Written by: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation presents Heat
From: Phoenix, AZ
1.) Hardy Boys defeated Steven Richards & Justin Credible
2.) Goldust defeated Shawn Stasiak
3.) Crash Holly defeated Jacqueline
4.) Bradshaw defeated Big Bossman
1.) Richards and Jeff kickoff the tag match. Richards shoulder blocks Jeff, but Jeff drops Richards to the mat with a neckbreaker for a two count. Credible tags in and Jeff arm drags Credible before tagging in Matt. Credible is double teamed and sent into the corner. Matt decks Credible with a right hand and keeps control with a headlock. Matt kicks Richards hand and takes them both down with a headlock/head scissors. Matt delivers a double clothesline, but gets decked by Richards leading to a superkick by Credible for a two count. Richards chokes Matt in the corner and Credible chokes Matt while the referee is distracted. Richards taunts the fans before taking Matt over with a snap suplex for a near fall. Credible returns to the match and stomps Matt in the corner before hitting a sit out powerbomb out of the corner. Richards and Matt trade right hands until Richards takes Matt down to the mat and Credible delivers a shot to maintain control. Matt elbows Richards in the corner and hits the Side Effect!
Credible and Jeff tag into the match with Jeff cleaning house hitting a double leg drop on Richards and a side Russian leg sweep on Credible. Jeff almost pins Credible with a leg drop as Richards makes the save. All four men are in the ring as the Hardy’s hit Poetry In Motion on Richards. Credible avoids the move, but Matt hits the Twist of Fate leading to the Swanton Bomb by Jeff to pin Credible for the win. (**. They got some decent time to tell their story and allow Credible and Richards to make the match competitive. I thought it was a solid tag match.)
2.) Goldust arm drags Stasiak to start the match, but Stasiak nearly wins with a quick rollup from behind. Goldust arm drags Stasiak a few times before keeping arm control on the mat. Stasiak goes to the ropes to break the hold. Stasiak hammers away on Goldust before hitting a backdrop and another clothesline for a two count. Stasiak spanks Goldust and taunts him before delivering a running knee lift for a near fall. Goldust hammers away on Stasiak in the corner and goes for Shattered Dreams. Goldust doesn’t do the move and instead eye rakes Stasiak, which the fans boo. Stasiak rams Goldust down to the mat face first. Stasiak hits a leaping elbow strike for a near fall. Goldust almost wins with an inside cradle, but Stasiak decks Goldust with a clothesline. Stasiak heads to the top rope, but Goldust shoves the referee into the ropes to crotch Stasiak. Goldust hits a superplex, but can’t make the cover. Goldust locks in a cobra clutch on the mat and Stasiak passes out giving Goldust the clean win. (*1/2. That was a weird match as the fans were cheering for Goldust until he didn’t do the Shattered Dreams. The action wasn’t all that bad, really. I liked the finish as Goldust came across as a psycho going for the submission.)
3.) Backstage, Lilian Garcia interviews Bradshaw regarding what happened between Kane and the NWO. Bradshaw explains to Garcia about how fights work. Bradshaw says the NWO haven’t learned how fights work. Bradshaw will jump NWO because they jump Kane, Austin and others. Bradshaw wants them to line up and he’ll take them out.
4.) Crash controls Jacqueline with a scoop slam to begin the contest. Crash drops Jacqueline over the top rope and flips her back into the ring from the apron. Crash is acting rather cocky. Crash tries for a slam, but Jacqueline sends Crash into the corner chest first. Crash decks Jacqueline with a clothesline and stomps. Crash delivers a few knee drops to the back. Crash side slams Jacqueline for a two count. Crash crotches Jacqueline on the top turnbuckle, but gets shoved off to the mat. Jacqueline hits a top rope crossbody, but Crash rolls through for a two count. Jacqueline drops Crash with a neckbreaker followed by chops. Crash misses a splash in the corner. Jacqueline tosses Crash with a German suplex followed by a kick to the head for a near fall. Jacqueline nearly pins Crash with a rollup. Crash misses a clothesline in the corner, but kicks Jacqueline and uses the ropes for leverage to win the match. (*1/2. I think Jacqueline going over here would have been the better decision. I don’t see Crash having much value at this point, but Jacqueline is a believable competitor against smaller guys. She looked great in there this week and held my interest.)
5.) Bradshaw misses an elbow drop early on. Bossman misses a splash in the corner and Bradshaw hits the Clothesline From Hell to win the match in thirty-seconds. (NR. To his credit, Bossman continues to get some great heel reactions from the crowd.)
An interesting approach this week with Goldust showing a different side of himself with the submission hold. Jacqueline had a solid showing and a decent tag match. That leads to a good overall episode of Heat.
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