Top to bottom, one of the best PPV's of all time. Every match is at least good and best of all, significant. Yes, even the Oddities match is fun and serves a purpose. The ladder match is a great performance by both men and proved they were destined for greatness. Austin vs. Taker is what main events should be all about and has a great big match feel. This also proved that Taker could have straight main event matches that could be awesome. MSG was electric all night. Awesome show that jolted WWF as the dominant promotion in the United States.
Before I get into the show, I want to mention the hype surrounding it...because it just might be the best hyped WWF ppv of all time! The word of mouth was great, everyone I knew was talking about it weeks in advance. It was just nuts! I remember going into a Mall Of America the weekend before this show & I kid you not, 40% of the people there were wearing a WWF shirt of some kind! The Nunez house brought it all out for this one: Barbecued ribs & burgers, chips & dip, beer, you name it! Papa Nuney would mock me throughout the day of pretending to be Dusty, saying in Dusty speak that "Dubya C Dubya is betta, baybah! It'sh numbah one baybah!"" & I would pretend to be Austin & open up a can! It was a full house too for this one, for what is the greatest Summerslam of all time!
The whole show had a big Wrestlemania like feel to it. Something about the way J.R & King were miked to the way the ring sounded when someone took a bump made you hear everything louder than usual. Whether it was by design or not, it came across a Big Time & really made you want to be there. Also anyone else notice the really hot blonde with the black tanktop that said 3:16 that the camera guy kept zooming in on the whole night? Hello, lady!
Val & D-lo have a pretty long but good opener. The Oddities/ Kaienti match was pretty funny. Anyone else think that the Giant Silva looked like Brad Garrett? Cool to see biatch Jeff Jarrett get his comeuppance by getting his hair almost shaved, mixed tag was good, & it was fun to see Shamrock show a bit of his UFC-ness in the Lion's Den against Owen Hart.
Even at 12 years old, watching HHH vs Rock in the ladder match made me think to myself "Those two are going to feud for the WWF title one day." Both guys just looked like bona fide main eventers just beating the shit out of each other with the ladder & chairs. I marked out like crazy when Hunter won the belt as I'm sure Scott did too for his giant nosed betrothed.
Taker vs Austin for The Belt was a great effort by both guys. It probably didn't surpass the hype given for their match but it came close to it as they both worked hard to provide a strong match that even featured a couple of new moves from Austin like the drop toe hold at the beginning. Taker's legdrop on Steve from the top turnbuckle onto the spanish announce table was terrific as well!
This show is on my top 5 list & I could go on & on for hours about it. It is the greatest Summerslam of all time bar none & an outstanding show that is the blueprint on how to do a wrestling ppv right! Mazel tov to Summerslam 98!
Last Edit: Jan 18, 2013 22:10:38 GMT -5 by Nuney86
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SummerSlam 98 is one of the most stacked cards ever. Absolutely flawless from beginning to end. Everything had purpose which you will not always be able to say in the Vince Russo portion of the attitude era. The crowd is jacked and everyone delivered. I'm going to have to watch this again real soon. Obviously Rock and Triple H had a career making match. Taker and Austin was suitably epic which set up Vince calling taker and Kane a "couple of putrid pu****s on raw. That still gets a great laugh between myself and my inner circle of fans.
Keep up the great work guys! Was worried this podcast wasn't going to happen after Justin played a game of *GET SCOTT GOING GET SCOTT GOING* on the last podcast.
The first PPV to have a legit theme song and was very fitting for this event. Heat matches were pretty good. LOD continue to go down the ranks. Seeing HBK on commentary was ok. Actual event. D-Lo Venis was ok. Oddities vs. the Japanese team was ok. Remember when the Oddities were heels under the Jackyl, neither did I. X-Pac Jeff Jarrett was ok. Finkel & Jarrett still have the same hairstyles today. Ken Owen was pretty good. NAO beat Mankind wo win the tag titles. HHH Rock in the ladder match was good. Austin Undertaker was pretty good as well. Overall good show, and the next PPV should really be good. The Jim Duggan update for September 1998 will be a sad one, but luckilly Duggan is still around.
Post by lifelongwwefan on Jan 18, 2013 23:14:16 GMT -5
Summerslam returns to the home office of MSG and the Show that I think officially put the WWF back on top in the War with WCW. D-Lo Brown & Val Venis kick things off in a pretty good opener for the European Title with D-Lo escaping with his Title by DQ,Val hit the Money Shot on Referee Jim Corderas after the Match. Oddities/Kaientai was a fun little Match as Kaientai looked so over matched but was still entertaining seeing them try to take down their larger oppenents but fall in a losing effort. X-Pac and the New Look Jeff Jarrett was next in a Hair Match. Solid outing as X-Pac gets the win and shaves Double J's hair with some help from The Fink and The Outlaws. Edge & Sable get the win in the Mixed Tag against Marc Mero & Jackie which was not bad. Ken Shamrock & Owen Hart meet inside the Lions Den with Dan Severn on the outside. A stiff Match between the two with Shamrock making Owen tap out for the win. New Age Outlaws win back the Tag Titles from Mankind in a Falls Count Anywhere Match & stuff him the Dumpster. Mankind's Promo before the Match is funny saying if the Outlaws don't like it ive got 13 words for em,how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood. Kane pops out of the Dumpster after the Match and smashes Mick's face with a Sledgehammer. Rock & HHH have a classic Ladder Match for the IC Title with HHH finally winning back the IC Title from The Rock. Finally the Highway To Hell closes out as Stone Cold Steve Austin & the Undertaker meet for the WWF Title. Awesome bout here as Austin retains with the Stunner but has not seen the last of the Brothers of Destruction.
