sweetheart appears to have torn her ACL which could see her on the injury list
for anywhere between 6 to 9 months. We are not here to discuss whether the
angle is a work as some claim that Nia Jax who she was wrestling at the time
repeatedly worked over the leg after the apparent injury had taken place, we
are here to discuss the possible positives for Bayley due to the injury for
even injuries have their benefits sometimes.
onto the main roster
former NXT Women's champion has done it all on NXT, being one of its longest
servants and it is inevitable that one day we will be seeing our beloved Bayley
on the main roster. Similarly to Finn Balor, the main roster rumours went into
overdrive as Bayley dropped her NXT Women's championship to Asuka at Takeover:
Dallas. It was the raw after Wrestlemania and we all expected to see Bayley
dethrone Charlotte it was not to be and this could be a good thing. Bayley has
all the potential to be the next big star for WWE, the closest thing they have
to a female John Cena, it is not hard to see why all kids from around the world
would see Bayley as their idol. Her character is such an innocent and fun
loving person that you cannot stop yourself from caring about, she is just the
ultimate underdog is so many ways. Triple H knows there is such huge money in
Bayley but does Vince know there is money in Bayley? With the influx of NXT
talent on the main roster over the years, how many have truly been successful?
Kevin Owens is an example, Baron Corbin is doing well because he is tall and
looks as if he will squash Dolph Ziggler on Sunday at Payback. However, there
are a lot more talents from NXT which did not go down so well like Bo Dallas
Adam Rose, The Ascension. The Women's Division is looking the best it has been
since the days of 2003 where Lita Victoria Jazz Trish Stratus and Molly Holly were
tearing it up in the ring every night. But will Mcmahon understand Bayley? Will
Mcmahon know what to do with a character such as Bayley? Only time will tell
but for now, with this injury Bayley will avoid the call up to the main roster.
From Over Exposure
Bayley has done it all in NXT, she was built up from the ground to
becoming the champion. The impossible dream made possible, her crowning moment
coming at NXT Brooklyn where she defeated Sasha Banks for the title in a
fantastic match. The question from that point would always be where does she go
from here? Bayley had peaked, it would be difficult to keep that momentum train
going at full speed. Bayley defeated Nia Jax and Eva Marie before battling the
undefeated Asuka. Perhaps Asuka's undefeated streak was not taken into
consideration as so many were legitimately surprised when Asuka choked Bayley
out to win the championship. Looking towards the future, plans would have been
made for a rematch with Asuka but it would not be the same as before, Bayley could
not feud with Emma or Dana Brooke because it was so clear that Bayley was head
and shoulders above them as she won the championship. Basically, Bayley was
running out of opponents in NXT, she was not stale but it was always a
possibility but this injury allows Bayley to come back fresh and challenge
whoever the champion may be. Maybe Asuka will dominate the division turning
heel setting up an eventual rematch with a returning Bayley which could be a
great story as she never got her rematch for the title and now she's back with
a vengeance and more determined than ever.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder and this is certainly the case with
wrestling. If the rumours are true, this could be a good thing for Bayley as it
stops her from becoming stale in the eyes of the fans and come back strong with
a good program against whoever the NXT Women's champion is. Bayley is one of
the four horsewomen and is a star waiting to happen, let us hope that the WWE
handle her properly and have something to do for her when she comes back if the
injury is real.
One of my favorite
posters for a pay per view!
Welcome one and all to
another edition of our journey through what was the attitude era. Tonight we
shall indulge in what was WWF Summerslam 1998, a big pay per view for The Rock
and Triple H as they made themselves stars in their epic ladder match while
Austin and Undertaker just never seemed to have enough chemistry for a truly
awesome match did they? Well let's waste no more time and get it on!
Opening package reminds us
that Undertaker and Kane are now on the same page, The Brothers of Destruction
unite for the first time and that spells trouble for The Rattlesnake Stone Cold
Steve Austin as he defends his championship against Undertaker.
Val Venis vs D'Lo Brown(WWF European
This match was really
enjoyable, it was slow to begin with but it build as the match continued. The
story of the match was D'Lo's chest protector gave him an unfair advantage so
to begin with D'Lo had the advantage as he wore down Val by using his chest
protector. Val's selling was great as he bounced all over the place for D'Lo
who hit powerbombs and elbows nad a mid air sky high which was really
The match came to a disappointing end as Val stole the chest protector and the
referee refused to allow Val to use it even though D'Lo could use. Anyways, Val
shoves the referee and the match ends in a DQ. Disappointing end as the match
was building and was winning the crowd over but the finish protects Val who had
recently debut while D'Lo keeps his championship.
Oddities W/ ICP vs Kaientai
What to say hmmmm.....
interesting? Yeah let's go with that as The Oddities take on Kaientai. Just
lower card comedy here with some funny spots as the big men like Giant Silva
and Kurrgan(Do not worry if you do not know who these are, most people don't!)
toss around Funaki and Taka Michinoku. Oddities get the win when Kurrgan and
Giant Silva chokeslam all four members of Kaientai and Golga(Earthquake)
splashes all four members.
