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WrestleMania XIV (1998)
The WrestleMania that ushered in a new era
Match 1: Tag Team Battle Royal - Basically a filler match to get the crowd warmed up for the rest of the night. It was basically a match to get some steam behind the returning L.O.D. (Road Warriors). The L.O.D. takes the win in the end and become no. 1 contenders for the tag titles.
Match 2: Taka Michinoku (c) vs. Aguila for the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship - The light heavyweight division showed some real promise for the WWF to counteract the phenomenal cruiserweight division in WCW. This match was very fast paced and solid. Michinoku picks up the win. Nothing memorable, but nothing terrible either.
Match 3: Triple H (c) vs. Owen Hart for the WWF European Championship - Another match that was just plain good and filled out its spot on the card nicely. Some outside shenanigans take place with Chyna being handcuffed to Sgt. Slaughter. Triple H picks up the win and retains the title thanks to some interference from Chyna.
Match 4: Goldust & Luna vs. Sable & Marc Mero - This match pretty much made Sable. The crowd in Boston was red hot behind her and hated everything Mero attempted to do. This was one of the memorable moments that you can take away from this particular WrestleMania. Sable gets the win for her team.
Match 5: The Rock (c) vs. Ken Shamrock for the WWF Intercontinental Championship - This was one of the better WWF feuds during 1998. These two actually had some real good chemistry as the months went on. This particular match wasn't that great because of the time alloted to it. Only a 4 or 5 minute match. Shamrock makes The Rock submit, but then refuses to break the hold. The referee's decision is reversed and Rock is still the champion. Shamrock loses it and starts taking out WWF officials. Rock wasn't the big superstar he is known as now at this point, but you could see he was getting in touch with the character and he was gonna be something huge with time.
Match 6: The New Age Outlaws (c) vs. Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie in a Dumpster match for the WWF Tag Team Championship - Another match that can specifically be remembered for this WrestleMania. A really good brawl from these two teams. Just as I said with The Rock in the previous match, The Outlaws weren't the big phenomenon they would ultimately be at this point, but you could see it coming, the same could also be said for Cactus Jack (who would best be known as Mankind during this era). In the end Cactus and Chainsaw win the titles after putting Billy Gunn and Road Dogg in a dumpster somewhere backstage.
Match 7: The Undertaker vs. Kane - The first encounter between the two brothers. This storyline worked on so many levels and is impossible to be repeated ever again. Pretty solid outing from Undertaker and Kane in their first match. Undertaker finally is able to put down his brother and win after hitting three tombstone piledrivers.
Match 8: Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWF Championship with Mike Tyson as the Outside Enforcer - This match basically ushered in the Attitude Era. Stone Cold became a phenomenon immediately after winning this match. It wasn't the greatest possible match these two could have had given Michaels back injury at the time, but it was still fairly damn good. Even if the match wasn't up to par, the crowd was invested from bell to bell with the possibility of finally seeing Austin win it all. After the referee is taken out, Austin is able to land a stunner on Michaels and Mike Tyson jumps in the ring to make the three count. Austin wins his first WWF Championship and the crowd goes crazy for him.
One of WWE's best pay-per-views in a long time
Match 1: Team Rhodes Scholars vs. Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara in a Tables Match for the no. 1 contender ship to the WWE Tag Team Championship - Very vocal crowd in Brooklyn, the vocal males in the crowd gave a loud pop for Rhodes and Sandow. Overall this wasn't bad and lived up to what it was meant to be, which was basically a brawl. Rhodes pushes Sin Cara off the ropes and he takes a pretty cool bump to the outside through a table. Rhodes Scholars get the win and become no. 1 contenders for the tag titles.
Match 2: Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. R-Truth for the United States Championship - Once again the crowd was very vocal, as the vocal males were firmly behind the former Claudio Castagnoli (Cesaro). This was a little better than their Survivor Series match, but still fairly uninspiring. Cesaro gets the expected win here and retains the title. WWE seems to have a lot of faith in him as a possible top heel in the future, which is a good thing.
Match 3: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship - The vocal crowd continues with some Let's Go Barrett chants throughout this one. Actually not a bad match from these two, I personally feel it could have went a little longer. There's something about Kingston that I'm not sold on yet. He's a fairly good wrestler, but his character needs some tweaking so he can really breakthrough to that next level. Kofi hits his Trouble in Paradise on Barrett to get the win in this one.
Match 4: The Shield vs. Kane, Daniel Bryan & Ryback in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match - This could have definitely main evented the show. This was one of the better TLC matches I've seen in recent memory. Just a lot of really good stuff going on in this one with a really hot crowd behind it all. Just like Kingston, I'm not sold on Ryback. I'm not saying he is Goldberg, but the presentation and overall character are very similar, he needs something to set him apart from the comparisons and a Feed Me More chant isn't it. The big story out of this match was the debut of The Shield. Excellent work as expected from Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, hell Roman Reigns also looked very good in this one. They made a statement and became stars overnight in this match. Spectacular spot towards the end of the match by Rollins. A match that is definitely worth ordering the replay of this one. Shield is able to pick up the surprising win in their first outing.
