Re: Room for Improvement: 1999 WWF
RAW IS WAR December 21st 1998 from Spokane, Washington
As the pyro ends, The Corporation is already standing in the ring. The whole cast is in attendance, Rock, Boss Man, Shamrock, Commissioner Michaels... But Vince McMahon and The Stooges are conspicuous by their absence. Shawn Michaels is in a suit, and he has his arms at his sides with a microphone in his right hand. HBK waits for the booing from the crowd to calm down before speaking.
Shawn Michaels: Ladies and gentlemen, it is with a great amount of regret that I inform you that Vince McMahon will not be in attendance tonight.
The audience in Spokane let out a great amount of cheers, to which HBK rolls his eyes.
Shawn Michaels: I certainly don't share the same enthusiasm that you people have about the situation, because Vince McMahon won't be here due to the fact that he is at the hospital right now with the two victims of D-Generation X's assault last week.
Just the mention of DX gets a huge pop from the crowd, which The Corporation tried to kill by making gestures towards the crowd.
Shawn Michaels: And because of the actions of DX, I've decided that all four members will be in action tonight.
This announcement brings a smothering of cheers from the people, but Michaels puts a confident smirk on his face before continuing to speak.
Shawn Michaels: X-Pac will be in a Royal Rumble qualifying match, against BOTH members of DOA!
The crowd's not happy about this one, but The Corporation are just having a good time in laughing it off.
Shawn Michaels: As for the Outlaws, they'll be defending the WWF Tag Team Titles...... Against Kane and Mankind!
Despite most of them already knowing this match was on the card, HBK is still booed heavily by the raucous crowd.
Shawn Michaels: And my old pal, Hunter Hearst Helmsley... let's just say Hunter's going to feel the bite, of a rattlesnake.
The assumption is that HBK's talking about Stone Cold, which actually makes the crowd cheer. Just as Michaels straightens up his jacket and begins to exit the ring, the glass breaks and Stone Cold Steve Austin walks to the ring with a purpose! Austin gets up on each turnbuckle, giving the crowd his two-fingered salute as Michaels decides not to sic The Corporation on him. Austin gets right in HBK's face and grabs the microphone from him, giving the crowd a moment to cool down before addressing the Commissioner.
Stone Cold: Sittin' in the back listening to you spout out the same crap that Vince has been spewin' for months damn near made me throw up!
Even a sentence as vanilla as this gets a MASSIVE reaction from those in attendance.
Stone Cold: Now if you're gonna go ahead an' put me in a match with Triple H, that's all fine an' good, I'll open up a canna whoopass on anybody, but Triple H don' got what I want, NUH UH! Triple H ain' got it, but damn son you do!
Austin turns his attention from Commissioner Michaels to The Rock. As Austin attempts to get nose to nose with The Great One, Big Boss Man and Ken Shamrock step between them. Austin has his eyes fixated on the WWF Title, not budging an inch with Boss Man and Shamrock trying to shove him backwards. The Rock takes the mic from Austin, who doesn't even move his eyes. The Brahma Bull, dressed in his warm-up clothes with the Title slung over his shoulder, fixates himself with his left shoulder pointed at Austin, his arm extended so that he's nearly poking The Bionic Redneck's chest.
The Rock: The Rock says that you better know your role and shut your mouth, ya beer swilling, finger giving, no good lousy piece of trailer park trash!
Austin turns his head to the right and smirks slightly, knowing that any movements towards The Rock could launch a 4-on-1 attack.
The Rock: There's only one People's Champion in the World Wrestling Federation, and your ass is looking at him. This title over The People's Shoulder means The Rock is the very best in the WWF, better than Mankind, better than Triple H, better than Kane, and certainly better than your monkey ass, jabroni!
Austin turns his head now towards The People's Champion. The Rattlesnake is still smirking, but this time he's making direct eye contact with Rocky.
