Hello and welcome to another edition
of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the
internet that continues to push the midgets and wrestlers over 30! It’s WWF
Survivor Series 1997, one of the most controversial nights in wrestling
history. We are not going to discuss whether it’s a work or a shoot, we are
keeping it about the action inside of that ring. The main event is Shawn
Michaels vs Bret Hart for the WWF Championship, Shawn Michaels is the number
one contender thanks to a little help from Kane in the Hell in A Cell match at
last month’s Bad Blood. That sets us on a collision course for tonight with a
Wrestlemania 12 rematch between two wrestlers who simply cannot stand one
another and we are in Montreal, Canada so things are not looking good for Shawn
Michaels. Also, we have Kane’s debut in action on PPV with Kane taking on the
deranged Mankind and we also have the return of Stone Cold Steve Austin to
action as he challenges the man who broke his neck at Summerslam Owen Hart for
the WWF Intercontinental Championship as well as some traditional Survivor
Series Tag Team Matches.
(Headbangers & The New Blackjacks) vs Team Godwinn (Road Dogg & Bad Ass
Billy Gunn & The Godwinns)
The New Age Outlaws are tagging
together for the first time on PPV, what a wonderful time it is in the WWF.
Meanwhile, Godwinns and Headbangers have been going at it for months. Barry
Windham to start with Phineas, they lock-up with a shoulder block from Windham.
Make it two, Phineas decides to powder. Windham slaps down Phineas, massive
scoop slam and tag to Bradshaw. Irish whip and a powerslam for two, Bradshaw
chops, clubs and boots Phineas. Phineas boots Bradshaw in the face, Phineas
clubs the crap out of Bradshaw. Phineas tags Henry, lock-up with Bradshaw
pushing Henry to the corner. Shoulder block from Henry, big clubbing blows from
Henry. Bradshaw sends Henry to the buckle, Russian leg-sweep from Bradshaw.
Henry blocks a suplex and suplexes Bradshaw for two.
Whip to the buckle and clothesline
from Henry, two for Henry. Bradshaw catches Henry with an abdominal stretch
into a roll-up and we have our first elimination! Henry Godwinn is gone from
this match! Windham comes in and big right hands rock Phineas, beautiful suplex
for two. Gut-wrench suplex from Windham for two, flying clothesline from
Windham for two. Phineas is rocked, whip to the buckle. Windham runs into a
right hand and a big clothesline from Phineas knocks out Windham. Blackjack
Windham has been eliminated!
Mosh outsmarts Phineas and lands a big
elbow, elbows and biting from Phineas. Mosh slides through the legs of Phineas,
big dropkick and a drop toehold. Arm-bar from Mosh, Phineas escapes the hold
and batters Mosh, double elbow as Billy Gunn taunts and lands massive stomps to
the head of Mosh. Billy Gunn stomps all over Mosh, big right hands from Billy.
Loud interesting chants from fans, Mosh boots Billy in the face. Big
clothesline from Mosh, Mosh tries a hip splash on Billy but Billy drives Mosh
into the mat face-first for the elimination. Mosh has been eliminated which
leaves us with just Thrasher and Bradshaw.
Phineas and Thrasher lock-up, side
headlock by Thrasher. Thrasher punishes Phineas with biting and a thumb to the
eye, Thrasher almost steals a pin-fall on Phineas but Phineas survives, more
lock-ups that aren’t exactly what the crowd wanted there. Shoulder block from
Thrasher, hip-toss from Thrasher but Phineas kicks off Thrasher. Thrasher
returns the favour and delivers an arm-drag into an arm-bar. Thrasher dodges a
scoop slam and sends Phineas into the mat, Stage Dive from Thrasher and Phineas
has been eliminated! 2 on 2 now!
