WWF In Your House 22: Over The Edge
May 31st, 1998

By mid-1998 the WWF was slowly overtaking WCW in the wrestling wars, and here we have the latest chapter of the saga between WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin and WWF Owner Vince McMahon. Tonight Steve Austin must once again face the challenge of Mick Foley (as Dude Love), who still has Vince's backing and has become even more of a corporate follower. However this time Vince has decided to stack the odds further against Austin. Not only will Vince himself be the special guest referee, but his stooges, Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson, are going to act as the guest ring announcer and guest timekeeper. Can Austin overcome the odds and retain the title, or will Dude fulfill Vince's wishes and dethrone the rebellious Rattlesnake, giving him the corporate champion he desires?

ARK1 Review: WWF In Your House 22: Over The Edge

by Adam King

May 31st, 1998
Live from the Wisconsin Center Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

We begin with a nice George Orwell-style intro video hyping the Austin/Dude Love match. After the video our announcers for the evening, Jim Ross and Jerry "The King Lawler" welcome us to the show, with Lawler eagerly proclaiming that Dude Love will come away with the title. A bunch of wrecked cars are parked at ringside to act as the stage for the show.

The Legion of Doom (w/Sunny & Droz) vs. D.O.A. (w/Chainz)
This is one of the first encounters of this seemingly never-ending feud between the Road Warriors and the Harris Brothers. Hawk and Animal come to the ring with Sunny and the recently debuted Droz, who would eventually become third member of the LOD. Skull and 8-Ball ride their way to the ring on their motorcycles along with Chainz. Before the match JR talks about Milwaukee being a great AWA town and even mentions the LOD's AWA Tag Title reign in 1984. All six men start brawling at the bell, even though it's supposed to be a normal tag match. Eventually Chainz and Droz tumble out of the ring, while Animal throws one of the twins (I'm assuming it's 8-Ball) back into the ring and hits a shoulderblock. Animal works over 8-Ball's arm then whips him into the ropes but 8-Ball counters with a neckbreaker. 8-Ball hits a legdrop but Animal's back up. 8-Ball whips Animal from one corner to the other but eats an elbow. Animal hits a legwhip then grabs the legs and headbutts 8-Ball in the midsection. 8-Ball tags in Skull while Animal tags in Hawk. Both men lock up several times until Skull presses Hawk into the ropes. Skull whips Hawk into the ropes and hits an elbow. Skull drops a series of elbows, then whips Hawk into the ropes and hits a sidewalk slam for a two count. Skull goes for a piledriver but botches it and Hawk's back on his feet, hitting a clothesline. Hawk follows up with a neckbreaker, and then hits a fistdrop before tagging in Animal. The Warriors double-team Skull before Animal snapmares him into a chinlock. Animal then releases the hold and clubs him in the head. Animal tags in Hawk and whips Skull into a clothesline from his partner. Hawk slams Skull to the mat and hits a legdrop. Hawk covers but 8-Ball breaks up the count. Hawk slams Skull to the mat again, and then climbs to the top rope. Hawk goes for a clothesline but misses and rolls out of the ring, where Chainz clotheslines him. Chainz throws Hawk back into the ring before Droz comes over and the two of them start going at it. While the referee tries breaking up the melee outside, in the ring Skull chokes Hawk with his boot and the top rope. Skull tags in 8-Ball and both DOA members whip Hawk into the ropes and hit a double boot for a two count.

8-Ball lays the boots to Hawk and whips him into the ropes but Hawk ducks a clothesline and hits his own clothesline. 8-Ball tags in Skull, who chokes Hawk on the middle rope. Chainz distracts the referee while 8-Ball does some choking from the outside. Skull slams Hawk to the mat and drops an axehandle for a two count. Skull applies several chokes then punches Hawk in a corner. Hawk stars fighting back until Skull rakes the face and Hawk stumbles into a clothesline from 8-Ball. Skull tags 8-Ball in and 8-Ball draws Animal in, distracting the referee while Skull chokes Hawk in his corner. Chainz hits a low blow on Hawk on the outside and 8-Ball covers but only gets two. 8-Ball applies a chinlock and Hawk starts to fade. The DOA does some double-teaming in their corner before 8-Ball tags in Skull, who stops Hawk from tagging out. Animal tries to come in but the referee holds him back, allowing more double-teaming. Skull kicks at the face, Hawk stars to come back but Skull stops that with a thrust chop to the throat. Skull slams Hawk to the mat then climbs to the middle rope and goes for a legdrop but misses. Skull tags in 8-Ball while Hawk finally tags in Animal, who takes it to both men at first. The DOA tries a double slam but Animal floats over and clotheslines both men. Hawk comes in and all four men go at it. Hawk backdrops one of the twins (I forget which one) over the top rope while Animal ducks a roundhouse right and slams the other. While Chainz distracts Animal and the referee tries to get Hawk out, the DOA tries the switch. However Droz clobbers the illegal DOA twin from the outside and he stumbles into a powerslam from Animal that gets the three count and the win for the LOD.