Match 5: Eve Torres (c) vs. Naomi for the Divas Championship - For being relegated to one of Brodus Clay's dancers, I wasn't expecting much out of Naomi. In the end though she actually surprised me. It wasn't the smoothest or greatest women's match I've ever seen, but Naomi showed real potential when put in the spotlight. Eve picks up the win and retains the title.
Match 6: Big Show (c) vs. Sheamus in a Chairs Match for the World Heavyweight Championship - WWE has a real problem with repeating the SmackDown main event on multiple pay-per-views. We saw it with Sheamus vs. Del Rio, and now we're seeing it with Sheamus vs. Big Show. The Hell in a Cell match they had will still go down as the best from these two. They set the bar really high in their first outing that it will be hard to out do it. This was a fairly decent brawl though with a seemingly uninterested crowd that chanted for ROH's El Generico at certain points. Big Show grabs a "giant sized" chairs and hits Sheamus in the back with it to pick up the win and retain the title. Show being champion for this long is kind of nice to see for a change.
Match 7: The Miz, Alberto Del Rio & The Brooklyn Brawler (yes you heard me right) vs. 3MB - The only match that really sucked on this pay-per-view. Thankfully it only went 3 minutes, but it still really didn't need to take place. I don't know who came up with the 3MB gimmick, but it just isn't clicking yet. Brawler makes Jinder Mahal submit to get the win.
Match 8: Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena in a Ladder Match for Ziggler's Money in the Bank Briefcase - I hate to agree with JBL since he's meant to have the heel perspective at the announce table, but this match didn't really need to happen. Wrestling is obviously scripted, but if you realistically look at it, why would Cena continue to receive multiple opportunities to become champion above everyone else on the roster who are more deserving and have had less chances than him. Regardless of all that though, they had a tough act to follow after the TLC match earlier in the night. This was still a pretty good main event though and Ziggler really shined. Brooklyn really rallied behind Ziggler. In the end AJ comes out, as expected, and gives us a swerve ending by turning on Cena and helping Ziggler win the match. Nice to see Ziggler pick up a win in the pay-per-view main event, but why is it that Cena can only lose by some sort of screw job, it's like the man refuses to job cleanly to any up and comers in WWE.
Overall though this was a pretty good pay-per-view. All of the matches played out really well. This looked like WWE cared about one of their pay-per-views for the first time in months.
WrestleMania XXVIII (2012)
One of the better WrestleMania's in recent memory
Match 1: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship - The front row was filled with "YES!" signs and fans chanting Daniel Bryan. The bell rings and Bryan gives his girlfriend AJ a kiss before the match, Bryan then turns around to a Brogue Kick from Sheamus and this match is over. 18 seconds, really? I have no problem with Sheamus going over Bryan here, but the 18 seconds was a waste of money for all that purchased tickets for the event or bought this on pay-per-view. Winner: and NEW World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus
Match 2: Randy Orton vs. Kane - Very uninspiring stuff early on from these two. They ultimately finished strong and picked up the pace. Orton, at least in my opinion, was the favorite to win this. In the end Kane hits Orton with a chokeslam off the top rope for the win. One of the bigger surprises of the night was seeing Kane win this match, which he desperately needed to do in order to protect his image after losing to Cena. Winner: Kane
Match 3: Cody Rhodes (c) vs. The Big Show for the Intercontinental Championship - Nothing too spectacular to comment about in this match. The story of Big Show never having his "WrestleMania moment" actually added some depth to save this match. Rhodes looked pretty good here being in the ring with someone a lot bigger than him. In the end Rhodes goes for his Disaster kick, but Big Show counters and literally spears him right in the balls. After a knockout punch Show gets the pin, the win, the Intercontinental title, and finally his "WrestleMania moment." Winner: and NEW Intercontinental Champion The Big Show
Match 4: Divas Champion Beth Phoenix & Eve vs. Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos - Still scratching my head as to why this got more time than the Bryan/Sheamus World title match. Your basic WrestleMania divas tag match that dragged on longer than it needed to. Don't get me wrong, they are all extremely hot, but this match should not have gone more than at least 3 minutes at best. Winners: Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos
Match 5: The Undertaker vs. Triple H in a Hell in a Cell match with Shawn Michaels as Special Guest Referee - All I have to say is damn, what a match. These two guys are a lot older than most of the guys on the roster, but can still have a better match than most of them. The cell wasn't really needed, as it wasn't utilized really at all during this match. I don't think I've seen a match with more drama involved in it. They overbooked a little in this match, but the storytelling ultimately saved it from being some overbooked mess. At times it actually looked like Undertaker would being going 19-1, but after kicking out of the second Pedigree Undertaker losing was out of the question. WWE really did a nice job here of tying together The Undertaker's matches with Shawn Michaels as well as his match last year with Triple H all into this one match for a final conclusion. Undertaker tombstones Triple H for the win. Winner: The Undertaker
