'WWE Vintage Collection’ TV Report #274 – September 1st, 2013
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week's theme: Main event of today's show was The Rock vs Triple H for the WWF title, from WWF Raw, December 1998. Other matches on today's show included Razor Ramon vs Diesel for the WWF IC title (WWF Superstars, April 1994); Jake Roberts vs Ted DiBiase (featuring the babyface turn of the Big Boss Man, from WWF Superstars, February 1990); and New Age Outlaws vs Big Boss Man & Ken Shamrock for the WWF Tag Team titles (WWF Raw, December 1998).
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund & Renee Young.
Show opened with clips of Shawn Michaels & Diesel on the Heartbreak Hotel interview segment during an April 9th, 1994 edition of WWF Superstars, with Michaels challenging Razor Ramon to a match for the IC title, on behalf of Diesel. A clip also aired from the April 23rd, 1994 edition of WWF Superstars, where Jerry Lawler asked Razor Ramon if he'd accept Diesel's challenge, and Ramon responded that he would.
1) Diesel (w/Shawn Michaels in his corner) defeated Razor Ramon to win the WWF Intercontinental title. This match aired on the April 30th, 1994 edition of 'WWF Superstars', taped in Rochester, New York on April 13th, 1994. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler. Diesel dominated Ramon, working over his back. Michaels was a constant menace at ringside. At one point he climbed on to the ring apron, balancing on the ropes, only for Ramon to deck him, causing Michaels to take a big bump. Michaels then climbed on to the ringbuckles and removed the top turnbuckle pad, only for Ramon to Irish Whip Diesel into the corner, knocking Michaels flying off the ring apron and taking a second big bump to the outside. Ramon tried for a second Irish Whip, only for Diesel to reverse it and Ramon hit the corner hard, his back connecting with the exposed steel turnbuckle. Diesel then gave Ramon a jackknife powerbomb to score the pinfall victory, winning the IC title. Michaels and Diesel embraced after the match.
2) Jake Roberts defeated Ted DiBiase (w/Virgil in his corner) via D.Q. This match aired on the February 3rd, 1990 edition of 'WWF Superstars', taped in Birmingham, Alabama on January 2nd, 1990. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura. The story behind this match was that Jake Roberts had stolen the Million Dollar title belt, and had placed it inside the bag in which he keeps his snake. Jake brought his bag to the ring as usual and placed it in the corner. Slick was at ringside in DiBiase's corner. This was a short match that was more a backdrop to a bigger angle. DiBiase managed to tie Roberts up in the ropes at one point, and instructed Virgil to reach into Jake's bag and retrieve the title belt. Virgil refused, being scared of snakes (as were all the heels). Jake escaped and brawled to the outside with DiBiase. DiBiase got the better of Roberts, then instructed Slick to go to the back. Slick returned with the Big Boss Man, who immediately nailed Roberts with his nightstick outside the ring for the D.Q. Boss Man tossed Roberts back into the ring and handcuffed him to the ropes, then left with the Roberts' snake bag.
Boss Man, Slick, DiBiase and Virgil immediately went to the Brother Love interview set, where Love interviewed them, whilst Roberts was still handcuffed to the ring ropes. DiBiase revealed that he'd paid Slick for Boss Man's services in retrieving his title belt, claiming he'd 'bought police protection'. DiBiase instructed Boss Man to retrieve his title belt from Roberts bag that he was holding. Boss Man was annoyed that Slick had sold his services and knew nothing about the pay off. Boss Man got angry with DiBiase, calling him a 'fat faced punk' and told him not to tell him what to do. DiBiase said Boss Man was afraid to reach into the bag. Boss Man proved him wrong, pulled out the Million Dollar title belt, then said DiBiase would have to earn it if he wanted it back, and placed it back inside the bag with the snake. Boss Man then returned to the ring, where he cemented his babyface turn by giving Roberts the key to unlock his handcuffs, then handed him back the snake bag. Boss Man then pushed over Slick on his way to the back.
