The JWL [Episode 28]

Live from the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

You know the drill.

(Video package covering the feud between the Four Horsemen and Stratusfaction Inc.)

Opening Match: "The Iceman" Dean Malenko (w/"The Horny Little She-Devil" Terri Runnels) vs. Kanyon (w/Trish Stratus)

LG: "The following contest is scheduled for one fall."

("Time to Rock N Roll" plays)

LG: "Introducing first, being led to the ring by Trish Stratus and representing Stratusfaction Inc., from Atlanta, GA, weighing in at 245 lbs., KANYON!"

Crowd boos.

("The Four Horsemen" by Metallica plays)

LG: "And his opponent, being led to the ring by 'The Horny Little She-Devil' Terri Runnels and representing the Four Horsemen, from Tampa, FL, weighing in at 212 lbs., 'THE ICEMAN' DEAN MALENKO!"

Crowd cheers and many people are raising the four fingers.

JR points out that Kanyon beat Malenko in their last one-on-one encounter, though Malenko and Benoit beat Kanyon and Val Venis at SuperBrawl.

Malenko and Kanyon have an exciting, highly technical match filled with great moves from both guys. Malenko gets control and never loses it, finishing Kanyon with the Texas Cloverleaf for the tapout at 6:00.

LG: "Here is your winner, 'THE ICEMAN' DEAN MALENKO!"

Crowd pops.

Malenko gets no chance to celebrate though, since THE ROCK runs in and attacks him. Rock hits the Rock Bottom and goes for the Royal Elbow, but JWL World Heavyweight Champion "The Crippler" Chris Benoit makes the save. JR makes sure to plug the Benoit-Rock match for the JWL World Heavyweight Title at JWL WrestleMania I.

(Chyna video package)

Women's Handicap Match: "The 9th Wonder of the World" Chyna vs. Miss X and Jennifer Lee Chan

LG: "The following women's handicap match is scheduled for one fall. In the ring at this time, first, from Parts Unknown, MISS X! And her partner, from Seattle, WA, JENNIFER LEE CHAN!"

("Who I Am" plays)

LG: "And their opponent, representing the Clique, from Nashua, NH, 'THE 9TH WONDER OF THE WORLD' CHYNA!"

Crowd boos.

Chyna squashes both women with ease, finishing both with Pedigrees and pinning both of them with one foot at 3:30.

LG: "Here is your winner, 'THE 9TH WONDER OF THE WORLD' CHYNA!"

(Repeat of the Dusty promo from Episode 27 that introduced Crush.)

(Commercials)

We go back to the Franchise Foundation promo from the last show where Shane Douglas introduced Sid as the newest member.

Handicap Tag Team Match: Sid and "The Big Red Machine" Kane (w/"The Franchise" Shane Douglas and "The Head" Cheerleader" Francine) vs. Tom Marquez, Erik Watts and Mike Haynor

LG: "The following tag team handicap contest is scheduled for one fall. In the ring at this time, first, from Philadelphia, PA, weighing in at 240 lbs., TOM MARQUEZ! And his partners, first, from Amarillo, TX, weighing in at 268 lbs., ERIK WATTS! And from Atlanta, GA, weighing in at 219 lbs., MIKE HAYNOR!"

KABOOM!

("Snapped" plays)

LG: "And their opponents, being led to the ring by 'The Franchise' Shane Douglas and 'The Head Cheerleader' Francine and representing the Franchise Foundation, first, from Anywhere he darn well pleases, weighing in at 325 lbs., SID! And from Parts Unknown, weighing in at 330 lbs., 'THE BIG RED MACHINE' KANE!"

Crowd boos.

Shane's monsters win a squash, with Kane Tombstoning Marquez and Sid chokeslamming and powerbombing Watts and Haynor for stereo pins at 2:45.

LG: "Here are your winners, SID AND KANE!"

Sid and Kane continue to beat up the jobbers after the match, but the Yeti and the Giant attack and the four huge men fight to the back.

