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[1998-03-30-WWF-Raw] New Age Outlaws vs Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie (Cage)

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Cage match was nothing and a preview of Raw matches to come as it lasts all of 4 minutes. Kid, HHH, and Chyna help the NAO win and they deliver a beatdown to Cactus/FUnk. The NAO are now official members of the new DX army. (*)

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They'd been allies of DX for a while, so it was the logical next step for the Outlaws to join the stable. Rounded off an amazing edition of Raw with so many bombshells and so much going on.

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"The Kid" whacks Cactus with a chair and a subsequent spike piledriver on the chair nets the NAO their tag belts back and cements what seemed like a formality by joining DX. I was hoping Clarence Mason would be the lawyer who got the titles held up.

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I'm always a sucker for a cage match where there is a post match group beat down in the cage afterwards and this one is pretty vicious with Cactus taking some pretty nasty chair shots and Funk handcuffed to the cage around his neck. DX look like a serious heel threat here and it's a great reboot in the immediate aftermath of WM 14. Already it seems like Shawn has been consigned to history. All in all this is a pretty great RAW and a template of what was to come over the next several months as the WWF forges ahead and starts winning the Monday Night War. The Vince/Austin stuff dominates several segments but it's all excellent with Vince playing a much subtler, nuanced version of the character he would become.

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This was a lot of fun despite it's short length. Everything is done and dusted within ten minutes as it closes off a very memorable Raw completely rehabbing and refreshing DX after WM 14. Seeing the blue cage on the Raw Is War ring feels out of place. Funk and Foley get little offence in and eat plenty of brutal chairshots. Funk hung on the cage made for a great visual. It's not long until the returning X-Pac, Triple H & Chyna head on out to assist The Outlaws and to firmly establish this new edition of DX as a threat. 

★★½

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