Didn't really care for this show too much. It just felt like such a holdover show, with a lot of nothing midcard matches with not a lot going on. The lowpoint of the show for me was the boring Godwins/Quebecers match. Having a eleven minute match between two heatless heel teams was just a bad idea. The War of Attrition was suprisingly one of the better matches on the show although it is tough to watch knowing that it's...........sorry getting a little emotional here........Moadib's last appearance . Making matters worse is the fact that he was apparently set to start a feud with the Truth Commission when he left. Just imagine all the classic five star Moadib/Kurrgan matches we were robbed of. The main event was decent although a little disappointing. Shawn not being there really hurt it as the main selling point of the match was if Austin could get his hands on him. With him not there you basically just had a team of overmatched midcard heels who had no chance. Having Savio Vega of all people as the replacement certainly didn't help either. Stone Cold stunning Chyna after the match was at least a cool moment that closed the show out on a good note.
Last Edit: Nov 17, 2012 23:21:14 GMT -5 by coldstone
First off, thumbs up for the GREAT you both do with the podcasts! Regarding this show, while it was fairly decent (not horrible or anything), it was always clear to me that this was nothing more than a 3 hour Raw and it was definitely a pointless show heading into Wrestlemania 14. I know that the WWF (and WCW) at this point had one show a month, but overall, in February of 98, the WWF didn't need a PPV at the time, because after the Royal Rumble in January, all eyes were on Wrestlemania 14.
Post by 666thegame666 on Nov 18, 2012 4:46:45 GMT -5
The Headbangers vs TAFKAG and Marc Mero: First off the team of Goldust and Mero is just random I mean one is a douche and the other is a damn freak and yet we have a tag team. Match is poor.
TAKA vs Pantera: Sadly no Dimebag Darrel here for us Pantera fans but we get a fun little match here. Its not a classic light heavyweight match the likes we saw in WCW at the time but it was alright for what it was.
HOG and PIG vs Jacques Rougeau and Pierre Ouellette: Once again we get a random tag team but I can see why they are teaming seeing they are both from Montreal but still. Next thing is where the fuck has Ouellette been since he had that match with Bret in 1995. Well anyway this match is fucking trash and sloppy just like HOG and PIG.
Bradshaw vs Jeff Jarrett: Poor Cornette having to be used for this joke of an NWA angle im sure he wanted to kill Russo for this one. Once again we get a fucking awful match on this show.
DOA, Ahmed and Shamrock vs The Nation: Fuck another Ahmed vs Nation match will this feud ever end and when will the DOA just fuck off. Again another bad match that servers no purpose except the final Ahmed PPV match.
Kane vs Vader: As a fan of Vader from Japan and WCW this is hard to watch. I know why Vader was put into this role and I understand it but fuck it sucks seeing it. Kane destroys him as he continues to become the top monster in the WWF.
Austin, Cactus Jack, Chainsaw Charlie and Owen Hart vs HHH, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and Savio: Who the fuck decided to put Savio in the main event and why is he in what I will call team DX. Anyway this is by far the best match on the show and the only highlight on it also. This match is just one great hardcore brawl and really is a great example as to what the WWF was turning into at the time. Shawn should of been here rather than Savio but I know why he can't be here after that nasty back bump he took at the Rumble. In the end the Faces win as we get a nice picture as to were we are heading to Mania next month.
Overall a fucking awful show that serves no real purpose going into Mania besides the Main Event. Last year the Four Way show served a purpose coming off of the Rumble and who would be the champ going into Manina. Now we just get a cluster fuck show that should of been held in late 1997.
Headbangers def Mero and Goldust *½ Taka def Pantera **¼ HOG and PIG def Jacques Rougeau & Pierre Ouellette -*¼ Bradshaw DQ Jarrett ½* 8-Ball & Ahmed Johnson & Chainz & Ken Shamrock & Skull def The Nation **¼ Vader def Kane *¾ Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie & Owen Hart & Steve Austin def Billy Gunn & Road Dogg & Savio Vega & Triple H ***½
Make Way For The Prime Minster Safazio Defazio I will give you State Of Address On No Way Out ok I will Start out By Saying this It wasn't As Good as The Rumble But It was One Step to Wrestlemania and by The Way I HATED The NWA Storyline cause at this Point PICs the rumors that were floating around was that Tully Blanchard was gonna come Back and I heard they were gonna do The Midnight-Rockn Roll Express somewhere down the line and all this other crap like As a 10 year Old at the time, I was getting board at this point but anyways No Way Out I give it a C anyways PICs Kane/Vader Only Match I Liked.
Post by kingmander on Nov 18, 2012 18:15:39 GMT -5
Just a few thoughts regarding No Way Out in Texas...
1.) It was great to see The Quebecers back in the WWF, although Jacques Rougeau was beginning to look more like Dory Funk as he is sporting a lovely bald mullet.
2.) How fat is Ahmed Johnson by this point?! He's got a huge ass and unfortunately all too often in his matches his tights end up getting sucked up his crack.
3.) I've seen some bad mystery partners in my time but this one takes the piss. Savio fucking Vega! How embarrassing. Where was Randy Savage? I thought he was the standard mystery partner. Not bloody likely. It's quite a fun match though but that's only because it's no DQ. If there were no weapons in this match I doubt it would be very good.
Overall I think this is a very average show which is probably just a vehicle to keep Kane strong and appear unstoppable. None of the other feuds seem to be affected by what goes on here.
I went to a house show the week before this show that took place at the old Miami Arena & the main event was the same as this show except Owen & Savio were taken out so it was just a six-man tag. That match also ended with Stone Cold stunning Chyna & I remember seeing on Raw the night after the ppv that DX wanted to sue Austin or something for assaulting Chyna on the ppv, & in my 11year old wrestling mark mind I thought " why didn't they try to sue him for stunning Chyna in Miami?"
Speaking of house shows, this show pretty much reeks of one! Very average show with no storyline advancements except Vader's face getting smashed in. Pretty generic show overall, but we'll soon be on our way to Boston & the beginning of the future of the WWF.
A chickenfried steak sandwich is the Undisputed Champion?
Another example of a average undercard and a hot main event. This card lost a lot of lusture when Shawn Michaels was removed. I don't know why the WWF promoted him until the day of the show. The Headbangers were a sideshow to the TAFKAG/Marc Mero story, and the match suffered as a result. Taka and Pantera was a solid but unspectacular match. Then we get the Godwinns vs The returning Qubecers. Unfortunately Jaques and Pierre were a showdow of their former glory, and this was a bad match. Bradshaw and Jarrett was a good storyline advancement, but the match another shocker. Then we get the Nation vs Shamrock's crew. Ahmed was done by now, as were LOD, but SHamrock looked great, and the match allowed a little further development of the Rock/Farooq leadership issue. Kane destorys Vader to prepare him for Undertaker at Wrestlemania. And then we get our hot main event. Surprised they didn't play up the Austin/Owen history a little more. Savio was a sad replacement, but at least it was logical story-wise (based on his involvement at the Rumble). The match is a great brawl, advancing all the storylines, but ultimately putting Austin over. And finally Chyna get's a taste of her own medicine, as Stone Cold does what we have all wanted to see for over a year... fight back. Not the greatest show ever, but I have always loved the Main Event.