes for the Entrances and Post-Match
45 Minutes Total used
End of Show
I know that we’re essentially building this entire show around Tiger Ali Singh and the Droz Vs Road Warriors feud right now, but those are guys who are mostly working this show and it gives some regular storylines to go back to. It’d possibly be nice to have a bit more than 22 minutes of actual in-ring wrestling on the show when you take away angles/entrances etc, but I hope we’ll get there more as time goes on. Right now I’m trying to get the balance as right as I can between in-ring and angles, and it’s a learning process. I’m sure actual WWF/E formats look NOTHING like this either, and I’m not even attempting to suggest when the commercials should go in at this moment in time, but hopefully it’s being put together in a mostly readable way that you can enjoy.
Hopefully I’ll see you all next week, when we’ll actually have a Title match on the card!