Post by 666thegame666 on May 27, 2013 11:39:16 GMT -5
Venis and Blackman get us started in a meh opener not good but not bad just meh. Former friends turned enemies as D-Lo beats Mark Henry and gets the European title back to take his place as the King Of Europe match is not good. Jarrett and Chyna do battle for the IC title and its awful. Its not clear Chyna is the next "Sable" in terms of being the it female in WWF but its hard to look at her as attractive even with all the surgery the match is surprinsingly ok. APA take on the Dudleyz making their debut. Match is pretty poor. Ivory takes on LUNA who amazingly still has a job and its a lot better than last month but its not saying much. Outlaws are back together after Mr Ass bombed as a singles guy and they retain their titles in a solid outing with E&C. Now the thing this show is known for the god awful Kennel From Hell or whatever the fuck they called it. This thing deserves go to back to Hell were it came from. Thank god Snow/Bossman is over. Pac and Jericho have a poor match considering the level of workers they are. HHH wins the title back for his SECOND REIGN IN A MONTH. I know there was discussion about Austins reigns on the Summerslam show but HHH having TWO IN A MONTH I MEAN WHAT THE FUCK VINCE. The 6 man is match of the night and its nice to see guys like Kane and Show in title picture along with BULLDOG who makes his return and it looking jacked. All in all a meh show after Summerslam with one really great match and a piece of shit match that needs to burn in hell.
Post by dregenrockwell on May 27, 2013 11:53:23 GMT -5
This was another PPV where the WWF sacrificed the undercard to give the main event that extra push. Other than the ongoing storyline regarding the referee strike, there isn't much memorable from the first 2 hours of this show. Jeff Jarrett's woman-beating gimmick was gathering momentum, and this was enhanced by The King's ageist jokes against Moolah and Mae Young. The debut of the Dudley Boyz was ok, although losing to the Acolytes wasn't all that helpful. Billy Gunn was back firmly where he belonged in the tag division, and he returned to the status quo of being tag champ with the NAO, with their title defence against Edge & Christian being a highlight. The WWF managed to devalue 2 gimmicks at once with the laughable Kennel From Hell concept. The crowd and the home audience could barely see through the mountain of steel, and all the cameras picked up was terrible in-ring action, and dogs pissing and screwing at ringside. Only the Mick Foley & Kevin Kelly commentary makes this watchable, but that's merely a DVD extra. Jericho and X Pac put on a very good match that showcased the new star very well. The main event was pushed to the moon by WWF, and it didn't disappoint. It was good to see Kane back in the main event scene, and Bulldog gets one last title shot. The ending was pretty well done as well, and set up the next main event fued perfectly.
Solid show that's a little underrated in my opinion. The kennell from hell is so bad and ridiculous that it's kind of funny in a unintentional way. We have a good tag title match as the dominant team of 1998 takes on the team who would dominate in 2000. I was disappointed we didn't get the advertised Jericho/Shamrock match as they were two of my favorites and I remember enjoying their feud quite a bit. Instead Shamrock leaves and gets written out with a beatdown on Smackdown, with X-Pac taking his place. I never was a X-Pac fan but he was a very good worker at this point and him and Jericho put on a good match, so I can't complain too much. The six pack challenge is a great match that's a lot of fun. It was cool to see Bulldog back but it quickly become obvious that he looks out of place with these guys and is in way over his head in the main event scene at this point in his career.
