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WWF Monday Night RAW 02-21-98

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: February 21, 1998 (taped 02/16)

Attendance: 13,296 (sold out)

Hosted by Jim Ross, Michael Cole, Kevin Kelly, & Jerry “The King” Lawler

What’s new and improved with the Rock and NoD? Can Jarrett capture the European title from Owen? Will the Headbangers attain gold by defeating the Rock’n’Roll Express? Let’s find out!

Opening montage.

Match 1: The Road Warriors versus the Quebecers


Rating: ½*

Summary: More storyline than match as the NAO-Road Warrior feud continues.

WWF Attitude promo airs.

While I understand the “moments ago” segments when RAW and Nitro air simultaneously, they’re meaningless at other times.

RAW is WAR is sponsored by 1-800-COLLECT, WWF: The Music Volume 2, and Twix.

Video featuring Chyna airs. Of course, they had to include Chyna’s “humiliation” of Neidhart to spite WCW.

Prior to the next match, we revisit the putrid Blackman-Recon segment from two weeks ago.

Match 2: Ken Shamrock versus Sniper (w/ the Truth Commission)


Rating: *½

Summary: Showcase match for Shamrock, but Sniper held his own well. Unfortunately, Poirer was already 36 years old, so his glory years were behind him.

After the match, Recon storms the ring but eats a belly-to-belly suplex. A perturbed Jackyl enters the ring and runs down Sniper. Although Jackyl slaps him, he turns his back to Sniper. Upon shoving Jackyl, a frustrated Sniper exits the ring alone.

Back in the locker room, Recon denies a communication breakdown, but Sniper refutes it. While Sniper, in his French-Canadian accent, wants to go it alone, Recon, with his Southern accent, wants to maintain the status quo.

We then revisit RAW when Sable received flowers much to Mero’s chagrin. A week later, she received a box of candy that Mero rebuffs.

Mero and Sable come to the ring, and Sable removes her robe immediately to showcase her assets. When Lawler begins the interview, Mero accuses Sable of “stealing his spotlight.” The Dallas faithful showers her with a “Sa-ble” chant, but Mero states “she belongs to me.” As Lawler describes what occurred at the PPV, Mero denies she got the best of him. A bouquet of flowers arrives for Sable, and she asserts herself.

Earlier today, Cornette cries about the negative reaction to his NWA faction and mentions that Tommy Young will be the special NWA referee.

Match 3 for the NWA World tag team titles: The Rock’n’Roll Express (w/ Jim Cornette) versus the Headbangers


Rating: ***

Summary: Solid tag team tandem work by both teams as they told the old NWA adage of the champions coming THIS close to losing their titles but retain them on a technicality.

WRESTLEMANIA MILLENIIUM MOMENT: At WrestleMania IV, Andre the Giant declares Hulkamania to be “over” and chokes out Bob Uecker.


To kick off the second hour, JR interviews Texas’ native son Stone Cold Steve Austin. In response to the Chyna question, Austin offers “don’t mess with Stone Cold.” A quick edit reveals a question about Michaels, and Austin subtly gives Shawn Michaels credit before predicting an “ass-whippin’” in his favor. Upon threatening “Iron” Mike Tyson should he get out of line, Austin says that, at the PPV, “the shit’s on.” He then commandeers JR’s black hat and salutes the Dallas faithful atop the broadcast table.

Five more weeks until WrestleMania!

Match 4 for the WWF European title: Owen Hart (champion) versus Jeff Jarrett (w/ Jim Cornette)


Rating: ***

Summary: Another good story told with a fast-paced style and Owen’s high flying. The bullshit finish to protect Jarrett was unnecessary.

After the match, Owen wraps Cornette in a Sharpshooter, and Cornette taps. Jarrett grabs the tennis racquet, but Owen sees it coming and shoos Jarrett away.

PLAYSTATION SLAM OF THE WEEK: High-flying light heavyweights at the PPV last Sunday.

Match 5: Taka Michinoku & Aguila versus “Too Sexy” Brian Christopher & Pirata Morgan


Rating: **

Summary: Incredible high-flying, but the snuffing of the Freebird killed the Dallas faithful’s joy.

WrestleMania XIV will be LIVE on PPV on March 29! Order NOW!

Prior to the next match, the Rock declares “no dissension” within the NoD. He then provides Kama, Brown and Henry each a $15,000 Rolex watch. For Faarooq, the Rock gives him a framed portrait of himself. HA! Angry, Faarooq tosses it down to the mat.

Match 6: Faarooq (w/ the Nation of Domination) versus Steve Blackman


Rating: DUD

Summary: More storyline than match as the Rock’s separation from the NoD continues.

After the match, the Rock bitches out Faarooq for breaking the portrait. Faarooq asks Henry to hold it up and punches it with sheer force. With the Rock in disbelief, Faarooq exits stage right.

Another WWF Attitude promo airs featuring Austin.

Back in the locker room, Cole stands outside the NoD locker room where a lot of commotion can be overheard. Brown exits claiming there’s no dissension whatsoever.

Match 7: Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie versus “Marvelous” Marc Mero & TAFKA Goldust (w/ Luna)


Rating: DUD

Summary: More storyline than match as the Sable/Luna feud intensifies.

After the match, Sable chases after Luna, but the men separate them to end the show.

Conclusion: With a few exceptions, this was certainly a Saturday Night special and not a ratings-driven RAW. What are those exceptions?

  1. The Rock stealing the show with his gifts for the NoD.
  2. Owen and Jarrett giving us a decent wrestling match.
  3. The old school NWA tag team match with the classic finish.

Otherwise, it was a promo for both WrestleMania XIV and the RAW on 2/23. Locate the Rock segment elsewhere if possible and skip this show. That is unless you want to witness the destruction of Freebird Michael Hayes.

TV Rating: 3.0

Stay tuned for WCW SuperBrawl VIII!

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