Written in December 2022.
From Baltimore, Maryland. Our hosts are Jim Ross, Michael Cole, and Jerry Lawler.
Mr. McMahon power walks to the ring with something to say. He plans on forcing Stone Cold to wrestle in a tag team match later. But first, Vince gives a warm welcome to Dude Love, dressed up like a corporate suck-up. The Dude claims to be a well educated man, a lover of women, a leader of men, and a surprisingly good dancer for a big man. At Over The Edge, Stone Cold will learn what a tough SOB he is. The Dude thanks Vince for helping him find his smile again and they hug it out. Vince surprises Dude with Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson as guest timekeeper and ring announcer for Over the Edge, stacking the deck against everyone's favorite rattlesnake. As if that wasn't enough, Vince builds up a mysterious guest referee, who no-shows his introduction. Vince leaves to look for the ref, while Dude and the stooges awkwardly stands around. Patterson announces the guest ref is The Best There Is, There Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be: Mr. McMahon! Vince struts back out in a referee shirt. Amusing, if long winded, opening segment.
Sable brushes off Kevin Kelly's interview.
Earlier today, D-Generation X ride their toy tank to Atlanta and try to get into WCW's office.
Kevin Kelly expects Stone Cold to appear behind a garage door, but instead it's Al Snow with Head. Snow has a ticket so he's allowed to be here. Snow and Head get into an argument and wander off.
Vader fights off the New Midnight Express, but retreats when Windham gets back up.
Stone Cold peels into the arena and Kevin Kelly is ready to nag him. He updates Austin with all of Mr. McMahon's announcements from earlier. Stone Cold is rightfully upset but claims Vince can do whatever he wants, he's keeping the WWF title. Austin rips the mic away from Kelly and storms off.
Meanwhile, DX continue terrorizing Atlanta. They're hanging out in the CNN building and police would like them to leave.
Edge is coming. He's so cool and mysterious.
Bradshaw tries to teach Taka Michinoku how to drive and smoke cigars. Taka puts the car in reverse by mistake, which puts a scare in Bradshaw. He orders him to drive away without killing anyone. They return later and get jumped by Kai En Tai.
The Nation put the boots to Faarooq while Jarrett beats up Blackman with a nunchuck.
Stone Cold storms around looking for answers.
WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin makes his way to the ring to bring the crowd to life. He's not here to cry or complain about the deck being stacked against him, but he would like Vince to bring his little carcass out to the ring. Vince and the stooges appear on the big screen, they're too busy for him. They all play dumb about who Austin's partner and opponents are tonight. Austin brushes it off because they can't cover their @sses and he's coming for them.
Sable is spotted stretching backstage.
Video compilation of Val Venis' various faux p*rno vignettes. He is "coming" to "penetrate" the WWF.
The Undertaker attacks Jerry Lawler at commentary, no doubt upset with Jerry's recent rude comments about his mother. Taker hits a chokeslam in the ring and the fans love it. He prepares a Tombstone, but the lights go out to signal Kane's arrival. Paul Bearer announces that he can prove he's Kane's father and he'll do it NEXT WEEK! Kane summons the pyro, and takes off, leaving Undertaker to give Lawler a Tombstone for good measure. This was campy goodness.
Jim Ross is all alone at commentary so Al Snow makes himself at home. J.R. is worried that Snow will get himself in trouble, but Snow doesn't care because he recently tried to quit. The stooges and security arrive to remove Snow, who begs for a meeting with Vince. Snow slips away and plays to the fans with Head.
Meanwhile, in Atlanta, DX are back on the toy tank, feeling their mission is complete. They tell CNN and WCW to s*ck it, and fire at the building with a little help from cheesy late-90's computer special effects.
DX have miraculously made it to Baltimore in time and grace the arena crowd with their presence. They get a LOUD mixed reaction from the live fans. X-Pac brags that WCW tried to throw them in jail, but here they are. X-Pac talks directly to Eric Bischoff, claiming he never wanted an apology and will never kiss anyone's @ss. Okay, then. Road Dogg and Triple H take turns doing their typical microphone shtick. Owen Hart interrupts, and even though he's in the Nation of Domination, he still hates Triple H and wants to kick his @ss. Hart isn't alone and brings out the rest of the Nation with him.
TAFKA Goldust comes to the stage and sets the Goldust costume ablaze in a trash can. Dustin Rhodes says he's worked too hard for the past two years to lose the dignity of his family name. He hopes Mr. McMahon is watching. Well, this wouldn't last, but nice try.
Bradshaw and Taka chase Kai En Tai into the crowd. Taka will be joining Kai En Tai sooner than later.
Al Snow tries to negotiate his way back into the arena, but he lost his ticket. Head must have lost it.
IC Champion The Rock leads the Nation to the ring. Rock is ready to reignite the fire between him and Stone Cold, which obviously indicates that the Nation are Austin's opponents, but commentary is slow to figure this out.
Final Thoughts: This was a highly entertaining 2 hours of Attitude Era greatness and campiness. It's easy to see why this show was a ratings winner that appealed to a wide audience in 1998. Obviously, this show isn't great by modern standards, but what we do know anyway?
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