Written by: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation presents Heat
From: Hartford, CT
1.) Too Cool defeated Taka Michinoku & Sho Funaki
2.) D’Lo Brown & Chaz defeated Joey Abs & Rodney
3.) WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko defeated Jacqueline
4.) Perry Saturn defeated Gangrel
5.) Test, Albert & Trish Stratus defeated Hardy Boys & Lita in an elimination match
1.) Funaki and Taylor kickoff the tag match. Hotty shoulder blocks Funaki followed by a back suplex and an elbow drop. Sexay gets tagged in and Too Cool whiplash Funaki to the mat. Funaki eye rakes Sexay and tags in Taka, who runs into a boot in the corner. Sexay hits a middle rope missile dropkick for a two count. Sexay plants Taka with a leg sweep frontward face buster. Taka gets knocked down to the mat by Too Cool. Hotty gets dumped to the floor by Funaki and Taka hits a dive off the top to the floor. Fiunaki chin locks Hotty and allows Taka to dropkick Hotty. Hotty and Taka trade right hands. Hotty plants Taka with a powerbomb. Sexay gets the hot tag and cleans house with scoop slams. Sexay hip tosses both men and Funaki gets met with a double backdrop. Taka kicks Hotty but misses a splash in the corner. Hotty bulldogs Taka and connects with the Worm. Funaki is met with a double flapjack and Sexay heads to the top rope. Sexay hits the Hip Hop Drop and pins Funaki. (***. I really enjoyed this match and felt that both teams worked rather well together. Too Cool working with people similar to their size made for a competitive match and was full of action.) After the match, Taka and Funaki put some shades on and dance with Too Cool.
2.) Mean Street Posse attack Brown and Chaz to start the match. Rodney and Abs clothesline Chaz. Pete Gas gets a cheap shot on Chaz while the referee was distracted. Rodney hits a swinging neckbreaker on Chaz followed by an elbow drop from Abs. Rodney takes Chaz over with a side suplex. Chaz powerslams Rodney causing Abs to get tagged in and prevents a tag from being made to D’Lo. Abs and Rodney double team Chaz with strikes. Abs nearly pins Chaz after a suplex. Chaz almost pins Abs with a sunset flip and is met with a clothesline. Chaz spikes Abs with a DDT to counter a backdrop. Rodney gets the tag as does Brown. Brown drops Rodney with a few right hands and a backdrop. Brown heel kicks Abs and plays to the crowd. Brown drops Abs with a flapjack and all four men are in the ring. Brown hits the Sky High on Abs. Chaz hit a Torture Rack slam on Rodney. They go to the top rope with Chaz hitting a Thez Press and Brown hitting a frog splash to win the match. (*1/2. The duo of Brown and Chaz seems to have some potential. I feel like Brown should be doing more singles wrestling and not being stuck in a likely lost tag team division. Their finisher seemed to be pretty cool and well done.)
3.) Backstage, Perry Saturn is reading a magazine when Just Joe enters the room. Joe says he was talking to Gangrel and is trying to start some trouble. Saturn wants to know what Joe said. Joe doesn’t want to cause any problems. Saturn grabs Joe’s arm and Joe says that Gangrel called Saturn a crosseyed freak.
4.) WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko comes out and says he’s had a great time showing off his manhood to the women with him. Malenko is out here to see who is man enough to challenge him for the title. Malenko issues an open challenge. The open challenge is answered by Jacqueline. Malenko is flattered and tells Jacqueline that his gas tank is full. Jacqueline tells Malenko she’s here for the challenge. Malenko reminds Jacqueline he was talking about a man, not someone from the hood.
