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Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Journey Through The Attitude Era Vol 10: WWF Rock Bottom 1998 Review
The final pay per view
from the WWF in 1998, named after the new corporate champion The Rock and his
finishing move The Rock Bottom. Mcmahon could not be happier as he had he crown
jewel in The Rock but the annoying Mankind was like a fly that simply would not
die and tonight, Mankind has his match for the WWf championship while Steve
Austin has to battle The Undertaker in a Buried Alive Match with the
stipulation that Austin had to win or he would not be in the 1999 Royal Rumble.
A big night for the WWF will 1998 go out with a bang? Let's find out!!
Val Venis & Godfather vs D'Lo Brown & Mark
appearance on pay per view with his Hos as he offers his ladies to Val tonight
for free because this is The Attitude Era and women are objects! Out comes D'Lo
and Mark Henry who are accompanied by Jacqueline and Terri Runnels. Val and
D'Lo kick it off trading punches with Val hitting a clothesline and a shoulder
block. Godfather comes in and plants D'Lo with a spinebuster and clothesline
while setting up for The Ho Train. Godfather misses and D'Lo tags in Mark
Henry, loud D'Lo sucks chants so glad to see he is still hated after all these
months of reviewing 1998. Henry dominates with a scoop slam, Henry chokes and
stomps Godfather. Godfather scoop slams Henry and makes a desperation tag to
Val but this does not go to plan as Henry squashes Val.
D'Lo comes in and hits
a Sky High on Val. It's time for the frog splash but D'Lo misses Val. Godfather
comes in as Val and Godfather double suplex Henry. Jacqueline and Terri start
fighting the Hos because CATFIGHT CATFIGHT CATFIGHT! This distracts Godfather
while Jacqueline enters the ring, she reveals Val's thong and slaps him in the
face. Henry clotheslines Val and splashes him for the win. An ok match with not
much happening in the ring, there was more focus on the girls at ringside.
Winners: Henry & D'Lo over Venis & Godfather
Headbangers(Mosh & Thrasher) vs The
Oddities(Kurrgan & Golga)
The Headbangers had
cut Luna's hair, the manager of the oddities so Kurrgan and Golga were out for
revenge against the Marilyn Manson lovers. Mosh hits everything he can think of
Kurrgan but it has no effect on the giant. Kurrgan sidewalk slams poor Mosh
before Thrasher comes in and eats a sidewalk slam himself. Kurrgan chokes
Thrasher with his boot and splashes Thrasher. Kurrgan hits a hiptoss and an
elbow and leg drop before missing the finishing blow. The Headbangers hit a
double suplex on Kurrgan but they only get one. Golga comes in and runs wild
throwing dropkicks and splashes. Golga misses his splash and Mosh hits the
stage dive for the win. This was a bad match really really bad.
Winners: Headbangers over Oddities via Stage Dive!
Owen Hart vs Steve Blackman
Hart had "retired" after injuring Dan Severn, in his place the Blue
Blazer had returned who attacked Blackman. Blackman is convinced Owen is the
Blue Blazer so Blackman is trying his best to unmask the Blue Blazer. Blackman
had Blue Blazer ready to unmask in the ring hoping to reveal Owen when Blackman
was attacked by Owen which led to this match. Owen jumps Blackman while
Blackman was walking to the ring, Owen hits a snap suplex and a legdrop. Chops
to the chest in the corner by The Black Hart. Blackman battles back with a body
drop a chop and a kick. Clothesline and snap suplex by Blackman who continues
to dominate with backbreakers. Owen changes momentum as he snaps off an
enzuigiri. Snap suplex by Hart as he also kicks Blackman in his face. Hart runs
into a boot and eats chops and kicks.
Hart is elbowed
to the outside and is on the receiving end of a baseball slide. Blackman tries
to get the ball rolling but he eats an inverted atomic drop and a spinning heel
kick from Owen. Owen locks in the dragon sleeper he learned from Severn and it
looks like it could be all over but Blackman battles back but he eats a knee
lift from Owen and an enzuigiri for good measure. Owen had earlier removed a
pad from one of the turnbuckles and it bites Owen in the ass as he is sent into
the exposed turnbuckle.
Blackman hits a
dropkick and a couple of elbows. A dragon sleeper attempt by Owen is countered
by Blackman as he hits a ddt on Hart. Blackman locks in the sharpshooter on
Hart and gets huge boos from the crowd. Hart bails and Blackman wins by
countout. Poor ending to the match, I guess the feud would continue.