Oddities over Kaientai following The Splash of Doom!
X-Pac vs Jeff Jarrett(Hair vs Hair match)
This was an ok match from
these two. Jeff Jarrett had cut Howard Finkel's hair on Heat so Finkel was in
X-Pac's corner. They go through the motions here nothing really memorable as
Jarrett reaches for the guitar but X-pac clobbers Jarrett over the head and
gets the win.
Jarrett's hair was shaved by Finkle and X-Pac so everyone had a good
time. Jarrett had the mullet style of hair for so long but so many fans
nowadays would recognize his short hair look with his guitar in hand. The
future looked bright for both these men in the WWF but this match was nothing
to write home about.
Winner: X-Pac over Jarrett following Guitar Shot!
Edge & Sable vs Marc
Mero & Jacqueline
Sable's mystery partner for
her match against Mero and Jacqueline turns out to be the mysterious Edge who
has been seen at the last few pay per views watching on from the rafters and
various other locations. Sable's voice is like nails on a chalkboard, I mean
like Brie Bella looks tame in terms of annoyance.
However, Sable's wrestling was far worse than her shrieking, selling was
non existent and this match was bad. Comedy was an important element in this
match but it really was poor at times. Many people criticize Mero and he was
poor in this match but I will have to watch him in WCW as Johnny B Badd to see
if that is true. All around a poor match with Sable pinning Mero after an
assist from Edge.
Winners: Edge & Sable over Mero & Jacqueline!
Ken Shamrock vs Owen Hart(Lion's Den Match)
Ah WWF, you could have made
a few bucks off Dan Severn vs Shamrock in a real UFC fight perhaps a missed
opportunity right there, it could not have been as bad for the brawl for
all(That will be reviewed one day). Owen Hart since joining the Nation has been
an annoying little shit and everyone wants Shamrock to kill him. This is
Shamrock's match and Hart looks like it could be game over.
Shamrock starts off intense
as always throwing Hart around the cage, this match follows the same formula
last time as it very quickly goes from fight mentality orientated back to
wrestling orientated and it kinda loses some of its magic for me when they go
from shooting takedowns to throwing irish whips and back body drops. Hart tries
to lock in his chokehold learned from Dan the beast Severn but Shamrock flips
out of the choke and locks in the Anklelock. Severn walks away in disgust as
Hart taps like a little girl. Good match from these two as Shamrock was so over
at the time and it is no surprise that he is placed so highly on the card for
the next ppv competing for a shot at the title. Hart played a great chickenshit
heel here, great selling and when he tapped, the crowd erupted.
Winner: Shamrock over Owen Hart following An Ankle
Mankind vs New Age Outlaws(WWF Tag Team Championship Match)
The tag team titles are on
the line as Kane is nowhere to be seen so Mankind will be taking on both men by
himself, defending his championship. The seeds are planted here for the more
cartoony fun loving Mankind who they people would be sympathetic towards.
Mankind gets brutalized by The Outlaws trays and chairs are on the menu for
Foley as he gets rammed into a dumpster by ringside.
Mankind gets powerbombed through two chairs before getting a spike
piledriver onto one of the tag team belts as The New Age Outlaws are your new
tag team champions. Crowd is chanting throughout for Mankind. Kane appears from
the dumpster which New Age Outlaws brought to ringside and smashes Mankind with
Winner: New Age Outlaws over Mankind!
Triple H W/ Chyna vs The Rock W/ Mark Henry(Ladder Match Intercontinental
The Rock defends his
championship against Triple H, it is the culmination of a rivalry that sprang
from Spring until Summer. The Nation and Dx would finally go their separate
ways after this match but who will walk away the champion? Triple H's knee was
softened up by The Rock on Heat after he assaulted Triple H with the belt. Both
men trade dominance at the beginning before Triple H attempts a pedigree but is
sent tumbling over the top rope. Triple H is catapulted into a ladder at
ringside, as Rock nails him with a clothesline.
Rock climbs a ladder inside the ring but Triple H pushes him off as both
men are down. Triple H tries to climb to the title but Rock yanks Hunter down,
Hunter clutched his heavily taped leg. Rock zeroes in on the leg Hunter's leg
is put in a ladder while Rock decides that Hunter deserves a chair shot to the
injured leg. Feeling that this one is in the bag, Rock takes his time climbing
the ladder. Big mistake as Hunter shoves the ladder over, he also throws the
ladder to the outside to by time. Smart strategy from the challenger as JR is
putting over this match big time. Hunter gets backdropped on a ladder at
ringside while Rock goes for Gold once more. The Great one is denied by Hunter
as he shoves the ladder down and baseball slides the ladder into The Rock's
Rock is busted open by the ladder shot to the face, Hunter tries to climb
the ladder, he is inches away from grabbing the belt before Rock tips the
ladder over. Both me climb to the top of the ladder before Hunter is thrown off
the ladder but he rebounds and sends Rock crashing to the floor, Chyna gifts
Triple H a chair as he lays into Rock over and over again with the chair.
