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What Does The WWE Do With Sting Now That The Streak is Broken?

April 18, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

According to several sources, Sting will be signing or has signed with the WWE. The original plan was to sign Sting to a deal that allowed him to be used in a non-wrestling role in several capacities while wrestling very part time similar to The Undertaker.

For years, the one wrestler who Vince McMahon could not make part of his circus up north was the missing piece to a WCW puzzle that was never complete. Now that appears to be no longer an issue.

The first rumor going out about Sting was that he was signing for only one match at WrestleMania 31 against The Undertaker. The thing is, this type of deal does not help the WWE as it would only allow them to use Sting once. The set up alone would be great and people would get the match they wanted. However, if WWE could sign him to a legends deal, he would be able to enter WWE’s Hall of Fame next year along with having a huge role with WWE Network and wrestling from time to time.

Now that Taker lost to Brock Lesnar and the “Streak” is over, the company must now develop new storylines that keep the 55-year old entertainer as part of their top tier promotional package. Now that a battered and beaten Dead Man appears to be at the end of his career, where does “The Icon” and the WWE meet in terms of entertainment value.

Could Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton or Batista be the right elixir for wrestling magic? And who would he align himself with should he battle Evolution in the near future?

Sting is a fifteen-time World Champion, having held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship twice, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship six times, the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship twice, the WWA World Heavyweight Championship once and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship four times. He is a WCW Triple Crown winner, has held 21 total championships between WCW and TNA, and is the only man to hold the NWA, WCW, and TNA World Titles in his career. Sting has headlined many major pay-per-views since the late 1980s.

Perhaps most notably, he closed the 1989, 1990 and 1997 editions of WCW’s premier annual event Starrcade, in singles matches and won the Battlebowl main event of the 1991 edition; as well as headlining the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 editions of TNA’s premiere annual event Bound for Glory.

The problems with Sting signing now with the company are specifically related to the veteran talent that recently signed with the WWE. Batista’s win at the Royal Rumble and immediate build soured the fans and made a villain of The Beast. Would that be the same situation with Sting, who the wrestling fans, the WWE Universe and the IWC have waited for years to see in the WWE rings?

And with the signing of an “older” talent, what does that mean to wrestlers like Orton or a rising Roman Reigns, Cesaro and even John Cena? Does he step over the current rising talent to make his mark in the only major promotion he has eluded?

It really depends on who the company brings to the table as a solid opponent for the Stinger.

I love the idea of Sting feuding with someone like Wade Barrett, Orton or maybe even Jack Swagger – three brawlers who can not only go the distance with Sting but also put him over.

Ryback, Curtis Angle, and even CM Punk could be interesting if Punk was still in the company.

The best thing about the Sting signing is that the company now has more options. The WWE needs to understand just how important their new employee really is and how much he means to his fans in order to deliver what is best for business.

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WWE’s Tribute To The Ultimate Warrior Is Bizarre

April 18, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

I know I am not the only one thinking it so I’ll just say it. The WWE’s reaction to the death of former champion Ultimate Warrior is one of the most bizarre things I think I have ever seen in over 30 years as a pro wrestling observer.

Vince McMahon has poured his heart out through WWE programming in honoring the late Jim Hellwig. The tributes to the Warrior are unprecedented in company history as the WWE has spent almost two weeks memorializing Warrior through content on their website, television shows, social media, and network. Classy yes, but it makes absolutely no sense at all.

It hasn’t even been a year since Vince McMahon welcomed Warrior back into the WWE family. Warrior returned first through promotion of the WWE 2K14 game and later officially at the Hall of Fame. The return ended close to a 20-year absence from the company. If you followed any of the tributes to the Warrior, you would never know that he and McMahon spent more time fighting outside of the company than he actually did wrestling for the WWE.

I don’t mean this as any disrespect to the Warrior but I can’t figure out why he is being treated as if he had the impact on the WWE and the business that Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Steve Austin, Bruno Sammartino, Superstar Graham, or even Ric Flair had. This is a man that headlined only one WrestleMania (two by his logic), held the WWE title for less than a year at a time when short babyface title reigns wasn’t good business, and had numerous outside of the ring issues with the company. He certainly was a big star and he is unquestionably iconic, but these tributes are painting a picture that just didn’t exist.

If you take a look at Warrior’s WWE timeline in and out of the company you will see that his first and biggest run was only four years with two other runs that lasted under a year each. Yet he spent five years in court on one occasion against the WWE and had several other disagreements along the way. Think about that for a second. He spent more time fighting with Vince McMahon than he did wrestling for him. Granted he had every right to defend himself but hundreds of loyal WWE employees have passed away since the company’s inception with none getting this kind of treatment. It makes no sense.

Either one of two things are going on here. Vince McMahon is older and somehow or another relates to how the Warrior passed away. Vince certainly practiced a similar lifestyle and maybe he is seeing himself in all of this. I am certainly no psychologist but try and give me a better explanation. If Vince has turned into such a softie over the years than why wasn’t Randy Savage given more than a 5-minute video on television? I am sure he has softened a bit but he certainly hasn’t turned into a pushover.

Now the cynic in me thinks otherwise. The WWE recently released numbers on the WWE Network and those numbers were met with the stock absolutely plummeting. I hate to say it and I hope this isn’t the case but maybe Vince is using this as some kind of marketing ploy. All of the attention paid to Warrior would certainly connect with some fans that probably aren’t watching the WWE anymore. A full “Warrior Week” on the network doesn’t come cheap. As much as I would hate to accuse anyone of capitalizing off of someone’s death, quite frankly that is the only thing that makes sense and hey, maybe it isn’t even done intentionally. There is also a brand new Ultimate Warrior DVD to promote (produced and set for release way before his death). This is just how Vince McMahon’s promoter mind works.

I don’t know if we will ever truly know the motivation behind these tributes yet unfortunately it will take the deaths of more legends to unravel the real agenda. We’ll see how the WWE pays tribute to the next fallen icon. Does someone like a Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Bruno Sammartino, or Steve Austin get a bigger tribute or is this the standard? I hope we don’t get those answers any time soon but there is now a standard that the WWE has set with the Warrior.

Once again I am not saying it’s wrong because he certainly was an icon and a big star, it’s just strange. Whatever the motivation, I am glad Warrior’s fans, friends, and family have this final opportunity to memorialize their fallen hero. It just may be the weirdest thing I have ever seen and I know I am not the only one thinking it.