Road Dogg comes in and eats a hip-toss
before Bradshaw comes in and chops the life out of Road Dogg. Short-arm
clothesline from Bradshaw, gut-wrench powerbomb hard. Stiff kick to the spine,
Billy cheap-shots Bradshaw which allows Road Dogg to roll-up Bradshaw for the
elimination. Bradshaw is irate and takes out Road Dogg and Billy Gunn before
leaving a very angry man. Thrasher continues the fight alone, smashing Road
Dogg over and over with right hands in the corner. Billy kicks Thrasher from
the apron, Thrasher ducks his head off an Irish whip and there is no pumphandle
slam for Road Dogg. Road Dogg tries it again with a blind tag from Billy Gunn,
Thrasher covers Road Dogg countering the pumphandle but Billy nails that top
rope leg drop for the win.
Mostly flat for an opening match, not
a lot of acts that you would want in there to open a pay per view. However, I
have voiced that concern before about The Headbangers, I don’t know if people
really know how to react to them while The Blackjacks and New Age Outlaws (Even
though they ain’t called that yet) are nowhere near the level the WWF need them
to be to open a PPV) The finish was also very off with that leg drop not even
close to connecting on the head of Thrasher. Very disappointing opening match
from the WWF during a time where they are supposed to be turning things around,
it seems they are still way off pace.
Road Dogg via Diving Leg Drop!
Commission vs DOA (Traditional Survivor Series Style Elimination Match)
Well they are not giving me a good
reason to watch this show, Interrogator and Chainz are going to start this
match, Chainz hammers Interrogator but Interrogator keeps coming back.
Interrogator misses a splash and gets clotheslined twice before landing a
brutal looking Sidewalk Slam for the elimination. Skull & 8 Ball batter
Interrogator but we have a clean break with the referees restoring control.
Recon comes in with boots and a clothesline to one of the Harris twins. Falling
mat slam from Recon, tag to The Jackyl who lands a top rope knee drop. Chops
seem to have no effect, right hands from Skull. Spinning Sidewalk Slam for the
elimination on The Jackyl!
Sniper and Skill, reverse elbow from
Sniper for two. Side headlock before Sniper lands a flying crossbody. Two for
Sniper, Recon is now the legal man. Recon misses a diving axe handle, DOA
batter Recon. Elbow and scoop slam, leg drops from Crush. Belly to belly suplex
from Crush for two, Recon superkicks 8-Ball. Both men bang heads with Skull
swapping places with 8-Ball. Running clothesline from Skull for the elimination
Sniper batters Skull, Skull lands a
swinging neck-breaker. Two for Skull, tag to 8-Ball. Massive double spinebuster
for two, Sniper only survives thanks to Interrogator. Interrogator cheap-shots
8-Ball and Sniper lands a running bulldog for the elimination. Skull is in with
Sniper, running corner clothesline and an elbow drop. Tag to Crush, Crush uses
a triangle choke to try and take down Sniper. Blind tag as Sniper manages to
tag in The Interrogator who nails the sidewalk slam for the elimination on
Only Crush remains to take on
Interrogator and Sniper, headbutt from Interrogator. Tag to Sniper, boots and
right hands from Sniper. Crush reverses the Irish whip and lands a tilt-a-whirl
sideslam before Interrogator comes in immediately and delivers The Sidewalk
Slam for the win.
Awful big men who cannot work trying
to work is not really my thing, a surprise I am sure but my god was that bad.
Never been a fan of DOA, I will give Crush a pass for his program with Savage
and Primetime Brian Lee for his run in Smokey Mountain Wrestling but everyone
else in this match can go to hell. One of the most controversial nights in
Wrestling history seems more like one of the most unforgettable nights in
wrestling history at this point, these are two awful opening matches.
Truth Commission over DOA via Sidewalk Slam!
(Vader/Goldust/Steve Blackman/Marc Mero) vs Team Canada (British Bulldog/Jim
Neidhart/Doug Furnas/Phil Lafon)
A lot of staples of the WWF Attitude
Era are making their PPV debuts on this show as well as a lot of returns too
with Mero coming back after many months, Steve Blackman making his debut. Phil
Lafon and Doug Furnas re-emerge after a PPV hiatus, crazy to wonder where
things went wrong for those two in the WWF considering how good their matches
were with Bulldog and Owen Hart a year prior.