Triple H attempts a pedigree on the ladder but Rock reverses and Triple H lands
right on the ladder. Rock signals for The People's elbow as the crowd goes nut
as Rock nails Hunter. Both men attempt climbing the ladder while trading
finishers, Rock hits the rock bottom before Triple H nails the pedigree. Both
men still down as Mark Henry at ringside throws powder in the eyes of Hunter
who cannot see a stitch now.
They climb the ladder trading blows with The Rock having the upper hand
as Triple H cannot see anything. Chyna evens the odds by low blowing Rock who
falls to the mat, Triple H is all alone at the top of the ladder as he pulls
down the championship. All I can say is what a match, from the crowd reaction
to the wrestling is what fantastic, The Rock and Triple H tore it up inside
that ring and both men would be looked at differently after this match. If you
could signal one match as the turning point in someone's career, it would be
this match and it would be for both men. Congratulations to both men who stole
the show in Madison Square Garden.
Winner: Triple H over The Rock by retrieval of the
(WWF Championship Match)
Stone Cold Steve Austin © vs The Undertaker
The champion Austin taking
on The Undertaker who has his brother Kane on his side. Both men are pummeling
each other to begin with with Stone Cold showing off some nice wrestling moves
such as a fujiwara armbar and drop toe holds to take down the bigger and larger
Undertaker. Undertaker hits Austin with a stungun to take down the champion.
Hard Irish whip by The Phenom, Austin goes low and starts working over the leg
of the challenger but Austin cannot sustain the advantage for long as
Undertaker hits a leaping clothesline, taking Austin off his feet. Undertaker
chokes Austin before deciding its time for old school. Unfortunately for Taker,
Austin counters and goes right back to the leg of the demon from death valley.
Kane comes out to ringside but Undertaker sends his younger brother away
deciding he will do this on his own without any help.
Austin and Undertaker brawl into the crowd, back in the ring Austin
attempts the stunner but Taker bails to the outside of the ring. Austin goes
for a double axe handle but Taker catches him and Austin's back meets the
ringpost. Taker decides the spanish announce table needs some redecorating as
he lays Austin on top. Taker climbs the top rope and legdrops Austin through
the table. Great looking spot there by Undertaker as it looks like he nearly
killed Austin. Taker carries the champion's limp body back into the ring and
covers him. 1...2.... Kickout by Austin, double clothesline as both men are
down. Referee Earl Hebnar starts the ten count, right hands by Austin, Lou
Thesz Press and an elbow from Austin. Here things get a bit hazy as Undertaker
and Austin have some miscommunications which leads to a very awkward part of
the match with Austin attempting to hit the stunner and both men awkwardly
hitting one another.
The match comes to an end as Taker tries Old School one more time but
Austin low blows Undertaker in mid air and plants him with the stunner for the
1..2..3. Unless I missed it I do not remember hearing this was no
disqualifications so it was strange to see the referee looking at Austin as he
low blowed the Undertaker. Regardless of the finish, Undertaker sits up and
hands Austin the title in a sign of respect before meeting his brother Kane in
the entrance way as both men stare at Austin. It was a decent match, not a bad
It had a good story with Undertaker still being a face despite his
alliance with Kane. Undertaker sending Kane away was a nice touch to further
this point but the wrestling was not all that great in this match. The ending
was admittedly sloppy I do not really know what happened but it did not look
very good. However, it was still a solid match from the two biggest faces in the
company at the time.
Winner: Stone Cold Steve Austin over Undertaker
following a Stunner!
Overall, it was
another pay per views that was carried by one or two matches. The memorable
moments were The Rock and Triple H's fantastic ladder match, it absolutely
stole the show and launched both men to another level. Austin and Undertaker
was not as good but was still enjoyable match from those two while Val Venis
and D'Lo Brown had a great opener, probably the best opener of all the pay per
views from 1998 I have seen so far. The rest of the card did not feel like a
Summerslam card though, it did not feel like a big four pay per view. Sable
match was really bad and The Kaientai vs Oddities was a comedy match that
should have been on heat. Check in with us next time for WWF Breakdown ! See
You next time!
It must be time once again to dive into
the midst of the attitude era and we have for you this time WWF Fully Loaded
1998. With Austin and The Undertaker making an uneasy alliance to combat
Mankind and Kane and The Rock defending his championship against Triple H, we
should be in for a good night of wrestling so let us waste no more time and
dive into the action.
Jeff Jarrett vs Val Venis
Jarrett's strut is awesome
as ever, Yamaguichi San is possibly the greatest commentator of all time(He is
the manager of Kaientai). I am not sure if this is after we choppy choppy your
pee pee but from what Yamaguichi is stating I guess it is just before the
"incident". Jarrett hits a big powerbomb on Venis and gets the heat
on Val. Tennessee Lee piles on the punishment on Val as Venis is not fairing to
well in his pay per view debut. A chop war ensues between the two men, ddt from
Double J plants Venis.
