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Wednesday 18 May 2016
Journey Through The Attitude Era Vol 9: WWF Capital Carnage 1998 Review
Welcome one and all to
the series that you wonder why it ever existed, yes it is time for another
journey through the Attitude Era, today we are looking at the UK pay per view
Capital Carnage. Tonight's big matches include The Rock's first pay per view
defense of his newly won WWF Championship and Stone Cold Steve Austin is in a
fatal four way match against Mankind, Undertaker and Kane with the ring
surrounded by the villainous Mr. Mcmahon. Let's get it on!
Gangrel vs Al Snow
The Leader of the
Brood Gangrel takes on The leader of the J.O.B. Squad Al Snow. Gangrel's
entrance still stands the test of time, it is just so epic. The match begins
with both men performing some nice mat wrestling. A botch occurs in the beginning
of the match where Gangrel hits Snow in the balls with his head and it looks
painful. Snow recovers well and arm traps Gangrel and hits a nice looking
wheelbarrow suplex. Only a two count so Snow tries a crossbody from the top and
Snow gets a two again. Gangrel fights back with a ddt and a series of
clotheslines, only two count for Gangrel. Gangrel continues to punish Snow with
a stungun and a russian leg sweep. Snow eats another clothesline before
reversing Gangrel with a northern lights suplex. The Brood members Edge and
Christian come to ringside, looking to interfere. Snow scoop slams Gangrel and
goes up for a moonsault. Snow eats the canvas as Gangrel nails a double arm
suplex, Gangrel places Snow on the top turnbuckle but it backfires as Snow plants
Gangrel with a tornado ddt. Christian distracts the referee by standing on the
apron, Snow goes to grab Head and hits Gangrel in the face. As he nails
Gangrel, Edge comes off the top rope with a missile dropkick. Gangrel recovers
miraculously and drapes the arm over Snow for the win. Well, it looks like Head
can knock out people sometimes and other times, it does no damage as Gangrel
was up like nothing happened.
Winner: Gangrel over Snow thanks to Edge!
LOD vs Headbangers
Hawk's real life
issues with alcohol had been transformed into a storyline because Vince Russo
exists and he thinks that is fun. So LOD are no longer Animal and Hawk but
rather Animal and Droz, the rookie who had been annoying Hawk recently as he
wanted to have his moment and shine as a performer. Hawk had been written off
television as he was pushed off the titantron by "accident" by Droz.
Loud "we want Hawk" chants as the match starts off with Animal taking
on Mosh before Droz comes in and hits a series of powerslams and elbows with
the crowd booing the brash rookie. Thrasher takes over on Droz and Droz gets
dominated by the Headbangers as they double team and choke out the rookie. Droz
finally gets the tag to Animal who runs wild with shoulderblocks and
powerslams. Animal gets dropped by one of the Headbangers and in comes Droz
pushing Animal to the outside but by pushing his partner to the outside, Droz
gets rolled up and the Headbangers walk away with the win. Droz and Animal
argue and fight one another being pulled apart by referees. This would be the
end of the angle due to unhappiness from Hawk and Animal and they would make
very few appearances after this before leaving the WWF.
Winners: Headbangers over LOD via roll-up!
Val Venis vs Goldust
I have no idea why
these two men are feuding, Terri had confirmed she was pregnant with Val's baby
but Val proved he had a vasectomy so therefore the baby could not be his own.
Terri had returned to Goldust's side but Goldust rejected her so neither of
these men are now involved with Terri, the very reason as to why they had been
feuding so basically, the match means nothing. Goldust starts off in control
sending Val crashing to the outside. Goldust sends Venis into the steel steps
and starts out wrestling Val. Goldust open hand slaps Val and sends him into
the turnbuckle before nailing a back suplex assisted by the ropes. Val staggers
to his feet and reverses Goldust and nails him with a clothesline. Val hits a
knee to the stomach and a russian leg sweep on Goldust. Val poses over Goldust
and punches Goldust repeatedly. Val shoots Goldust into the ropes but Val eats
a bulldog courtesy of Goldust. Goldust tries to keep on the attack but eats a
spinebuster from Val and a nice fisherman suplex for a two. Both men knock
heads as Val falls backward and Goldust falls onto the Big Valbowski's
"jewels". Goldust the fresher of the two starts hammering Val
with punches and he sets up The Shattered Dreams. At the last second, Val grabs
the referee as a human shield and rolls up Goldust for the 1..2..3. Afterwards,
Goldust neckbreakers Val and delivers Shattered Dreams. An ok match with no
real heat as Terri was no longer part of the feud and the feud had really ended
a month ago with Goldust ultimately getting his revenge.
