I remember picking this up in 2001 from Suncoast video. By that point the show was pretty legendary for how bad it is. I thought, it cannot be that bad. I mean shows like WrestleMania IX are pretty bad but not unwatchable. This falls under the unwatchable category. King of the Ring 99 has no redeeming qualities at all. For my money this ranks down with King of the Ring 95 as all-time worst WWE PPVs ever. The only positive thing is that it was over and the build to SummerSlam (my first PPV live!) could begin.
The time management of this show is probably the most damning aspect of the entire show. A lot of matches are under timed and it just kills it.
As far as Billy Gunn being King...look at the time it was probably the only option. Holly, Chyna, Show and Kane where not realistic optikns. Shamrock is booked like a doofus and is nearly out the door and out of pac dogg and gunn only one was gettig an immediate main event tryout so it is more about history dictating it bombed unlike a mabel which even at the time was seen as a joke.
Main events are forgettable but Taker was so banged up you couldnt expect much out of him and the ladder match is farcicle.
Btw...Boss Man was the guy who lifted the breifcase. They do mention it very briefly on a raw after it.
Post by 666thegame666 on Apr 29, 2013 8:52:04 GMT -5
X-Pac vs Hardcore Holly: Bad opening match. Lucly they gave X-Pac the win.
Kane vs Big Show: Good god this is bad and I mean really bad. Kane wins and they still have no idea on what to do with Big Show.
Mr Ass vs Ken Shamrock: Ok now im pissed. They beat Shamrock the guy who won this a year ago to a guy who hs lips on his ass trunks well thats nice.
Road Dogg vs Chyna: There was no need for this to go just under 14 minutes. The Chyna experiment officlly begins as we watch a god awful match.
Jeff and Matt Hardy vs Edge and Gangrel: hey its those two job guys ive seen on heat for months and WHAT they won a match against the brood.
Mr Ass vs Kane: Billy Gunn beats Kane who a year ago at this event won the WWF title from Austin. Wow the booking of this is dumb.
X-Pac vs Road Dogg: So looks like we are getting a DX final this year. You think they would have Road Dogg win to do the Outlaws in the final. But oh no that would make sense and could be interesting so lets have X-Pac win to kill that idea.
The Undertaker vs The Rock: So Taker is champ here after beating Austin on the last show which happened. I could go on about the concept of the Coprporation and Ministry being joined but its to complicated and makes no sense in the grand scheme of things. I always thought this was a good match for what it was. HHH does a run in so he can get on this show. What do you know the 1997 KOTR winner only gets a run in on this show well his push is going great isn't it.
Mr Ass vs X-Pac: Ah the crowning of King MR Ass. My god this is still one of the worst KOTR tournaments ever from match quality to the actual winner it just sucked. I guess Gunn had the look to be a major star out of most in the midcard at this point so it made sense at the time to make him the KING but it just looks fucking stupid in 2013.
Shane and Vince McMahon vs Steve Austin: This is so fun. First off Austin as the CEO is just pure gold hell he makes a better CEO than Linda McMahon did. Anyway Austin kills two men for 20 minutes and then we see him get screwed by some unknown man who we will never hear about again so Vince is back in control and I guess Ausitn is screwed or something.
Overall a pretty shitty show. The build for this show was fun but the payoff was poor. The whole event is just build for yer another Austin/Taker match the next night which is the highest rated segment in RAW history but that is for another time.
1. X-Pac vs Hardcore Holly DUD 2. Kane vs The Big Show -* 3. Mr Ass vs Ken Shamrock ½* 4. Road Dogg vs Chyna *¾ 5. Jeff and Matt Hardy vs Edge and Gangre **¼ 6. Mr Ass vs Kane ½* 7. X-Pac vs Road Dogg ¾* 8. The Undertaker vs The Rock *½ 9. Mr Ass vs X-Pac *¼ 10. Shane and Vince vs Austin **½
Ugh, the only really notable thing about this stinker besides the decent but way too short Hardys match is that for some ungodly reason the Rock/Undertaker match has made it to a couple of DVD compilations. Having seen the match, I can safely say it's not "The Best of King of the Ring" by any means. This might actually be a little worse than King of the Ring 1995 in a way, at least there you had a decent Bret Hart match. Billy Gunn was probably not the best choice for king, and I am being very generous in that assessment.
