Archive for the ‘1999’ Category

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1. The Road Dogg vs. The Big Boss Man

Bossman was back in the WWF as a bully swat patrol man. Both were respective members of the DX vs. The Corporation feud. This was a very shitty opener that felt like a usual Monday Night Raw match filler.
Grade: D-

 

2. WWF Intercontinental Championship
Ken Shamrock (c) vs. Billy Gunn

The tag partners of the opening contest’s competitors were also in their little feud for the IC title. This was slightly better than the opener but not by much.
Grade: C-

 

3. WWF European Championship
X-Pac (c) vs. Gangrel

For the third time in a row a DX member is in a singles match. This was very quick of a match that was disappointing because of it’s potential. Once again felt like a Monday Night Raw match.
Grade: D+

 

4. WWF Women’s Championship
Strap Match
Sable (c) vs. Luna Vachon

These two were rivals for the early part of 1998 but eventually made peace only to be feuding again. Not a bad match despite with what they had to work with but it sure didn’t help the so far shitty show.
Grade: D-

 

5. WWF Championship
I Quit Match
Mankind (c) vs. The Rock

This will go on record as one of the most violent and heated matches I’ve ever seen in my life. The amount of punishment received by both men, especially Mick Foley will forever be scarred in my mind. Both hated each other at the time with a passion as rivals and their in ring chemistry was top notch. Definitely one of the most violent matches in WWF history bar none. While there was little wrestling between them, there charisma and natural ability to a crowd reaction hid that negative.
Grade: A-

 

6. Royal Rumble Match
Participants: Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mr. McMahon, Golga, Droz, Edge, Gillberg, Steve Blackman, Dan Severn, Tiger Ali Singh, The Blue Meanie, Mabel, The Road Dogg, Gangrel, Kurrgan, Al Snow, Goldust, The Godfather, Kane, Ken Shamrock, Billy Gunn, Test, The Big Boss Man, Triple H, Val Venis, X-Pac, Mark Henry, Jeff Jarrett, D’Lo Brown, Owen Hart & Chyna

Pretty average rumble for the most part but the real kicker here was the Austin vs. McMahon feud that is still talked about today as both were #1 & #2 respectively and ended the match together a la 1995. Another milestone here in the rumble is the first ever entry of a woman in the match as DX member Chyna won a mock Royal Rumble at Raw to earn her spot.
Grade: B-

 

Final Thoughts:

This show suffered a lot and if it were only for the I Quit Match & Rumble match partially, this would of been a disaster. Yet this still marks as one of the worst rumble shows of all time. Despite the rise of dominance within the company the focus at the time was very one sided as it only centered as Austin, Mankind & DX vs. The Corporation. I’d mildly recommend this show just for the last two matches.

Verdict: 6.5/10

 

Well from now on, the SummerSlam’s will be reviewed from their original DVD releases. There are special features and the blurs & entrance music are unedited.

1. Intercontinental & European Championship’s
D-Lo Brown (c) w/ Debra vs. Jeff Jarrett

Both D-Lo and Jeff have come a long way since last year’s SummerSlam. They’ve found success on this mid-card scene with IC title reigns along with improved characters and in-ring ability. Jarrett ditched the country singing gimmick and moved on to become a paranoid misogynist with his valet Debra, who helped achieve Jarrett’s victories by unbuttoning her blouse and showing those puppies. The set up here is that D-Lo beat Jarrett for the IC title after Debra’s tactics backfired, thus becoming a double champion as he also held the European title. Debra went AWOL on Jarrett and sided with Brown for this encounter. Decent opener nothing too outstanding but is sufficient to kick off the show in a good way.
Grade: C

 

2. Tag Team Turmoil Match
The Acolytes vs. Droz & Prince Albert vs. Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. Viscera & Mideon vs. The Holly’s

This is a gauntlet tag match where 2 two teams start and when a team is eliminated, another comes in till we get a last team standing. This a time where tag team wrestling was at an all time high and reaching new levels of entertainment. Each team here had a different itch to them that made them unique. The concept was genius at this time since it eventually payed off with the forever remembered rivalry between the Hardyz with E&C. Good exposure by all performers.
Grade: C+

 

