The History of Monday Night RAW

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WWF MONDAY NIGHT RAW
DATE - MONDAY 4TH MARCH 1996
TAPED - MONDAY 19TH FEBRUARY 1996
VENUE - CINCINNATI GARDENS: CINCINNATI, OH
ANNOUNCERS - VINCE MCMAHON & JERRY "THE KING" LAWLER


1# Shawn Michaels bt. The 1-2-3 Kid (w/ Ted Dibiase)
(During the match, Bret "Hitman" Hart was watching the match from backstage. When he was interviewed, he said he wouldn't be falling for the same tricks against Michaels at WrestleMania than the Kid was.)

2# Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw bt. Hakushi

We saw a video from Goldust on the set of Piper's Pit who had a poem for the Interim WWF President before finishing by playing the bagpipes.

3# Bret "Hitman" Hart bt. Hunter Hearst Helmsley Via Submission
(Shawn Michaels was at ringside for this match.)

We saw a skit of "Teevee Trivia" with Billionaire Ted. The format was there were quotes which Billionaire Ted had made, and they had to guess who said it. It finished with Billionaire Ted pulling the plug on the show.
 

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WWF MONDAY NIGHT RAW
DATE - MONDAY 11TH MARCH 1996
VENUE - FREEMAN COLISEUM: SAN ANTONIO, TX
ANNOUNCERS - VINCE MCMAHON & JERRY "THE KING" LAWLER


We see footage of what happened before the show when the "Worlds Strongest Man" Mark Henry hit a gorilla press slam on Jerry "The King" Lawler who was conducting an in-ring interview with him.

1# Savio Vega vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (w/ Ted Dibiase) ended in a double count-out

We saw an in-ring segment with the WWF Interim President "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Goldust. Goldust made many suggestive remarks towards Piper, which provoked Piper in to knocking him down to the mat. Piper agreed to face Goldust in a back alley brawl, and left by telling the Intercontinental Champion that he will "make a man out of you".

2# The Godwinns (w/ Hillbilly Jim) bt. Alex Porteau & Jerry Meade

We saw a training video from Shawn Michaels with his trainer Jose Lothario, and then from Bret "Hitman" Hart in the Hart Dungeon.

3# Hunter Hearst Helmsley bt. Vin Grier
(It was announced that at WrestleMania, it will be the Ultimate Warrior vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley.)

We had an update from "Scheme Gene" regarding the Geriatrics match at WrestleMania pitting The Huckster vs. Nacho Man, and Billionaire Ted will be the guest referee. It was announced that this will take place on the WWF Free For All.

4# Yokozuna & The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) bt. Owen Hart & British Bulldog (w/ Jim Cornette) Via DQ
(During the match, Diesel came to the ringside area and attacked Paul Bearer. This resulted in the Undertaker going backstage to find Diesel. Moments later, Vader interfered in the match to cause the DQ, this led to a beat down on the 650 pounder until Ahmed Johnson and Jake "The Snake" Roberts made the save.)
 

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WWF MONDAY NIGHT RAW
DATE - MONDAY 18TH MARCH 1996
TAPED - MONDAY 11TH MARCH 1996
VENUE - FREEMAN COLISEUM: SAN ANTONIO, TX
ANNOUNCERS - VINCE MCMAHON & JERRY "THE KING" LAWLER


1# British Bulldog (w/ Jim Cornette) bt. Jake "The Snake" Roberts Via count-out
(Roberts hit the DDT but Cornette pulled him out of the ring. Roberts chased Cornette around the ring and was counted-out.)

We see a video package of Shawn Michaels training in San Antonio with Jose Lothario, and Bret Hart training in the Hart Dungeon in Calgary.

2# Goldust (w/ Marlena) bt. Fatu in a non-title match
("Rowdy" Roddy Piper called in to commentary during the match to discuss the Hollywood Backlot Brawl against Goldust at WrestleMania.)

Vince McMahon conducted an in-ring interview with Jim Cornette, Vader, British Bulldog & Owen Hart. They accepted the challenge from Ahmed Johnson, Yokozuna and Jake "The Snake" Roberts for a 6-man tag team match at WrestleMania. Cornette spoke about Mr. Fuji recently being hospitalized before Vince introduced their opponents at WrestleMania on the screen. They announced that Yokozuna would get 5 minutes alone in the ring with Yokozuna if their team won.

3# Diesel bt. Barry Horowitz
(Before the match, we saw footage from yesterday in Madison Square Garden when Diesel attacked Bret, Undertaker and Michaels with a steel chair. During the match, Paul Bearer brought a casket to ringside and when Diesel opened it after the match, Diesel saw his own body in the casket.)

