Post by lifelongwwefan on Jun 2, 2013 17:04:09 GMT -5
No Mercy makes its debut as a monthly PPV from Cleveland Ohio and we say goodbye to Vince Russo who's off to "save" WCW. Godfather takes on Mideon in a ok Opener and not much else to say on that one. Fabulous Moolah actually wins the Womens Title in an upset against Ivory. The Match is not much but its fun seeing Ivory beat up Moolah & Mae during the bout. New Age Outlaws battle the fighting Holly Cousins in a pretty good Tag Match with Hardcore & Crash stealing win by DQ. Jeff Jarrett's final hurrah in the WWF taking on Chyna for the IC Title in a pretty entertaining Good Housekeeping Match. Jarrett is now off to WCW to be The Chosen One while Chyna enjoys her 1st Title reign. The Rock gets some revenge on The Bulldog for costing him the WWF Title after Unforgiven in decent Match. Next we see the arrival of Edge/Christian and The Hardy Boyz becoming Superstars in a fantastic Ladder Match. Mankind takes on Val Venis in another decent Match and I liked that both had a Mr Socko with them. X-Pac continues his run in the land of the Giants against Kane & the Acolytes in pretty good 4-Way Match. Stone Cold Steve Austin returns to the Ring to challenge Triple H for the WWF Title in good No Holds Barred Match. The Game escapes thanks to an errant Sledgehammer shot by The Rock to Austin which was suppose to set up next month. Overall a little bit better Show than Unforgiven and now we head into Survivor Series.
Post by 666thegame666 on Jun 3, 2013 0:59:07 GMT -5
No Mercy comes to the US and is one hell of a show. Godfather and Mideon is fucking awful. Speaking of awful Moolah and Ivory is even more awful so were not off to a flying start here. NAO take on the Holly Cousins so its official the Billy Gunn experiment is over and we can all be thankful for that. Chyna and Jarrett have a nice brawl in what would be the final time we see JJ in a WWF ring as he drops the IC title to Chyna. Rock and Bulldog have a really awful match and Bulldog is just way to jacked and doesn't have what he had 4 years earlier. The Hardyz and E&C have a classic ladder match that makes Shawn and Razor in 94 and 95 look very tame. Val and Mankind meet in a random match up and Val gets the win which is kind of a shock seeing hes done nothing since mid 98. X-Pac wins a poor 4 way match. Austin and HHH finally get their one on one match and its a fun brawl and its great to see my #1 and #2 guys wrestle in a PPV main event. A great show here though it does have its low points at the start but it has 3 really great title matches.
This is a good show, but is only really for 1 match,the ladder match.What a match it is, it made everyone stand up and take notice of The Hardys,Edge n Christian and it also reinvented the ladder match. Wasn't a big fan of Terri being put in the mix, but she is a better fit for the Hardys than Gangrel. Austin/HHH finally have their 1-1 encounter and it is a good one,but they would have better matches. Jarrett leaves us with one of my guilty pleasures the Housekeeping match,great end to a hot feud.Everything else is in the middle and seems like everyone is floating about not doing much,also wrestlers missing (Test,Big Show,Jericho,Dudley,Bossman) this could be cause of Russo leaving and creative not having anything for everyone. But a good show overall,the right people went over in the top matches,so cant complain.
Best Match - Hardys/Edge and Christian (ladder match)
The Godfather vs Mideon: Nothing gets fans excited like hearing J.R talk about Mideon wanting to fuck dead animals. Slow, plodding match that goes about 5 minutes too long.
Ivory vs Moolah: Stare into a dumpster to properly summarize this garbage.
NAO vs The Holly’s: The Holly’s dictated the pace and did a really good job playing an old school heel tag team. I usually hate dusty finishes, but this one played into the Holly’s style and made them seem even slimier. Good little match. Chyna vs. Jarrett: Why were there so many sticks of summer sausage out there? Not a bad brawl by any means, but THIS dusty finish is pretty stupid. Jarrett can’t use the IC title because it isn’t a household item, but Chyna wins with Jarett’s guitar? Ending made no sense but thankfully the disturbing misogynist Jarrett character is put to rest after this. I always kind of felt Russo was using Jarrett vicariously to let his opinion of women be known.
