Last week, Mick Foley earned another WWF Championship Match against Stone Cold Steve Austin. What will happen, as Part 33 of the WWF Attitude Era series continues.
In WCW, they were on the road to Slamboree, with The Outsiders taking on Sting and The Giant for the WCW Tag Team Titles and Bret Hart taking on Randy Savage. Yet an interesting wrinkle was thrown into the equation, with the Giant joining the NWO Black and White, so it would be a WCW guy in Sting and a NWO Hollywood member in the Giant with them taking on Wolfpac Members Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. Also Curt Hennig and Rick Rude joined the Black and Red branch of the NWO, the Wolfpac. Randy Savage had his title return match against Hollywood Hogan for the WCW Championship but fell short in his attempt to do so thanks to Bret Hart.
Yet the big event was Eric Bischoff throwing up a challenge to WWF Owner Vince McMahon to compete against him at six days time at Slamboree. Oddly enough, WWF retorted with a legal letter, claiming that Eric Bischoff saying that McMahon won’t be there, implied that he would be there, given the nature of wrestling. There would be more insanity involving Eric Bischoff in the months to come, as losing ground in the Monday Night Wars might have caused him to lose his mind.
On WWF RAW is WAR on May 11th 1998, we’re going to see Stone Cold Steve Austin team up with a special mystery partner to go against the Nation of Domination members the Rock and D’Lo Brown. Plus one more time, Owen Hart meets Triple H for the WWF European Title but Owen has back up to counter DX this time. Plus Sable goes one on one with Marc Mero in Part 33 in the WWF Attitude Era Series.
WWF RAW is WAR 5/11/98
Recap of the recent events involving Mick Foley/Dude Love, Vince McMahon, and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Vince McMahon struts out. Tonight we’re going to see Stone Cold Steve Austin in a tag team match. Out comes Dude Love, his hair cut nicely, dressed in a suit, he has a copy of the wall street journal and worst of all, he has all of his teeth. Mick Foley, you sell out! He’s found his smile, all is good, all is well. The WWF Championship Match will take place with Dude Love against Stone Cold Steve Austin at Over the Edge and this time the odds are going to be stacked even more. Jerry Brisco is the guest timekeeper, Pat Patterson is the guest ring announcer, and the guest referee is none other than Vince McMahon. Can Stone Cold Steve Austin defy the odds?
DX invaded the CNN Tower, the home base of WCW, which set off Eric Bischoff’s crazed challenged. WCW officials claimed that “25 armed men” attacked them brutally. Wacky. Things are getting rather insane at this point.
We’re waiting for Stone Cold Steve Austin, but Al Snow shows up, along with Head. Head(who is a mannequin head for those who don’t know), apparently gave Al Snow some faulty directions and Snow gets into an argument with Head.
Vader defeats Barry Windham.
This is Vader’s return after a few months off, to set him up for his Mask vs. Mask match with Kane at Over the Edge. Vader gets the win over Windham.
Steve Austin is the house and he’s going to get his hands on Vince when he got a chance.
Skull(w/8-Ball) defeated Hawk(w/Animal and Sunny).
The usual awful match involving the DOA. The DOA pull off some bald twin magic and 8-Ball rolls up Hawk for the pin.
More DX at CNN Center. DX gives some crotch chops. The first invasion two weeks ago was better and that was still kind of silly. This is just very little. This period from the Spring and Summer of 1998 is the absolute high point in the Monday Night wars where both companies were on pretty much even ground.
A look at Edge who will be coming to the World Wrestling Federation soon.
And in a great segment, Bradshaw is teaching TAKA Michinoku about American Culture. You know all of the essentials, gambling, smoking cigars, and curse words. The now renamed for racial reasons former Klub Kamikaze, Kaientai show up. Togo, Teioh, and Funaki beat up TAKA and Bradshaw.
Jeff Jarrett battled Faarooq to a no contest.
Steve Blackman gets involved, the Nation of Domination also gets involved. We have a brawl and Jarrett lays out Blackman with a pair of nunchucks. This was completely overbooked.
Steve Austin is on the prowl.
Out comes Austin who demands who his partner, but he’s not getting any headway. I think that it’s a bit obvious that the partner could be one of two choices and neither are going to be fun for Austin, but more on that in a minute.
The best of Val Venis is shown. He’ll be coming next week. The hype for Val Venis hits its climax next week on RAW, he rises to the occasion and makes his wrestling debut on the May 18th 1998 RAW.
The match between Sable and Marc Mero doesn’t really end all that well as Mero teases the TKO but he puts Sable down. Sable kicks him in the groin and power bombs Mero. The feud is far from over.
The Undertaker is not too happy about some of the comments that Jerry Lawler made about his mother. So the Undertaker beats up Lawler and lays him out with the Tombstone. Paul Bearer pops up and he’ll have some proof that Kane is the product of his loins next week.
Al Snow is here and he wants an audience with Vince McMahon. He says he can’t be fired, because they wouldn’t let him quit. Al Snow and Head are escorted away from security.
DX are in the house. X-Pac mocks Eric Bischoff for making his challenge for Vince McMahon. A challenge that he knows that McMahon X-Pac invites Eric Bischoff to suck it. DX unload the catchphrases. Owen Hart comes out and we have a match with Triple H set up right now.
Owen Hart battled Triple H to a no contest.
Owen goes right for the ear of Triple H, biting it. Out runs DX, out runs the Nation, we have a brawl. Match wasn’t much but the post much brawl is absolutely insane and therefore it did work in that way.
Goldust or rather Dustin Runnels is out. He says that he is going to go out as Dustin on his own and he blames Vince McMahon for the strained relationship with his father, his wife, and his daughter, along with the lost of his dignity.
Dick Togo, Men’s Teioh, and Funaki(w/Mr. Yamaguchi-San) defeated Terry Funk and Scorpio via disqualification.
This is another one of those matches that end a couple minutes, with TAKA and Bradshaw running out, to attack Kaientai.
Vince McMahon is backstage, talking to the person that is going to be Austin’s partner.
Al Snow won’t be denied, as he bangs on the arena door. However he is escorted away from the building.
The Rock has some words of talking trash towards Austin and Vince McMahon announces Austin’s partner…Vince McMahon!
Steve Austin and Vince McMahon battled D’Lo Brown and the Rock to a no contest.
There is actually a pretty good handicap match more or less, with D’Lo and the Rock against Austin. Austin fights back and hits the Stone Cold Stunner on D’Lo but Vince McMahon enters the ring, attacking Austin. Patterson and Brisco get involved, with Austin trying to fight everyone off, but Dude Love attacks Austin. Then Dustin Runnels comes out to attack Dude Love. The rest of the Nation gets involved and DX gets involved and it is just absolutely insane. All semblance of order is thrown out as the show goes off to air.
Things are getting interested and we continue to move towards the Dude Love/Stone Cold Steve Austin Championship Match, along with Paul Bearer offering proof that Kane is his biological son and the debut of Val Venis. All in Part 34 of the WWF Attitude Era Series.
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