by Logan Scisco
-Since USA Network was broadcasting the U.S. Open in primetime, Monday Night Raw got bounced out of its usual slot for the next two weeks. USA compensated by giving RAW two late Saturday night slots that ran from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. EST, so our next two shows will be those broadcasts. Ross and Lawler make sure to issue sarcastic statements about the “riveting” tennis action that is currently keeping the WWF off of Monday nights throughout the show.
-Some narrated pictures of last night’s SummerSlam main event are shown.
-Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler are in the booth and they are taped from New Haven, Connecticut.
-Vince McMahon walks out and announces at the next pay-per-view, Breakdown, that his plan to take the WWF title off of Steve Austin will be realized. He says the Undertaker is a damned fool for refusing his brother’s help at SummerSlam and makes fun of Steve Austin’s appearance on Regis and Kathy Lee. McMahon calls the Undertaker and Kane two “putrid pussies” and that leads the Undertaker and Kane to storm the ring, so McMahon has to flee through the crowd. The best part of this segment? No entrance music for the Undertaker and Kane before they run out. However, it was a rather dull promo from someone of McMahon’s caliber. 0 for 1
-Opening Contest: Ken Shamrock & Steve Blackman fight The Disciples of Apocalypse (w/Paul Ellering) to a no contest when the Undertaker & Kane interfere at 1:28:
Evidently, Shamrock and Blackman have made up after last week’s altercation. The DOA are really stale at the moment and desperately need some more direction aside from “we have Paul Ellering as a manager and hate the LOD.” This match never gets going as Kane and the Undertaker come out and destroy Blackman’s knee.
-Val Venis is shown having relations with a young woman in a bathroom stall.
-Ross and Lawler recount the beating Mankind received during and after his tag team title match against the New Age Outlaws at SummerSlam. Ross says that Mankind has not been seen since.
-Val Venis wrestles Vader to a no contest at 3:32:
During the match, Dustin Runnels carries a sign through the crowd urging people to repent. Vader dominates Venis with power moves, but the match is interrupted by Bradshaw, who has a dispute with Vader stemming from an attempted tag team partnership on Shotgun Saturday Night. This match, like our opening bout, is interrupted by the Undertaker and Kane and they proceed to destroy Venis and Vader. You would think Vader would have enough sense at this point to avoid the Undertaker and Kane. Rating: ½* (0 for 2)
-Michael Cole interviews the Rock and Mark Henry, who are facing the New Age Outlaws for the WWF tag team titles. The Rock promises to lay the smackdown on both of the Outlaws.
-Cole interviews WWF Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws, who push Cole aside and cut a ranting promo. They let Billy Gunn handle most of the promo work here and that’s just not a good idea.
-WWF Tag Team Championship Match: The Rock & Mark Henry defeat The New Age Outlaws (Champions) via disqualification when Chyna interferes at 7:01:
Conventional TV tag here, with the Road Dogg being placed in peril, but avoiding a Henry splash to give the hot tag to Billy Gunn. When all hell breaks loose, Chyna runs in and tackles Henry to get revenge for last week and that brings this contest to an end. Rating: **¼ (1 for 3)
-Tiger Ali Singh and Baby come out. Babu is eating sardines, which Singh says he has been doing for four days. Babu picks a woman out of the crowd, who is not wearing a bra, and she gets $600 for French kissing Babu for five seconds. After the woman finishes her task, the Undertaker and Kane interrupt and chokeslam Singh and Babu. Is Singh ever going to get in the ring? 1 for 4
-Southern Justice beat The Headbangers when Dennis Knight pins Mosh after the Problem Solver (a.k.a. The Slop Drop) at 4:42:
The WWF is trying really hard to make the fans forget that Southern Justice used to be the Godwinns, but it just isn’t working. This is the Headbangers first RAW match in quite a while. The Headbangers don’t get in much aside from some token offense, as Southern Justice beats them down and then uses a distraction finish to pick up the win. These two teams just do not gel at all. Rating: ½* (1 for 5)
-The Undertaker and Kane arrive outside of Mr. McMahon’s door and cannot get in. Kane takes a sledgehammer to the door and breaks it down, but McMahon is not there.