Winner: Val over Goldust via roll-up!
Tiger Ali Singh vs Edge
It seems the apple
fell very far from the tree for Tiger Ali Singh as he was not quite the
wrestler like his father Tiger Jeet Singh. He does his best in the match but
his offense is really bad and I feel for the guy, Edge beats the living hell
out of Singh for about five minutes before Singh hits a powerslam and puts his
feet on the ropes to secure the victory over Edge. Singh tries to attack Edge
after the match but Edge sends him over the top rope and Singh looks like a
total geek. DUD let's keep going....
Winner: Singh over Edge due to Shenanigans!
Christian & Sable vs Mero & Jacqueline
last match in the WWF and what a way to go out, you got to give credit where
credit is due, he made a fool of himself all for the fans in this match. So on
the previous Raw, Mero had been defeated by Dwayne Gill (yes I am serious) and
told the fans he would leave the WWF as a result. Mero had also abandoned
Jacqueline after she cost him a match so reluctantly they are teammates
tonight. During Sable's entrance, she is called hot and variations of the word
at least 10 times each by JR and The King which is hilarious as Vince was
clearly obsessed with the woman, no wonder she would later sue for sexual
harassment. Christian takes over Mero to begin with as The Marvelous One
continues to be frustrated by the younger Christian. Christian runs through his
offence of spinning heel kicks and reverse ddts before Mero wants a piece of
Sable. Mero pulls up his tights to his belly before Christian pulls down Mero's
pants revealing his underwear as Sable beats the rap out of her former husband.
Mero eats a lowblow from Sable and takes a Sablebomb. Jackie sees her
opportunity and attacks Sable as Christian and Mero battle up the ramp. Momets
later the match is over as Sable hits the TKO for the victory. An ok comedic
match that I thought was fun. Jacqueline attacks the referee being hoisted up
on his shoulders before Sable rips off her shirt and we see boobies ladies and
Winners: Christian & Sable over Mero &
Jacqueline via TKO!
Bossman comes to
ringside to assist Ken Shamrock by standing in his corner for this match
against The Lethal Weapon Steve Blackman. Blackman is intense as he nails
Shamrock with a spinkick catching Shamrock off guard. Bossman deals with the
fans who chant at him "You fat bastard, you fat bastard, you fat
bastard" which is just really funny. Shamrock picks apart Blackman with
nasty forearms and kicks to Blackman. Shamrocks nails clotheslines, knee lifts
and roundhouse kicks to the face of Blackman. Blackman battles back against
Shamrock he whips Shamrock off the ropes but it backfires for Blackman as
Shamrock hits a calf kick. Shamrock gets too confident and a spinebuster plants
Shamrock flat on his back. Blackman who is now in control hits a baseball slide
on Bossman and punches out The Big Bossman. He reenters the ring and whips
Shamrock into the ropes but Shamrock counters and Blackman hits the ropes. As
he hits the rope, Blackman is nailed with Bossman's nightstick in the right leg
specifically in the ankle. Blackman crumbles in a heap and Shamrock locks in
the ankle lock. Shamrock makes Blackman tap and retains his title. Another
screwy finish on the show but it makes sense.
Winner: Shamrock over Blackman via Shenanigans!
(WWF Tag Team Championship) New Age Outlaws (c) vs
D'Lo Brown & Mark Henry
D'Lo smacks around
Road Dogg and hits a running knee lift to take down one half of the champions.
