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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Well, Vince McMahon won back control of the WWE, Undertaker retained
the WWE title and Billy Gunn won the King of the Ring in what was a
real step down compared to the 1998 event, which, to be fair, was one
of the best handful of WWE PPVs of the late 90s. But possibly the most
significant event of the night came in a throwaway midcard tag match
that pitted the Hardy Boyz against Edge and Christian (then still part
of the brood in Undertaker's Corporate ministry): the first PPV match
between the two teams.
Well, things had taken a slightly ludicrous turn in the build up to the Over the Edge PPV, which had seen the Undertaker kidnap Stephanie McMahon in order to sacrifice her to The Higher Power. Vince enlists the help of Stone Cold, only to be revealed as being the aforementioned Higher Power, in what could only be described as a Vince Russo special. The Undertaker had defeated Austin to win the title at the PPV, In the aftermath, Linda McMahon had made Steve Austin the CEO of the WWE. Here he would put that title on the line in a handicap ladder match against Vince and Shane McMahon, while the Undertaker would defend the WWE title he had won from Austin against former Corporate Champion turned fan favourite The Rock.
The King of the Ring tournament featured a fairly weak field and unsurprisingly a disappointing champion. the quarter final matches, in order, panned out like this: X-Pac defeated Hardcore Holly by DQ after Holly hit Syxx with a chair in a short, fairly poor, match. Kane defeated Paul Wight in a laborious match after clocking the Big Show with a chair while the ref was out. (That's two chair shot finishes to start off the night, and they weren't done with the screwy finishes yet). More BS from the ref in the next match as Ken Shamrock is deemed not fit to continue in his match with Billy Gunn by referee Teddy Long. Shamrock actually sells his internal injuries pretty well and this is not a bad finish or angle in and of itself, but just added to the nonsense we'd seen in the other two finishes. Next match saw former DX members Chyna and Road Dogg facing off, with the Roadie taking the win following an ill advised low blow by Chyna (Roadie was wearing a metal cup). That's four matches without a straight finish to start the show.
Next came the afore mentioned first time on PPV tag team match between the Hardyz and Edge and Christian, and after Edge spears Jeff Hardy off the top rope, he is knocked down accidentally by fellow Brood member Gangrel allowing Hardy to get the pin. 5 matches without a straight finish.
Next comes the two King of the Ring semi finals. First one has another chair shot finish, this time with Paul Wight coming to ringside to take out Kane and help Billy Gunn to a victory. Wight's WWE career to this point had been a bit troubled. He had started allied with McMahon against Austin, turned his back on the Corporation to widespread apathy after WrestleMania and would soon find himself in a tag team with the Undertaker. the other semi final, our first clean match of the night saw the only two former DX members who still got along, X-Pac and Road Dogg, have an average match, won by X-Pac to set up an epic final between Billy Gunn and X-Pac sure to make the crowd go mild.
Next came the WWE Title match, in which the Undertaker retained his title, defeating The Rock in a decent main event level match. Rock hits the Rock Bottom with the ref out right near the start of the match and is later screwed by Triple H, who interfered from the outside, hitting the pedigree on the Rock, the Undertaker eventually getting the pin following a tombstone.
Next match sees former DX member Billy Gunn defeat fellow former DX member X-Pac to win the 1999 King of the Ring, a tournament result that did not mean as much as some others.
This brings us to the main event where Vince and Shane McMahon defeat Steve Austin in a ladder match to win back the ownership of the WWE. This is a pretty standard McMahon match with Vince taking heaps of damage and taking some amusingly over the top bumps. Eventually Austin and Vince fall off the top of the ladder together, allowing Shane to climb up and get the briefcase. This follows some shenanigans with the rope holding the case which appeared to be lifted up out of Austin's reach when e was on top of the ladder and left a lot lower when Vince was near the top.
So there you have it, 10 matches and only one clean result. With the Undertaker retaining the title, Vince regaining control of the WWE and the one guy no one wanted to win the King of the Ring tournament winning it. Pretty fair to say the Empire Struck Back.
So what now for Austin? Would Billy Gunn's King of the Ring victory catapult him to stardom? Who would stop the evil Undertaker and his corporate ministry? Would the Rock get a match at the next PPV? All these questions would be answered at Fully Loaded.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
King Of The Ring 1999 had its moments, no doubt about that, but Vince
Russo's presence is obviously felt here with the needless over-booking.
The main event was great, but we never really did discover who was
behind the briefcase incident. I also didn't agree with the King Of The
Ring winner, because Billy Gunn was a hack who got by with the help of
others who were more talented.
