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Austin Stuns The Dome


By JOHN POWELL
SLAM! Sports

 It was a hard-fought battle of the good, the bad and the ugly. The good being WWF World Heavyweight Champion, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. The bad (to the bone) being The Undertaker and the forces of all that is gruesome and ugly in his "brother" Kane.
The "good" came out on top. Well, as good as "good" can get in the WWF these days where the white hats are represented by shades of grey.
"Stone Cold" took advantage of the bad blood between Mankind and The Undertaker scoring a victory over Kane in the main event Triple Threat - WWF World Heavyweight Championship match at Toronto's SkyDome. Much to the chagrin of fans in attendance, Mankind pulled The Undertaker from the ring as he was about to pin Kane. Fans voiced their displeasure as The Undertaker and Mankind brawled back to the locker room thereby turning a Triple Threat match into a singles match between Austin and Kane.
With WWF-appointed (read Vince McMahon) special guest referee Pat Patterson looking on, Kane punished Austin crushing his skull in a vicious headlock. Austin's repeated blows broke the hold. The Stone Cold champion whipped The Undertaker's "sibling" into the corner where he unleashed a slew of machine gun stomps then flipped him the double-finger salute. Clotheslining Kane down hard to the canvass, Austin stomped him some more.
Getting to his feet Kane shoved Austin into Pat Patterson. Stone Cold reached behind him clobbering Patterson with a Stunner. Letting the momentum spring him forward, Austin Stunned Kane and retained his title belt.

The WWF returns to SkyDome on November 7th with a special afternoon card. Tickets are now on sale at the SkyDome box office.

WWF Highway To Hell - SkyDome House Show Results

Scott Taylor (challenger) Vs Taka Michinoku (champion) (WWF Light Heavyweight Title Match)

: Taka takes a beating but spikes Taylor with the Michinoku Driver.
Winner: ...and still WWF Light Heavyweight Champion...Taka Michinoku at 4 minutes and 32 seconds.
Match Rating: 5 / 10.


Tiger Ali Singh Vs Scorpio

: A mean-tempered Tiger punks Taka Michinoku as he makes his way to the back.

: Tiger's assistant accompanies him to the ring but stands off to the side and doesn't interfere in the bout.
: The match is one high-flying highlight after another for Scorpio.
: Scorpio misses his finishing move. Tiger rolls a dazed Scorpio up for the 1-2-3.

Winner: Tiger Ali Singh at 6 minutes and 17 seconds.
Match Rating: 4 / 10.


Carl Oulette (The Quebecers) Vs Edge

: Pretty lackluster debut for the hometown grappler - Edge.
: Edge enters and exits through the audience.
: A snap DDT puts Oulette's lights out.

Winner: Edge at 5 minutes and 4 seconds.
Match Rating: 7 / 10.


The New Age Outlaws Vs The Godfather , Mark Henry
: The Outlaws still announce themselves as tag team champions.
: The Godfather plays Let's Make A Deal with The Outlaws offering them women if they throw the match.
: "Right here in Toronto, they got the best whores in the world," comments The Godfather pointing out some of his "old whores" in the audience and saying "Hey. Money was tight".
: The Outlaw feign interest in The Godfather's generous offer then pummel The Nation members.
: The fans boo Mark Henry whenever he steps in the ring. Henry misses a punch hitting The Godfather instead of Billy Gunn. Road Dog holds Henry's ankle from outside the ring as Gunn pins The Godfather.
Winners: The New Age Outlaws at 5 minutes and 32 seconds.

Match Rating: 5 / 10.


Hunter-Hearst Helmsley (challenger) Vs The Rock (champion) (Intercontinental Title Match)

: The Rock warns Chyna that if she interferes (brings her "fat ass" into the ring), he will lay the "smack down" on her.
: The Godfather and Mark Henry return standing outside the ring.
: Chyna argues with the ref. The Godfather brains Triple H with the Intercontinental title. The Rock gets a two count.
: As the ref admonishes The Nation, Chyna "low blows" The Rock. Triple H gets a two count.
: The Nation rushes the ring pounding on Triple H.
: D-Generation X hits the ring and a brawl breaks out.
: In a low class exhibition, D-Generation X tries to get females in the crowd to show their breasts but no one accommodates them.

Winner: Triple H (via DQ) at 14 minutes and 27 seconds. Since a belt can only change hands on a pinfall or submission, Miavia retains his Intercontinental title.

Match Rating: 7 / 10.


Mankind Vs Terry Funk (Falls Count Anywhere Match)

: Mankind dumps chains, wooden poles and trash into the ring.
: Terry Funk throws a ladder into the ring.
: Mankind whallops Funk with a plastic sign numerous times.
: Mankind uses a chain to choke out Funk. Terrible Terry beats Mankind with a stick breaking it over his back then applies a metal shop clamp to Mankind's privates.
: Funk dumps Mankind in a dumpster pushing it into a ringside fence. Funk swings a chair and misses. Mankind applies the Mandible Claw.
: Disappointed at his loss, Funk hits himself in the head over and over with a steel chair.

Winner: Mankind at 6 minutes and 50 seconds.

Match Rating: 8 / 10.


: Before an intermission is announced, actor (we use that term loosely) Richard Grieco of 21 Jump Street fame pushes a fake button in the middle of the ring which opens the Dome for the remainder of the evening.


Kurrgan Vs Val Venis

: Surprisingly enough, this was a well worked match. Kurrgan has been training hard, folks.
: Kurrgan has his way with Venis but The Money Shot puts him away rather quickly.
: Kurrgan and The Jackyll argue after the match. Kurrgan puts the claw on him and tosses The Jackyll out of the ring to the floor.

Winner: Val Venis at 8 minutes and 6 seconds .

Match Rating: 7 / 10.


Double J Vs X-Pac

: X-Pac says.."I got three words for you, Double J. Kiss my ass."
: For some bizarre reason, fans chant "Goooldberg" instead of "boooring".
: Chyna punches Lee outside the ring to a huge pop.
: X-Pac executes his Falling Front Face Slam.

Winner: X-Pac at 4 minutes and 27 seconds .

Match Rating: 3 / 10.


Owen Hart Vs Ken Shamrock (Submission Match)

: Jason Sensation mimics Paul Bearer, The Undertaker and Stone Cold entertaining the crowd. This boy has talent. Sign him. Sign him now.
: Sensation intros the contestants in Owen Hart's voice.
: Shamrock berates Sensation for his imitations. Why? Who knows?
: Owen wraps Shamrock in the Sharp Shooter. Shamrock counters into his Ankle Lock Submission Hold.

Winner: Ken Shamrock at 9 minutes and 2 seconds .

Match Rating: 5 / 10.


The Undertaker (challenger) Vs Kane (challenger) Vs Steve Austin (champion) (Triple Threat World Title Match)

Winner: ...and still WWF World Heavyweight Champion..."Stone Cold" Steve Austin at 10 minutes and 20 seconds .

Match Rating: 6 / 10.


Total Event Time: 3 hours.

Overall Event Rating: 7 / 10.