Post by stevejrogers on Jan 12, 2013 23:23:00 GMT -5
Good card overall heading into a classic SummerSlam:
Fun oddball match with Owen and Shamrock in The Dungeon. Kind of has a "This is what backyard wrestling would be if done by veteran professionals" feel to it.
The Rock & Triple H, while not quite yet The Great One and The Game elevate themselves from Rocky Maivia and Hunter Hearst Helmsley two years earlier.
Kind of a shame that the rivalry ends with the few months program in 2000. Guess thanks to backstage politics and Dwayne getting the acting bug fans were robbed of what could have been a classic feud of the decades for the aughts and a more appropriate "End Of An Era" for Triple H's WM XXXVII match than his match with 'Taker.
Fun Main Event and it really sets things in motion for a great SummerSlam.
Post by icemandave on Jan 12, 2013 23:29:19 GMT -5
We return to the treading water style of PPV, as everything here seems to be building to something else, or is total crap. Val Venis gets a strong win over Jeff Jarrett, who has started to transition into his new, stronger character. Our new European Champ, D-Lo Brown and X-Pac have a surprisingly good match, showing that D-Lo is starting to really develop in-ring. His first title reign was always very enjoyable. Sadly things quickly drop off, with a waste of time Tag Match, as future partners Farooq and Bradshaw are on opposite teams of this disaster with Scorpio and Terry Funk. Then poor Vader finishes this run of his career with a horrid outing losing to Mark Henry. Could it get worse? Yes it could as LOD wrestle DOA again. What an apt moniker as the crowd really became Dead on Arrival of this terrible team. Why are we subjected to this??
Thankfully, things pick up again. Owen Hart and Ken Shanrock have a unique yet good encounter in "The Dungeon". Severn gets involved as Owen picks up a win over Shamrock. The Rock and Triple H have a solid Iron Man match. Both men really work hard, and it helps to establish both men to just under the main event. The only problem with the match is when the ref starts telling Triple H the match is over BEFORE the bell actually rang. Then we get out male hormone moment, as both Sable and Jacqueline show more of their chest than anyone expected them too, including Jacqie herself. Finally, Austin and Taker capture the Tag Titles from Mankind and Kane in a decent match, yet the story was still only a build to Summerslam.
Nothing amazing, but the story advancements in the the upper card helped salvage this card from being total crap.
Last Edit: Jan 12, 2013 23:32:12 GMT -5 by icemandave
Fully Loaded is your classic sandwich PPV and I am sure both of you probably can't wait for SummerSlam. The dungeon match is very unique. Show is also notable for the Sable stuff. I have never liked putting the tag titles in the main event here. The match itself already made sense from a booking standpoint and I seriously doubt making a tag title match garnered any more buys. All in all a decent show that set what will be a great summerslam nicely.
Keep up the great work guys. You do such a great job. You review these shows from a unique perspective and not just from a "work rate fanboy" perspective that so many others do.
Post by lifelongwwefan on Jan 13, 2013 1:22:29 GMT -5
The WWF gets Fully Loaded in Fresno as the Highway To Hell takes an interesting turn in the road. Val Venis gets his 1st PPV win in a good Opener with Double J and would get Big Surprise the next night in Anaheim from Yamaguichi and Kaientai. X-Pac takes on the New European Champion D-Lo Brown who won the Title from HHH the previous Monday in a really good Match with D-Lo getting the win. Faarooq & Scorpio get the win in a forgettable Tag Match against Bradshaw & Terry Funk with Bradshaw destroying everyone afterword. Vader then loses to Mark Henry in a quick big man bout and LOD lose to the now lead Paul Ellering DOA. PPV picks back up with the Dungeon Match between Owen Hart & Ken Shamrock that sees Owen score the win on his turf thanks to a barbell. The Rock & Triple H put on a Classic 2/3 Falls bout for the IC Title as the DX/Nation Feud continues to heat up. Rock keeps the IC Title as the Match ends in a timelimit draw at 1 Fall a piece but things would be taken to another level at Summerslam. Main Event for the Tag Titles as Stone Cold Steve Austin who regained the WWF Title the night after KOTR teams with Undertaker against Kane & Mankind. Very good Match and highly underrated see Austin & Taker become Tag Team Champions to add more fuel for their showdown in MSG. Overall solid PPV and now comes Summerslam.