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The Undertaker’s WWE Career: Survivor Series 1990 & The Birth of The Streak

April 18, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

It was the Dream Team against The Million Dollar Team. Dusty Rhodes and Ted DiBiase were in the midst of a good-old southern style blood feud. DiBiase first lured Sapphire away with money and luxuries beyond her wildest dreams. DiBiase then did the unthinkable on national television and would violently attack Dusty’s son, Dustin. DiBiase would leave Dustin a bloody mess, setting up Rhodes and DiBiase to lead teams for the upcoming Survivor Series PPV. Rhodes would tab The Hart Foundation and Koko B. Ware and DiBiase would recruit Rhythm and Blues. DiBiase promised a mystery partner, and just who would it be? DiBiase entered the ring and would address the audience:

“Without further ado, I’ll introduce to you my mystery partner. Lead to the ring by his manager, Brother Love, weighing in at 325 pounds, from Death Valley, I give you The Undertaker. *DiBiase Laughter*“-Survivor Series 1990 (November 22nd, 1990)

With those words, the wrestling world including the 16,000 fans at the Hartford Civic Center would turn their heads to the entrance. Just what exactly was this so called Undertaker and why was he associating himself with Brother Love of all people? As the funeral March played a man walked out wearing a black coat, hat, gloves and boots. The man wasn’t a weakling or some fat guy; this guy looked like a monster. In an era in-which workers wore flashy colors, a man wearing all black was something different. He walked with a purpose every step towards the ring drawing the interest of the crowd. While we had wrestlers who did the same thing, there was something different about this guy. As the bell rang, he just stood there showing no emotion, a cold emotionless killer. What we were witnessing was the beginning of something special.

From there, The Undertaker was more or less booked perfectly as he never left his feet. Bret Hart went at him first and he cut the Excellence of Execution down with ease. Jim Neidhart couldn’t knock him down and Taker slammed him with ease. Koko B. Ware tried going to the air as he simply moved out of the way and Ware hit the ropes throat first. Ware would be the first of many victims that would feel The Tombstone Piledriver for the first elimination. The Undertaker would eliminate Dusty Rhodes with a top-rope Double Axe Handle. Taker would get counted out assaulting Rhodes, but the impact had been made.

For the rest of 1990 and into 1991, The Undertaker would rampage through the lower section of the WWE roster with Brother Love at his side. His squash matches were short and brutal, with the reactions of the children in attendance shown. Kids were either placing their faces in their parents to avoid seeing him or just sit there frozen in fear. This might come off as crazy, but I thought that The Undertaker was much scarier with Brother Love. There was just something about the bombastic Brother Love leading this monster in black down to ringside. Alas, the relationship was not meant to last, as Brother Love would introduce the new manager of The Undertaker: Paul Bearer. Bearer, who looked paler than Sheamus was a ghoulish owner of a funeral parlor and added another dimension to The Undertaker character. Bearer was in possession of an urn that seemingly controlled The Undertaker. The matching of both men would work, both guys would click together and Bearer would be by The Undertaker’s side until 1996.

From here, The Undertaker would more or less squash the ham and eggers on television, and being matched up with lower-midcard guys on the house show circuit. He really hadn’t made much of a splash so far, eliminating three people in the Rumble but not much else. The Undertaker would get a coveted spot at WrestleMania VII, facing Jimmy Snuka. It wasn’t much of a match, Taker vanquished Snuka in four minutes, but it was the start of something special. While many people would automatically forget the match minutes after it ended, it was the birth of something special.

The Streak: 1-0

After this, The Undertaker would receive a push that would launch him into the main event scene, feuding with the two biggest faces in the company.

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Stone Cold Steve Austin Tempted By Brock Lesnar WWE Match

April 17, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Leave it to the world’s greatest master manipulator to goad one of the biggest stars in wrestling history into one more match. Paul Heyman may have done the unthinkable which is entice Stone Cold Steve Austin to get in a WWE ring for one more time.

The Steve Austin WrestleMania rumors have just started to die down as fans have become resolved with the idea that the Texas Rattlesnake is never coming back. While Austin has never said the word “never”, most assumed after Austin passed up a Mania match with CM Punk that he was indeed done. That was until Austin’s former manager Paul Heyman laid out the perfect scenario.

The former ECW mastermind was a recent guest on Austin’s podcast. The conversation ended with both fawning over Brock Lesnar. Heyman than brought up that he and Lesnar have had an interest going back to Lesnar’s UFC days in a match with Stone Cold. Heyman proceeded to lay out the scenario, billing the match as the Baddest Man on the Planet vs. The World’s Toughest S.O.B. Austin sat silent until Heyman put him on the spot. After dodging the question as to whether he would be interested he finally admitted to Heyman that he is intrigued.

It didn’t take long for word to spread throughout the Internet about Austin’s interest in such a match. It should be noted that all Austin said was that he was interested with Heyman doing most of the talking. That was enough for pro wrestling fans to get excited. But the question is, should you get excited? Is there a real possibility that this match is going to happen?

My gut says no. Austin has remained retired from active competition for over a decade. Austin is still in great shape and as we saw a few years back on Tough Enough, he could get in the ring tomorrow and go. As a matter of a fact the WWE were so convinced that Austin could be tempted to come back that they even penciled in a match with him and Triple H at WrestleMania 30. It never happened and most presumed that by this point he was done. Maybe he isn’t done after all?

How big would the match be? I think the match would be gigantic. In terms of money it is hard to say because more people will have the WWE Network next year and the buyrates are bound to decline. However, a match like this could still do big business. I would imagine there would be a ton of casual fans that would gladly pay $70 to see this match, yet have no interest in subscribing to the entire network for $10 less. I think you would draw in so many crossover fans that haven’t watched in awhile or don’t buy shows that you’d have the biggest match of our lifetime in Brock vs. Austin.

How good would the match be? I think it could be pretty damned good. I think the styles of both guys would mix real well inside the ring. It is tough to say at Austin’s age and ring rust how crisp he’d be in the ring. The only thing I can go on was his workout on Tough Enough and he looked pretty damned solid during that little workout session with Luke Robinson. Brock is Brock and I think a mix of a wrestling/brawl kind of a match, kept under 20 minutes would be the perfect recipe for these two to knock it out of the park.

There is always the additional backstory here of Austin’s walkout. Austin walked out of the company in 2002 after he was asked to put Brock over on RAW in a King of the Ring qualifier. Austin has said many times since then that walking out over this was one of the biggest career mistakes he ever made. Everyone knows the story so using it as part of the hype for the match only seems like a a natural to me.

But could it really happen? Unlike last year when everyone expected Brock vs. Undertaker at Mania, there is no clearly defined path for him to 31. The Rock is reportedly the working idea but I honestly think you’ll never see a Brock vs. Rock match. There is just too much physical risk to Rock. Cesaro is the other rumored opponent but let’s be honest. With all due respect to my old friend Claudio, I don’t think anyone would expect the WWE to pass on Austin in favor of Brock.

Oh hell yeah!!!

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WWE Extreme Rules 2014 Rumored Card

April 17, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE Extreme Rules 2014 is still a few weeks away but reports of a possible card have leaked out. I think it’s fair to say that if these reports are true, the WWE aren’t as hot on pushing Daniel Bryan as you would have thought coming out of WrestleMania 30.

Dave Meltzer has the latest card in his recent edition of the Wrestling Observer newsletter. Meltzer reports that Bryan is currently slotted to defend the WWE championship against Kane. The match tells me that the WWE aren’t as committed as you would expect on Bryan. Booking Kane vs. Bryan at this point seems like nothing more than a glorified television match. Meltzer does point out that the match could change although this appears to be the working plan.

