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Thursday, 23 June 2016
Journey Through The Attitude Era Vol 18: WWF Fully Loaded 1999 Review
The end of an era, Mcmahon vs Austin would end tonight
as Stone Cold Steve Austin would defend his WWF Championship against Undertaker
in a First Blood Match. The rights to D-Generation X would also be on the line
as Road Dogg and X-Pac battle Chyna and Billy Gunn while The Rock continues his
battle with Triple H. Good Morning and welcome to another instalment to the
only series approved by my mother, My Journey Through The Attitude Era where I
look back at all the major pay per views of The Attitude Era and give an honest
opinion of the events because I am a pretentious prick (And you love it don’t
you?) So, sit back and let’s enjoy some WWF as we kick into 1999’s Fully
It is exactly what you expect, a nostalgic trip that makes you long for the
days when you were tuned in every Monday night. A sad song accompanies iconic
moments of The Austin/Mcmahon feud as it is truly End Of The Era. Suddenly, an
early version of the theme of Rebellion kicks in as the pyro explodes and we
are live, look at all those signs and we are greeted by the familiar voice of
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler. On Heat, Undertaker assaulted Austin from behind and
busted wide open before there match tonight. We can see The Mcmahons smile at
the Undertaker as he busts open Austin.
Ah Edge’s first title reign, Edge had won the Intercontinental Championship the
previous night at a house show in Toronto. Jarrett is accompanied by the lovely
Debra as footage plays of Jarrett receiving a bloodbath. Jarrett grabs the mic
and says he owns Debra’s puppies and that the Intercontinental Championship is
Jarrett’s property. Some nice mat wrestling from both man with both men getting
in each other’s faces. Jarrett takes over on Jarrett with a spinning heel kick,
quick pin by Edge earns him a two count. Edge has Jarrett’s number with these
quick pin attempts, sunset flip from the second rope leaves Jarrett powdering
to the outside. Jarrett grabs Debra and the belt and begins leaving, Jarrett
counters Edge with a thumb to the eye and pulls the champion to the outside.
sends Edge into the steel steps, right hands by Jarrett. Edge has Jarrett well
scouted and plants him with a northern lights suplex before appearing to injure
his leg. Jarrett being the veteran that he is, goes right after the injured leg
as Edge writhes in pain. Jarrett tries to hit the figure four but Edge counters
with a pin but Jarrett launches Edge into the turnbuckle and nails a single arm
DDT. Stomps by Jarrett, he drops a leg across Edge’s throat while strutting to
the crowd’s disapproval. Jarrett slams the hand of Edge across the rope once
more, Jarrett grabs a sleeper but Edge slams Jarrett head first into the
turnbuckle, Edge battles back before Jarrett stops the flow with a flapjack.
sleeper is applied by the challenger, Edge begins fading but fights back to a
vertical base, right hands and a sleeper of his own, Jarrett tries to counter
but Edge quickly tries pinning Jarrett only two for the champion. Both men are
down as they bump heads with Edge falling into the crown jewels of the
challenger(I let you figure out where he fell). Two count for Edge off the
headbutt, right hands by Edge, calf kick and a swinging neckbreaker. Edge goes
to the second rope, Jarrett dodges but Edge catches Jarrett with an inside
cradle, two count for Egde. Edge catches Jarrett with the boot, tornado DDT by
Edge, Edge measures for the spear but Jarrett tosses Edge to the outside.
Gangrel’s music hits and it appears Gangrel has turned on Edge and The Brood is
no more as Gangrel is laid out on the floor with Edge standing over his former
friend. Jarrett tries a crossbody but Edge rolls through, two count again for
Edge. Jarrett gets planted with a powerbomb from Edge, Edge nails the spear but
Debra is up on the apron distracting the champion.
knocks Edge into Debra, Edge looks concerned for Debra allowing Gangrel to
stungun Edge which allows Jarrett to hit The Stroke for the win. Really good
match for an opener between these two, Edge showed a lot of fire and his series
of nearfalls had the crowd on their feet. Jarrett was great as usual as the
cheating heel who works body parts which is something I always enjoy in my
wrestling Austin comes out after being busted open by Undertaker and Stunners
Jarrett. Austin wants Undertaker and if Undertaker does not show up, Austin
will seek him out personally.
