Farooq (W/The Nation) Vs Bret Hart (W/The Hart Foundation)
The match barely gets underway before Shawn Michaels comes out and causes trouble. The match ends in a no-contest after The Nation starts brawling with The Hart Foundation. Bret gets free and chases after Shawn. Bret was getting some face pops. He was the face by default in the feud between Shawn and Bret.
Oh, never mind! The match is continuing.
Farooq vs Bret Hart
Steve Austin comes in from the crowd and stuns Farooq to give Bret the win. This was a fitting end for the match. Austin looked unpredictable and like a bad ass. It was weird seeing Bret get cheered at this juncture.
* out of 5
Jeff Jarrett makes his return to the WWF and says he has something to say. Because he refused to resign with WCW, Eric Bischoff did everything in his power to bury him. He says Bischoff put a lid on his potential because he wasn't one of Bischoff's boys. He says he's one of the most talented wrestlers, but Bischoff let him drown in mediocrity because his stroke wasn't strong enough. He takes a shot at Steve McMichael and Debra. He tells Vince to stop snickering because he left the WWF two years ago for the same reasons. Somebody throws a scream mask at Vince and Vince jokes around with it. You can just tell Vince was begging to show his true self. Jarrett says Vince had a vision of what he wanted Jarrett to be. Jarrett says Vince booked him with a clown, a drug addict, and a black man who can't even speak the English language (Ahmed Johnson) He says Vince tried to put his father, Jerry Jarrett out of business and says he tried to kill him (Jarrett) off. He says Vince signed him for more money and says Vince told him to shoot. He says Vince can take "With My Baby Tonight" and stick it up his but. Jarrett takes shots at Bret and says Shawn is too broken down to wrestle more than once a week. He says Steve Austin has to say the word ass just to get a reaction. He says he'll always be The Ringmaster and calls Austin 3:16 "Blasphemous" I wasn't that impressed. Not only was Jarrett's delivery mediocre, but Jarrett never drew a dime in the wrestling business. He was an average talent at best. He came across like a self-righteous idiot. If you wanna see some great "shoot" promos, check out CM Punk, Paul Heyman, among others.
Brian Christopher Vs Marc Mero
Mero wins with the TKO. Not a very good match. All the focus was on Jerry Lawler and Sable. Mero's offense consisted of nothing but jabs and punches.
*1/4 out of 5
Title for Title (European and the Intercontinental title)
Shawn Michaels Vs Owen Hart
The match ends in a no-contest after Steve Austin stuns the referee. Bret Hart runs down and beats up Michaels until D-X pulls Shawn to safety. This was a fun match. I had high hopes for this one and it delivered for the most part. The ending made sense as well.
*** out of 5
The Undertaker says he's carried the grief of the death of his family for 20 years. He said when he looked at Kane's eyes, he didn't see the love of a long-lost brother. He saw a man with hatred, whose mind has been poisoned. He says he will never fight Kane.
Dude Love Vs The British Bulldog
Kane comes out instead. Dude Love tries to hurt Kane with punches and a chair shot to the head, but Kane no-sells everything. Kane chokeslams Dude Love twice on the steel ramp. This was a good way to put Kane over as a monster with somebody established like Mick Foley.
The Road Dog & 'Bad Ass' Billy Gunn Vs The Headbangers
Road Dog and Billy Gunn win after Billy Gunn uses a boombox to win the match. This was a nice win to get Road Dog and Billy Gunn established as a team. It was a success as far as that goes.
*1/2 out of 5
Taka Michinoku Vs Tajiri
Taka wins with the Michinoku Driver. This was a lot of fun while it lasted. It featured a lot of areal maneuvers from both and they never stopped. Good stuff!
**1/2 out of 5
The DOA brawl with The Truth Commission & The Godwinns. It's pretty uneventful.
Mankind appears in the boiler room. He says Kane doesn't know the meaning of the word madness. Mankind says he's the master of madness. He says he has no qualms about facing Kane. He says if his old, decrepit grandmother dropped him, the old bag would go down (Ha) He says he'll fight Kane, anywhere, anytime.
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