The Rock: The fact of the matter is, Stone Cold Steve Austin, that you can come out here and say whatever you want, but The Rock knows that he could beat your candy ass from Spokane to Indianapolis! And when you go back to your trailer tonight, and The Rock is out partying with the finest women Spokane has to offer.... Well, we all know I'll have to import the women from Miami, where the girls *don't* have facial hair.... but you should just keep in mind that you will never, ever, AND THE ROCK MEANS EVER, be half the man that The Rock is. IF YA SMELLLLL.... WHAT THE ROCK.... IS.... cookin.
Austin delays for a moment before flipping the bird to The Rock. Michaels goes for a Sweet Chin Music on Austin, but The Rattlesnake ducks and HBK clocks Boss Man! Austin gives everybody one more round of middle fingers before rolling out of the ring and leaving back up the ramp with his music blaring. The crowd cheers wildly as The Corporation tries to help Boss Man recover.
Jim Ross: The Rattlesnake just infected The Corporation with a little bit of venom!
Jerry Lawler: You mean he got lucky. Either Austin or Helmsley's going to get theirs tonight!
Jim Ross: You may be right King, but I really hope you aren't.
The camera cuts away to the locker room area, where The Brood is sitting in a dim red light. Gangrel is wearing a smile that shows off his fangs and is fondling his goblet. Edge and Christian sit to either side of him with very serious looks on their faces. Gangrel stands up and gestures for his followers to come with him.
As RAW IS WAR returns, The Brood ascend through the stage and walk through the ring of fire to the right of the ramp. Gangrel maintains the smile on his face, as Edge and Christian still look much more serious while they walk down the ramp with JR announcing that all three members of The Brood will be in the Rumble match. Gangrel drinks from the goblet and spews the viscous liquid into the air as the lights come back on. Gangrel gives Christian some last-second advice as Gillberg begins his parody entrance. Coming from his locker room, Gillberg navigates through the backstage area, flanked by members of the J.O.B Squad. Snow, Holly and Scorpio help Gillberg find his way to the ring, and they get the match underway.
WWF Light Heavyweight Championship
Christian w/ The Brood vs Gillberg (c) w/ J.O.B Squad
As is expected, Christian absolutely destroys The Man They Call Gillberg. A bulldog followed up by a half Boston crab appear to be enough to finish the match, but Al Snow takes a swing at Christian with Head! Christian ducks it, but releases the hold in the process. Edge and Gangrel confront the J.O.B Squad, starting a brawl on the outside that distracts Christian. Gillberg rolls Christian up, but is only able to get a nearfall. As they both get back up, Christian goes behind Gillberg and plants him with a huge REVERSE DDT! 1! 2! 3! Christian is the new Light Heavyweight Champion! Before Christian can do too much celebrating, the lights go out in the arena and The Brood's theme plays. Red lights flash, and when the light in the arena is restored, the J.O.B Squad is covered in the same liquid that The Brood covered Luna in last week! Also, Al Snow's mannequin Head is gone! Snow is frantically searching for Head as The Brood is nowhere to be seen.
Jerry Lawler: Finally! That idiot Al Snow won't be able to run around with that ridiculous mannequin head anymore!
Jim Ross: More importantly King, we've got a new Light Heavyweight Champion!
Jerry Lawler: It's not Brian Christopher, so why should I care?
Jim Ross: You oughta get nominated for father of the year, you know that? Anyway, we've got Michael Cole backstage with Goldust and Steve Blackman, who will be together in tag team action tonight!
In the interview area, Michael Cole looks slightly uncomfortable sandwiched between the robe-and-wig wearing Goldust, and the kendo stick wielding Steve Blackman. Blackman has a very serious demeanor, while Goldust is slowly tilting his head from side to side.
Michael Cole: Over recent weeks, the two of you have had multiple encounters with both The Blue Blazer and Owen Hart, tonight you will team up to face them, in what should be an interesting matchup.
Cole nervously holds the microphone to Goldust, who barely acknowledges Cole's existence.
Goldust: *breathes in deeply* Michael, you talk about Owen and The Blue Blazer as if they were two different people. In Hollywood, stunt doubles are needed all the time, trust me, I would know. And the Blue Blazer that attacked me last week was nothing more than a stunt double. Tonight, I'll make sure whoever Owen has to take his place under that mask will never forget the name of... *another deep breath* Goldust *bite*
Blackman just smacks the kendo stick against the palm of his hand, looks up at Goldust, and walks away. The Bizarre One tightens up his robe and intimidates Michael Cole a little before hustling to catch up to Blackman.
