by Logan Scisco
Jim Ross are in the booth and they are taped from the SkyDome in Toronto,
Ontario, Canada. This show is also
historically significant because it’s the first two hour episode of Raw.
Royal Rumble match is shown. This show
was billed as Royal Rumble Raw because they were going to show us the Rumble
match in its entirety. Spoiler: that doesn’t happen.
Contest: Vader (w/Paul Bearer) defeats “Stone
Cold” Steve Austin by disqualification at 5:32 shown:
both participants until WWF officials get him to go to the locker room. A fun brawl ensues between both guys and when
the referee tries to break up some of it, he ends up on the receiving end of a
Stunner and Austin gets disqualified. A
clean finish would have been nice, but they can’t afford to have Vader and
Austin look weak heading into the pay-per-view so this was as good as we were
going to get. Rating: **¼
interviews Savio Vega on his way to the ring and Savio says he doesn’t care
what the fans think and that the Nation of Domination will be number one.
Nation of Domination) pins Flash Funk after Funk misses a moonsault at 4:21:
sporting the same ring attire that he had as a face, which just doesn’t
work. Savio has to win here since he
recently turned heel and anytime a wrestler turns heel they tend to win a few
matches in a row to see if their turn will work to get them over. Funk’s high spots, including one on the
future D-Lo Brown, keep the crowd interested, but there wasn’t a lot of
captivating action in this one. Rating:
Peta Wilson of La Femme Nikita to hype that show on the USA Network.
Sid, who says that he has a roller coaster relationship with Shawn Michaels,
but he’ll beat him all the same on Thursday Raw Thursday to regain the WWF
1-900-747-4WWF to find out where Yokozuna, Brian Pillman, Jim Cornette, and
Sunny have gone.
WWF Tag Team Champions Owen Hart & the British Bulldog and Owen says he
didn’t mean to eliminate the Bulldog at the Royal Rumble. Owen and the Bulldog then begin to argue over
who took who to the top of the company.
Championship Match: Doug Furnas &
Philip LaFon defeat Owen Hart & The British Bulldog (Champions) at 11:16
their home turf, which LaFon doesn’t quite grasp as he tries to get the crowd
to cheer when Furnas is clawing his way over to make the hot tag in the
match. The champions argue amongst
themselves since neither is focused on the match when they are standing on the
apron. Furnas and LaFon appear to win
the titles when LaFon DDT’s Owen, but Owen gets his foot over the bottom rope
just before the referee counts three and the count is waved off. Owen and the Bulldog miscommunicate on a spot
where the Bulldog is supposed to backdrop LaFon over the top rope and Owen
fakes a knee injury, which costs his team the match. At least the right team went over because
Furnas and LaFon were starting to look like they couldn’t beat the champions in
singles or tag team competition. Rating:
Johnson eliminating Faarooq in the Royal Rumble match is shown. Ahmed is then interviewed by the announce
team and says that he doesn’t take Prozac anymore and without it he goes
crazy. Did we just dwell into the “too
much information” category there? The
Undertaker, who is teaming with Ahmed tonight, comes into the picture and says
that if Ahmed tries to attack Crush in his next match he won’t help him, but if
Ahmed waits, he’ll help him take care of the Nation of Domination when they
face Faarooq and Mankind tonight in a no holds barred match.
Nation of Domination) pins Goldust (w/Marlena) with a heart punch at 8:17
for this one and the match quality shows, as it takes six minutes for someone
to hit a high impact maneuver. Goldust
is totally devoid of personality after his face turn and there’s just nothing
in this match that keeps it interesting.
So what was our reward for not reacting to this match? A rematch at the King of the Ring! Crush does run his Raw winning streak to two
after Savio gives Goldust a spinning heel kick in the back of the head when he
tries to do the Curtain Call. Rating:
New Blackjacks is shown.
victory over Sid at the Royal Rumble is the Army Slam of the Week.
WWF Champion Shawn Michaels, who says that he doesn’t care about being popular
anymore and Bret Hart can call himself what he wants, but he can’t say that
he’s the WWF champion. That of course
brings out Bret, who says Michaels is a degenerate and a punk, but before more
verbal sparring can ensue, Steve Austin runs out and starts brawling with
Bret. Michaels chooses to watch the
action and as he does so, Sid comes out as we go to a commercial break.
from the commercial break, Michaels and Bret are facing off in the ring with
the WWF title between them. Michaels
goes to pick it up, but Bret has his foot on it and Michaels decides that if
Bret wants to fight then they might as well do it. Bret picks up the title and goes to hand it
to Michaels, but when Michaels reaches for it, Bret drops it on the canvas and
leaves. Bret came off like a big bully
in this segment, but it was much easier to get behind him than Michaels.
Singh signing his contract with the WWF earlier in the show are played.
Championship, No Managers at Ringside Match:
Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Champion) pins “Wildman” Marc Mero after hitting
him with a foreign object at 10:35 shown:
Sable from being at ringside for this match because of their physical
interference in previous matches that each of these superstars were a part of. Mero controls most of this contest, but he is
unable to put Helmsley away and the referee repairing a turnbuckle gives
Helmsley his opportunity to cheat and retain the title. This match is Mero’s swan song as a title
contender since he would be injured shortly after this and would never get back
into the Intercontinental title picture.
The match was a good one, but I’d expect nothing less from two guys that
have had the majority of their matches against each other since the end of
WrestleMania XII. Rating: ***¼
hilarious elimination in the Royal Rumble match is shown.
on Ahmed Johnson on last week’s Raw is the Western Union rewind segment.
Match: The Undertaker & Ahmed
Johnson defeat Mankind & Faarooq (w/Paul Bearer & the Nation of
Domination) when the Undertaker pins Mankind after a Tombstone on a chair at 7:45
Domination for this match and seeing him give the Nation salute to Faarooq is
hilarious. The action gets spread out
all over ringside and we avoid any stupidity like having a no holds barred
match where both teams act like they have to tag each other (SummerSlam 1991
I’m looking at you). Ahmed takes full
advantage of the stipulations by doing a tribute to Hacksaw Jim Duggan and
using a 2×4 to run off the Nation of Domination and blast Faarooq on the way to
the dressing room. I really hope Ron
Simmons got hazard pay for this. Vader
also makes an appearance, but the Undertaker dispatches of him and finishes off
Mankind with ease. They significantly
clipped this match, but that was probably for the best since it eliminated any
dead spots and made for an entertaining end to the show. Rating: ***
of the major feuds received adequate attention and the Bret-Shawn segment
carried the second hour. The ring work
was also good and was above the quality that you expected of Raw. McMahon spent a lot of time on commentary
emphasizing how the WWF always delivers on its promises, but when Thursday Raw
Thursday rolled around he wouldn’t be able to deliver on the championship match
he promised and we’ll talk about that in our next review.