Post by 666thegame666 on Jan 19, 2013 3:54:03 GMT -5
WWF returns to the home office for the first time on PPV since 1996 to deliver one of the best Summerslams of all time and right in the middle of the peak of wrestling in the US.
1. D-lo vs Val Venis: D-Lo our European Champion takes on our Pornstar friend Val. I don't know who gave these guys 15 minutes but they should be fired. I liked D-Lo as a character and Val is a pretty solid worker but this is not the ideal way to kick off a show. D-Lo retains his belt via DQ.
2. Oddities vs Kaientai: Poor Kaientai having to work with these stiffs. Sadly Kaientai can't save this fucking disaster.
3. X-Pac vs Jeff Jarrett: First real good match on this show. Hair is on the line and thankfully they let Waltman go over so they could cut Jarretts hair. Fuck he looked so out of place with that hair in 1998 WWF.
4. Edge & Sable vs Jacqueline & Marc Mero: Edge makes his PPV debut after months of hanging in the crowd and being mysterious. But of all things to let him debut on they make him team with Sable it just seems so fucking random. Anyway they give the faces the win thank god. I really can't stand Mero and Jacqueline at all yeah we get it Sable is a ho now move the fuck on.
5. Ken Shamrock vs Owen Hart: This is once again awesome. We move from the Dungeon to what looks to be a UFC octagon. Shamrock taps Owen out in his office. Really great action here. Nice touch with Severn on the outside as we still get teases for Shamrock vs Severn.
6. NAO def Mick Foley: Outlaws just destroy Mick here. Poor guy his partner ditched him as he gets his ass kicked for 5 minuntes. The Outlaws come off as total heels here and Foley the face. Anyway they throw Mick into a dumpster which I always assumed was a throwback to Mania 14. Kane then shows up at the end and hits Mick with a sledgehammer. I take it this was not a nice day for Mick Foley.
7. HHH vs The Rock: Truley an underrated match. This match never gets the credit it deserves. It come after the Shawn vs Razor classics and inbetween some other shit. For two big guys this is a really damn fine match. Hunter has Chyna and Rock has Mark Henry of all people he could chose he chooses Mark fucking Henry. Anyway they kill each other with the ladder. Hunter gets shit in his eyes goes up the ladder and wins the IC belt in MSG something his buddy Shawn never did.
8. Steve Austin vs Undertaker: The Highway To Hell ends. After 2 months of build and an awesome music video we are here. Austin and Taker put on a real solid Main Event. At one point Austin takes a boot from Taker that knocks him out and it takes him awhile to regain his knowabouts and what not or so thats what he says on his DVD. Austin retains the belt with the stunner.
Overall a great show. The start is a little slow but from match 3 on it becomes a classic. Some say 1991 or 1992 are the best Summerslams up to this point and I say no the arent 1998 has been the best.
1. D-lo Brown DQ Val Venis *¾ 2. Oddities def Kaientai -** 3. Xpac def Jeff Jarrett *** 4. Edge & Sable def Marc Mero and Jacqueline *½ 5. Ken Shamrock def Owen Hart ***½ 6. NAO def Mankind * 7. HHH def The Rock ****¼ 8. Steve Austin def The Undertaker ***½
Great ppv ! My buddy Killa and I were down in the theatre for the Owen shamrock match! It was a lot of fun. I think the ladder match was good but overrated. The rock is/was the SLOWEST ladder climber in history. Still a great match. I was glad to be at this ppv. However I still feel being At sslam 97, it was better overall.
Post by stevejrogers on Jan 19, 2013 10:32:57 GMT -5
Classic PPV, pretty much the peak of the Attitude Era/Monday Night War.
We get the start of the evolution of the Jeff Jarrett persona that he'd have for the rest of his career.
Auspicious PPV debut for The Rated R Superstar, guess that's why his 10 Years of Decadence DVD starts with his solo match against Owen next month (never mind that it's the debut of a certain someone)!
Cool Octagon match to blow off the Shamrock-Owen feud. Kind of sad though thinking about how the rest of Owen's career and life would go.
Weird how like in the big WM IC ladder match previous to this, it's the loser who walks away with the bigger singles push right away. But The People's Champ was ready to ascend to bigger and better things, and sadly Triple H was injured.
And finally an excellent main event, cementing the legacy of The Texas Rattlesnake as an all-time legend, as well as 'Taker as a true main eventer.