-European Championship Match: X-Pac defeats D-Lo Brown (Champion) via disqualification when Jeff Jarrett interferes at 3:15:
Lawler is pretty funny on commentary talking about how D-Lo’s chest protector constricts his movements and how he has to overcome a great deal in the ring by using it. This match has an accelerated pace, which usually foreshadows interference, and sure enough, Jeff Jarrett does a run-in before X-Pac can get a three-count after an X-Factor. How many interference finishes can we have tonight? Rating: * (1 for 6)
-After the bell, Jarrett and X-Pac brawl through the crowd and the Undertaker and Kane hit the ring to go after D-Lo. The Rock runs to the ring to defend his friend and hilariously tells off the Undertaker and Kane, but ends up getting beaten down. D-Lo doesn’t stick around and runs away.
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-Edge slamming Sable on top of Marc Mero to end the mixed tag team match at SummerSlam is the JVC Kaboom! of the Week.
-Edge defeats “Marvelous” Marc Mero (w/Jacqueline) via disqualification when Gangrel interferes at 1:38:
Some idiot fan thinks they are at an ECW show and tries to give Edge their chair as he heads to the ring. We can ANOTHER screwy finish as Gangrel attacks Edge after he planchas onto Mero on the floor. Both men brawl in the ring as Kane and the Undertaker attack Mero by the entrance.
-The first part of Jim Ross’s interview with Al Snow is shown. It recaps his rise in ECW and Snow says that the voices that he hears are like the voice of God that he has opened his mind to hear. The reasoning given for Snow talking to Head is that bad gimmicks drove him insane. Good interview in flushing out Snow’s character and his motivations. 2 for 7
-Kane and the Undertaker are shown walking around backstage and in a nice piece of logical storytelling, it is deserted since no one else wants to become a victim.
-The Insane Clown Posse comes out with the Oddities and perform the Oddities theme music. Hawk, who is supposed to be with Animal and Droz, comes out and in a drugged up state dances with them in his LOD 2000 helmet. I feel bad for laughing at this, but can’t help it.
-The Oddities (w/The Insane Clown Posse & Luna Vachon) beat LOD 2000 & Darren Drozdov when Giant Silva pins Hawk after a powerbomb at 1:33:
When Violent J won’t dance with Hawk, he attacks him before joining his partners on the apron. Hawk tags himself in, but he is in no shape to compete and gets pinned after all hell breaks loose. The match was not very good, but this continued the troubled Hawk storyline.
-The Undertaker and Kane beat up a kid who is working on production in the locker room.
-Too Much defeat Miguel Perez & Jesus when Scott Taylor pins Miguel after Brian Christopher hits Miguel with a Tennessee Jam at 5:07
Los Boricuas is still a thing at this point? If you weren’t watching Shotgun Saturday Night, these guys were as good as gone from the company. Ross is so bored by this show he starts ranting about misinformation about wrestling on the Internet. If anyone had a reason to care about these teams, this match would come off better. Rating: *¾ (3 for 8)
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-“Double J” Jeff Jarrett beats Scorpio via disqualification when X-Pac interferes at 4:55:
Jarrett debuts his new ring look here, no longer wearing the long pants and top that he was synonymous with. That new look is all he has, though, as I am just not feeling this feud he has going with X-Pac. Scorpio makes this interesting with some rollups, but he misses a moonsault. When Jarrett goes to finish, X-Pac runs in and we get yet another disqualification finish for a match tonight. They couldn’t even give Jarrett a victory to bolster his new character? Rating: *½ (3 for 9)
-After the bell, Kane and the Undertaker hit the ring and destroy Scorpio with a spike Tombstone. McMahon watches the display with joy by the entrance, but runs when the Undertaker and Kane see him.
The Final Report Card: Was this Shotgun Saturday Night or Monday Night Raw? I don’t mind that they decided to showcase some different talents on this show, which was not going to draw a great rating anyway, but did we have to get so many no contests and interference finishes? The Undertaker and Kane destroying everything in their path made sense, but really ruined the show by the second hour because you thought they would be coming out and interfering in every match. If anyone EVER tries to tell you that Steve Austin was not important in 1998 WWF, just let them watch this show. It’s Exhibit A for why he made the company so awesome during this time. Without question, this is the worst RAW of the year up to this point.
Show Evaluation: Thumbs Down