Mero and Bulldog to start, Mero has
cut his hair and looks more like a boxer than ever, Bulldog wipes his arse with
the USA flag and throws it at Sable. Bulldog shoulder blocks, hip-tosses and
dropkicks Mero. Bulldog mocks Steve Blackman, Blackman looks on like a statue.
Vader is in, middle rope axe handle from Vader. Hammer blows and a short-arm
clothesline from Vader, whip to the ropes and Vader Hammer. Vader tries a
middle rope splash, powerslam counter from Bulldog. Delayed vertical suplex on
Vader, Lafon goes to work on Vader. Irish whip, Vader splash in the corner. Tag
to Mero, rights and lefts. Knee-lift from Mero, spinning heel kick from Lafon.
Team Canada batter Mero and Lafon nails a clothesline, tag to Neidhart.
Rake across the top rope, tag to
Lafon. Mero counters and drills Lafon to the back of the head, Pump Kick from
Blackman. Dropkick from Blackman, hot-shot from Blackman. Elbow drop for two,
knee to the gut from Lafon and a DDT for two. Crucifix for two, throat thrust
from Blackman. Kicks to all of Team Canada, Lafon is elevated to the floor.
Furnas and Team Canada go after Blackman, Steve Blackman gets counted out due
to being a moron.
Neidhart and Mero restart the action,
Irish whip to the buckle with Mero dodging. Schoolboy for two, Neidhart nails a
clothesline but misses a middle rope splash. Vader eats a clothesline from
Neidhart, shoulder block too. Vader bounces back with a clothesline, elbow drop
to the lower regions and a big splash with Neidhart being eliminated. Lafon
comes in and chops Vader, big superkicks from Lafon. Spinning heel kick knocks
Vader to the floor, Vader meets the steel steps. Vader sends Lafon across the
ring, corner clothesline and a belly to belly suplex. Middle Rope Splash and
Lafon is eliminated, Furnas comes in with a great dropkick! Furnas stomps all
over Vader, Vader holds onto the ropes to avoid the hurricanrana. Mero pummels
Furnas with right hands, Merosault goes very wrong but we get out of it,
clothesline from Furnas for two.
Bulldog comes in and batters Mero off
the buckle, sunset flip from Mero but Bulldog blocks and almost nails the
powerslam. Mero shoves off Bulldog, big right hand and an elbow to the face.
Tag to Furnas, rights and lefts from Mero with Furnas showing his boxing
process before Mero turns the tide once more. Corner sunset flip from Mero for
two, Furnas reverses and pulls the tights for the elimination. We are down to 2
on 2! Furnas nails a flying clothesline, Bulldog comes into the match. Vader
lands a massive suplex on Bulldog, Furnas comes in and attacks Vader but Vader
lands a belly to back suplex on Furnas. Low blow from Furnas, Bulldog comes in
and eats a boot and a clothesline from Vader. Goldust jumps down off the apron,
Furnas unloads on Vader. Belly to belly suplex from Furnas on Vader for a close
Furnas scoops up Vader, Irish whip and
a hurricanrana from Furnas for a close two. Vader clotheslines Furnas down and
Vader slaps the shit out of Goldust pulling him into the ring. Goldust walks
away and walks out on Team America as Vader looks on, Vader clubs back on
Furnas. Corner splash, Vader Hammer on Bulldog. Scoop slam from Vader, Bulldog
has the ring-bell. Vader-Bomb on Furnas, Bulldog cracks Vader in the back of
the head for the win.
A match where 85% is Vader hurting
people? Well that’s fun but not enough to sustain my interest for the length of
time that match lasted. Steve Blackman’s debut was interesting to say the
least, the classic lets protect the new guy with a count-out strategy well I
wish Blackman got a bit more to do in the match and got to show off a little
more, it was not meant to be though. Interesting angle with Goldust but have I
been blown away by Goldust’s work in the WWF at any point? No so while the
character continues to be interesting, I am not looking forward to the future
matches of Goldust. I guess we are going to get Vader vs Goldust going forward,
that could be fun but it’s another match that I am not going crazy for. Maybe
the gimmick isn’t appealing to me anymore or rather the action is just not
hitting that sweet spot.
Canada over Team USA via Ring-bell to The Face!