Winners: The Legion of Doom (9:38)

Comments: Not a good way to kick things off. The match had its moments but for the most part was boring and sloppy at times, plus the LOD continued to show their age. Sadly Sunny would be gone from the WWF shortly after this event, and the LOD's run would take several turns for the worse. [Score: 5/10]

WWF Intercontinental Champion The Rock comes out for a special appearance and heads to the ring. The Rock starts cutting a promo about the "beer capital of the world", saying he didn't become a champion and a blue chipper by drinking beer and eating bratwurst all day. Rock adds that if he grew up in Milwaukee and had to choose any of the Milwaukee females, he'd be drinking a lot of beer as well. Suddenly Faarooq (who will face the Rock for the IC belt later) hits the ring and attacks The Rock. Faarooq brings a chair into the ring but Rock kicks him low. Rock swings the chair at Faarooq but misses and the chair bounces off the ropes into the Rock's face. Faarooq then piledrives The Rock onto the chair (even though he actually misses the chair). The rest of the Nation runs in and Faarooq quickly leaves the ring, after which the Rock is fitted with a neck brace and stretchered out, putting the IC Title match later in doubt.

Backstage Michael Cole interviews Steve Austin about his match with Dude Love. Austin says Vince can stack the cards against him, he'll still be the WWF Champion when then match is over. Michael Cole then asks if anyone has volunteered to stand at ringside to make sure Vince officiates a fair match. Austin claims no one will step up because everyone's afraid of Vince and what he'll do to them, but Vince's rear end still belongs to him.

Jeff Jarrett (w/Tennessee Lee) vs. Steve Blackman
This match is the result of what happened at Unforgiven. Jarrett is conferring with Lee on the outside when Blackman nails him with a baseball slide to start the match. Blackman lands a chop then whips Jarrett into the guardrail. Blackman press slams Jarrett back into the ring, then climbs to the top rope and connects with a missile dropkick. Blackman runs up the turnbuckles and hits a chop to the head. Blackman whips Jarrett into the ropes but lowers the head and Jarrett drives him face first into the mat. Jarrett drapes Blackman over the middle ropes and straddles him before doing the Ric Flair strut. Jarrett lands several fist drops, then whips him into the ropes but Blackman ducks a clothesline and hits a thrust chop to the midsection. Blackman goes for a whip, Jarrett slides under him but Blackman connects with a bicycle kick. Blackman whips Jarrett from one corner to the other, Jarrett kips up but Blackman hits a German suplex for a two count. Blackman ties Jarrett in the tree of woe then bends him back across the turnbuckles until Tennessee gets Blackman’s attention with his hat. Blackman stalks after Tennessee, Jarrett tries a sneak attack but Blackman cuts him off with a superkick. Blackman throws Jarrett back into the ring and goes for a whip but Jarrett reverses and Tennessee trips up Blackman from the outside. Blackman goes out and chases after Tennessee but runs into a clothesline from Jarrett who then whips Blackman into the guardrail. Suddenly we see that Al Snow has joined the Spanish commentators wearing a Mexican poncho while his mannequin head is wearing a sombrero. Meanwhile Jarrett drops Blackman onto the guardrail before throwing him back into the ring. Jarrett whips Blackman into the ropes but lowers the head and Blackman drives him into the mat. Blackman goes to the top rope and goes for a headbutt but misses. Jarrett whips Blackman into the ropes for a dropkick and a two count. Jarrett rams Blackman into the turnbuckle, then whips him into the opposite corner but eats an elbow. Blackman goes for a splash off the second rope but Jarrett blocks it with his knees. Jarrett goes for the cover but Blackman bridges up into a backslide for a two count. At this point security finally escorts Al Snow out of the arena.

Back in the ring Blackman goes for a spin kick but misses and Jarrett hits a clothesline for two. Jarrett whips Blackman into the ropes and applies a sleeperhold. Blackman starts fading and Jarrett demands the bell be rung. The referee check the arm and it drops once, twice, but Blackman keeps it up a third time. Blackman fights out of it, whips Jarrett into the ropes and applies his own sleeper. Jarrett counters with a suplex and both men are down. Tennessee fans Jarrett with his hat to revive him as the referee starts counting. Jarrett's up first and goes for the pin but Blackman kicks out. Jarrett goes for a suplex but Blackman counters into his own suplex. Blackman goes for a slingshot splash but Jarrett blocks it with his feet. Jarrett comes off the ropes but Blackman hits a clothesline. Jarrett comes off the ropes again but Blackman blocks a pair of rights. Jarrett comes off the ropes a third time and runs into a sidewalk slam. Blackman whips Jarrett into the ropes and connects with a spinkick. Blackman drops a series of axehandles, and then follows up with an elbow drop for a two count. Blackman whips Jarrett into the ropes and hits a bicycle kick. Tennessee hops onto the apron and gets Blackman's attention. Blackman takes a swing at him but misses and Tennessee holds him for Jarrett. Jarrett comes off the ropes, Blackman escapes and Jarrett stops himself from hitting his manager but Blackman rolls him up for a near fall. Blackman and the referee both turn their attention toward Tennessee while Jarrett grabs one of Blackman's glow sticks. Blackman cuts him off and clocks him with the stick. Blackman tosses the stick out then covers Jarrett and the referee counts 1….2….but Jarrett gets his foot on the bottom rope. Blackman climbs to the top rope but Tennessee clobbers him in the back with the stick. Jarrett rolls over and covers Blackman for the three count and the cheap pin.