Next week, it will be Leif Cassidy vs. Shawn Michaels and Ahmed Johnson vs. Owen Hart.

4# Bret "Hitman" Hart bt. Tatanka (w/ Ted Dibiase) in a non-title match
(The 1-2-3 Kid appeared at ringside during the match, later he got up on the apron and Tatanka collided with him which led to the roll up by the Hitman to get the 3.)

We saw a skit from Billionaire Ted from the Federal Turner Commission hearings. They spoke about his predatory practices and seeing to run his company as a monopoly. Ted borrowed his answer from Jack Nicholson's "A few good men" and then admitted he was trying to put the WWF out of business and no one was going to stop him. After this, a graphic appeared on the screen regarding Turner's upcoming testimony before the Federal Trade Commission regarding the proposed merger between Time-Warner and Turner Broadcasting, which would put Turner in control of 50% of cable outlets in the country; the graphic then read "If you share our concerns, you can make a difference. Write to: Mr. Robert Pitsofsky, Chairman; Federal Trade Commission; Washington, DC 20580".
 

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WWF MONDAY NIGHT RAW
DATE - MONDAY 25TH MARCH 1996
TAPED - MONDAY 11TH MARCH 1996
VENUE - FREEMAN COLISEUM: SAN ANTONIO, TX
ANNOUNCERS - VINCE MCMAHON & JERRY "THE KING" LAWLER


1# Shawn Michaels (w/ Jose Lothario) bt. Leif Cassidy (w/ Marty Jannetty)
(Bret "Hitman" Hart was on commentary for this match, during the match, he prevented Jannetty from interfering. Post-match, Michaels argued with Bret and Jannetty.)

Vince McMahon conduced an in-ring interview with Bret Hart, who said he considered Michaels a friend, not an enemy. He said that he has no choice but to pound Michaels in to the dirt for 60 minutes at WrestleMania.

We saw footage of Goldust at the site of the Hollywood backlot brawl, there was a mannequin dressed as Piper. Goldust spoke to him about their fight at WrestleMania.

2# Hunter Hearst Helmsley bt. Aldo Montoya

Vince McMahon conducted an in-ring interview with Paul Bearer & The Undertaker regarding his upcoming match with Diesel at WrestleMania.

It was announced that Mankind will be debuting on RAW next week.

3# Ahmed Johnson bt. Owen Hart (w/ Jim Cornette) Via DQ
(Johnson went for the pearl river plunge when the British Bulldog came out and attacked him. Post-match, Johnson fought them off until Vader came down and was on the end of a 3-on-1 beatdown. Yokozuna and Jake "The Snake" Roberts saved their tag team partner for WrestleMania and cleared the ring.)

We see footage of Bret and Michaels preparing for their match at WrestleMania.

The show closed with a music tribute video to Bret Hart to the tune of "you start the fire".
 

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WWF WRESTLEMANIA XII
DATE - SUNDAY 31ST MARCH 1996
VENUE - ARROWHEAD POND: ANAHEIM, CA
ANNOUNCERS - VINCE MCMAHON & JERRY "THE KING" LAWLER


FREE FOR ALL MATCH - The Body Donnas (w/ Sunny) bt. The Godwinns in the tournament Finals to become the new WWF Tag Team Champions
(Sunny distracted Phinneas by getting on the apron and lifting the back of her skirt, Skip rolled him up to get the 3.)

Also during the Free For All, there was a pre-taped "Geriatric match" between the Huckster and the Nacho man, with Billionaire Ted as the guest referee. The match ended in a draw when both men were unable to get up.

Vic Damone opened the show with a rendition of "America The Beautiful".

1# Vader, Owen Hart & British Bulldog (w/ Jim Cornette) bt. Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Ahmed Johnson & Yokozuna (w/ Mr. Fuji) in a Six man tag team match
(During the match, Jim Cornette attempted to interfere so Roberts attempted to hit him with a DDT. Before he could hit it, Vader hit a running Vader Bomb followed by one off the middle turnbuckle to get the 3. Had Yokozuna's team won, he would of had 5-minutes alone in the ring with Cornette.)

Goldust and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper began their Hollywood Backlot Brawl, with Goldust eventually fleeing in his gold cadillac and Piper following him in his white Ford Bronko.

2# Stone Cold Steve Austin (w/ Ted Dibiase) bt. Savio Vega Via Submission
(During the match, Austin hit Vega over the head twice with the Million $ Belt. Post-match, Austin kept the Million dollar dream held on Vega for several minutes.)

