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Survivor Series screws the fans
By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM!
It was supposed to be one of the greatest wrestling matches ever
promoted. Tonight's Survivor Series WWF World Title match-up held in the
Molson Centre in Montreal, Quebec, pitting in and outside ring rivals
Bret "The Hit Man" Hart versus "Boy Toy" Shawn Michaels was destined to
be a classic.
What it will be remembered as is the biggest screw job ever in the
history in professional wrestling. An open-handed, direct slap in the
face to any wrestling fan shelling out their hard-earned cash on sports
Whether it was Hart's, Michaels' or McMahon's idea or a combination of them all,
someone should be hanging their head low.
WWF officials represented by Titan Promotions company president and
colour commentator Vince McMahon Jr. standing at ringside, called an
abrupt end to the main event leaving fans world-wide and the two
performers in a state of confusion and absolute disgust.
At eleven minutes into the hard-fought, furious battle, Shawn Michaels,
the challenger, hog-tied Bret Hart in his own Sharp Shooter finishing
hold. Before Canada's Hit Man had even the chance to signal to referee
Earl Hebner whether he had decided to submit or not; Hebner motioned for
the bell to be rung. Shawn Michaels' entrance music began to play. The
bout was officially over.
Caught unawares, Hart and Michaels continued wrestling until they
realized the plug had been pulled. Visibly disoriented at the unplanned,
unscripted occurrence, Hart smiled to himself shaking his head while
Michaels verbally confronted McMahon through the ropes. Hart traded
heated words with McMahon from inside the ring. Hart then spit
directly in McMahon's face.
An incensed Michaels stormed past McMahon, snatched the WWF World Title
belt off the time keeper's table and was ushered back to the dressing
room by WWF security and McMahon. The pay per view with ten minutes left
in satellite time quickly went off the air without cutting back to the
ring and granting Hart the opportunity to say good-bye in what could've
been his last match in the World Wrestling Federation.
As reported on CANOE, the Internet and other news media last week, The
Hit Man has enacted an "escape clause" in his WWF contract giving the
promotion thirty days notice while he pursues other options (read
signing with the competing World Championship Wrestling). At issue are
the current mature WWF storylines sanctioned by McMahon and Hart's
promotion on WWF cards and pay-per-view shows.
Prior to the start of the match, Michaels and Hart brawled outside the
ring, in the crowd and on the entrance way for approximately six minutes
bringing the actual match time to seventeen minutes even. (See the
results for more details).
The next WWF pay-per-view is In Your House: D-Generation X on
Survivor Series '97 Results
: In the Free For All segment, Sunny mistakenly says that this is the
first pay-per-view held live in Canada.
The Headbangers / The New Blackjacks Vs The Godwinns / Road Dog /
"Bad Ass" Billy Gunn
: A fan holds up a sign saying..."Lawler is the REAL wrestling
: At 3:52, Henry O. Godwinn is rolled up for the pin.
: Blackjack Wyndym is eliminated via a Phineas I. Godwinn clothesline at
: The crowd pops big as the Headbangers are tagged in.
: Mosh is slammed and pinned by Billy Gunn at 8:42.
: At 12:38, Thrasher dives off the top rope and covers Phineas.
: Blackjack Bradshaw punks Road Dog and gets rolled up by Gunn at
: Road Dog tags Gunn. Thrasher is blind to the switch. Gunn hits with a
top rope leg drop and pins him.
Survivors: Road Dog and Billy Gunn at 15 minutes and 25
Winners: The team of The Godwinns / Road Dog / "Bad Ass" Billy
The Truth Commission Vs The D.O.A.
: Chains is sidewalk slammed and pinned by The Interrogator at 1:18.
: Skull does the same to Truth Commission leader Jackal at 2:50.
: At 5:18, Skull illegally switches with 8-Ball and clotheslines Recon
out of the match.
: Sniper hits a neck breaker at 6:30 dumping Skull.
: At 8:50, The Interrogator pins 8-Ball.
: Crush ends Sniperis survivor series bid at 9:46.
: The Interrogator sidewalk slams Crush for the victory.
Survivor: The Interrogator at 9:59.
Winners: The Truth Commission.
Team USA (Vader / Goldust / Steve Blackman / Marc Mero) Vs Team
Canada (The British Bulldog / Phillip Lafon / Doug Furnas / Jim "The
: At a pre-match interview, the American-born Furnas says..."They
say...America, love it or leave it. I left."