Winner: Jeff Jarrett (10:20)

Comments: This was actually a solid match. Nothing really stood out and there were a couple of choppy spots but Blackman and Jarrett still put on a decent showing. The Al Snow cameo was pretty funny, though. [Score: 7/10]

"Marvelous" Marc Mero vs. ????? (w/Sable)
This match is for Sable's independence form Marc Mero, with Mero challenging Sable to pick somebody to face him. If Sable's man wins, she's out of her contract with Mero, but if Mero wins Sable must leave the WWF. Mero comes out first with the contract, while Sable comes out alone, dressed to wrestle. Mero demands to know who Sable recruited when Sable says that she doesn't need anyone fighting her battles, so she's going to fight for herself. Befuddled, Mero asks what happened between the two of them, saying the business ruins relationships, and it ruined theirs. Mero then decides that if Sable hates him that much and is willing to risk her body, he's going to do "what he should have done". The bell rings and Mero lays down on the mat, offering to let Sable pin him. Sable is hesitant at first but eventually covers him. The referee counts 1….2….but Mero suddenly reverses into a cradle and the referee counts 1….2….3, giving Mero the win and seemingly ending Sable's career.

Winner: Marc Mero (0:29)

Mero jumps around wildly celebrating his deception before telling Sable to get out of the WWF. Mero then starts singing the "Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye" song while Sable sadly leaves the ring for (apparently) the last time.

Comments: Of course like all retirement stipulations, Sable would be back several weeks later, making this bout completely pointless. It's funny to watch this go down but since the actual match only last 30 seconds I can't rate this. [Score: NR]

Backstage Michael Cole grabs a interview with Sable, who says she should have known better. Sable thanks her fans for their support and tells them goodbye.

Elsewhere backstage Doc Hendrix tries to interview the injured Rock but the Nation tells him to buzz off while tending to their leader. Hendrix then says that WWF Commissioner Sgt. Slaughter has decreed the Rock must defend the Intercontinental Title tonight regardless of his condition, or else he'll be stripped of the belt.

Taka Michinoku & Bradshaw vs. Kaientai (w/Yamaguchi-San) – Handicap Match
This is supposedly a bonus match added to the pay-per-view and the first PPV appearance of Michinoku Pro wrestlers Mens Teioh, Sho Funaki, & Dick Togo, who jumped their former teammate Taka on Raw a few weeks back for being too American, or something like that. Taka and Bradshaw clear the ring to start, then Bradshaw press slams Taka onto the Kaientai members on the floor. Taka pops up and nails Yamaguchi-San before heading back into the ring. Funaki is in to start the match in earnest and goes for a whip, Taka reverses but Funaki ducks a clothesline and nails a dropkick. Bradshaw tags in and Funaki and the others bail from the ring. The Kaientai members hesitate in coming back so Bradshaw tags Taka back in. Mens Teioh is in and gets the advantage with a headlock, Taka shoves him into the ropes but Teioh counters with a shoulderblock. Teioh comes off the ropes, Taka tries a hiptoss but Teioh blocks it and hits a clothesline. Taka tags in Bradshaw and Kaientai bails again. This time Bradshaw chases them in and out of the ring but can't catch them so Taka tags back in. Dick Togo is in now for Kaientai; he chops Taka in a corner, whips him to the opposite corner, then goes for a splash but misses when Taka sidesteps him. Taka hops to the middle rope and hits a tornado DDT. Taka covers but Funaki breaks up the count. Bradshaw comes in and throws Funaki threw the ropes to the floor. Bradshaw goes out, Teioh tries a slingshot splash but Bradshaw easily catches him and slams him to the floor. Taka climbs to the top and connects with an Asai moonsault on Funaki. Bradshaw goes in and kicks Togo in the head before the referee forces him to leave since he's not the legal man.

