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Details On Real Life Heat Between Ric Flair & Scott Steiner

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (August 4, 1997) – WWF RAW IS WAR

On this day in 1997, the World Wrestling Federation aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Monday Night RAW’.

It was broadcasted from the Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF In Your House 17: Ground Zero’ PPV.

Here’s the match-card:

1. Ken Shamrock vs. Kama Mustapha

2. TAKA Michonoku vs. Brian Christopher

3. HHH vs. Vader

4. The Patriot vs. The Sultan

5. Ahmed Johnson vs. Chainz

6. The Godwinns vs. The Headbangers

7. Bob Holly vs. Brian Pillman

8. Dude Love vs. Owen Hart

• Details On Real Life Heat Between Ric Flair & Scott Steiner

During a recent edition of the ARN podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Arn Anderson discussed the real life heat between Ric Flair & Scott Steiner.

Flair & Steiner were scheduled to face off at Clash Of Champions, and WCW officials wanted to end Flair’s run at the top.

Below is what Arn said about the Flair-Steiner situation:

“Ric had a match with Scottie on a big show…Clash of Champions maybe. And it had some time involved and apparently Scottie did not like the match because he felt like Ric held back or tanked or something.

There was just a conspiracy in somebody’s mind, one way or the other. The match was not what either one of them wanted it to be. I think they carried that and it just built and built and built. And when you’re the booker, and Ric was the booker, you’re always going to have some enemies and you’re going to have some confidants. I think it was one of those situations.

This is where the fun and speculation begins. Steiner has done interviews since, out right burying Ric for this match, claiming that Flair cut his legs out from under him. Ric has also commented on the match claiming he did no such thing, which leaves us to speculate.

From my vantage point as a guy who has wrestled both of these guys, and seen a ton of their work, I think it’s a little bit of both. I think the biggest problem was that they had very contradictory styles.

Scotty had been getting over with a more physical style of match that involved some Steiner specific moves, like the Tilt-a-whirl Slam, The Tiger Driver, The Frankensteiner, etc.

These moves were a big part of what fans liked about Scott Steiner, and Ric has the bumps he likes to take and is used to running a match his way. Whenever the match felt like it was starting to pick up for Scotty, Ric would cut him off. There were several instances where you could tell Steiner was trying to set up his trademark offense and Ric would block it or shut it down.

Ric also dominated a much larger portion of this match than I think any match I’ve seen him in before. This may have been subconscious, because he was feeling the pressure of the office wanting his run on top to come to an end and wanting to prove them wrong.”

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