Kane W/ Paul
Bearer vs Mankind
Kane made his debut at Bad Blood and
destroyed The Undertaker, having destroyed jobbers, minis and I believe Ahmed Johnson
too. Mankind looks to take on Kane who took care of Dude Love, Kane wrestles
with red lighting which must be interesting for the fans, I always wondered if
that was a great hinderance to the fans in attendance. Mankind rushes Kane
which is a bad idea, Mankind bounces off the steel steps and is battered around
the ring. Mankind begins kicking back at the monster, time and time again with
headbutts. Cactus Jack clothesline but Kane lands on his feet and lands a
clothesline. Steel steps are thrown at the head of Mankind, Kane continues to
land big right hands and a big boot from The Big Red Machine.
Kane boots Mankind to the floor,
Mankind flapjacks Kane onto the steel steps. Kane is right back up, a
chair-shot from Mankind which is brutal but Kane is still up. Pulling
piledriver from Mankind, Mankind calls for The Mandible Claw. Mandible Claw
delivered to Paul bearer at ringside, Paul Bearer almost passes out at ringside
but Kane sits-up, Mankind has no idea. Kane chokeslams Mankind who is on the
apron and through the announce table at ringside. Kane tosses the announce
table on the head of Mankind. Kane continues smacking Mankind with pieces of
the table. Kane stalks the fallen Mankind, Chokeslam on the ramp? Mankind goes
low and DDTs Kane on the concrete, Cactus Jack elbow to the floor from Mankind.
Kane sits up and jumps up and slams Mankind from the top rope onto the floor,
Kane may have broken Mankind. Mankind crawls back into the ring, using Kane to
pull himself up with Kane picking up Mankind and drilling Mankind with The
Tombstone Piledriver for the win.
Very good showing for Kane on PPV,
Mankind does what he does best and that is destroy his own body to make his
opponent look like a beast, Kane destroys Mankind here while keeping it
competitive for the first enjoyable match of the night, strong showing for The
Big Red Machine while Mankind looks tough in defeat! Mission accomplished as
far as I am concerned!
Winner: Kane over
Mankind via Tombstone Piledriver!
The Nation of
Domination (Faarooq/The Rock/D’Lo Brown/Kama Mustafa) vs Team Shamrock (Ken
Finally, Shamrock returns to my screen
on PPV, how I have missed Ken who has been explosive in his previous showings
and speaking of explosive, my boy Ahmed Johnson returns to our PPV screens
after months of absence, it might have been KOTR 97, the last time I saw Ahmed
who has slid down the card while LOD are your tag team champions, the one title
change that I was waiting for on PPV and they did it on Raw or a house show, I
am guessing RAW but damn it really?
D’Lo Brown and Hawk kick off, shoulder
blocks from D’Lo have no effect with a clothesline knocking D’Lo down.
Piledriver has no effect on Hawk, hangman’s neck-breaker on D’Lo. Rocky comes
in and Hawk chops the life out of Rocky. Kama nails Hawk with a massive kick to
the back of the head, Rock Bottom for the elimination. Hawk is gone right away,
can you believe it? In comes Ahmed and lands a big reverse elbow, Rocky tags in
Kama. Kama punches Ahmed over and over, clothesline from Kama. Tag to Faarooq,
kicks to the ribs. Back-breaker, Ahmed is whipped with a belt behind the
referee’s back. Big right hand from Faarooq, Ahmed slips out of The Dominator.
Pearl River Plunge from Ahmed and Ahmed gets revenge on Faarooq with the
D’Lo nails a spinning heel kick on
Ahmed, Lo Down from D’Lo. D’Lo nails massive right hands but Ahmed shakes it
off, sit-out suplex from Ahmed. Rocky tags in and runs into a spinebuster,
Faarooq trips and holds down the legs of Ahmed so Rocky gets the pin on Ahmed.
Faarooq gets his revenge and Ahmed chases off Faarooq. They brawl to the back,
it’s 3 on 2. Animal clotheslines Rocky hard in the corner, tag to Shamrock.