Taka's back in but Togo greets him with a right hand. Togo whips Taka into the ropes, Taka ducks a clothesline but Togo slams him with a front-face slam. Togo tags in Funaki, who hits a vertical suplex for two. Funaki tags in Teioh who slap Taka in the face, then whips him into the ropes and lands a boot to the face. Teioh hits a Tiger suplex and cover but only gets two. Teioh tags in Togo, who rams Taka into the ropes and lands a chop. Togo goes for a whip, Taka reverses but Togo runs up the turnbuckles and hits a corkscrew splash. Togo applies a nerve hold but Taka fights out of it. Taka comes off the ropes but runs into a powerslam for a two count. Togo tags in Teioh, and he and Funaki whip Taka into the ropes and hit a modified 3D. Teioh goes for the cover and Bradshaw makes the save. Funaki comes in and slams Taka to the mat, while Togo climbs up and hits a Seanton Bomb. Toko tags in Funaki, both men whip Taka into the ropes and hit a double clothesline, then clasp hands and hit a double elbowdrop. Funaki clubs Taka in the back, then whips him into the ropes and applies a sleeper. Taka fights out of it then comes off the ropes with a forearm. Funaki whips Taka into the ropes and hits a spinebuster. Funaki applies a Boston Crab, Teioh turns it into a Camel Clutch and Togo hits a dropkick to the face. Teioh hits a piledriver before tagging in Togo. Togo and Funaki whip Taka into a corner, Togo whips Funaki into Taka but Taka avoids it and nails a heel kick on Togo while Funaki hits the turnbuckles. Taka comes back with a spinning heel kick on Funaki before tagging in Bradshaw.

Bradshaw takes out all three Kaientai members with kicks to the face. Funaki grabs Bradshaw's leg while Teioh comes off the top rope but Bradshaw catches him and slams him to the mat before taking Funaki out with a powerbomb. The referee is distracted to Togo hits a low blow followed by a dropkick to the face. All three Kaientai members try grandstanding at Bradshaw's expense but Bradshaw shakes them off. Bradshaw nails Funaki with a Clothesline from Hell then plants Teioh with a release Tiger suplex. Bradshaw covers Teioh but Togo breaks up the count. Taka climbs to the top rope and nails Togo with a missile dropkick. Bradshaw tags in Taka, telling him to finish it, and Taka drills Togo with the Michinoku Driver. Taka covers but Funaki and Teioh make the save. Bradshaw rams Funaki into a turnbuckle while Teioh hits a chokeslam on Taka, and Togo climbs to the top and hits a Senton Bomb for the three count.

Winners: Kaientai (9:49)

The victorious Kaientai leave through the crowd while Bradshaw tries to console his partner.

Comments: Despite being put out there just to kill time, this was a very fun match. The four Japanese wrestlers did most of the work and showed off some exciting stuff, and Bradshaw's participation didn't hurt it too much since he wasn't involved a whole lot. [Score: 8/10]

We cut to the back and see Sable leaving the arena with her gear.

We then get a WWF Attitude promo, with several of the superstars telling how some people think they're not real athletes.

WWF Intercontinental Title – The Rock © vs. Faarooq
Faarooq comes out first, hoping extract his final revenge on his former protégé. The Rock's music plays twice but the champion doesn't come out. Sgt. Slaughter comes out and orders the Rock to come out before a count of 10, or else he'll forfeit the title to Faarooq. Slaughter begins counting down, but when he reaches 2 the Rock finally appears and hobbles his way to the ring, still wearing the neck brace. Rock tries to reason with Slaughter but Faarooq goes out and attacks Rock, ramming him into the ring apron then dropping him onto the guardrail. Faarooq rips off the neck brace then throws Rock into the ring and nails him in the head with the brace. Faarooq pounds Rock into a corner, then goes for a whip. Rock reverses but Faarooq comes out with a clothes. Faarooq hits another clothesline and whips Rock into the ropes. Rock slides under the bottom rope and tries to walk away but Faarooq cuts him off and brings him back, keeping Rock from getting counted out. Faarooq whips Rock into the ropes but puts his head down and Rock kicks him in the face and hits a clothesline. Rock drapes Faarooq over the apron and elbows him in the chest twice. Faarooq starts fighting back and comes off the ropes but runs into an elbow. Rock slams Faarooq to the mat and hits the People's Elbow. Rock covers but only gets two.

Rock rams Faarooq into a turnbuckle and lays the boots to him. Faarooq tries to fight out but Rock rakes the eyes and continues his punishment. Rock whips Faarooq into the ropes but Faarooq comes out and throws Rock to the mat. Faarooq slams Rock to the mat and hits a headbutt for a two count. Faarooq whips Rock into the ropes but Rock ducks a clothesline and hits a DDT. Rock covers but Faarooq kicks out. Rock goes for a whip, Faarooq reverses and hits a spinebuster. Faarooq covers Rock and referee Tim White counts 1….2….3 but Rock gets his foot on the rope. Faarooq starts celebrating thinking he's won but White explains Rock's foot was on the rope, hence the match isn't over. While Faarooq's arguing with White, Rock tries a sneak attack but Faarooq stop him and pounds on him in the corner. However Rock takes him down on the legs and pins him with his feet on the ropes to get the cheap win.

Winner and still Intercontinental Champion: The Rock (5:31)

Faarooq is not happy with the decision so he gives the Rock a piledriver, then hits another piledriver. Suddenly the rest of the Nation runs in and beats down Faarooq until D-Generation X runs in and clears the ring. The Nation then helps the Rock to the back.