Winner: Steve Blackman over Owen Hart via Count-Out!
J.O.B Squad vs The Brood
and Bob Holly kick it off with Holly gaining the advantage through a powerslam.
Holly hits a falcon's arrow on Edge as he continues stomping Edge. Edge
counters with a boot to the face and hits his electric chair drop. Christian
comes in and eats a tigerbomb from Holly. Scorpio comes in and uses
clotheslines and spinkicks to take out Christian. Al comes in and starts
headbutting Christian and a clothesline. Suplex by Al before Christian grabs
Al's hair and drags him to the mat. Dropkick by Christian before allowing
Gangrel to come in and take a part Al Snow. Gangrel punches Al Snow all around
the ring before eating a northern lights suplex from Snow. Gangrel comes back
with a clothesline before Snow comes back with a wheelbarrow suplex.
Two count for
Al, Gangrel hits addt and in comes Edge he chokes Al and locks in a sleeper. Al
fights back with an enzuigiri but he cannot make the tag as Gangrel comes in.
Spinebuster as Al takes over and now he makes the tag to Scorpio. Chaos ensues
as all 6 men brawl, the referee gets distracted as Al hits Christian with Head,
Scorpio hits a twisting legdrop. Only two was surprise by that as Edge dives
onto everyone else. Scorpio and Christian remain in the ring and Christian hits
an unprettier for the win. Crowd was dead for this match poor guys worked hard
and didn't really deserve that.
Winners: The Brood over JOB Squad by Unprettier!
Jeff Jarrett vs Goldust(Striptease Match)
Goldust wins, Debra will strip and if Jarrett wins, Goldust will strip. They
lock up and Goldust take over with a shoulder block, headlock takedown by The
Bizarre One. Jarrett gets caught with a spinebuster, it is all Goldust so far.
Jarrett is elbowed to the outside but gains control with a stungun. Goldust
reverses a crossbody attempt from Jarrett but he eats a single arm ddt. High
knee and a swinging neckbreaker from Jarrett. Goldust comes back with a suplex
and a knee lift. Jarrett comes back with a dropkick and locks in a sleeper.
Goldust counters with a backdrop, Jarrett does not stay down for long as he
Debra comes in
and distracts the referee, Goldust hits the Curtain Call on Jarrett and gets a
visible pinfall. Jarrett clubs Goldust in the back and shoots Goldust into the
ropes, right hand by Goldust and a bulldog. 2 count and a shattered dreams
scores for Goldust. Jarrett rolls to the outside and the referee checks on him.
Debra smashes the guitar over Goldust's head. Jarrett comes back in and hits
The Stroke for the win. Commissioner Shawn Michaels reverses the decision and
Debra must strip, she obliges and likes it and your inner horny teeneager comes
to live as she strips(You should look away you filthy filthy person!).
Winner: You, The Fans!
(Tag Team Championship Match) The New Age
Outlaws (c) vs Shamrock & Big Bossman
and Road Dogg start off the match as Shamrock hammers away on The Road Dogg.
Right hands and clotheslines by The World's Most Dangerous Man. Bossman comes
in and punches Road Dogg, rake to the eyes by Big Bossman. Bossman misses the
splash and Billy comes into the ring. Gunn kicks and punches Bossman until Road
Dogg comes into the ring. Bossman counters with an uppercut and Shamrock comes
in to beat down Road Dogg. Shamrock misses a kick and Road Dogg hits his two
moves so the punches to the face and his knee drop. Road Dogg gets caught in
The Ankle Lock and now Shamrock goes to work. Billy comes in and tries to run
wild but he tags in Road Dogg once more before taking a nasty belly to belly
suplex from Shamrock.
Bossman comes on
and its knee lifts all around for Road Dogg, the splash connects this time and
Bossman nails a leg drop for good measure. Dogg is isolated as Shamrock rolls
out his spinning elbow and calf kicks. Road Dogg gets stomped and beaten before
finding himself in a front facelock inches away from Billy's corner. Bossman
hard irish whips Dogg into the corner Road Dogg makes the tag but the referee
was distracted. Road Dogg takes a licking but keeps on ticking as Shamrock,
Bossman and Shawn Michaels at ringside knock the crap out of Road Dogg. Billy
finally gets in the ring put does not run wild as Shamrock calf kicks the
larger Billy Gunn. Shawn Michaels hits Billy with a nightstick and it looks
like the corporation will walk away with the titles before Billy Gunn surprises
Shamrock with a roll up for the win. A lot of tag matches on this show and it
is wearing me out but still, a good match from the most over tag team on the
Winners: The New Age Outlaws over The Corporation via
(WWF Championship Match) The Rock (c) vs Mankind
had attacked Rock earlier in the night and The Rock had injured ribs going into
the match. Promo before the match as Mankind wants an apology from Vince for
Survivor Series, Mankind gets a half assed apology before Rock jumps Mankind.