I'm a big tournament fan, so seeing the quarter final match ups on the PPV for the first time in a while. However, the quality of entrant was not as high. A five minute KOTR final takes a lot of the legitimacy in my mind. A very forgettable card.
Post by dregenrockwell on Apr 29, 2013 13:35:27 GMT -5
Before we get into KOTR 1999, if it wasn't covered in the Over The Edge podcast, WWF came over to Manchester England to produce a PPV that makes KOTR 1995 look like Canadian Stampede - I'm referring to the original No Mercy, which took place on May 16 1999 (a week before Over the Edge). This was a show were they couldn't even be bothered bringing the full roster, and had the nerve to charge us Brits to watch on PPV. In quick results:
Tiger Ali Singh beat Gilberg in a match as bad on canvas as it was on paper. The Ministry (Mideon, Faarooq & Bradshaw) defeated the Brood in a match similar to the Backlash match. Steve Blackman defeated Droz in a bog-standard squash. Kane defeated Mideon in a stinker. Nicole Bass crushed Tori in 27 seconds when Sable basically said she couldn't be bothered wrestling in the UK. Shane defeated X Pac in a average match, which was the best on the card. Mr Ass beat Mankind in a bore. Stone Cold defeated Undertaker & HHH in a dull triple threat.
After the tragedy of Over The Edge, WWF failed to lift spirits with this insipid card.
The tournament was crawling with mid-card dross, and it was inevitable that the ill-advised Billy Gunn push was in full acceleration, and that he was going to win the metaphorical crown. In his 3 chances to shine, he failed miserably, although his former partner Road Dogg did have a couple of decent matches with Chyna and X-Pac.
The first PPV tag match between the Hardyz and the future Edge & Christian was enjoyable, but there was much better to come over the next 18 months or so. Soon my boys (E&C) will lose the ball & chain called Gangrel and revolutionise the tag division...
The title match was decent, if not poorly booked. Whoever's idea it was to cram a ref bump and a ref-less 3 count inside the first 30 seconds or so needs a kick in the balls - all it did was make Taker (THE WWF CHAMPION, REMEMBER) look like a pussy. More Russo antics involving Paul Bearer and Ether made this match a gimmick-filled mess. It made Taker look like a poor champion, and it didn't help The Rock in the slightest.
Finally, the ladder match. The build up was a whole lot of fun - Vince's infamous reveal as the Higher Power and Austin's skits as CEO were priceless. The match itself is also fun, although several notches below the other ladder matches seen on PPV to this point. After a mystery man lifted the contract away from Austin, the McMahons ended up winning 100% control of the WWF.
In the time-honoured tradition of KOTR being a hit-or-miss event, this was definitely a miss.
Terrible show that was easily the worst of the year. The tournament is easily the worst after 1995 as all the matches were short and not very good. I actually didn't have a problem though with Billy Gunn winning as they were really lacking heels high on the card at the time and this was a good win to elevate him. Unfortunately it didn't work out but I give them credit for actually taking a chance and trying to push someone different. Hardyz vs Edge and Christian was a good short tag match. I jumped on the Hardyz bandwaggon a little earlier then most as I quickly became a fan of theres after they turned heel and took on Michael Hayes as their manager as they were real fun to watch in the ring and I thought their new look was cool, so I was glad to see them on PPV and getting a big win. Rock/Taker was alright. I remember being mad that Rock lost as I was already bored with Taker's title reign just one month into it. Didn't care for the main event at all as I thought it was an overbooked mess and the McMahons winning made no sense. It should've just been a squash win for Austin to give him revenge on the McMahons before his title shot with Taker the next month.
