August 26, 2009
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

WWF Intercontinental Champion Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Rocky Maivia – (WWF Shotgun Saturday Night, 1/18/97)
Since Raw wasn’t seen as an edgy enough show anymore, the WWF began Shotgun Saturday Night and had the show take place in various NYC nightclubs, which had the crowd RIGHT up against the ring. This week, they’re in Texas for the Royal Rumble that aired the next day in San Antonio. To show just how edgy they could get, two weeks earlier on the show’s debut, Marlena removed her top to distract the Sultan which led to his defeat at the hands of Marlena’s man Goldust. Of course she was wearing pasties and her back was to the camera, but still that had never been done before by the WWF. Not to mention on this episode, Terry Funk showed up and ran his mouth off using a bunch of obscenities that caused the show to tone their attitude down a bit. On last week’s show, Maivia saved Sable from the Honky Tonk Man’s advances. Marc Mero runs in and gets in Rocky’s face about it leading to a fisticuffs! OH GEEZ! The Tremendous Rookie Sensation gets a HUGE “Rocky” chant in the early going. This match is all armbar city until Jake Roberts runs in and scares everybody out with his snake. Is Jake wearing a Starbucks barista apron? Anyways, he’s here to join JR and Vince at the announce booth during the commercial break. Rocky elbows out of a chinlock, but runs into a knee. Pair of Knee Drops gain a nearfall for Hunter. Rocky connects with a crossbody block, but then takes a facebuster. High Knee gets two. Back to the chinlock. He cheats by using the ropes a little bit. Rocky fires back and hits a powerslam. Wait a minute, here comes Marlena. Rocky dropkicks Hunter to the floor, but gets his face slammed on the steps. Oh man, now Hunter spots Marlena. They say a few words to one another until Goldust runs down and chases him back through the crowd and all the way to the locker room. Well, probably not a locker room since they’re in a club, but wherever they went, they are now completely out of sight. With Rocky back in the ring, Helmsley has been counted out to give him the win. (9:23) At this point in either man’s careers, they weren’t going to produce anything great regardless of the fact that Vince McMahon calls HHH a veteran when he has less than three years of overall experience. **

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