The November 17th WCW Nitro was prominent due to the fact that Rick Rude showed up on Nitro, having left the World Wrestling Federation, in protest of Bret Hart getting screwed. Rude had previously sported a full on beard. However, on the 11th November, on a Tuesday, the WWF RAW is WAR was taped, with Rick Rude very much of part of DeGeneration X, with a full beard.
So seeing Rick Rude open up Nitro without a beard and then
an hour later, return with a beard, was quite a surreal sight. Also on
that Nitro, Rey Mysterio and Chris Jericho and Dean Malenko and Eddie
Guerrero all had your usual solid matches. The NWO was in full swing,
beating up many of the top WCW stars, riding high after the destruction
of Sting the previous week and the debut of Bret Hart the previous week.
This was the go home show to WCW's annual three ring, sixty man battle
royal, World War 3.
Now for WWF RAW is WAR for November 17th 1997, featuring the famous interview with Vince McMahon about Bret Hart. Plus Dude Love takes on the Rock and more in Part 3 of the WWF Attitude Era Series.
WWF RAW Is WAR 11/17/97.
Footage of the end of last week's main event, with Ken Shamrock
pinning Shawn Michaels to win his match with Triple H and WWF
Commissioner Sgt. Slaughter made the count.
Steve Austin opens the show, cutting a promo. The Nation of
Domination come out, and Faarooq, Kama, and D'Lo Brown rush to the ring,
but Steve Austin beats them up. This allows the Rock to slide in and
steal the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Steve Austin is not too
happy as the Rock gets away and vows to get his belt.
For the second week in a row, Butterbean is the crowd.
Jerry "The King" Lawler defeated Marc Mero(w/Sable) via disqualification when Sable got involved.
A few weeks prior to this match, Marc Mero scored the win over
Lawler's son, Brian Christopher. Although they were not really
acknowledging Lawler and Christopher as father and son, it was more of a
wink wink, nudge nudge thing at the thing. Sable is wearing sunglasses
to hide a black eye. The announcers talk about how Sable's horse kicked
her, to quell any unfortunate implications of a possible storyline of
Marc Mero beating Sable. Sable gets involved, getting Mero disqualified
and Mero is not too happy. Butterbean looks on from the crowd.
They show Vince McMahon's "Why Bret Why", interview. Bret screwed
Bret and Vince McMahon allowed Bret to hit him. Bret's WCW Contract was
the largest in professional wrestling history up to this point and Vince
McMahon claims that he doesn't regret what happened. And I bet he still
does not all these years later.
Billy Gunn and Road Dogg defeated Miguel Perez and Savio
Vega via disqualification when Jesus Castillo and Jose Estrada
The still not New Age Outlaws steal the gear of the Boricuas before
this match. A disqualification rather quickly. Nothing happening match.
A look at Ken Shamrock tapping out Vader, Shawn Michaels, and Bret
Hart, along with some highlights from his career in UFC up to this
Sunny is out to referee the next match, which is with midgets.
Long story short, a bunch of midgets have a match, with Sunny doing a
leapfrog spot. Kane comes out to attempt to murder them, but the
Headbangers rush out and bust a boombox over Kane's head. Kane doesn't
feel it and he attacks the Headbangers. Kane lays them out. Paul Bearer
approves of Kane's actions.
Rick Rude has his beard back and he is with DeGeneration X, Shawn
Michaels, Triple H, and Chyna. Shawn Michaels promises to beat down Ken
Shamrock and then DX calls out Sgt. Slaughter. It is nice Triple H's
DeGeneration X act still has not varied over the past fifteen years,
using the same humor that you all know and love, relating it to a
military them, stating that Slaughter can't raise his corporal past half
mast and Triple H will have Slaughter's wife, saluting his privates.
He'll show her what it means to stand at attention and this causes Sgt.
Slaughter to attack Triple H but DeGeneration X gangs up on Slaughter,
and then lay him out, Pedigree and they throw toilet paper on him in a
shape of an "X". Not all that good but I'm sure this was very edgy back
Scott Taylor pinned Eric Shelley.
Eric Shelley is no relation to TNA Superstar Alex Shelley. Taylor
wins the match. This was part of the Lightheavyweight Title Tournament.
I'm pretty sure around this time on Nitro, we had Eddie Guerrero against
Also Jeff Jarrett plans to make his debut next week on RAW. Be sure to phone your friends and tune in.
Marc Mero and Sable get into bit of a bickering match and Mero turns
his attention to Butterbean and tells him to stop looking at Sable. We
have a shoving match. This feud is not lighting my world on fire.
Bret Screws Bret Part II. Vince McMahon says a statement that would
really turn out to be quite prophetic here. "WCW would never know what
to do with Bret Hart". We'd find that to be true the hard way over the
next couple of years.
Vader and Goldust was scheduled to have a match but Goldust is still
hurt. He waffles Vader with a weapon hidden in his sling and thus these
two are not going to wrestle this week.
Sgt. Slaughter storms out, announcing that he's going to face Triple
H in a Boot Camp Match, December 7th 1997, at DeGeneration X-In Your
The Rock is out, claiming that he's the WWF Intercontinental
Champion, but this next match is a non title match. He's not quite the
most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment, rather low key actually
but he'll be there slowly but surely. Its fun to watch the evolution of a
character. He has a match with Dude Love. The Future Rock N Sock
Connection collide tonight on RAW is WAR.
Dude Love defeated the Rock via disqualification when the rest of the Nation of Domination interfered.
Not a bad match but these two were to have more memorable and more
brutal matches down the line for sure. Dude Love was gearing up to
deliver some Sweet Shin Music, but the rest of the Nation of Domination
rush into the ring and beat Dude Love. Steve Austin runs out to make the
save and hits the Stone Cold Stunner on D'Lo Brown, but the Rock
escapes with the belt. Next time, Gadget, next time, er I mean Rock.
Thoughts on this Show: Not too bad, although taped RAWs around this
time were really stale. Main event was passable and Vince McMahon's
interviews about Bret Hart obviously had a historical edge.
WWF Shotgun results for that weekend(11/22/97), Brian Christopher
defeated Devon Storm. The Interrogator and the Jackly defeated two bums.
D'Lo Brown defeated Flash Funk. Crush, Chainz, 8-Ball, and Skull of the
DOA defeated Savio Vega, Miguel Perez, Jesus Castillo, and Jose Estrada
of Los Boricues.
Next week, Shawn Michaels puts his WWF Championship on the line
against the man they call Vader and there's a new member of DeGeneration
X. Or is there?