Clothesline from Shamrock, dropkick from Shamrock. Eye poke and tag to Kama,
Shamrock begins fighting back before Kama eye-rakes Shamrock. Foot choke in the
corner, whip to the opposite buckle. Kama misses a splash and Shamrock tags in
Animal, LOD chants ring-out in the arena. Big gut punch and clubbing blows from
Kama who applies a front chancery before Animal tosses off Kama. Clothesline by
both men who collide in the middle of the ring. Belly to back suplex by Animal
for two, whip to the buckle and Kama boots Animal in the face.
Headbutt by Kama, right hands to the
face. Animal ducks the clothesline and lands a flying shoulder block, scoop
slam by Animal. No count for Animal, D’Lo gets smacked before Kama lands his
martial arts kick. Animal dropkicks Kama into Rocky for a schoolboy and the
elimination. The Supreme Fighting Machine has been eliminated as Animal
clotheslines D’Lo down. Standing dropkick and gut punches by Shamrock, whip to
the buckle and clothesline by Shamrock. Eye poke by D’Lo and D’Lo smacks Animal
for good measure, Rocky comes in behind the referee’s back and smashes Shamrock
in the nuts for two. Snap-mare and leg drop from D’Lo for two. Reverse
chin-lock from D’Lo with Shamrock breaking out before D’Lo cut off Shamrock
with a nice knee to the ribs.
Back-breaker by D’Lo, middle rope moonsault
and D’Lo misses by a country mile. Animal and Rocky receives tags, dropkicks
from Animal. Powerslam from Animal, Road Dogg & Billy Gunn are here which leads
to Animal attacking both and being blinded, the referee continues counting and
guess what, Animal has been counted out which means Shamrock is all alone
against both Nation members. Can Shamrock beat the odds? Crowd starts chanting
Shamrock as Rocky and D’Lo begin stalking The World’s Most Dangerous Man. Boots
and right hands by D’Lo, clothesline by D’Lo. Rocky refuses the tag from D’Lo,
Rocky decides to come in and both men miss their clothesline. Shamrock throws
out Rocky, belly to belly suplex on D’Lo and an Ankle Lock makes D’Lo tap-out.
Rocky has a chair though, chair-shot to the back of Shamrock.
Rocky covers Shamrock and Shamrock
kicks out, Rocky cannot believe it. Rocky begins stomping away at Shamrock, big
right hands from Rocky who continues choking and stomping Shamrock. Rocky
threatens the referee, Shamrock begins firing back with massive rights before
Rocky drills Shamrock with a thumb to the eye and a float-over DDT. Close two
for Rocky, scoop slam and people’s elbow from Rocky. Two for Rocky, Shamrock
fires up with rights and lefts. The DDT is countered this time, Shamrock lands
the northern lights suplex. Hurricanrana from Shamrock, arm-bar into The Ankle
Lock and Shamrock wins the match!
Ken Shamrock had the greatest month of
his life during this time, defeating Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels before winning
this match, it was always a great what-if about putting that championship on
Shamrock. Anyways, this was easily the most enjoyable Survivor Series match of
the night, I could have easily skipped on the first two which were awful while
this one was quite interesting. A lot of interesting elements with Rocky
garnering the biggest reaction for his team and Shamrock doing the same for the
babyfaces. Will always be curious about the treatment of LOD since returning,
seemed they were always treated as second-rate despite their appeal but make no
mistake about it, things could be getting very interesting for Rocky and
Shamrock in the coming months.
Shamrock over The Nation of Domination via Ankle Lock!
Intercontinental Championship Match) Owen Hart © vs Stone Cold Steve Austin
A broken neck: Owen Hart broke the
neck of The Rattlesnake at Summerslam, causing Austin to miss three months of
action. Austin arguably became more popular while being unable to compete but
those three months, Austin could not wait to get his hands on Owen Hart. Austin
helped Owen Hart win the Intercontinental Championship to setup this rematch,
The Rattlesnake is ready to strike but can Owen Hart manage to stop Austin once
more? This feels big, Austin comes to a great reaction for someone who is going
up against a true Canadian in Owen Hart. Owen comes down to the ring with The
Hart Foundation and Furnas & Lafon, such a simple act but great heel work.
