Live from Indianapolis, IN

Airdate: October 20, 1996

Attendance: 9,649 (8,238 paid)

Hosted by Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, and Jerry “The King” Lawler

As Vince and Lawler open the show, Ross gets cut off by Helmsley’s music.

Prior to the first match, Kevin Kelly interviews Austin who reiterates the quest he began at King of the Ring. He then mentions Bret whom he thinks should retire tomorrow night.

Match 1: Stone Cold Steve Austin versus Hunter Hearst Helmsley


Rating: ***

Summary: This was a much better match than I was expecting. Meanwhile, Helmsley lost again. I’m sure I’ve not seen the last match between these two.

We then revisit the Free for All from IYH VIII when the Gunns beat the Godwinns for the tag titles, and Billy got to kiss Sunny. Next, we revisit Mind Games when Billy was locked in arms with Sunny much to Bart’s chagrin. In fact, Billy’s infatuation with Sunny cost the Gunns the titles that night. Due to their title loss, Sunny fired them.

Backstage, Dok Hendrix interviews the Smoking Gunns. While the dissension between the Gunns was teased briefly in the earlier videos, it was much more tense here.

Match 2 for the WWF tag team titles: The “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith & Owen Hart (champions w/ Clarence Mason) versus the Smoking Gunns


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Telegraphed or not, the Gunns’ split couldn’t come soon enough.

On the WWF Superstar Line, Helmsley, with help from Raymond Rougeau, discusses how much he sucks and his impending loss to Mr. Perfect. Draw your own conclusions.

In the ring, Ross gets on the microphone, complains about the “accidental” audio issues, and then shills Bret’s appearance on RAW tomorrow night. According to Ross, Bret’s promo will be “uncensored.” Ross then left the ringside area.

Earlier tonight, Kelly interviewed Faarooq. Notwithstanding, Ahmed Johnson had a few choice words for Faarooq then allegedly used a 2x4 to take out Faarooq’s knee. Payback’s a bitch!

For a second time, Mr. Perfect comes out as Ross joins him briefly to offer advice. Perfect then joins the broadcast team for this match.

After Goldust makes his entrance, Mero cuts a promo backstage as Lawler antagonizes him. Perfect, in defense of Mero, takes Lawler to task for it.

Match 3 for the WWF Intercontinental title: Marc Mero (champion w/ Sable) versus Goldust (w/ Marlena)


Rating: **

Summary: As the heel, Goldust did a poor job in this match. Other than trying to rile up the crowd using the microphone, he couldn’t draw much heat as his downward spiral continued. Regardless, Mero’s high-flying style was the highlight of this match.

Afterward, Perfect gets into the ring and raises both Mero’s and Sable’s arms.

Backstage on AOL, Ross, Diesel, and Ramon regurgitate their insight on the WWF.

We then get a video retrospective on Vader’s and Sid’s powerbombs.

Match 4: Vader (w/ Jim Cornette) versus Sycho Sid


Rating: **

Summary: Methinks WCW was thankful this wasn’t the main event to Starrcade ’93.

After the match, as Michaels enters the ring, Sid informs him that he’s next. Like good babyfaces, they then shake hands.

Ad for Survivor Series LIVE from NYC on PPV 11/17 preceded by the Hall of Fame banquet at the Marriott Marquis on 11/16.

Backstage, Dok Hendrix interviews Sid, but Ross takes over.

We then revisit the highlights of the Undertaker-Mankind feud throughout 1996.

Match 5 (buried alive): Undertaker versus Mankind (w/ Paul Bearer)


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: The brawls between these two are never boring. Hopefully, this match puts an end to their feud.

After the match, Undertaker continues to bury Mankind in dirt despite Hebner’s best efforts. Suddenly, a masked man (i.e. Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy) nails Undertaker in the back of the head with a shovel. He uncovers Mankind, rolls Undertaker into the grave, and buries him.

Thunder and lightning erupt as the burial continues. While the Indy faithful chants “Rest in Peace,” Goldust, Crush, Bradshaw, and Helmsley arrive to assist with the burial. As Bearer proclaims that Undertaker “is gone forever,” a loud thunder clap erupts. Before the show goes off the air, a lightning bolt hits the grave, and Undertaker’s right hand emerges from the grave. Vince proclaims “Undertaker is alive… (he) will not rest in peace.” Oh, brother.

Conclusion: The opener and the main event are matches to remember going forward. Otherwise, take a pass on the rest of it.

See you for the Monday Night War week 57!

Buyrate: 0.40

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