Val hits a belly to belly suplex and starts his comeback with
clotheslines and an inverted atomic drop. Going for the money shot, Jarrett
pulls the referee in the way and the referee takes a bump. Tennessee Lee shoves
Val on the turnbuckle while Double J hits a suplex from the second rope. Two
count as Venis reverses a figure four attempt by Jarrett. Lee is up on the
apron and Venis smashes Jarrett into Lee and rolls up Jarrett. Venis is still
undefeated and this was a solid opener. The crowd hated Double J so it made the
Val Venis over Jarrett via roll-up!
Brown W/ Godfather vs X-Pac W/ Chyna
D'Lo Brown had beaten Triple H on the
previous raw for the European title after The Rock interfered in the match.
D'Lo is massively hated by the crowd. Unfortunately, it is a non title match.
These two had great chemistry, the match starts of at a quick pace before D'lo
lays out Pac with a calf kick. D'Lo grabs a sleeper after a stiff clothesline,
Pac fights back before D'Lo sends Pac flying into the turnbuckle. Snapmare and
signature leg drop by Brown, only a two count for the champion.
Diving elbow from the second rope by Brown connects, only two so Brown
locks in a chinlock. D'Lo misses a moonsault, he eats a spinning heel kick form
Pac who hits the bronco buster. Pac looks like he is back in the match before
Godfather rises up to the apron and clubs Pac in the back. X-Pac gives
Godfather a receipt but he walks into the sky high by D'Lo for the victory. A
good match from these two, not the best but they will go on to have better
matches down the line.
Winner: D Lo Brown over X-Pac following a Sky High!
Bradshaw and Terry Funk vs Too Cold
Scorpio and Faarooq
Before this match begins, it is
announced Undertaker has not yet arrived to the arena, fueling the rumour that
Austin may be left alone in the ring tonight facing Mankind and Kane. Faarooq
and Scorpio have apparently been undefeated on Shotgun Saturday Night for the
last couple of weeks so they go to face Bradshaw and Terry Funk. Funk announces
that this will be his last match in the WWF as he wishes to take a break after
his battles with and against Mankind. Bradshaw is pissed by Funk's
announcement, crazy seeing Faarooq and Bradshaw on opposite sides of the ring
as they were partners for many years after this as the Acolytes and the APA.
Scorpio uses his speed to take down Bradshaw, Faarooq comes in before the
younger Bradshaw gets the upper hand on the veteran with a diving shoulder
block. Funk comes in to a good ovation from the crowd a neckbreaker follows for
Faarooq. Bradshaw goes for another diving shoulder block but gets caught in a
powerslam by Faarooq. Funk dishes out punishment to Scorpio on the outside as
Bradshaw watches on. Through the crowd Funk battles Scorpio before coming back
to the ring.
Scorpio starts beating on Funk with leg drops and splashes before hitting
the 450 splash for the victory. Bradshaw snaps post match with lariats to Funk
and Scorpio before decimating Faarooq with a steel chair shot to the head. Ok
match nothing more to be said.
Winners: Scorpio & Farrooq over Bradshaw &
Funk via 450 Splash!
As a fan of All Japan Pro
Wrestling, I am well aware of Vader's run as champion and path of destruction.
To me, the timeline is a bit hazy but I am sure Vader got to All Japan by 1998
which is true but my god, he was in WWF for a longtime in 1998. I thought he
was gone after his match with Kane, I was wrong. Didn't Vader lose a mask vs
mask match against Kane?
Perhaps I am losing it, anyways this match is like most big man vs big
man matches, slow plodding and quite dull at times. For the first three
minutes, it is an extended squash as Henry dominates Vader. Vader hits one
splash on Henry but Henry kicks out and Vader is soundly beaten by Henry who
ends it with a splash of his own.
Henry over Vader following a big splash!
DOA W/ Paul
Ellering vs LOD 2000
A bit of history here as
LOD's former manager Paul Ellering returns to beat the hell out of the team he
used to manage on their initial path to success. No Droz nor Sunny but Sunny
may have gone to ECW by this time. Hawk and Animal exchange quick tags as Skull
or 8-Ball gets worn down. Hawk hits the ringpost hard as he clutches his
shoulder on the outside.
Ellering attacks Hawk on the outside behind the referee's back. Hawk is
isolated and looks absolutely out of it as the crowd continues to chant LOD.
Animal gets the hot tag and runs wild for about 10 seconds before it is time
for the doomsday device. LOD hit their move but DOA pull a twin magic as they
switch places, Animal gets planted with a ddt and DOA steal the win. Standard
tag match with heels winning the match.
DOA over LOD 2000 via a DDT!
Owen Hart vs Ken
Shamrock(Lion's Den Match)
Before this match starts,
Vince announces that Taker may not make it for the main event but fear not wwf
fans for Vince has a suitable replacement, the great and almighty Brooklyn
Brawler. Severn is the special referee what a beautifully ridiculous match this
is so it starts off relatively well, Shamrock a UFC and Pancrase legend by this
point shoots for a takedown and pummels Hart like a bitch.
