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Saturday, 9 April 2016
Journey Through The Attitude Era Vol 1: WWF In Your House Unforgiven 1998 Review
Welcome one and all to another edition
of Seanomaniac's Wrestling Reviews and boy, do we have an interesting project
on our hands this time. The Attitude Era, the greatest era in American
wrestling for many fans, great characters, great storylines and great memories.
Here at Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, we have taken it upon ourselves to go
through every pay per view of this era and see do these pay per views live up
to the high standards that we have in our nostalgia filled minds. Many mark
Wrestlemania 14 as the birth date of The Attitude Era so there is no better
place to start than the pay per view right after Mania, Unforgiven. Let's get
into the action and enjoy some Attitude Era fun!!!
Undertaker and Kane are the
focus as Classy Freddie Blassie reads quotes from Dante's Inferno, hyping up
the inferno match between the two and the title match between Dude Love and
Stone Cold Steve Austin. Pyro bursting from the stage in the Greensboro
The Nation of Domination vs
Faarooq/Steve Blackman/Ken Shamrock
The story here is that
Faarooq was removed from the nation by The Rock who is teaming with D Lo Brown
and Mark Henry in this big 6 man tag match. Big Rocky sucks chants to begin the
match. Blackman and Brown kick it off with Blackman showing off some impressive
kicks to Brown. Shamrock gets in there and starts stretching D Lo with
submissions before Faarooq tags in as he wants The Rock. Spinebuster by Faarooq
before he takes out his belt and whips that boy like there is no tomorrow.
Henry enters the fray and
throws around Blackman like he is a ragdoll. Blackman plays face in peril as
Brown hits the Sky High to halt his momentum. The Rock finally comes into the
ring as he takes it to Faarooq, it is crazy to see how hated The Rock was so
early into the year, he was just so good there was no denying his presence and
Henry starts demolishing
Faarooq before Blackman gets the tag. Blackman is dominated for several
minutes, The Rock hits The People's Elbow on Blackman with the crowd responding
to the move, I forgot it was even over before it start killing people left
right and center. Blackman tags in Faarooq who cleans house before it breaks
down to just The Rock and Faarooq. Rocky taunts Faarooq but his overconfidence
is his downfall as he gets planted with the Dominator. Faarooq got his revenge
and the crowd loved this opener, the Nation was hated and Rock was such a good
Winners: Faarooq's Team over The Nation
following a Dominator!
(WWF European Championship Match) Triple
H vs Owen Hart
European Championship is on
the line as Helmsley takes on The Sole Surviving Hart. Before the match begins,
Chyna is placed in a cage and hoisted above the ring. Hart takes the fight to
Helmsley on the outside as they brawl around the cage and the stage. Suplex on
the concrete by Owen Hart. For the first five minutes, it is all Owen as
Helmsley assumes the role of a human punching bag. Owen eats the turnbuckle as
Helmsley takes control of the match. Neckbreakers, spinebusters and knees to
the face are on the menu for Owen. Meanwhile, Chyna tries to escape from the
cell as she is suspended 20 feet above the ring. Repeated dragon sleepers by
Triple H, a lot of rest holds in this match.
Hart reverses the reverse suplex into a german
suplex, Chyna bends one of the bars of the cage as Owen runs through his
signature offense setting up for the sharpshooter. Chyna tries climbing down
from the cage but she is dangling as Owen watches on from the ring. Road Dogg
lowers the cage while the referee is distracted before Owen hits a pedigree on
Triple H, Owen has the match won before X-Pac interferes and smacks Hart with
the title belt leading to Triple H winning the match. It was an alright match,
possibly a bit long but the opener was much better.
Triple H retains the European Championship thanks to X-Pac!
The New Midnight Express vs The Rock And Roll Express
Cornette comes to the
ring as he introduces the new midnight express. Bombastic Bob and Bodacious
Bart, just the best names of all time aren't they? Yeah moving on here come
Ricky and Robert, The Rock and Roll Express. Rock and Roll beat the hell out of
Bob Holly who's mullet is incredible. Bart comes in and starts beating down
Ricky Morton, Cornette threatens the referee Tim White who responds by chasing
him out of the ring.
dominate until Ricky tags in Robert who cleans house before Bombastic Bob hits
the bulldog on Robert and Bart gets the win. Pretty standard tag match with The
Midnight Express going over the veterans.
Winners: The New Midnight Express over The Rock N Roll
Evening Gown Match Sable vs Luna
Ah yes, the women were
represented in a special way during these days, Luna is dressed like a witch
she was an awesome heel and should have been champion. Mero interferes and
costs Sable the match. Afterwards, Sable powerbombs Luna and strips her. It was
what it was, it was basically filler.
Sable over Luna!
(WWF Tag Team Championship Match) New Age Outlaws
(C) vs LOD
Lod 2000 come out with
Sunny, their new manager and their new look which they showed the world at
Wrestlemania 14. Animal and Billy Gunn kick us off with Gunn thinking it would
be smart to piss off Animal. Big mistake as Animal kills the poor boy. Hawk
comes in and starts wrecking everything in sight. All four men are in the ring
with LOD looking to hit the doomsday device but Billy Gunn chop blocks Animal
who goes down clutching his leg. Road Dogg enters the ring and starts working
on the leg. Gunn raps Animal's leg around the post while Road Dogg continues to
taunt Hawk. Animal is beaten black and blue before hitting a dragon screw leg
whip to create separation, he tags in Hawk who takes care of business by
Billy hits Hawk with the
belt but only gets a two count before Road Dogg grabs the belt and tries to hit
Hawk but he hits Billy. Hawk executes a german suplex and gets the pin on Road
Dogg. However, Hawk's shoulders were on the mat and the outlaws retain the
titles. To send the fans home happy, LOD hit a Doomsday Device on the referee
over the controversial call. Following the match, we get a performance from
Double J Jeff Jarrett and it goes as well as any concert during a wrestling
show, it's annoying and I wish it was not here. Steve Blackman attacks Jarrett
before Jarrett's manager Tennessee Lee clocks him with a guitar. Jarrett does
the figure four on Blackman.