Owen Hart and Blue Blazer vs Goldust and Steve Blackman
Owen and Blackman start this one off, briefly exchanging holds reminiscent of a Bret Hart match. Owen gains the edge when he connects with a enziguri, then continues to go to work on the neck of The Lethal Weapon. Owen looks reluctant to tag to the Blazer, staying out of the corner. Owen sustains his attack on Blackman's neck before dragging him to the center of the ring and setting up for the piledriver. Blackman is able to counter with a back body drop, and both men are down. The wise move for Owen and Blackman would be to make a tag, but Owen rolls to a vacant corner. Blackman makes the tag, as Owen pulls himself up in the corner using the top rope. Goldust hits a clothesline in the corner on The Sole Survivor, and sets him up for Shattered Dreams! Before Goldust can start his run towards Owen, the Blazer gets between the two of them. Goldust throws the Blazer over the top rope, allowing Owen to free himself from the corner. Owen takes a few steps out of the corner and catches a huge BICYCLE KICK from Steve Blackman! Goldust covers Owen, picking up the win for his team! Owen yells at Blue Blazer before leaving the ring in a fit of rage.
Jerry Lawler: That HAS to prove it JR! Not only were they in the same ring together, but they didn't even get along! Owen has no idea who this guy is!
Jim Ross: It's very compelling evidence, but Goldust had a good point earlier. Owen could have someone filling in for the Blazer!
Jerry Lawler: Whatever you say, Oliver Stone.
Jim Ross: Well we've learned that Owen, Goldust, AND Blackman will be entrants in the Royal Rumble match, so maybe we'll get an appearance by the Blue Blazer in Anaheim on January 24th.
Jerry Lawler: I certainly hope not!
The show comes back on air with DOA already standing in the ring, their Titan Bikes parked at ringside. Skull and 8-Ball hi-five as X-Pac's music begins to play, and he comes to the ring with the 9th Wonder of the World, Chyna, who is carrying his European Title belt. X-Pac gives out his fair share of crotch chops before getting in the ring and setting off his "X" pyro. Pac turns from play time to all business when he realizes the challenge that faces him. Skull moves to the apron as the bell rings.
Disciples of Apocalypse vs X-Pac w/ Chyna
X-Pac finds a way to control the contest in the early going, using his extraordinary agility to avoid 8-Ball's attacks and then takes him to the mat with a leg sweep. Pac hits a leg drop and a few forearms across the throat to keep his much larger opponent down, but eventually 8-Ball is able to pull himself back up and fight back. 8-Ball channels his strength and power advantage to pound X-Pac over the back with some clubbing blows, taking the exciting Minnesotan to the canvas. 8-Ball whips Pac into the ropes, but X-Pac goes for a leaping spinning heel kick on the tower of a man. However, X-Pac is caught in midair and slammed to the mat, leading to a tag to Skull from 8-Ball. Skull picks up where his partner left off, keeping X-Pac from hitting any high-impact maneuvers. After a minute or two of a beating from Skull, the DOA member seats Pac on the top rope and puts two hands on his throat, ready for a chokebomb. Instead, Pac counters and hits the X-FACTOR from the second rope! Pac covers, but an argument between Chyna and 8-Ball has the official distracted. Pac confronts referee Tim White about his lack of a count, and 8-Ball makes the switch with his identical twin! Chyna notices the attempt to cheat and slides in the ring while 8-Ball pretends to stagger to his feet. Chyna winds up, and SMOKES X-PAC WITH HER FOREARM! The crowd is confused until Tony Chimel announces that X-Pac is the victor via disqualification! Pac and Chyna grab the European Title and leave, Chyna dragging X-Pac up the ramp. DOA can't believe what just happened, as the crowd goes wild for the result.
The camera follows X-Pac and Chyna all the way through the curtain, where they are met by jubilant DX members. They embrace when they're approached by Kevin Kelly.
