A filler show, but a pretty decent one for the most part. The Rock is becoming a star right before our very eyes.
Live from Phoenix, AZ
Ken Shamrock starts the show. Man, they're chanting Rocky sucks and he's not even there yet. Talk about over. Shamrock says he prides himself on discipline, but he's lost his temper lately. He says there will be a new Intercontinental Champion at Wrestlemania. The Rock and The Nation come out. The Rock tells him to know his role and shut his mouth, because the people's champ is ready to talk. The Rock calls Shamrock a Jabroni. I think that's the first time he's used "Jabroni" He says if Shamrock can last two minutes with The Nation, he'll give Shamrock a shot at the Intercontinental Title later tonight. The Rock volunteers D'Lo Brown for Shamrock.
D'Lo Brown Vs Ken Shamrock
Shamrock has D'Lo beat with 7 seconds left, but The Rock nails Shamrock from behind with a chair. Shamrock dares The Rock to hit him as hard as he can and The Rock absolutely drills Shamrock. It's cringe worthy. He goes to hit Shamrock again, but Farooq stops him. The Rock was on FIRE as a heel, Shamrock looked like a bad ass, and Farooq was in the process of turning face. Great stuff all around and awesome storyline development.
* out of 5
Ken Shamrock can barely stand backstage. He's suffered a concussion.
Sable makes her way out. Sable calls Luna a "Little B*** " She challenges Luna to a fight later tonight.
The Phoenix Sun's mascot (Phoenix Gorilla) comes down from the rafters.
Jeff Jarrett (W/Tenesee Lee) Vs Tom Brandi
Jarrett comes out on a couple of horses. Jarrett wins by submission with the Figure Four. No idea why they went back to the Double J gimmick, after Jarrett repeatedly stated that's one of the reasons he left the WWF. Glorified squash.
3/4* out of 5
We get an awesome video package of Shawn Michaels.
Rock & Roll Express & Jim Cornette Vs The Headbangers
This is a handicapped match. This crowd is HOT for EVERYTHING. The Headbangers win. They go to attack Cornette, but Bart Gunn and Bob Holly attack The Headbangers. Jim Cornette announces that Bob Holly and Bart Gunn are the new Midnight Express. Cornette turns on The Rock & Roll Express by ordering The Midnight Express to attack Rock & Roll. A desperate attempt to revive a dead angle that is going nowhere fast.
3/4* out of 5
Gennifer Flowers is coming to Wrestlemania and she's looking to have some fun. Oh.
Kane chokeslams and tombstones the Phoenix Mascot, because he can.
Terry Funk Vs 'Badass' Billy Gunn
Owen Hart comes out for commentary. Funk has the match won, but Road Dog interferes. Funk DDT's Gunn on the tag team title belt. Funk and Cactus Jack hog-tie Road Dog up in the air. Cactus says he doesn't know how to get Road Dog down, so his ass better call somebody. Haha!
1/4* out of 5
Luna Vachon calls Sable an ignorant slut and says she'll fight her later when "she" decides.
Vince McMahon comes out to a chorus of boos. Vince says Austin was highly unprofessional.Kevin Kelly keeps showing clips of Austin provoking Vince. Kevin Kelly asks why Vince didn't hit Austin. Vince said he was saving the main event at Wrestlemania. He says Austin couldn't compete at Wrestlemania with a broken jaw. Kevin Kelly asks Vince if he wants to see Austin as WWF Champion. Vince says it doesn't matter what he thinks, it matters what the fans think. HA! Vince says if Austin becomes champion, he has to be moulded and be reasonable. If he becomes champion as he is now, that would be a public relations, corporate nightmare. Vince says he's not sure the fans or Stone Cold can handle the truth. It's not just a no...it's a OH, HELL NOOOOOO!!!! The crowd is rabid for Austin. And that's the bottom line, because Vince McMahon said so. This is unforgettable stuff. I remember being so mad as a kid.
We get a great Stone Cold video package.
Triple H taunts Owen Hart and claims his ankle injury is fake. He challenges Owen to put the European Title on the line. Triple H shoves Owen Hart, so Owen retaliated and brawls with him. We got ourselves a match.
Owen Hart (C) Vs Hunter Hearst Helmsley
Hunter wins the title, due to the referee stopping the match. Owen never gave up. What a bunch of major BS this was! Triple H has buried so many people in his career. This was nothing but pure politicking. Owen was made to look like a damn joke. And what angers me is the fans chose Trips over Owen.
Luna Vachon Vs Sable
Ugh, I know this was big in the Attitude Era, but I don't care. Pretty sad that Sable gets a bigger pop than Owen Hart. Of course, officials and everyone holds them back. What a waste of time. Kane comes out and interrupts things. Marc Mero bails on Sable. The Undertaker interrupts. The Undertaker appears on top of the titanrtron. He takes a line from Samuel L. Jackson from Pulp Fiction. He says Kane will R.I.P. A dummy of Kane burns inside a situated casket.
Well, this show definitely had its moments to be decent enough. It also caused a lot of anger, so it's somewhat of a mixed bag. The good outweighs the bad just enough to make this worthwhile.
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