Coming out of SummerSlam, not much has changed and there really hasn’t been any impact on Raw whatsoever. No titles changed hands, including the Heavyweight Championship that was in Yokozuna’s possession. Although Lex Luger did win the match, it was by countout so it was a pretty hollow victory. Boy, that sure was a lot of setup for nothing. I guess it’s worth noting that Jerry Lawler beat Bret Hart and therefore is the “Undisputed King of the WWF”, but if it don’t come with a big fancy belt, I don’t care.
The first match of the night features enough interesting pieces that it makes up for the rest of the episode. I’m not sure why they didn’t end the night with it though. Anyway it’s going to be a tag-team match, but the twist is that it will be conducted using “Quebec Province Rules”, which consist of the following changes to the typical match rules:
Title can be lost by disqualification
Title can be lost by countout
Piledrivers are illegal
Jumping off the top rope is illegal
Throwing an opponent over the top rope is illegal
I have no idea if these were made up for this match or if they’ll ever be used again afterwards. But why are we using Quebec Province Rules in the first place? Well that’s because a new tag team is debuting called the Quebecers and I’ll give you one guess where they’re from. Okay so why all the rules about the title changing? That’s because the Quebecers’ first match is against none other than the Tag Team Champions, the Steiner Brothers.
The Quebecers actually seem like really proficient wrestlers, they have a good look, and they’re good on the mic. They’re also managed by Johnny Polo and even HE seems better than when he’s paired with Adam Bomb. He watches the match from the sidelines in a hockey sweater and holding a hockey stick. The Quebecers really give the Steiner Brothers a run for their money. This match is nearly 20 minutes long, which is half the episode. Considering the Steiners mostly just work squash matches, this is unheard of for them. Eventually while the ref is distracted, Johnny Polo gives one of the Quebecers his hockey stick, but Scott Steiner manages to wrestle it away from him. Of course this is when the ref turns back around and sees Scott Steiner using a foreign object and signals the end of the match. The Steiners are disqualified and due to the Quebec Province Rules, the Quebecers are our new Tag Team Champions. That’s certainly one way to debut!
The other matches for the night all feature wrestlers who competed in SummerSlam against whatever jobber was in the locker room that night. Mr. Perfect, Razor Ramon, and Doink all have matches that aren’t worth even mentioning.
But you know what? The Quebecers were running so hot earlier, how about we just bring them back on for an interview? Vince brings up Jacques and Pierre (because of course those are their names) and gets a few words from them. Naturally the Steiner Brothers are entitled to a rematch, so they decide to make it a one on one match just to mix things up. I was shocked that the Steiners lost their belts already, so I really don’t know what to expect going forward. I just know I want to see a lot more of both teams in the near future.