Submission counters galore as these two make it seem like a real fight.
It goes down hill very quickly as they start hitting frankensteiners and irish
whips on one another losing that real fight feel. The match ends after Shamrock
clobbers Dan Severn by accident so Hart grabs a dumbbell from the wall and
smacks Shamrock across the head. Shamrock is out cold and the King of Hearts is
victorious! Quick match and fun!
Owen Hart over Shamrock due to Shenanigans!
The Rock vs Triple H (Two out of Three
Fall Match) (WWF Intercontinental Championship Match)
Rock dominates early portion of the
match with punches and kicks. Helmsley takes over as they battle up and down
the entrance way. Rock whips Hunter into the steel steps, kicks to the
midsection by the champion. Inside the ring the champion chokes the challenger
as the crowd chants Rocky sucks!Triple H battles back with a suplex and a knee
drop, a chop battles ensues between champion and challenger with Rock sending
Hunter over the top rope. Henry interferes and crushes Triple H, the damage has
been done as Billy Gunn makes the save for Triple H. The Rock hits Triple H
with the intercontinental championship but Triple H kicks out.
Neckbreaker by Rock who wears down Triple H with a sleeper hold. Hunter
fights back but Rock cuts him off again. Rock spikes Helmsley with a ddt but
only gets two. Rock grabs another sleeper as JR mentions The Rock may be trying
to waste time for the time limit to expire in this two out of three falls
match. Rock has Hunter well scouted as he continues to cut off Hemley's
offence. Big knee by Hunter it leaves The Rock reeling, but Rock sends Hunter
into the ropes. Godfather tries to interfere but the new age outlaws come to
ringside and prevent any interference. The Rock distracts the referee as D'Lo
tries to interfere but it backfires as Hunter catches D'Lo and smacks him with the
European championship right over the head.
Unfortunately, Hunter walks right into a Rock Bottom as The Rock takes
the first fall in this match. They battle on the outside with Rock catapulting
Hunter into the Spanish announce table. People's Elbow from The Rock but Hunter
kicks out at two, frustration is building inside of the champion. Desperation
clothesline from Hunter as both men are down, D'Lo appears on the apron once
more but Chyna takes him down this time as he crashes into the guardrail. Referee
is distracted as X-Pac nails Rock with the X Factor. Hunter goes for the win
but Rock kicks out. Hunter grabs a chair with Chyna distracting the referee but
Rock takes the chair from Hunter, he wings for his head but hits the referee.
Chyna enters the ring hits the low blow on The Rock and plants him with a ddt.
Chyna removes the evidence as Hunter pins Rock.
It is 1:1 as both men recover. Hunter gets a pin on Rock but it is only
two. Two minutes are left as they exchange punches. Rock goes for a Rock Bottom
but Hunter counters and hits the pedigree! Hunter goes for the pin but the time
has expired, Rock retains the title. Great match from these two who will make
their star presence felt as next month's Summerslam but take nothing away from
this match, this was a great fun match. Rock was great as a heel escaping with
the championship but just barely. I like subtle hints showing that Rock's reign
is coming to an end, Triple H had his number here if it was not for the time
limit expiring. Hunter will have his day.
The Rock due to time limit expiring!
Bikini Contest Sable vs Jacqueline
Well does this need a
review? I guess it is my job to cover everything on this show. It had a promo
package my god they really loved Sable didn't they? So lots of name calling
such as skank whore slut etc. Well yeah Jacqueline strips and looks
fantastic so yeah Sable has to strip. Sable cuts a long promo which is
hilarious in the context of this bikini contest. And then Sable reveals the
handprints on her breasts bikini.
How did they get away with this? It is so crazy to think that this
happened on pay per view, but they were targeting that audience so yeah it
works I am not complaining! Vince comes out and covers up Sable acting like
this was too much for him and being apologetic when he is the man who booked
this crap! Yeah it was what it was. T&A for every horny adult who
(WWF Tag Team Championship
Match) Kane & Mankind vs Stone Cold & The Undertaker)
Excellent promo package here
setting up the main event. The big story is where does The Undertaker's
allegiance lie? Will he be on the side of Stone Cold who will face at the next
month's pay per view or will he side with his brother Kane? Austin enters to a
monstrous pop and Undertaker confronts Austin on the rampway. Mankind and Kane
take the fight to Undertaker and Austin. Austin takes a part Mankind before a
thumb to the eye turns the tide in Mankind's favour. Kane comes in and wrecks
Austin before Austin hits a Lou Thesz press and an elbow. Kane bails out of the
ring before Austin hits the stunner. Austin tags in Undertaker who flips off Austin
and goes after Mankind.
Old school by Undertaker, right hands by the phenom who is whooping
Foley's ass. Mankind makes the blind tag and Kane enters the fray and
chokeslams his brother. Kane shows no remorse for his brother, Mankind comes
into the ring and dominates Undertaker. Cactus Jack clothesline by Mankind and
Taker is sent flying to the outside. Austin involves himself by attacking
Mankind, Undertaker is at a two on one disadvantage as Kane and Mankind pummel
Taker. Taker creates separation with a big ddt, Austin comes in and knocks down
Kane with a big chairshot. Kane kicks out at two and big boots Austin into
oblivion. On the outside Austin is dropped onto the guardrail repeatedly. Kane
and Mankind keep making tags staying fresh while wearing down Austin. Austin is
assaulted as Undertaker watches on from the apron.