These two teams start brawling on the ramp, speaking of first title reigns, we
see The Hardys defending their belts after Michael Hayes assisted Matt and Jeff
in winning the belts. Michael Hayes is double teamed by The Acolytes as Matt
and Jeff are down, Faarooq and Jeff Hardy start off in the ring as Bradshaw
beats the piss out of Michael Hayes. Jeff Hardy dodges Farrooq as he
somersaults over the top rope, Matt ups the risk with a moonsault onto The
Acolytes. Bradshaw catches Matt with a fallaway slam, Jeff enters the ring
illegally and dropkicks Bradshaw repeatedly as Matt and Jeff have the advantage
as Michael Hayes attacks one Acolyte to allow Matt and Jeff to finish the
team suplex and a swanton bomb gets a two count on Farrooq. Bradshaw tosses
Jeff to the outside and Hayes is knocked to the floor. Farrooq takes over Matt
with a spinebuster, Bradshaw is tagged in and scoop slams Matt. Matt is at The
Acolytes’ mercy as Faarooq chokes out Matt. Two counts for Faarooq off his pin
attempts, Bradshaw comes in, double shoulder block. Michael Hayes is tagged in,
Big Boot by Bradshaw who seems to be really enjoying brutalizing The Freebird.
Faarooq is tagged in and he stomps the legend Michael Hayes, Hayes tags in Jeff
as Jeff gets caught with a powerslam from Farrooq. Bradshaw kicks Jeff in the
ribs and powerbombs him to the floor. One finger salute from Bradshaw to
Michael Hayes, Jeff is isolated as Faarooq locks in the sleeper on Jeff. Jeff
counters Faarooq with a chinbreaker. Matt jumps in the ring as does Hayes and
Bradshaw. Matt and Faarooq remain in the ring, twist of fate by Matt gets a
two. Bradshaw clotheslines Matt and nails a super back drop on Matt. Jeff
breaks up the pin, Jeff grabs the cane of Michael Hayes and nails Bradshaw.
tries poetry in motion but runs into a Clothesline From Hell. Matt is elevated
over the top rope as Michael Hayes is powerbombed by The Acolytes and pinned.
We have new champions in The Acolytes. Enjoyable match from these two teams
with Hayes getting pinned by The Acolytes.
Winners: The Acolytes over The Hardy Boyz via Powerbomb!
Shane Mcmahon was European Champion after defeating X-Pac prior to
Wrestlemania. As The Corporate Ministry became more important, Shane deactivated
the title as it was forgotten about, Mideon would fine the belt in Mcmahon’s
bag and Shane would grant Mideon ownership of the title so Mideon is champion.
Mideon slaps D’Lo which is not a good idea as D’Lo goes to work on The
Corporate Ministry Member. Ten punches in the corner and a hard irish whip.
Baseball slide and a suicide dive by the challenger. Right hand by the
challenger, Mideon cuts off D’Lo’s momentum with a whip into the steel steps.
Mideon drops D’Lo across the barricade, clothesline by the champion.
cover by Mideon, two count for Mideon, gutwrench powerbomb and a sleeper.
Neckbreaker, Mideon remains in control as he chokes D’Lo in the corner. D’Lo
fires back and chops the chest of Mideon. Sky High by D’Lo plants Mideon and he
hits his signature leg drop. D’Lo climbs high and nails The Lo Down and we have
a new champion.
match with D’Lo holding the championship, bigger things were to come for D’Lo
as we will see the next month but unfortunately, Droz’s accident would derail
the career of D’Lo Brown but the next month would be the highest point of
D’Lo’s WWF run.
