Part 35 of the WWF Attitude Era Series features the first ever one on one match between Triple H and the Rock as part of WWF RAW is WAR 5/25/98.
WCW Nitro on May 25th 1998, featured the Imposter Sting(the same one that made WCW think that Sting had turned on them, causing Sting to not wrestle for sixteen months), returned as part of the NWO Black and White, teaming with the Giant to take on Sting and Lex Luger. The NWO Wolfpac was trying to recruit Sting, as were the Black and White, but in a shocking moment, Lex Luger joins up with the Wolfpac, putting on the Red and Black. Chris Benoit and Booker T competed in the Best of Seven Series to win the number one contendership to Fit Finlay’s Television Title, with Benoit scoring the win, making the series 1-0. Juventud Guerrera triumphed against Kidman in a great match. Also Perry Saturn left the Flock but Raven tried to recruit Saturn back by firing the rest of the Flock. WCW had returned to its normal time after weeks of NBA Playoffs and we’re on the road to the Great American Bash 1998.
WWF RAW is WAR for May 25th 1998, features the road to WWF Over the Edge, as Vince McMahon continues to prepare to get the belt off of Stone Cold Steve Austin. Plus, one on one for the very first time in the Attitude Era, the WWF Intercontinental Champion the Rock takes on the WWF European Champion Triple H. This is Part 35 in the WWF Attitude Era Series.
WWF RAW is WAR 5/25/98
Vince McMahon is out with Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco, talking about his glorious triumph last week. He brags that he assaulted Stone Cold Steve Austin and got away with it. This statement comes back to bite McMahon as Austin comes back and says he wants to press charges against Vince McMahon for assault. McMahon, along with Patterson and Brisco, are handcuffed and lead away by the police.
LOD 2000/Darren Drozdov defeated DOA
This is the debut of Droz. He wasn’t that good in the ring, but he did have a rather unfortunate thing happen to him when his career ended in the way it did. Droz finishes off Chainz with a power bomb. LOD 2000 against 8-Ball and Skull, the Terrible Twins of the DOA, will happen at Over the Edge.
Vince McMahon is having a grand freak out at about being arrested. There is no one who could have a freak out better than Vince McMahon.
Dan Severn defeated Owen Hart via disqualification.
Both men trade holds, until the rest of the Nation run into the ring. Severn is outgunned and he tries to break Severn’s ankle using a chair but the referees stop him from doing so. Not too bad of a match.
Vince McMahon continues to rant, rave, and just be crazy.
Then we have the Jackly out, to introduce the Parade of Human Oddities. He introduces Hank the Angry Druken Dwarf and Crackhead Bob, who were regulars of the Howard Stern show at that time. Then out comes Luna Vachon, to lead out a large man known as Golga, who is John “Earthquake” Tenta underneath a mask.
Golga defeated Thrasher
Wretched match to say the very least. Golga scores the win. Then the largest man in the world enters the ring and beats up Mosh. The man would later be known as Giant Silva. The idea for Golga was that he was supposed to be a hunchback, thus making it impossible to pin his shoulders to the mat. Thankfully I think this only made one or two shows, before the Oddities were turned babyface. Then had the second worst tag team feud in 1998 with the Headbangers (the other being the DOA against LOD 2000)
Al Snow is in the crowd, incognito once again.
Vince is still spewing at the mouth. Austin is having a chat with the police.
Vader defeated Jeff Jarrett via disqualification.
Vader batters Jeff Jarrett until Kane runs in. Kane then attacks Vader as they will meet in a Mask vs. Mask match at Over the Edge. Kane leaves Vader down on the canvas.
Turnabout is to fairplay, as Austin allows Vince to leave, with an apology and a couple of other conditions. After a couple of times, McMahon finally apologizes to Austin and is let go by the cops. If only it was that easy in real life. If looks could kill, Mr. McMahon would murder everyone watching this show.
McMahon talks about how he had to agree for Austin was to allow someone at ringside at Over the Edge to watch his back. McMahon says that Austin will pay and pay in the worst way, as he’ll be putting his belt on the line against the Undertaker tonight! The fans go nuts at this one, as two of the most popular superstars in the World Wrestling Federation going one on one.
Al Snow confronts Lawler about getting his meeting but security quickly shoos him away.
TAKA Michinoku defeated Dick Togo
Now this is more like it. An amazing little lightheavyweight title match, the first time TAKA had a real match in a long time and he really makes the most of it. Lots of high impact moves, with TAKA finally pulling out the win with the Michinoku Driver. The rest of Kaientai enter the ring and destroy TAKA, leaving him laying.
DX are apparently still trying to invade WCW but by this time, the appeal has been lost.
Faarooq defeated Marc Mero
Sable distracts Mero, which allows Faarooq to roll up in the pin. Mero offers Sable to be released from her contract with him, if she picks a wrestler who will face him at Over the Edge and they beat him. Sable agrees and the match is on.
The Undertaker is preparing but he seems unhappy at this turn of events and preoccupied about something.
DX is invading. They are skywriting. Yawn.
WWF Intercontinental Champion The Rock battled WWF European Champion Triple H to a double countout.
Neither belt is on the line but this is the first of many battles between these two during the Attitude Era and they’re all fairly decent to really great. These two men had a pretty good bout right here. Chyna gets involved, as does Mark Henry, before we lead to the inevitable double countout. Faarooq pops up to nail The Rock with a piledriver, to remind us they are fighting this Sunday at Over the Edge for the WWF Intercontinental Title.
Vince McMahon is out to offer his refereeing duties for the main event but the Undertaker decides to register his disapproval of McMahon trying to use him as a pawn by choke slamming Vince McMahon. Kane scrambles out to get himself some of his older brother. Stone Cold Steve Austin is out, to beat up Patterson and Brisco, before nailing them with Stone Cold Stunners. Austin goes for a chair to give McMahon some sweet justice for last week but Dude Love makes the save with a chair of his own. Austin beats the Dudester to the draw and waffles him with the chair. McMahon escapes and the odds are stacked against Stone Cold Steve Austin. A chaotic and rather entertaining way to end the final addition of RAW before Over the Edge 1998.
Stone Cold Steve Austin puts the WWF Championship on the line against Dude Love at Over the Edge 1998 with the odds stacked against him. That will be in Part 36 of the WWF Attitude Era Series.
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