Now don’t get me wrong. I think there was some big money in this match at some point. The whole idea of these two feuding after Team Hell No was intriguing. But that ship has sailed and Team Hell No is barely even mentioned on WWE TV. The obvious match to me was Randy Orton vs. Bryan since Orton never got pinned. This is just another case of the new champion booked weaker than the main-event.

The headliner according to the report should be of no surprise to anyone. Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista will revive Evolution as they take on Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins. I think it’s a great idea and a nice boost for The Shield. I just don’t know if anyone is willing to pay $59 to see it. It would appear that this is all going to lead to a Triple H vs. Reigns match at SummerSlam.

One thing is clear from these top matches and that is that the WWE does not care about buys anymore on these shows. The shows are now called “special events” with more emphasis put on getting the network to see them than buying the one-off. This was something I predicted months ago when the idea came up of pay-per-views airing on the network for free. At that point I assumed the strategy would be to use the special events to build to RAW which is where I still think we are heading.

John Cena will also rematch with Bray Wyatt in a steel cage match. This one is just bizarre. Cena cut a promo on Wyatt about a much different match than I watched at WrestleMania 30. Cena challenged Bray saying that a cage would keep his family out and he’d have to fight Cena one-on-one. The problem is that Cena already beat Wyatt at Mania, countering Wyatt’s interference. So why would Cena challenge him to a match when he just beat him? It was incredibly bizarre to say the least.

Big E. will defend the intercontinental championship against Cesaro. Meltzer is reporting that Cesaro will win the tournament for the match. That is an interesting match in that you would expect Cesaro to go over, yet in 2014 having the intercontinental title is more of a demotion. So what do you do here? Does Cesaro go over and get stuck with the I-C title or do you have him lose at a time when he is supposed to be built for the future?

There are your big matches for Extreme Rules. It doesn’t look pretty on paper but you never know. This one could surprise you, especially with the right stipulations added to the matches.

Hey, at least you won’t be paying $59 to watch it.

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Let CM Punk Fade Away, He’s Not Required

April 17, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The contrast between the infamous 2014 Royal Rumble and present WWE programming is a stark one. On the one hand, watching a DVD of this year’s Rumble is akin to viewing the videotape in The Ring; you could actually be found dead within a week via its horrors.

On the other hand, the negative reception, the threats of show-hijacking, and the need to cater to fans on the fence about dropping $10 a month on the greatest on-demand service ever devised had an effect. WWE would do a 180 from their WrestleMania plans, and retailor it to fit the stimulus response to seeing Boo-tista standing tall.

Where do the changes leave us? Daniel Bryan is the WWE Champion. The Shield transitioned successfully into babyfaces with their soldier-of-fortune hellraiser act in tact. Cesaro has become a villain of escalating stock, thanks to a high-profile WrestleMania win, and a new-found alliance the company’s most watchable baddie, Paul Heyman. The Wyatt Family have yet to see their standing drop, as godfather Bray continues his psych war with John Cena.

Everyone considered a detriment to WWE’s youth movement, namely Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton, has been quarantined into the Evolution group once more, where they can draw heat together, and put over the new class together. NXT just churned out the sultry anti-Diva Paige, and has the dementedly-affable Adam Rose on his way. Focus is currently being put on the Intercontinental Title, via a tournament of recognizable names for top contendership.

All seems to be going well, and all manner of things are–

Wait, hang on; the populace has a message for all of us. Let’s take a listen–


If you watched Raw on Monday, you heard a sizable chant for the long-since-departed Punk during Dolph Ziggler and Bad News Barrett’s quarterfinal-round matchup in the third hour. Although a spirited effort from both men led to the Birmingham fans buying into the near falls by the end, the fact remains: Punk chants still rang out, as they have for ten weeks.

Maybe it’s just me, but as a Punk fan, I was quite alright with Punk taking a walk. This isn’t because I hate WWE, because I don’t (in spite of my reasonable critiques). I just feel that no star is particularly capable of hurting the company by leaving.

If anything, I think Punk leaving was a massive wake-up call. Because now, the media company who lives and dies by how they’re able to portray themselves to sponsors, stockholders, and the media machine that spoon-feeds the lowest common denominator, had to answer to the fact that one of their most heavily-marketed stars hit his ejector seat button.

To me, the proliferation of ‘CM Punk’ chants in the coming weeks were less a demand that WWE bring back their hero, and more an indictment of a conglomerate that needed to take its blinders off and turn its head the full 360. The chants didn’t stop, despite the company downplaying it like a congressman would a fund-raising scandal, and when the threat of the March 3 Chicago hijacking came to be, WWE soon configured their product to match fan demands.

Well, sans having Punk in the fold, anyway.

The changes to me are quite satisfying, and it led to probably the best WrestleMania since the well-received WrestleMania 23 seven years ago. No matter how you feel about Brock Lesnar thwarting Undertaker’s streak (and I’m alright with it), it was a stellar WrestleMania, almost top to bottom.

But yet, there were the Punk chants, finding their cone to be heard of out of. In spite of the positive alterations listed, there’s still a segment of the audience spoiled enough to not be satisfied until Phil Brooks peels himself away from the comic books and Walking Dead DVDs, as well as his Chicago Blackhawks run toward a Stanley Cup title defense, shows up on Raw, and does something. Or other. Or something AND other, who knows?

Far be it from this longtime Punk supporter to say it, but it’s true: the WWE does not need CM Punk at this time.

Go back to the Attitude Era, and of course many of you would like to, since that was the holy grail of everything (or maybe it was just a time in your life where you had less responsibility, and thus it acts as a metaphorical security blanket). Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, two of the top ten WWE stars of the WrestleMania era, were gone before the company turned the tide against WCW. Hart left after Montreal; Michaels was finished after dropping the belt at WrestleMania.

And yet here’s WWE, destroying Nitro on an increasing basis behind three men that never held a World Championship until 1998: Austin, The Rock, and Mick Foley. Where were Bret and Shawn? Bret was toiling through murky WCW plot points, while Michaels was icing his back with a fishing pole in hand.

It’s the presentation, less so the names, that make a wrestling promotion fun. Would Daniel Bryan’s WrestleMania title win have been as sweet had he not faced Randy Orton and Batista? The fact that he went over on two performers commonly identified as honorary ‘fortunate sons’ of the McMahon Empire, downing Batista by submission, made Bryan’s victory much, much more enjoyable.

Yes, I’d rather watch a Punk match from a ‘purist’ standpoint than I would a Batista match, but if the primary option is “Batista tries to beat Bryan, but the undersized hero kicks his head in for 20 minutes”, sign me up.

There can come great things with the current WWE direction, and WrestleMania weekend is proof positive of that. For as much as WWE takes heat for living in the past, here they are moving forward; nobody over the age of 40 won at WrestleMania for the first time in fourteen years. Meanwhile, it’s the fans, the so-called forward thinkers, clinging to a man who apparently does not want to be there.

If Punk comes back one day, great. No sense in forcing it, though. WWE’s got a good balance going, with no need to rethink the current direction one bit.

