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WWF Monday Night RAW 05-04-98

Taped from Richmond, VA

Airdate: May 4, 1998 (taped 04/28)

Attendance: 8,776 (sold out)

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

What’s Austin up to this week? A wrestler who has never grappled on TV shows off some moves. How does Foley settle his beef with Mr. McMahon? Or does he? What, if anything, is on Bearer’s mind? Cuddle around the TV and enjoy the show!

Opening montage.

LOVE SHACK: In lieu of Dude Love, Mick Foley emerges while holding his Dude Love attire and wonders why he’s not getting another title shot. He besmirches Mr. McMahon along with the adult themes attached to Dude Love, and the Dude Love costume. Next, he calls out Mr. McMahon to “face the music.”

Mr. McMahon emerges, and Foley equates the garb of Dude Love to “a horse’s ass.” As Mr. McMahon believes that Foley “didn’t get the job done,” he dismisses the main event as a punishment by calling it a “reward.” How? He mentions that it’s an “opportunity,” and Foley needs to “make the sacrifice necessary to become WWF champion.” Afterward, he slaps Foley, but Stone Cold Steve Austin interrupts.

Austin destroys the Love Shack set to piss off Mr. McMahon. As Austin intimidates him, Mr. McMahon grabs the ring bell as a weapon. Austin’s threat succeeds much to the delight of the Richmond faithful.

We revisit last week when Owen turned on Ken Shamrock. According to JR, Shamrock will be out of action “for several weeks.” Truth be told, Shamrock sat out until after the next PPV.

Prior to the next match, Commissioner Slaughter removed extraneous members of the NoD from the match.

Match 1: WWF Intercontinental champion the Rock & Owen Hart (w/o Kama, D’Lo Brown, & Mark Henry) versus Faarooq & Steve Blackman


Rating: **½

Summary: Two focal points were accomplished—keeping the new and improved NoD strong and continuing the feud between Blackman and Jarrett.

Video featuring Gerald Brisco airs including a home video with the Brisco family.

Edge vignette airs. How do we know him? He just got here!

DX approaches the ring, and HHH states that Operation DX continues while making a dick joke. Road Dog does his spiel and cuts a promo on DoA. Suddenly, the Road Warriors interrupt to inform them they want an eight-man tag. An overexuberant XPac agrees, but Animal specifically calls him out. When XPac shows bravado by pointing at his junk, Hawk replies “I can’t see it.”

Attitude bumper airs.

RAW is WAR is sponsored by Skittles and WWF: The Music Volume 2.

We revisit last week when Paul Bearer leaked that he was Kane’s father.

Prior to the next match, we revisit last week when Severn tore Cornette a new one and cut ties with him.

Match 2: Dan “The Beast” Severn (w/o Jim Cornette) versus Savio Vega


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Severn whose pro wrestling skills are extremely limited.

Backstage, Lawler prepares to interview Bearer. Before the ad break, their conversation gets picked up, and Bearer explains that when he was 19 years old, he met the Undertaker’s mother and lost his virginity. Lawler mocks him for it, but Bearer mentions “little Taker” almost seeing his mother spread-eagle.

Following the commercial break, Lawler apologizes for offending anyone with the previous segment. A wise man once said that it’s better to get permission than to ask for forgiveness.

We revisit last week when Sable challenged Mero. Afterward, a training video of Sable airs. Whether you’re a fan or not of enhanced female features, Sable is in incredible shape.

Match 3: Marc Mero (w/o Sable) versus Jeff Jarrett (w/ Tennessee Lee)


Rating: NONE

PLAYSTATION SLAM OF THE WEEK: The illegal switch that enabled the DoA to beat the NAO is shown.

REAL Match 3 (eight-man): The Road Warriors & Disciples of Apocalypse (w/ Sunny) versus DX (w/ Chyna)


Rating: DUD

Summary: Two focal points were accomplished—Chyna’s in-ring debut and the beginning of the feud between the Road Warriors and DoA.

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During the break, the Road Warriors and DoA brawled backstage.

Match 4: Kane (w/ Paul Bearer) versus TAFKA Goldust (w/o Luna)


Rating: DUD

Summary: Setup for the Undertaker run-in.

Kane tries to rescue his father, but Undertaker slams his hand on the steps. WWF officials try to separate them to no avail. Before the segment ended, Undertaker blasts Slaughter.

CINNABURST REWIND: Cactus Jack quits.

Video featuring Foley and Funk airs.

Vignette for Val Venis airs featuring Jenna Jameson. Yowza!

Match 5 (falls count anywhere): Mick Foley versus Terry Funk


Rating: **

Summary: The Richmond Coliseum was NOT the place to hold this match as the Richmond faithful were eerily silent throughout the chaotic torture these hardcore legends unleashed upon one another. The high spots were cool, and the match stuck to its stipulation, but the ending was anticlimactic.

After the match, Foley repeatedly rams Funk face-first into the chair until Austin brings his beer into the ring. He splashes the suds into Foley’s face, and a blinded Foley puts the Mandible claw on Patterson. As a chair-wielding Patterson saunters toward him, Austin catches him out of the corner of his eye and flattens him with a Stone Cold Stunner.

Before the show leaves the air, Mr. McMahon and a pair of groupies echo their approval by bestowing Foley with his Dude Love attire. Austin gives his two-finger salute of disapproval while Foley and McMahon dance with the groupies.

Conclusion: Methinks Foley passed the test. Nevertheless, the falls-count-anywhere match was nothing special. Other than the first two, there wasn’t a complete finish to the rest of the matches. Without question, they knew they had no competition and chose to coast. Skip this episode unless you want to see the thirty seconds of Chyna’s wrestling debut.

TV Rating: 5.51

Stay tuned for WCW Monday Nitro 05-11-98!

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