3# The Ultimate Warrior bt. Hunter Hearst Helmsley (w/ Sable)

Todd Pettengill conducted a backstage interview with a newcomer to the WWF, "Wildman" Marc Mero. Helmsley interrupted the interview by verbally berating Sable which led to a brawl between both men.

4# The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) bt. Diesel

We kept seeing "footage" of Piper "chasing" Goldust - it was actually footage from the OJ Simpson police chase as Piper returned to the arena and battled in the ring.

5# "Rowdy" Roddy Piper bt. Goldust (w/ Marlena) in a non-title Hollywood Backlot Brawl
(Once Piper and Goldust returned to the ring, Piper stripped the Intercontinental Champion down to his lingerie as Goldust escaped backstage to end the match. Post-match, Piper celebrated in the ring with his son Colt.)

6# Shawn Michaels (w/ Jose Lothario) bt. Bret "Hitman" Hart in a 60-minute Ironman match to become the new WWF Champion
(Neither man scored a fall in the 60-minutes. Newly reinstated WWF President Gorilla Monsoon then restarted the match under sudden death rules.)
 

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WWF MONDAY NIGHT RAW
DATE - MONDAY 1ST APRIL 1996
VENUE - ORANGE PAVILION: SAN BERNARDINO, CA
ANNOUNCERS - VINCE MCMAHON & JERRY "THE KING" LAWLER


1# Mankind bt. Bob "Spark Plugg" Holly Via Submission
2# "Wildman" Marc Mero bt. Isaac Yankem DDS
(Sable was watching the match at ringside when Hunter Hearst Helmsley approached her. When the match was over, Helmsley tried to make Sable leave with him when she slapped him and left with Mero.)

Vince McMahon conduced an in-ring interview with Shawn Michaels. Michaels spoke how he is going to be every bit of the WWF Champion that Bret "Hitman" Hart is, they then spoke about Diesel and their WWF Championship match at the next In Your House.

3# The Body Donnas (w/ Sunny) bt. Aldo Montoya & Barry Horowitz in a non-title match
4# The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) bt. Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw (w/ Uncle Zebekiah) Via DQ
(Mankind interrupted after the Undertaker hit the tombstone to cause the DQ. Post-match, Mankind hit the elbow drop off the apron to the floor and applied the mandible claw.)
 

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WWF MONDAY NIGHT RAW
DATE - MONDAY 8TH APRIL 1996
TAPED - MONDAY 1ST APRIL 1996
VENUE - ORANGE PAVILION: SAN BERNARDINO, CA
ANNOUNCERS - VINCE MCMAHON & MR. PERFECT


1# Vader (w/ Jim Cornette) bt. Yokozuna (w/ Mr. Fuji) via referee's decision
(Vader hit a Vader Bomb on to Yokozuna's leg seemingly breaking it. EMTs and officials tend to Yokozuna who had to be taken to the back on a forklift truck.)

Vince McMahon conducted an in-ring interview with the Ultimate Warrior. Warrior spoke about being away for the past 4 years, then spoke about facing Goldust at In Your House for the Intercontinental title. Goldust comes to the ring and attempts some suggestive actions on the Warrior but he instead knocked the Intercontinental champion to the mat.

2# Ahmed Johnson bt. British Bulldog (w/ Jim Cornette & Owen Hart) in an arm wrestling match
(Owen stopped the arm wrestle multiple times by claiming Ahmed had oil on him and was cheating. This caused Owen to be sent to the back. After the arm wrestle was over, Davey Boy attacked Ahmed with the table.)

3# Hunter Hearst Helmsley bt. Duke "The Dumpster" Droese
4# Shawn Michaels bt. Jerry "The King" Lawler in a non-title match
(Diesel was on commentary for this match. Post-match, Michaels challenged Diesel to come to the ring. Moments later, Diesel knocked Michaels down with the title belt after a distraction by Mr. Perfect.)
 
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WWF MONDAY NIGHT RAW
DATE - MONDAY 15TH APRIL 1996
TAPED - MONDAY 1ST APRIL 1996
VENUE - ORANGE PAVILION: SAN BERNARDINO, CA
ANNOUNCERS - VINCE MCMAHON & JERRY "THE KING" LAWLER


1# "Wildman" Marc Mero (w/ Sable) bt. Leif Cassidy (w/ Marty Jannetty)

Diesel called in to the commentary team from Germany and spoke about knocking Michaels out last month in Madison Square Garden, and as well as what happened last week. It was noted that it will be Shawn Michaels vs. Diesel at the next In Your House in a No Holds Barred match.

