WWE Vintage Collection TV report



'WWE Vintage’ TV Report #316 – June 22nd, 2014

Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.

By Stephen Lyon.

This week's theme: The 1996 King of the Ring tournament. Matches featured were: Steve Austin vs Savio Vega (WWF Raw, June 1996); Marc Mero vs Owen Hart (WWF Raw, June 1996); Jake Roberts vs Justin Hawk Bradshaw (WWF Superstars, June 1996); Steve Austin vs Marc Mero (WWF King of the Ring ppv, June 1996); Jake Roberts vs Vader (WWF King of the Ring ppv, June 1996); and Steve Austin vs Jake Roberts (WWF King of the Ring ppv, June 1996).   

It wasn't brought up on the show at all, but it's probably no coincidence that the theme for WWE Vintage show #316 is the birth of Austin 3:16. Pretty cool idea by WWE.

Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund & Renee Young.

1) Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated Savio Vega. This King of the Ring quarter final match aired on the June 17th, 1996 edition of 'WWF Monday Night Raw', taped in Fayetteville, North Carolina on May 27th, 1996. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler. Austin had recently ditched his manager Ted DiBiase (who had given notice to leave for WCW) and Ringmaster gimmick, and now wanted to be known as Stone Cold Steve Austin. Savio was in control of the match, working over Austin's knee. Vega scored a nearfall after a spinning kick. Out of nowhere, Austin hit a chinbreaker-like move, that the announcers identified as a stunner, to score the pinfall win. Austin had not yet added the kick to his opponents' gut before hitting the move, so this was kind of strange to see now, in hindsight.

2) Marc Mero defeated Owen Hart This King of the Ring quarter final match aired on the June 17th, 1996 edition of 'WWF Monday Night Raw', taped in Fayetteville, North Carolina on May 27th, 1996. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler. Only a few minutes of this bout aired. Owen was in complete control, hitting a suplex and utilising a Boston crab, before Mero scored the roll up win out of nowhere to advance.  

3) Jake Roberts defeated Justin Hawk Bradshaw (w/Uncle Zeb in his corner). This King of the Ring quarter final match aired on the June 15th, 1996 edition of 'WWF Superstars', taped in North Charleston, South Carolina on May 28th, 1996. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jim Ross & Mr Perfect. The announcers spent the majority of this match talking about the WWF's newest signing - Brian Pillman. Justin Hawk Bradshaw was a very young looking, long-haired JBL, whilst Uncle Zeb was a long-haired Zeb Colter. Bradshaw connected with a big boot to Roberts head, but missed with a clothesline from hell, and instead Roberts hit the DDT for the win.

It wasn't mentioned here, but Vader received a bye to the semi finals held on the pay-per-view, as the Ultimate Warrior vs Goldust KOTR qualifying round match that aired on the May 27th, 1996 edition of WWF Monday Night Raw ended in a double count out, eliminating both men.

A taped promo from Steve Austin aired, hyping his match vs Marc Mero at the pay-per-view.

4) Steve Austin defeated Marc Mero (w/Sable in his corner). This King of the Ring semi final match took place at the 'WWF King of the Ring 1996' pay-per-view event, held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 23rd, 1996. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jim Ross & Owen Hart. This was a really good match. Austin had Mero in a Boston crab, but Mero broke free. Mero accidentally bust open Austin's mouth, resulting in Austin needed stitches after this match. Mero worked really hard during this match, connecting with a somersault plancha on to Austin outside the ring, followed up by a second dive outside. Mero also scored a nearfall after a top rope dropkick. The finish saw Austin hit a stunner out of nowhere for the pinfall win.

5) Jake Roberts defeated Vader (w/Jim Cornette in his corner) via D.Q. This King of the Ring semi final match took place at the 'WWF King of the Ring 1996' pay-per-view event, held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 23rd, 1996. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jim Ross & Owen Hart. Vader dominated this match, with Jake hitting a DDT and Vader pulling the referee down at the same time the move was hit, causing the disqualification. Vader squashed Roberts afterwards with two splashes in the corner followed by a Vader bomb. A bunch of referees broke up the attack. Vader was being kept strong as he was main eventing Summerslam two months later vs Shawn Michaels. Why they would put him in this position to lose, even via disqualification, remains an unanswered question all these years later.

6) Steve Austin defeated Jake Roberts to win the 1996 King of the Ring tournament. This match took place at the 'WWF King of the Ring 1996' pay-per-view event, held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 23rd, 1996. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jim Ross & Owen Hart. The story of this match was that Austin dominated an injured veteran Roberts, but Roberts refused to quit. Austin ripped off the protective tape from Roberts ribs and attacked them. WWF President Gorilla Monsoon came out and wanted to stop the match, but Roberts refused. Jake fired up and tried for a DDT, but Austin hit the stunner for the win.

After the match, Austin's famous Austin 3:16 interview aired, which Okerlund & Young described as 'the interview that changed everything forever'. 

Closing thoughts: Enjoyable show, featuring the start of Austin's ascent to the top.

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Match Results:

1) Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated Savio Vega ('WWF Monday Night Raw' - Fayetteville, North Carolina: taped on 27/05/96, aired on 17/06/96).   

2) Marc Mero defeated Owen Hart ('WWF Monday Night Raw' - Fayetteville, North Carolina: taped on 27/05/96, aired on 17/06/96).   

3) Jake Roberts defeated Justin Hawk Bradshaw (w/Uncle Zeb in his corner) ('WWF Superstars' - North Charleston, South Carolina: taped on 28/05/96, aired on 15/06/96).   

4) Steve Austin defeated Marc Mero (w/Sable in his corner) ('WWF King of the Ring 1996' pay-per-view event - Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 23/06/96).   

5) Jake Roberts defeated Vader (w/Jim Cornette in his corner) via D.Q. ('WWF King of the Ring 1996' pay-per-view event - Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 23/06/96).   

6) Steve Austin defeated Jake Roberts to win the 1996 King of the Ring tournament ('WWF King of the Ring 1996' pay-per-view event - Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 23/06/96).   

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