The night after the night that continues to live in infamy. Survivor Series 1997 gave us one of the most monumental nights in pro wrestling history with the Montreal Screwjob. However, what followed that next night in Ottawa was nothing short of a full-fledged dive into Attitude.
The show kicks off with some classic Rick Rude. Rick Rude oozed swag before swag was even a thing. In a matter of seconds, he had the hometown Canadians slinging a plethora of foul language in his direction. What a way to introduce the Showstopper, the Main Event, and your new WWF Champion, the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels.
Are you ready? D-Generation X, the now most notorious heels in the business, cut a scathing promo on beating Bret Hart in front of his hometown crowd. Even to this day, I’m not sure if there is a more hated man in pro wrestling than Shawn Michaels when he visits Canada. Within his promo, Michaels manages to take a huge shot at WCW, offer up a Kliq shoutout, and cut down Bret in grand fashion.
For those of you unfamiliar with HBK’s history, he doesn’t look back on his mid to late 90s run with much admiration. Despite that, he was absolutely untouchable both in the ring and on the microphone. Unfiltered, uncontrollable, unstoppable, when HBK stuffs “God given natural talent” in everyone’s face, those comments come from a place of truth.
Amidst the promo, the world’s most dangerous man, Ken Shamrock, storms his way to the ring. The highlight of said interruption was Shamrock questioning Chyna’s sexual orientation. Sargent Slaughter follows not long after, and Commissioner Slaughter sets up a match later in the night between HHH and Shamrock.
Ahmed Johnson vs Marc Mero I honestly have no idea what happened in this match. There was some back-and-fourth, the commentators talked about Sable over shadowing Mero, obviously, and then Mero hit Pearl River Plunge in the nuts to get disqualified. Mero tried to go for the TKO on Johnson after the match, but he couldn’t get him up, rolled out of the ring to drop an F Bomb, and then the cameras panned to Butterbean in the crowd.
Sunny came out to be hot, spin around and guest ring announce. Brian Christopher, of Jerry Lawler seed and Too Cool fame, was also out on commentary. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree in the Lawler family.
Taka Michinoku vs Devon Storm That’s right ladies and gents, the guy who cutoff Val Venis’ penis and WCW’s own Crowbar in a “before they were stars” match. The match is a good lightweight encounter where we see plenty of high-energy spots and top rope attempts. After some failed outside shenanigans from Christopher, we see a Michinoku Driver on Storm for the win. Sunny blah blahs some stuff into the mic after the match but mostly just continues being hot.
Jim Ross was in the ring next in an interview capacity with Goldust. I’m not sure what Goldust is wearing. He mostly looks like a 60 year old women, story of his life, but luckily, Vader comes out quickly to Vader Bomb the segment into oblivion. Many of you may think Goldust is weird now. Please be mindful he’s come a long way on his road to passable sanity.
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Headbangers vs Truth Commission The Jackyl is pretty great on commentary during this match. We would later go onto see him used to his full potential as Cyrus the Virus in ECW, which also confirmed that someone over at ECW had, in-fact, seen the movie Con Air. Defeat for two guys named Sniper and Recon didn’t seem likely, but Thrasher powerbombed Mosh onto Recon to give the Headbangers a clean win.
Glass shatters as Stone Cold Steve Austin stomps his way to the ring, nearly running over Michael Cole in the process. The new Intercontinental Champion starts to open up a small can of verbal whoop ass until he is rudely interrupted by the Scorpion King! The chemistry and charisma between Rock and Stone Cold is off the charts. Anyone who couldn’t see what was ahead from those two men simply wasn’t paying attention.
Los Boricuas vs Steve Blackman This isn’t an official match but they don’t call Blackman the Lethal Weapon for nothing. God created Steve Blackman so Chuck Norris could have nightmares. Fact.
Has there ever been a better interview backdrop than the chain length fence? Road Dogg has the gift of gab and aiming that gift at Michael Cole was good for a laugh. New Age Outlaws vs Blackjack Bradshaw A short but entertaining hardcore match that ended with Gunn and Dogg comically piling on Bradshaw for the pin.
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Jeff Jarrett claims he’s going to be the greatest WWF Champion of all time. Spoiler alert; that never actually happens. Jeff Jarrett is a liar. I heard he once broke 6,000 guitars and never drew a dime. He also called Triple H a tag along and Shawn Michaels a juvenile. Maybe he wasn’t a liar?
Marc Mero returns to ringside to confront Butterbean for looking at Sable. Butterbean is as confused as all of us as to why any of this is happening.
After a 45-minute entrance, Undertaker vs Kama Some hard hitting action takes place between the two men until the lights dim and Kane and Paul Bearer are hovering on the entrance stage. The infant stages of Kane and Taker’s first feud were fantastic. Kane wants Taker, Taker won’t fight his own brother, and Paul Bearer is dead smack in the middle stirring the pot. In case you were wondering, the match had no official ending. A great segment nonetheless.
HHH vs Ken Shamrock Despite the “we want Bret” chants; this was a good encounter between the two men. DX was barred from ringside, but Rude walked right back down the ramp minutes into the match. Quite a bit of the contest consisted of Triple H jawing at Slaughter. The rest of DX eventually made their way down to the ring. This leads to HBK hitting Shamrock with a briefcase. Raw goes off the air as we never really get a true winner but rather a seeming cliffhanger for next week.
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