Quarter Final Match
Hardcore Holly vs. X-Pac. Nothing overly horrible, but it just seemed to fill a time gap and that, while X-Pac was limited at the time. Pac advances due to Holly being an idiot and using a chair.
1 1/2 /5
Terry Taylor is in the back with Holly, and Holly says we play by his rules. Okay then, next.
Quarter Final Match
Big Show Vs Kane. Show gets a nice pop, Kane does too. Crowd seems firmly on Show's side. Not as bad as you may think, but nothing very good either. It's plodding and rather silly, with a silly ending. Kane wins due to a chair-shot.
Vince McMahon informs us that Shane McMahon will not be competing tonight.
Quarter Final Match.
Ken Shamrock Vs Billy Gunn. Shamrock had recently turned face again, and did the whole internal injury gimmick. Better than it should have been, but it's certainly no great shakes. Gunn advances due to Shamrock being unable to compete any longer.
1 1/2 /5
Chyna says she always dreamed of being a princess, but tonight she'll be a queen|A drug addict you mean?|
Quarter Final Match.
Chyna Vs Road Dogg. Horrible match here, with Road Dogg laughably getting his ass kicked most of the match. Over-booking galore here, with Dogg out-smarting Chyna by using a cup for his nuts. Pump Handle slam finishes this one.
The Rock cuts one of his usual funny promo's on The Undertaker.
#1 Contender's match.
The Brood Vs The Hardy Boyz. Very short, but nothing less than awesome for the time it got. Great high-flying spots, and Edge's spear in mid-air was sick!. Hardy's win due to a miscommunication between Gangrel and Edge.
Vince says he will find a suitable replacement.
Semi Final Match.
Kane Vs Billy Gunn. Mediocre like most of this pay per view. They didn't have a good flow and Show turns heel for a short period and screws Kane.
1 1/2 /5
X-Pac and Road Dog cut a promo on how they have to battle, despite they are best friends.
Semi Final Match.
Road Dogg Vs X-Pac. Wouldn't it make more sense for The Dogg to go over here?. Crowd is dead and rightfully so, as this didn't amount to anything. X-Pac hits the X-Factor to advance.
1 1/2 /5
WWF Title Match.
The Rock Vs The Undertaker|C|. BIG pop for The Rock. Quite an exciting brawl actually, I liked the touch of The Rock almost winning it in the 1st few seconds. I always enjoyed the style of brawling at the crowd at this period, and the two had great chemistry. Taker wins due to screw jobs.
King Of The Ring Final.
Billy Gunn Vs X-Pac. Average to say the least, and having Gunn winning personally made me ill, because he doesn't have the talent. Gunn wins much to the dismay of me.
Vince's partner is Steve Blackman, but when it's revealed Shane was fooling us all along, HBK comes out and orders Shane to compete.
Ladder Match for the CEO of the company.
Steve Austin Vs The McMahons
Austin gets a pop you just don't hear now a-days. It's not brilliant, but it's a fun ass-whopping for the Mcmahon's and seeing them get it is always fun. Austin does his usual fun brawling, and had the crowd in the palm of his hands. McMahons take back control of the company, unfortunately it was never revealed who pulled the case up.
Bottom line. I didn't enjoy this show really, aside from a couple of bouts. Russo didn't stay much longer after this, and thank god for that. Not really recommended.
Match 1 - KOTR Quarter Final: Harcore Holly vs Xpac
Match started off with Holly knocking down Xpac a few times then Xpac hip
Xpac with a high cross body from the 2nd turnbuckle for a 2
Holly put Xpac in the ropes and choked him with them.
Xpac did a belly to back suplex on Holly.
Xpac hits the bronco buster on Holly.
Holly hits Xpac with a chair.
The ref rings the bell.
Xpac wins by DQ.
Road Dogg comes down to help Xpac.