Comments: Just a short, sloppy match with a terrible ending that was supposed to serve as the blow off to this long feud. At least there was some decent psychology, with The Rock selling the neck injury from earlier, but Faarooq constantly brought the match down despite Rock's best efforts. This loss would mark the end of Faarooq's singles push, as he would spend most of the next few years in the tag team ranks, while the Rock would move on to an new feud with an old enemy. [Score: 5/10]

Kane (w/Paul Bearer) vs. Vader – Mask vs. Mask
This match is Vader's chance at revenge for getting put on the shelf by Kane last February. The loser of this match must take off his mask. Incidentally the referee for this match is Earl Hebner, who's back in action after suffering an aneurysm just before Wrestlemania. Both men start off by exchanging punches, and Kane gets the advantage. Kane goes for a whip but Vader reverses and sends Kane into a corner. Kane comes out and throws Vader into the corner before landing several punches. Kane hits a short-arm clothesline then chokes Vader in the corner. Vader stops Kane with a boot to the face then hits a running shoulderblock. Vader whips Kane into the ropes and hits a shoulderblock that knocks Kane off his feet. However Kane gets right up. Vader tries a suplex but Kane counters into his own suplex. Kane goes for an elbow drop but Vader rolls out of the way. Vader grabs Kane from behind then pulls his hair and clubs him in the back. Vader hits another short-arm clothesline then hits a big elbow drop. Vader goes for a whip but Kane counters with a clothesline. Kane rams Vader into a turnbuckle and lays in some shots. Kane slams Vader to the mat, then climbs to the top rope and connects with a flying clothesline. Vader starts fighting back and goes for a whip, Kane reverses and hits a boot to the face but Vader's still on his feet, until Kane hits a clothesline. Kane chokes Vader on the mat, then drapes him on the apron and clubs him in the chest. Both men exchange blows until Kane fights Vader into the corner. Kane rolls Vader with a snapmare then applies a neck vice. Vader gets to his feet, both men exchange blows until Kane lands a right hand that knocks Vader down. Kane then grabs Vader by the throat and manages to hit the Chokeslam. Vader rolls to the outside and grabs a wrench from under the ring. While Paul Bearer accidentally distracts Hebner, Kane goes out where Vader nails him with the wrench. Both men are back in and Vader whips Kane into the ropes and hits an Avalanche, followed by a running clothesline. Kane is down and Vader climbs to the top rope. Vader goes for a moonsault but misses when Kane gets up. Kane manages to hit the Tombstone Piledriver on Vader to get the three count for the victory.

Winner: Kane (7:27)

After the match, Kane pulls off Vader's mask and gives it to Paul Bearer, who puts it on and dances around mocking Vader. Michael Cole grabs an interview with Vader, who admits Kane was the better man and suggests maybe Vader Time is over, even calling himself a "big fat piece of ****" before walking off.

Comments: First of all the stipulation made it obvious who was going to win given the fact that a) we've seen Vader without his mask before and b) his mask doesn't cover much of his face anyway. Other than that, this match wasn't half bad. It was a good show of strength from both participants, with Vader manhandling Kane and Kane managing to hit both a Chokeslam and a Tombstone. Kane would win an even bigger match next month while Vader continues his downward slide, which is a shame since he was always so over with the crowd. [Score: 7/10]

Michael Cole then does an in-ring presentation honoring two Milwaukee wrestling legends who were also AWA Champions. First he brings out Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon, then he brings out The Crusher Blackwell, who actually gets a great ovation. Cole presents Vachon with a plaque and gives him the mic, and Vachon rambles on about his wife, his niece Luna Vachon, and his family, among other stuff. Crusher then gets his plaque and mumbles a few words. However Jerry Lawler, who's upset at this segment, climbs into the ring and starts berating both legends. Lawler asks the Crusher to act his age but he’s worried he’ll drop dead. Lawler then confronts Vachon about his wooden leg before kicking it. Crusher nails Lawler prompting him to flee the ring. Lawler storms back in and pulls Vachon's wooden leg off, hoping to hit Crusher with it but Crusher chases him away. Lawler's back in a third time and gets nailed in the head with the leg before this segment finally concludes. Total waste of PPV time; they should have just acknowledged the two legends and be done with it there.

