Welcome to the first of what I hope to be many retro PPV recaps. A few
months back as I was talking to Rajah he mentioned how he wanted somebody to
pick up the old PPV recaps that used to appear on his site. They were
written by a guy named Pete, somebody who I became friends with a few years
back. These days Pete isnít writing, so the PPV recaps have stopped on
RajahWWF.com. That is, until now.
Iím going to be picking up where Pete left off by reviewing EVERY WWF/E PPV
from April í97 (the last recap that is posted is WrestleMania 13) all the
way up until the current time. When will it all be finished? I honestly have
no idea. My plan is to post two per month although I may only do one
this month because December is just crazy.
I have every PPV in WWF history. I saw them all live as they happened, I
have them on tape (or on the net in some cases) and I know the history
behind everything that Iíll be covering. I feel confident that Iíll be able
to provide you with a detailed recap of the good, the bad and the ugly from
the WWF/E over the years.
The format for the reviews will be similar to what I do for the live WWF
PPVs. Iíll give you a full play by play of the match, an analysis of the
match and a star rating for the match. At the end of it all Iíll give you my
final thoughts, my three stars, my rating on the 1-10 scale (1 being bad, 10
being great) and anything else I feel inclined to talk about. Since Iím
feeling lazy, Iím just going to paste in Peteís words as it deals to why we
use star ratings to judge matches:
In our reviews, weíll write about each match and affiliated
storyline, and speak about the match itself. Just for fun, weíll then "rate"
each using the "five star system" which has been adopted my many wrestling
gurus and critics on the internet. For those that donít already know, it is
***** Match of the year candidate
****1/2 An almost perfect match
***1/2 Extremely good
**1/2 Better than average, but nothing special
*1/2 Below average but not atrocious
* Pretty bad, but at least some action
1/2* Terrible, but at least a high spot in there somewhere
DUD Of no value
Of course all ratings are completely subjective and are pure opinions, so
donít get too worked up if you see a rating you disagree with. The focus of
this section isnít about one personsí opinion of a match. The rating system
is merely an additional tool to contribute, and since itís used by many,
Iíve already had people suggest to me that we might as well adopt it too.
The main point of this section is to discuss the matches and cards
themselves, what they were at the time, and how theyíve stood the test of
Just to add to what Pete said so succinctly, I think arguing over ratings is
pretty pointless. My greatest match ever could be your worst match on the
show. My worst match may be your favorite. Weíre all different. Itís just
like arguing over a particular movie, television show, food or anything else
we do in everyday life. Some of us grade harder than others. I think Iím
generous with my grades although I try not to be too biased just because a
favorite wrestler of mine is involved in the match.
One final note. Youíll notice Iím calling everything WWF in this review.
Obviously the company didnít change their name until May 2002. Since this
event took place before the name change, Iím going with what they were
called at that time. Simple as that.
The other recaps wonít have a long intro like this. I just felt it was
necessary to explain why Iím writing this now. In the future theyíll just
start out with the Backstory, which is what youíll find below.
Following WrestleMania 13, the Undertaker was the world champion. He
defeated Sid for the belt at WM13, his first time as a babyface world
champion. His first feud came against Mankind, an opponent he was very
familiar with over the past year or so.
Meanwhile, Bret Hart and Steve Austin continued their feud following their
match at WM13. The often forgotten rematch took place here. Hart turned
heel officially at WrestleMania and the next night on Raw, he formed the
Hart Foundation with his brother Owen and his brother in-law, the ďBritish
BulldogĒ Davey Boy Smith. Owen and Davey were the tag team champions at the
Also on the card, a plucky young babyface named Rocky Maivia defended his
Intercontinental Title against Savio Vega. Rocky had won the belt from
Triple H, still a ďblue bloodĒ at this time, back in February í97. The
future Mr. Stephanie McMahon wasnít on this card although he was definitely
involved with the company at the time.