Winner: Xpac by DQ
Match 2 - KOTR Quarter Final: Paul Wight vs Kane Match started off with a staredown between the two. Wight backs Kane into the corner and throws him across the ring. Wight misses a splash.Kane gives him a few uppercuts. Wight drops an elbow on Kane for a 2 count. Kane hits a insegury(sp?)kick!! Wight and Kane dropkick each other at the same time. Kane jumps off the top rope with a clothesline on Wight for a 2 count. Kane with a chokehold on Wight. Wight kicks the ref by accident? Kane racks Wight. Holly comes in and tries to hit Wight with a chair.Kane stops Holly and 1 hand chokeslams him. Ref is knocked out and Kane is choking Wight.Wight drops to his knees. Wight gets up and Kane clocks him with a chair. Ref wakes up and Kane goes for the pin. 1.2.3 Winner: Kane
Match 3 - KOTR Quarter Final: Billy Gunn vs Ken Shamrock Ken Shamrock came out to wrestle despite his injuries.He refused to get medical attention. Ref Teddy Long tried to stop him but Gunn attacked and the bell rang. Shamrock goes for the ankle lock early but Gunn gets out. Gunn drags Shamrock to the floor and drops him over the safety rail. Shamrock tried the ankle lock again,this time on the floor and Gunn punches his way out. Back in ring,scoops slam by Gunn.Gunn goes to the top and misses a splash. Shamrock takes Gunn down with a high knee. Gunn with a short powerbomb. The ref rings the bell and says Shamrock cant continue. The match is awarded to Billy Gunn. Shamrock tosses Teddy long out of the ring. Winner: Billy Gunn
Match 4 - KOTR Quarter Final: Road Dogg vs Chyna Match begins with a lockup. Chyna pushes road Dogg down. Chyna yanking on Road dogg's arm. Chyna with a forearm shot that knocks Road dogg down. Chyna hits Road Dogg in the head and knocks him down again. Chyna backs Road Dogg in the corner and pounds on him. Chyna slings Road Dogg into the corner twice. Road Dogg sends Chyna into the corner and Chyna flips over the rope to the outside. Road Dogg shot face first into the steel ring post.HHH attacks Road Dogg on the outside while the ref is tending to Chyna. Back in ring and Chyna is all over Road Dogg with punches and chops. Chyna with a ddt on Road Dogg for a 2 count. Chyna bodyslams Road Dogg. Chyna mocks Road Dogg with one of his knee drops to the forehead. Chyna puts Road Dogg in a sleeper hold. Road Dogg fighting back and puts Chyna in a sleeper near the ropes. HHH puts Chyna's leg on the ropes. Chyna made a pin attempt on Road Dogg and got a 2 count.As Road Dogg was kicking out Chyna hit the ref by accident. HHH hits Road Dogg with a chain. HBK comes down to ringside. Road dogg finally decides to start fighting back. Road Dogg drops a knee to her head.HHH jumps up on the apron and HBK pulls him down.HBK throws HHH out of ringside.As Road Dogg was watching,he got racked by Chyna.Chyna hurt her hand racking him.Road Dogg had a protective cup in his pants. Road Dogg puts a pump handle slam on Chyna and gets the pin. Winner: Road Dogg
Match 5 - The Brood vs The Hardy Boys The team that wins this match willbe considered the #1 contender for the tag team titles. Head scissors takeover by Jeff hardy on Edge. Matt Hardy tagged in.Matt with a suplex on Christian. Edge tagged back in and clotheslines Matt out of his shoes. Edge spears Matt and Hayes. Jeff took one awesome spear from Edge,Edge jumped off the top rope spearing him. Gangrel accidently hits Edge. Jeff hits a neckbreaker on Edge for the pin. Winner: The Hardy Boys
Match 6 - KOTR Semifinal: Billy Gunn vs Kane Match begins with right hands by Gunn on Kane. Kane picks Gunn up by the neck and throws him in the corner. Kane short arm clotheslines Gunn. Kane backs Gunn into the corner and pounds on his head. Kane slams Gunn into the steel steps head first. Kane tries to hit Gunn with the steps and Gunn dropkicks the steps and it falls on Kane. Gunn rams Kane into the ring post twice. Back in ring and Gunn chokes Kane in the corner then down to the mat. Gunn attempts the fame asser and Kane powerslams him. Kane dropkicks Gunn off the ring apron! Gunn grabs a chair. Wight comes down to ringside. Wight pushes Gunn away and nails Kane with a chair.Gunn jumps in the ring and goes for the pin. 1.2.3. Winner: Billy Gunn
Match 7 - KOTR Semifinal: Xpac vs Road Dogg Match begins with a lockup.Road Dogg into the ropes and knocks Xpac down. Snapmare by Xpac. Road Dogg with punches on Xpac. Road dogg backs Xpac into the corner and delivers some slaps to the chest. Spinning heel kick by Xpac. Xpac kicks Road Dogg down in the corner. Xpac missed a bronco buster. Road Dogg attempts a pump handle slam.Xpac counters and hits the x-factor. Xpac gets the pin. Road dogg and Xpac hugged after the match. Winner: Xpac