Kevin Kelly: Billy, Road Dogg, I was wondering I could get a quick word with the two of you regarding the tag team title match that's coming up.
Road Dogg: I'd love to sit here and chit-chat Kevin, but I wouldn't tell you anything that ole' Stone Cold didn't say earlier tonight. So if you'll excuse me, we have a match.
Dogg and Gunn share a fist bump before heading towards the ring.
The camera cuts to one of the locker rooms, where Mankind and Kane are sitting in silence. Mankind is rocking back and forth, pulling some of his hair out. The Big Red Machine stands up and goes to walk out of the room, but Mankind utters "I don't want to hurt them. They're my friends." Kane pays no attention to his partner for the night and rips the door open, leaving without his partner in tow.
Jim Ross: Well this oughta be quite the matchup, if Mankind chooses to participate.
Jerry Lawler: If he chooses not to, Kane or The Corporation's going to make him.
Jim Ross: Well I'm afraid you're right about that, and I can't help but feel for Mick Foley. He finally makes some friends, and that no good Mr. McMahon makes him fight them!
Before King can reply, the New Age Outlaws' music starts up. "OH YOU DIDN'T KNOW?.... YO ASS BETTA CALL SOMEBODAAAAAAY" yells Road Dogg, who is drowned out by the volume of the crowd. Dogg and Billy throw up the X before rolling into the ring and firing up the crowd a little more, followed by the delivery of their famous schtick. "LLLLLLADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS, CHILDREN OF ALL AGES, D-GENERATION X, PROUDLY BRINGS TO YOU, ITS WWF, TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS OF THE WORRRRRRRLD.... THE ROAD DOGG JESSE JAMES, THE BADASS BILLY GUNN, THE NEW! AGE! OUTLAWS!" Dogg hands the mic off to Mr. Ass, letting him perform his part of the routine." And if you ain't down with the New Age Outlaws, WE GOT TWO WORDS FOR YA! SUCK IT!" Gunn spikes the microphone Ito the mat, and Kane's pyro goes off almost immediately, bringing Kane and Mankind out. Mankind is far behind Kane and walking very slowly, still pulling his hair out. Kane steps over the top rope and enters the ring before setting off his corner pyro, while Mankind stands on the outside of the ring, shaking his head back and forth. Kane looks down at Mankind, who is refusing to get on the apron. The referee, Earl Hebner, won't ring the bell until Mankind's in his position, but the deranged one isn't moving.
Kane appears to have sympathy for the first time ever, as he isn't going out of the ring to drag Mankind to the apron. With everything at a standstill, Shawn Michaels and The Rock come to the ring, surprisingly without the rest of The Corporation. Mankind continually tells HBK that he won't do it, making Michaels and The Rock get increasingly angry. Gunn and Road Dogg are still standing in the ring, holding their belts, when they're dropped from behind by Big Boss Man and Ken Shamrock, who ran out of the crowd! Boss Man gets a few shots in with the nightstick, and when Mankind tries to run in to save his friends, he's pulled out of the ring by Michaels! Mankind gets the Mandible Claw on The Heartbreak Kid, but not for long as The Rock lays the smack down on Mankind. Kane stands immobile as Boss Man and Shamrock approach him. Kane doesn't flinch until Boss Man takes a swing with the nightstick, which Kane catches. The Big Red Machine tosses Boss Man's nightstick out of the ring, and takes the bodyguard off his feet with a right hand. Shamrock kicks Kane in the knee that was injured last week on RAW IS WAR, but it hardly phases the monster. Kane grabs Shamrock around the throat, looking for a Chokeslam, but The Rock knocks Kane off the Intercontinental Champion and goes to work, pushing Kane against the ropes with multiple right hands. Kane comes back strong with an uppercut, and catches a charging Shamrock by the throat once again. This time, he Chokeslams the World's Most Dangerous Man to the outside, his back bouncing off the apron on the way down. As Shamrock writhes in pain, Mankind gets back in the ring and trades blows with Boss Man. This ends when Michaels throws Boss Man his nightstick, which he uses to level Mankind, busting him wide open.