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WWE Survivor Series 1999 Recap: A Minnesota Review

April 17, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Sunday, November 14th, 1999 – Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, Michigan – The thirteenth annual World Wrestling Federation Survivor Series pay-per-view was sponsored by Rent-A-Center and Rent-A-Center is responsible, even in name alone, on producing one of my favorite Survivor Series! Why? Big Show single handed eliminates the Big Bossman’s Survivor Series team, Kurt Angle debuts on this show, Chris Jericho and Chyna grapple for the coveted Intercontinental Championship, and the Big Show would fill in for the injured Stone Cold Steve Austin and win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship from Triple H and the Rock in the main event.

Besides all of that, this is one of the last Survivor Series pay-per-views that are dominated by the traditional Survivor Series matches. The concept of the event was four-man (or five-man) teams squaring off with one another, trying to eliminate the opposing team before his/her team gets eliminated. The concept is great, the mix-and-match teams were awesome and we saw a lot of different pairings face off that we never gave a second thought on wanting to see (or even seeing, ever).

My favorite year in World Wrestling Federation pay-per-views has to be 1999, followed closely by the following two years, because that time was when the WWF was dominating WCW in the ratings and the peak of popularity of professional wrestling in North America. Seeing Steve Austin, the Rock, Triple H, Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, and Chris Jericho all rise as mega-superstars always intrigues me. And seeing the rise of Kurt Angle from the end of 1999 and the whole year of 2000 still blows my mind. That’s why I am sitting down and reviewing the thirteenth edition of the Survivor Series event. Let’s get into the show!

The show opens with a video package, hyping up the main event World Wrestling Federation Championship match, champion Triple H and his challengers Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Rock. The Rock and Steve Austin can’t trust Vince McMahon, who has screwed both guys in recent past (and yes, Vine Mac is a babyface at this time) and is feuding with Triple H. The main event should be rather interesting.

After the video package, we are welcomed by a lot of pyro and cheering fans, which always is a good sign. Jim Ross and Jerry “the King” Lawler is our English announcers, and they are always a loved audio in my ears, they bring me back to my childhood.

The Godfather, D’Lo Brown, and the Headbangers (Mosh and Thrasher) versus the Dudley Boys (D-Von and Bubba Ray) and the Acolytes (Bradshaw and Faarooq)

Our opening match is a classic Survivor Series elimination match and the fans, and the King, pop when Godfather’s theme starts after the pyro. With the interest of the fans and Lawler in the first guy on the pay-per-view, I’m looking forward for the whole show, once again!

When D’Lo came out, he came out in a red-version of the Godfather’s attire (who was wearing white on this night), and JR and Lawler both popped, saying Brown was in his pimp attire. The Godfather’s theme kept playing when the Headbangers came out, because they also came out in Godfather pimp attire, and Lawler enjoys seeing what they are wearing. Calm down King.

When the Dudley Boys came out, the fans disliked them, which is cool, since I feel like the Dudleys are better as bad guys. While on their way to the ring, Jim Ross surprised me and dropped the knowledge that came from Extreme Championship Wrestling.

I cannot remember the theme that the Acolytes theme that they came out to. With JR and Lawler, sounds like this was the transition of the Ministry days of the Acolytes and the bar-drinking and bar-room brawling days of the APA. What a sad transition for the APA but a good team for them to tag up with.

Bubba Ray and Mosh start off the match and one of the things that popped me was when the afro wig was pulled off of Mosh’s head. Those two started the match and the event with a good brawl.

When Thrasher and D-Von were tagged in, Lawler kept on talking about Thrasher’s wig and asked about the chin-strap on the wig. If I wrestled and wore a wig, I would wear a chin strap too, to keep it on.

Bradshaw eliminated Thrasher with the awesome Clothesline from Hell. I am saddened that the crowd didn’t give that finish any kind of reaction. Later in 2004, JBL would become my favorite wrestler and his clothesline would become one of my favorite finishers, ever.

Thrasher was eliminated after a blind tag, when Bubba tagged himself in from D-Von and nailed Thrasher with the world famous 3D. Yes, the crowd did pop for their finish, to me, that shows the 3D was over with the crowd and is always over with me.

Bradshaw disqualified himself when he laid out D-Lo and his own partner Bubba with a steel chair. Planting seeds of the bar-room brawlers, great bookings WWE!

D-Von and Faarooq got themselves counted-out when they brawled to the back, not letting one another cover the knocked-out D’Lo Brown, which caused Bubba Ray as the sole survivor on his team. I hope Bubba stutters his way to victory.

D’Lo Brown and the Godfather become the sole survivors when Brown connects his frog splash on Bubba Ray Dudley. Sorry Bubba, good try there buddy.

Winners: D’Lo Brown and the Godfather

Rating: * ¾* – A definitely a good opener and a great match to get the crowd excited for the rest of the card. I enjoyed the booking of it, planting the seeds of the Acolytes turning to faces, and D’Lo becoming a pimp, like the Godfather.

We are welcomed to a video package of Kurt Angle, the 1996 Gold Medalist. Kurt talked about all the things he accomplished in his amateur days and why he believes why he would be a great professional wrestler. I am excited to see his first WWF match.

Shawn Stasiak versus Kurt Angle

Shawn Stasiak’s dad is Stan Stasiak, who was the WWWF Champion and had the finisher the Heart Punch. Great way on putting over Shawn, after the poor gimmick of Meat. Anyways, let’s talk about Kurt Angle now. I am tired of discussing Stasiak. WWE put him over better than me.

Jim Ross put over Angle’s attire, being red, white, and blue. When Angle came out, no reaction! What? Come on fans, within a few weeks, you guys would love to hate Kurt!

The announcers stopped talking, in my eyes, to acknowledge the fans chant of “boring.” Fans, you suck, because you will appreciate Angle here within a few months and all these years later. Shortly after the “boring” chant, the fans decided to chant “Let’s Go Red Wings!”

After that, Lawler put over Angle, saying that Kurt isn’t used to the “Sports Entertainment” style of wrestling and is used to the amateur style of wrestling. Thank you Jerry for defending Kurt Angle for the fans at home, telling us why Angle’s wrestling the way his is and why the fans in the arena isn’t on the band wagon of our Olympic Hero.

Kurt rolled out of the ring to grab a mic and told the fans not to boo an Olympic Gold Medalist and they should respect him. Great way to start building the heat on him, showing us that he’s one hell of a grappler and telling the fans they should respect him. Lawler tells us that the fans in the Joe Louis Arena are a bunch of dummies because they aren’t respecting Angle and cheering him.

The finish came when Angle hit the Angle Slam on Stasiak, after Shawn misses the top cross body. The fans started to boo him and JR and the King mentioned that, with Lawler getting after the fans for booing Angle.

Winner: Kurt Angle and the USA Olympic team

Rating: ** – A lot better match than I remembered. Stasiak mat wrestled with Angle was pretty good and helped put Angle over in the end. The fans chanting “boring,” Angle grabbing a mic and scolding them made me appreciate Angle even more around this time, and Lawler putting him over made this match better than expected.