3. Hardcore Championship
The Big Boss Man (c) vs. Al Snow

The Road Dogg came out first for commentary and did his routine skit on the mic. A recently debuting Chris Jericho made his presence felt noticed by interrupting Roadie and give his introduction to him and play the crowd. With that out of the way, Both Snow and Bossman brawl all over the arena, backstage and even a bar across the street. Road Dogg following them all the way while giving play by play commentary was pure gold. There was little to no actual wrestling in this match but it’s not even the main focus of such anyways. I have to point out that these Hardcore division matches aren’t near being good wrestling wise but the entertainment value they provided by pushing the envelope over and over again to even making the 24/7 rule an extra element that made it successful.
Grade: DUD ( Entertainment Value: B+)

 

4. Women’s Championship
     Ivory(c) vs. Tori

The Women’s division returned in late 1998 and at this time is still struggling with a limited roster. Nothing worth seeing here.
Grade: F+

 

5. Lion’s Den Match
Ken Shamrock vs. Steve Blackman

The build up for this match is phenomenal as these two men are legit martial arts experts. This time there was weapons involved as opposed to last year’s Den match. Cool to watch once but not worth watching it again.
Grade: C-

 

6. Street Fight
Test vs. Shane McMahon

One of the first of many McMahon family feuds. Test and Stephanie McMahon were on a relationship and Shane as the over protective brother disapproved. This has to be the upset match of the whole card as no one thought it would be that good. Fortunately, both have great minds and made this work like a charm. Shane McMahon despite his very limited wrestling skills sure knows how to entertain and made his presence known. If he wasn’t a McMahon, I honestly think he’d had a career in professional wrestling anyways as he had a great mind for the business and also was athletically capable of performing a match very natural.
Grade: B-

 

7. Tag Team Championship
Kane & X-Pac (c) vs. The Undertaker & Big Show w/Paul Bearer

One of the most awkward and successful tag teams in history with Kane & X-Pac. Pac could work with anyone and he was the guy you had to go through to make it in the WWF so it’s no coincidence. Show and Taker forming a team because of their mutual hatred for Kane is quite a deadly combination but unfortunately for this match it wasn’t that special considering the talent involved. Taker was very very slow here and has gain weight throughout the year along with a pelvis injury. Show was still in proving ground despite his role in WCW. Not a bad match but it could have done so much more.
Grade: C

 

8. The Rock vs. Billy Gunn

The loser had to kiss the winner’s ass….yeah. Gunn became Mr. Ass and moved on from D-X and won the year’s edition of the King of the Ring. Thing’s were looking up for the veteran and he had his break against the Rock who was on the verge of becoming the Most Electrifying Man in Sport’s Entertainment. Not much to say here. It was highly entertaining with the whole ass kissing stipulation, especially with Gunn bringing a fat lady to ringside as who ever lost had to kiss her ass…….yikes!
Grade: C+

 

9. WWF Championship
Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs. Triple H w/Chyna vs. Mankind (Special Guest Referee: Jesse the Body Ventura)

Then Minnesota Governor, Jesse Ventura was chosen as the special referee and even took a shot at his political colleagues for showing up for the event. The build up for this match great with Trips becoming the #1 contender for Austin’s title and Mankind was added to the mix.  Triple H was on the verge of becoming the Game and take WWF under his wing and never look back again while Austin was at his prime. Austin came out in total anger and lost it with everyone and started causing mayhem. Chyna also did a fantastic job going with the outside shenanigans to help Trips win. The last few minutes were really really good.  Ventura’s refereeing was top notch calling right down the middle while also letting them beat the crap out of each other. Fantastic main event to end the show.
Grade: B+

 

Special Features:

What’s the Story – Video highlights of the build-ups leading up to the respective SummerSlam Matches

Talkin’ the Talk – Very interesting feature that involves the three participants doing commentary on their main event match

Out of Body – Video clips of Jesse Ventura throughout his career in wrestling and politics plus his press conference on being assigned for the main event.

 

In conclusion, this was a solid event from start to finish. I don’t want to sound biased but this took place in the Attitude-Era and every performer involved in this event were given equal time to build themselves over and gave a huge emphasis on pleasing the crowd. Things were going great for the WWF and they held their head up high for the new millennium.

Verdict: 7.5/10