The World Wrestling Federation was on the road to its DeGeneration X Pay Per View on December 7th 1997, headlined by a double main event of Shawn Michaels defending his World Wrestling Federation Championship against Ken Shamrock and Steve Austin and the Rock squaring off for the very first time for the WWF Intercontinental Title. The December 1st 1997 edition of WWF RAW Is WAR was the go home show for DeGeneration X and Part 5 of the WWF Attitude Era Series.
On the other network, there was a really good Rey Mysterio and
Juventud Guerrera match. Also Chris Benoit continued his path tearing
through Raven's Flock, when he beat Kidman. Lex Luger defeated Buff
Bagwell via disqualification and Diamond Dallas Page beat Curt Hennig
via disqualification with help from Rick Rude and the usual NWO
craziness that WCW Monday Nitro in 1997 was expected. Plus Bret Hart was
about ready to arrive and Hollywood Hogan and Sting in the biggest
match in WCW History was gaining steam for Starrcade 97.
Enough about WCW, this is about the World Wrestling Federation and this is WWF RAW Is War for December 1st 1997.
WWF RAW Is WAR Results 12/1/97
Billy Gunn and the Road Dogg shamelessly stole the World Wrestling
Federation Tag Team Titles on last week WWF RAW is WAR. They gloat about
their victory, dedicating their victory to the "memory" of the Legion
of Doom. Tonight they're going to defend the World Wrestling Federation
Tag Team Titles against the Headbangers. Hawk and Animal, the Legion of
Doom run out,without make up and get in it with Gunn and the Road Dogg.
Tonight they are going to show footage from the Survivor Series
screwjob between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. The fans are going be the
judges of who got screwed on that cold night in Montreal.
Sunny is the ring announcer for the next match.
TAKA Michinoku pinned Mr. Aguila in the Semifinals of the WWF Lightheavyweight Championship Tournament.
A bit of a spotfest on RAW, although at this point, this was about
one of the only matches that the World Wrestling Federation was going to
do to match up with the Cruiserweight Action over on Nitro. An insane
twisting corkscrew moonsault by Aguila was a nice move. TAKA wins with
the Michinoku Driver and gets in the finals in six days at WWF In Your
House: DeGeneration X.
A recap of the recent insanity involving Goldust, mostly his dumping
of his wife Marlena(aka Terri Runnels) for Luna Vachon and then his
attacks on Vader in recent weeks. Then Jerry Lawler interviews Goldust
and Luna Vachon. Goldust has a rubber ball in his mouth and a g-string
over his own outfit, along with his hair painted print.
Again as I
mentioned, this was the part where Goldust was getting rather bizarre.
He's the Artist Formally Known as Goldust now. Yeah like Prince. Then
Vince Russo in WCW went full circle with the rip off and then we got the
Artist Formally Known as Prince Iaukea. Luna bites Goldust's ball. The
one in his mouth. Actually that doesn't sound much better.
LOD are in the back.
D'Lo Brown defeated Recon, Chainz, and Miguel Perez.
A fatal four way match with representatives of the four major gangs
in the World Wrestling Federation. D'Lo Brown for the Nation of
Domination, Recon for the Truth Commissioner, Chainz for the Disciples
of the Apocalypse, and Miguel Perez of Los Boriques. At least the best
worker in the match won. Recon later became Bull Buchanan much later on.
He then went to Japan and did rather well for himself.
A promo for the Shopzone which was just coming around in 1997.
Out comes DeGeneration X for your weekly promo fun. Jim Neidhart was
played for a sucker, just like Bret Hart. Triple H says that he's going
to save his biggest gun for Slaughter's old lady. Shawn Michaels it
should be noted is in a wheelchair for this segment, as Chyna has been
working him over. In preparation to prepare his leg for the ankle lock,
so he feels no pain. Triple H twists an obviously fake boot. Not one of
the better DX segments.
Replay of the Montreal Screwjob in its entirety. Setting off nearly
fifteen years of debates among wrestling fans about who was in the
right. My verdict: Everyone was in the wrong.