We see a video package from Sunday Night Heat, where Triple H called Steve Austin and the Rock out to the ring and DX came out to try to ambush the champs two challengers and that didn’t work. Come on Triple H, you’re the Game! You better go back and perfect your game because in 1999, your game sucks!

Val Venis, Mark Henry, Gangrel, and Steve Blackman versus the British Bulldog [WWF European Champion] and the Mean Street Posse (Rodney, Pete Gas, and Joey Abs)

What an odd teaming with both teams in this match and JR and Lawler discuss that, at least did during the entrances between Venis, Henry, Gangrel, and Blackman. I agree with Ross on those four men have nothing in common…which makes me appreciate matches like this! These guys have nothing in common have to team up to face their opponents! I never thought I would see these guys match up against one another, that’s why I love the traditional Survivor Series matches.

The European Champion and the former porn star started out the match and Jim Ross mentioned the 1997 Survivor Series, how the Survivor Series may be a touchy subject for the Bulldog, because his brother-in-law Bret Hart got “screwed out of the WWF title, in the eyes of some,” said Ross. Another surprise in my eyes, I can’t believe Vince let his announcers mention ECW and Bret Hart in the first 40 minutes of the show!

Pete Gas was the first one to be eliminated, when Steve Blackman beat him up and pinned him. Both the fans and I weren’t too interested on the elimination, and I’m sorry I wasn’t too interested on it. I should be since I’m reviewing it, huh?

Rodney got eliminated by an awesome Impaler DDT by Gangrel. Ross and Lawler put it over, as well did the replay screen that we saw. I always enjoyed seeing guys use the DDT as their finisher, and after seeing Gangrel use his version of it, I miss the Impaler DDT.

Joey Abs got put over by JR, saying he’s the first guy to wear a green sweater vest at the Survivor Series, and with that, Joey Abs got squashed because Mark Henry didn’t let him get any offense, or defense in for that matter, and eliminated him with a Big Splash. Wow! I’m surprised the sweater vest didn’t squeeze out any greet matter from Abs.

Gangrel was arguing with the ref when the Bulldog ran over and superplexed Gangrel and eliminated him right away. At least the Bulldog’s team eliminated at least one person from the opposing team. Go Bulldog!

The ref distracted Blackman when they argued with each other, giving the Bulldog the advantage and letting the Bulldog hit the Fisherman’s Suplex for the elimination. Bulldog, by himself, eliminated half of his opposing team. A decent way on putting over your WWF European Champion.

The Bulldog got eliminated when Mark Henry hit him with the Big Splash and Val Venis nailed his Money Shot and covered him for the final elimination.

Winners: Val Venis and Mark Henry

Rating: ½* – The fans and I didn’t care for the match and the most interesting thing for me was the banter back-and-forth between Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler. Maybe, just maybe, the only thing interesting in the match was their arguing.

Michael Cole is backstage and walked in on the women’s locker room. The women flirt with Michael Cole and I’m sure that’s the most interaction that Cole got in his whole WWF career. Go Michael Cole, you lucky gun!

One-Fall, Sudden Death match: Mae Young, the Fabulous Moolah, Tori, and Debra versus Ivory [WWF Women’s Champion], Luna, Jacqueline, and Terri Runnels

Ross and Lawler joke around about Mae Young and Fabulous Moolah’s age, saying that Young is the King’s Queen and Lawler should date Moolah. Come on Lawler, you should of date them when you had the chance! When Tori and Debra came out, the fans and Lawler got excited, more so for Debra, because of her puppies! I miss the non-PG Jerry “the King” Lawler.

When Terri Runnels’ theme song hit, just like Debra’s, the fans popped for her, since Terri and Debra both are beautiful young ladies!

Both Lawler and Ross made a lot of old jokes, which made me lose interest in the match. To my surprise (because the match was less than two minutes long), Moolah got the victory on Ivory.

Winners: the Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Tori, and Debra

Rating: ¼* – the announcers told us that this match won’t be a Survivor Series classic, and it wasn’t. The only reason why this match got a 1/4th star is because Terri got her shirt ripped off and the match was short.

We were sent backstage right away with Lilian Garcia and X-Pac. Lilian asked X-Pac if he’s concerned with Kane, his opponent, later on in the night. X-Pac said that he has nothing to prove against Kane, saying that he carried Kane in their tag team, and showed that he was better than Kane then.

X-Pac versus Kane

An interesting match, to say the less. Both guys were tag team partners and now enemies because one turned on the other. I did enjoy their tag team when they teamed up, and am saddened that their teaming didn’t last longer. I enjoy a big man and a small man team.

The match started when X-Pac jumped Kane from behind when Kane set off his pyro from the corners of the ring. The jumping didn’t have any effect because Kane wasn’t knocked off of his feet.

The first, maybe sixty-to-ninety seconds of the match the fans were into the match because it was quick paced because both guys didn’t let one another catch their breath. After that, the fans lost interest in the match. After the low-point, the fans started to get into the match right before X-Pac was about to hit the Bronco Buster. The Road Dogg came out and pulled Kane off of X-Pac, not letting him score the victory.

Right before X-Pac was gonna get Tombstone Piledriven, Triple H ran out with the WWF title and nailed Kane in the face for the disqualification. Road Dogg and Triple H set Kane up for the Bronco Buster and Tori (Kane’s storyline girlfriend) ran down and put her hand on X-Pac’s shoulder and he nailed her with a spinning kick and the three members of D-Generation X booked it, because Kane jumped up and chased them down.

Winner: Kane

Rating: ½* – Wasn’t much of a match, maybe five minutes long. Would have been better if the guys didn’t lose the fans and my interest mid-way through the match. I enjoyed the finish and enjoyed the brawl after the bell. Good way on continuing the storyline between Kane and X-Pac.

We went backstage with Michael Cole and the Rock. Cole asked the Rock about Vince McMahon being the special guest ref and before the Rock had a chance to answer; Triple H came up and punched the Rock. A bunch of referee’s and officials had to separate the two. Jerry Lawler believes the WWF Champion is trying to get inside the head of his two challengers.

Prince Albert, Mideon, Viscera, and the Big Boss Man [WWF Hardcore Champion] versus the Big Show

This unusual Survivor Series elimination match, the heel team only has to score one fall to win the match, and the babyface team has no team mates to help him against his opponents. The WWF Officials gave him three partners, against his choice, and on Sunday Night Heat, the Big Show beat up his partners because he wanted to go out on his own.

The reason why the Big Show didn’t choose any partners because he was feuding with the Bossman, because the Big Show’s dad died (storyline wise, I assume. At least they made it into a believable storyline) and the Bossman ruined the funeral of the Big Show’s dad.

The Big Show took no time on kicking everyone’s back side on his opponents team, running into the ring and chokeslamming Albert, Mideon, and Viscera and pinning them right away. Definitely an awesome sight seeing the Big Show bodyslamming and chokeslamming Big Vis. The Bossman teased running in and facing the Big Show, than decided to talk off and got himself counted-out.

