WWF Monday Night RAW 04-20-98
Taped from Uniondale, NY
Airdate: April 20, 1998 (taped 04/14)
Hosted by Jim Ross, Michael Cole, Kevin Kelly, & Jerry “The King” Lawler
What does Dude Love have up his sleeve this week? Does Austin have anything to say about it? What’s going on between Undertaker and Kane? Can DX push the envelope again this week? Can Sable save this show from the abyss? Let’s start cooking!
From the cemetery, Kelly reports that the Undertaker may appear shortly.
LOVE SHACK: No, this is not a B-52’s concert, it’s Dude Love. Before Dude can get started, Mr. McMahon interrupts him. He fines Dude $5000 for disrupting the main event last week. Next, Dude begs the question: “Why, Dude, why?” and abrasively runs down the Long Island faithful. He requests Austin to beg not to fight him at the PPV.
Match 1 (street fight): Kama (w/ the Nation of Domination) versus Faarooq
Summary: This was concession stand city for the Long Island faithful. G-A-R-B-A-G-E.
TV Rating: 3.7
Backstage, DX celebrates their “decoration” of the Titan motorcycles used by the DoA. The NAO challenges HHH to drop his pants and “shower” the Long Island faithful.
With HHH in a trench coat, DX approaches the ring. HHH cuts a promo on DoA while Road Dog gives his canned spiel. Afterward, HHH refers to Sunny as “Skanky” and mentions that Chyna will be suspended in a shark cage during the HHH-Owen match at the PPV. Before the segment ends, HHH pretends to spray like a male cat as he uses a Super Soaker for all the wrong reasons.
The Road Warriors, Owen, and
Skanky Sunny emerge through the entrance and offer their rebuttal. Before a brawl erupts, Commissioner Slaughter demands a six-man tag match between these factions.
TV Rating: 4.5
Backstage, a terrified WWF employee shakily gives Mr. McMahon a cup of coffee. Since he liked the coffee, I guess she gets to keep her job.
Meanwhile, DX soaks the New York Jets in the front row. Well, they’re normally all wet.
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Kelly confirms that Undertaker is on his way. In other news, the sun rises in the East.
We revisit last week when Severn and Ken Shamrock went nose-to-nose. Those of us who aren’t UFC fans could give a rat’s ass.
Match 2: Dan “The Beast” Severn (w/ Jim Cornette) versus Mosh
Summary: Who gives a flying…
TV Rating: 4.5
Kelly reports a “blood curdling scream’ before Undertaker manhandles him.
After a quick commercial break, Kelly reports that Undertaker’s returning to the arena. Who is he, Elvis?
Prior to the next match, we revisit last week’s episode when Luna stripped Sabledust.
In the ring, Luna cuts a promo on Sable as only she can.
Match 3: TAFKA Goldust (w/ Luna) versus Bradshaw
Summary: Decent TV match until the bogus finish.
TV Rating: 4.9
After the match, Club Kamikaze triple-teams Bradshaw until Dick Togo launches a flying senton from the top turnbuckle. Officials chase them from the ring.
M&Ms SLAM OF THE WEEK: Mr. McMahon slaps Austin.
What a dreadful first hour.
Austin emerges to a rabid reaction and determines there’s a conspiracy between McMahon and Dude Love. Following that, he cuts a promo on Dude Love and promises to “get his hands on McMahon and Dude Love.”
Prior to the next match, a hearse backs up into the arena. Since Paul Bearer’s a mortician, it’s probably him and not Undertaker.
Match 4 (non-title): NWA World tag team champions Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette & Dan Severn) versus Terry Funk & 2 Cold Scorpio
Summary: Despite the lack of the tag formula, these guys brought tandem offense, workrate, and high-flying and made it work.
TV Rating: 4.8
After the match, Severn, in a suit, destroys Scorpio with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex and arm bar submission hold. Funk tosses a chair into the ring to scatter the heels.
Another hearse backs into the arena. Oh, wait. It’s the same damn one.
Val Venis vignette airs.
Sable approaches the ring in a blue evening gown, and Cole interviews her. As we revisit the catfight from last week, Sable offers us the “naked truth.”
JR shills Unforgiven this Sunday only on PPV.
Cole interviews Mr. McMahon who’s ready for Austin this week.
Prior to the next match, JR acknowledges that the PPV will be held in “Ric Flair country.” Wooooooooo! Will he be there?
Match 5: DX (w/ XPac & Chyna) versus Owen Hart & the Road Warriors (w/ Sunny)
Summary: Messy finish disrupted a decent match; however, this was an appetizer for the PPV.
TV Rating: 4.9
Backstage, Bearer and Kane wheel a casket into the arena.
Following a commercial break, Bearer and Kane emerge with two caskets at the entrance. Bearer declares that these are Kane and Undertaker’s parents. Undertaker emerges through the Long Island faithful while Kane pours gasoline on the caskets. Bearer lights one of the caskets on fire as Kane catches a charging Undertaker and slams him through “his mother’s” casket. To say this stuff is morbid is putting it mildly.
Backstage, Cole states that Bearer and Kane have left the arena while Undertaker and the caskets have been moved to another portion of the arena.
Match 6: Dude Love versus Steve Blackman
Summary: This is NOT Hogan-Savage whatsoever.
TV Rating: 3.6
After the match, Blackman confronts timekeeper Mark Yeaton and tosses him down on the floor. Mr. McMahon checks on him, yet Austin sprints to the ring to confront McMahon. As Austin mows down Dude, he grabs and tosses McMahon like a rag doll. Dude interferes, brawls with Austin, but loses badly.
While Austin jumps into the ring to confront McMahon, Gerry Brisco intervenes but eats a Stone Cold Stunner. Pat Patterson suffers the same fate, and McMahon hightails it up the ramp. Dude and Austin fight until Austin sends him into the steel railing. When Austin chases after McMahon, the show ends.
Conclusion: Trust me, the only worthwhile portion of the show involved Austin. The rest was utter nonsense. What were they thinking?
Could it finally overcome Nitro in the ratings?
Final TV Rating: 4.40
Who won? You’re kidding, right? Nitro stopped RAW’s one-week blip to retake the ratings top spot. Next week, Nitro has to be shown in separate telecasts, so a live RAW should be immensely better than what this was.
Stay tuned for WCW Thunder 04-22-98!
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