(And by the way, this is Wayne Maye, but I just chose to go by Wayne for the registration to the site.) King of the Ring 1998 may not be the best KOTR show in terms of wrestling, but when it comes to historical reasons and buildup, I can't think of any other KOTR show that rivals this one. The tournament overall was very good, world's better than the one the year before. I also had this feeling that Austin was going to lose the WWF title that night, and I was legit shocked at the change, which only made me anticipate the great Raw the next night. And how can I forget the legendary Taker vs. Mankind Hell In A Cell match. Man, when Taker threw Foley off the top of that cell (and the chokeslam from the top), myself and the people who were watching it with me were stunned, we couldn't believe what we were seeing, and that made for one of the most memorable matches in history. Overall, a VERY good show and the best KOTR show ever.
Post by stevejrogers on Jan 6, 2013 18:51:14 GMT -5
Kind of a spinning wheels kind of show. Oh yes there is a title change, that would be reversed the next night of course, and Mick Foley's first iconic WWF moment. But overall the PPV is just there, and the fun doesn't really start again until next month.
And of course Shamrock gets the win over The Rock when the IC title is NOT on the line! At least this though is the end of that feud, and Shamrock goes on to something else during the rest of the summer.
Back to the title change, it kind of starts that idea that Austin is better as the hunter than the huntee. After all, of all the times a wrestler has been booked to win the title at Wrestlemania, Austin is tied with the Orange Goblin and John Cena (the WWE belt twice, the World belt once) with the most at 3 a piece. He is a great champion, but his character seems to be more suited stalking down the current champion than going through months long reigns dispatching of all comers.
The sixth King of the Ring pay per view is one of the better editions (though considering some of the others that might be a backhanded compliment) and is highlighted, of course, by seventeen minutes of Mick Foley destroying himself for the sake of entertainment. I don't feel the match is as fantastic as some others do (in fact, I sort of find it hard to watch in a way) but it's certainly memorable, for better or for worse.
The rest of the card is okay with a decent iteration of the tournament (the final match is highlighted by some very funny HHH commentary) and a predictable but fairly enjoyable WWF Title match. Might have been interesting to have the rematch at the July pay per view instead of the next night. Unfortunately, with Russo doing the writing, crap like meaningless one day title reigns will become the norm for a while.
Like the Hell in a Cell match, the show as a whole is not exactly a great one, but it's definitely memorable.
Overall a decent PPV, Undertaker Mankind was awesome from start to finish. Terry Funk gets chokeslammed literally out of his shoes. I bet Dennis Stamp loved that, and Funk should of got him a job when Funk returned in late 1997. The first blood match got me thinking, how in the hell can a masked person bleed? Kane was completely covered except for his one hand. We have a new champion, and things would change in 24 hours. Gotta love the attitude era title changes.
Post by lifelongwwefan on Jan 6, 2013 23:38:06 GMT -5
King Of The Ring lands in Pittsburgh PA as the Summer of 1998 in the WWF is in full gear. Taka & The Headbangers take on Kaientai in the opening 6-Man Tag in a decent Match to get the Steel City Fans warmed up,the Faces get the win with Taka getting the 1-2-3. Ken Shamrock/Double J meet in the KOTR Semi-Finals in a pretty good Match with Shamrock advancing to the Finals. The Rock/Dan Severn meet in the other KOTR Semi-Finals with Rock stealing a win thanks to some help from The Nation & D-Lo Brown. Al Snow & Head take on Too Much for Snow's Contract with King as Referee. Snow & Head lose but we have not seen the last of them. X-Pac takes on Owen Hart as the DX/Nation rivalry continues to heat up. I liked this Match as it was fast paced and never a dull moment. X-Pac gets the win thanks to Chyna's DDT on Owen. New Age Outlaws retain the Tag Titles against the New Midnight Express in a solid outing. Rock/Shamrock meet in the KOTR Finals and is a very good Match again from these two. HHH's Commentary is hilarious with the best line being,there's alot of bi things I am but lingual is not one of them. Shamrock takes the Crown making Rock tap out. Undertaker & Mankind meet inside Hell In A Cell. What more can you say other than it remains the most violent HIAC to date as Taker does everything to Foley but kill him. Even Terry Funk gets a chokeslam for his trouble out of his shoes. Undertaker wins with the Tombstone after sending Mankind into the thumbtacks. Finally 1st Blood for the WWF Title as Kane takes on the Rattlesnake. Solid Main Event and we see the HIAC come back down while Taker & Mankind (who I don't know how he could walk) come down with Austin getting an errant Chair shot from Undertaker costing him the Title & Kane is WWF Champion (for now). Bring on Fully Loaded.
Post by 666thegame666 on Jan 7, 2013 3:46:23 GMT -5
Taka and The Heabangers vs Kaientai: Solid 6 man tag to open the show here. Taka and Kaientai do a good job together in the ring. Headbangers seems really out of place in this match.
