1998 WWF PPV ends with a thud. After a great match at Summerslam, the Buried Alive match between Stone Cold and Undertaker is horrid here. The undercard is filled with decent if unspectacular matches and this is also one of the lesser Mankind/Rock encounters in their feud. Overall a disappointing end to 1998 and another PPV that is not nearly as good as tons of Raws surrounding it.
Post by stevejrogers on Feb 22, 2013 21:42:39 GMT -5
Decent enough end to a very strong PPV calender year. Some good starting points for threads that would play out in 1999 and be defining staples of the Attitude Era.
The Mick-Rock feud I think is an interesting one, and goes back to what JR said about Taker not taking it as good as he gave Mankind back at KOR. Granted at this point "Mankind" was the lovable goofball, we wouldn't see the sadistic side of Mick Foley again until the lead up to Royal Rumble 2000.
And granted the characters of The Rock and Triple H's personae by 2000 are drastically different in terms of how they dealt with their feud opponents (I mean would The Rock treat Mick's Mankind to Cactus Jack transformation as if he was watching Clark Kent take off his glasses, rip his shirt off and charge up the heat vision in the way Triple H sold it?), but something still never quite sat well with this feud in terms of how unscathed Rock usually came out from his matches with Mick and such.
Still, an entertaining feud, and they did have good chemistry as we'll see through the years. Though part of me would have loved to see Cactus Jack, or Dude Love interact with The Rock during this time, as well as later on during the "Rock 'N Sock Connection" time.
Also, while the match wasn't exactly on the level of SummerSlam, the Buried Alive match was a decent enough way to build 'Taker's turn and actions in 1999. Kind of wonder how much further that could have gone with it if not for a certain tragic event in May and if a rather crappy reveal did turn out to be one of the myriad of rumors it was speculated to be.
Rock Bottom ends the 1998 PPV year. Overall the event was ok, and the Undertaker may have been buried alive, but he would have a slightly changed look and an EVIL plan for 1999. The Corporate Team is about to get some competition in the stable department, and things would change from there. Bring on 1999.
Post by str8edge80 on Feb 22, 2013 23:25:58 GMT -5
The year 1998 ends with a whimper with Rock Bottom. As great as the year has been it seems they just ran out of steam by this show but I have a feeling that will change in a couple of weeks. High point: I guess I'll go with Rock/Mankind since the buried alive match kinda sucks. Low point: Owen Hart just kinda shuffling around wasting time with Steve Blackman. Way too talented for this position. Extra point: every other ppv this year had an energy to it that made each one special. This one does not seem to have that. Hopefully that changes.
Post by lifelongwwefan on Feb 23, 2013 1:24:49 GMT -5
The WWF heads back to Canada in Vancouver BC to close out the year 1998 on PPV with an interesting evening here. Been awhile since ive seen this one. One historical side note here is Micheal Cole taking Jim Ross's Commentary seat for the next couple months with The King. D-Lo Brown & Mark Henry win the Opener against Val Venis & The Godfather which was alright. Headbangers win their Match with the Oddities in a very forgetable Match to end this Feud. Steve Blackman defeats the Canadien Hero Owen Hart and I think Blackman uses Owen's Sharpshooter to a chorus of boos. The Brood wins a 6-Man Tag Team Match against Al Snow & his JOB Squad. Things pick up a little bit as Goldust takes on Jeff Jarrett and Debra has to strip should Double J lose. Goldust wins by DQ after Shawn Micheals reverses the decesion after Jarrett had won. Debra gets down to her Bra & Panties before Jeff takes her away. New Age Outlaws retain the Tag Titles against the Corporation's Ken Shamrock & Big Bossman. The Rock defends his WWF Title for the 1st time on PPV against Mankind. The Match is pretty good if I remember with Mankind winning the Match with Mr Socko but Mr Mcmahon says Rock keeps the Title since he did not submit. Finally the Buried Alive Match with Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Undertaker. Austin wins to qualify for the Royal Rumble with a little help from Kane. So kind of a lackluster way to close out 1998 and we enter 1999.