Mankind hits right hands on Rock, Rock tastes the steel steps and a clothesline
on the floor. Mankind crushes Rock with the steel steps and throws him into the
barricade. The Rock's ribs are preventing him from battling Foley. Vince starts
talking on the microphone stating Mankind will be disqualified if he commits
any questionable act. Rock takes advantage with a clothesline, Foley is knocked
to the outside, Rock chokes Mankind with a camera cable. Rock makes Mankind eat
right hands and a suplex on the outside.
commentating and pays for it as Mankind smashes his face into the announce
table. Mankind hits a big boot and Rock is sent over the top rope, baseball
slide by Mankind. Rock is laying on announce table and Mankind looks to dive
off the top rope. Shane grabs Mankind and Rock throws Mankind to the floor.
Foley tried to smash Rock with a chair but the referee pulls the chair away and
Rock ddts Mankind on the chair. Two count so Rock scoop slams Mankind and it's
time for The People's Elbow. Two count again as Mankind is tossed into the
turnbuckle, Mankind comes back and hits a swinging neckbreaker. They exchange
blows before Mankind hits a discuss clothesline. Vince tries to disqualify
Mankind but Mankind takes out the referee and attacks the timekeeper. Rock
grabs a chair and smashes Mankind before hitting The Rock Bottom.
Shane grabs the
WWF championship and plans to hit Mankind and smashes The Rock instead, a new
referee comes to ringside 1...2.. kickout! Floatover ddt by Rock for two,
Double arm ddt by Mankind for two, Mankind pulls out socko. Mandible Claw as
Rock passes out, we have a new champion or so we thought as Vince says Rock did
not get pinned nor did he submit so Rock did not lose the championship. Mankind
beats the piss out of everyone and leaves. Bad finish to a good match but Foley
would have his moment weeks later as he took part in one of the greatest raw
main events of all time.
Winner: Mankind over The Rock via Mandible Claw!
(Buried Alive Match) Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Undertaker
must win to be in the 1999 Royal Rumble, Taker wants to destroy Austin. Simple
story and to win the match, one competitor must be buried alive. Austin enters
second and smashes Taker with a big clothesline. He chokes Taker with his
jacket and a cable as he smashes him with his right hand. They fight alongside
the crowd as Taker comes back with right hands of his own. Taker brought Austin
back to the ring as Austin counters with the Lou Thesz press and an elbow to
the face of The Deadman. Stungun from Austin and he sends Taker balls first
into the ringpost. Austin delivers an axe handle from atop a barricade onto
Undertaker. Taker is sent into the steel steps but he gains control with a big
boot to Austin. Austin tried a piledriver but he could not get The Phenom up as
Undertaker destroys Austin with right hands.
They battle to the
grave as Austin is sent rolling around in the dirt. Taker chokes Austin as both
men are now in the grave rolling around and punching one another. Austin gets
hit in his heavily taped knee. Undertaker uses this as both men brawl around the
ringside area before Taker smashes Austin with a chair to the head. They battle
back to the grave as Austin is sent in and Taker begins to bury The
Rattlesnake. Austin climbs out before he hits Undertaker with a gas can twice
and a stunner, Taker falls into the grave and Austin starts burying Taker with
a wheelbarrow full of dirt.
walks away, Undertaker crawls out of the grave and the grave explodes. From the
grave comes Kane who hammers Taker with a tombstone. Undertaker falls back into
the grave and Austin comes back with a bulldozer and awkwardly starts burying
Taker to win the match. That was a decent match, seen these lock up a lot over
the past year so I am looking forward to something fresh.
Winner: Stone Cold Steve Austin over Undertaker via
good showing from the WWF as we move into 1999. Not the best pay per view and
not the bang I was hoping for but still a solid show. No real standout match
for me this time as I was not a fan of The Rock vs Mankind finish or The Buried
Alive Match but that's fine, I guess it plays into the idea that everyone and
everything was so over, it did not have to be great to be considered great. It
was fun covering 1998, let us hope 1999 is just as fun as we look at The Royal
Rumble. Until Next time see you later !