Ken Shamrock vs Jeff Jarrett: KOTR semi final match and it's not that good. Shamrock wins
The Rock vs Dan Severn: First PPV match for Severn in the WWF. They do a job teasing the Severn vs Shamrock final playing up on their past in the UFC tournaments. This match is awful though. Rock advances to the final
Brian Christopher and Scott Taylor vs Al Snow and Head: Al Snow is back in the WWF after a year off. This is one of the dumbest fucking concepts they have done in WWF history. The match is fucking awful and the finish insults the intellegence of anyone who watches it. Putting a bottle of shampoo on a head so you could pin the heads shoulders. Fuck you Russo for this one.
Xpac vs Owen Hart: Nation vs DX here and its a lot better than the last two matches. This is not in the league of the match these two had back in 1994 but still its the best thing on this show at this point. XPac wins
NAO vs The Midnight Express: This is poor. I guess they play up that Bart and Billy were tag partners but its not that big of a deal. Outlaws win like that shocks anyone.
Ken Shamrock vs The Rock: Another match between these two. It makes up for the poor showings earlier in 1998. Shamrock wins and is crowned KOTR. But the highlight of the match is when HHH on commentary says hes a lot of things bi but lingual is not one of them and then realizes what he said and takes it back.
The Undertaker vs Mankind: Welcome to one of the most overratted match in history. I get what it means and all but fuck am I sick of it being considered a classic match cos its really not. Yeah Foley gets thrown off of the Cell and after that the match becomes boring. Taker wins.
Kane vs Steve Austin: I consider this match a lot better than the last match. Its just a great brawl with the question throughout the match Can Austin Make Kane Bleed. The Cell is lowered as Mankind and Taker make their way out to interfere. Austin gets hit by a chair and is busted open and when the Ref comes to Kane is named the new WWF champion as Austin goes crazy and starts hitting Stunners on people.
Overall a good show saved by the 3 main events and the Xpac vs Owen match. But this will forever be remembered as the show were Foley went off a cage.
1. Taka and The Headbangers def Kaientai **¼ 2. Ken Shamrock def Jeff Jarrett * 3. The Rock def Dan Severn -½* 4. Scott Taylor and Brian Christopher def Al Snow and Head -** 5. Xpac def Owen Hart **¼ 6. NAO def The New Midnight Express *½ 7. Ken Shamrock def The Rock ***¼ 8. The Undertaker def Mankind ****½ 9. Kane def Steve Austin ***¼
In the long run the event became memorable for one thing but I'll touch on that at the end.
The tournament itself wasn't awful but really weird. I don't recall thinking Shamrock v Rock was a definite final match but there it was nice to see several midcard and upper midcard feuds ( Blackman/Jarrett/Mero/Faarooq on one side, Rocky/X-Pac/HHH on the other side of the bracket.) Tom Selleck tried hard but he proved right away that he just didn't fit in. You can't get over in a wet grey T-Shirt.
If I recall correctly, the reason Waltman didn't wrestle until this month was because he hadn't been cleared of his serious neck injury from WCW. Doesn't stop him and Owen having a good contest and I am impressed that unlike a certain Hairy Japanese guy Pac was able to return under a newer fresher gimmick/in ring style and not have negative residuals of his last run.
The rest of the undercard is there, not overly offensive by any stretch.
Considering the WWE booked themselves into the first of many fucking horrible corners with the first blood match they managed to get an interesting, pseudo confusing finish to be able to work around. Austin was legit channeling Paul Roma WM7 with an infected elbow and Glen Jacobs finally can put the one day WWE Champ paycheck into getting some decent teeth.
Now, The Cell. After seeing Corey's comments which I think are extremely harsh and the written review those comments even seem a tad jaded. This was the match or the moment that didn't make me a fan, but made me respect the hell out of professional wrestling. You can call out the match for being "poor" workrate wise but really, Undertaker has a broken foot going into the match so he's limited and then Foley wrestles most of it out cold and doesn't even remember most of it. Now there will be a multitude of better, more polished in ring matches before and after it but I don't consider those attributes applicable. You instead have the proof that Mick Foley loved the business and the fans so much, that he pushed himself to the brink of destruction because rightly or stupidly he didn't want people to feel short changed for their money.
Instead of moments leading to a match you have a match that became a moment. Replayed as many times it still doesn't diminish the injury list.
Mick Foley's two insane bumps and the image of a bloody Austin staring at the Undertaker ensure this goes down as one of the most memorable King of the Ring PPVs.
The undercard here isn't too bad, Taka and the Bangers get a win to pop the crowd early, whilst Owen and X-Pac bring the workrate in their encounter, which is probably the best in-ring midcard match up to this point in 1998. On the other hand, Too Much vs Al Snow is a godawful mess, and had no business getting 10 minutes of PPV time.
