Before the show gets rolling, we get a recap of the Shawn/Mr. Perfect brawl in the streets from last week. Afterwards, Lord Alfred Hayes says that he saw some one come to the arena in a disguise and we'll be surprised when we find out who it is. Exciting.
THE SMOKING GUNNS vs. TONY VADJA & GLENN RUTH
|My god, The Fink never saw it coming.|
VINCE INTERVIEWS SHAWN MICHAELS
Shawn gets to deliver another interview in the ring with Vince. He's now starting to refer to himself as "The Heartbreak Kid". He says that he'd put up the title any where any time. "A fan" enters the ring to take him up on it.. Shawn doesn't seem to worried about the fan and tells him to take a hike. The Fan takes off his sunglasses and hat to reveal his identity.....IT'S MARTY JANNETTY!!!!!!!!!!
Vince and Marty put HBK on the spot about whether he's truly a man of his word, and Vince declares a title match for tonight, MARTY JANNETTY vs. SHAWN MICHAELS!
RAZOR RAMON vs. THE KID
No more Kamikaze. No more Cannonball. Now it's just The Kid. He's still wearing his "L.KID" tights. The crowd is very pro-Razor and he eats it up. He eats up Waltman too, who takes some great bumps in this. But you all know the angle. Razor goes for a splash in the corner and hits his head on the post. Kid jumps to the top rope and hits a Moonsault for the shocking 1-2-3. The crowd goes bananas and starts chanting "Loser" at Razor.
This angle is a pretty special angle and is one that anyone who watched wrestling during this era remembers it. I remember I became a fan of The Kid instantly after he pinned Razor Ramon, and apparently so did everyone in the Manhattan Center. No one suspected it and it caught everyone by surprise. Just an awesome moment that has to be among the top moments of this Era.
TATANKA vs. SCOTT TAYLOR
Tatanka goes nuts on poor Scotty 2 Hotty, chopping the kid all over the place. Taylor is one of the better bump guys and makes Tatanka look big time. Tatanka is basically cranking up the intensity because he wants to show Bam Bam Bigelow what's going to happen to him. Decent squash.
During the match Vince, Heenan, and Macho are all talking about The Kid's big win, and Vince declares him the 1-2-3 KID. And so the gimmick is born.
KAMALA vs. YOKOZUNA
|Yoko just watched John Cena beat Rey Mystero for the Title on RAW|
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH
SHAWN MICHAELS(c) vs. MARTY JANNETTY
Another classic match. Jannetty is firing on all cylinders in this. He's got an cool spot where he does a baseball slide to the outside, skins the cat back into the ring and immediately planchas on to Shawn. I'm not sure if I like this as much as their Royal Rumble match, but it's pretty freaking great. The crowd was buying nearfalls off of slingshots into the corner and stuff. And it really built off of stuff Shawn had been doing for weeks. At one point he tried to grab the title and book but when he got to the curtain, Mr. Perfect was waiting for him and walked him back to the ring.
Some great spots, a sprinty pace, and a great crowd, make this a must see. But if you've been watching the WWE for any amount of time, you already have.
This show is important. It's a manifesto of this generation. Shawn is obviously positioned as the future. A young highflyer who can get heat and work hot main events. He's been in the best angles for weeks now. The Smoking Gunns are a hot new tag team, who've got muscles but are quick and agile. Waltman, who physically fits in with the likes of fellow jobbers Justin Credible and Scott Taylor gets a win off an amazing aerial maneuver. And most importantly the crowd ate up every second. This was the hottest RAW crowd of the year. To me this is the moment when The New Generation really becomes visible as the true future of the company.