D'Lo misses a clothesline as Dogg ducks and hits his punch and his shake rattle
and knee drop. D'Lo powders and Henry calms him down. Billy Gunn comes in and
tosses D'Lo around with Gorilla Press Slams and clotheslines. D'Lo powders so
Mark Henry comes into the ring and bearhugs Billy Gunn. Billy fights out and
nails a double dropkick with Dogg on Henry and a double hiptoss on D'Lo. Road
Dogg tags in and tries an armbar on Henry which was never going to work as
Henry slams Dogg to the mat, Mark hits a scoop slam and tags in D'Lo. D'Lo hits
a legdrop and a clothesline before Road Dogg battles back, the comeback is cut off
by D'Lo who nails The Sky High. Henry comes in and splashes Road Dogg and this
is where the match gets a little strange. Billy Gunn drags Road Dogg to the
corner to make the tag(Smart move), Billy cleans house and hits the fame asser
on D'Lo. The pin is broken up by Henry who splashes his partner D'Lo, usually
this would be a finish for a match where Road Dogg would attack Henry and Gunn
would pin D'Lo but Mark Henry just walks out onto the apron. Billy looks over
at Road Dogg and he is not moving, he is just laying like he is dead on the
Billy hits a small package on D'Lo and Mark Henry
breaks it up again. Still no sign of Road Dogg so Billy lifts up D'Lo and hits
a perfect piledriver for the win but there was nothing stopping Henry from
breaking up the pin. He left the ring after the small package and just watched
as Billy pinned D'Lo which made him look like a moron. The finish had to be
botched in some sort of way but I am not sure what was the reason. Perhaps Road
Dogg forgot the finish or perhaps he was legitimately injured by Henry's
splash. Regardless of the mistake, Billy Gunn does not look happy at the end of
the match while Road Dogg does look to be hurt. It was a good match for what it
was but the ending was a little weird.
Winners: New Age Outlaws over Henry & D'Lo via
Triple H vs Jeff Jarrett
Triple H was supposed
to face The Rock for his championship but the title match was instead given to
his buddy X-Pac. So Triple H must face the pride of Memphis Jeff Jarrett. Chyna
accompanies Triple H to ringside while Jarrett is accompanied by Debra. Jarrett
is overconfident int he beginning as the mouthy heel who mouths off a little
too much as Triple H punishes him with knees to the face and spinebusters.
Jarrett gets a lucky break when he stunguns the leader of Degenration X and
takes it to Triple H. Debra distracts Triple H long enough for Jarrett to
continue to dish out punishment to his opponent. Jarrett hits a single arm ddt
and a swinging neckbreaker before locking in a sleeper hold on Triple H. Triple
H fights out of the sleeper only to find himself inside as second sleeper hold
as Jarrett claims "He ain't going nowhere" before Triple H drops
Jarrett on his head. Inverted Atomic drop and a clothesline by Triple H, he has
Jarrett reeling and Triple H goes for the pedigree. Jarrett has it well scouted
as he sends Triple H into the turnbuckle but Jarrett cannot take advantage as
he eats a high knee from Helmsley. Debra gets into the ring to seduce Hunter
but as she is escorted from the ring by the referee, Jarrett grabs a chair from
ringside. Jarrett is ready to swing for Triple H but Chyna grabs the chair and
Triple H hits the pedigree on Jarrett for the pin. Good return pay per view
match for Triple H after his knee injury has slowed his momentum.
Winner: Triple H over Jeff Jarrett via Pedigree!
(WWF Championship Match) X-Pac vs The Rock (c)
The Corporate champion
is in his element as he strolls down to the ring with the title around his
waist. I love that belt so much, there is at least three kid replicas of it
around my house, there really is no comparison between that belt and the title
they have today. X-Pac comes down to the ring, fired up for his match with The
Rock. The champion's arrogance costs him big time as X-Pac starts off the match
at his pace with deep arm drags, followed by three spinning heel kicks and a
leaping clothesline. Rock powders to the outside, gets on the mic and states
that he has had enough. Rock walks up the ramp and reaches about halfway before
Triple H and Chyna block his exit. Rock is forced back into the ring. X-Pac
makes his first mistake as he misses a bronco buster allowing Rock to take
control with stomps. Rock scoop slams X-Pac and it is time for the most
electrifying move in sports entertainment, The People's Elbow. Only two count
for The People's Elbow(Corporate Elbow at the time). Triple H jumps up to the
apron as Rock motions for The Rock Bottom but Chyna enters the ring and low
blows the champion, roll up by X-Pac TWO AND A HALF!