The tournament semi-finals are nothing special, both Rock and the crowd get pissed as Dan 'Freddie Mercury' Severn goes for waistlock after waistlock. The final sees Rocky and Shamrock square off yet again, but thankfully HHH on commentary gives the match a new dimension.
Both main events are great in my view. Sure, the Cell match isn't a patch on Shawn/Taker in terms of workrate, but Mick's bumps help build up Undertaker as a crazy, black-hearted bastard ahead of SummerSlam. Austin and Kane have a good brawl, and the cell being lowered really adds to the atmosphere of the match. I love the finish with Mankind and Taker running - or should that be hobbling - in, with Taker costing Austin the belt.
All in all this show is pretty damn good and with the exception of Too Much vs Al Snow, it always seems to fly by whenever I stick the DVD in.
One of the most memorable shows ever, even though the in-ring action is still developing. Taka is in another tag match against Kai En Tai, rather than defend his title against one of them. It's a shame we never saw some title matches between Taka and his buddies. King of the Ring semis sees Shamrock dispatch of Jarrett very easily, while Rock defeats Severn. I really thought The Beast woiuld win, as I thought the WWF were building to a Shamrock vs Severn match at some point. However, Severn's style never really connected with the audience, and the Rock deserved the win. Too mUch vs Al Snow is just a comedy match. I did like the "Head and Shoulders Moment" which allows Christopher to get the win. X-Pac makes his return to ring, going over Owen Hart, while the Outlaws easily defeat The Midnight Express, with Billy and Bart finally having a PPV encounter since their split nearly 2 years ago. Our final 3 matches stand out. Shamrock finally beats Rock cleanly, to put an end to the feud and allow both men to go onto bigger, and better things. The Main Event of Austin vs Kane was a little underwhealming. Kane having both arms covered gave the ending away, something even Jim Ross noted during the match. Undertaker causes another great Austin blood moment, and sets up the next few months of main events. Finally, the show stealing moment- The Hell in the Cell. Mankind goes off the top, through the roof, onto tacks and into legend with his performance, aided by a clearly injured Undertaker. One of the few matches in history where no one really remembers or cares who won the match. An enjoyable show, and certainly on of the better King of the ring events.
A real mixed bag of a show as the first half is filled with average to below average stuff, but the second half is memorable & in one case, groundbreaking. Shamrock winning KOTR against Rocky was a good effort by both guys but the highlight is HHH's commentary. It's a shame that Hunter wasn't untilized on the mic more often because I think he has a knack for it. Maybe when he really retires, he could do something like that.
Mick Foley. The man is just simply fearless. Or completely insane. That Cell match left both me & my dad just shell shocked at the time. I remember being dumbfounded when Mick goes back up to the top of the cell after getting thrown off. Everything else after that was just crazy to watch. We're so used to seeing it now that people tend to forget how shocking it really was to watch at the time. In hindsight, it probably should've gone on last. Kudos to Taker also for jumping into the ring with a broken foot. Jim Ross' commentary is also the best it's ever been so far IMO.
I'm kinda surprised they didn't make Austin retain the title & have Kane set on fire somehow. You really believed at that time during the Attitude Era that anything was possible, & seeing that wouldn't have surprised me. Stone Cold & Kane put on a pretty good brawl given Steve's infected elbow. Why didn't they make a point for Austin to open up the back of Kane's head? Better than nothing. Kane winning is a surprise but by the next night is pretty much meaningless.
Overall a good show with historical moments but nothing else. But we are now heading into the greatest summer in WWF history with Stone Cold still leading the charge as the main event scene starting with next month's show gets interesting.
A chickenfried steak sandwich is the Undisputed Champion?
KOTR 1998 is a decent show mainly remembered for the incredible Hell in a Cell match between Undertaker and Mankind. No matter how many times I see Foley's bump on WWE TV,it makes me gasp still. One of my favorite all time spectacle matches and certainly one of the most memorable matches in WWF history. Rest of the show was just there and I don't understand the rationale of having Austin losing the strap this early especially in this fashion that didn't make Kane look that strong either.
This was the last event that I truly enjoyed as a fan. The cell match was fantastic. My taste for wrestling was soured when Austin needlessly loss the belt just to win it the next night for a ratings boost. The significance of championship belts really was important to me, and this show marked the beginning of the end of me being able to remember the championship lineage of the wwe belt. Roh does it right with long title reigns. This is why punks reign seems so good now.
I found myself really upset with Austin losing just to win it back the next night to boost ratings. The title was becoming a joke. Hopefully with longer title reigns coming back the title can be restored to its past glory. This was the last event that I remember really liking do to the cell match, and from that moment my enjoyment of the product was spiraling down due to the overbooking of the attitude era. It was around this time that I stop being able to name all of the wwe champs due to frequent title changes.