Winner: the Big Show and the fans

Rating: ** – This match was what it ought to be, the Big Show demolishing the Bossman’s three partners in less than a minute with a chokeslam a partner, eliminating them, and having the Bossman taunting the Big Show and getting himself counted out. With what’s to come later in the night, I feel a great showing of the Big Show.

Kevin Kelly is backstage with Steve Austin and before Kelly was able to finish his question, Triple H attacked Austin and Austin started to chase Triple H backstage. Road Dogg and X-Pac were seen running around too. Next thing we see is Austin yelling for Triple H and a car’s headlights were pointing at Austin, and started to move towards Stone Cold, and yes, we saw a hit-and-run on pay-per-view. The original buyers paid to see Stone Cold get hit by a car.

Vince McMahon and Jim Ross hurried up and ran out to check on Stone Cold. Shane, Stephanie, and Test all came out and gave Stone Cold encouragement, making sure he would be okay. Vince yelled at the security, asking him if he knew who was driving the car. I would be pissed if that happened to one of my main eventers. Triple H came over and Vince started to yell at him, calling him a “son of a *****,” and no, not a five star rating.

I remember hearing a listener ask on the Wrestling Observer podcast within the last month or so ask about this storyline about Stone Cold Steve Austin (at least I believe it was on their podcast, it could also have been on Stone Cold’s podcast. Anyways), the WWE knew that Stone Cold had to get surgery on his neck way before the pay-per-view, yet still advertised for the show, to bait people in on ordering the show to see Stone Cold Steve Austin wrestle in the main event. To write him off television for the time being, for him to get surgery, they came up with this storyline. I would have been pissed off if I paid my hard-earning money back in 1999 for this show if they did this exact storyline on me if I knew Stone Cold was injured before the show and they still advertised him anyway.

After loading Steve Austin in the ambulance, we go back to Jerry Lawler inside the arena, and he explained what happened and tells us at home that Vince McMahon requested his car for his can accompany Stone Cold at the hospital.

WWF Intercontinental Championship match: Chris Jericho versus Chyna [WWF Intercontinental Champion] (with Miss Kitty)

After the countdown and the pyro, the fans popped for Chris Jericho. I did too! I remember reading in Jericho’s second book that during his feud with Chyna, the fans turned him babyface and turned her heel, since they were getting tired of Chyna and her act. I don’t blame the fans. I loved it back in 1999 seeing Chyna as the Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, but it would be hard to believe seeing a woman holding a man’s championship.

The match started out as a brawl, with both competitors hating one another. When Chyna and Miss Kitty entered the ring, Jericho shoved Miss Kitty to the mat, and that caused both Chyna and Y2J to brawl outside. Chyna used the steps to jump at her challenger, and Y2J nailed her and used a cord outside the ring to choke her.

After they both got back into the ring, the fans were vocal on chanting “Jericho!,” proving more on Jericho’s point in his second book, that the fans were tired of Chyna as the WWF Intercontinental Champion.

To my surprise with what happened to Stone Cold before this match, the fans are really into the match, popping for all the big spots in the match and letting the world know that they want Chris Jericho to become the Intercontinental Champion.

Back outside again, Jericho was dominating the match and threw Chyna onto JR and the King, and Ross chewed out Y2J for that, saying that he needs to get the champion back into the ring if he wants to win the title. In my opinion, I feel like the match needed all these smoke-and-mirrors to make this match better than it could be.

One beautiful move that Jericho pulled out was a standing vertical suplex on Chyna. When Jericho posed and put one foot on the champion for a pin attempt, the fans popped for it.

After closelining Chyna over the top rope and onto the floor, Jericho came out and kissed Miss Kitty. She didn’t appreciate it and jumped on Y2J’s back for a distraction, and that worked. Chyna came around and nailed a spear onto Jericho and the fans booed her spear. I giggled at the booing.

They went back in the ring and the challenger hit a powerbomb and the fans cheered Y2J for the possible winning of the mid-card belt, and no, the champ wouldn’t stay down! After the kick-out, both Chyna and Jericho battled back-and-forth and the fans got into it.

Chyna hit a DDT and got a two-count and when the challenger kicked out, the fans were more than happy to see their hero still in the game.

The ref got pushed down and Jericho, playing the heel, grabbed the Intercontinental title and smashed Chyna’s face with it, making sure she remembers what it looks like, and she kicked out!

A few moments later with some moves involved, Chyna hit her finisher, the Pedigree, onto Jericho and Y2J kicked out, with the amazement of JR, the King, and the crowd. Jericho was able to get Chyna into the Walls of Jericho and Miss Kitty tried to encourage Chyna to get to the ropes. She did and the fans pooped on her getting to the ropes and Jim Ross mentioned that on the booth.

With Miss Kitty’s distraction, Chyna hit a low blow on the top rope and a super Pedigree and retained her title after a three count!

Winner: Chyna, retaining her Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship

Rating: *** 1/4* – The crowd definitely made this match better than what it could have been. If the fans were fully behind Chyna, I don’t think this match would have gotten three and a fourth stars. With the fans mainly behind Y2J, behind all the high spots, and all the brawling outside the ring, I feel like this match, so far, has to be the match of the night. I can see how Jericho was under his transitional stage from a heel to a babyface in this match, and how he mentioned in his book, I can see how the fans were getting tired of seeing Chyna grappling against other men and beating them too. A great match and a must-see match, for sure.

We go backstage right away with Stephanie, Test, Shane, and the Stooges, and D-Generation X came in, asking for Vince. Shane got into Triple H’s face and said they had nothing to do with it. Triple H asked if it will be a singles match or still be a triple threat, Shane said he’ll figure something out and kept on yelling at him to leave the office.

The Hollys (Hardcore Holly and Crash Holly) and Too Cool (Grand Master Sexay and Scotty 2 Hotty) versus the Hardy Boys (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) and Edge and Christian

Two of my favorite teams together, tagging up against the Hollys and Too Cool. Those two teams helped made the WWF tag division great in the late-90s and early 2000s. It’s sad that Edge and Jeff Hardy were the only ones out of their respected teams to become main eventers about five years after this pay-per-view.

A beautiful spot was when Grand Master Sexay hit a rolling powerbomb to the outside onto Matt Hardy. Made the fans in the arena pop, and made me pop too watching the show on the WWE Network. After that, of course, there was the typical tag team spot where members of each Survivor Series teams jumped out over the top rope on everyone else outside of the ring.

The first elimination came after a cluster of crap inside the ring, when Hardcore Holly hit the school boy pin on Edge and eliminated him. Less than twenty seconds later, Scotty 2 Hotty jumped off the top rope and hit a DDT onto Matt Hardy and covered him for the pin. So, Jeff Hardy and Christian are the only two members left of the babyface team, after two quick eliminations.

Scotty 2 Hotty hit the worm onto Jeff Hardy and the fans didn’t care at all. Only did they know that move, the worm, would become one of their favorite moves within the next few months! Only if they knew it then!

After another cluster of crap, Jeff Hardy hit the 450 splash onto Scotty 2 Hotty and eliminated him, bringing the heels down to three members. An awesome spot, I have to say the less.