Chokeslam by Kane on Austin, Mankind tells Kane to go for the tombstone.
Double stunner from Austin he nails Kane and Mankind. Austin reaches for the
tag to Taker but Taker does not look the slightest bit interested before saying
screw it and Austin makes the tag. Undertaker cleans house and chokeslams Kane
and gives a tombstone to Kane. Austin takes out Mankind as Taker pins his
brother Kane. Crowd was hot for this match, Austin was white hot as usual and
Taker was over big time here too. Not a lot of technical wrestling but you
cannot expect that from these four brawlers. Exciting match with a good finish
as Taker and Austin are the odd couple tag team champions. Roll On Summerslam!
Stone Cold Steve Austin & The Undertaker following a Tombstone!
wrestling fans of the internet as we embark on the third in our series of our
journey through The Attitude Era. This time we revisit King of The Ring with
the infamous Hell in a Cell between Mankind and Undertaker while we also see
WWF champion face the ultimate task in fighting Kane in a first blood match. If
Kane loses, he will set himself on fire but surely Kane cannot lose since he
has a mask? Well let us see!!!
Kaientai(Sho Funaki/Men's Teioh/Dick
Togo) vs The Headbangers And Taka Michinoku
6 man tag team action as we
see Taka Michinoku battle Kaientai who have been tormenting him for weeks on
end. There is no Bradshaw this time as Taka has found himself partners in Mosh
and Thrasher of The Headbangers. Mosh and Thrasher dominate the smaller
Kaientai members. Mosh powerbombs Funaki as Taka comes in with high flying
offence. Signature no hands springboard dive by Taka. Taka gets assaulted by
Togo who is wearing an Iron Maiden shirt. Bonus points for Togo, baseball slide
into a headscissors by Togo. Kaientai takes turns ragdolling Taka around the
Miscue by Funaki who knocks out Teioh, Taka gets the opportunity to make
the tag. Thrasher and Mosh come in, punches and backdrops follow for Kaientai.
Thrasher gets Funaki all alone and nails a scoop slam, Taka is assisted by the
headbangers and hits a splash on Funaki. Taka signals and delivers The
Michinoku driver for the win. Fun little opener perhaps a little on the short
side but it was fine, everyone did well and there were no mess ups in this
Taka & Headbangers over Kaientai via a Michinoku Driver!
Semi Final Match: Jeff
Jarrett vs Ken Shamrock
First semi-final match kicks
off with Jarrett vs Ken Shamrock. Jarrett makes his grand entrance with
pyrotechnics and signature strut. Ain't I great screams Jarrett as he enters
the ring with Tennessee Lee. Jim Ross brings up that Owen Hart and The
Nation had previously softened up Shamrock's ankle so he may not be 100%.
Shamrock is explosive to begin with with kicks and a clothesline.
Jarrett, the veteran hits a
neckbreaker and a dropkick to gain control in this match. Jarrett's advantage
doesn't last long as Shamrock beats the piss out of Jarrett. Tennessee gets
involved, focusing on Shamrock's ankle , Jarrett goes to work. Thinking he has
the match won, Jarrett eases off, he eats a spinning heel kick for his
arrogance. A spinning elbow and a frankensteiner follow before Shamrock locks
in The Angle Lock. Game over as Jarrett taps immediately. Shamrock was over
huge in this match and he has a lot of credible offence which makes him look
Shamrock over Jarrett in dominating fashion!
Semi Final Match: The Rock vs Dan Severn
The Rock enters the ring
first as Mark Henry and Godfather are ejected from ringside. His opponent is
former UFC champion Dan Severn who injured D'Lo in a King of The Ring
qualifier. What a potential match it could have been between Shamrock and
Severn, too bad Vince did not think much of UFC, that must be frustrating now
Vinnie Mac? Severn outwrestles Rock trying to break him into pieces. Firemen's
carry by Severn who continues to cut off Rock with armbars and choke holds.
Big reactions for The Rock as he continues mocking Severn. Suplexes and
kicks by Rock who is just trying to stamp out Severn. Double knock down as both
men clash heads. D'Lo Brown emerges from ringside with his now famous chest
protector and frog splashes Severn. The Rock takes the pin and we have The Rock
vs Ken Shamrock in the final. Another short match but that is not a big deal as
the final is the big match. The Rock cuts a promo after the match which he runs
down Shamrock. Big Rivalry between these two, the story is there and this is
going to be a great match.
The Rock over Severn thanks to D Lo Brown!