D-Generation X (Triple H, Road Dogg & Billy Gunn w/X-Pac & Chyna) vs. The Nation (Owen Hart, Kama & D'Lo Brown w/Mark Henry)
This is the beginning of this infamous stable war. DX was officially fan favorites and feuding with the Nation which now included Owen Hart who joined the group after putting Ken Shamrock on the shelf for several months. Triple H leads his group out first and does his pre-match spiel before handing the mic to Road Dogg and Billy Gunn for their intro. After the Nation comes out next without The Rock, the crowd starts chanting "Owen Sucks", prompting D'Lo to cover Owen's ears. Road Dogg and D'Lo start off with lock up. Road Dogg gets the advantage with an armbar which D'Lo reverses into a chicken wing. Road Dogg reverses into a headlock, D'Lo counters into his own headlock, Road Dogg shoves him into the ropes but D'Lo hits a shoulderblock. D'Lo taunts Road Dogg to come after him then hits an uppercut. D'Lo applies another headlock, Road Dogg shoves him into the ropes but D'Lo hits another shoulderblock. D'Lo comes off the ropes with a third shoulderblock. They lock up again and D'Lo applies another headlock. Road Dogg shoves D'Lo into the ropes, leapfrogs over him and hits a hiptoss. Road Dogg lands a clothesline, and when D'Lo crawls over the middle rope Road Dogg straddles him. Road Dogg tags in Billy Gunn, who takes over on D'Lo. D'Lo lands several slaps to the face before tagging in Owen who comes in but runs right into a clothesline. Billy throws Owen into the ropes and lands a series of shots. Billy whips Owen into the ropes and hits a military press slam. Billy goes for another press slam, but Owen floats over and shoves Billy into the ropes but Billy holds on. Billy turns around but Owen nails him with a spinning heel kick. Owen whips Billy into the ropes and hits a backdrop. Owen starts to apply the Sharpshooter but Bully pokes the eyes to escape before tagging in Triple H.

Triple H lands several right hands, then whips Owen into the ropes and connects with a high knee. Triple H hammers away at Owen before going for a whip but lowers the head and Owen kicks him in the face before hitting an Atomic Drop. Owen comes off the ropes but misses a clothesline and runs into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker for a two count. Triple H tags in Road Dogg, who brings Owen into a corner and lands several kicks followed by a choke with the boot. Road Dogg hits a snapmare followed by a legdrop for a two count. Road Dogg tags Triple H in and whips Owen into a midsection shot from Triple H. Owen staggers into a corner, Triple H goes after him but Owen mule kicks him below the belt. Kama tags in and rams Triple H into a turnbuckle. Kama whips Triple H into the opposite corner and hits a splash. Kama whips Triple H into the ropes again but lowers the head and Triple H hits a knee to the face. Triple H tags in Billy who goes for a whip, Kama reverses, misses a clothesline but connects with a thrust kick.

Kama grabs the arm and lands several kicks to the midsection. Kama shoves Billy into his corner and the Nation starts triple-teaming him. D'Lo tags in and pops Billy in the face. D'Lo whips Billy into the ropes and goes for a Frankensteiner but Billy counters into a catapult across the ring. Billy lands a clothesline before tagging Triple H back in. Triple H lays the boots to D'Lo in the corner before ramming him into a boot from Road Dogg. Triple H tags in Road Dogg and trips D'Lo with a drop toe hold, allowing Road Dogg to hit a knee drop to the back for a two count. Road Dogg applies a front face lock and D'Lo fights out of it until Road Dogg clubs him in the back. Road Dogg props D'Lo in the DX corner and lands several punches before tagging in Billy. Triple H distracts the referee while the Outlaws whip D'Lo into the ropes and hit a double elbow. Billy hits a vertical suplex for a two count. Billy tags in Triple H, who pops D'Lo then hits a backbreaker. Triple H follows up with a knee drop and covers but Kama breaks up the count. Triple H drapes D'Lo over the middle rope, allowing X-Pac to get in a shot from the outside.

Road Dogg tags in and whips D'Lo form one corner to the other but eats a boot to the face. Kama tags in and chokes Road Dogg in a corner. Road Dogg goes for a whip but Kama reverses and Owen nails him from the outside. Road Dogg knocks Owen off the apron but Kama lands a hard clothesline. Kama connects with a crescent kick, then grabs the legs and hits a blow to the midsection. Kama puts Road Dogg in the Nation's corner and D'Lo holds him for some kicks before Owen tags in. Owen goes for a whip, Road Dogg reverses but lowers the head and Owen hits a piledriver for two. Owen hits a neckbreaker, then hops to the middle rope and hits an elbow drop. Owen covers but Triple H makes the save. The referee tries to get Triple H out of the ring, allowing D'Lo to come in and help Owen with the wishbone.

D'Lo takes over without making a tag and lands a hard right hand. D'Lo follows up with a legdrop and covers but Road Dogg counters for a two count. D'Lo applies a chinlock and Road Dogg tries to fight out of it but D'Lo pulls him down by the hair. D'Lo whips Road Dogg into the ropes but Road Dogg ducks a clothesline and lands the juke'n'juve punches. Road Dogg goes for a whip but D'Lo counters into a Sky High powerbomb. D'Lo covers and Billy makes the save. Owen comes in without a tag and whips Road Dogg into the ropes but Road Dogg hits a crossbody for a two count. Owen hits the euzuigiri then applies the Sharpshooter when Triple H comes in and break it up with a blow to the head. Owen tags in Kama who slams Road Dogg to the mat. Kama climbs to the middle rope and goes for a splash but Road Dogg avoids it. Kama whips Road Dogg into the ropes and lands a hard clothesline that gets him a two count. Kama applies a chinlock and Road Dogg starts to fade. The referee checks the arm and it drops once, twice, but Road Dogg keeps it up the third time. Road Dogg fights out of it and tries a Sunset Flip but Kama blocks it.