: Goldust has the letter F painted on his right cheek and U on his left.
Itis supposed to stand for "Forever Unchanged". On his black wrist band
is the word "Freedom" and on the back of his head is "Alive Again".
: At 5:16, Blackman is counted out.
: Vader splashes and kicks Niedhart out at 6:53.
: Lafon get the same treatment at 8:28.
: Furnas rolls up Mero and hold his tights pinning him at 11:18.
: At the 12:15 mark, Vader goes to tag Goldust who shakes his head
negatively pointing at his cast.
: Vader tried tagging Goldust again at 14:26. Goldust leaps off the
canvass ignoring him.
: At 15:33, Vader tags then pulls Goldust into the ring over the top
rope. Goldust leaves. At 16:26 Goldust is counted out.
: Vader bombs Furnas at 16:54 splatting him all over the canvass.
: While distracted, The Bulldog brains Vader with the ring bell scoring
Survivor: The British Bulldog at 17:05.
Winners: Team Canada (The British Bulldog / Phillip Lafon / Doug
Furnas / Jim "The Anvil" Niedhart).
Kane Vs Mankind
: The match is wrestled under Kane's red light.
: Mankind puts the Mandible Claw on Paul Bearer but Kane knocks him
flying through the Spanish commentators table injuring Tito Santana in
: Kane applies the Tombstone Piledriver.
Winner: At 9 minutes and 27 seconds, Kane.
The Nation Of Domination Vs The Legion Of Doom / Ken Shamrock / Ahmed
: In a stunning development, Maivia chokeslams Hawk sending him to the
locker room at 2:09.
: Ahmed Pearl River Plunges Faarooq at 4:53. Though he is out, Faarooq
wonit leave ringside.
: At 6:09, Faarooq holds Johnson's foot from the outside as Maivia
: Faarooq and Johnson brawl back to the dressing room.
: Animal drop kicks eliminating Kama at 10:44.
: At 14:12, Billy Gunn and Road Dog come out dressed as The Legion Of
Doom throwing powder into Animalis face. Animal is counted out.
: All alone, Shamrock makes D-Lo quit at 16:54 with an ankle lock and
Maivia punks The Worldis Most Dangerous Man with a steel chair.
: Maivia submits while in a leg hold submission move.
Survivor: Ken Shamrock at 20:28.
Winners: The Legion Of Doom / Ken Shamrock / Ahmed Johnson.
Owen Hart (champion) Vs "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (challenger)
(Intercontinental Title Match)
: Ross calls Owen the "REAL Hit Man of the Hart Foundation".
: Niedhart tries to Pearl Harbor Austin but gets the Stone Cold
: The crowd shouts to Owen..."Break his neck. Break his neck."
: 40 seconds in, Owen attempts a piledriver. The crowd pops. Austin
backdrops out of it.
: Frustrated, Owen heads for the dressing room. Lawler says..."Owenis
opening a can of haul ass".
: Owen dares the ref to DQ him at 2:32 as he strangles Austin with a
: Out of nowhere, Austin spikes Hart with the Stone Cold Stunner to
unstrap the I.C. Title.
: Furnas tries to punk Austin but gets stunned for his efforts.
Winner: ...and new WWF Intercontinental Champion, "Stone Cold" Steve
Austin at a measly 4 minutes flat..
Bret "The Hit Man" Hart (champion) Vs "Boy Toy" Shawn Michaels (WWF
World Heavyweight Title Match)
: In a nauseating display, Michaels rubs the Canadian flag on his
crotch, blows his nose in it and humps it in the ring. Real nice. The
commentators offer apologies.
: The fans go wild as Hart enters the ring alone flashing them the "I
Love You" hand signal.
: The bell hasn't rung yet Hart hurls Michaels into the first row where
overzealous fans throw punches at Michaels until Hart can bail him
: Hart beats Michaels with a fire extinguisher. Both men haymaker
: McMahon pleads with them to take it back to the ring.
: Michaels rips the Canadian flag off its stick and pounds Bret with
: Michaels suplexes Hart on the steel steps.
: At 6:20, The Hit Man slaps the figure four on Michaels legs wrapped
around the steel post. The fans cheer..."Break Shawn's leg".
: At 11 minutes in, the match is prematurely called making fools out of
Hart, Michaels and the fans.
Winner: ...and new WWF World Heavyweight Champion, Shawn Michaels at
11 minutes square.
Total event time: Two hours 45 minutes.