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Austin loses title at Breakdown


BREAKDOWN Vince McMahon walks off with the WWF World Title. Click here for the Breakdown video clips.
By JOHN POWELL
SLAM! Sports

 The white limo of WWF President Vince McMahon waits for Steve Austin on a rampway outside of Hamilton's Copps Coliseum.

"You see this? You don't have it anymore. It's mine!," he shouts holding up the WWF World Heavyweight belt as the limo pulls away screeching its tires. Stone Cold can do nothing but watch the headlights fade into the night. Vince McMahon has won this battle in a long-standing war with the federation rattlesnake.

As the dust settles around the shocking finale to the INYH: Breakdown pay-per-view , we know this...Steve Austin is no longer the WWF World Heavyweight Champion and Rocky Miavia has his shot at glory tonight. What we aren't sure of is who The Rock will face in a championship match tonight on Raw.

Austin fought off two challengers in Kane and his "brother" The Undertaker during their Triple Threat main bout for the WWF World Heavyweight strap. The special stipulation instituted by Vince McMahon being neither "brother" could defeat the other. Another rule change made on Sunday Night Heat also stated that if anyone came to Austin's aid in the match, he would be stripped of the title. Though Austin rose to the occasion, the brute strength of the gruesome twosome was overpowering. Stone Cold went down and he went down hard.

The champ initiated a "divide and conquer" game plan before the bell even sounded beating The Undertaker with a steel chair as he made his ring entrance. Already in the ring, Kane was powerless to stop the attack. The Big Red Machine and Austin battled back to the ring. Kane posted the rattlesnake. The Undertaker sat up on the entrance ramp nursing his wounds.

Steel chair in hand, The Undertaker got up. Kane threw Austin over the top rope landing Stone Cold at The Undertaker's feet. Staggered back by a chop to the throat, Austin catapulted The Man From The Darkside into the ring steps and crotched Kane on the steel post twice. Stone Cold hit the Stunner and would've got the pin were it not for The Undertaker making the save.

BREAKDOWN The Undertaker drags Austin back to the ring.
A punch from Taker on the floor missed Stone Cold altogether hitting Kane. The "brothers" stood nose to nose glaring at each other. Austin got a head of steam kneeing Taker in the back. The force of the blow sent The Undertaker into Kane. Austin wrapped a cable around Kane's neck choking him out. The Undertaker followed suit strangling Austin.

Picking the champ up, the "brothers" dropped Austin face-first on the Spanish announce team's table. Leaning him up against the barricade, they walloped him with thunderous clotheslines. McMahon's three stooges (Slaughter, Brisco and Patterson) came out to watch the carnage unfold.

The action moving back to the entrance way, Stone Cold tackled Brisco getting a few shots in. Slaughter puts the boots to him until the "brothers" arrived dragging Austin away. Discord between Kane and The Undertaker became apparent each interrupting the others' pinfalls on Austin. Kane and Taker battled briefly until common sense won out and they resumed their double-teaming. The persistent double-teaming depleting any momentum the match hoped to build.

In a failed attempt at a Stunner, Austin was pushed by Kane into The Undertaker's outstretched boot. The gruesome twosome double chokeslammed Austin to the canvass. The Undertaker covering Austin first, the "brothers" double-pinned Stone Cold each hooking an arm and a leg.

Howard Finkle was about to announce the winner then cut himself off realizing one hadn't been determined.

McMahon ran out from the back yelling "Bring me the belt! Bring me the belt!".

Brisco retrieved the strap from referee Hebner turning it over to McMahon. Kane and The Undertaker looked on confused and stunned. Austin punked McMahon's stooges chasing the federation prez outside the arena whereupon McMahon drove off with the belt.

The next WWF pay-per-view is Judgment Day on October 18th.

WWF Breakdown Results

Edge Vs Owen Hart

: Playing the heel, Owen came out wearing a Toronto Argo's football jersey pissing off the hometown Hamilton Tiger Cats fans.
: At 8:58, someone looking exactly like Edge climbed over the retaining wall, stood outside and distracted him. Owen rolled up Edge for the win.

Winner: At 9 minutes and 16 seconds, Owen Hart.

Match Rating: 7 / 10.


Too Much Vs Scorpio, Al Snow

: Replaces the scheduled Intercontinental Title match.
: Al Snow is warmly welcomed by the fans.
: At 3:33, Snow brings a chair into the ring. Scorpio distracts the ref. Snow runs and leaps off the chair hitting Too Much with a flying leg drop. Scorpio tries the same thing but slips on the chair landing embarrassingly on his rear end. Too Much still sells the move.
: At 7:16, Snow uses the head hitting anything that moves...including Scorpio. Snow administers the Snow Plow. Scorpio and Snow argue back to the dressing room.

Winners: Al Snow and Scorpio at 8 minutes and 3 seconds.

Match Rating: 6 / 10.


