WWF Monday Night RAW – March 1997 The Hitman snaps – The “Bullshit” promo


Wrestlemania month begins with a RAW that was very poorly received. At the time it was the lowest rating RAW had ever gotten. It was filmed in Berlin Germany and saw the British Bulldog becoming the first ever European champion. He beat his brother in law Owen for the title staring the tease of a split in the team even though the two were tag champions. It was filmed with very few cameras and although the wrestling was good it didn’t have much storyline.


The following week RAW was revamped with a new set design and a new opening. Monday Night Raw was on the shelf this was RAW is WAR.


RAW is WAR’s second ever main event saw Bret Hart going up against Psyco Sid in a steel cage match. In an odd move each mans Wrestlemania opponent interfered to help their Wrestlemania nemesis. Each wanted their match at Wrestlemania to be for the WWF champion. It was one of the only time s the Wrestlemania main event title slot had been up for grabs this close to Wrestlemania. Thanks to the interference Hart would again leave the match without the WWF title.


Frustrated isn’t the goddamn word for it! This is BULLSHIT! You screwed me, everybody screwed me and nobody does a goddamn thing about it! Nobody in the building cares, nobody in the dressing room cares, so much goddamn injustice around here, I’ve had it up to here! Everybody knows it! I know it! EVERYBODY knows it, I should be the World Wrestling Federation Champion! Everybody just keeps turning a blind eye, you keep turning a blind eye to it, I’ve got that Gorilla Monsoon, he turns a blind eye to it, everybody in that goddamn dressing room knows that I’m the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be! And if you don’t like it, tough SHIT!”


Wrestlemania arrived and the Undertaker gave us all a nostalgia run. Dressed in his original gray ring attire. He won the WWF championship.


The story of Wrestlemania was the Hart Austin match though. The match saw both men brawl and it featured an iconic ending. Steve Austin lost a great amount of blood and as a result he passed out in the sharpshooter. Special referee Ken Shamrock stopped the match awarding the victory to Hart.

Then while Steve Austin was passed out Bret put the boots onto him. As the Hitman said himself.


Just like that. I’m a bad guy”


The match was the story of Wrestlemania. The image of Austin bleeding in the sharpshooter was shown on T shirts. The plans for Austin and Bret changed right there in events that would foreshadow the future of the era. Both in and out of the ring. The match received match of the year from pro wrestling illustrated.


The next night Hart explained that if the fans chose to cheer Austin and Michaels then they did not have hero’s any more. He also singled out the American fans as the culprit meaning that although Hart was a heel in the US he never turned on his Canadian or indeed European fans. Later the same night he put a stop to the friction between his brother Owen and bother in law the Bulldog reuniting the Hart Foundation. It had never been done before in wrestling and for the first time for a long period he WWF began to look innovative