Post by Half an Onionloaf on Mar 9, 2013 12:25:51 GMT -5
This was the perfect attitude era card and the one that sort of glorified the Russo era book, even more so that Survivor Series 1998. The last three matches are great pay-off for the Federation's three most popular angles at the time and, unbelievably, they're not even finished! Austin/McMahon is a fantastic match that even I, a hardened WCW fan, was excited to hear about from friends. Rock/Mankind was the best of their series and featured some of the most brutal looking spots I'd ever seen; the fact that Foley could walk another day of his life amazes me. The Kane stuff was a lot of fun for me since I'm a huge Kane mark.
The one bummer: Shamrock loses his title to Val Venis... sigh. I don't mind Val, but he was gimmick wrestler that couldn't hold a candle to Kenny. This is pretty much the end of badass Shamrock, unfortunately. The last vestiges would power him through an awesome feud with Blackman, but that's it.
The rest of the card is a bunch of throwaway matches, but it succeeded in getting the crowd going, whipping them into a fervor for the main course. Yeah, Goldust/Bluedust is a crappy match, but people responded to the characters and, for that reason, the card as a whole deserves high marks.
First off, how awesome is the opening video to this show? I Laugh my ass off every time I see it, tremendous stuff! Compared to the Rumble, this has a much better undercard but by itself it's a bit average. Snow vs. Bob Holly was fun although Lawler kept playing Memphis tour guide as he was always pointing out where both guys were going as they went outside. How moronic was Ryan Shamrock in that Ken had to tell her ON CAMERA to slap her across the face? Airhead. At least Val won the IC strap. The DX vs. Corporation tag match is surprisingly fun to watch as both teams brought a lot of energy the whole way & it shows throughout.
Last Man Standing was entertaining, it was less violent than the I Quit match which it needed to be for the sake of Mick's health. Rock singing "Smackdown Hotel" was the highlight of the match IMO. It became very hard to boo Rock after that as the guy was just so entertaining to watch. The match being a draw was a slight rip-off but whatever, it was still good.
Vince's bump off the cage is a sight to behold! When a man is willing to break his tailbone for the sake of his company, he's pretty game! Austin just spends the whole match beating the shit out of Vince as he should. Kinda miss the mullet that Paul Wight debuted with.
Good show overall. We are now on the road to XV!
A chickenfried steak sandwich is the Undisputed Champion?
St. Valentine's Day Massacre is a much better show than I think it gets credit for, though it does have some rough spots. The opener was pretty dismal as Goldust dispatches of Bluedust, though that would lead to something even more bizarre. Snow/Holly was a fun brawl and Holly becomes new Hardcore Champion, effectively saving his career. Bossman/Mideon was a bad match as the Ministry put a beatdown on Bossman afterwards. Tag Title match was solid as Jarrett and Hart retain over Brown and Henry. IC Title match was also solid as Billy Gunn essentially costs Shamrock the title against Val. Corporation/DX Tag match was very good as Chyna gets one over on her former friends. Last Man Standing match was a great, oft forgotten brawl as Rock and Mankind destroy each other for the third straight month. This time, both men can't make the count and are taken out in ambulances, but Mankind is still champion. Main event time as Austin finally gets Vince and it will happen in a cage match. Austin destroys Vince for the whole match, including Vince going through the announce table. In the end, we get a HUGE surprise as Paul Wight comes up through the ring to help Vince, but ends up costing him the match and Austin is going to WM. Overall, this was a great show that is carried by the second half and the Road to WM heats up over the next few weeks.
This PPV is a guilty pleasure of mine. The WWE roster was about to explode with new talent and the wrestlers on this card, in my opinion, strike the match to light the TNT. Holly and Snow had a fantastic Hardcore title match much like they, Boss Man, and Road Dogg have in the previous weeks. DX vs The Corporation was red hot as this time and the Attitude Era was taking on a new shape during this transitional period. Rock vs Mankind was the downside for this card. I detest Last Man Standing matches and this match shows why. But McMahon/Austin in the cage with the debuting Paul Wight was entertaining as hell as that's what it was supposed to be. The work rate was perfect as they worked the crowd into a frenzy and fans were likely hoarse leaving the arena. After, in my opinion, a dark, post-Survivor Series, late 1998, the bright sun is rising. Onto WrestleMania!
Greatest Ad poster of all time with Vince's bloody hand. I never imagined Vince was ever going to actually wrestle until he took that bump and I still can't believe he went on to have hundreds of entertaining matches after this.
Still have the master vhs copy of this event along with Heat. Overall good event. Even though Kane was forced into the coporation, people still booed him, whereas the Undertaker was still cheered when he was with Bearer in 97. Undertaker's feud with the coporation is getting good. The Giant, I mean Paul Wight makes a surprise debut from under the ring, I wonder if there was a trap door under the ring, because I don't think Wight was laying under the ring. Vince takes an insane bump. Rare appearance of the black bar steel cage. Bring on Wrestlemania 15.
