March 23, 1997 – Chicago, Illinois – The Rosemont Horizon
Billy Gunn defeated Flash Funk: Billy Gunn scored the win after a spinning DDT off the top turnbuckle!
4-WAY #1 CONTENDERS TAG TEAM MATCH
The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) defeated The Godwinns (Henry O. & Phinias I. w/Hillbilly Jim) and The NEW Blackjacks (Bradshaw & Windham) and Doug Furnas & Phil LaFon: The Headbangers will recieve a World Tag Team title shot on the March 24th edition of Monday Night RAW..
WWF INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH
Rocky Maivia defeated The Sultan (w/Bob Backlund & Iron Sheik) to retain the WWF Intercontinental title: The Honky Tonk Man, in his quest to find a protege, came out and joined the announce team for this match. Quote of the Night (so far): Jim Ross referring to Lawler & Honky “You’d think you were cousins, or something!” After the match, The Sultan, Bob Backlund and the Iron Sheik attacked Rocky Maivia until Rocky Johnson came out for the attemped save – but he got attacked as well!
INTERVIEW: Todd Pettengill interviewed Ken Shamrock, who said he won’t be intimidated by Bret Hart or Steve Austin tonight..
INTERVIEW: Dok Hendrix interviewed Hunter Heurst Helmsley with Chyna..
Hunter Hearst Helmsley w/Chyna defeated Goldust w/Marlena: HHH knocked Goldust into Marlena, who fell off the apron into the arms of Chyna. Chyna then put Marlena into a bearhug as HHH put Goldust away with the Pedigree. Goldust carried Marlena back to the locker room after the match.
WWF TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH
Owen Hart & The British Bulldog vs. Mankind & Vader ended in a Double Countout Stu & Helen Hart were sitting in the front row but had no influence on the outcome of the match. The referee threw the match out when Mankind had the Mandible Claw on the Bulldog outside the ring..
Bret “Hitman” Hart defeated “Stone Cold” Steve Austin: This match started out as a brawl but turned into a great technical bout with UFC star Ken Shamrock as guest referee. Bret Hart put Steve Austin into the sharpshooter and Austin passed out due to severe blood loss. Referee Ken Shamrock called the match and declared Bret Hart the winner of the match – even though Austin did not submit. Bret Hart then attacked Steve Austin after the match until Ken Shamrock pulled him off. The crowd booed Bret Hart as he left, instantly turning him heel, and Steve Austin babyface!
INTERVIEW: Todd Pettengill interviewed the Nation of Domination..
CHICAGO STREET FIGHT
Ahmed Johnson & Legion of Doom (Hawk & Animal) defeated The Nation of Domination (Farooq & Savio Vega & Crush): All additional members of the Nation (PG13 & D-Lo Brown) interfered in the street fight as well. Weapons used: 2X4, garbage can, noose, a wrench, nightsticks, a fire extinguisher, and even a kitchen sink!
IN THE RING: Shawn Michaels came out and joined Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, and Jerry “The King” Lawler at the announce position.
INTERVIEW: Todd Pettengill interviewed Sycho Sid, who said he was the only one who isn’t afraid of the Undertaker..
IN THE RING: Bret Hart showed up at ringside just as Undertaker & Sid were about to start their match. Bret Hart entered the ring and verbally assaulted Shawn Michaels (who was sitting ringside). Hart accused Michaels of faking his leg injury to avoid wrestling him. Hart said when the Undertaker slammed the cage door on his head, their friendship was over! Hart called Sycho Sid a fraud, so Sid power-bombed him, just to shut him up!
WWF HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH
The Undertaker defeated Sycho Sid to win the WWF Heavyweight title!: President Gorilla Monsoon announced that the match would be “No Holds Barred”. Sid reversed a Tombstone Piledriver into a Tombstone of his own. The Undertaker kicked out! Bret Hart again came out and hit both wrestlers with steel chair shots! The Undertaker chased him off, then chokeslammed Sid. Sid kicked out! Hart came out yet again and Sid hit him this time. The Undertaker scooped up the distracted Sid and Tombstoned him for the victory! The Undertaker is your new World Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Champion!!!
WRESTLEMANIA XIII IS IN THE BOOKS!