5.) Jacqueline slaps Malenko but is sent face first into the corner. Malenko drives Jacqueline down to the mat with a backbreaker. Jacqueline arm drags Malenko followed by a dropkick. Malenko bails to the floor to regroup. Jacqueline baseball slides Malenko on the floor and sends the champ back into the ring. Jacqueline forearms Malenko a few times. Jacqueline tries for a monkey flip and a tornado DDT, but Malenko countered the. Jacqueline trips Malenko in the corner and rams Malenko groin first into the ring post. Jacquline plants Malenko with a tornado DDT for a near fall. Jacqueline avoids a dropkick and nearly wins with a bridging pin. Malenko eye rakes Jacqueline and misses a forearm in the corner. Malenko avoids a sunset flip off the top and locks in the Texas Cloverleaf to win the match. (**1/4. That was an enjoyable sprint of a match with Jacqueline looking good in there. Jacqueline is an underrated talent.)
6.) Backstage, Lillian Garcia interviews Test, Albert and Trish Stratus. Albert tells Garcia she looks good, but she looks better. Albert mocks Garcia by interviewing Test. Test jokes that he usually likes two women going after it, like last night. Albert tells Test to cut it off. They are confident they will beat the Hardy Boys tonight.
7.) Saturn takes Gangrel down to the mat and delivers right hands causing Gangrel to bail to the floor. Saturn sends Gangrel into the post shoulder first. Saturn yanks Gangrel down to the mat and goes for an arm submission, but Gangrel reaches the ropes. Gangrel sends Saturn into the turnbuckle. Gangrel plants Saturn with a powerslam. Gangrel works over Saturn with more right hands and chokes Saturn on the mat. Gangrel knee lifts Saturn in the midsection followed by a scoop slam and an elbow drop for a two count. Saturn and Gangrel trade right hands with Gangrel getting the advantage. Saturn hits a facebuster after having Gangrel on his shoulders. Saturn hits a fisherman suplex for a two count out of the corner. Gangrel powerbombs Saturn for a two count. Saturn elbows Gangrel and hits a vertical suplex turned into a powerslam. Saturn heads to the top rope managing to hit an elbow drop for the win. (*. I’m not sure if anyone really cared about what was going on here at all. Saturn still displays some good moves and I’m glad he was able to prevail here.)
8.) Backstage, Lillian Garcia is with the Hardy Boys and Lita. Matt tells Garcia they have beaten T&A in the past and they will do it again tonight. Jeff thinks that Trish Stratus has had her last cup of soup. Lita is going to finish what she has started.
9.) Backstage, Steven Richards enters APA’s office and says they aren’t acting responsible on television. Richards is mad that they drink beer like its milk and are smoking cigars. APA suggest they should quit smoking and drinking. Richards is happy that he’s been able to get through them. Bradshaw scares Richards off by threatening to shove his boot up Richards ass.
10.) Albert and Matt start the main event with Albert delivering several strikes. Matt boots a charging Albert in the corner followed by a tornado DDT for a two count. Jeff tags in as Albert misses a splash in the corner. Matt hits the Twist of Fate and Jeff hits the Swanton Bomb to eliminate Albert. Lita goes after Trish and yanks her into the ring. Lita takes Trish over with a snap suplex. Lita hits a top rope moonsault and pins Trish for another elimination. Test knee lifts Jeff and is nearly pinned with a rollup. Jeff boots Test in the corner and misses a Swanton Bomb. Test covers Jeff with his feet on the ropes to eliminate Jeff. Matt takes Test down with a neckbreaker and tags in Lita. Matt hits another neckbreaker and goes to the middle rope. Matt hits a leg drop and Lita leg drops Test in the groin. Lita hits Poetry in Motion on Test. Test shoves Matt into Lita, sending Lita to the floor. Test plants Matt with a pumphandle slam to eliminate Matt. Lita is left with Test now. Test pulls Lita onto the apron, but Matt attacks Test from behind. Matt plants Test with a tornado DDT. Lita leaps off top to hit a hurricanrana for a two count. Lita nails Test with a top rope moonsault for a two count. Lita comes off the ropes and is met with a big boot allowing Test to win the match. (**1/2. I enjoyed this one, as well. This match makes Test look like a smart heel and was able to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the match. I like that T&A has some decent momentum behind them.)
A surprisingly strong Heat this week as on paper I didn’t have high hopes for this show. However, the wrestling delivered and I enjoyed the show.
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