(High Standards video package)

("I Don't Suck" plays)

LG: "Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Mr. Bob Backlund, Kurt Angle and Christopher Nowinski, HIGH STANDARDS!"

Crowd boos.

BACKLUND: "Listen, plebians. We here at High Standards are always studying wrestlers to see whether or not they could be added to High Standards. We have found a wrestler who definitely embodies High Standards. Please welcome the newest member of High Standards (dramatic pause)...

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BRET 'THE HITMAN' HART!"

"Hitman" plays and Bret walks down the aisle toward the ring with a smile on his face, seemingly suffering no lingering aftereffects from the concussion or the stroke. The crowd is shocked to see him and doesn't know whether to chant "Welcome back" or to boo him for returning as a member of High Standards. Out of concern for JR's health, Joey Styles is sent down to the announce desk to take over for him.

JOEY: "Oh my G-d! Fans, I never thought I would see this day. After leaving wrestling four years ago, Bret 'The Hitman' Hart is back and he has apparently chosen the JWL as his new home."

Bret enters the ring and shakes hands with his new stablemates.

BRET: "Let me start by saying that it feels really good to be back in the ring. Don't worry, I'm not going to whine and complain about Montreal or about getting screwed or anything like that. I've grown up and put all that behind me. Mr. Backlund, the two of us didn't always see eye to eye but I want to credit you as my inspiration to get back in the gym and get my head right. You gave me the opportunity to do again what I love and what I do best, and that's wrestle. Remember, that I am the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be. Now, with the brilliance of Mr. Bob Backlund combined with the Excellence of Execution, the Olympic Hero and the Harvard Graduate, nothing can stop us."

"Hitman" plays again and High Standards leave.

(Commercials)

Caged Heat vs. Harley's Angels (Thug and Charlie Davidson, W/EZ Rider)

LG: "The following women's tag team contest is scheduled for one fall."

("Born to Be Wild" plays)

LG: "Introducing first, being accompanied to the ring by EZ Rider, first, from Reynolds, GA, THUG and from Houston, TX, CHARLIE DAVIDSON, HARLEY'S ANGELS!"

Crowd boos.

"LOCA! AND DELTA LOTTA PAIN! CAGED HEAT IS UNLEASHED!"

LG: "And their opponents, representing the Revolution, from the Arizona State Correctional Facility, LOCA AND DELTA LOTTA PAIN, CAGED HEAT!"

Match is pretty much a brawl, with nonstop action all over the place. The heels use their size advantage to control. Thug hits some big splashes on Loca and Delta, and the heels cheat nonstop. Finally, Thug chokeslams the heck out of Loca and finishes with the Last Call for the pin at 7:30.

LG: "Here are your winners, HARLEY'S ANGELS!"

Harley's Angels continue the beating after the match, but "The Real Deal" Selina Majors makes the save. Selina issues a challenge for a six-woman tag match at JWL WrestleMania I, and Harley’s Angels accept.

We get various shots of a beautiful blonde woman. She turns to the camera and says that the JWL is about to become "oh so Sableiscious!"

SABLE

COMING SOON

Back to the ring.

Main Event: Ivory vs. Tori

LG: "The following women's contest is our main event and is scheduled for one fall."

("Come Out and Play" hits, as Tori climbs over the guardrail.)

LG: "Introducing first, representing Raven’s Nest, from Portland, OR, TORI!"

Crowd boos.

(Ivory's music plays)

Crowd cheers.

LG: "And her opponent, representing the Revolution, from Torrance, CA, IVORY!"

Ivory and Tori have an exciting, well-worked match. Joey Styles and Mike Tenay reference the Tori-Ivory feud from 1999 in WWE as well as their past encounters in the JWL and that Tori is challenging Ivory's Revolution stablemate Molly Holly for the JWL Women's Title at WrestleMania. Tori takes control, shouting "revenge, revenge" the whole time. Tori finishes with the superplex at 8:00 for the pin.

LG: "Here is your winner, TORI!"

End of show.