Itís also worth pointing out that Shawn Michaels wasnít involved with this
event despite being a large part of the company. In February of í97, he
relinquished the world title in his famous ďlosing my smileĒ speech. His
side of the story is that he had a knee injury that prevented him from
wrestling. His detractors will tell you that he was just avoiding having to
lose the belt to somebody else, possibly his real life rival Bret Hart. He
did miss about three months of total ring time. Heíd be back, but weíll get
to that when the time comes.
Lastly, this PPV was only two hours long. The end of the two-hour PPVs would
come in September of í97 when Ground Zero would be three hours long. That
means that Iíll only have three PPVs be two hours long. The rest will be the
standard three (or four for some Manias) hours long.
In Your House: WWF Revenge of the Taker
Memorial Auditorium in Rochester, New York
April 20, 1997
Video package highlighting the Undertaker/Mankind story, which will be the
title match later on in the show.
Vince McMahon welcomes us to the show. Heís joined by Jim Ross and Jerry
Lawler. Lawler was still at his heel best here while Ross was perfect as the
ďexpertĒ at the table. Vince, as usual, was overdoing everything. They were
a fun team for the most part although theyíd be better later in the year
when Vince left the table.
WWF Tag Team Titles: Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith vs. Legion of Doom LOD comes out first. They show how this match came about with Owen and
Bulldog playing mind games with them. The champs are out next.
Owen starts with Animal. Animal pounds him away in the corner. Big
shoulderblock by Animal. Lockup, Owen gets the advantage with a kick to the
gut. Animal reverses a front facelock into a toss across the ring. Tag to
Bulldog, tag to Hawk. Clothesline from Hawk, fist to the face gets two.
Chops by Hawk followed by pounding away in the corner. Whip into the corner,
Hawk gets a shoulderblock of his own. Bulldog reverses a whip with a
clothesline. Stalling vertical suplex by Bulldog. Double axe for Owen and a
Sharpshooter attempt is powered out by Hawk. Clothesline for Hawk. Tag to
Animal, who gets a powerslam for two on Owen. He grabs a headlock. They show
Austin arriving at the building.
Animal with some more power moves on Owen, then a tag to Hawk. He gets a
very ugly splash off the top for two. Owen whips Hawk into the turnbuckle
face first, he bounces off the turnbuckle back first into Owen sending them
both down. Owen gets an enziguri, then a tag to Bulldog. He gets a headlock.
Hawk fights out, but Bulldog buries a knee to the ribs. Tag to Owen. He gets
a sleeper. Hawk fights out with a snapmare and bodyslam. Hawk goes into the
ropes, so Bulldog buries a knee to the back. Owen tells him to do a
powerslam. Hawk fights out, pushes Bulldog into Owen, which sends Owen to
the floor. Tag to Animal. Double clothesline spot where Animal clotheslines
the back while Hawk hits him in the front. Animal gets a powerslam off the
second rope for the three count on Bulldog. Or not. Another ref comes down
to the ring to tell the referee that the wrong man was pinned. Owen was
legal, but he was never pinned. The match continues.
Owen tosses Hawk to the floor while Animal gets the advantage on Smith. Owen
tags in with a spinning heel kick on Animal. Double-teaming in the corner
ensues while the referee is distracted. Neckbreaker followed by a legdrop
gets two for Owen. Animal gets a rollup, but Owen distracts the ref so he
canít count it. Bulldog tags in Owen. To the top, Owen misses a big splash
on Animal who makes it to Hawk for the hot tag. He cleans house until Owen
gets him with a forearm to the back. Double clothesline for Hawk. He heads
to the floor with Bulldog while Animal works on Owen in the ring. Doomsday
Device for LOD on Owen. Ref goes for the count, but Bret Hart breaks it up.
The champs are disqualified at 12:20.
