Hello and welcome to another wrestling
review from Seanomaniac’s Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series
on the internet that has a more interesting saga than The Mcmahon Family! It’s
WWF One Night Only, Davey Boy Smith against Shawn Michaels for the WWF European
Championship! They have a wonderful video package hyping up Bulldog for the
main event, the man can’t possibly lose right? We also have Hunter Hearst
Helmsley vs Dude Love, Undertaker vs Bret Hart, Vader vs Owen Hart and more!
Will this deliver? Possibly as we are in the UK so that means that match
quality will not be top notch but it should be at least fun!
Dude Love vs
Hunter Hearst Helmsley W/ Chyna
Seems a little odd for this feud to be
continuing as Summerslam seemed to be the perfect end to it all but here we are
months later with Dude still having problems with Helmsley. Elbow drop, slap
and a back body drop from Dude, Helmsley is down as Dude dances. Eye poke from
Helmsley, right hands from Helmsley before Dude fires back with a Mongolian
chop. Dude struts around the ring and lands a massive clothesline, Helmsley
rolls to the floor before Dude lands a massive forearm to the face. Helmsley
misses a boot, Dude wrenches the arm and lands a leg drop to the arm for two.
Knee drop to the arm, Dude continues to wrench the arm as Helmsley is in all
sorts of trouble.
Forearms from Helmsley, Dude dodges
the drop toehold and lands one of his own. Dude goes for a variation of The
Indian Death-lock, Helmsley screams out in pain. Dude whips Helmsley to the
buckle, Helmsley is in the tree of woe. Dude chops the leg of Helmsley, running
elbow drop to the face of Helmsley. Dude calls for sweet chin music, Helmsley
dodges and jumps to the floor. We have a chase around ringside, clothesline
from Chyna that wipes out Dude. Hotshot from Helmsley, Helmsley hammers Dude
down before Chyna lands a huge blow to the face. 2 for Helmsley, Dude begins
battling back, Helmsley lands his face-buster for a close two. Abdominal
stretch from Helmsley, Helmsley uses the ropes for leverage. The referee
catches Helmsley, the referee pushes Helmsley who powders.
Dude takes advantage rallying with
massive right hands, running face-buster from Dude for two. Helmsley sends Dude
to the buckle, swinging neck-breaker from Helmsley. Pedigree is blocked as Dude
catapults Helmsley into the buckle, Dude lands some massive rights with
Helmsley being very rocked by this turn of events, Helmsley is sent into every
buckle by Dude. Dude looks to charge, corner splash. Helmsley blocks the second
clothesline, Dude is up there with Helmsley and arm-drags Helmsley down. Sweet
shin music is on the menu, Double Arm DDT from Dude. 1….2… Chyna places
Helmsley’s foot on the ropes and Dude is not happy. Helmsley boots Dude down
and nails The Pedigree for the win.
Solid opening effort from these two, I
thought Helmsley would have progressed and moved on from this feud to bigger
and better things but these two are still brawling but I have no complaints
from that because these two have great chemistry and kick a lot of ass when
they are in the ring together. Fans are hot for seeing the WWF in action and it
helps the match a lot but the two work hard and they are rewarded for their
efforts. Great way to kick us off in the UK but I am not sure where things will
go from here based on the rest of the card!
Hearst Helmsley over Dude Love via Pedigree!
Leif Cassidy vs
Tiger Ali Singh
Quite the match for sure, Tiger Ali
Singh taking on Leif Cassidy. Haven’t seen Leif Cassidy on PPV since the In
Your House match against Flash Funk who also has seemed to disappear off WWF television.
I don’t think either man is a babyface but I am guessing Singh is meant to be
by default, Leif jumps Singh before Singh turns the tide. Big kicks from Singh,
right hand staggers Leif. Hard Irish whips from Singh, belly to belly suplex
from Singh. Boots to the head from Singh, Leif avoids the Irish whip and lands
two big clotheslines. Spinning kick from Leif for two, Leif hammerlock throws Singh
into the buckle. Leg drop into the arm and Fujiwara armbar from Leif. Singh
begins fighting back, landing some sort of roll-through pin for two. Leif wants
a superplex, Singh battles off and lands a diving bulldog which he calls The
Tiger Bomb for the win.
