WWF Title: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Kane vs. The Undertaker, Steel Cage Match: Ken Shamrock vs. The Rock vs. Mankind, D-Generation X vs. Southern Justice, Falls Count Anywhere: Vader vs....
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The twelfth annual WWF Royal Rumble battle royal, with the winner receiving a WWF Title shot at WrestleMania XV, WWF Title (I Quit Match) : Mankind vs. The Rock, WWF Intercontinental Title:... See full summary »
WWF Title (vacant, special referee Steve Austin): Kane vs. The Undertaker, WWF Intercontinental Title: Ken Shamrock vs. Mankind, WWF Tag Team Titles: The New Age Outlaws vs. The Headbangers... See full summary »
Steel Cage Match: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon, Last Man Standing Match for the WWF Title: Mankind vs. The Rock, Intercontinental Title: Ken Shamrock vs. Val Venis (special ... See full summary »
WWF Tag Team Titles: Kane & Mankind vs. Steve Austin & The Undertaker, WWF Intercontinental Title (2 out of 3 falls): The Rock vs. Triple H, Hart Family Dungeon Match: Owen Hart vs. Ken ... See full summary »
WWF Title: Steve Austin vs. Kane, Hell in a Cell: The Undertaker vs. Mankind, The sixth annual King of the Ring tournament featuring Ken Shamrock, The Rock, Jeff Jarrett & Dan Severn, WWF ... See full summary »
Steve Austin, Chainsaw Charlie, Cactus Jack & Owen Hart vs. Triple H, Savio Vega & The New Age Outlaws, WWF Light Heavyweight Title: Taka Michinoku vs. Pantera, NWA North American Title: ... See full summary »
The 11th annual Royal Rumble Battle Royal, with the winner recieving a WWF Title shot at Wrestlemania XIV, WWF Title (casket match) : Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker, WWF Intercontinental... See full summary »
Hell in a Cell(Non-Title):WWF European Champion Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker, WWF Intercontinental Title: Owen Hart vs. Faarooq, WWF Tag Team Titles: The Godwins vs. The Headbangers, ... See full summary »
WWF Title: Steve Austin vs. The Rock, WWF Intercontinental Title: The Godfather vs. Goldust, Boiler Room Brawl: Mankind vs. The Big Show, WWF Hardcore Title: Hardcore Holly vs. Al Snow, The... See full summary »
WWF Title: The Undertaker vs. The Rock, Ladder Match for control of the WWF: Vince & Shane McMahon vs. Steve Austin, The 7th annual King of the Ring tournament featuring Billy Gunn, X-Pac, ... See full summary »
WWF Title: Bret Hart vs. The Patriot, Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker, WWF Tag Team Titles: The Leigon of Doom vs. The Headbangers vs. Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith vs. The Godwinns, Crush ... See full summary »
WWF Championship: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Triple H vs. Mankind, WWF Intercontinental/European Championship: Jeff Jarrett vs. D'Lo Brown, WWF Tag Team Championship: X-Pac & Kane vs. The ... See full summary »
WWF Title: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Kane vs. The Undertaker, Steel Cage Match: Ken Shamrock vs. The Rock vs. Mankind, D-Generation X vs. Southern Justice, Falls Count Anywhere: Vader vs. Bradshaw, Owen Hart vs. Edge, The J.O.B. Squad vs. Too Much, D'Lo Brown vs. Gangrel, Marc Mero vs. Darren Drozdov Written by
Slight drop in standard, but some good with the bad
Austin lost the title to.... no one. The Rock won a No.1 contender's match that was cancelled out by the end of the show, Vader wrestled his final PPV match in the WWE, while Gangrel and Christian made their PPV debuts on a decent show.
The night started off with a match that sounds good on paper: Owen Hart vs Edge. But Edge in 1998 was not the Edge that would be arguably WWE's best worker in later years. They go back and forth for most, but in the end it's a random appearance at ringside by Edge's soon to be tag partner Christian, making his first appearance in the WWE, that distracts Edge and enables Owen to pin him.
Next up saw Al Snow, partnered by Scorpio, continue his rivalry with Brian Christopher and Scott Taylor in a tag match. Snow is eventually able to clobber Taylor with head in a low blow unseen by the ref and get the pin. A bit of revenge for Too Much's astonishingly screwy victory over Snow and head at an earlier PPV.
Our next match disappointingly didn't include Sable as Marc Mero, accompanied by Jacqueline defeated Droz. Poor Droz, featured in the 1999 documentary "Under the Mat" as Puke, would go on to become a quadriplegic after an horrendous in ring accident in a match with D Lo Brown. Here he lost to an out of favour Marc Mero, a sure sign the WWE had no big plans for him.
This was followed by the final chapter (to my knowledge) of Vader's astonishing fall from prominence since headlining Summerslam just two years prior as he lost to future WWE Champion, but current lower mid carder Bradshaw in an uneventful Fall Count Anywhere match following a clothesline from hell.
The next match saw D Lo Brown in action and defeating Gangrel in a poor match. I could never get into Gangrel. D Lo had good nights and bad nights, but needed a decent opponent to have a decent match.
After all of the filler, we now came to the first big match of the night with The Rock, Ken Shamrock and Mankind going at it in a steel cage match to determine the No.1 contendership. The match ends with the Rock pinning Shamrock as Mankind attempts to climb out of the cage. The Rock was still leader of the Nation of Domination at this stage, but the crowd is clearly starting to get behind him. This was also the match that more or less kicked off the Rock vs Mankind feud that would dominate the summer months, make the WWE millions and millions of dollars and pull some of the highest ratings in the so called Monday Night War.
Nest match was another filler one as Dustin Runnels, with his preacher gimmick fought Val Venis, accompanied by Runnels' wife Terri and lost. This was not a particularly good match, but looking back on these, Venis was a better worker than I remember him being. Not to say he was great, or even good, but he knew what he was doing.
Next match saw DX defeat Jeff Jarrett and Southern Comfort in a six man tag match. Nothing really memorable.
This left the main event in which Steve Austin put his WWE Title on the line against his two biggest threats: Kane and the Undertaker. The story here was that Kane and the Undertaker could only win by pinning Austin, while Austin could pin either. Jim Ross called it a "glorified handicap match." After stopping each other from pinning Austin several times, and having Austin nearly beat them as a result, Kane and Undertaker choke slammed Austin and pinned him simultaneously. McMahon came to ringside and grabbed the belt, saying he didn't care who won, Austin had lost and the belt was his. So how to sort out this mess. Guess we'd wait until Judgment Day to find out.
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