Kama tags in D'Lo who hits a modified backbreaker. D'Lo climbs to the top rope and connects with a moonsault. D'Lo covers but Triple H makes the save. D'Lo hops to the middle rope and goes for a back elbow but Road Dogg rolls out of the way. Both men are down as their respective corner reach out for tags. D'Lo tries to keep Road Dogg from making the tag but Road Dogg crawls under him and tags in Billy. Billy takes it to the Nation, nailing D'Lo with a clothesline and knock Owen and Kama off the apron. Billy whips D'Lo into the ropes and hits a huge backdrop. Owen and Kama come in, prompting Triple H and Road Dogg to do the same, and all six men are going at it. Triple H and Kama fight on the outside, while Billy reverses a whip and lands the Rocker Dropper on D'Lo. Chyna chokes Owen on the top rope from the apron when Mark Henry pulls her off, and Chyna responds by slapping him. Triple H tosses his European Title belt into the ring, Billy sets D'Lo up and Triple H hits the spike piledriver onto the belt. Triple H covers D'Lo but the referee is too busy trying to break up the melee outside. Owen runs into the ring and breaks up the cover. Owen then drills Triple H with a Pedigree onto the European title belt! Owen covers and the referee runs in to make the three count, giving the win to the Nation.

Winners: The Nation (18:02)

The Nation walks off with their hands raised while the rest of DX tends to their fallen leader.

Comments: Very fun six-man tag. It wasn't the greatest and seemed to drag at times but still had plenty of good action with a cool ending. [Score: 8/10]

After a video package hyping the WWF Title match, Doc Hendrix interviews Vince McMahon and his stooges about him being the referee, asking if we'll have a new WWF Champion when the bell rings. Vince promises that he'll be impartial and call it right down the middle, but says if Austin assaults him in any way at any time, he'll stop the match, strip Austin of the title and award it to Dude Love. Vince also adds the match can end by his hand only.

WWF World Heavyweight Title – Stone Cold Steve Austin © vs. Dude Love – Special Referee: Vince McMahon
Dude Love earned this return match by destroying Terry Funk in their infamous hardcore match on the May 4th Raw. In the ring Howard Finkel reads off a long drawn-out introduction for Pat Patterson, who takes over as ring announcer. Patterson then does another long introduction, this time for special timekeeper Gerald Brisco, even throwing in a plug for the Brisco Bros. Bodyshop. Patterson then introduces Vince McMahon in yet another long introduction. Dude Love makes his way out next, sporting combed hair, gold false teeth and a blue blazer, followed by Austin, who doesn't get an intro speech from Patterson. Just as the match is about to begin, the lights go out and the Undertaker makes his way to ringside, volunteering to keep McMahon fair.

Austin and Dude lock up to start and end up in a corner. Vince forces a break and Austin responds by flipping the double bird. Dude applies a headlock, Austin shoves him into the ropes but Dude hits a shoulderblock. Dude covers and Vince tries a fast count but Austin kicks out. After complaining to Vince about the count, Austin and Dude lock up, Austin applies a headlock, but Dude shoves him into the ropes and hits a knee to the chest for a one count. Dude snapmares Austin into a chinlock and Vince counts even though Austin's shoulder is up. Austin gets to his feet and shoves Dude into the ropes, nailing a back elbow to the face. Austin applies a headlock, but Dude gets to his feet. Dude goes for a whip, Austin reverses and kicks Dude in the chest. Austin grabs Dude's false teeth and stomps them before throwing them away. Dude lays the boots to Austin, capping off with a headbutt. Dude goes for a whip but Austin ducks a clothesline and hits the Lou Thesz press followed by a series of rights. Austin clotheslines Dude over the top rope to the floor then goes out and rams him into the guardrail. Austin goes for a whip but Dude reverses and sends Austin into the ringsteps. Dude rams Austin into the steps, and Vince tells Austin to get back in the ring and not get counted out. Austin does climb back in and Dude greets him with a Russian legsweep for a two count. Austin crawls to a corner and Dude chokes him with his boot and bites him in the face. Dude whips Austin hard into the opposite corner. Dude drops an elbow on Austin's back and rams him into a turnbuckle. Dude whips Austin into the opposite corner and hits a running knee to the chest for a near fall. Dude whips Austin into the ropes but lowers the head and Austin hits a neckbreaker. Austin connects with three clotheslines, then rams Dude into a turnbuckle and lands a series of kicks. Austin goes for a whip but Dude reverses and applies the Mandible Claw. However Austin slings him over the ropes and Dude ends up hanged in the ropes. Vince frees Dude from the ropes and tries to help him up but the Undertaker persuades him otherwise. Austin goes out but Dude throws him across the Spanish announcers' table. At the point Pat Patterson "reminds" us that this match is no DQ.

