St. Valentine's Day Massacre 1999: Well...it's the Dec 4, 2007 23:12:13 GMT -5
Post by Bigelow34 on Dec 4, 2007 23:12:13 GMT -5
St. Valentine's Day Massacre 1999: Well...it's the Big Show!
February 14, 1999
Buy Rate: 1.21
Announcers: Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler
Too Much defeat the Hardy Boys
Sunday Night Heat:
Viscera (Nelson Frazier) defeats Test (Andrew Martin) by DQ
Billy Gunn (Monte Sop) and Tiger Ali Singh (Jagit Hans) wrestle to a no-contest
1) Goldust (Dustin Runnels) defeats Bluedust (Brian Heffron) with the Curtain Call at 3:06
Fun Fact: In ECW, the Blue Meanie and his tag team partner, Stevie Richards, were known to parody numerous wrestlers for all different federations and eras. Well, Meanie decided to carry that practice on in the WWF, as he began mocking Goldust left and right. He even began sending videos out of him naked on a coach covered in blue, making weird gestures and veiled comments towards Goldust. The vignettes seemed to mock Goldust’s when he feuded with Ahmed Johnson in 1996. Meanie was trying to out mind game Goldust. The feud itself started when Blue Meanie recovered the stolen Head from Goldust and returned it to fellow JOB Squad member, Al Snow. Meanie would also start having wrestlers take a “blue-bath,” which was mocking Gangrel’s bloodbaths.
Fun Fact II: The girl playing Ryan Shamrock is Alicia Webb, who was actually a stripper from Houston when the WWF found her to be Ken’s sister.
Scott: Ugh, this was an absolutely god awful opener to this show. Goldust is fine, but the Blue Meanie is horrible. This match sucks on all levels, from workrate to the pitiful “You trust the slut too much” storyline; the slut being Ryan Shamrock, Kenny’s on-screen sister. The only redeeming quality about this match was that it was only 3 minutes. Not much more to say, just a piss poor opener. Grade: .5
Justin: This was actually a pretty entertaining storyline, but one that should probably have been blown off on a Raw, and not the opening match of a PPV. Goldust was getting really stale by this point, and definitely needed to jump ship and take some time away. He would get one minor push over the next month and then disappear for 2 and 1/2 years. This was also Blue Meanie’s final PPV match. He would stick around on TV for most of 1999, but wouldn’t make it to a big show again. Grade: 1.5
2) Bob Holly (Robert Howard) defeats Al Snow (Sarven) to win WWF Hardcore Title after hitting him with a wood palate at 9:56
Fun Fact: The Hardcore Title was actually vacant here, as Road Dogg had been the champion since he won the belt from the Boss Man on the 12/15 edition of Raw, but was injured/suspended (drugs) in early February and was forced to give the belt up. Snow and Road Dogg actually had a good thing going, as they had setup a series for the strap, and this was supposed to be the conclusion to the feud. Road Dogg had defeated Snow in a great outdoor brawl on the snowy 1/4 Raw and they had brawled with each other after losing a couple of tag matches together. It was a fun little angle that was derailed just a week before it finished, thus the Title was declared vacant and Holly was thrown into his first hardcore outing.
Scott: The first Hardcore title match in PPV history is pretty good. Snow, who may have finally found a niche here, takes a pretty good beating in this match. Holly also finds a good groove here, as both men battle for this belt throughout the year. This was a nice aspect to the shows that deviated from the regular main event and upper mid-card action. Sadly, Hardcore would get very stale after a couple of years, but it’s very entertaining now. Holly gets the pin at the banks of the Mississippi River. Grade: 3
Justin: A really fun brawl that set the template for future hardcore matches over the next couple of years. The first one that featured backstage brawling and outside action was Dogg vs. Snow on the 1/4 Raw, but this is the first one of its kind on PPV, thus kind of making Snow and Holly the new poster boys for the burgeoning division. There were some innovative spots here, as they battled down to the banks of the freezing Mississippi River and threw each other into it. In the end, Holly wrapped Snow in a fence and pinned him to win his first ever Hardcore Title, thus kicking off a new era in his career. Grade: 2.5
3) Big Boss Man (Ray Traylor) defeats Mideon (Dennis Knight) with a Sidewalk Slam at 6:18
Fun Fact: On the 1/11 Raw, Undertaker made his long awaited return with a new look and attitude. He had been gone since losing to Steve Austin at Rock Bottom. A few weeks before that Raw, the newly formed team of Faarooq and Bradshaw, who had been christened the Acolytes by former manager, the Jackyl, attacked Dennis Knight at ringside and dragged him to the back. The next week, Knight sprinted to ringside asking to be saved and claiming he saw horrible things, but the Acolytes nabbed him again and dragged him back. The following week, video footage rolled of Knight locked in some sort of dungeon wailing away about being saved. Finally, on 1/11 everything was revealed. When Raw returned from a break, there was a huge throne, symbol and altar set up on the top of the ramp, and then out walked Undertaker with big, evil goatee and a large robe on, Paul Bearer with his hair dyed black again and the Acolytes. It was then revealed that Knight was laid out on the altar, unconscious. Undertaker went on to give some convoluted speech about freeing your mind and the time coming for his Ministry of Darkness to take control of the Federation. He then proceeded to draw a dagger and slice his symbol on Knight’s chest, and renaming him Mideon, which was confused as Minion for the first couple weeks. The whole scene was interesting, yet bizarre, but it instantly brought some life into 5 very stale characters, so it worked out there. The Acolytes also kidnapped Mabel at the Rumble, and he was sacrificed and renamed Viscera, another new, refreshed member of the Ministry. Now, Mr. McMahon wanted to nip this thing in the bud, as Undertaker had started making weird claims of wanting to take over ownership of the WWF, so he sent his enforcer in to take out Taker’s right hand minion, Mideon.