Jeff Hardy got eliminated by Grand Master Sexay with the Tennessee Jam and in about ten seconds later, Christian hit the reverse DDT and eliminated Grand Master, making it Christian versus the Holly cousins.

Christian put up a great fight when it was a handicap match for a few minutes and hit his Impaler finisher onto Crash and eliminated him. About thirty seconds later, Christian tried to roll up Hardcore Holly with the victory roll but Hardcore countered it and scored the victory.

Winner: Hardcore Holly

Rating: 3/4* – Was fast paced and pretty good at the start of the match, but once the first few eliminations came, the fans didn’t care much about the match, and neither did I. All eight men worked hard for their paycheck, but this match didn’t do anything for me. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler bantered back-and-forth, as usual, and had to be the main constant in the match.

Shane and Stephanie McMahon, with Test, and Shane tells us that Stone Cold Is unable to make it back for the match because of all the injuries, Steve Austin wouldn’t be able to compete in the triple threat match for the WWE title in the main event. Shane McMahon didn’t say who would take his spot though. That’s one big hole to fill with Stone Cold out.

WWF Tag Team Championship: the New Age Outlaws [WWF Tag Team Champions] (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg) versus Al Snow and Mankind

I saw a sign in the crowd that made me laugh that involves this match, I saw someone holding a sign that read “Head ‘n’ Sock Connection,” playing off the Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection. That made me laugh to myself and put a smile on my face.

Mankind and Billy Gunn start out the match. Before the match started, Mankind grabbed the microphone and said that Stone Cold was one tough son-of-a-dude and Al Snow and he have the New Age Outlaw’s backsides on their minds.

Mankind’s book, Have a Nice Day, was getting put over as #2 on the New York Times best sellers list and Jim Ross mentioned that he’s sure the book will move up the list to #1 in about a week. I’m unsure of how soon Mick Foley’s book became #1, but the book did hit the top of the best sellers list.

Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler also mentions that Al Snow’s action figure got pulled from Wal-Mart shelves that week and that made it into the news and got into the newspapers. If I remember correctly, someone or some group made it a big deal about the toy Head, thinking that it represented Al Snow as a murder, and of course, they didn’t watch the product and didn’t give a rats backside about it.

I wasn’t into the match, but the ending saw Mankind being nailed with the Spike Piledriver.

Winners: The New Age Outlaws, still the WWF Tag Team Champions.

Rating: * – Neither the fans or I were into the match. It wasn’t none of the four guys’ fault, just put in the buffer spot before the main event and everybody wondering who would fill in for Steve Austin in the title match.

Jim Ross tells us the Mr. McMahon is at the hospital with Steve Austin and Jerry Lawler and JR tells us, because of that, Vince can’t be the special guest referee and they don’t know who could be the mystery person filling in for Stone Cold in the main event for the WWF Champion. The King said that it was a blonde person driving the car.

World Wrestling Federation Championship Triple Threat match: the Rock versus Triple H [WWF Champion] versus the Big Show

Jim Ross says that the Rock is the People’s Champion and could he walk out, like he did at Survivor Series last year, as WWF Champion, once again. I wouldn’t mind seeing that then, and I wouldn’t mind seeing that now.

Jerry Lawler complains when Triple H came out to the ring, saying that it took Triple H many of years with hard work to become the WWF Champion and because Steve Austin got ran over, this new person didn’t have to work as hard to get a chance to win the title.

When the Big Show’s theme song hit, the Rock and Triple H’s face put over the Big Show as a legit threat. Triple H almost freaked out and the Rock seemed to poop his tights.

Once the Big Show entered the ring, the Rock and Triple H tried to team up to take on the Big Show, and to their unsuccess, the Big Show had the upper hand when it was just one-on-one with one of his opponents.

One thing I appreciated about the WWF Championship matches back during this time was, no matter if it’s a one-on-one match, or anything else, it’s always a no-disqualification match. I say that because all three men battled outside for a few minutes and weren’t counted out, giving them more room to work around the ring.

The fans are into the match. The Rock threw the champion out of the ring and got the Big Show on the mat and on his back, so the Rock hit the People’s Elbow, and if it wasn’t for Triple H, the Rock would have won the WWF title. Because of the interruption, all three took turns on beating one another.

After throwing Triple H outside the ring, the Big Show followed him to the stage and brawled with him up next to the fans. The Rock followed and took out the Big Show, giving him the opportunity to beat on the WWF champ. Rocky punched the champ and he took a fall through a table, next to the stage. Made me smile seeing the cups and such fall all over Triple H.

The three competitors brought it back to by the announce teams and along with what I said about the no disqualification rule, the Rock hit the Big Show in the head with the ring bell! The Rock and Triple H double-suplex the Big Show through the Spanish Announcer’s table! The crowd, along with Ross and Lawler, popped for that spot! With his Survivor Series match earlier in the night and in the main event, the Big Show looked awesome during Survivor Series 1999!

After driving the Big Show through the Spanish Announcer’s table, the Rock and Triple H exchanged punches throughout the fans and after a minute or so of doing that, the Rock brought Triple H back into the ring and had the upper hand.

When the Rock was gonna send Triple H across the ring, the champ countered and the Rock laid out the referee. Moments later, the Rock hit the Rock Bottom and had no referee to count, so Shane McMahon ran out and counted the two count. The Rock argued with Shane about it and hit another Rock Bottom but the Big Show pulled Shane out of the ring.

The Rock followed Shane outside the ring and the Big Show took advantage of his fellow challenger and laid the smackdown on the Rock. After that, the Show went back into the ring and laid more of a beating onto Triple H.

Both the Rock and the Big Show were battling outside when Triple H grabbed the WWF belt and Shane tried to stop him, then Triple H hit him with the Pedigree. Both Rock and the Show rolled back into the ring and the Big Show had the upper hand and laid both of his opponents out. When the Big Show was hitting the big leg drop onto the champion, D-Generation X ran out to interfere.

Billy Gunn attacked the Big Show and X-Pac and the Road Dogg went after the Rock. Vince McMahon came out with his walk and grabbed the belt and laid Triple H with the belt. The Big Show picked up the champion and chokeslammed him into the mat, covered him, and Mr. McMahon counted the pin, and the Big Show became the WWF Champion! Long live the Giant!

Winner: the Big Show, the new WWF Champion!

Rating: *** ¼*- Due to Shane McMahon running out as the referee when the original referee got knocked out, with D-Generation X interference, and Vince McMahon coming back and screwing Triple H out of the WWF Championship, this match had to get bumped up to three and a fourth stars. Wasn’t the most technical of a match, but was a brawl for almost twenty minutes. The Rock and Triple H helped put the Big Show over from when his theme song hit to when he became the champ with the chokeslam, I have to say this was one of the Big Show’s better matches. With the squash match against the Big Bossman’s team earlier in the night, Survivor Series 1999 had to be the night of the Giant!