Also crazy to think that Owen could play such a callous character considering
he was one of the nicest guys in the history of the business, you almost expect
him to burst out laughing.
The match starts with Austin stunning
Neidhart which allows Owen to jump Austin, Owen rakes the face of Austin across
the top rope. Austin reverses Owen with right hands in the corner, gut kick
from Owen. Austin blocks the piledriver but drags Austin down by the ring-post.
Austin’s knee is sent into the ring-post before Austin yanks Owen into the
ring-post. Austin chases after Owen who was thinking of leaving early to beat
traffic, Owen meets the guard-rail. Owen continues to run from Austin, low blow
from The King of Harts. Owen shoves Austin into the announce table, Owen
continues to dish out punishment with a camera cable around the neck of Austin.
Owen is trying to get disqualified, Owen chokes Austin in the ring. Owen takes
at the face of Austin, shots to the ribs. Austin turns the tide and stomps the
bejesus out of Owen, Irish whip and eye poke into an awkward exchange and a
Stunner, Austin wins the championship and stuns Team Canada while we are at it!
Hold on a second, where was my breath-taking
back and forth contest between the two? I wanted to see Owen go after the neck,
the drama, the struggle, definitely comes out of nowhere but the match is over
before it begins? Why? Austin’s neck? A refusal to work a long match with the
man who broke his neck? Seriously, I feel I was robbed of the match that I truly
wanted to see, how can this be? Disappointed is an understatement!
Cold Steve Austin over Owen Hart via Stone Cold Stunner!
Match) Bret Hart© vs Shawn Michaels
The match 18 months in the making,
Shawn Michaels defeated Bret Hart at Wrestlemania 12, Bret Hart took a number
of months off returning at Survivor Series 96, the plan at the time was for
Bret Hart to recapture the WWF Championship from Michaels at Wrestlemania 13
but Michaels walked away citing an injury and losing his smile. The legitimacy
of this injury has been in question for years at this point but all you need to
know was Shawn Michaels was quoted as saying he would never ever put over Bret
Hart. Now it’s Survivor Series 1997 and Bret Hart is leaving for WCW but the
WWF Championship is still around the waist of The Hitman and the WWF needed to
get the championship off of The Hitman but Bret refused to put over HBK because
of how much of a prick Shawn Michaels was, this leads us to this match between
two individuals who’s real life hatred fuelled their on-screen rivalry.
Both men arguably have done the best
work of their career during this year, it will always be a great what-if to see
how both men would have continued their rivalry the following year in the WWF
but it was not meant to be. The match has a massive big fight feel, the camera
follows both men to the ring with their entourages following them. Michaels is
on the floor, giving the spotlight to The Hitman. This is intense for sure,
Bret kisses the championship before handing it over as he often does, a little
touch but it means quite a lot.
Michaels jumps Bret, Bret wins the
fist-fight though. Multiple right hands and a headbutt from Bret, clothesline
to the floor. Michaels meets the ring-post, Bret lands two massive rights to
the face of HBK. Bret throws Michaels into the crowd, the referees are trying
to maintain control but this is madness. Patterson, Slaughter and Mcmahon is
here too. Michaels regains control bouncing Bret Hart off the announce table,
HBK chokes Hart with an American flag. Michaels brings Bret into the crowd,
more chaotic crowd-brawling. Michaels wants a piledriver but Bret reverses and
Michaels lands hard on the floor. Low blow from Bret, Michaels is back-dropped
on the rampway by The Hitman.
Bret Hart suplexes Michaels on the
floor, Michaels pulls Bret into a referee. Bodies everywhere, this is a brawl!
Bret tosses Michaels over the stage, fire extinguisher to the ribs. Michaels is
knocked down once more by an irate Hitman, Michaels meets the guardrail hard.
Bret chokes Michaels with the Quebec flag, leg-drop to the back of the neck.
Inverted atomic drop from the champion, Michaels ducks the clothesline and
nails his flying forearm. Kip-up and boot to the head from HBK, stomp to the
face and Michaels chokes Bret with the Quebec flag.
