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On this date in WWF history: Monday Night Raw after the Montreal Screwjob

It's the first "Raw" after the infamous "Montreal Screwjob".

The "Montreal Screwjob", as it came to be known, took place at Survivor Series in Montreal, Canada, on Nov. 9, as talked about in this space just yesterday. Well, Monday Night Raw emanated from Ottawa the very next evening with all the fallout from the pay-per-view (PPV) on the docket.

The show was interesting if only because many wrestlers threatened to boycott attending due to the circumstances surrounding Bret Hart's treatment by company owner Vince McMahon. Ultimately, the only wrestler of note to follow through on this was Mick Foley, and he was back just one week later.

A contract is a contract, after all.

Shawn Michaels was in rare form, making all the right outrageous claims and solidifying himself as one of the best heels in the business at the time. He would move on to a feud with Ken Shamrock, who was laughably bad on the mic. Also a tip to the good old days of Sgt. Slaughter as Commissioner.

Another interesting aspect of this show, one that I had forgotten they used to do, was the change over from the first hour to the second. The first hour was known as "Raw" and the second hour was the "War Zone", complete with pyro and an intro for both. It was treated like two separate shows, too, in the sense that there was a big opening angle for both.

The "War Zone" portion opened with Intercontinental Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin, who won the belt the previous night by defeating Owen Hart, coming out for an interview and getting interrupted by The Rock, a member of the Nation of Domination. That kicked off a program between the two, one of many in a feud that would span their entire careers.

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