P.S. thank you guys one more time for having me on the last Vault.
Post by 666thegame666 on Feb 23, 2013 8:46:59 GMT -5
In what seems like a year we only began a few weeks ago 1998 comes to an end with a luckluster event.
1. D-Lo and Mark Henry vs. The Godfather and Val Venis: Its irnoic that we have a team with a Pornstar and a Pimp. Aisde from that cute teaming the match its self is very poor. Heels win.
2. Headbanbers vs. Kurgan and Golga: So for some reason this company has remembered the Headbangers were a tag team cos they sure have been showing up a lot of PPV recently. I find it a bit of a shock that they beat the Odities to a team who has been MIA for most of the year.
3. Steve Blackman vs. Owen Hart: Owen Hart gets a monster pop here in Canada. The match is ok but a double count out win is a bit weak.
4. The Brood vs. Scorpio, Al Snow and Bob Holly: Talk about a random team here. Holly hasn't even been on PPV since June while Snow and Scorpio are just lost in the midcard. The Brood entrance is awesome and the highlight of the match. Thankfully they werent stupid enough to put over the random team of geeks.
5. Goldust vs Jeff Jarrett: 1995 called and it wants its midcard match back. This serves no purpose at all on a show in 1998. I know Jarrett has his new heel persona but still this is a match that screams 1995. We should expect better from Jarrett and Rhodes but its lackluster.
6. NOA vs Shamrock and Bossman: First off I dig the Shamrock/Bossman corporate team. But what I dont get is why they would beat the new heel team. I know the Outlaws are still hot and all but it makes sense to put the belts on the new heel team so the faces can chase the belts. But none the less it is what it is as NAO walk out tag champs.
7. The Rock vs Mankind: This is by far the best match of the night. These two really do go hard on each other. We get a Dusty Finish when we think Foley wins the title until Vince comes out and does the whole you didn't win by pinfall so Rock is still champ. While the match is great the finish is fucking stupid.
8. Steve Austin vs Undertaker: Boy is this bad. Like Taker/Kane the Austin/Taker matches get worse and worse as we go on. This is a farcry from Summerslam. Austin wins and buries the Undertaker who is starting to give into Satan as it would seem.
Overall a poor show with one stand out match. The WWF made giant growth in 1998 after coming out from the cellar that was late 1997 to now starting to get the strangle hold on WCW. Steve Austin by far gets MVP honors for 1998 for carrying this company on his back despite his neck issues he took WWF from the brink of death in late 1997 to a neck and neck position with WCW.
1. D-Lo & Mark Henry def. The Godfather & Val Venis ¾* 2. Headbangers def Kurga and Golga -* 3. Steve Blackman def Owen Hart **½ 4. The Brood def Geek Squad *¼ 5. Goldust def Jeff Jarrett **½ 6. NAO def Corporate Team ¾* 7. Rock def Mankind ***¼ 8. Steve Austin def Undertaker ¾*
Post by icemandave on Feb 23, 2013 17:17:50 GMT -5
It took me a while to see this event, as it was never released in Australia. Instead, we got the Capital Carnage VHS (UK PPV), which was not that good. I finally got a copy of this from the UK about 3 years ago. Sadly, this event is not that much better. It really feels like a glorified house show, with the exception of the last couple of matches.
The Nation collapse is highlighted when D-Lo and Henry meet Godfather and Val in a poor opener. The Headbangers cannot raise the game of Kurrgan and Golga. Steve Blackman and "a returning" Owen Hart meet next. It was a solid match (and probably match of the night), but I was surprised this was not better than it was. With their Stampede history and friendship, I thought they would tear the house down. The Brood and The J.O.B. Squad meet next. they never really defined the J.O.B. Squad much on WWF TV, and so it just felt a little funny. Goldust and Jarrett meet next in a match that failed to meet expectations. Goldust wins, forcing Debra to strip, but sadly (or thankfully) the Blue Blazer makes the save for Debra.