2# Stone Cold Steve Austin (w/ Ted Dibiase) bt. Bart Gunn Via Submission

Vince McMahon conducted an in-ring interview with Vader & Jim Cornette. Vader bragged about putting both Gorilla Monsoon and Yokozuna in hospital. It was announced that Vader will be facing Razor Ramon at In Your House. Cornette said it is a bad career move for Razor and will cease to exist after facing Razor.

3# Goldust (w/ Marlena) vs. Savio Vega for the WWF Intercontinental Championship ended in contraversy
(Vega accidentally knocked down the referee, Goldust was going to use the title on Savio but ended up Savio using it on Goldust. A second referee saw Savio using the title but Hebner counted to 3 and awarded the match to Savio. The second referee awarded the match via DQ to Goldust. WWF President Gorilla Monsoon stripped Goldust of the title and announced there would be a rematch next week for the vacant title.)

We heard from Bret "Hitman" Hart for the first time since he lost the WWF Championship at WrestleMania. Bret spoke about having Michaels in the sharpshooter and believed Michaels would not have got out of it. He mentioned how he didn't see himself working for another company as he would see it as a step down, he says he wasn't greedy for money, he is greedy for respect. He says he had less yearning to return to the WWF as he feels betrayed but would take a WWF Championship match anytime any place.
 

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WWF MONDAY NIGHT RAW
DATE - MONDAY 22ND APRIL 1996
TAPED - MONDAY 1ST APRIL 1996
VENUE - ORANGE PAVILION: SAN BERNARDINO, CA
ANNOUNCERS - VINCE MCMAHON & JERRY "THE KING" LAWLER


1# Goldust (w/ Marlena) bt. Savio Vega to become the new WWF Intercontinental Champion
(Marlena had the referee distracted as Vega had Goldust beat with a roll up. Stone Cold Steve Austin came down and hit Savio with the million $ title belt and Goldust covered him to get the 3.)

2# Vader (w/ Jim Cornette) bt. Fatu

We see footage from the Germany tour, Jake "The Snake" Roberts was in a match with Owen Hart when the British Bulldog got involved. Roberts did hit a short-arm clothesline on Davey Boy Smith and put his snake on him.

3# The Godwinns (w/ Hillbilly Jim) bt. Tajiri & Ken Patterson
(During the match, Sunny attempted to lure Hillybilly Jim backstage. Post-match, The Body Donnas attacked the Godwinns from behind.)

4# Mankind bt. Aldo Montoya Via Submission

The show closes hyping the match between Shawn Michaels and Diesel in a No Holds Barred match for the WWF Championship this Sunday.
 

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WWF IN YOUR HOUSE 7 - GOOD FRIENDS....BETTER ENEMIES
DATE - SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 2018
VENUE - CIVIC CENTER: OMAHA, NE
ANNOUNCERS - VINCE MCMAHON & JERRY "THE KING" LAWLER


FREE FOR ALL MATCH - "Wildman" Marc Mero (w/ Sable) bt. The 1-2-3 Kid (w/ Ted Dibiase) Via DQ
(Hunter Hearst Helmsley interfered in the match to cause the DQ, and hit Mero with the pedigree after the match.)

1# British Bulldog & Owen Hart (w/ Jim Cornette & Clarence Mason) bt. Jake "The Snake" Roberts & Ahmed Johnson Via Submission
(The match was originally scheduled to be Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs. British Bulldog, however Jim Cornette brought Clarence Mason to the ring who ordered the snake to be taken backstage. He chased all men around the ring with the snake before leaving. When Jake returned, he brought Ahmed with him. When the referee was distracted during the match, Bulldog repeatedly hit the knee of Jake with the tennis racket of Cornette. He applied a half boston crab to get the win.)

2# Ultimate Warrior bt. Goldust (w/ Marlena) Via count-out in a WWF Intercontinental Championship match
(Goldust and Marlena left the ringside area when the Warrior stuck Marlena's lit cigar on the hand of Goldust and clotheslined him. There was no contact in the match other than the finish, it mostly comprised of the Warrior smoking the cigar whilst sitting on Goldust's directors chair with his robe on to provoke him in to entering the ring. Post-match, the Warrior was attacked from behind by Goldust's bodyguard but he was soon taken down by the Warrior.)

Backstage, we saw the British Bulldog attempting to get in to the locker room of Shawn Michaels but was stopped by officials.

