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WCW invades WWF house show
By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM! Wrestling

It was a scorcher in Toronto today with not a cloud in the sky to prevent the sun from beating down on this fair city. That all changed at about 8:45 p.m. this evening. A unexpected but all too familair tempest swept into the Air Canada Centre during the Toronto stop of the WWF's "Don't Trust Anybody" tour shocking the heck out of the crowd in attendance. Multi-WCW and ECW champion Lance Storm continued World Championship Wrestling's harassment of its new owners (the World Wrestling Federation) by coming to the aid of fellow Canadian Chris Benoit in his hard-fought match against another former ECW grappler, Rhyno.

Raptor Jerome Williams tries to control Lita. -- Greg Henkenhaf, Toronto Sun
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Mid-way through the bout, WWF Commissioner William Regal and his henchman Tajiri (another ECW alumni) circled the ring distracting Benoit from his task at hand. As Tajiri handed a steel chair to Rhyno through the ring ropes, Lance Storm hit the ring, Super Kicking Rhyno and Tajiri in the face then splitting the scene before fans had time to process what had just happened. Storm's interference cost Rhyno the bout as Benoit quickly put him away after Storm's kick. While Rhyno, Tajiri and Regal scuttled off to lick their wounds, Benoit stood in the middle of the ring confused by the sudden turn of events even though he and Storm have several strong bonds which unite them. Both are graduates of the Hart Family Dungeon and both call Alberta, home. Unlike previous WCW run-ins, their company logo was not displayed and that sneaky Shane McMahon was nowhere to be found.

That however wasn't the only surprise at the show. The WWF announced that the September 3rd edition of Raw Is War will be broadcast live from the Air Canada Centre. Tickets for the inaugural Raw at the ACC go on sale Saturday, June 30th, at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Air Canada Centre Box Office at 10:00 a.m.

Storm's sudden appearance and the Raw Is War announcement put exclamation marks on an outstanding house show by the WWF. There were a few groaners like the plodding and meaningless Undertaker and Big Show brawl and a guaranteed cure-for-insomnia put on by Albert and hometown superstar, Test. Memories of those debacles were swept away though by an impressive showing by Chris Jericho and WWF World Heavyweight Champion "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in their main event, steel cage match-up.

Just about a week away from the King Of The Ring pay-per-view, you might've thought that Austin and Jericho would've held back, saving themselves for the big show. That's what usually happens when a house show date is so close to a pay-per-view broadcast. Not tonight though. Bucking against that trend, Jericho and Austin wrestled twenty-plus minutes giving the crowd their money's worth. While neither bladed, they did use the cage as a weapon ramming each other into it a handful of times. One nice spot had Jericho and Austin walking and brawling on the top rope together across two sides of the cage. Another had Jericho using the Stone Cold Stunner on Austin. Jericho would've surely won the belt but there was no ref to make the count. He had been floored a few minutes earlier.

The tables turned in Austin's favour when William Regal and Tajiri showed up on the scene once again. At one point, Regal was about to prevent Jericho from escaping the cage. Instead of fleeing, Jericho drop-kicked the swinging door into Regal. The second time was the charm though. Regal slammed the cage door into Jericho's head. A stunned Jericho stumbled backwards right into an awaiting Stone Cold Stunner by Austin. The double-team put Jericho down for the three count. Austin, Tajiri and Regal beat on Jericho inside the ring until Chris Benoit hit the cage. Austin was quick to beat a hasty retreat as Jericho put the Walls Of Jericho on Tajiri and Benoit slapped the Crippler Crossface on Regal....twice.

The next WWF-ACC house show is Raw Is War on September 3rd.


WWF - "Don't Trust Anyone" - Toronto Results


Jeff Hardy (champion) versus X-Pac (challenger) (WWF Light Heavyweight Title Match)

  • We really expected more from these high-fliers. It takes about 3 seconds flat for an "X-Pac sucks!" chat to begin. X-Pac sets-up Jeff for a suplex from the second rope. Jeff pushes him off and lands the Swanton for the pinfall.