With everyone but Kane, who is laying into The Brahma Bull with right hands in the corner, out of the picture, Boss Man hits Kane from behind with the nightstick. Boss Man whips The Big Red Machine into the ropes and catches him coming back with a very impressive sidewalk slam. The Rock stands towards Kane's head, and kicks his right arm closer o his body. The Great One bounces off both sets of ropes and delivers THE PEOPLE'S ELBOW! As Rock and Boss Man celebrate with Commissioner Michaels near the ropes, facing towards the entranceway, Kane sits up behind them. They see this on the tron, and are shocked. Boss Man turns and charges Kane, which leads to the fastest TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER that any of the fans have ever seen. Rock and Michaels don't know what to do, and Kane sends them both over the top with a clothesline. They retreat up the ramp as quickly as they can, while Kane stands over Boss Man and sets off his pyro.
Jim Ross: There's nothing that The Corporation or anybody else can do to stop this man!
Jerry Lawler: Are you sure that's a man? Looks more like a monster to me!
Jim Ross: Whatever species he is, we know for sure that Kane's a thorn in the side of The Corporation!
Jerry Lawler: Once Vince is back, he'll have a plan to take care of Kane. He always has a plan!
Rock is talking trash from the top of the ramp with Michaels already having returned backstage, as Kane has not taken his eyes off the WWF Champion. The People's Champ goes backstage, clearly frustrated.
As RAW IS WAR returns, Val Venis and The Godfather are surrounded by some of Godfather's..... "ladies". Venis and Godfather are talking, but the camera can't pick up what they're saying. Something in the distance catches Val's eye, and he mutters "you ladies are nice, hehe, but I want a piece of THAT!" The camera pans over to reveal Jeff Jarrett and Debra, who are walking to the ring! Jarrett sees Val staring at his woman, and warns The Big Valbowski while pointing his guitar at him, "DON'T PISS ME OFF". Jarrett continues walking all the way to the ring to get his match with Godfather underway.
Godfather w/ Val Venis & Hoes vs Jeff Jarrett w/ Debra McMichael
The match kicks off with a lot of interaction on the outside between Val Venis and Debra, with Val ignoring the Hoes to try and woo the beautiful Debra. It's obvious that Double J has part of his mind on the action going on outside the ring, as he offers little resistance to Godfather. The Pimp Daddy keeps decent control over Jarrett, as The Big Valbowski continues to try all his moves on Debra. Jarrett is able to counter a vertical suplex into a side Russian leg sweep, but can't follow up on it as he leans out of the ring, grabs his guitar, and threatens to hit Venis with it. Jarrett puts his upper body over the top rope, pointing the guitar out at Val. The Big Valbowski grabs ahold of the guitar and pulls down, sending Jarrett careening off the ropes and right into the PIMP DROP by Godfather! The Godfather covers him! 1! 2! DOUBLE J GETS HIS FOOT ON THE ROPES! Jarrett is slow to regain his vertical base, but when he does he connects with a baseball slide on Val! Double J completely gives up on the match, grabs his guitar from ringside and
HE SHATTERS THE GUITAR OVER GODFATHER'S HEAD, earning himself a disqualification! Jarrett grabs Debra's arm and they walk away, Val admiring Debra's "posterior" the whole way up the ramp.
Winner- The Godfather
Jim Ross: Looks like ole' Val has eyes for Debra, you two share that in common.
Jerry Lawler: Can you BLAME him? LOOK AT THOSE PUPPIES!!!!
Jim Ross: Try to contain yourself King.
Jerry Lawler: JR please, I'm busy looking at the puppies!
JR and King's banter is interrupted by J.O.B Squad's music. Snow leads his gang of lovable losers to the ring, all four of them still wearing their red-stained t-shirts from the bloodbath they received at the hands of The Brood earlier. Snow rolls in the ring and grabs a microphone before pointing at the entranceway.
Al Snow: YOU'RE NOT FOOLING ANYONE GANGREL! EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT YOU TOOK HEAD, AND I WANT HER BACK RIGHT NOW!