What needs to be said about Summerslam 1998 that hasn't been said, an all time classic. The opener is solid as Val gives D'Lo a good bout, but D'Lo escapes with the European Title. Oddities/Kaientai was nothing much as the freaks pretty much squash Kaientai. X-Pac/Jarrett was solid as Jarrett loses his hair, but this would turn his career around. Mixed Tag match was good as Edge makes his debut and Sable gets some revenge against Mero and Jackie. Shamrock/Hart Lion's Den match was a fun match as Shamrock gets revenge in his environment. Tag title match was decent as the Outlaws destroy Mankind to regain the belts, and Kane seals the deal with a sledgehammer. Ladder match was awesome as HHH and Rock take the next step to becoming main eventers. HHH wins the title, but it comes at a price with the injury. Main event is epic as Austin and Taker give everything they have, and Austin retains the title. In my opinion, this Summerslam is probably one of the greatest of all time and is my personal favorite of all time. The summer ends with a red hot show, but the fall would bring some serious turmoil.
Great show that is easily the best of 98. Pretty much every match is good. Even Oddities/Kaientai was a decent comedy filler match. Austin/Taker was a great main event with Taker's leg drop off the top rope through the table being the highlight.
Last Edit: Jan 19, 2013 22:36:58 GMT -5 by coldstone
Everything came together here to produce possibly the best Summerslam ever. A great undercard and a fantastic main event really highlight how far the WWF has come.
D-Lo and V squared have a very entertaining opening bout to open the show. The Oddities and Kai En Tai have a fun, comedy, bout, which is very enjoyable. The X-Pac and Jarrett have a solid match, which continues to develop Jarrett's new attitude, and following the bout he gets a new look. Edge makes his PPV debut as Sable's partner as they defeat Marc Mero and Jaqueline in a very average bout.
We then continue the unique matches in 98 with a Lion's Den match, as WWF taps into the UFC concepts. Shamrock and Owen put on another entertaining bout, and Dan Severn's presence at ringside adds more legitimacy to this match. The Outlaws then attempt to regain the tag titles from Mankind and the "no-showing" Kane. Very uniqu match, as Mankind battles the Outlaws alone, and gets a lot of cheers, while the popular Outlaws act like heels as they defeat Mankind, and then berate him post-match. I did not understand why the Outlaws were booked in the heelish way, as I felt it was unneccessary.
The Rock and Triple H put on a fantastic ladder match, which continues to help elevate both men. I felt this match helped Triple H elevate to a more legit upper mid-carder, while the rock truly left the ring as The People's Champ. Finally, Austin and Undertaker put on a great main event, despite Austin's health status. This match showed that Austin was truly the number 1 man in the sport now, but Taker looked strong in defeat. Thank You Vince for this great card, as it shows you have truly passed WCW now in terms of product, stars and in-ring action.
D'Lo v Val Venis was a slow burner but turned into a pretty decent opener which unfortunately was marred by a really shitty DQ finish. Jeff Jarrett v X-Pac should have been much better than it was and I'm sorry but the Bronco Buster is easily the gayest move in the history of wrestling. Not sure if I enjoyed the Lion's Den match or not but at least it was different and Owen and Shamrock put in a decent effort. It was completely obvious who was going to win the tag team title match when after a 2 count some idiot accidentally started up the Outlaws music, wasn't a very good match anyway. The best match of the night was easily The Rock v Triple H. Hunter looked like a right dick carrying that rat faced singer around on his shoulders before the match. And I don't think it made him look very strong when once again Chyna had to help him win the title with a low blow. Great match though. Considering all the hype going into Summerslam I think the main event was really poor. It was filled with botched moves and Taker completely overshoots his top rope leg drop on to the announce table. Stone Cold only performs about 2 moves in the entire match and punches & kicks his way through. The match was a real letdown. Overall I think this was a distinctly average Summerslam.
The Highway to Hell climaxes in a great showing at the WWF's home office.
The undercard sizzles, with the only negatives being Val and D'Lo going on a little too long and the horrific Oddities/Kaientai match.
Owen and Shamrock put in the effort to ensure the Lion's Den match doesn't disappoint, with some stiff blows and creative use of the octagon.
Rock and HHH deliver a stellar performance in their ladder match, with HHH grabbing the belt, but Rock making a huge impression on everyone watching. It's clear he's not going to be in the midcard for much longer.
Austin and Taker give us a main event that lives up to the build. Apart from a sloppy period after the two clash heads, this match is awesome. Taker's flying legdrop was an insane spot for a guy who hadn't really taken big bumps up to that point. Austin retains his title, but it'll be the last time he ends a PPV smiling for a long time.
I'M ON THE HIGHWAY TO HELL! I'M ON THE HIGHWAY TO HELL! Might I suggest we get Vince McMahon on the air to sing this song?
Middling show, but god damn is it a fun one to watch. Owen/Shamrock is better than you'd think it would be considering the environment they were in. Rock and HHH engage in a terrific ladder match, and it still amazes me how these two essentially came into the main event scene at the same time and as constant rivals. I love careers that mirror each other like that.
Austin and Taker is a good match as well. Like previously mentioned it's a bit shaky after Austin blacks out but they manage to pull it back in to keep the gas cooking. The match was worth watching for DAT LEGDROP alone but knowing the importance and big match feel of the whole thing, it just concludes one of the seminal PPVs of the Attitude Era.