A segment from the December 14th, 1998 edition of WWF Raw is War aired, where DX spoofed the Corporation. Triple H was dressed as the Rock, Chyna as the Big Boss Man, Road Dogg as Vince McMahon (complete with two midgets attached to his backside, representing Pat Patterson & Gerald Brisco), Billy Gunn as Shane McMahon (wearing a diaper) and X-Pac as Ken Shamrock. Wrestling impersonator Jason Sensation came out dressed as Shawn Michaels, complete with a basketball that he kept dropping (this allowed Triple H to comment on how Shawn kept the dropping the ball). The real Shawn Michaels, along with the Rock and the Big Boss Man came out at the top of the entrance ramp. Michaels mocked Triple H, commenting on how 'he's never been a world champion, he only hangs around with them'. The challenges were made and accepted for two DX vs Corporation matches. Rock closed the segment by pretending that he couldn't remember his own catchphrase, instead using Hogan's, Flair's, Savage's, and Bret's, before finally using his own.
3) Big Boss Man & Ken Shamrock (w/Shawn Michaels in their corner) defeated the New Age Outlaws to win the WWF Tag Team titles. This match aired on the December 14th, 1998 live edition of 'WWF Raw is War', taped in Tacoma, Washington. Announcers for this match were Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler. Story of the match saw Shamrock and Boss Man working over Billy Gunn. Gunn recovered and snatched Michaels on the ring apron. With the referee distracted, Michaels nailed Gunn in the back of the head with Boss Man's nightstick, knocking him out. Shamrock then placed the unconscious Gunn in the ankle lock to score the victory and new WWF Tag Team champions were crowned.
4) WWF Champion, The Rock (w/Shawn Michaels in his corner) defeated Triple H (w/Chyna in his corner). This match aired on the December 14th, 1998 live edition of 'WWF Raw is War', taped in Tacoma, Washington. Announcers for this match were Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler. Rock and Triple H brawled at ringside, with Triple H slamming Rock's head into the announce table, but Rock then tossing Triple H into the barricade. Rock then commandeered Michael Cole's headset and cut a promo mid-match. Rock said that Triple H 'looks like Tarzan but wrestles like Jane'. When Cole regained the headset and apologised for the interruption, Lawler quipped, 'He's a much better announcer than you!' Back in the ring, Rock dominated Triple H, giving him the Corporate Elbow (with added crotch chop for emphasis). Shawn Michaels then got involved, holding on to Triple H on the outside, allowing Chyna to lowblow Rock. Chyna then went after Michaels and snatched him. For some reason the referee left the ring to intervene. This allowed a mysterious newcomer (Test, making his WWF tv debut) to come out of the crowd and give Triple H a pump handle slam (unseen by the referee) leading to Rock scoring the pinfall win. After the match, Test was identified as 'Motley Crew's bodyguard', as Motley Crew had played a song live on Raw earlier in the show, and Test had posed as their bodyguard during the performance.
Closing thoughts: Fun show. I really enjoyed the Jake Roberts vs Ted DiBiase match and angle involving the Big Boss Man's babyface turn. Classic late 1980s/early 1990s WWF booking. Diesel's IC title win over Razor Ramon was also really well booked and executed too.
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1) Diesel (w/Shawn Michaels in his corner) defeated Razor Ramon to win the WWF Intercontinental title ('WWF Superstars' - Rochester, New York: taped on 13/04/94, aired on 30/04/94).
2) Jake Roberts defeated Ted DiBiase (w/Virgil in his corner) via D.Q. ('WWF Superstars' - Birmingham, Alabama: taped on 02/01/90, aired on 03/02/90).
3) Big Boss Man & Ken Shamrock (w/Shawn Michaels in their corner) defeated the New Age Outlaws to win the WWF Tag Team titles ('WWF Raw is War' live - Tacoma, Washington: 14/12/98).
4) WWF Champion, The Rock (w/Shawn Michaels in his corner) defeated Triple H (w/Chyna in his corner) ('WWF Raw is War' live - Tacoma, Washington: 14/12/98).
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