Too Much (Scotty Too
Hotty/Brian Christopher) vs Al Snow
So, Al Snow returned from
ECW after becoming a hit after talking to a plastic mannequin head. The story
goes that Snow wants a meeting with Mcmahon to be a WWF wrestler so he stole
Jerry Lawler's crown and was granted this match. If he wins, Al will win a
meeting with Vince and will become a wwf wrestler. There is no referee in the
ring and it is announced that Jerry Lawler will be the special referee. JR on
commentary by himself is better than the current product, a million times
better in fact. Al Snow beats up Scotty with Jerry giving an unfair advantage
to Too Much, Snow beats up Brian Christopher and Jerry gives an unfair
advantage to Too Much.
Snow pins a Too Hot but Lawler counts so slow that you could have a
birthday while he counts. Of course, Scotty kicks out and this handicap match
continues. Scotty covers Al as Jerry does a fast count. Two count as Scotty
hits a pumphandle suplex on Snow. Snow turns the tide with a double ddt and is
reaching to Head for the tag. He tags in head and starts knocking Too Much
around the ring with Head. Snow hits a Snowplow on Scotty Too Hotty but Jerry
Lawler counts the pin as Brian Christopher pins the Head after putting a bottle
of head and shoulders shampoo bottle on it. Yeah you read that right, Too Much
wins by pinning Head because it was Head and Shoulders got it ? Funny right?
Yeah I am not sure what Al was thinking agreeing to this finish but it is what
it is so yeah terrible finish. Let's move on!
Too Much over Al Snow due to Tomfoolery!
X-Pac with Chyna vs Owen
X-Pac's first pay per view
match since returning from WCW. Continuing the ongoing feud between the Nation
and Dx, Owen Hart is taking on X-Pac. Both cost one another King of The Ring
Qualifiers. Baseball slide by Pac to start off the match, both men start
aggressively as JR fills us in on X-Pac's history of neck issues. Hard irish
whips by Hart followed by spinning heel kicks. Back drop by X-Pac before he
sends Owen crashing to the floor with a clothesline. Hart flings X-Pax into the
timekeeper's area, missile dropkick by Owen Hart. Sleeper hold is applied by
Owen who is keeping the high flyer grounded. Martial arts kicks by X-Pac, next
comes the bronco buster.
X-Pac goes to the top rope,
Hart catches Pac off guard and both men take bumps from the turnbuckle, X-Pac
lands on the outside. Mark Henry runs to ringside as he splashes X-Pac. Chyna
and Henry square off before Vader comes out of nowhere and starts brawling with
Mark Henry. In the ring Chyna stops Hart's sharpshooter and ddts Owen into the
canvas 1...2....3. Decent match from these two but they have had better matches
than this, it is nothing too special.
Winner X-Pac over Owen Hart thanks to Chyna!
(WWF Tag Team
Championship Match) New Midnight Express vs New Age Outlaws With Chyna
Road Dogg and
Bodacious Bob Holly kick us off. Bodacious Bob wants no part of Billy Gunn. Bob
tags in Bart, Gunn's former smoking gunn partner. Nice wrestling from both men,
Gunn tags in Road Dogg who gets assaulted illegally by Bodacious Bob. Midnight
Express get the heat on the Road Dogg, dropkicks and double teams follow on the
road dogg who sells and sells until it is time for Billy Gunn to run wild.
Billy goes for a piledriver on Bob but eats a nwa tag belt to the back of
the head from James E Cornette. Billy kicks out as the ref is distracted by
Road Dogg and Bart fighting on the outside. Cornette goes to attack Billy again
but is thwarted by Chyna who low blows him into next week. Double stun gun by
Dogg and Gunn for the victory and they retain the titles. A fine match with the
outlaws being over like rover.
Winners: New Age Outlaws retain the titles!
King Of The Ring Final: The Rock vs Ken
Last year's winner Triple H
joins the commentary team. Rock comes out first as the announcers play up on
the fact that there is a bitter rivalry between Rock and Shamrock. Fast paced
beginning from both men who seem on their game. Shamrock scores with a kick to
the chest which makes Rock bail to the outside. Announcers mention Shamrock's
injured ankle and his temper which may cost him the match. Rock shoves Triple H
at ringside which leads to Shamrock battering The Rock around the outside of the
ring. Shamrock hits a floatover suplex on Rock. Rock regains the advantage with
a swinging neckbreaker. Shamrock battles back but meets a ddt which plants him.
Sleeper holds by The Rock to wear down the world's most dangerous man.
People's Elbow and a ddt take Shamrock almost out of it but Shamrock will not
stay down. Powerslams from both men, trying to put the other away. Northern
lights suplex by Shamrock, Rock gets out a two and half. More nearfalls before
Rock gets frustrated, venting his frustration at the referee. Shamrock plays
possum and when The Rock comes back to finish the match, Shamrock catches Rock
off guard and executes the ankle lock. The Rock screams out in pain and
realizes he cannot go anywhere so he taps out in the middle of the ring.
Great match between these
two who knew each other so well due to their months of feuding. Rock brought
out best of Shamrock and this may have been Shamrock's highest moment in the
WWF. Not the most successful king as nothing really came together for Shamrock
but this was a great match if nothing else at the end of the day.
