WWF Monday Night RAW

Taped from Toronto, ON

Airdate: February 3, 1997 (taped 1/31)

Attendance: 25,628

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jim Ross

Tonight’s it’s Royal Rumble RAW!

We revisit the end to the Rumble match as Austin cheats to win. I guess we won’t see the entire match since they just showed the finish.

Interestingly, it’s the second WWF show from SkyDome this week! Pass the veal sandwiches!

Opening montage.

Match 1: Stone Cold Steve Austin versus Vader (w/ Paul Bearer)


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Preview of the Final Four match at the PPV.

During a commercial break, a promotional ad for Thursday RAW Thursday aired. Scheduled is a WWF title match between champion Shawn Michaels and challenger Sycho Sid. Keep that in mind for next week’s reflection.

As the NoD makes their entrance, Ross interviews Vega as footage of his heel turn at Madison Square Garden is shown.

Match 2: Savio Vega (w/ the Nation of Domination) versus Flash Funk


Rating: **

Summary: While Funk brought the highlights, the freshly-heel-turned Vega got the duke.

After the match, Faarooq and Crush meet Vega in the aisle, and Faarooq and Vega share a hug. Aw.

In the ring, Ross interviews Sycho Sid.

During the commercial break, an ad for the WWF Superstar Line aired. The feature asks: Where have you gone: Yokozuna and Brian Pillman.

Prior to the next match, Vince interviews Smith and Owen. Highlights of Smith’s elimination are shown while Owen claims it as an accident. I smell dissension.

RAW is sponsored by Western Union, Stridex, and Skittles.

We then revisit RAW from 2 weeks ago when Owen WALLOPED LaFon with his Slammy. Afterward, we revisit last week’s show when the Slammy trick backfired on Smith but didn’t cost him the match.

Match 3 for the WWF tag team titles: The “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith & Owen Hart (w/ Clarence Mason) versus Doug Furnas & Philip LaFon


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Crappy finish to a solid match. The dissension between Owen and Smith continues.

After the match, when Owen notices that when Smith is watching, he limps, but otherwise, he runs as if nothing is wrong. What a goldbricker!

Again, we revisit the Rumble match when Johnson used a 2x4 to cause Faarooq’s elimination.

Next, Vince interviews Johnson as highlights from last week are shown. According to Johnson, he no longer takes Prozac. When he’s off his meds, “you don’t know what might happen.” He’s ready to get his comeuppance against Vega and the rest of the NoD.

As Crush makes his entrance, Johnson’s ready to “let the party begin.” Suddenly, Undertaker grabs him by the throat, but Johnson rebuffs him.

Prior to the next match, Hendrix shills IYH: Final Four live on PPV on 2/16.

Match 4: Goldust (w/ Marlena) versus Crush (w/ the Nation of Domination)


Rating: DUD

Summary: S-L-O-W plodding crap.

Vignette featuring the New Blackjacks narrated by Jack Lanza.

The Army Slam of the Week is Michaels’ hitting a flying forearm followed by the big elbow against Sycho Sid at Royal Rumble. Interestingly, Sid’s powerbomb on the floor finishes the segment. Could we see Sid regaining the title at Thursday RAW Thursday?

In the ring, Vince interviews WWF Champion Shawn Michaels who promises to be the “worst guy…ever seen.” Just wait until Thursday RAW Thursday! While Bret looks on from behind the curtain, Michaels cuts a promo on him. Abruptly, Bret comes to the ring to a raucous ovation and calls Michaels a “degenerate,” a “jackass”, and a “punk.” When Michaels rebuts, Austin hits the ring to attack Bret. A brawl breaks out outside the ring as Sid enters the ring.

After a commercial break, Sid and Austin are gone as Michaels lays the WWF title belt between Bret and himself. When Michaels tries to retrieve it, Bret steps on it. When Bret tries to return the belt to Michaels, he drops it on the mat and leaves. The tension between Bret and Shawn begins to simmer.

Earlier tonight, Tiger Ali Singh signed a contract with the WWF.

Prior to the next match, we revisit Superstars when Hughes interfered on Helmsley’s behalf against Johnson (aired 1/26, taped 1/21).

We then revisit Superstars from the following week when Sable kicked Undertaker in the midsection during his match against Mero (aired 2/2, taped 1/21).

Match 5 for the WWF Intercontinental title: Hunter Hearst Helmsley (w/o Curtis Hughes) versus “Wildman” Marc Mero (w/o Sable)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Send Mero to the bottom of the pecking order as he lost another opportunity to regain the gold.

We then revisit the Rumble match as Bret put Austin in the Sharpshooter, and Lawler made an extremely brief appearance.

We then revisit last week’s show when Mankind parted Vader’s skull with a steel chair.

Promo for Thursday RAW Thursday on 2/13.

After a Western Union ad, the Western Union Rewind is the attack by Faarooq on Ahmed last week. Repeating the spot is a faux pas in wrestling. Oops.

Before the main event begins, we get the brief yet aggressive discussion between Johnson and Undertaker again.

Match 6 (no holds barred): Undertaker & Ahmed Johnson versus Mankind & Faarooq (w/ Paul Bearer & the Nation of Domination)


  1. Friday (2/7) in Pittsburgh, PA
  2. Saturday (2/8) in Bethlehem, PA
  3. Sunday (2/9) in East Rutherford, NJ
  4. Thursday (2/13) in Lowell MA for Thursday RAW Thursday
  5. Friday (2/14) in Cincinnati, OH

Rating: *1/2

Summary: Decent street fight to add some edge for the new WWF Attitude.

Conclusion: Well, despite being matches from a house show, it was much better than Nitro by far because the two title matches delivered. Could it finally overcome Nitro in the ratings?

TV Rating: 2.60

Who won? Nope, but it was very close (3.0 to 2.6). The last time the WWF came this close was back on 8/5. While I look forward to Thursday RAW Thursday, Nitro has something up its sleeve prior to that.

Stay tuned for WCW Monday Nitro 2-10-1997!

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