Post by 666thegame666 on Jan 13, 2013 4:21:35 GMT -5
Corey Ferreira ` Val Venis vs Jeff Jarrett: So the Big Valbowski finally makes his PPV debut awesome. This is a nice little match between two solid workers. Venis gets the win as Double J looks more and more out of place in his 1995 gimmick.
D-Lo Brown vs Xpac: Another DX vs Nation match. Its solid but not good. Brown gets the win
Faroqq and Scorpio vs Bradshaw and Funk: First off a few things, Farooq is back with please no and all, Flash Funk has a better name now with Scorpio, Bradshaw and Funk should of teamed longer. Ok the match its self is bad. Scorpio is the best worker in the match. If Funk were 10 years younger he would own all these guys.
Mark Henry vs Vader: Holy Fuck that guy from 1996 is back and hes not having an awful match with Lawler. Sadly the death of Vader continues in this piece of shit.
DOA vs LOD: Why the fuck is DOA still employed does Russo like to hang out with bikers or something. Sadly LOD put these useless fuckers over.
Owen Hart vs Ken Shamrock: This was awesome. Not the greatest match of all time but still an awesome match just cos Shamrock is a crazed fucker and Owen is Owen.
HHH vs Rock: Best match on the show by far. The two young studs in what is looking like to be this eras Bret and Shawn. 30 Minute match with 1-1 finish.
Sable vs Jacqueline: Ive been waiting for this show just to rant about this bullshit segment. First off thoughout 1998 im gonna have a lot to say about this fucking awful feud. First off if I ever have to listen to Jacqueline call Sable A Ho I will scream good god she was an awful talker yes she was worse than Sable. Mero just needs to leave the WWF now cos at this point hes got the go away heat with me. Next off Sable gets the biggest reaction in this competition and yet looses because they dont consider paint a from of bikini. She got the biggest pop meaning she fucking wins dont bullshit the fans that way. Thank fuck thats over.
Undertaker and Steve Austin vs Kane and Mankind: So all four men involved in the KOTR main events are here. To make this show get a little worse they do that stupid angle were feuding guys team up and win the tag belts. First off why are Kane and Mankind tag champions it just seems very random. Next why did Austin and Taker win the belts it makes no sense either. This show has some very bullshit booking. Match was poor and gives us the weakest main event of the year so far and weakest since Sid and Taker from Mania 13.
Overall a thumbs in the middle show. Rock and Hunter is great as is Owen and Shamrock but the rest is just a mess.
1. Val Venis def Jeff Jarrett **¼ 2. D-Lo Brown def XPac *¼ 3. Farooq and Scorpio vs Bradshaw and Funk *¼ 4. Mark Henry def Vader ½* 5. DOA def LOD ¼* 6. Owen Hart def Ken Shamrock *** 7. Rock draw HHH ***¼ 8. Steve Austin an Undertaker def Kane and Mankind **¾
Val Venis makes his PPV by beating Jeff Jarrett because he gave Mrs Yamaguchi-San the night off. Venis is having a strong push to begin his career and Jarrett is treading water.
D lo Brown really begins to step out on his own here, winning the European Title and having a good match with X-Pac in what is one of the more underrated feuds of 98.
Bradshaw sends Terry Funk out in style, winning the match for the team and then kicking the shit out of everyone because...well...fuck 'em.
Black Fat Man beats White Fat Man - Vader gets absolutely jobbed the fuck out and it's not pretty.
I completely forgot about this tag match, thanks for reminding me.
Dungeon Match never did much for me.
2/3 Falls Match was awesome, these two worked brilliantly together from the start. A full 30 minutes that doesn't feel like it and they really busted out some above average periods that went beyond their usual set ups.
The tag match could have been done without the belts, we see more signs that Taker and Kane are together which started at the King of the Ring ( Taker did a promo i think the night or week after on raw saying although he and Kane hated each other, he could not allow Kane to set himself on as he was still his brother)
Jacqueline shows one tit, Sable shows two tits, Jerry Lawler acts like a tit, Marc Mero is perceived to be a tit. Now this is all well and good, except for the fact that this is all that that banshee voiced, prima donna fake, useless guess jean touting, piece of shit hose beast Sable can do, she's only over because everyone knows she puts out like confetti falls at midnight on New Years.
This felt more like a longer more modern SNME than a PPV but being between the events it was that isn't a horrible thing.
This was the first time Triple H and Rock seemed big time to me. They both clearly had the characters but here they proved they could deliver the goods in the ring. Sable with the handprints and Lawler's subsequent reaction had attitude era written all over it. Dungeon match was unique. The main event served its purpose which was to hype up the eventual Taker-Austin collision course at SummerSlam.