Didn’t overstay its welcome but I
think I have seen enough for me to never want to see Ali Singh again.
Thankfully, the WWF agree with me because I think the next time you see Singh
on PPV is when they return to the UK at the end of 98 for Capital Carnage and
one USA PPV appearance in 99 for Singh before they decided this probably wasn’t
a good idea. Anyways, things would get much better for Leif who would find the
gimmick for himself in ECW but here are some dark days for poor Al Snow.
Winner: Tiger Ali
Singh over Leif Cassidy via Tiger Bomb!
(WWF Tag Team
Championship Match) The Headbangers © vs Los Boricuas
Savio and Miguel are challenging for
the championships, they jump the champions to begin before Mosh & Thrasher
smackdown Miguel & Savio with clotheslines. Miguel and Mosh kick us off
officially, hip splash from Mosh with arm-drags for good measure. Mosh tags
Thrasher who lands a diving clothesline, Savio comes for a double hip-toss and
elbow drop by the champions. Miguel rakes the eyes, tag to Savio who eats another
hip-toss and side headlock. Thrasher and Savio wrestle with some interesting
results as Savio has to reach the ropes to survive, Miguel comes in but
Thrasher continues to have control with a side headlock takedown. Miguel shoves
off Thrasher who gets kicked in the back of the head by Savio. Miguel lands a
big kick to the back of the head, tag to Savio.
Thrasher eats a massive spin-kick in
the corner from Savio, boots from Miguel who applies a shoulder claw. The
challengers club Thrasher behind the referee’s back, Thrasher escapes the
shoulder claw and lands a crossbody for two before Savio lands a lethal kick to
the head for two. Snap-mare and tag to Miguel who lands a scoop slam and a
tornillo with a moonsault for two. Mosh saves Thrasher who continues to get
stomped by the challengers, front chancery from Savio. Referee misses the tag
and Miguel continues beating down Thrasher with another shoulder claw. More
quick tags, scoop slam but Thrasher dodges the splash by using his knees. Savio
smashes Mosh in the face, once more we have a build-up for the eventual hot-tag
as the heels get more heat on Thrasher.
Miguel and Thrasher are in, sunset
flip from Thrasher for two as Savio makes the save. Savio is now legal, massive
chops in the corner. Savio misses a corner splash and Thrasher lands a huge
belly to back suplex. In comes Mosh, big rights for both challengers. Dropkicks
and Savio is clotheslined to the floor, super hurricanrana from Mosh for two as
Savio makes the save. Thrasher is with Savio, Mosh powerslams Miguel for two
but Savio is there once more. Miguel and Thrasher are brawling as Mosh
back-drops Savio on the floor, Miguel powerbombs Thrasher but Mosh lands The
Mosh Pit for the win.
Big reaction from The Headbangers, you
love to see it as they definitely were getting a lot of love in the states
compared to LOD etc. Good match to put over the champions, the wrestlers made
those fans rampant for that hot-tag and it paid off and I am a very harsh
critic of Vega so to see this was quite the enjoyable match is quite the
Headbangers over Los Boricuas via Mosh Pit!
Flash Funk vs The
Speak of The Devil, I brought the man
up earlier and here he is back on PPV. Flash Funk aka 2 Cold Scorpio is one of
the most talented wrestlers of the 90s but when it came to the mainstream
wrestling companies in America, Scorpio rarely was given a position on the card
that was close to his talent in the ring. Patriot came in as a babyface and I
believe by default, Patriot is the heel here due to his love of America.
Patriot out-wrestles Funk to begin but
Funk shows off his speed too. Both men shake hands before going back at it,
side headlock from Funk. Patriot uses his strength to change the hold, side
headlock from Patriot. Shoulder block from Patriot with boos ringing out in the
arena. Funk slides out of the suplex but Patriot trips Funk. Funk dodges the
elbow and lands a dropkick, Patriot answers with a clothesline. Funk dodges a
corner clothesline, skinning the cat onto the top rope and landing a massive crossbody
for two. Clothesline from Funk for two, reverse chin-lock from Funk. Patriot
fights out and regains control, more rest-holds in the middle of the ring. Funk
fights out, booting away Patriot who lands a massive powerslam for two.