Our last three matches carry the show from storyline perspective. The Outlaws and The Corporation meet for the Tag Titles. DX and the corporation had been feuding on-screen since Survivor Series, as Vince tried to get all the gold in his grasp. Surprisingly (considering who is in the match), this match is long, boring and lacks any cohesion. The Rock and Mankind meet in their rematch from Survivor Series. Best match of the night. Mankind seemingly gets the win, but Vince screws us again and the Rock retains despite losing the match cleanly in the ring. I struggled with the logic here, but loved the idea of Vince screwing Foley and the fans to keep the World Title around the Rock. Finally, Austin and Undertaker meet in a match that is truly underwhealming. They were unable to regain the magic from Summerslam, and this match is dull. We get more interference from Kane, and Austin gets the win, and a spot in the Royal Rumble.
After a strong year, it is definitely sad to end it with this poor PPV.
Last Edit: Feb 23, 2013 17:18:28 GMT -5 by icemandave
Rock Bottom was a pretty unique show overall. The opener was meh as Brown and Henry win thanks to PMS. Headbangers/Oddities was not good as Bangers win, enough said. Blackman/Owen was very good aside from the cheap ending of Owen getting counted out. Brood/JOB Squad was a decent match as the Brood look like they're headed for big things. Goldust/Jarrett was decent as Jarrett seemingly wins, but it gets overturned by new Commissioner Shawn Michaels. As such, Debra shows off her stuff and enjoys it, but Jarrett and the Blue Blazer spoil it. Tag Title match was decent, but way too long and the Outlaws escape with the titles, for now. Rock/Mankind was a fun, oft forgotten match as Mankind seemingly wins the title, but Vince screws him and the Corporation beat him down. Main event time as Austin and Taker face off in a Buried Alive match. Sadly, it's nowhere near their Summerslam encounter as both are hurt and could only do so much. Kane attacks Taker and puts him in the grave as Austin dumps the dirt, earning a spot in the Royal Rumble. The Vancouver crowd deserves a lot of credit as they were red hot for most of the show. Overall, the important year of 1998 ends on a slightly low note, but all signs point to the WWF having a great 1999.
Post by dregenrockwell on Feb 24, 2013 14:54:45 GMT -5
A disappointing end to the year for WWF. It seemed like the company was really going through the motions. The midcard was extremely uninspiring, and the amount of terrible finishes was never going to be popular. Owen Hart was completely buried in Canada by backwards booking, and the finish to the WWF title match was a cop-out that only Dusty Rhodes would have enjoyed. After the finishes to these 2 matches, the crowd was completely lifeless to the shit main event. They were briefly woken up by a flying cup of soda that almost caught Taker square in the face, but not even the unintentional comedy of that, or the Headbangers trying to fight the fans earlier in the night, could save this event. Roll on 1999.
Disappointing show. I remember looking forward to it as it was the first WWF PPV I watched live in two years as I was starting to get into the product again thanks to the Corporation stroyline. The undercard is pretty lousy with a lot of bad matches. The two last matches while decent aren't good enough to salvage the show. Rock/Mankind is solid but they would end up having much better matches in the months after this. Austin/Taker is decent enough and it was cool to see Austin get a big win after getting screwed over the last few PPV's. Undertaker gets taken off TV for a month although honestly he proably he should've been left off longer as he wasn't in the greatest shape and he ended up just getting in the way in the great Austin/Corporation feud which really didn't need him at all. They should've just had a simple storyline with Austin having to beat all the members of the Coporation in route to fighting Rock at Mania while holding off on the Undertaker Ministry stuff until April.
Last Edit: Feb 25, 2013 2:46:43 GMT -5 by coldstone