Winners: New Age
Outlaws over LOD 2000 follopwing Shenanigans!
Undertaker vs Kane (Inferno Match)
One of the great rivalries
of The Attitude Era, brother vs brother, demon vs phenom. This match feels big
and it is nice to see these two go out and fight. Punches from Taker to Kane
but Kane battles back only to be reversed by Undertaker. Seeing the flames
shoot up anytime a big move takes place is cool as Undertaker hits old school.
Kane is such a monster back in these days that he barely sells any offense from
Taker. Taker helps Kane look like an absolute monster in this match with his
selling. Kane grabs Undertaker by the hair trying to push his face into the
flames a really graphic image right there. Kane powerslams Undertaker, assuming
control of the match. Paul Bearer throws a chair into Kane who unleashes a
brutal shot on the head of The Undertaker. Kane devastates his older brother
but undertaker hits a russian leg sweep and a legdrop but it barely fazes Kane
as he sits up.
They grab each other's
throats but Kane is younger and more powerful and he hits a chokeslam. Kane
finds himself on the recieving end of a chokeslam from Undertaker but he sits
up immediately. Kane and Taker big boot one another. Sidewalk slam by Kane who
is simply a monster in this match. Kane ascends to the top rope but eats a
suplex from Taker. Once more, Kane sits right up he is insane in this match
looking this strong. Undertaker throws Kane over the top. Kane tries to leave
the ringside area but Vader comes out swinging from the back, they battle to
ringside before Undertaker performs his dive onto both men. Undertaker grabs a
chair from Paul Bearer, attacks Kane and Bearer runs off.
They end up on the music
stage before Paul Bearer gets hit with a drum and a mic stand. Bearer is
bleeding and selling on the stage. Kane grabs the chair, preparing to smack his
older brother but he eats a boot and his arm catches fire. Undertaker has won
the war while Kane runs to the back burning. A good match between these two
telling a story of how Kane is an absolute monster but Undertaker had the
brains to survive the onslaught and walk away the winner.
Undertaker over Kane following Fire!
(WWF Championship Match) Stone Cold vs Dude Love
Dude Love shocked the world
when he interrupted Austin's match against Mcmahon on Raw. Nobody could have
predicted he would attack Austin and become number one contender. Vince would
be at ringside for this match with the feeling he would screw Austin out of the
championship just like he did with Bret Hart at Survivor Series. Dude jumps
Austin to begin the match before Austin stumps a mudhole and walks it dry.
Elbows and knees to the head follow the mudhole stomping. To the outside we go,
Austin smashes Dude's face on the railings, big clothesline before the make it
to the band's stage.
Scoop slam and big hiptoss
from Austin to Dude Love. Looked like a nasty bump for Foley but that's what he
is known for. Austin goes to the well one too many times as he eats
canvas after a knee attempt. Running elbow to the heart of Austin. Bodyscissors
by Foley who is wearing down The Rattlesnake.
The stooges Patterson and Brisco accompany Vince to ringside. Vince keeps
staring at the timekeeper telling him to make sure he rings the bell.
Clothesline by Austin, he smacks Dude's leg off the ringpost. Vince looks at
Austin with pure hatred and disgust as he send Dude to the outside. Vince
taunts Austin telling him to get into the ring as Dude attacks Austin from
behind. Austin tries to suplex Dude over the top rope but to no avail as Dude
hits a cutter using the rope. Abdominal Stretch by Dude which makes Vince tell
the timekeeper to ring the bell. Austin reverses and suplexes Dude on the steel
They go into the crowd as
Austin pummels Dude. In the ring, a neckbreaker puts Dude in the driver seat.
Sweet Shin Music ends in failure as Dude misses and takes the referee's head
off. Mandible claw but there is no referee, Austin battles back but he eats a
low blow. Austin in desperation backdrops Dude over the top rope. Mcmahon and
Austin struggle over a steel chair. Austin smacks the chair into Dude's face
who falls into Vince's arms. Austin grabs the chair and levels Mcmahon.
This leads to a stunner on dude and Austin counts the pin himself for the
win? Strange that it counted as the ending but I guess we can call it a no
contest? Dude is declared winner by disqualification. Anyways, that was a good
first title defence match from Austin. For those who did not watch Austin in
his WCW days, he was one hell of a worker, after the neck injury he was robbed
a lot of his ability so this match was a lot of punches and clotheslines which
I would have preferred more moves but Austin does what he does best and that is
kick some ass.
Winner: Stone Cold Steve Austin over Dude Love via Stone Cold Stunner!
In conclusion, this was a solid pay per view to start
that Attitude Train off well, some of the matches were good such as the opener,
the inferno match and the main event but other matches were largely on the
uneventful and boring side with a lot of referee distraction finishes. A good
start from the WWF and we will see what happens next time at Over The Edge. I
will see you there good night and good fight!