Apparently aware of this ruling, Dude chokes Austin with a TV cable but Austin drives him into the timekeeper's table, knocking him into Gerald Brisco. Austin hammers away at Dude, then rams him into the guardrail, sits him on the guardrail and clotheslines him into the crowd, causing Dude to land on the concrete on his head. Austin punches Dude back over the guardrail to ringside and goes after him, stomping all over Brisco along the way. Austin hits a short-arm clothesline before rolling Dude back into the ring. Austin chokes Dude in the middle rope then goes for the straddle but Dude moves and Austin hits the rope. Dude kicks Austin out of the ring with a baseball slide, then goes out and hits a neckbreaker on the floor. Patterson then gives us another "reminder", this time saying that this is a falls-count-anywhere match.

Dude covers Austin on the floor and Vince tries to count but Austin kicks out. Dude tries to pin Austin on the floor with a backslide but only gets two. Dude starts strutting around until Austin nails a running clothesline. Austin then punches Dude toward one of the cars at ringside. Austin charges at Dude but Dude backdrops him onto the car, with his foot going through the windshield. Dude covers Austin but only gets two. Dude rams Austin into the car hood and covers him there but only gets two. Austin tries to fight back but Dude rakes the face. Dude charges and Austin flapjacks him into a Gremlin for a two count. Austin rams Dude into a third car and covers but Dude kicks out. Austin climbs to the top of the car and sets Dude up for a Stunner but Dude shoves him off and Austin slides across a Mercury to the floor. Dude comes off the Mercury with a Sunset Flip for two. Dude grabs a steel pole from under a car and clocks Austin with it. Dude rams Austin into the car twice but Austin (who's busted open at this point) starts fighting back. Austin sets Dude up for a piledriver but Dude counters with a backdrop onto the floor for a two count. Dude suplexes Austin to the floor, but instead of covering him, Dude climbs to the top of one of the cars. Dude tries to go for an elbow drop but misses when Austin rolls out of the way, causing him to hit the concrete. Austin covers but only gets two.

Austin kicks Dude all the way down the aisle and rams him into the steps before throwing him back into the ring. Austin chokes Dude on the middle rope. Austin goes for a whip but Dude reverses and Patterson trips Austin from the outside. Dude connects with a clothesline then hammers at Austin's open wound. Dude undoes one of the turnbuckles then rams Austin into the exposed bolt. Dude hammers Austin in the corner and follows up with a running knee to the face. Dude rams Austin into the bolt again before applying a modified Camel Clutch. Vince tells Austin to give up but Austin gets to his feet and punches his way out of the hold. Austin starts fighting back until Dude rams him into the bolt a third time for a near fall. Patterson then hands Dude a chair, which Dude uses to jab Austin in the chest and whack him in the back. Dude then drills Austin with a double-arm DDT onto the chair. Dude covers and Vince counts 1….2….but Austin kicks out! Dude grabs the chair and charges at Austin but Austin kicks the chair into Dude's face. Austin nails a clothesline then waffles Dude with the chair. Austin covers Dude but Vince refuses to count. Austin starts arguing with Vince, remembering that he can't touch him. Dude grabs the chair and swings at Austin but misses and nails Vince!! Vince is KOed as Austin hits the Stunner on Dude! Referee Mike Chioda runs out to make the count but Pat Patterson pulls him out and punches him. Dude locks in the Mandible Claw and soon Austin is down. Patterson goes in to count but the Undertaker pulls him out and chokeslams him through the announcers' table! Gerald Brisco tries to count Dude's cover but Taker pulls him out as well and chokeslams him through the Spanish announcers' table! Dude applies the Mandible Claw on Austin again but Austin kicks him low and hits the Stunner! Austin then grabs Vince's limp hand and slaps it to the mat three times for the count and the win.

Winner and still WWF Champion: Steve Austin (19:03)

Austin begins celebrating his successful title defense while the Undertaker glares at him from the outside. Austin glares back and the Undertaker walks off without saying a word. Austin has some words for the unconscious Vince and continues celebrating his triumph as the show goes off the air.

Comments: Just an awesome brawl between Austin and Mick Foley, tons better than their match at the last PPV. Wild not-stop action, crazy bumps, and a fun ending all come together to form an excellent main event. The night after this match Vince would "fire" Dude Love, causing Foley to return to his Mankind persona which would lead to a match you may have heard about in next month's pay-per-view. [Score: 9/10]

CONCLUSION: This was a definite improvement over Unforgiven. The Austin/Dude Love main event did not disappoint while the undercard was decent overall, with the six-man tag and the handicap match leading the way along with some okay bouts like Blackman/Jarrett and Kane/Vader. The sore spots like Sable's "retirement", the IC Title match and the opening tag bout do bring the grade down a little, and there was a little too much time taken on the filler segments like Faarooq's attack on the Rock and the legends ceremony. Other than that, Over the Edge '98 is a good show that you should check out.


(Thanks to Adam King for this great review)