The hottest feud the WWF ever had culminates (sort of) here in a supremely memorable cage match. Love the opening video, love the poster and everything else to do with the build. This match was so well built it could have been the main event at Mania and no one would have cared. Vince is awesomely hilarious as the beaten old man and his facial expressions define this match. From his defiant kicks at the start of the match to him bleeding and giving Austin the finger McMahon shows you why he was the best heel in the business at the time. Maybe ever? The rest of the card was completely forgettable and it took a lot of convincing to get my girlfriend at the time to watch this on Valentine's day. And even SHE enjoyed it! It's amazing how good a wrestler Vinny Mac could have made.
Interesting show here as things heat up on the way to Mania. High point: the dedication Vince McMahon has to his company. To take the ass kicking he did was awesome. Low point: goldust vs. blue dust. Some things from the attitude era haven't aged well. Extra point: the hardcore title match was a fun mess. Al Snow and Hardcore Holly always had good chemistry. P.S. that giant looks familiar...
Post by dregenrockwell on Mar 9, 2013 19:19:54 GMT -5
After 2 below par shows, the WWF bounced back well with St Valentines Day Massacre. The midcard was inoffensive enough, with the Corporation v DX and Ken 'Slap Me' Shamrock being the highlights. For the third straight month, the Rock v Mankind title match doesn't main event the PPV, but the 2 still put on a great match, even if the finish was a bit of a cop-out. We then finally get to see Austin v McMahon on pay-per-view, and they don't disappoint. The bump Vince took off of the cage was magnificent. The finish is a bit silly, but it advanced the story in the build up to Wrestlemania XV very well. The debut of Paul Wight was also well handled - it's a shame that the WWF would drop the ball with him very quickly after that.
Post by 666thegame666 on Mar 9, 2013 23:01:17 GMT -5
Goldust vs Bluedust: Who in their right mind booked this match. Dustin Runnels was such a good worker 8 years ago but christ hes getting the shit end of the stick in the Attitude Era. What a shitty way to start the show.
Bob Holly vs Al Snow: While not a good match its a fun hardcore match. Fitting that the man now known as Harcore wins the Hardcore title. I wanna see Thurman Sparky Plug take on Leif Cassidy for the Hardcore title.
Big Bossman vs Mideon: Good god this is a mess. Despite how awesome Bossman is these days this match is a fucking piece of shit. Mideon is one of the worst gimmicks ever and its just gonna get worse as we go forward. Thankfully Bossman wins cos if he lost I think Mr McMahon would of kicked him out of the Corporation.
Double J and Owen Hart vs D-Lo Brwon and Mark Henry: Its nice to see Owen getting a push again. I know hes not going for the World Title or even the IC title but hes getting a push none the less. Owen seems so out of place teaming with this Asshole Jarrett. I think a team between 1994 Jarrett and 1994 Owen fits better in temrs of gimmick than this one. So they retain their tag titles against a very depleted version of the Nation who I guess is dead now.
Val Venis vs Ken Shamrock: Its nice they decided to give Val a push cos aside from some angles in 1998 he hasn't done all that much. It sucks Shamrock has to loose the title cos hes been a great IC Champ these last few months. The whole Biilly Gunn/Shamrock thing screams future feud.
Chyna and Kane vs HHH and X-Pac: So it finally happened Chyna and HHH are no more now its time for Scott to make his move. The Kane/Chyna thing seems really odd looking back on it. Shokingly they gave the heels the win. Knowing how over DX was it would of made sense for them to give HHH the win but they loose.
Mankind vs The Rock: So Mankind/Rock 100 is on and Mankind is champion again. This back and forth thing for the title is getting old. The match is ok its not the level that the I Quit match was last month but this is still a brutal match. We get the typical Double Countout BS to set up a match the next night to draw a rating.
Steve Austin vs Mr McMahon: This has got to be one of the worst cage matches of all time in terms of work rate. Vince and Austin chase each other around the ring for awhile. Austin knocks Vince off of the cage and through the table as Vince gets carted out. Austin doesn't want none of this BS and drags Vince back. Austin kicks Vince's ass some more and gives VInce some stunners and Vince flips him off as he goes to leave. Then The Giant shows up and throws Austin on to the cage and the cage opens. Now im sure the cage was gimmicked but still it looks cool. So Austin wins he rightful spot in the Mania XV main event.
Overall this is a pretty poor show. The undercard is really really shit like we have come used to in the last 2 years. The two main events are solid and the only two memorable matches off of this show. As for WCW at this time their Flair/Hogan 9000th match nearly out did this show for buys. As spring came WCW was still in this thing despite what BS WWE tells us about WCW dying they were still in this thing showing that even in 1999 a Hogan/Flair match could nearly out draw a Austin/McMahon match at the height of their feud.