Victory roll from Funk for two, Patriot
drills Funk with a clothesline. Patriot Missile connects for two, Funk lands
shots in the corner. Corner splash from Funk, scoop slam. Funk calls for his
finish, twisting splash for two. Funk wants to go for another high risk
manoeuvre, Patriot blocks the moonsault with his knees and lands The Uncle Slam
for the win.
Awkward is the word that comes to mind
watching this match, Patriot seems to be off a bit inside of the ring, the
chemistry not being there for this match while Bret Hart most certainly led the
dance during their match at In Your House. Definitely at the point of the show where
things usually drag, hoping for things to pick up soon enough!
Patriot over Flash Funk via Uncle Slam!
Legion of Doom vs
Keeping LOD busy are The Godwinns who
continue to be a thorn in their sides, this should be stiff at the very least
considering what happened to Henry Godwinn at the hands of LOD. Animal and
Henry to kick us off, it seems to be even between the two. Animal is backed
into the corner, Henry goes low with massive clubbing blows. Animal eats an
elbow from Henry, Irish whip by Henry but Animal ducks the clothesline and
lands a massive shoulder block. Tag to Phineas, tag to Hawk. Hawk kicks and
chops Phineas, Phineas is battered by Hawk. Corner clothesline, Irish whip to
the opposite buckle. Hawk runs into the ring-post with his shoulder as Phineas
dodges, reverse chin-lock from Phineas.
Henry and Hawk are in but Hawk battles
back, jaw-breaker from Hawk. Tag to Animal who lands a back elbow and applies a
reverse chin-lock. Animal is sent to the ropes where Phineas lands a kick
behind the referee’s back, Henry clotheslines Animal to the floor. Tag to
Phineas as The Godwinns double team Animal. Single arm DDT into a hammerlock
from Phineas, tag to Henry. Phineas slams Animal to the mat, Phineas misses a
middle rope attack as Animal blocks with his boot. Tag to Hawk who clotheslines
everything, scoop slams galore. Neck-breaker to Phineas for two, Henry chucks
Animal to the floor. Hawk eats a double clothesline, Slop Drop on Hawk. Henry
kicks Animal down, 1…2… Hawk manages to power out! Phineas chokes Hawk with the
flag behind the referee’s back, Henry watches on before tagging out.
Hawk eats a massive knee to the ribs,
tag to Henry who lands a big elbow. Hawk manages to tag in Animal who runs
wild, powerslam on Henry. Henry and Phineas are clotheslined down, Hawk
clotheslines Henry to the floor. Doomsday Device and this match is over!
Another solid tag team match, nothing spectacular
but I expected as it’s just a UK show. LOD continue to pick up momentum, surely
it has to be a matter of time before this duo are Tag Team Champions once more!
While Phineas may have been one of the most infuriating wrestlers to watch
during the early years of his gimmick, the mean heel incarnation of The
Godwinns has been solid inside of the ring but I will never forget how I had to
suffer through Phineas and Sunny’s “love” story.
Winners: LOD over
The Godwinns via Doomsday Device!
Vader vs Owen
Originally scheduled to be Owen vs Shamrock,
we now have Owen Hart vs Vader. Owen is very popular here in the UK but Vader
against fun bumping smaller wrestlers is a good formula. Vader shoves off Owen
to begin the match and Vader plays up with the crowd to begin, Vader shoves
down Owen. Side headlock from Owen, shoulder block and Vader Hammer from Vader.
Owen spills to the floor, Owen tries a sunset flip with Vader missing his hip
splash. Owen tries a hurricanrana and lands it perfectly, right hands from
Owen. Vader sends Owen to the buckle, Owen counters with a middle rope diving
crossbody for two. Vader shoves off Owen’s sharpshooter, Owen wants a suplex.
Vader tries a suplex but Owen slides out, schoolboy for two. Owen has to turn
Vader for the sharpshooter but Vader makes it to the ropes immediately.