Mark Mero Vs Droz

: If Jackie is the WWF Women's World Heavyweight Champion then where the heck is her belt?
: Mero and Droz can't draw any heat from the crowd. The only pops are when Jackie interferes.
: At 4:27, Mero chokes Droz with the tape around his fists. The ref admonishes Mero. Jackie hits Droz with a spiked heel from the top rope. Mero hits his Wild Thing.

Winner: Mark Mero at 5 minutes and 12 seconds.

Match Rating: 3 / 10.


Vader Vs Bradshaw

: In a pre-match interview a short-haired, shaven Bradshaw says..."I didn't come here to fight that fat bastard."
: Bradshaw dongs the ring bell with Vader's head.
: Vader splashes Bradshaw twice but Bradshaw kicks out??
: Two clotheslines, a neckbreaker and Vader - a former WCW World Champion turned WWF jobber - loses again. How many embarrassments can one man take? Leave Vader while you still have a shred of dignity left.

Winners: Bradshaw at 7 minutes and 56 seconds.

Match Rating: 5 / 10.


D'Lo Brown Vs Gangrel

: At 6:50, Mark Henry pulls the ropes down on Gangrel. Gangrel flips over the ropes to the floor. Henry rams Gangrel's spine into the steel post. D-Lo powerbombs Gangrel and gets the 1-2-3.
: Gangrel drinks some blood and is rejuvenated. Blood spit in Henry's eyes blinds him. Gangrel DDTs D' Lo.

Winner: D'Lo Brown at 7 minutes and 46 seconds.

Match Rating: 4 / 10.


BREAKDOWN
The Rock and Mankind slug it out on top of the cage while Ken Shamrock looks on.
Ken Shamrock Vs The Rock Vs Mankind (Triple Threat - Cage Match)

: Winner will be awarded a World Title match on tonight's Raw.
: The fans cheer for Mankind and Foley chanting their names. Shamrock is vigorously booed.
: The Rock is so over with the fans it's ridiculous. Don't be surprised if he wins the WWF World Title on Raw.
: At the conclusion of the match, Mankind can easily climb out but doesn't. Suffering from Jimmy Snuka flashbacks, he leaps off the top of the cage. The Rock moves and Mankind hits nothing but hard canvass.
: Mankind chair shots Shamrock and starts climbing out. Foley exits though not in time as The Rock covers Shamrock for the pin.
: Mankind rips his hair out for making a stupid decision. "Knucklehead" Shamrock throws another one of his "sore loser" fits and is booed by the crowd.

Winner: The Rock at 18 minutes and 49 seconds.

Match Rating: 8 / 10.


Dustin Runnels Vs Val Venis

: Dustin, invest in some ring attire, please.
: In a slinky dress matching Venis' trunks, Terry Runnels accompanies Venis to the ring. The two grope each other often. Geesh. Someone get them a room already.
: Dustin pleads with Terry often. Venis wanting to generate fan disapproval, elbows a helpless Runnels over and over before mounting the top rope for the Money Shot. The fans don't turn on Venis.

Winner: Val Venis at 9 minutes and 9 seconds. .

Match Rating: 2 / 10.


Jeff Jarrett, Southern Justice Vs X-Pac, New Age Outlaws

: Jarrett brains X-Pac with his guitar. The announce team sells an X-Pac eye injury.
: Gunn catches Dennis Knight in a Rocker Dropper. The Outlaws escourt X-Pac to the back.

Winners: X-Pac, New Age Outlaws at 11 minutes and 17 seconds .

Match Rating: 8 / 10.


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

Winner: Unknown. Kane and The Undertaker pin Austin at 22 minutes and 18 seconds .

Match Rating: 6 / 10.


Total Event Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Overall Event Rating: 6 / 10.

WWF Breakdown stories & photos

  • Austin loses title at Breakdown
  • Dissecting Breakdown from Row 10
  • Wrestling fans pack Coliseum
  • Hamilton honours Austin
  • Austin given the keys to the city


  • PHOTO: Fireworks go off for the opening of In Your House: Breakdown.  31K

  • PHOTO: A ticket for In Your House: Breakdown.  14K

  • PHOTO: Edge flies from the top rope onto Owen Hart.  22K

  • PHOTO: The Headbangers with Doc Hendrix at Hamilton's City Hall.  18K

  • PHOTO: The Headbangers share a laugh.  20K

  • PHOTO: The Headbangers sign autographs.  15K

  • PHOTO: Stone Cold Steve Austin exits his limo.  20K

  • PHOTO: Austin with Hamilton Mayor Bob Morrow and Dok Hendrix.  20K

  • PHOTO: Austin listens to Hamilton Mayor Bob Morrow.  19K

  • PHOTO: Austin receives the key to the city.  22K

  • PHOTO: Austin shows off the key to the city.  18K

  • PHOTO: The New Age Outlaws pose with a fan.  26K