Written by: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation presents Heat
From: Buffalo, NY
1.) Mr. Perfect defeated Tommy Dreamer
2.) D’Lo Brown defeated Big Bossman
3.) Rob Van Dam defeated Justin Credible
4.) Trish Stratus defeated Molly Holly
1.) Dreamer and Perfect lockup, but shove each other away. The Buffalo crowd is heavily behind Dreamer. Perfect slaps Dreamer and is backed into the corner. Perfect bails to the floor. Dreamer pulls Perfect back into the ring and Perfect does a cartwheel. Dreamer does one of his own and strikes Perfect into the corner. Perfect delivers a rolling neck snap and backs Dreamer into a corner, but Dreamer reverses with chops of his own. Dreamer connects with a rolling neck snap and appears to ‘injure’ his left knee. Perfect puts a leg lock on Dreamer and splashes down onto Perfect’s knee. Perfect uses the ropes for leverage, but Dreamer doesn’t give in. Dreamer counters a figure four with an inside cradle for a two count. Dreamer elbows Perfect to the mat. Dreamer tries for a Death Valley Driver, but Perfect gets out of the hold and hits the Perfect Plex for the clean win. (*1/4. Dreamer’s crowd reaction in Buffalo shouldn’t be a surprise. I like that Perfect got a clean win. Lets face it, Dreamer isn’t moving the needle in the WWF. Perfect could have some value and looks to be energized since his return.)
2.) Bossman attacks Brown from behind with right hands. Bossman sends Brown into the corner and delivers a kick to the ribs. Brown slides through and hammers away on Bossman with right hands. Brown elbows Bossman into the ropes and ducks a clothesline. Bossman plants Brown with a spinebuster for a near fall. Bossman tries for a big boot, but is blocked by Brown. Bossman still maintains control with right hands. Bossman chokes Brown over the ropes and elbows Bossman. Brown elbows Bossman and hits a middle rope clothesline. Brown heel kicks Bossman followed by a leg drop for a two count. Brown kicks Bossman and is backdropped over the top to the floor. Bossman grabs the nightstick and hides it from the referee. Brown ducks a shot on the apron and goes for a sunset flip, but Bossman held onto the ropes. The referee kicks Bossman off the ropes allowing Brown to win the match with a sunset flip. (*. I’m just glad that D’Lo got the win. I’m shocked that Bossman continues to be presented on TV, but he’s only on Heat so I guess it’s not the worst thing ever.)
3.) Credible backs RVD into a corner and backs off taunting him. RVD monkey flips Credible across the ring followed by a spin kick for a two count. Credible backs RVD into a corner to deliver a few strikes. RVD boots Credible and nearly wins with a rollup. RVD connects with a standing moonsault for a two count. RVD rolls over Credible’s back, but is met with a superkick for a two count. Credible stomps and chokes RVD in the corner. Credible pulls RVD out of the corner with a sit down powerbomb for a near fall. Credible keeps a headlock on RVD, but doesn’t get a submission. RVD elbows free, but is yanked down by his hair. RVD nails Credible with a step over heel kick. RVD forearms Credible followed by a leg sweep and the rolling thunder for a near fall. RVD works over Credible in the corner with strikes. RVD hits a rolling fireman’s carry and a middle rope moonsault for a near fall. RVD heads to the top rope hitting the Five Star Frog Splash for the clean win. (**. Not a bad extended squash match. Credible had some good spots in there most notably a nicely done superkick. Their chemistry came across well and we got a decent match out of it.)
4.) Backstage, Terri interviews WWF Intercontinental Champion Eddie Guerrero. Guerrero is busy checking her out. Terri notes that RVD has challenged Guerrero to a rematch. Eddie wants her to relax and hits on her saying Terri looks fine tonight. Guerrero asks if Terri is Latina and wants some latino blood in her. Guerrero says that RVD is cocky and isn’t humble like him. Guerrero says a rematch is fine because he won the title at Backlash. Guerrero knows that he’ll be feeling froggy at Judgement Day and he’ll retain the title.
5.) Jacqueline is the special referee for the main event women’s match. Crash is with Molly, which is a little weird. Coach notes they hadn’t been with each other for quite sometime.
6.) Molly slaps Stratus to start the match followed by arm drags and a backbreaker. Molly goes for a cover, but only gets a two count. Trish kicks Molly and goes for a sunset flip, but Molly kicks out. Stratus plants Molly with a neckbreaker for a two count. Molly sends Stratus to the floor. Crash yanks Stratus off the apron and Trish hits her face on the apron. Molly chops Stratus against the railing a few times. Molly slams Stratus face first onto the canvas a few times. Molly continues with a backdrop for a near fall. Molly is met with an elbow in the corner and Stratus rams Molly into the corner. Stratus is shoved off the middle rope, but Stratus hits a hurricanrana off the top followed by clotheslines. Crash grabs Stratus by the boot. Stratus gets a backslide on Molly and nearly wins the match. Stratus hits a springboard bulldog for the win. (**. A fairly quick match, but I thought it was solid for what we got. Molly and Trish worked well and put forth a good effort on a secondary show. These two are at the top of the division and continue to deliver on a regular basis.)
A solid overall episode of Heat this week as we got a couple of solid matches to carry the show.
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