Fully Loaded could be summed up as the pitstop on the Highway to Hell. With Summerslam on the horizon, this show only served to develop and further angles for the next month at MSG.
The opening two matches are fine, with Val looking pretty good on his PPV debut.
No Dennis Stamp in sight for Terry Funk's 15th retirement match, which is just a vehicle to get Bradshaw over as a heel. Scorpio's awesome 360 sell of Bradshaw's post-match clothesline is a great visual spot.
Vader and LOD both continue their downfall, jobbing respectively to Mark Henry and DOA in two total duds.
The dungeon match is inventive and pretty brutal. Shamrock and Owen had good chemistry; it's a shame that they only ever got to work in gimmick matches.
The 2 out of 3 falls match is way overbooked, and I think 30 minutes was too long for Rock and HHH at this point. The match feels longer than their iron man encounter from 2000. Roll on Summerslam for the match that really elevates both guys.
Undertaker debuts the first version of his kick-ass new entrance music in the main event, as he and Austin win the straps to show that they can co-exist. Austin has now had 3 tag title reigns, all with guys that he would face for the WWF title. This match itself isn't bad, but feels underwhelming after the WWF's long run of awesome main events.
Overall Fully Loaded is a fairly good PPV, but it's clear to see that August and The Garden can't come soon enough for Vince and company. This three hour diversion only serves to whet the appetite as the Highway to Hell continues...
Post by Matt Ferrell on Jan 13, 2013 12:59:54 GMT -5
This card was not intriguing to me when it happened because it was one of the few PPV during this era that I didn't order. I am glad that I didn't because this was a place holder card and nothing memorable happened nor was any of the matches really worth paying for. It is in my DVD collection but so is King of the Ring 95 so that isn't such a good judge of the quality of the show. Looking forward to Summerslam however.
I have pretty fond memories of this show actually. Me, My parents, my brother & his girlfriend at the time all gathered 'round the tube in my living room to watch this pretty average ppv.
When Vince announced during his promo that Undertaker would be replaced by Brooklyn Brawler, the entire living room literally went "WHO???" Funny stuff.
The 2 out of 3 falls match for the IC belt was a strong effort by Scott's beloved & The People's Champion. All the run-ins kept it interesting & kept the match from being too flat & it made the time move faster. I wanted Hunter to win at the time, but given next month, it made more sense to do the shmozz finish.
The bikini contest would've have been great to watch had I actually seen it at the time, unfortunately papa Nuney forced my 12 year old self at the time to cover my eyes during this rather racy segment. The Sable wearing paint thing was pretty edgy at the time. I wonder who the lucky bastard was that actually got to "do the job." & Man Jackie had some giant bozanghas.
The Main event was fun as a match but not much going on, everything is to set up for what's gonna go down at the Garden next month when Taker & Stone Cold collide in The Biggest Summerslam of All Time! This show really is like a big long movie trailer for that one.
A chickenfried steak sandwich is the Undisputed Champion?
Fully Loaded 98 is mostly used as vehicle to head on the highway to hell that is Summerslam 1998. As a result, the card is nothing special with two notable exceptions. HHH vs. Rock have their first of many great PPV battles here in a match that holds up well over time and showed how much confidence management had in each individual allowing them to go 30 minutes. The Dungeon match is an underatted gritty brawl in a unique setting. Much better overall shows were quickly ahead.
Fully Loaded had just one purpose, paving the road to Summerslam. The opener was solid as Jarrett puts the newcomer Val Venis over. Brown/Pac was also solid as both men had good chemistry that will build over the year. Scorpio/Faarooq vs Funk/Bradshaw was meh as Bradshaw turns on Funk, who we don't see again for 8 years. Vader/Henry was pretty bad as Vader seemed to be mailing it in and Henry wasn't what he would be. LOD/DOA was another dull match as LOD continues to die a slow, painful death. Dungeon match was actually pretty interesting as Owen steals the win from Shamrock thanks to a dumbell. 2 out of 3 falls match was a good match that helps build to their rematch next month. Bikini contest was nothing much, just to show off how hot Sable was, though Jacqueline was pertty hot too. The main event was a good match as Austin and Taker are now unlikely tag champs as they head towards their showdown at MSG. Overall, this was a pretty standard show as we continue down the Highway to Hell towards what would be one of my favorite shows of all time.
Last Edit: Jan 14, 2013 10:58:11 GMT -5 by riddlr2