Fist drop from HBK, Michaels taunts
the fans. Bret is dumped to the floor, right hands from Michaels. Michaels front
suplexes Bret onto the steel steps and stomps The Hitman on the back of the
head. Michaels is on the top rope, double axe handle to the neck. Front
chancery from the challenger, Bret tosses off Michaels, Bret goes after that
leg. Elbow to the knee, Michaels grabs and rakes the face of Bret. Bret blocks
the back-drop attempt with a boot but Michaels rakes the eyes again, Bret meets
the buckle hard. Scoop slam, diving crossbody from Michaels but Bret rolls
through for a close two. Bret kicks Michaels’ leg over and over, Michaels’ leg
meets the ring-post and we have an apron figure-four. Impressive leg work from
The Hitman, figure-four in the middle of the ring.
Michaels reverses the hold which
switches the pressure onto The Hitman, Hitman has to break the hold. Mean right
hands from Bret, Michaels is sent to the buckle and eats a Russian leg-sweep
for two. Headbutt to the lower regions and a snap suplex from Bret,
back-breaker from The Hitman. Bret’s Rope Elbow drop coming up but Michaels
pulls the referee in front of The Hitman, Earl Hebnar is down as Bret and
Hebnar clash heads. Eye rake from Michaels, HBK slaps on The Sharpshooter and
the referee rings the bell and chaos ensues, The Montreal Screwjob takes places
as Bret Hart gobs on Vince Mcmahon. HBK leaves the ring irate as The Hitman
spells out WCW!
Incredible how The Network version
goes off the air, leaving anyone who knows nothing about this match in the dark
about the true nature of what might/did take place. I am not here to give my
opinion on the screwjob though, God knows it has been done to death and I could
add nothing new to that conversation so let’s talk about the match. It does
feel incomplete, you don’t get much of your typical Bret Hart match, not a lot
of leg-work and HBK does not control the action for very long which is
disappointing because knowing what these two were capable of and with an insanely
hot crowd like they had, this could have been magical for all the right reasons
instead of the wrong reasons. I do enjoy the big fight feel though, from the
entrances to having all the referees following the action, you are sucked into
the drama and you cannot help but believe these two want to kill one another.
Brawling can go two ways you can see as art that adds to the drama in the ring
or you can see it as lazy/a cheap way to pop the fans by taking the action to
them, this was definitely a case of the former here. It’s just so good watching
these two brawl around the arena and I do wish this match had a couple more
minutes and a definitive ending because for the year that both these men had,
they deserved to have had that classic.
Michaels over Bret Hart via The Montreal Screwjob!
That was WWF’s Survivor Series 1997, a
night of infamy for sure but a rather boring WWF PPV when all was said and
done. The traditional Survivor Series matches on this card were largely uninteresting
especially the two opening matches, they provided little reason for the fans to
care or react and overstayed their welcome. Things improve with the two matches
featuring bigger stars like Vader, Bulldog and Shamrock but the action is still
not great, perhaps I am tired of the formulaic layouts of these matches but I
am glad I won’t have to see anymore of these for a while. Kane vs Mankind is
solid, Kane looks unstoppable while Mankind gives a good accounting of himself showcasing
his willingness to torture himself for the sake of his art. Disappointed would
be my reaction to the two championship matches on the card, I would like to
know more about Austin vs Owen because if Austin was 100% healthy and cleared
to go, I felt they could done so much more with this match. Owen could have
gotten so much heat, could have gone after the neck but it seemed more like a
joke to have Owen in there with Austin like it was a foregone conclusion that
Austin was going to wipe the floor with Owen, very disappointing from a viewing
standpoint. Meanwhile, I loved where the main event was heading but same thing
like the Intercontinental Championship match, it seemed to end before it got
going and I can’t help but think how fun a longer match between those two would
have been but it was simply not meant to be. Only one more PPV to go for 1997,
what a ride it has been! Survivor Series 1997 may have been a controversial night
in wrestling history but this was not a fun card by any stretch of the
imagination, thanks for taking the time to check this review out! And remember:
there’s always another night!