Al Snow has been tormented in recent weeks, he cannot sleep as he is in
constant pain and Head has been injured as the Bossman rammed a spike through
its skull. Bossman and Snow brawl at the entrance way to begin the match,
Bossman gets knocked down by Snow with a sandbag before Bossman sends Snow
through an entrance prop. Snow begs for more from Bossman as they brawl to the
backstage. 2x4 across the back for Snow but he quickly counters, Bossman
counters Snow with a low blow before stabbing Snow with a stick.
and lefts from Al Snow as Bossman is reeling, Snow grabs some hot coffee and
burns Bossman. Bossman is also smashed with a trash can before taking a suplex
through a nearby table. Snow tastes a garage door as Bossman attempts to run
over Snow but we have a botch on this night as the golf cart does not start for
the former cop. Bossman whips Snow with his leather belt, slamming him from
wall to wall. Snow and Bossman make their way outside where Al smashes Bossman
with a hub cap. Cone across the head by Snow has no effect as Bossman starts
kneeing Snow in the face, brick to the face by Bossman only gets a two.
rams Al into a fence, bottle across the head from Bossman, Bossman pulls out
the handcuffs and pulls out a nightstick, Bossman destroys Snow with the
nightstick and pins Snow with his foot. Hardcore matches are usually hated or
loved, either you like the brawling and the spots or you are frustrated that
they are not in the ring and are only punching one another. I do not mind
hardcore matches so this was ok for me.
Winner: Bossman over Snow via Nightstick Beatdown!
Show vs Kane (Special Guest Referee = Hardcore Holly)
Hardcore Holly thinks he is the bigshot and I am sadly disappointed I never
knew of this Holly until now, he is great thinking that he is the man, he is
even called the bigshot. Kane and Big Show have problems, they do not like one
another so these two giants will slug it out tonight. Big Show has his name on
his trunks which I only remember thanks to the awesome game that is WWF
Wrestlemania 2000 on the n64 (These trunks did not last too long). Holly starts
throwing his weight around as the boss, this allows Big Show to cheap shot
fires back and Big Show Gorilla Press Slams Kane from the ring to the floor,
that looked painful. Kane pops right up because he is a monster and tries going
toe to toe with Big Show. Show overpowers Kane and sends him flying into the
ringpost. In the ring, Kane counters Show and lays in some uppercuts on Show.
Holly distracts Kane which allows Show back into the match, giant headbutt by
Show. Chest chop from Show, hard irish whip and some more right hands from
Show. Show uses the rope to choke Kane, stomps from Show to Kane.
across the back by Show, Show is all over Kane at this point. Big clothesline
from Show, low blow from Show which is ignored by Holly, giant headbutts from
Show but Kane keeps getting to his feet. Powerslam and Big Show is dominating
Kane, side Russian legsweep by Show. Show misses an elbow, DDT by Kane, Holly
gets in Kane’s face, Kane climbs to the top rope, huge clothesline, down goes
Show. Kane goes for a chokeslam but Holly chop blocks Kane. Show nails The
Chokeslam and Holly counts the fast pin.
attacks Holly and Undertaker attacks Kane, this is the formation of the unholy
alliance of Undertaker and Big Show. Austin gets his hand on Undertaker and
makes sure to bust open Undertaker. Both men have been opened up before
Winner Big Show over Kane via referee screwage!
Shamrock vs Steve Blackman (Iron Circle Match)
Blackman had assaulted Shamrock on more than one occasion, costing Shamrock The
King Of The Ring potentially. Shamrock has been unable to get the advantage on
Blackman, will that change tonight? What is an iron circle match you say? Well
it is a match that takes place within a circle of cars, first man to leave the
circle wins. Superstars like Droz, Val Venis and Godfather sit and watch the
fight. Shamrock hiptosses Blackman and throws him into two cars in quick
and Blackman continually miss strikes on one another before Blackman slams
Shamrock on a hood of a car. Kicks to the ribs by Blackman, superkick onto a
hood of a car. Blackman grabs a chain, swing and a miss for Blackman, scoop
slam by Blackman. Blackman reaches into a car and pulls out a tyre iron,
another swing and a miss for The Lethal Weapon. Shamrock grabs a can and puts
the chain around his fist.
gets knocked out from punches from Shamrock’s taped fist. Shamrock chokes out
Blackman for the win. A different kind of match but a welcome addition, like
the hardcore match not much wrestling but still fun to watch.
Winner: Ken Shamrock over Blackman via choke-out!
to D-Generation X Match) Road Dogg And X-Pac vs Billy Gunn And Chyna
Why fight for the rights? Pride and Money, D-Generation X had imploded at
Wrestlemania, everyone had gone their separate ways. Chyna and Triple H had
remained together while Mr. Ass was in the midst of his best singles run, X-Pac
was teaming with Kane and Road Dogg would often help out his buddy X-Pac. Chyna
and Mr. Ass want the money from the name DX while Road Dogg and X-Pac want the
name because it represents what there are all about.