Replay of beeper 3:16, leading into the Rock's match with Vader,
which is "a non title match." Remember at this point in time, The Rock
had stolen Stone Cold's Intercontinental Belt and declared himself to be
the champion, because possession is 9/10th of the law. Stone Cold Steve
Austin drives down to the ring in a Pickup Truck, to watch this match,
The Rock defeated Vader via countout.
A fairly decent match. The Rock pulls out the People's Elbow but at
this point, its just another move. It wouldn't be the most electrifying
move in the history of Sports Entertainment. Austin watches most of this
match, throwing the Rock off and Vader gains a bit of control. The
Artist Formally Known as Goldust shows up and Vader gives chase, leading
to a count out. Austin flips the Rock.
Steve Austin driving his pickup to the ring would kick off what
would be a Stone Cold staple during the Attitude Era. Driving vehicles
and causing chaos.
A recap of Ken Shamrock's greatest hits, building him up for his
title shot on December 7th at WWF In Your House: DeGeneration X, against
the World Wrestling Federation Champion Shawn Michaels.
The next match is supposed to Scott Taylor against Brian Christopher
in the other semifinal of the Lightheavyweight Title Tournament but oh
crap its Kane! Kane enters the ring for his usual destruction of some
poor and hapless soul until he gets his match with the Undertaker. Choke
Slam and Tombstone takes out Scott Taylor. Brian Christopher as a
result gets a free pass to the finals to face off against TAKA Michinoku
this Sunday at WWF In Your House: DeGeneration X, for the WWF
Ahmed Johnson is out for his match with Jeff Jarrett but for the
second week in a row, Jeff Jarrett refuses to wrestle him. Ahmed Johnson
was part of the reason why Jeff Jarrett left the World Wrestling
Federation in the first place. He's not a quality opponent. Out comes
Sgt. Slaughter, who says he's lined up Jeff Jarrett a top quality
opponent for WWF In Your House: DeGeneration X on December 7th, in six
days time. It will be Jeff Jarrett against the Undertaker! Open mouth,
insert foot, Double J.
A look at Sgt. Slaughter and his career, as he prepares to take on
Triple H in a Boot Camp Match, December 7th at WWF In Your House:
Billy Gunn and Road Dogg defeated the Headbangers via disqualification to retain the World Wrestling Federation Tag Team Titles.
The Legion of Doom runs in before this match can really get going
and attacks Gunn and the Road Dogg leading up to their return match for
the World Federation Tag Team Titles in six days time at WWF
DeGeneration X: In Your House on December 7th. The Headbangers are not
happy about being railroaded out of the chance of becoming World
Wrestling Federation Tag Team Champions for the second time.
Recap of the recent problems between Marc Mero and Butterbean,
leading up to their Toughman Contest in six days time at WWF
DeGeneration: In Your House in six days time on December 7th.
Jim Cornette then interviews Marc Mero. Marc Mero takes offense when
Cornette asks if what its like to be in Sable's shadow. Marc Mero says
that Sable modeled everyone's t-shirts when he was on the shelf with his
knee injury, but soon he'll be a star and she'll be modeling his
Triple H pinned Jim Neidhart
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your main event and its Neidhart
beating up Triple H but Shawn Michaels gets involved. A chair is slid in
by Chyna and Triple H whacks Neidhart with the chair. Triple team
beatdown by DX on Jim Neidhart, but the Anvil fights back. Not for long
as Pedigree on the chair and they spray paint WCW on Neidhart's back.
Neidhart fights back some more, proving his toughness but he's
handcuffed to the top rope and beaten down some more DeGeneration X.
Sgt. Slaughter rushes out for the save, but DX beats him up as well.
Then in comes Ken Shamrock to take out Shawn Michaels. Slaughter locks
the Cobra Clutch on Triple H. Ankle Lock on Shawn Michaels and Jim
Neidhart holds Chyna at bay. This is the last we'll see of Jim Neidhart
on television in the Attitude Era.
Thoughts on the Show: Middle of the Road RAW for sure. Served its
purpose though as a go show for WWF DeGeneration X In Your House on
December 7th 1997 in six days time. That show is coming up next and
DeGeneration X stands tall, utterly humiliating the Hart Family. There
appears to be no retribution.
Or is there?