  • Winner: ...and still WWF Light Heavyweight Champion....Jeff Hardy at 7 minutes and 22 seconds .
  • Match Rating: 4 / 10.


    Trish Stratus, Jackie versus Molly Holly, Lita

  • The special guest referee is Toronto Raptor Jerome 'The Junkyard Dog' Williams. Trish is kept on the sidelines for the majority of the match so that the real women wrestlers can work their magic. Unfortunately, when Trish is tagged in her lack of experience ruins what everyone else has worked for. She messes up the timing on a number of her moves real badly. Jackie and Lita roll outside the ring to fight so that Trish can roll-up Molly Holly. Because the WWF official is busy outside of the ring, Williams counts the pinfall for Trish.

  • Winners: Trish Status and Jackie at 6 minutes and 4 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 3 / 10.


    Rhyno versus Chris Benoit

  • Winner: Chris Benoit at 7 minutes and 38 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 7 / 10.


    Matt Hardy (champion) versus Justin Credible (challenger) (WWF European Title Match)

  • Way better than what their tag team partners did earlier in the evening. Justin wraps Matt up in the ropes and starts to take shots at him. As the referee attempts to free Matt, Lita does her Hurracanrana deal on Justin from behind. Matt Twist Of Fates Credible into La-La Land.

  • Winner: ...and still WWF European Champion...Matt Hardy at 8 minutes and 33 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 7 / 10.


    Kurt Angle (challenger) versus Kane (champion) (WWF Intercontinental Title Match)

  • Just like Austin and Jericho, these two don't hold back either. Angle carries Kane to a fantastic bout...for a house show anyway. This is pay-per-view material here. Mick Foley is the special guest referee outside the ring. He has got his official WWF referee gear on: a flannel shirt and Winnie The Pooh Sweat Pants. Foley says that if anyone interferes in the match they will get a "mouthful of Pooh". Heh. Heh. Angle's turn for some mike work. Angle says that he is the closest thing Canada will ever have to an Olympic champion. Foley tells him..."I speak for all the fans when I tell you to quit being a hoser". Kane rumbles into the ring. Angle scoots out forgetting his Olympic medals behind. Kane picks them up and teases throwing them to the crowd as Angle begs for them to be returned to him. Daring him to pick them up, Kane lays them on the mat. Angle tells Kane to back up and turn around. Kurt slides in to grab them and Kane catches him. Regal and Tajiri come down to take in the action. Tajiri is Chokeslammed by Kane. In an cool move, Angle Olympic Slams Kane. Foley comes in to pitch in. Kane powerbombs Angle to retain the title. Regal attacks Foley. He backs up into Kane. Foley feeds Regal Socko.

  • Winner: ...and still WWF Intercontinental Champion...Kane at 7 minutes and 51 seconds..
  • Match Rating: 7.5 / 10.


    Albert (challenger) vs Test (champion) (WWF Hardcore Title Match)

  • One of the crappiest hardcore title bouts I have ever seen. Test pummels Albert using a trash can top then tosses it to Albert. Albert catches it. Test feebly boots him in the kisser for the victory.

  • Winner: ...still WWF Hardcore Champion...Test at 4 minutes and 35 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 1 / 10.


    Big Show vs Undertaker

  • The excuse for this is Big Show gets on the mike and says he is not the one stalking 'Taker's wife. About as interesting as watching paint dry.

  • Winner: ...Undertaker at 3 minutes and 48 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 1 / 10.


    Edge & Christian vs Dudley Boyz

  • Dudley Boyz are the heels, naturally. Edge spears Buh Buh and DDT's D-Von to get the pinfall. Edge set up a table in the ring and Christian leaves before beckoning him back. He doesn't, and Edge is put through the table. Christian is booed after returning to help his fallen partner.

  • Winner: ...Edge and Christian at 10 minutes and 11 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 7 / 10.


    Steve Austin (champion) vs Chris Jericho (challenger) (WWF World Title Steel Cage match)

  • Winner: ... still WWF World Champion Steve Austin at 20 minutes and 33 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 7.5 / 10.


  • Total Event Time: Approximately 3 hours.
  • Overall Event Rating: 7.5 / 10.

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