Fun Fact: The Acolytes made their first Raw appearance as a team on the 11/30 episode when they attacked Tiger Ali Singh and Babu after Tiger had finished wrestling Val Venis. The Acolytes were accompanied by the Jackyl and they put a big time beat down on Singh and Babu. Faarooq had gotten himself into fantastic shape and the two men seemed primed for a push.
Scott: Even though this PPV is great on many levels, some of these lower mid-card matches were quite forgettable. This was another match involving 2 guys who aren’t workrate wizards. The storyline also made no sense because we’re looking at two heels here. Boss Man is part of Vince’s heel corporation, and Mideon is part of Undertaker’s heel ministry. So, what do we believe, or care about here? It was two heel groups trying to take control of the Federation, so really the fans weren’t sure who to root for. In any event, Boss Man wins and is then carried back by Taker’s minions. Grade: 1.5
Justin: Solid storyline aside, this match was about as boring as you would expect, given who was involved. Mideon may be a new, fresh character, but the former PIG was still sub par in the ring, and while Boss Man could still bring it, he definitely needed someone better to work with to prove it. After the match, Boss Man is abducted, just like Knight and Mabel had been, by the Ministry, leaving many to wonder what would happen to Mr. McMahon’s head of security. There is not much else going down here, so we will roll right on. Grade: 1.5
4) Jeff Jarrett & Owen Hart defeat D-Lo Brown (AC Connor) & Mark Henry to retain WWF Tag Team Titles when Jarrett makes Henry tap to the Figure Four at 9:33
Fun fact: On the 1/25 Raw, Jarrett and Owen received their tag title shot that they earned with a victory over the Outlaws on the 1/11 Raw. Halfway through the match, a new Blue Blazer entered the ring and hammers Shamrock with the guitar to give Owen and Jarrett the titles. The only twist was that this Blazer was African-American, which was pretty funny. Many rumors have said that it was Koko B. Ware in the role, which makes Justin’s heart a flutter. Owen takes a minute to let everyone know that this proves he was not the Blue Blazer in their post match celebration. We wish that were true.
Fun Fact II: This is the debut of Ivory, who was a present from D-Lo to Mark Henry. She would manage the duo through the summer, before splitting off and taking control of the suffering women’s division. Ivory was Tina Ferrari in the short-lived GLOW Federation.
Scott: This was a basic tag team match with a screw job ending. Jarrett finally found a nice niche with Owen, and their heel chemistry was excellent. D-Lo and Mark Henry were complete polar opposites. D-Lo is an emerging wrestling talent. Henry is well, an emerging fat piece of shit. Who, by the way, is making practically free money. I’ll keep mentioning that until he leaves. Which seems like it will never happen. Debra continues to flash her stuff for everyone, and it leads to another win for the team that was twisting in the wind with their solo careers, but was instant electricity as a team. Grade: 2
Justin: A sluggish match despite the awesomeness of the champions. Owen and Jarrett had finally found their niche after struggling with character issues throughout 1998, and seemed to be on the fast track to dominating the mid-card. D-Lo and Henry were gaining some steam as a mid-card act, but Henry would get injured again, leaving D-Lo to fend for himself for the summer, but would return to his best run in late 1999. Ivory adds a little spunk to this team, but she is mainly annoying, especially with that stupid scarf she waved around. There is some nice continuity here, as Owen waffles Henry in his bad knee, which allows JJ to lock on the figure four for the tap out. Grade: 2
5) Val Venis (Sean Morley) defeats Ken Shamrock to win WWF Intercontinental Title with a small package at 15:54
Fun Fact: This storyline was a bit of a throwback to the Jake Roberts/Rick Rude storyline from 1988, only with a different twist. Instead of the sex maniac being the heel, in this day and age he is now cheered, also he doesn’t make advances on his opponent’s wife, and rather he puts the moves on his sister. On an episode of Raw, Ken Shamrock’s sister, Ryan, was sitting ringside to watch her brother, but was enchanted and propositioned by the Big Valbowski. You can picture where it went from there, and you can imagine just how happy Shamrock was with this turn of events. All of this led to the big I-C Title match, and Billy Gunn was thrown in to ref just to make things interesting. As a side note, rumor has it that it was supposed to be revealed that Ken was in love with his sister, explaining his over-protectiveness, and they were to have an incestuous relationship, but family man Ken voted that idea down quite quickly.
Scott: Billy Gunn was the special referee for this one, as part of this whole storyline involving the title. Gunn’s singles push continues on, right now as a face. As a match it wasn’t too bad, as Venis is surprisingly stiff with Kenny, including some real stiff shots to the back on the post. However this is the time where many say the Intercontinental title is devalued with some of those that are wearing it this year. Not everyone is Shawn Michaels or Razor Ramon, but Val Venis isn’t the end of the world. Shamrock had a good run as heel champion, and he’s still part of the Corporation, but he is coming to the end of the line of his WWF run. Venis is the champ, and Billy Gunn still sucks. Grade: 2.5
Justin: A fun little match here that is just loaded with hatred between the three men. Referee Gunn adds to the drama, because you are just waiting for him to screw somebody, but you weren’t sure who. Shamrock definitely takes home the award for the dumbest guy of the night as he a) drops a clearly audible F-bomb on Gunn and b) when outside the ring, he was supposed to be slapped by Ryan, and to ensure this part of the match goes off without a hitch, he walks up to her and clearly says “Slap Me,” followed by her slapping him. Not a good night for the World’s Most Dangerous Man. Venis gets the big win here, but would only last a few weeks as champ. This little three-way feud was pretty interesting and would carry on over the next few weeks, only another character would be tossed into the mix to make it even more bizarre. Grade: 2