Winners: Legion of Doom by Disqualification. Smith & Hart Retain the Tag
Analysis: ** The match was decent at times thanks to Owen doing his
usual great work as the cowardly heel. He was terrific in that role. Nice
job of building to the rematch by having the champs retain under shady
circumstances. Whatís sad about this match is that three of the four men
involved in it have passed away. Itís really depressing when you think about
Backstage, Dok Hendrix interviews Owen and Bulldog. Owen says they arenít
lucky. Dok tells them that Austin has arrived. They yell at him for that,
hoping Austin wouldnít be there.
WWF Intercontinental Title: Rocky Maivia vs. Savio Vega Vega comes out first accompanied by the Nation of Domination. Thereís DíLo
Brown looking very fat in a suit. Rocky says heís accomplished more in six
months than he could ever dreamed of. Rocky says Vega is in for a hell of a
They start out slugging with Rocky winning most of it. Two arm drags by Rock
followed by an arm bar. Faarooq walks to ringside, joining the announce
team. More arm drags from Rocky, as the crowd is dead. Rocky gets some
punches, Savio sends him into the corner and hits a lovely spinning heel
kick that sends Rock down. Vega works on the Rockís right shoulder, ramming
it into turnbuckle and getting a vice grip on the ground. Rocky fights out
with a cross body that earns him two. Vega gets in control with another vice
grip on the shoulder. This lasts for a good thirty seconds. Crowd is still
dead. Vega rakes the eyes. Rocky gets a quick rollup for two. Vega sends him
down again. Blatant choking by Vega. Another vice grip. Damnit Savio,
whereís the workrate tonight? Rocky fights out with a Fisherman Suplex for
one because the ref got distracted by the then unnamed DíLo Brown. Vega gets
a kick to the back. Chops by Vega are met with a WHOO! from the crowd.
Snapmare gets two. Another vice grip! This is the fourth time! Into the
ropes, Rocky gets the tilt a whirl DDT for two. Vega gets a rollup, but
Rocky powers out. He sends Vega shoulder first into the turnbuckle. Back
suplex for Rock followed by some punches. Side belly-to-belly suplex gets
two. Nobody seems to care. Rock Bottom gets two. They didnít call it a Rock
Bottom at this point. Backslide gets two. Rocky charges, so Vega throws him
to the floor right into his buddy Crush. Heart punch by Crush. Rocky sells
it like heís dead. Man, thatís the worst finishing move ever. The Rock gets
DQíd after 8:42. He retains the belt. The story here is that thereís tension
between Vega and Crush.
Savio Vega wins via Countout, but Rocky Maivia retains the IC title
Analysis: Ĺ* Really weak match. Vega had way better matches while
Rock was still very green at this point. The crowd didnít care about either
guy at all. Two straight matches with title matches ending in DQís isnít a
good idea. Very poor.
After the match, the Nation starts to argue. They make up by beating the
hell out of Rocky. Ahmed Johnson comes down to save Rocky from the beating.
The Nation bails. This would set up a match for next month.
Backstage, Hendrix interviews Marc Mero and Sable. She thanks the fans for
winning Miss Slammy. Marc says his knee is fine. Heíll be back soon. In the
background, Steve Austin walks in the bathroom. Seconds later, loud banging
is heard. Bulldog walks out with a tire iron, stares at the camera and runs
off. Owen quickly follows with a HILARIOUS look on his face as if to say: ďI
didnít do it.Ē The point of all this? Austin got beat up by the tag champs.
I tell ya, that segment was funnier than it had any right to be.
Jesse James vs. ďRockabillyĒ Billy Gunn w/Honky Tonk Man
James sings his country song on the way to the ring. The story was that
Honky had a protťgť and we didnít know who it was. Honky announces that it
was Billy Gunn. Nobody really cares. Jim Ross interviews Honky at ringside.
He mentions that Gunn knocked down Honky on Raw a few weeks ago. Honky said
he knew Gunn was the right guy because he stood up to him.
