WWF RAW is WAR 10-13-97
Taped from Topeka, KS
Airdate: October 13, 1997
Hosted by Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, & Jerry “The King” Lawler
Can the Road Warriors achieve tag team gold against the Godwinns? What do MIchaels and his faction have in store for the Hart Foundation this week? Let’s find out!
In the ring, Vince interviews WWF champion Bret “Hitman” Hart with the Hart Foundation minus Smith. Before Bret comments, Michaels, HHH, Chyna, and Rude sit backstage and run him down. We then revisit last week’s show when Michaels put the Canadian flag up his nose. Afterward, HHH elevates his status above Bret before making a dick joke. We then revisit last week’s show when Chyna nailed Bret during a ring-post figure-four attempt which led to Bret eating some Sweet Chin Music.
Bret then responds with a challenge to either HHH or Michaels to a great reaction from the Topeka faithful. When HHH reminds himself that he beat Bret last week, Michaels coins the team’s name—Degeneration X. To close out the segment, Bret vows to rip them apart before the PPV.
HOT TAKE: You have just witnessed the birth of a faction whose name still rings clearly within WWE. Their sophomoric actions and behavior actually capture and grow the WWF audience as the shift toward more adult-centric content continues within the Attitude Era.
Prior to the opening match, Degeneration X joins the broadcast table for commentary while eating bananas. Get it? Long, phallic-shaped fruit?
Match 1 (non-title): WWF Intercontinental champion Owen Hart (w/ the Hart Foundation) versus Kama (w/ the Nation of Domination)
Summary: More storyline than match as Degeneration X disrupted any semblance of a match.
ROAD WARRIOR MOMENT #1: Hawk and Animal provide a quick soundbite on “Precious” Paul Ellering.
Backstage, the Godwinns want to rid the WWF of the Road Warriors. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?
Prior to the next match, we revisit Shotgun Saturday Night when Sunny was a referee during a match between Nova and Tarantula.
Match 2 (dwarf): Max Mini/Nova versus Mosaic & Tarantula
Summary: Disjointed lucha libre with some nice spots, but the Topeka faithful sought popcorn instead.
WWF Tour schedule:
Promo airs for the Survivor Series Super Supper Sweepstakes.
We then revisit Shotgun Saturday Night when Honkytonk Man inadvertently costs Rockabilly in a match against Flash Funk. Also, Jesse Jammes morphs into Road Dog and asks Rockabilly to team up rather than associate with Honkytonk Man. Ultimately, Rockabilly CLOBBERS Honkytonk Man with his own guitar. We have a new tag team, but what will Vince name them?
Match 3 (non-title): WWF European champion the “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels (w/ Degeneration X) versus Flash Funk
Following the “match,” Degeneration X performs crotch chops on the ramp. Methinks kids should NOT try this at home.
ROAD WARRIOR MOMENT #2: Animal then describes the feeling of winning the WWF titles at Summerslam ‘91.
RAW is WAR is sponsored by Castrol GTX and Starburst.
Prior to the next match, we revisit Shotgun Saturday Night when Kurrgan not only destroyed the DoA but also the referee. Are you ready for the return of the Truth Commission?
That makes one of us.
Match 4: Disciples of Apocalypse versus the Truth Commission (w/ the Jackyl)
Summary: Absolute G-A-R-B-A-G-E.
After the match, Kurrgan attacks the DoA, and a brawl ensues.
The Sony Playstation Slam of the Week is Ahmed Johnson’s Pearl River Plunge of Jason Ahrndt on Shotgun Saturday Night. Johnson would lose the match via reverse decision and make Ahrndt’s night a living hell.
In the ring, Vince interviews Stone Cold Steve Austin. He states that Austin will be reinstated at the PPV as long as Austin signs a waiver. As Austin makes Vince sign first, he adds his signature much to the delight of the Topeka faithful. With subtle ambiguity, Austin then asks Vince to shake hands. While Austin mentions that he has no beef with the NoD, he just wants to make Owen’s life miserable.
From the entrance, Faarooq objects to Austin’s behavior at Badd Blood ‘97. While Austin threatens to destroy any member of the NoD, the Rock hits the ring only to receive his very first Stone Cold Stunner. Congratulations! Austin then hightails it through the Topeka faithful when the rest of the NoD saunter after him.
ROAD WARRIOR MOMENT #3: Animal then describes riding a motorcycle into Wembley Stadium at Summerslam ‘92.
FINAL SABLE SURVIVAL AD: Sable talks to the chief who transforms into Dr. Madman (a.k.a. “Classy” Freddie Blassie). He dictates that she has one more challenge to pass. When Madman opens the cryogenic chamber, Max Mini emerges. Sable questions Max who says that the “script writers couldn’t come up with a funny ending, so they cut my part SHORT.” Oh, brother.
ROAD WARRIOR MOMENT #4: Animal then details the origin of the Road Warriors.
Backstage, the Road Warriors want to prove that they still have it and dismiss Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage for “living on yesteryear.” Sick BURN.
Prior to the next match, Vince shills the November issue of WWF Magazine.
Match 5: “Too Sexy” Brian Christopher versus Tajiri
Summary: Since all the popcorn was purchased during the dwarf match, the Topeka faithful sought ice cream during this uneventful and meaningless match.
Afterward, Tajiri kicked Christopher out of the ring.
JIM CORNETTE'S SHOOT: Cornette points out that Phil Mushnick is a columnist of the New York Post and TV Guide. Next, he cites examples of Mushnick’s pleas to shut down the pro wrestling genre. Like “Iron” Mike Tenay, Cornette spouts off the phrase “disenfranchised subculture.”
Why is Cornette bringing up Mushnick? Because of Mushnick’s article on Brian Pillman’s death for which Cornette takes exception. In fact, he tells Mushnick to “go to hell.” Wow!
Survivor Series ‘97 is sponsored by Milton-Bradley Karate Fighters.
Match 6: Savio Vega (w/ Los Boricuas) versus Goldust (w/ Marlena)
Summary: Talk about finding a way to win...
After the match, Lawler opens the purse while Ross shills the Superstar Line.
Promo for WWF action figures created by Jakk’s.
Vince then shills the November issue of RAW Magazine.
Prior to the next match, we re-revisit last week’s episode when Chyna nailed Bret.
Match 7: HHH (w/ Michaels & Chyna) versus the Patriot
After the chicanery, Commissioner Slaughter demands that HHH wrestle tonight. When Slaughter also demands some respect, Michaels told him to “suck it,” I believe.
Match 8: HHH (w/ Michaels & Chyna) versus Ahmed Johnson
After the “match,” Animal grabs the microphone and calls out the Godwinns.
Promo for the Stone Cold Steve Austin denim vest for only $44.
Match 9 for the WWF tag team titles: The Godwinns (champions w/ Uncle Cletus) versus the Road Warriors
Summary: While it was all but written in stone, seeing the Road Warriors win the tag titles one more time is truly historical and enjoyable.
After the match, the Godwinns OBLITERATE Uncle Cletus and break his nose.
Conclusion: This episode is known for two reasons:
Outside of those occurrences, this episode was HORRENDOUS. Skip AT ALL costs. I bet they couldn’t put a dent into Nitro’s streak with it either.
TV Rating: 2.3
Who won? Nope, RAW is WAR lost by a point-and-a-half—3.8 to 2.3. Next week, the go-home show for Halloween Havoc ‘97 occurs on Nitro while a “surprise” appears on RAW is WAR.
Stay tuned for WCW Monday Nitro 10-20-97!
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