3# Vader (w/ Jim Cornette) bt. Razor Ramon
(Post-match, Dok Hendrix came to ringside to interview Vader and Cornette. Hendrix told them that at the next In Your House, it will be Vader vs. Yokozuna.)

4# The Body Donnas (w/ Sunny) bt. The Godwinns (w/ Hillbilly Jim) to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship
(There was an altercation on the floor between Phinneas, Hillybilly Jim and Sunny. This led to Zip switching places with Skip after a slop drop by Henry Godwinn which led to the Body Donnas getting the win.)

The next WWF In Your House will take place on Sunday 26th May.

5# Shawn Michaels (w/ Jose Lothario) bt. Diesel in a No Holds Barred match to retain the WWF Championship
(During the match after Diesel powerbombed Michaels through the announce table. He pulled the prosthetic leg of Mad Dog Vachon off him and brought it in the ring. Michaels used it against Big Daddy Cool, followed with a sweet chin music to get the 2.)
 

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WWF MONDAY NIGHT RAW
MONDAY 29TH APRIL 1996
VENUE - SIOUX CITY, IA
ANNOUNCERS - VINCE MCMAHON & JERRY "THE KING" LAWLER


1# Mankind bt. Bart Gunn Via Submission
(Post-match, Jim Ross was interviewing Bart Gunn backstage about the mandible claw when Mankind continued the assault and re-applied the mandible claw.)

2# Stone Cold Steve Austin (w/ Ted Dibiase) bt. Scott Taylor Via Submission
(Savio Vega was on commentary for this match. Post-match, Savio Vega challenged Austin to a caribbean strap match. Austin and Dibiase laughed off the challenge and left the ring. Vega then hit Austin with the strap and he fell out of the ring.)

Vince McMahon conducted an in-ring interview with the British Bulldog and his wife Diana Hart Smith, Jim Cornette and Shawn Michaels. Shawn Michaels was accused by them of trying to sleep with Diana. After michaels told Diana to not flatter herself, she slapped him. Michaels made a comment of knowing who wears the pants in the smith household, which led to the Bulldog attacking him and both men brawling in the ring.

3# The Godwinns (w/ Hillbilly Jim) vs. The New Rockers ended in a double count-out
(During the match, Sunny came to the ring to scout the competition. The winners of this match would of got a WWF Tag Team Championship match so it was announced after the match, there will be a rematch this weekend on WWF Superstars.)

Jim Ross interviewed Mankind backstage about the Mandible Claw.

4# Ultimate Warrior bt. Isaac Yankem DDS

Next week, it will be the Undertaker vs. Owen Hart with Goldust on commentary. Also a rematch from the In Your House free for all as "Wildman" Marc Mero faces The 1-2-3 Kid.
 

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WWF MONDAY NIGHT RAW
DATE - MONDAY 6TH MAY 1996
TAPED - MONDAY 29TH APRIL 1996
VENUE - SIOUX CITY, IA
ANNOUNCERS - VINCE MCMAHON & JERRY "THE KING" LAWLER


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1# "Wildman" Marc Mero (w/ Sable) bt. The 1-2-3 Kid (w/ Ted Dibiase)
(Hunter Hearst Helmsley was on commentary for this match. Despite interference from Helmsley and Dibiase, Mero countered a superplex to get the 3.)

We saw footage from this past weekend on WWF Superstars where Ted Dibiase and Stone Cold Steve Austin accepted the challenge from Savio Vega in a Caribbean strap match at In Your House. Dibiase added a stipulation where if Savio loses, he has to be Dibiase's chauffeur.

We heard from an "ex-wife of a professional wrestler" who claimed that Shawn Michaels was a homewrecker and ruined her marriage and her life.

2# British Bulldog (w/ Diana Hart Smith & Jim Cornette) bt. Fatu
(During the match, a couple family members of Fatu came to ringside. Post-match, Fatu claimed that the WWF is his family and not them.)

3# The Body Donnas (w/ Sunny) bt. Tekno Team 2000 in a non-title match

Jim Ross conducted a backstage interview with Jim Cornette and Vader about facing Yokozuna at In Your House and facing Duke "The Dumpster" Droese next week.

4# The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) bt. Owen Hart (w/ Jim Cornette)
(Goldust did commentary for this match. It was announced that Goldust will face the Undertaker in a casket match. After Goldust had scared Paul Bearer to the back with his suggestive behaviour, he returned after it was over with a gold casket. Goldust made a feline to the back when he saw it.)

Next week, Shawn Michaels vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Vader vs. Duke "The Dumpster" Droese and an interview with the Undertaker
 

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