Gunn starts out with a boot. He does a really bad dance. Kick to the knee.
Arm drags by James followed by a dropkick and a clothesline to the floor.
Crowd doesnít seem to care. James gets a clothesline off the apron. He does
a JJ strut back in the ring. Back in the ring, Gunn gets an eye gouge. Into
the ropes, Gunn gets a Fameasser. Much like the Rock Bottom, it was just
called ďOH WHATTA MOVEĒ by Vince. He gets two. After way too much stalling,
Gunn hits a neckbreaker for two. Since the match is already really boring,
Gunn decides to make it more boring by sinking in a reverse chinlock. James
comeback is thwarted with another eye gouge. Gunn hits a back elbow. Into
the turnbuckle, Gunnís stalling forces him to miss a Stinger Splash. Theyíre
both out. Kinda like the crowd. Dancing punch combo by James gives him
control. He gets the ten punch combo in the corner. Big clothesline in the
corner for James. Whip in, Billy ducks and throws James out to the floor.
They keep calling him ďRockabilly,Ē which is one of the worst names ever.
Gunn goes for a suplex. Itís reversed into an inside cradle for James. He
gets the victory at 6:46. James gets out of the way of a post match attack.
Winner: Jesse James by pinfall
Analysis: ľ* This match was horrible. Why would they have Gunn job if
he was debuting with a new character? Obviously they knew the character
sucked. If they knew it sucked, why even do the gimmick? Eventually theyíd
become the New Age Outlaws because this match proved just how bad they were
Backstage, Kevin Kelly interviews the ďinjuredĒ Steve Austin along with
president Gorilla Monsoon. Austin says he didnít need medical attention, but
that Bret Hart will. Gorilla says that heís going to give Austin more time,
which means Mankind/Undertaker is next while Hart/Austin is in the main
event slot. Works for me!
Backstage, Lance Wright interviews Bret, Owen and Bulldog. He asks Bulldog
why they attacked Austin. They say Austin tried to attack them, so they went
after him. This, of course, is a lie because they were in the bathroom
first. Owen rules. Bret: ďYou know what the bottom line is? Whoís crying
now?Ē Good line.
WWF World Title: The Undertaker vs. Mankind w/Paul Bearer Long video package to start, highlighting the feud. Backstage, Bearer &
Mankind proclaim that it will be the best day of Mankindís life because he
is going to be the world champion. Mankind comes out first, Taker is next.
Undertaker has tape near his right eye to sell the burning he received from
Mankind a few weeks before on Raw.
Mankind jumps Taker before he can get in the ring. He gets punches. Corner
whip. Undertaker overpowers him in the corner. Mankind knocks him down with
punches to the eye. Clothesline over the top, but Taker no sells it. He
shoves Mankind back first into the railing. And again, this time itís the
back of his head into the railing. Ouch. Taker tosses him into the crowd.
They slug away with Taker in advantage. He pulls Mankindís head into the
railing once and twice. He finally rolls Mankind back in. Arm wringer,
followed by shoulderblocks and the ďold schoolĒ top rope clothesline is
improvised as he leaps off the top into Mankind, who moved back a bit. It
was more of a leaping clotheslines than heís ever done. Paul Bearer on the
apron. Ref goes over to him as does Taker. Mankind drills him with the urn.
OneÖtwoÖno. Good nearfall.
Mankind in control. He gets the running knee in the corner. He chokes away.