Owen tries a crucifix but Vader counters
with a Samoan drop and a big elbow drop, Vader Splash from the middle rope for
two. Sternum bump from Owen, Owen blocks right hands and tries a scoop slam but
Vader shuts that right down. Short-arm clothesline from Vader, Fujiwara armbar
from Vader. Owen escapes and fights out but Vader knees Owen and lands a corner
splash. More Fujiwara armbar, Vader Hammer from Vader and massive rights to the
face. Boot from Vader and Vader wants a Powerbomb, Owen slides out and lands
the enzuigiri. Sharpshooter from Owen, Vader makes it to the ropes. Scoop slam
from Owen for two, Owen whips Vader to the corner but Vader answers with a
Vader Hammer. Vader Bomb is on the menu, will this be over? Owen blocks with
massive knees to the ribs, missile dropkick from Owen and a kip-up. Spinning
Heel Kick from Owen for two! Owen is cooking now, Owen wants to fly once more.
Vader counters with diving crossbody into a powerslam for the win!
Surprising finish for sure considering
it was meant to be Owen vs Shamrock, Owen losing clean considering his reaction
and the fact that Owen is the Intercontinental Champion and how Vader usually
was treated by the WWF booking team, this truly was a surprise for me. However,
the match itself is a lot of fun and that’s no surprise, they knew what they
were walking into with the crowd favouring the smaller Owen so Owen sells and
sells building up to that eventual scoop slam and sharpshooter, I thought the
spinning heel kick would do it but Vader counters and walks out the victor building
up more momentum. Good stuff, the match of the night so far and it shows that
there was a lot left in Owen Hart as a babyface in the WWF when the time comes!
over Owen Hart via Powerslam!
Match) The Undertaker vs Bret Hart ©
Summerslam rematch with no HBK around
to ruin things for The Deadman, not the biggest fan of when these two have
locked up inside of the ring. Rumble 96 was a rough match and the Summerslam
match did not hit the spot for me but with a rampant UK crowd, could they pull
Can’t imagine this one having any sort
of definitive finish, Bret tees off with right hands before Taker throws Bret
to the corner and lays in the punches. Bret is pulling himself with the ropes,
headbutt from the challenger. Hard Irish whip and Taker tosses Bret to the
buckle. Knees in the corner, Taker is with the referee as Bret exposes the top
turnbuckle. Taker uppercuts The Hitman, Irish whip to the opposite buckle. Bret
headbutts Taker over and over, right hands in the ribs. Taker clotheslines Bret
down, crowd is split for sure. Bret clotheslines Taker, right hand after right
hands from Bret. Taker is clotheslined to the floor but lands on his feet, Bret
kicks Taker square in the face. Bret tries a plancha but Taker grabs Bret and
rams the champion into the ring-post. They are brawling on the ramp, they
battle back to the ring.
Taker is in firm control with big
rights, Taker ducks his head off an Irish whip and Bret lands a massive DDT.
Taker sits up though, leg drop from The Hitman. Multiple elbow drops from The Hitman,
Bret rakes Taker’s face off the top rope and stomps on the throat of The
Phenom. Taker sends Bret into the exposed buckle, Taker steps on the chest of
the champion. Surfboard stretch by Taker which transitions into a pinning
combination for two, Bret stomps away the leg of Taker but Taker uppercuts Bret
down. Back-breaker from The Deadman who stretches the champion over his knee,
Bret escapes and goes back to the knee. Whip to the buckle, Taker answers with
an elbow. Taker whips Bret to the buckle, Taker misses a knee to the face and
Bret goes to work. Bret hammers the leg, dropping his weight on the leg and
stomping/stretching the leg as much as possible.
Bret drags Taker to the ring-post, Bret
sends Taker’s leg into the post before applying the ring-post Figure Four! Bret
continues dishing out the punishment to Taker’s leg, the challenger is in deep
trouble. Figure four from The Hitman, Taker reverses the hold and the pressure,
hobbling towards The Hitman. Headbutt and rights from the challenger, Irish
whip but the boot misses for The Deadman. Bret kicks out the leg of Taker and
drives his knee into the leg over and over, side Russian leg-sweep for two.
Suplex for two, Bret’s Rope elbow drop does not connect as Taker uses his boot
to block. Double knockdown as both men hit a clothesline! Taker leg-drops the groin
of Bret for two, Bret counters the second attempt into a Sharpshooter. Taker
uses his leg strength to kick off Bret, fans cannot believe it as Bret drives
his head into the nether regions of the challenger.