Post by lifelongwwefan on May 27, 2013 12:04:57 GMT -5
Unforgiven heads to Ric Flair Country for a very interesting evening as we are Post-Summerslam. Val Venis & Steve Blackman have a decent Opener. D-Lo Brown takes on his former buddy Mark Henry for the European Title and the Match is not too bad,D-Lo once again becomes the Champion of Europe. Chyna gets a shot at the IC Title against Jeff Jarrett in a pretty entertaining Match. I actually thought Chyna was going to win here after an assist from Debra but the Feud continues into next month. The Acolytes take on the debuting Dudley Boyz who jumped from ECW in a decent Tag bout and I got a kick out of Stevie Richards running in dressed as an Acolyte with the UPN logo on his chest. Ivory keeps the Womens Title in a short but a fun little Hardcore Match with Luna. The New Age Outlaws are back after reuniting on Smackdown which is one of my Favorite Moments in the early years of Smackdown. They retain their newly won Tag Titles in good Match with Edge & Christian. Now the bomb of the night in the infamous Kennel From Hell Match for the Hardcore Title. I liked the Al Snow/Bossman Feud but why in god's name were they put in this crap? You could tell JR & King hated this too because they made jokes throughout the Match. Thankfully X-Pac & Chris Jericho make everyone quickly forget the last Match and put on a good one as well. Finally the Main Event which had more twists & turns than last month but it was solid. I think the best spot was when Rock got a close near fall on Triple H and the Charlotte Crowd goes beserk thinking Rock had won. Stone Cold Steve Austin did a great job as Special Enforcer and it was cool seeing Kane,Big Show,and the returning British Bulldog in the Title picture. HHH is once again WWF Champion but the Rattlesnake is hot on his heels. Bring on No Mercy.
P.S. any chance you could cover what was going on in WCW at this point?
Post by stevejrogers on May 27, 2013 13:20:04 GMT -5
The Kennel from FUCKING Hell is on this card...well, at least it provides fodder for Mick Foley and Snow to have some fun in a match commentary for it down the road!
I guess kind of a preview of things to come with the tired established talents, though to be fair the APA will be a fixture in the tag division for the rest of Ron Simmons' run, going over the "new blood," but by the end of the year losses at this PPV would be long forgotten.
Speaking of which, it is interesting to see X-Pac go over Chris Jericho in Jericho's debut. While Waltman was yet to be the universal whipping boy of the IWC, would not be surprised if this was something that helped get the ball rolling!
And finally, odd, and sad, to see Davey back in this last ride with the company. While he is still going to be around for a few more months, it is worth noting that this would be his 6th and last PPV title match. That's this one in the Six-Pack Challenge, the 1992 Rumble, IYH4 against Diesel and IYH5 in 1995 against Bret, and in 1996 IYH Beware of Dog and King of The Ring, both against Shawn.
Out of everyone that has, or will, be involved in a match where either one of the three recognized heavyweight titles by the WWF/WWE was on the line, DBS leads with the most matches, yet never holding one of them. The next highest that has been covered on the podcast is his Camp Cornette stablemate, Vader with 3.
Doesn't have to be read, but interesting tidbit nonetheless:
The next two all-time with 5 are an Irishman who hasn't debuted yet but mostly for one of the two titles yet to debut, and a fellow countryman of DBS whom is a long way from being mentioned, on the strength of being in a few editions of a gimmick match that is also a ways from being introduced.
An interesting placeholder PPV as we get a rather iffy undercard (never cared for the Jarret woman beating angle), a masterpiece of awfulness in the Kennel from Hell match and a very good, interesting main event. Maybe not as interesting as the spectacle of four rather cute Rottweilers stealing a match by taking a leak on the mats and trying to mate with each other on camera (you could take this as their own personal commentary on Russo's more bizarre booking ideas) but still interesting! Nice to see British Bulldog back, if only for a short time, and I sort of enjoyed Austin on commentary. Makes me wonder why they never tried to get him to do more of it as he's got sort of a "Jesse Ventura with a Texas drawl" thing going on that could have been developed into something pretty damn good.
Overall, sort of a middle of the road show as the Russo Era in WWF begins to wind down.
A day without laughter is like a day without sunshine. A day without sunshine is like...night.
Interesting PPV, and first PPV in a long time that the Undertaker does not appear after he "walked out and quit" on Smackdown. He was supposed to be in this match and changed his look before leaving. Will he be back? As for the rest of the show, it was ok, though Kennel from Hell was horrible, they should of brought back the ghost of Pepper to attack the Big Bossman. Jarrett the so called chosen one going after women, as Russo is getting fed up with the way Jarrett is being used and things would take a turn very shortly. 6 pack challenges are always fun. Something they should do now in today's WWE, as there are enough people to do it.