Undertaker fights back, they slug and he wins that. Into the ropes, Taker
ducks, neckbreaker for Mankind gets two. He grabs a vice grip. Man, havenít
seen Foley use that before. Probably because itís a stupid move to use and
Foley rules. I think I can forgive him. After about a minute, crowd starts
chanting ďRest In PeaceĒ and Undertaker fights out with punches. Thatís an
inspiring chant apparently. Big punch sends Mankind to the floor. Mankind
pulls him out, but itís a mistake because Undertaker rams his head into the
steps. Mankind gets a pitcher of water and drills Undertaker in the head
with it. Theyíre still on the floor. Mankind gets a chair, drills him in the
head with it. The announcers are questioning why the referee is letting it
go. No idea. Mankind climbs the second rope and drops the elbow onto
Undertaker, who is lying on the floor. Crowd didnít pop as much as I thought
Mankind gouges at his eyes back in the ring. He bites him in the face. He
kicks him out to the floor again. Back in the ring, pulling piledriver gets
two for Mankind. He kicks him to keep him down, then a headbutt and another
pulling piledriver. Instead of a pin, he just does the scream. Love the
scream! Undertaker fights back. Into the ropes, clothesline misses for
Mankind and Taker hits a leaping clothesline. He pounds away in the corner.
He charges into the turnbuckle, but Mankind pulls the ref in front of him.
Ref gets squashed and out to the floor. Mankind puts on the Mandible Claw.
He takes Undertaker down with it. Another ref comes in, Mankind gives him
the Mandible Claw. Undertaker is still out. Paul Bearer tosses in a chair.
Mankind brings in the ring steps. Just as he picks up the steps, Undertaker
dropkicks the steps into his face. He seizes the chair. He DRILLS Mankind
with it. Damn, Foley took chairshots like nobody else. He tosses Mankind in
leading to Mankind getting his head stuck in the ropes. Taker rips off his
mask. Mankindís on the apron, Undertaker grabs the ring steps and drills him
in the head with it. Foley goes headfirst through the Spanish announce
table! Damn! Headfirst is the truth. The replay shows that he didnít get his
hand in the way to block it very much. Back in the ring, Undertaker gets a
chokeslam. Ref back up. That gets two. Tombstone. OneÖtwoÖthree. Thatís it
Winner: The Undertaker
After the match, Undertaker goes after Paul Bearer. Brawling ensues. He
fights them both off. He steals a lighter from Mankind and lights Paul
Bearerís face. He covers his face with his jacket and gets helped out.
Everybody plays it up like itís a big tragedy. This would eventually lead to
the debut of Kane. Weíll get to that when the time comes.
Analysis: ***1/4 Very solid world title match. It was the usual story
between these two with Undertaker overpowering Mankind while Mankind takes
his usual insane amount of bumps. I had forgotten about the bumps that he
took in this match. The one through the table was especially brutal. This
was the first month after Undertakerís title win and Mankind was the perfect
opponent for him to defend against for his first PPV title defense. Good
Backstage, Dok interviews Bret. Heís flanked by Bulldog and Owen. Bret rips
on the American fans saying itís like a war with him against the fans. He
says heís beat Austin twice before and this time heíll end Austinís career.
Itís all part of his quest to prove once again that heís the best there is,
the best there was and the best that there ever will be. As Bret walks out
to the ring, Owen & Bulldog are sent to the back by a bunch of officials.
Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin After Bretís in the ring, Austin comes out next. The story here is Austinís
left knee got re-injured due to the attack by Owen & Bulldog earlier in the
show. No posing for Austin. He jumps into the ring and they start brawling.
They trade punches to start us out. Austin gets the advantage. He stomps him
down on his back. Into the ropes, back elbow for Austin. Suplex for Austin.
Stomp to the gut for Austin. He chokes Bret over the middle rope. Bret rolls
to the floor, so Austin drops a double axe on him. Austin fights him off,
then tosses him back first into the steel steps. Headfirst into the steps
now. Austin back in the ring, mocking Bretís mannerisms. He comes back out,
then whips Bret back first into the steps. They brawl in the aisle. Austin
tosses him out into the crowd. He jumps off the railing onto Bret. He tosses
Bret back into the aisle. Back in the ring, Austin gets the patented elbow
off the middle rope. Bret rolls to the floor again. Austin follows. They
tumble out there, Bret comes back in with a chair. Austin punches him before
he could use it. Austin grabs the chair. Referee Earl Hebner tries to take
it from him. Bret dropkicks the back of Austin and he knocks down Hebner.