1. Goldust def Bluedust -* 2. Bob Holly def Al Snow * 3. BigBossman def Mideon -* 4. Jeff Jarret & Owen Hart def D-Lo Brown & Mark Henry * 5. Val Venis def Ken Shamrock *¼ 6. Chyna & Kane def HHH & X-Pac **½ 7. Mankind draw Rock ***¾ 8. Steve Austin def Mr McMahon **¾
Post by lifelongwwefan on Mar 9, 2013 23:01:41 GMT -5
The WWF has a St.Valentine's Day Massacre in Memphis Tenneesee and this is a better PPV outing overall compared to last month. Goldust wins an ugly Opener against The Blue Meanie but at least it was short. Al Snow & Bob (Hardcore) Holly vie for the vacant Hardcore Title in a very entertaining brawl. The fact that it ended up in the Mississipi River made it even better and Holly is the New Champ. Big Bossman takes on Mideon as the Minstry/Corporation Feud begins to heat up but the Match is slow at best,Bossman wins followed by Undertaker's guys attacking him after. Jeff Jarrett & Owen Hart defend their newly won Tag Titles against D-Lo Brown & Mark Henry. Solid Match as the Champs retain and Mark Henry takes a Guitar Shot to his knees. Ken Shamrock defends his IC Title against Val Venis (rhymes with Penis) with Bad Ass Billy Gunn as Referee. Solid Match here as well as Val becomes IC Champion when Mr Ass counted a very fast 3 count. Triple H & X-Pac of DX take on Kane & Chyna of the Corporation in a fun Tag Match and I love X-Pac going after Shane at the Announce Table. Corporation get the win as Chyna pins HHH after Kane chokeslammed him. Mankind & The Rock take it up another notch in Last Man Standing for the WWF Title. Another fun brawl between these two and Rock singing Smackdown Hotel is a highlight. However we do not get a Winner as both KO each other and are carried out with Mankind keeping his WWF Title. Finally Stone Cold Steve Austin & Mr Mcmahon have their long awaited 1 on 1 Match inside a Steel Cage. Vince takes a sick bump from the Cage busting his tail bone and I love Austin saying if the SOB is still breathing get him back in here. Paul Wight aka Big Show Debuts but accidently helps Austin get the win and move on to Wrestlemania. Fun Show,bring on 15.
This is a show that I really enjoyed, but I have to admit that it is a mixed bag. There is some real crap on this show, but it is saved by some really great stuff as well. The crap is our opener, the Bossman vs Mideon, and the tag match which just doesn't seem to cut it for me. Val and Ken is very average, and Billy Gunn just complicates the whole thing. It is sad that Ken seems to suffer such a quick fall from grace.
Then we have the solid middle. X-Pac and Triple H have a solid encounter against Kane and Chyna. This match was entertaining. Also entertaining was the Hardcore match. Snow and Holly have a great encounter, which helped raise the profile of the Hardcore match. I love the finish in the river.
The last two matches are exceptional. Rock and Mankind have another great encounter, the last of their 4-match PPV series. It was a shame they couldn't have a clean winner, but the match was still very good. Then we have the classic cage match- Austin vs McMahon. this was exceptional in storytelling, in drama and in enjoyment. McMahon did more than we could ever imagine, and Austin was fantastic. A great memory as it brings us the highlight of the year-long feud.
Post by jpchicago23 on Mar 10, 2013 17:36:17 GMT -5
Justin " The Vanilla Gorilla" Pratt
Pretty solid ppv to help plant the seeds to wrestlemania. Another card full of storyline advancement but this time the work is a little better. The match that confused me was having Bossman face Mideon in a singles match. With the Brood having just been revealed as part of the Ministry I would've thought they could be featured in a six man of some sort but at least they make an appearance. Rock vs Mankind was a solid match with an interesting finish.The main event is a very fun brawl that sees Vince get his ass kicked pretty good and the debut of Paul Wight. I remember really loving this debut back in 99 as I thought he was being wasted in WCW, I didn't see it coming at all and we'll just have to see what's in his future, should be big. Overall fun ppv and on to Mania we go with Austin vs
A good show although there is some bad stuff like Bossman/Mideon and Goldust/Blue Meanie. I also didn't care for Val Venis winning the IC title as I thought he was too much of a lower card gimmick wrestler to hold a title and Shamrock had been on such a good run. Jarrett and Owen vs D'Lo and Mark Henry was decent. I liked the Jarrett and Owen team and thought it was a good useage of both of them at this point. Snow vs Holly and DX vs Kane and Chyna were both good. Rock and Mankind put on another great match to continue their awesome feud. Austin vs Vince was a pleasant suprise with a great suprise debut with Paul Wight.
Last Edit: Mar 13, 2013 11:37:48 GMT -5 by coldstone