WWF Monday Night RAW 2-24-97

Live from New York, NY

Airdate: February 24, 1997

Attendance: 1,000 (sold out)

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jerry “The King” Lawler

With ECW on the docket, will RAW become extreme? Read on!

Opening montage.

Match 1: The New Blackjacks versus the Godwinns


Rating: *

Summary: Not a stellar debut for the New Blackjacks.

After the match, the Godwinns protest Chioda’s decision by slopping him.

Suddenly, the Eliminators give a ring attendant Total Elimination as Uncle Paul grabs the microphone and yells “ECW is in the houuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse!”

Match 2: Big Stevie Cool (w/ the bWo) versus Little Guido


Rating: **

Summary: Showcase match for ECW and the bWo.

RAW was sponsored by FootAction.

Prior to the next match, we revisit IYH XIII when the tall brunette grabbed Marlena from behind. Next, we revisit RAW from last week as she entered the ring and shook the bejesus out of Marlena.

Match 3 (arm wrestling): Sunny versus Marlena


Rating: NONE

As a member of the Manhattan faithful yelled “you fucking bitch” at Sunny, Vega got in Marlena’s face until Goldust rescued her.

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


Rating: DUD

Summary: Meaningless match that made Vega look weak since he couldn’t beat Goldust.

After the match, Perez tries to interfere, but Vega tosses him over the top rope to the floor. He then mounts the top turnbuckle and hits a missile dropkick on Vega. Upon sending Vega over the top rope to the floor via a dropkick, Perez joins Goldust in double-teaming Crush.

Next week, RAW emanates from Berlin, Germany with the finals of the European title tournament.

After a commercial break, we revisit RAW from 7/19/93 when Lawler ran down Tiny Tim.

Following that, Lawler interviews Shamrock. While Lawler claims to be friends with him, Shamrock calls him a “liar.” HA!

Promo for the 1997 Slammy Awards airing 3/21 at 11pm ET.

Match 5: Taz (w/ Bill Alfonso) versus Mikey Whipwreck


Rating: **

Summary: Showcase match for Taz who will face Sabu at Barely Legal.

Vince then shills the 1997 Slammy Awards sponsored by WWF: Full Metal.

We then revisit Sabu’s spill from the RAW sign.

Match 6: The Road Warriors versus the Headbangers


Rating: **

Summary: Horrible finish for the return of the Road Warriors.

After the match, the Road Warriors give Mosh the Doomsday Device. Why couldn’t they do this during the match?

As Vince noted Mero’s legitimate knee injury, the “Tell Me A Lie” Shawn Michaels video plays. They must have played this during the Prince Iaukea match on Nitro.

Match 7: Tommy Dreamer (w/ Beulah) versus D-Von Dudley (w/ Sign Guy Dudley)


Rating: *

Summary: Typical ECW brawl showcasing Dreamer.

After the match, Bubba Ray hits the ring and ambushes Dreamer. From the stands, Sandman emerges and chugs a Budweiser tall boy. The Dudley Boys then bring him into the ring the hard way. After a cross corner whip, Bubba Ray comes up empty knocking himself silly on his follow-through with a chair. Sandman then BRAINS both Dudleys with chairs.

Before Uncle Paul leaves the broadcast table, he lunges at Lawler as a scuffle breaks out.

Next week, the European title tournament finals will highlight RAW.

After a commercial break, Lawler threatens Uncle Paul with VIOLENCE. I wonder what my great uncle Richard thought about that.

We then revisit RAW from last week as Stone Cold Steve Austin interjected himself three times into the WWF title match. That enabled Sycho Sid to beat Bret Hart and win the title. In a Superstars exclusive, an angry Bret sought after Austin backstage.

At WrestleMania XIII, Sid will defend the WWF title against Undertaker. Also, Bret will face Austin in no-holds-barred match.

Afterward, Todd Pettengill interviews Shamrock who introduces his then-wife and father. Shamrock then chooses Undertaker in the main event of WrestleMania XIII. When Pettengill asks for a prediction of the no-holds-barred match, Shamrock can’t decide. He then polls the Manhattan faithful who are solidly behind Austin.

As Faarooq makes his entrance, he dismisses Shamrock’s UFC credentials. Shamrock’s ready to get it on if the price is right.

Vince then shills WrestleMania XIII LIVE on PPV on 3/23 from Rosemont, IL.

Match 8: Undertaker versus Faarooq (w/ the Nation of Domination)


Rating: *

Summary: Boring main event with ZERO crowd appeal.

After the match, the Road Warriors hit the ring to clear out the NoD.

Conclusion: Despite returning to its original broadcast location, RAW didn’t offer much other than an advertisement for ECW’s Barely Legal. Of course, that’s because most of the roster was overseas. Can the ECW infomercial beat Nitro this week?

TV Rating: 2.5

Who won? Nope, Nitro won by half of a ratings point. With Nitro live from Hotlanta, and RAW taped from Germany, I fear for RAW’s ratings.

Stay tuned for WCW Monday Nitro 3-3-97!

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