Dogg kicks it off with Chyna, lock up and side headlock from Chyna, shoulder
block from the ninth wonder of the world. Another side headlock and shoulder
block. Chyna gets too cocky and nails Billy Gunn by accident twice before
escaping Road Dogg’s pump handle drop. Mr. Ass comes in, right hands from
Billy, right hands from Road Dogg. Mr. Ass splashes Road Dogg while Chyna nails
Dogg with a clothesline behind the referee’s back. Chyna is tagged in and kicks
Road Dogg, clubs to the chest has Road Dogg is down. Chyna chokes Road Dogg
with her boot, snapmare and stiff kick to the spine. Elbow from Chyna, twice
and a cover, just two for Chyna. Mr. Ass plants Road Dogg with a jackhammer,
Ass climbs to the second rope, Road Dogg catches Mr. Ass with the boot. X-Pac
comes in and nails two spinning heel kicks, X-Pac nails Chyna before Mr. Ass
stops his momentum with a stungun. Right hands to the face of X-Pac, Chyna tags
in and kicks X-Pac in the ribs, forearms to the back.
chokes X-Pac while Mr. Ass gets in a cheap shot, front facelock by Chyna, X-Pac
makes the tag but the referee does not see it as X-Pac gets double teamed in
the corner by Mr. Ass and Chyna. Powerslam by Mr. Ass cuts off X-Pac’s
momentum, Chyna is tagged in and kicks X-Pac’s ribs again, Chyna tries for her
handspring elbow move but X-Pac counters with a clothesline out of the corner.
Hot tag to Road Dogg, Road Dogg runs wild on Mr. Ass, punches to Chyna and the
knee drop, Mr. Ass breaks up the pin on Mr. Ass.
buster on Chyna who has taken that move every pay per view she has appeared in
against X-Pac (poor woman). Road Dogg catches Mr. Ass after a missed splash on
X-Pac and nails him with a pump handle drop. X-Pac and Road Dogg walk away with
the rights to DX. It was alright, crowd went quiet apart from the signature
spots of X-Pac and Road Dogg, was a largely boring tag match.
Winners: X-Pac & Road Dogg over Billy Gunn &
Chyna via Pump Handle Drop!
Strap Match) The Rock vs Triple H W/Chyna
Good promo package hyping up the history of these two from their days in DX and
Nation of Domination respectively. Triple H had smashed a casket with The Rock
inside, he had screwed Rock out of the championship at King Of The Ring. Rock
pounds away on triple H before being strapped to his opponent, Rock straps
himself in and lays the smackdown on Triple H. Rock takes a picture and nails
is not too happy and starts battling back, Triple H whips Rock with the strap
before they fight onto the announce table, Rock gets dropped with a
clothesline. Right hand from Triple H, Rock counters Hunter and nails him with
a clothesline. Rock gets caught by Triple H who takes control with some right
hands. Triple H gets sent flying into the steel steps as Rock takes over.
Triple H tastes the steps, into the crowd both men brawl. They trade blows
before Triple H smashes Rock with a double ax handle, vicious right hands from
The Game. JR makes note of the fact that Chyna is nowhere to be seen as she is
usually by Triple H’s side.
H wanted to get it done on his own but will it backfire tonight? Rock is choked
by Helmsley under a guard railing, more crowd brawling from these two top
athletes, pins count anywhere as Triple H goes for the cover by the stage, two
count for The Game. Rock blocks Triple H’s suplex attempt and reverses it with
one of his own, Triple H takes over by pushing Rock into the guard rail. Two
count for Triple H, Rock is whipped with the strap and sent into the steel
steps. Right hands from The Rock, Triple H goes low with the knee and cuts off
The People’s Champion. Large boos from the crowd as Chyna appears at ringside,
Chyna distracts the referee while Rock nails The Rock Bottom.
had the match won but the referee’s back was turned, Triple H low blows Rock
and we restart with both men down. Right hands from Hunter find the mark on
Rock’s head. Triple H climbs the turnbuckle and starts choking out The Rock by
placing the strap around his neck. Rock throws Triple H to the canvas, an act
of desperation that creates a little space. Rock battles back clothesline,
stungun and a samoan drop. Cover and a two count, Triple H sends Rock over the
top rope, The Game grabs a chair from ringside but it does not go swimmingly as
Rock lays the smackdown the leather strap.