The fans really bought into that one, the drama
continues as The Rock sends X-Pac into the referee and nails a powerslam. Rock
punches Triple H at ringside and grabs the WWF title, Triple H recovers and
grabs the European championship(X-Pac was the champion and had brought it to
ringside). The Rock misses X-Pac who ducks but Triple H nails The Rock right
between the eyes. The crowd is going nuts as the referee crawls over
1....2....Rock kicks out, the crowd really believed that X-Pac was going to get
it done. Rock crawls to the turnbuckle as X-Pac hits the bronco buster but he
cannot capitalize as Rock rolls to the outside and shoves Chyna which causes
Triple H to lose his head and attack The Rock, the match ends in a dq which
some might see as disappointing but the ending protects both guys, Rock gets
his heat as he was beaten and cheated his way out of the situation while X-Pac
was not pinned so it looks like he might one day beat the champion as he had
The Rock on this occasion. Best match of the night from these two.
Winner: The Rock over X-Pac by Disqualification!
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Mankind vs Undertaker vs
Vince Mcmahon cannot
seem to get rid of Stone Cold, wherever Vince goes, Austin is always waiting in
the wings. Mcmahon was overjoyed as Undertaker went after Stone Cold as Vince
took full advantage by placing Austin in a buried alive match with Taker for
Rock Bottom. Mankind was the other thorn in Mcmahon' side as he had screwed
Mankind out of the championship after fooling Mankind into believing he was
Vince's chosen one. What better way to screw over Mankind and Austin by placing
them against each other in a fatal four way which also includes Undertaker and
Kane? Just to make sure the odds were against Austin, Vince placed Gerald Brisco
as special referee, Pat Patterson as timekeeper, Shane Mcmahon as bell ringer,
Big Bossman as outside enforcer and Vince, himself, would be on commentary.
Vinnie Jones the special guest of the evening was ejected from ringside at the
beginning of the match after pushing Big Bossman(it got a big pop from the
crowd so it was good to see).
Kane and Mankind kick
us off as we await The Undertaker and Stone Cold, this is chaotic fun at its
best here as each man takes turn beating the hell out of everyone else Undertaker
comes down to the ring before Austin and chokeslams Mankind. Austin's music
hits and Taker meets him on the ramp, they brawl until they reach ringside
where Kane takes over on Austin. Austin enters the ring with his jacket in his
hand as he chokes the Undertaker with it. Taker wipes out Austin with his
clothesline as Paul Bearer hits Austin with his shoe. Austin fires back though
with a Lou Thesz Press and an elbow to the face. Kane breaks it up and all
three men brawl to the outside. Mankind emerges after being chokeslammed with a
microphone in his hand and he bashes Kane and The Undertaker over the head with
microphone. Kane recovers to send Austin into the ringpost and Undertaker
knocks down Mankind. The brothers battle it out in the ring before Undertaker
turns his attention to Austin. Taker lands on the rope after Old School goes
wrong and Kane is sent to the floor also. Mankind and Austin brawl before Foley
locks in the Mandible Claw, Austin is saved by The Undertaker as he pulls Foley
by the ankles and pulls him groin first into the ringpost.
Kane and Taker team up despite the fact that
they are enemies and have been trying to kill one another repeatedly recently.
Mankind brings two chairs into the ring, he levels Kane with one chair but
Taker takes the other chair and smashes Mankind in the face. Austin reverses a
chokeslam attempt and hits the stunner but Brisco refuses to count, it does not
end well as he eats a right hand from Austin. Taker Chokeslams Kane and Stone
Cold before Earl Hebner slides in to make the pin, Mankind breaks up the pin
and brawls with Taker on the outside. Kane and Austin remain, Austin reverses a
tombstone attempt and Stunners Kane, he hooks the leg and gets the win. Fun
match, very fun match with a lot of chaos going on in and out of the ring.
Austin wins to send the fans home happy.
Winner: Stone Cold over Everyone Else via The Stunner!
another good showing from the WWF, the WWF championship match and the Fatal
Four Way were the highlights of the night. Good matches and the crowd seemed to
love every moment of the night so it was really good. We are almost done the
year of 1998, only one pay per view remains and that is Rock Bottom so I will
see you next time for the final chapter of 1998!