Bret looks for the sharpshooter but
Taker grabs the champion by the throat, Bret kicks out the leg of Taker but
Taker pummels Bret with rights and lefts! Irish whip and boot by Taker, Taker
lands a leg drop for two. Bret rolls out, grabbing the ring-bell, Taker is in
pursuit and boots down The Hitman. The referee pulls away the ring-bell,
chop-block from The Hitman. Bret takes out the leg of The Deadman again before
Taker shoves Bret to the floor, the cameraman is wiped out by Bret. Taker hurls
Bret into the steel steps, Bret is sent hard into the ring-post. Taker wants
old school but Bret yanks Taker from the top rope to the canvas, Taker wants
tombstone but Bret slides out with an O’Connor roll for a close two. Bret wants
the tombstone, Taker kicks his legs out but Bret holds onto the ropes to
Bret is caught in the ropes, Bret cannot
break free as Taker goes to work, the official calls for the bell as Taker will
not let The Hitman go free, Chokeslam from The Deadman. It takes multiple
officials and his brother Owen to save him, Taker grabs Gerry Briscoe and
Chokeslams him all the way to hell.
Despite the finish, I love this match.
The crowd makes this the best Taker vs Bret match, the best that they ever had
in my eyes. The crowd is split and react big to everything, Bret’s strategy is
perfect. Weathering the storm, looking up for that one opening to take down The
Deadman. Bret believes it will be the exposed buckle but in a cruel twist of
fate that I love, Taker sends Bret into the buckle. Bret’s selling is
perfection inside of that ring on this night, you can feel and see the air
leave Bret’s body when he meets the buckle, you can see Bret’s desperation as
Taker pummels him around the ring. Simply brilliant stuff from The Hitman, the
fans are so invested in the match they never stop making noise the entire time,
the match is pure chaos. Interesting finish too, it worked for sure and these
guys worked their asses off, HBK is not one to be topped though so if I thought
this match was good, I wonder what’s coming next!
Winner: Bret Hart
over The Undertaker via DQ!
Championship Match) British Bulldog © vs Shawn Michaels
Bulldog dedicating this match to his
sister Tracy who battled back from cancer twice, Bulldog is over like rover in
the UK with Michaels walking up the ramp and not caring about the hero. Bulldog
shoves Michaels down, Michaels says Bulldog grabbed his hair but Bulldog shoves
HBK down again and again. Michaels backs up onto the turnbuckle but Bulldog
drags him down. Bearhug from Bulldog, two chop-blocks and Michaels is
clotheslined onto the floor. Michaels is walking away, Michaels wants a
time-out. Michaels eye-pokes Bulldog, right hands by HBK. Bulldog sends HBK
into both buckles and suplexes Michaels into the ring. Bulldog military presses
Michaels down, abdominal stretch from Bulldog. Michaels is sent tumbling over
the top rope by Bulldog, Bulldog pulls HBK back into the ring, arm-drags from
Bulldog. Bulldog keeps wrenching on the arm of HBK, HBK fires back with
forearms. HBK tries shoulder blocks but an eye-poke works for sure, Michaels
tried a hurricanrana but Bulldog countered it for a beautiful powerbomb for
Bulldog has a hammerlock to wear down
Michaels, Michaels escapes and tries a crucifix but Bulldog lands a big Samoan
drop. Bulldog wants a Romero special, Bulldog gets distracted and gets decked
with a right hand to the face. Irish whip by Michaels, Bulldog catches Michaels
for his delayed vertical suplex for a close two. The fans are not happy, the
insurance policy is here though it’s Rick Rude. O’Connor roll from Bulldog but
Rude shoves Bulldog so Michaels almost steals this match, Rude grabs Bulldog
which allows Michaels to shove Bulldog to the floor. Rude shoves Bulldog into
the ring-post, Michaels lands a diving axe handle to the floor. Rude shoves Bulldog
into the ring apron, Michaels steps on the head of Bulldog in the ring.