Bret grabs the chair and uses the edge of it to drill the left knee of
Austin. The left knee is in the familiar brace. He took five shots at the
knee. Bret picks up the ref, playing nice.
Austin back up, Bret kicks the back of the knee. Splash onto the knee. He
wraps the knee on the edge of the apron. Back in, Austin tries to fight
back. Bret rakes the eyes. He pulls Austin to the ringpost. Ringpost figure
four! Ringpost FIGURE FOUR! YES! This is one of my favorite moves ever. Bret
holds it on for ten seconds or so. Hebner forces him to break it. Bret
smashes the chair into the knee three more times. Where was Hebner? I have
no idea. He pulls on the leg, stretching it. Austin fights back with a
clothesline and elbow drops. He picks Bret up, so Bret just kicks him in the
knee. Awesome. I love heel Bret. Bret works on the knee some more, ripping
the brace off. Another splash onto the knee. And another one. Austin rolls
outside. Bret follows, kicking at the left knee. He grabs him by the leg,
Hebner canít see it and Bret punches him in the nuts. Back in the ring,
Austin gets a blatant low blow. The ref saw it. Did nothing. Legdrop to the
groin for Austin. Elbow and choke for Austin. Austin pulls off his own ring
tape, then chokes Bret with it. To the middle rope, elbow misses. He
stumbles down, selling the knee. Selling! What a concept! Bret goes to
kicking at the knee. Love it.
Austin is on the apron, Bret comes at him. Austin drapes his head over the
top rope in a stun gun type move. Austin tries to suplex him to the floor.
Bret counters, suplexing Austin back in the middle. Figure four for Bret. It
gets two. Austin tries to fight out of it. He turns it over, putting the
pressure on Bret. He gets the ropes. Austin argues with Hebner. Bret sneaks
up from behind, kicking the back of the knee. He goes for the ringpost
figure four again. Austin blocks it. On the floor, Austin backdrops Bret
into the crowd. He slugs away. He tosses him back on the floor, then drops
him neck first onto the railing. Off the apron, Austin gets a clothesline.
He limps the whole time.
Back in the ring, whip across and Bret takes his patented sternum first bump
in the turnbuckle. Austin mounts him with punches. He covers for two. Back
up, Bret gets a shoulderblock. Into the ropes, duck by Austin, kick to the
gut. Piledriver attempt is missed. Austinís leg buckles, so he just falls.
His leg is hurt while Bret is back up. Great move there. You donít see many
guys being able to pull off that kind of ďmissĒ of a move. More stomps from
Bret onto the knee. Bret tries to whip him across. Austin canít run across
so he just falls down. Awesome stuff. More working over of the left knee.
Hebner forces Bret to back off. He comes back, Austin picks him up and drops
him face first into the turnbuckle. That gets two. Stunner is blocked.
Fighting in the corner, Bret mule kicks him in the groin. Ref didnít see it.
To the top, Bret gets a superplex. Sharpshooter attempt by Bret. Austin
grabs his knee brace and smacks Bret in the face with it. He puts the
Sharpshooter on Bret! Hebner is ready to ring the bell. Bulldog and Owen
come in. Austin breaks the hold to knock them down. Refs come down to get
rid of Bulldog and Owen again. Austin gets the Sharpshooter again. Crowd is
going nuts. Bulldog comes in with a chair to the back of Austin. Hebner
signals for a disqualification. Match is officially a disqualification at
Winner: Steve Austin by Disqualification
After the match, the refs get rid of Bulldog. Austin grabs a chair, then
rolls back in the ring. Bret walks outside, grabs the ring bell. He goes to
smash Austin with it. Austin blocks it with the chair, slamming the bell
into Bretís right knee. Crowd goes nuts! Chair to the knee by Austin. He
stomps away on the knee. Sharpshooter by Austin. Crowd is going crazy. Five
refs are trying to pull Austin off. Eventually they do it. Bulldog and Owen
come in to take Bret out of the ring. The show ends with Austin posing in
the ring. This was just part of the beginning of his rise as the top
babyface in the company.