Post by stevieg1980 on May 27, 2013 15:52:30 GMT -5
Very very strong last two matches. However the rest of the card needs to burnt at the stake like a witch. In 99 I spent part of my student loan on the Vhs of this show. After seeing Kennel in the Cell I wanted my beer money back.
Post by icemandave on May 27, 2013 16:50:52 GMT -5
A really tough show to watch, with a lot of bad matches. The storyline of the show is the referees strike, and it just goes to show that the referees do help matches, as the scabs were terrible. Venus and Blackman is average. Don't know why Blackman can't produce on PPV? D-Lo and Henry is ok, but nothing great. Jarrett starts his angle with Chyna. The build up was good, and the match was not offensive. The Dudleyz debut, but sadly against the Acolytes. I always felt the Bradshaw and Farooq tried to ruin the match for the Dudleyz, and I thought they would end up going the way of Public Enemy. Thankfully they recover from this shocker to have a great career. The less said about the Kennell from Hell, the better. Worst Match Ever.
Three matches help stop this card from being totally shocking. Jericho meets X-PAC, who replaced Shamrock. After the build it's a shame Shamrock could not compete. X-PAC and Jericho had a decent match, but the heat just wasn't there. The Outlaws reunite, and I am very happy about that, and they're champs again. Thankfully no more Billy Gunn singles matches.
Finally the six pack challenge felt overbooked. I didn't like the storyline coming in. I felt they could have done the match without taking the belt off Triple H. The sad thing is that no matter how hard the guys worked, everyone was waiting for Stone Cold to arrive. Overall it was entertaining, but nothing great.
Blackman vs Val Venis: I thought matches like this were the reason the Free-For-All/Sunday Night Heat existed? Punch-Kick-Punch-Kick Moneyshot. Great match if you're looking to kill a crowd.
Mark Henry vs D'Lo Brown: D'Lo worked his ass off in this match but was fighting an uphill, overweight battle. It's amazing the WWF let D'Lo go and continued to repackage Mark Henry. D'Lo's head shakes were more interesting than anything Henry would go on to do until about 2006, and even then I might give the nod to D'Lo's head. Bad match, but great effort from Brown.
Jarrett vs Chyna: It's strange Chyna is the face while using Triple H's music and still being semi-aligned with him. But, then again, Jarrett was BEATING WOMEN at this point in his illustrious WWF career so his opponent would have to be pretty terrible to get any heat. Chyna is often a punchline these days and I think that makes everyone forget what a good worker she was. Chyna and Jarrett put on a good little show before it turns into a comedy sketch with Moohlah and Mae Young and the dusty finish.
Dudley Boyz vs Acolytes: The Dudley Boyz debut and Bubba's stutter plus the horrid attire just wasn't going to fly with the WWF crowd. Neither team felt over and this was a definite bathroom break. The Richard's interference proves this should have been saved for Stevie Night Heat.
Ivory vs Luna: Uninspired and boring, but thankfully quick.
The New Age Outlaws vs. Edge & Christian: Did we every get an explanation for the Outlaws being back together after the horrible feud and singles careers? Granted they sucked as single competitors, they sure know how to work a crowd as a tandem. Hot match, but the finish with the New Brood sucked. As did the New Brood.
Hardcore Title, Kennel From Hell: The Big Bossman vs. Al Snow: Rag on this all you want, but it's a lot better than Bossman/Undertaker from WM15.
Chris Jericho vs X-Pac: This felt a lot like a WCW undercard match from 97-98 and that is actually a good thing. Fast paced, despite the chinlock in the middle because of the distracted crowd. The dueling "Jericho Sucks/X-Pac sucks" chants was a nice little touch. Good, hidden gem of a match.
Six-Pack Challenge: Triple H vs. Mankind vs. The Rock vs. The British Bulldog vs. The Big Show vs. Kane: Wild match with a lot of different intersecting stories being told throughout. The Rock N' Sock connection working together, the HHH/Bulldog cahoots breaking down over the course of the match and of all the silly referee stuff. This is twenty minutes of fun and Steve Austin on commentary makes it all the better.
The second half saves this show big time. Total thumbs up, especially for it being Russo's last PPV as a booker in the WWF.