Sleeper from Michaels, belly to back
suplex from Bulldog to release the hold. Two for Bulldog, Michaels maintains
control with a kick to the head. Hard Irish whip to the corner from Michaels,
hip-toss into a short-arm scissors from Michaels. Bulldog powers out of the hold,
both men end up banging heads in the middle of the ring. More boos as we see
Chyna & Hunter Hearst Helmsley are on their way to the ring, Bulldog begins
smacking around HBK. Massive back body drop, Michaels flip out of the corner.
Clothesline and catapult for two, Bulldog misses a corner spear and strikes the
ring-post hard with his shoulder. Michaels climbs high after a scoop slam,
diving elbow drop from HBK. Make it double, HBK calls for Sweet Chin Music.
Michaels misses, Bulldog tries the running powerslam but Rick Rude has Bulldog’s
Bulldog clotheslines Michaels to the
floor, the referee is with Rick Rude. Helmsley gets a clothesline from Bulldog,
Bulldog wants the powerslam but slips off the floor, Sweet Chin Music on the
floor and a Pedigree on the floor for good measure. Bulldog’s leg has been
crippled as Michaels looks to apply the figure four leg-lock. Michaels rips off
the protective knee-brace and throws it to Dianna, Figure Four leg-lock from
Michaels. Chyna and Helmsley hold Michaels’ hands for extra leverage, this is
awful! Bulldog is crawling but Rude cheap-shots Bulldog down, more leverage
with Chyna and Michaels. Bulldog is in crippling pain, where are The Hart
Foundation? Bulldog passes out to the pain, this match is over! Huge boos in
the arena and shit is flying into the ring!
It’s one of the boldest moves you will
ever see in professional wrestling but that’s a fancy way of saying it is HBK
at his worst because this is Hogan levels of politicking brother! Having
Bulldog lose in the UK was unfathomable, it was setup for Michaels to lose, the
man dedicated the match to his sister who had battled cancer! Politics aside,
Michaels is at his dickhead best here being the most infuriating cheating prick
I have ever seen. Stalling, eye-pokes and directing attacks towards Dianna, HBK
is on fire as he has been since becoming a heel and its on full display here. Bulldog
is hit and miss for me, on the right night in small bursts I can manage Bulldog
unless he is in the ring with Bret or Shawn because when he’s in there with one
of those two, the matches are awesome. This is no different, no twenty minute
rest-holds, no wasted motion. It’s either Bulldog dominating with cool looking
power manoeuvres or Bulldog selling because of Michaels’ cheating ways. It’s
interesting why Owen and Bret wouldn’t get involved when Rude and the rest of
the soon to be DX were there, I guess it would have been more triumphant if
Bulldog had overcame them all but things didn’t go that way but this was an
exciting main event with an outcome that is almost surreal to see but what a
way to cement the top heel faction in the company at the time!
Michaels over British Bulldog via TKO!
That was WWF’s One Night Only 1997,
arguably WWF’s best UK PPV. While many have fond memories of Summerslam 1992
and we got to see the likes of The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Undertaker,
Kane and your Attitude Era favourites at the likes of Capital Carnage,
Rebellion and Insurrextion respectively, I would be happy to argue that from a
match quality standpoint and getting your money’s worth, you won’t find another
match except for Bret vs Bulldog (Summerslam 92) that could compare to that
Bret Hart vs Undertaker WWF Championship match and HBK vs British Bulldog. We
know they take it easier when it comes to the UK PPVs but not here, Bret Hart
and Undertaker have a great match with an insanely hot crowd to boot while
Bulldog as the hero of England vs the arrogant HBK is great stuff too. These
two matches alone make this PPV worth watching at least once if you want to get
an idea of what the WWF was like in 1997 as it headed ever closer to The
Attitude Era. Dude Love vs Helmsley is a good opening match that sets the mood
for the night while Owen Hart plays a great babyface underdog against Vader in
a very fun match. The card drags in the middle as expected with Tiger Ali Singh
of all people making an appearance on PPV but those last two matches more than
make up for the rest of the card. The WWF was not messing around when it came
to the UK here, I wish this trend would have continued with Rebellion and Insurrextion
but that was sadly not the case. Definitely would recommend the last two
matches for their quality and also to see what its like when politics rears its
ugly head in professional wrestling! Thanks for reading and remember: there’s
always another night!