Analysis: ****1/4 Like usual, these two steal the show. With a more
decisive finish this one could have approached the five star level. Since it
was a DQ, it hurt it a bit. While this one wasnít on the level of their
classics at Survivor Series í96 and WrestleMania 13, it was still a really
solid match between two of the best ever.
The story of the match was Austinís injured left knee being worked on by
Bret. The comebacks by Austin were fantastic as was the blatant cheating
that Bret utilized throughout. You have to understand that Bret cheating
wasnít something the fans were used to. He had been a babyface wrestler for
at least six years by this point. It was different to see him act like this.
It was refreshing too. Change is always good, especially when youíve got
wrestlers as good as these two. Austin did his part by selling the knee
injury the ENTIRE time. He sold it when he did moves, when he took moves and
after the match. Thatís what youíre supposed to do. Selling is a lost art in
wrestling these days. Austin, however, did an outstanding job of it.
The post match attack by Austin was lovely. In real life, Bret had a knee
injury at the time that would require him to sit out for a few months. This
attack by Austin was the start of that time off. The next night on Raw,
these two participated in what I feel was the best moment in Raw history.
Austin called Bret out to the ring, challenged him to a street fight and
proceeded to beat the hell out of Bretís knee with help from a chair. When
Bret was being loaded into the ambulance, Austin was sitting in the driverís
seat of the ambulance and proceeded to beat the hell out of Bret while he
was on the stretcher. It was a wonderful angle that did a lot to help BOTH
characters. I could write a zillion more words praising this feud and these
two men. The work they did was unforgettable. Itís well over six years later
and I remember it all like it was yesterday.
I felt that the first hour was pretty poor. The opening tag match was about
as good of a match that the LOD were going to have at that point in their
careers. Owen and Bulldog did well, but I donít think they could have done
any better. The DQ finish was just a preview of what was to come later in
The other two matches in the first hour were atrocious. Thankfully, Rock
improved. It was also the first hint of the New Age Outlaws, so that was a
good sign. Sort of.
The last two matches saved the show. What you had there were four of the
best characters in WWF history at their best. This year, 1997, was easily
the best year of the Undertaker as far as having good matches go. He was
healthy, he was over and he was obviously in good shape. Mick Foley was his
crazy, usual self as well. This match was a brutal brawl that was all over
the place. A lot of fun to watch. They accomplished their goal here, which
was to make Undertaker look strong against a qualified opponent.
The man event was fan-fín-tastic as usual. Any time Bret Hart & Steve Austin
were involved in a match, it would rock. There is no doubt about it.
Whenever they were against eachother they always clicked. Theyíre both smart
wrestlers who know the business inside and out. When youíre third best PPV
match with a guy is at the excellent level of ****1/4 then you know youíve
got something special working. I canít say it enough. These are two of the
best wrestlers from ANY era. I love their work.
Oh and did I mention Rockabilly sucked? Yeah, I think so.
Three Stars of the Night
1. Steve Austin (tie) - This was his first ever main event as a
singles wrestler in the WWF. He delivered. As usual.
1. Bret Hart (tie) - This night was the early stages of what became
my favorite heel in wrestling history. How can you not love heel Bret Hart?
Heís just too good.
3. Mankind - The bump machine does it again. That headfirst fall
through the announce table was pretty damn crazy.
On the 1-10 scale Iíll give this event a: 5.5
Like I said before, the first hour really hurt the show. The last hour saved
it and put it slightly above the average mark. Still, a fun show that Iíd
recommend because itís generally forgotten by most wrestling fans.