Gunn enters the ring and smacks Rock with a leather pipe. Rock kicks out after
being smacked with the pipe. Rock counters the pedigree, People’s Elbow, Mr.
Ass drags out Rock, Rock Bottom on Mr. Ass but its three on one and Rock does
not see Triple H coming, pedigree and Triple H is going to Summerslam. I was
not a fan of this match, crowd brawling is not really a big deal for me,
especially seeing it in every big match from this period. Ending was fine as
Triple H was not the main event badass that people know, this was the weasel
Triple H who needed his buddies to get the job done. Rock would not be hurt no
matter how many times he would lose as he was so damn entertaining he would
always remain over.
Winner: Triple H over The Rock via Shenanigans &
If Undertaker loses, we will never see Vince Mcmahon again, if Austin loses, he
will never have another shot at the WWF Championship. Vince Mcmahon comes to
ringside on crutches, Vince Mcmahon is on commentary, entrance way battle,
Taker dodges a belt shot from Austin, Taker pummels Austin targeting the cut on
Austin’s head. Taker tries to pry open Austin’s head with his fingernails,
Austin battles back but Undertaker has it well scouted, Austin is sent into the
crowd(god damn it here we go again).
and more punches as Austin continues to cover his head so that Undertaker
cannot open up his wound and win this match. Undertaker chokes Austin with his
boot, Austin goes after Undertaker’s leg and tries opening up Taker’s stitches.
Austin smashes Undertaker’s leg into the ringpost, more crowd brawling. Taker
grabs a chair swinging for Austin’s head, Austin drops Taker onto the steel
steps. Austin ties up Taker in the ropes, Taker is a sitting duck, it could be
curtains for Vince. Shane runs to ringside, chair shot to the head, Shane has
been basically murdered on television. Taker kicks the chair in Austin’s face,
exposes a turnbuckle and tries to ram Austin into the turnbuckle, Austin
reverses, Stunner to Undertaker. Mcmahon hobbles to his feet, right hand from
Austin to Vince. Austin grabs a chair, Taker blocks Austin’s chair with his own
chair. Taker knocks down the referee and X-Pac nails Taker with a spinning heel
kick, Taker is down and Austin grabs a camera. Camera across the face and Shane
Mcmahon is somehow alive, Austin knocks him down, Taker is bleeding the referee
rises to his feet and calls for the bell.
wins and Mcmahon is gone, we will not see Vince going after Austin anymore.
Vince enters the ring and eats a Stunner for his trouble. Triple H comes down
to ringside attacking the champion, here comes The Rock as the crowd loses its
mind. Rock and Triple H brawl out of the ring. Taker rises from the dead and
busts open Austin. Undertaker and Austin fight on the outside as Taker loses
control and smacks Shane. Referees try to separate the two men, Stunner to
Vince Mcmahon and so closes the final chapter on arguably the most profitable
and greatest feud of all time. Same match as the others between these Taker and
Austin, I do not know what it was but these guys were never on fire in the ring
with one another, it was usually just a lot of punching over and over again
with dull moments in between.
was involved with the finish for a second pay per view helping Austin, makes
you wonder did they have big things planned for him if he remained a babyface.
Weird to see so much blood as well due to being conditioned to the current
product. A solid main event with wider implications as Triple would face
Austin in the main event of Summerslam or would he? And this was also
Undertaker’s second last pay per view of 1999 as he would leave in September
due to his groin injury, what would Taker offer in his final pay per view?
Winner: Austin over Undertaker via opening of Blood!
Overall, a solid pay per view from the WWF, the semi-main and the main event
were good matches with The Rock and Austin being stupidly over so they could do
no wrong. Not much of note outside of this, D’Lo squashed Mideon, Jarrett won back
his title and Big Show vs Kane was just two big guys punching one another. Will
things pick up with WWF Summerslam 1999? I guess we will see next time,
hopefully you enjoyed this review and I will see you next time!