Overall, I have to give this show a ** and ¾* rating. The Intercontinental Championship match and the WWF Championship matches are worth seeking out. Both matches are good-to-great in their own ways, and the rest of the card is passable, at best. But if you want to see how Stone Cold Steve Austin got written out of WWF television for almost a year and see how they tied that into the whole pay-per-view, this show is defiantly worthwhile seeking out.

I feel like the WWF Creative team defiantly put the Big Show over during the pay-per-view event. I’m unsure if the Big Show or the Creative team knew that he would replace Steve Austin in the main event before his Survivor Series match, but man, he looked red hot during the whole show. If I could add a sub-title for the show, it’d be WWF Survivor Series 1999: the Night of the Giant!

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Daniel Bryan, Wade Barrett and Other WWE Thoughts

April 16, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The WWE may now be faced with the question that many of us knew would be the elephant in the room – “How does the company begin to book Daniel Bryan as the new WWE World Champion?”

There are less than three weeks until Extreme Rules and the company is having to deal with the suddent death of The Ultimate Warrior, which may have pushed back some of the plans for the WWE to promote a big card with Bryan and possibly Brock Lesnar as the centerpiece.

Personally, I am not a fan of Lesnar and Bryan battling for the strap for many reasons, one being that Lesnar’s beating Undertaker at WrestleMania 30 warrants the “Beast” to be anointed as the next great WWE champion, the man who took down the most powerful force in the WWE Universe. The other reason is if Lesnar goes into Extreme Rules without Randy Orton earning a rematch, it proves that Bryan is more of a transitional champion, which would destroy the last 10 months of build for the performer.

At some point, Lesnar should be the company champion with Paul Heyman at his side and Cesaro plotting to unseat his cohort. But a confrontation between Bryan and Lesnar at Extreme Rules does nothing to solidify the importance of the WWE World Title.

Barrett Must Move Forward
Now that Wade Barrett is back in the ring, the WWE must make a move to push the big man toward the top of its food chain. I know we say this over and over again, but Barrett is really a man without a place in this company. His “Bad News Barrett” routine is not a favorite of mine, but he has used the platform to remain partially relevant in the minds of the WWE Universe.

Now that Barrett is in the Intercontinental Title Tournament, it would be a good thing for Barrett to break through and face E. Langston at Extreme Rules. Barrett was a huge success prior to a forearm injury after the 2013 Royal Rumble. He was on the fast track to a title and becoming the biggest heel in the company.

Time may have changed, but Barrett is still a gold mine if the company takes a few steps back and then a few steps forward.

Also, an association with Paul Heyman or a tag team union with Sheamus (should he turn heel) would be the most beneficial to the Brit.

The Kingston Heel Turn
At some point, I hope the WWE can see past his “likability” and finally turn Kofi Kingston heel. The mid card sensation could really be a main event performer if given the chance to show the millions that his look could play well as a more sinister character.

The company must also decide what to do with Ryback, R-Truth, Curtis Axel and Mark Henry. Top shelf wrestlers who have moved down the food chain are still great performers, but they should also be allowed to challenge for a title of some sort.

The United States Title
Dean Ambrose walks around the WWE holding the United States Title as it is a badge of honor, but it means nothing. Ambrose hasn’t defended the belt since the Reagan Administration. If the WWE is bent on making sure The Shield gets over as a face trio, then why not take the idea of a title tournament and apply it to this title? Langston is always on television in a position to wrestle in singles matches and defend his title.

The idea of Ambrose, along with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins becoming a serious threat to Evolution is a great concept, but in the end it is damaging a title reign. Either place the strap on someone else or retire it all together.

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WrestleMania 30 meets Weekend at Bernie’s

April 16, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

It has been just over a week since the streak of the Undertaker officially came to an end, and I am still in a bit of shock. Like many in the WWE Universe I was expecting the Undertaker to continue his ridiculous streak of only wrestling once a year for many years to come. I know that I am in the minority but I was ready to see the streak end once and for all. Let’s face it, the Undertaker should have walked away after he failed to walk out of the arena after his first win against HHH.

I don’t think it was work and if it was it didn’t make any sense. It would have made for a perfect moment. There were no more legends from the Undertakers era left to beat, and he could have retired on top of the mountain. I guess maybe there was a little more money to be made so instead of doing what was best for fans, young talent, and probably the Undertaker’s long term health they did what was best for business which was make more money off a guy who was already dead.

The WWE and the Undertaker (he has some creative pull) decided to show Weekend at Bernie’s instead of an epic match between two superstars. The dead man being thrown around the ring looking very alive at certain points of the night, but really just being held up by a few strings. There were moments where he looked like the Undertaker, just long enough to make you believe what you were seeing was the real thing. However it was a façade because the Undertaker has been dead for a while now. What we saw on Sunday was a memory of time when The Deadman ruled the ring. The worst part about it for me was I think that the WWE wasted an opportunity to end the streak in real epic dramatic fashion. As much I have wanted to see an end to the streak, this ending left me feeling empty and unresolved.

Brock Lesnar is crazy good and pound for pound might be the best wrestler in the company. Brock Lesnar is the prototype of what the WWE wants. There is no other wrestler like him, he is the Lebron James of the WWE. Sure there are other behemoths like Batista and Big E, but they are still second to Lesnar. So in some ways it is not that farfetched that Lesnar could defeat the streak. You might be asking yourself, “If Brock is so good, what is the problem?” Well from my vantage point I see couple.

  1. Brock Lesnar is a part time wrestler who doesn’t deserve to have “defeat the streak” on his resume. The streak represents the Undertakers longevity of dominance and it should be broken by a guy that fans believe can match that longevity of dominance. It shouldn’t just be who the best is right now, but who one of the best is of all time. I am not saying that Cena is the perfect match but he has the longevity and the battle scars to be able to go to the limit with Taker. It is a believable story and even though fans would be upset, Cena is the type of superstar that deserves to have that on his resume. Cena is there every week, even though he is the top dog. He even comes to Smackdown. Brock Lesnar beat the Undertaker, bragged about it on RAW and then walked out of wrestling for a while. As a fan, why would I want that guy to be the man who broke the streak?
  2. It was really poor story telling all the way up to the match which happened to be extremely predictable except for the Undertaker losing. There are a lot of other superstars that Brock could have challenged at WrestleMania that would have made more sense and made for better matches. Big E or Batista might have made for compelling TV, in a match that is defined by incredible strength. Mr. WrestleMania vs The Streak was a great story and it made totally sense from start to finish and when it ended there was closure. There was a reason for that match, just like there was a reason for a match with HHH and even a reason for a match with CM Punk. There was no reason for a match with Brock Lesnar, but the WWE forced it anyway because it was WrestleMania XXX and the Rock wasn’t competing.

I guess to wrap it all up I am just really confused still in complete shock. Brock didn’t beat the Undertaker. He beat an old guy who looked a lot like the Undertaker and then he grabbed his bag and left. I know that the company likes to throw the fans for a loop and maybe that is what happened here. I just think they got it wrong and tried to for something that wasn’t there. I bet the WWE can still hear the sound of defining silence from the crowd after that match and I think that are going to hear it for a while.

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