Bulldog v. Rock: Mostly a half-hearted brawl that plays out like something we would see on free TV. Bulldog was booked really weak; as J.R and The King basically no sold his powerslam as being effective. I would have foregone the Godfather/Mideon match and made this the opener. The Rock would obviously get the crowd heated up and I would have loved to see what these two could do with five more minutes. Rock plays a role throughout the show so it isn’t like he’d be wasted in the opener.
Edge and Christian vs The Hardys: This redefines ladder matches as we know them in the WWF. They go from being “wrestling matches that feature a ladder” to spot fests. I hope that makes sense. This match has aged really well because the spots don’t come off as contrived as they will in later ladder matches. They flow rather seamlessly , so it feels organic opposed to everything being set up for the next big spot. Great match, arguably the best in 1999.
Val Venis vs Mankind: Val is finally acting like a dick heel and it’s pretty good. This is easily Val’s best match in the company. Good psychology on display, as he focuses on Mankind’s neck which was injured in a sneak attack earlier. Really fun brawl with one continuity problem: Val Venis hit’s a Russian Leg Sweep on a chair. Wasn’t Billy Gunn DQ’ed earlier for doing a move on a chair? Come on guys.
X-Pac v. Kane v. Faarooq v. Bradshaw: Clusterfuck. I don’t remember this storyline that much, but why on Earth are the Acolytes involved in this? Why would they agree to be in a match against each other if there isn’t any tension? It plays out like a tag match anyway, as X-Pac spends the whole match as the face in peril before he OVERCOMES THE ODDS. Not necessary.
NO HOLDS BARRED: HHH v. Steve Austin: The ref bumps happen way too soon and too often. After watching these guys in epic main events for the last year+, are we supposed to believe one of them would have picked up the win after just five minutes had the ref been conscious? This doesn’t feel like a typical main event. It never really clicks. Instead it almost feels like a shift in the main event style. The fast paced brawls Austin popularized are on the out while HHH’s story driven matches are the way of the future: An example being Austin delivering numerous chair shots to the legs of Triple H, which is a callback to Summerslam. Rock interferes setting up the an obvious triple threat at Survivor Series…or is it?
An entertaining show but outside of the ladder match, nothing memorable enough to really effect the canon of the WWE.
Post by dregenrockwell on Jun 3, 2013 10:50:13 GMT -5
In between the 2 US PPV's, the WWF came to Birmingham England on October 2nd for Rebellion. While the mid-card was completely half-assed, this was far superior to their previous UK effort.
Jeff Jarrett beat D'lo Brown in a fun IC Title match The Godfather pinned Gangrel in a terrible match Val Venis quickly pinned Mark Henry Ivory beat Luna, Tori and Jackie in a poor Womens Title match Chris Jericho pinned Road Dogg in a good match with a poor low blow finish Kane pinned Big Show in a decent No DQ bout British Bulldog pinned X-Pac. Bulldog turned himself heel in his home country by (accidentally) throwing a trash-can at Stephanie McMahon, giving her amnesia in storyline, and by being a awesome asshole heel. Edge and Christian beat The Acolytes & Holly Cousins in a good triple threat. Triple H beat The Rock in a stellar cage match with help from the Bulldog.
WWF builds on the successful Unforgiven with another strong PPV in No Mercy.
Godfather v Mideon had no business on TV, never mind PPV, and was awful. WWF was crazy to give Moolah her first womans title since 1902 by letting her pin Ivory. The booking of the Holly's v NAO was crazy - the Holly's help the NAO lose their belts when they were due a PPV title shot? What the hell?
Double J did the expensive job in a fun IC match, even if the finish was a little Dusty. Much like Billy Gunn months earlier, Davey-Boy's push came to a screeching halt after staring at the lights for the Rock. At least he wasn't lying in dog-shit this time. Also halting pretty quickly after this was the Val Venis heel run. It was a strange choice to let him go over Mick Foley, as it pretty much led to nothing.
The ladder match is an absolute masterclass in both tag team and ladder matches. While the WWF played hot-potato with the tag straps, these 2 teams showed how great the division was, and it would only get better from here.
The main event was another fantastic effort from The Game, who was solidifying his role as top heel, and Stone Cold, who sucked up his pride to finally let HHH get one over on him after his shameful display at Summerslam. This was a wild arena-round brawl that had an ending that made you want even more from these 2, and the Rock.