Vince and the WWE superstars pay tribute to Brian Pillman's death with a 10 bell salute. All the WWE superstars appear on the ramp to pay their respects.
Degeneration X starts the show. Shawn Michaels says Michael Cole hasn't gotten the proper welcome in the WWF. Chyna gives Michael Cole a wedgie. Shawn says everybody had hopes that Shawn would meet his demise. He points out that he's here, but The Undertaker is not. Shawn says he's the very best sports entertainer in the world. He says it propelled him from superstar to icon. Shawn takes a shot at WCW by saying he's not one of those fossils, he's the icon that can still go. Shawn asks for footage from Bad Blood with his match with The Undertaker. In lieu of that, we get footage of the infamous curtain call incident at Madison Square Garden with Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Razor Ramon, and Triple H. Shawn taunts Vince about the incident. This is really breaking the fourth wall. Vince says he's had enough of this crap. Shawn and Triple H joke that Vince is gonna fire them. Bret Hart and The Hart Foundation interrupt. Bret says Shawn is a disgrace to professional wrestling. Bret says he know's what the H H H stands for. He says Triple H is nothing but a homo. Triple H says he's not queer. Great comeback (Not). Bret says Shawn barebacked his way to the main event, but he makes more money than Shawn. Bret says until Shawn is WWF Champion, he's not the showstopper. Bret says he ran Razor and Diesel out-of-town. Bret challenges Triple H tonight and says he's gonna kick Shawn's scrawny ass at Survivor Series. Shawn says Bret Hart is a zero, my hero. He says Bret is a paper champion. He says the kliq has expanded and they own the business and at Survivor Series, he's gonna own Bret.
The Godwinns Vs The Headbangers
All hell breaks loose, then The Headbangers take advantage to win the match. Normally, I would complain about the champions losing a non-title match, but it's The Godwinns, so I don't care.
* out of 5
Marc Mero (W/Sable) Vs Miguel Perez
Mero wins with the TKO. Mero sucked after he came back from knee surgery. He altered his style to boxing and he was never the same.
3/4* out of 5
Jim Cornette absolutely drops a pipebomb on the nWo. He unleashes a nasty verbal diatribe by talking about how the nWo are childish and overrated. He thinks Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and Mick Foley deserve more credit. These Cornette skits didn't get as over as hoped, but I really enjoyed them. He makes a lot of valid points.
Rocky Maivia (W/The Nation) Vs The British Bulldog (W/The Hart Foundation)
The British Bulldog wins clean with a running powerslam. The Hart Foundation and The NOD brawl after the match. You have to remember, this was early in The Rock's career. As far as the match goes, it was alright.
*1/2 out of 5
Steve Austin is out next. Vince asks why Austin screwed Farooq out of the Intercontinental title. Austin says he does what he wants, when he wants. He doesn't feel like answering the question, and he doesn't give a rat's ass if Vince owns the WWF. Vince says he has a release form, stating that Austin can return to action as long as he absolves the WWF of any responsibility. Austin says Vince calls him the toughest SOB in the WWF, and he says that's true. But he's not the dumbest SOB. He'll only sign if Vince grants him a match with Owen Hart. Vince promises Austin a match with Owen and tries to shake his hand. Austin refuses to shake it. Farooq shows up on the titantron and vows revenge on Austin. Austin says when he gets his legal problems solved, he'll kick The Nation's ass thing. He says it's not a color or race thing, it's a me kicking your ass thing (Great line) Austin kicks Jerry Lawler's crown into the crowd.
Owen Hart (C) Vs Hawk
Owen wins with help from Henry Godwin. This match wasn't very good. Hawk no-selled a low-blow and a DDT, which irritated me to no end.
* out of 5
Brian Pillman's wife, Melanie talks about the loss of Pillman. We also get a video tribute to him.
Kane destroys The Hardy Boyz. Paul Bearer cuts a promo after.
Bret Hart Vs Triple H
Triple H wins by countout after HBK superkicks Bret on the floor. These two just didn't have any chemistry with each other. Every match I've seen these two have has disappointed. Shawn sticking his nose in the Canadian Flag was tasteless.
*3/4 out of 5
I enjoyed this episode. It was promo heavy, but they were solid promos and the show was entertaining.
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