Instead of The Brood coming out, the lights go out in the arena. There's a slight sound of thunder with faint music playing, and a very deep voice is speaking in tongues. After about 20 seconds, the lights come back on. Snow, Scorpio, and Holly are all fine, but The Man They Call Gillberg is unconscious on the outside of the ring. EMTs help Gillberg out of the arena on a stretcher, as Snow yells that The Brood have "stepped over the line".
Jerry Lawler: W-was.... Was that The Brood?
Jim Ross: I don't know who or what that was, but it sent chills up my spine. Tonight has not been a good night for the J.O.B Squad.
Jerry Lawler: What do you expect for a team named the J.O.B Squad? Anybody lead by that idiot Al Snow is going to have some trouble.
Jim Ross: In any event, we're about to take our final commercial break. When we return, Stone Cold Steve Austin is in action against Triple H!
Following a commercial for WWF merchandise, RAW IS WAR returns to the air on USA Network. Triple H makes his way to the ring with Chyna and his water bottle, keeping the arena illuminated with green light. Hunter sets off the "X" pyro much like X-Pac did, and here comes the Rattlesnake. Austin stomps to the ring as the crowd goes absolutely nuts, making their choice clear in the battle of the fan-favorites. Triple H exits the ring to allow Austin to get showered with cheers as he gets up on every corner and delivers his "salute" to those in attendance. Austin takes off his vest, and HHH hesitantly enters the ring to do battle with the former WWF Champion. HHH tells Austin to suck it, which is matched by a pair of middle fingers from the Rattlesnake as the match begins.
Triple H w/ Chyna vs Stone Cold Steve Austin
Surprisingly, the match is very even from the beginning, both men getting about an equal amount of offense in. The match is a typical Attitude Era match, plenty of brawling and not a whole lot of technical wrestling. Austin takes a slight advantage over HHH at about the 6 minute mark in the match, dropping his forearm across the face of DX's leader. H rolls to the corner, but that proves to be a bad move when Austin stomps a mudhole in Hunter and walks it dry. SCSA keeps on the attack, whipping Helmsley off the ropes and going for the Lou Thesz press, which is shockingly countered into a DOUBLE A SPINEBUSTER by Triple H! HHH makes the cover, but it gets about a 2.2 count as Stone Cold kicks out with authority. JR and King repeatedly announce their surprise at Helmsley's ability to hang with the Rattlesnake while Triple H puts Austin in a sleeper, a surprising heel tactic. HHH keeps Stone Cold in the hold for enough time to allow the crowd to get behind Austin, but the reaction isn't as loud as expected due to some of them actually behind behind Triple H! The roar is still sizable though, as Austin fights out of the hold and whips Hunter off the ropes, this time connecting with the Lou Thesz press and pounding HHH with right hands. Both men get up quickly, and Austin goes for the Stunner! However, Austin's foot is caught by Helmsley, who spins the Texas Rattlesnake around and lands a kick to the stomach of his own. Hunter hooks Austin's arms, looking for THE PEDIGREE! Austin counters out with a back body drop, however, and measures up H as he gets back to his feet. The second Helmsley turns around, he's drilled with the STONE COLD STUNNER! Austin hooks the inside leg with the cover! 1! 2! 3! Triple H rolls out of the ring with an impressive performance under his belt. Before Hunter can even step onto the ramp with the help of Chyna, Austin signals for HHH to get back in the ring. Austin looks at Hunter for a moment before extending his hand for a handshake that HHH hesitantly accepts. They share a few Steveweisers as Chyna watches on. Just before RAW IS WAR goes off the air, Commissioner Michaels appears on the Titantron.
Shawn Michaels: That was one hell of a match, and a great showing despite you coming up just short Hunter. But it's just come to my attention that there was a tiiiiiny little detail that I forgot to mention.
The crowd is in anticipation of HBK's announcement, expecting someone to be screwed over.
Shawn Michaels: This match was for Stone Cold's Royal Rumble entrance! And since you lost Hunter, you will NOT be appearing in the Royal Rumble match on January 24th in Anaheim!
HHH goes nuts as HBK laughs and his face disappears from the tron. Chyna is pissed too, and Austin just continues to drink as the show goes off the air.
Winner- Stone Cold Steve Austin
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