Thursday, August 26th, 1999-Kansas City, Missouri-WWE World Heavyweight Championship was defended when newly crowned champion Triple H took on challenger Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with a special guest referee, the WWE Commissioner Shawn Michaels, on the debut episode of WWE Thursday Night SmackDown. A match that I am grateful that WWE did feature the full length match on their 10th Anniversary SmackDown DVD set.
Two matches that I am disappointed that they didn’t show the full length are the TLC III match with the Dudleys, the Hardys, Edge & Christian, and Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho, or the WWF World Heavyweight title match from the fifth episode where Mr. McMahon defeated Triple H for the title. But that’s a tangent for the first paragraph….
But I do remember watching this match when it was originally aired, and I wanted to watch it again and take notes on it and make a flashback article out of it. It was a typical television main event. It was fast paced, which I liked, and it had Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and the Rock in it, so I was happy to sit down and watch it again.
But Triple H was the second WWE Champion that we saw win the title this week (when this was originally aired). Mankind defeated “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Triple H in a three-way dance at SummerSlam in Minneapolis on Sunday and Triple H defeated Mankind on Raw Monday night in Ames, Iowa. So, technically, in two days (because SmakDown is taped on Tuesday Nights), we had three WWE title matches. Only if that would happen these days. I guess that explains the 4.2 rating that this episode got.
Right out of the box, there was a fist fight, and both men tried their finishers, the Rock Bottom on Triple H and the Pedigree on the Rock, but both men countered out of them. That’s a good way to keep the fans in right away. But the battle soon went outside of the ring when Triple H was tossed out by the Rock outside of the ring.
These two men battled up the ramp, we saw the Oval Tron (which I love!), and Rock suplexed Triple H on the top of the stage. Those two men battled towards the oval tron (YES!). And the Rock hit the Side Russian Leg Sweep onto Triple H. Another move that I saw in the past couple of days that I wish was used more often these days, and this was only ten years ago!
But anyways, those two men battled towards the ring again and HHH sends the Rock into the steel steps. Chyna gave the Rock a low blow and ref Michaels ejected Chyna out of the arena with a pop from the crowd. Woooo!
Another move that I took note, and I have no clue how it happened, but the Rock hit a swinging neck breaker. Yep.
The Rock hit the Rock Bottom and was setting up for the People’s Elbow, went to one rope, came back, went for the second rope, turned around, and got Sweet Chinned Music from the Commissioner!
Triple H got up, hit the Pedigree, and got the three count! Chyna came back down and celebrated with these two men, as well as Shane McMahon, who came down during the match and was “arguing” with HBK every once in a while during the match.
Jim Ross said: “We have a overbearing owner (Shane McMahon), a crooked commissioner (Shawn Michaels), and a some-of-a- (censored) for a WWE Champion (Triple H)!”
Good ole J.R. Get well soon.
But this match I really enjoyed, which made me happy! Thanks WWE for putting this whole match on the DVD, and no thank you for those two other matches I mentioned at the beginning of the article.
But this is Eric Darsie from Minnesota, jamming to Johnny Cash, goodbye!
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Check out the WWE: The Best of Smackdown – 10th Anniversary 1999-2009 DVD.