Shamrock over The Rock following an Ankle Lock!
Mankind vs Undertaker(Hell In A Cell
The main match that everyone
can remember from this pay per view, the match that quite possibly made Mick
Foley's career in the WWF. Mankind would have to settle his issues with The
Undertaker in the most demonic structure ever assembled in WWF history. To
start off the insanity, Mankind climbs to the top of the cell with a steel
chair. Mankind persuades Undertaker to start the match on top of the cell and
he is all too happy to honor Mankind's request. Mankind attacks with the chair
but Undertaker is too strong and in the one of the most iconic moments of
Attitude Era history, Undertaker tosses Foley from the top of the cell through
the spanish announce table.
One of the craziest bumps I had ever
seen in my life and so many others would testify to the insane risk involved
with this bump. Foley is stretchered as far as the ramp before Foley sits up
and makes his way back to the top of the cell. Bad idea as Undertaker
chokeslams Foley through the top of the cell. Foley is unconscious as Terry
Funk and wwf officials tend to the injured Mankind. Undertaker chokeslams Terry
Funk who is helping his dear friend Mick Foley. Mankind counters old school,
going on the offensive for the second time in this match. Taker rams Mankind
with the steel steps, Mankind is clutching his left arm which seems to be
dislocated while also bleeding from his lip. Undertaker misses the suicide dive
resulting in Taker being bloody.
Piledriver by a one armed Mankind on The Undertaker, only gets a two
count leg drop by Mankind on the Undertaker and still, only a two count for
Foley. Mankind grabs a bag from underneath the ring and it appears to be a bag
of thumbtacks. Spreading them across the canvas, Mankind applies the mandible
claw as Undertaker begins to fade the hand of the demon from death valley drops
once, drops twice but the final time, it does not drop as Undertaker hoists
Mankind onto his back and falls directly onto the thumbtacks. Foley writes
around it excruciating pain, he stumbles to his feet to meet The Undertaker and
a chokeslam on the thumbtacks for good measure.
This brawl comes to an end with a tombstone from Undertaker to Mankind for the
1..2...3. Simply one of the best matches in Attitude Era history, it is not a
technical masterpiece, it may not have a gripping story but the bumps and the
images of Foley flying off of and through that cell burn so strongly in the
memory of any fan of wrestling that they will never be forgotten. A great match
from two absolute legends of the wrestling world.
Undertaker over Mankind via Tombstone to Hell!
(WWF Championship Match) Stone Cold Steve Austin (C) vs Kane (First Blood
Kane's first main event in
the WWF, a first blood match for the championship. Gas canisters
surrounds the ring if Kane loses. How will Austin bust open Kane when a mask
covers his face? Will Kane be set on fire? When the glass shatters, the crowd
comes unglued as Austin comes walking down to the ring. Just to show how much a
monster Kane is in this match, the first 30 seconds consist of Kane being
smacked in the face with the title twice and he just sits right back up. Austin
had a staph infection at the time so his elbow is the size of a bowling ball,
its taped up but looks nasty. Five minutes into the match, the hell in a cell
is lowered as JR wanders why this is happening. Kane is punishing Austin around
the ring before Austin turns the tide by sending Kane into the cell door. The
rattlesnake gets suplexed right onto the ramp, Austin gets the better of Kane
in the ring as they continue to brawl all around the arena.
Austin slams Kane into the exposed turnbuckle, Mankind makes his way to
the ring with a chair. It's a two on one situation with the referee down on the
outside. Stunners to both Kane and Mankind by Austin who collapses in
exhaustion, all three men are down. Here comes The Undertaker with a steel
chair, Austin has a steel chair, they both attempt to take mankind's head off
but Undertaker wallops Austin with the chair. Undertakers picks up the referee
and pours gasoline on him, reviving him in the process. Kane hits Taker taking
him out of the match while Austin staggers to his feet, Kane attempts to strike
Austin with the chair but Austin reverse and levels Kane.
However, the referee sees Austin has been busted open by Taker's
chairshot and we have a winner and new champion, Kane!!!. Felt this match was a
bit on the short side but enjoyable not the less. It is funny that people
criticize Cena as barely doing more moves than 5 when Austin matches after his
neck injury consist of punches, kicks and a lou thesz press, an elbow drop and
a stunner. Difference is Austin is over like rover and nothing is stopping
Austin's momentum win or lose.
Kane over Austin thanks to Undertaker!
Overall, this was an exciting show, a lot of the
matches were fun and did not go on for too long. Of course, we have the iconic
hell in a cell match but The Rock vs Shamrock in the finals is a very
underrated match on this card. Austin and Kane delivers as well as the WWF were
firmly kicking WCW's ass by this point in time. Very interesting as from
watching WCW, most people agree that their undercard matches were far superior
to the WWF while the WWF main events were superior to its undercard matches. To
be fair, it is the main event matches that draw the crowds to the arenas and to
buying the pay per view and the WWF were absolutely killing it at the time.
Join me next time for the next installment WWF Fully Loaded.