Match 8 - The Rock vs The Undertaker (WWF TITLE MATCH) Match begins with UT attacking Rock then out of no where attacks the ref. Rock bottom on UT but no ref to count.A 2nd ref comes in and makes the count but Bearer pulls him out. UT chokeslams Rock for a 2 count. Rock clotheslines UT. Rock spits in his hand then slaps UT. Both men fighting in the aisle. UT clotheslines Rock on the concrete floor. UT slings Rock into a safety rail. UT suplexes Rock on the concrete. Back in ring and UT stomps on Rock. UT tries to jerk Rock's arm out of the socket. Ut does the tight rope walk but Rock trips him up and UT gets racked by the ropes. Rock knocks UT off the ring apron to the outside. Rock follows to the outside and throws UT into the fans. Rock and UT fighting on the 2nd level. Rock brings UT back to ringside and shoves his head on the announce table. UT used the ring bell to block a chair shot from Rock.Chair bounces back in Rock's face. Bearer gets a cheap shot in on Rock. Rock with right hands on UT. UT delivers a ddt on Rock for a 2 count. UT with a reverse chinlock on Rock. Rock fighting back but gets knocked back down again. Rock with a samoan drop on UT for a 2 count. Both men clothesline each other at the same time. Rock backs UT in the corner and beats him down. Rock counters a tombstone with a ddt for a 2 count. UT slings Rock into the ref by accident. Rock knocks UT down.Rock hits the peoples elbow.No ref to count.UT gets up and racks Rock. Bearer pours something on a cloth and hands it to UT.Rock knocks down UT.Rock takes the rag and shoves it in UT's face. HHH comes in and hits the pedigree on Rock. Both Rock and UT are down. Ref is back up and counting both men.UT gets up for a second then falls back down on Rock for a 2 count. UT tombstones Rock. UT gets the pin. Winner: The Undertaker
Match 9 - KOTR Finals: Xpac vs Billy Gunn Match begins with Gunn attacking Xpac. Gunn slings Xpac into the corner and misses a splash. Xpac dives over the top rope on Gunn. Xpac hits a cross body off the top on Gunn. Gunn with a bulldog on Xpac for a 2 count. Gunn does a military press slam on Xpac. Gunn powerslams Xpac. Gunn hits the fame asser on Xpac for a 2 count.Gunn argues with the ref about it being a slow count. Xpac hits the x-factor for a 2 count. Xpac backs Gunn into the corner and kicks him down. Bronco buster on Gunn. Gunn with a neckbreaker on Xpac for a 2 count. Xpac dropkicks Gunn as Gunn was trying to jump off the topturnbuckle. Gunn hits the fame asser off the 2nd rope on Xpac. Gunn gets the pin. Winner and new KOTR: Billy Gunn
Match 10 - KOTR: Steve Austin vs Vince McMahon and Shane Mcmahon Match begins as Shane and Vince are walking down the aisle to the ladder.Austin runs up behind them and clotheslines them both. Back in ring and Austin stomps Vince down in the corner and hits the Lou Thez press on Shane. Austin puts a elbow in Vince's chest. Austin shoves Shane into the turnbuckle. Shane hides around a corner as Austin was chasing Vince.Shane clotheslines Austin. Austin shoves Shane into the steel steps. Shane has climbed on top of all the ladders that are near the entrance way.Austin follows him up.Shane gets knocked off the ladders. Austin shoves Vince into a ladder twice and then Shane once. Austin picks up a ladder and rams it into Vince's stomach. Austin finds a chain on the floor thats attatched to a ladder.He jerks on it and all of the ladders fall onto Vince and Shane. Austin brings a ladder into the ring. Austin takes the ladder and slides it into Shane.Shane falls over the announce table. Austin sets up a ladder in front of the spanish announce table.Austin climbs the ladder and delivers an elbow on Shane who is on the spanish announce table putting him and Shane both through it. Vince throws a ladder into the ring and sets it up. Vince is going up the ladder.Austin finally gets up and gets in the ring and hits Vince with a low blow.Vince is hanging off the ladder.Austin hits a version of the suplex off the ladder on Vince. Austin hits Shane with the ladder. Austin catapults Shane face first into the ladder. Austin places the ladder on Shane's back and stands on it. Austin stomps Vince down in the corner. Austin climbs the ladder and Vince knocks the ladder down. Vimce tries to lift Shane up to the briefcase.Austin sneaks up behind them and knocks them down. Austin gets on the ladder and reaches for the briefcase.Everytime he tries to reach for it the briefcase raises higher.Someone is messing with the wires. Austin gets mad and leaves the ring.Vince climbs the ladder.The briefcase seems to be lowering to Vince's level.Austin sees it and comes in the ring and climb the ladder and he and Vince fight.Both men get knocked off the ladder.Shane climbs the ladder and gets the briefcase. Winner: Shane and Vince McMahon
Even though the last match was BS on what happened, I give this pay-per view a C+
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