Undertaker starts the show off with a quick promo about his opponent for tonight, Tatanka.
King Mabel is carried to the ring, as Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler welcome us to WWF Raw. We will be joined by Diesel in an exclusive interview later.
The first match is King Mabel & Sir Mo vs Roy Raymond & Joe Hancock. Mabel overpowers Hancock early and then tags Mo in. Mo hits some sloppy offense including a horrific gorilla press. Mabel & Mo exchange about a million tags and then Mabel piledrives Hancock and gets cocky. Raymond comes in and attempts some offense on Mo but is quickly stopped. The crowd chants for Diesel as Mabel hoists Raymond up, slams him down and pins him. Sloppy, sloppy match. Hard to believe Mabel is in the main event of Summerslam working as bad as he was here. Mabel cuts a promo after the match while being completely out of breath, reminding us he is the King and that him and Mo are the greatest tag team of all time. That’s not even close to the truth. Mabel wants a tune-up match against the Allied Powers.
The Report Card returns with Dean Douglas. Dean is impressed with Mabel’s work tonight. I think I now understand that Dean’s gimmick is a blind man because we clearly didn’t see the same match. Dean gives Mabel a “NC” for New Champion, predicting that Mabel will win at Summerslam.
Vince and King promote a live AOL chat that night with Vince himself right after WWF Raw. That certainly would have been an interesting sight to see.
The next match is 123 Kid vs The Brooklyn Brawler. Brawler takes control early, throwing the Kid around like a rag doll and stomping him on the ground. After being dominated for most of the match, 123 Kid eventually rolls up the Brawler for the pin. Lawler draws pimples on a photo of the Kid while Vince uses a Stridex pad to erase it. That may be the weirdest product placement I’ve ever seen on Raw.
A quick recap of the Ted Dibiase/Henry Godwinn segment from last week was shown.
Next match is The Undertaker vs Tatanka. As Tatanka makes his way to the ring, we see a promo for an Undertaker shirt, this time with a free subscription to the magazine and Stridex pads! What a deal! Undertaker completely dominates Tatanka in this match, throwing him around from post to post. Undertaker hits the Old School from the top and then continues to dominate with chokeholds and throws. Tatanka then manages quite a bit of offense while Paul Bearer looks on in horror at ringside. While in a sleeper, the crowd chants for the Undertaker and he manages a back suplex on Tatanka to fight out of the hold. Undertaker manages to gain the upper hand into a commercial break.
Coming back from the commercial break, Undertaker hits the big aerial clothesline and attempts a Tombstone Piledriver that is unsuccessful. Undertaker chokeslams Tatanka and then hits the Tombstone for the pin. A bit exciting due to the Undertaker’s character and flashy moves, otherwise nothing special.
WWF Summerslam Insider with Todd Pettengill returns. Nothing new to be seen here, besides a goofy message left for Bret Hart on his answering machine, to which Bret says a few words in response. Weird that this feud basically gets no TV time on WWF Raw.
We now get something called “TeeVee Trivia” which is a game show featuring a guy named George who answers every question with Monday Night Raw while the other guy keeps getting every answer wrong.
Jean-Pierre Laffite vs Scott Taylor is cut to very quickly, with no entrance for either guy. Quick back and forth action, with Scott Taylor managing to get some offense early on. Laffite takes over and dominates Taylor while Vince plugs the WWF Superstars hotline. Scott Taylor gets locked up in the ropes as Laffite runs the ropes into him over and over. Laffite brings in his pirate flag and drapes it over Taylor and hits Le Cannonball (a flipping senton) for the pin. Almost nothing to see here, I’m intrigued by Laffite’s character though.
Another Goldust vignette is shown, this time with him in front of the Hollywood sign. Goldust says he’s going to take on the “Heartbreak Kid.” Lawler says the Internet lit up the last time a Goldust vignette aired on Raw. Oh King, if only you knew what was to come.
Vince introduces WWF Champion Diesel for his live interview. Vince asks Diesel if he is ready, and Diesel says he was born ready. Diesel puts over Mabel, saying he’s made an impact over the last little while. Vince questions whether Diesel can jack-knife King Mabel. Diesel says maybe he can, maybe he can’t and that after Summerslam, the WWF will still be running on “Diesel Power.” The British Bulldog comes out and wishes Diesel good luck at Summerslam and informs us that Lex Luger has had a medical emergency and won’t be here tonight. Bulldog brings up the possibility of Diesel & Bulldog vs Mabel & Mo. Diesel accepts the challenge to get his hands on Mabel, so there’s your main event.
Diesel & The British Bulldog vs King Mabel & Sir Mo begins after a quick commercial break. Diesel starts the match and wants Mabel, but Mo begins the match. Diesel treats Mo like nothing, throwing him around and slamming him with his knees in the corner. Diesel signals for the jack-knife and Bulldog comes in and turns on Diesel, smacking him in the back of the head. Mabel picks up Diesel and holds his arms while Bulldog slaps him as the referee calls for the DQ. Jim Cornette comes out with the WWF Championship belt as Bulldog, Mabel, and Mo dominate and slam Diesel. Cornette hands Bulldog and Mabel the belt, which Mabel drapes over his shoulder and holds it up as Bulldog and Cornette head to the back. Lawler follows them to try to get a word on what happened. Mo says this was all a part of the “royal plan.”
After a commercial break, we come back to Diesel managing to get to his feet. The referees check on Diesel. Lawler is with the Men on a Mission and Bulldog backstage. Lawler congratulates all of the men on their victory. King questions Cornette as to why he did what he did, and Cornette does not want to reveal that yet.
Vince reminds us that WWF Raw will not be on the air until September 11th due to preemptions but will feature either Shawn Michaels or Razor Ramon vs Sycho Sid in a WWF Intercontinental Championship match. The next Raw would also be the first Raw of the Monday Night War era, going head-to-head with WCW Monday Nitro for the first time.