Last Edit: Apr 29, 2013 15:43:39 GMT -5 by coldstone
Post by lifelongwwefan on Apr 29, 2013 18:27:18 GMT -5
King Of The Ring heads to Greensboro NC and while its not a terrible PPV it is the usual Attitude Era mixed bag. The Tournament itself is ok at best but the Matches are too short to really grade on any level. I did like the Road Dogg/Chyna Match for the sheer fact of Chyna finally getting hers for a change since turning Heel. X-Pac's run to the Finals is pretty good and I liked his Red/Black DX attire he had on I think for the first time. Billy Gunn winning in the end I didn't have a problem with,ive always liked him and thought he deserved a shot at least. Both Main Events despite being the overbooked mess that Russo loves are entertaining. I remember thinking Rock was going win the WWF Title from Undertaker but Triple H made sure that doesn't happen. The Ladder Match with Austin & The Mcmahons is quite fun as Stone Cold just kicks the crap out of both. Vince & Shane regain control of the Company with a little help of the Briefcase being lowered down some from the ceiling. The Rattlesnake would get some payback the following night in a huge way.
Post by lifelongwwefan on Apr 29, 2013 18:28:33 GMT -5
King Of The Ring heads to Greensboro NC and while its not a terrible PPV it is the usual Attitude Era mixed bag. The Tournament itself is ok at best but the Matches are too short to really grade on any level. I did like the Road Dogg/Chyna Match for the sheer fact of Chyna finally getting hers for a change since turning Heel. X-Pac's run to the Finals is pretty good and I liked his Red/Black DX attire he had on I think for the first time. Billy Gunn winning in the end I didn't have a problem with,ive always liked him and thought he deserved a shot at least. Both Main Events despite being the overbooked mess that Russo loves are entertaining. I remember thinking Rock was going win the WWF Title from Undertaker but Triple H made sure that doesn't happen. Also we get the 1st PPV encounter between Edge & Christian & the Hardy Boyz which was short but fun none the less. The Ladder Match with Austin & The Mcmahons is quite fun as Stone Cold just kicks the crap out of both. Vince & Shane regain control of the Company with a little help of the Briefcase being lowered down some from the ceiling. The Rattlesnake would get some payback the following night in a huge way.
"Kiss my royal ass" was not only what Billy Gunn said upon winning the KOTR tournament, but it was also the collective thought of a lot of fans at that time, I believe. Billy as KOTR just wasn't going to work, he didn't have the proper package (charisma, promo skills, work-rate, etc.) to be the guy deserving of a big push. They probably could've gone with X-pac instead I guess they thought he was too skinny or something. The tournament itself is very bland & uninteresting, a lot of it having to do with the weak midcard.
Rock & Taker don't really have good chemistry as opponents which is probably why they didn't have a lot of matches together. Match itself is not very exciting. Only good part was hearing Jim Ross compare Paul Bearer to Rick Majerus.
Austin as CEO was awesome to watch, all the vignettes at Titan Towers were hilarious,(Who the hell is this?!) but alas it all had to come to an end. Steve beating the shit out of both the Mcmahons is always enjoyable, & we still don't know to this day who the person was that raised the briefcase! Oh well fuck it.
Not as bad as KOTR 95, but pretty close.
A chickenfried steak sandwich is the Undisputed Champion?
As the WWF tries to pick itself up after the trauma of last month, we are sadly lumped with a terrible King of the Ring event. The positive is they return to a full tournament. The negatives are just about everything else about the tournament. The matches are horribly booked, the match-ups ore off, and the winner shows he is not up to the push he is getting. Billy Gunn is terrible at this event. He just doesn't cut it. Sadly, Vince doesn't seem to realise this for a couple of months.
The other matches are mixed. The Hardy's and Edge & Christian start their rivalry with a solid match. Undertaker and Rock is just not up to scratch, as Taker seems to really be struggling.
Thankfully, the main event is hot. Although the build up seemed rushed and sloppy (due to other reasons), Austin and the McMahons have a good ladder match, showing that Austin is still the MVP of the company.
Overall, a forgettable show that I struggle to watch again.