Match 6: Team Teddy (Santino Marella (captain), R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, The Great Khali, & Booker T) vs. Team Johnny (David Otunga (captain), Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, The Miz & Drew McIntyre) - The match for control of both shows. It was your basic multi-man match to make sure that some undercard talents got a spot on the show. Zack Ryder actually had a really strong showing towards the end of the match, which just shows that WWE has really dropped the ball and failed to push him to his full potential. The Miz pins Ryder for the win after some distraction from Eve to further her storyline with Ryder. Johnny has control of Raw and SmackDown, which was needed here, because let's face it, if WWE didn't have a heel manager figure it would eliminate half of the story lines on their shows. Winners: Team Johnny
Match 7: CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho for the WWE Championship - The match of the night as far as wrestling goes. The match started off like some sort of a T.V. angle with Jericho trying to get Punk disqualified so he could become WWE Champion. After getting past that part of the story these two turned everything around to have the match of the night. Both men delivered and the audience really invested into CM Punk, although Jericho fans were also very vocal throughout. After a nice exchange during the end Punk is able to apply the Anaconda Vise on Jericho and make him tap out to retain the title proving himself to be the Best in the World. Winner: and STILL WWE Champion CM Punk
Match 8: The Rock vs. John Cena - The match that basically sold this show. It was really hard to deliver after a year-long build, but both of these guys did just that. The Rock proves that he still "has it." The fans were so against Cena that a riot might have actually taken place if he won this match. The general feeling was that Cena would win this after all the build-up since the last WrestleMania. A really strong match that was main event worthy for this WrestleMania. Really enjoyable back and forth battle from these two. After two Attitude Adjustments didn't work, Cena tries for the People's Elbow. The Rock immediately jumps up and hits the Rock Bottom on Cena for what I thought was a surprising win. Cena really needed to lose here, because his character desperately needs to change. Looks like it could be time for a heel turn finally. Cena could be embracing the hate. Winner: The Rock
WWE Elimination Chamber (2010)
WWE's first annual Elimination Chamber event was held February 21, 2010 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Match 1: Sheamus (c) vs. Triple H vs. John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Ted DiBiase vs. Kofi Kingston in an Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship - Solid opening match for the show. The work done in the ring was very well done and none of the performers seemed to get lazy during the match. Cody Rhodes assists Ted DiBiase in elimination Orton. DiBiase is then second to be eliminated by Kofi Kingston. The Champion, Sheamus, then takes Kingston out of the match. Just when you think Sheamus will retain, Triple H lands a pedigree and eliminates him. Now it is down to two former World Champions in Cena and Triple H. Cena is able to make Triple H tap out in the end and he becomes an eight time World Champion.
Match 2: John Cena (c) vs. Batista for the WWE Championship - Mr. McMahon comes out to congratulate Cena and throw him into an unannounced title defense against Batista. Nearly 30 seconds after the bell rings, Batista is your new WWE Champion. I found this to be a brilliant move.
Match 3: Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Kane for the Intercontinental Championship - A basic time filler for the event. Kane really deserves better than he gets. I would call this match lackluster at best, McIntyre is still developing his skills as we speak and he just doesn't have "it" yet. In the end he hits his finisher on Kane to retain the title.
Match 4: Team LayCool (Michelle McCool & Layla) vs. Gail Kim & Maryse - Not a very good match. The women were extremely pleasing to look at, don't get me wrong, but the quality of the match was weak. They really should have just went ahead with the scheduled Divas Championship match. Instead Michelle McCool and Layla pick up the win in this tag team match.
Match 5: The Miz (c) vs. Montel Vontavious Porter for the United States Championship - Very strong match. A lot better than their encounter at the Royal Rumble a month earlier. Overall I enjoyed the match for what it was. The Miz has really shined as a singles competitor since joining Raw last year. MVP has also done a fair job of making himself a recognizable fan favorite. The addition of Big Show and Mark Henry at ringside played a great factor, especially with Show tossing Henry through the ringside barrier. In the end Miz picks up the win and retains the title with help from the Big Show.
Match 6: The Undertaker (c) vs. Rey Mysterio vs. John Morrison vs. Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk vs. R-Truth in an Elimination Chamber Match for the World Heavyweight Championship - Fantastic main event. The better of the two Chamber Matches. CM Punk starts it out with R-Truth. Truth is quickly eliminated, as Punk then grabs a microphone to fill time with one of his Straightedge promos. Mysterio then enters the match and brawls with Punk briefly. As soon as you know it, Mysterio eliminates Punk. John Morrison, Chris Jericho and The Undertaker all enter into the match respectively. Morrison is able to take out Mysterio with his Starship Pain. The Undertaker then disposes of Morrison after a chokeslam on the steel floor. Jericho and The Undertaker finish off the match with a brilliant encounter. Shawn Michaels appears from under the steel floor in the end and gives Undertaker the superkick. Jericho picks up the scraps and pins Undertaker to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
WrestleMania VI (1990)
First WrestleMania out of the states... Hogan finally suffers a loss
WrestleMania 6 took place April 1, 1990 at the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Match 1: Rick Martel vs. Koko B. Ware - For what it was, a very solid opening match. Koko was always fairly popular with the fans, and at this point Martel was still getting over as a heel talent. In the end Martel is able to snag the win in a pretty non memorable match.
Match 2: The Colossal Connection (Andre The Giant & Haku) (c) (with Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan) vs Demolition (Ax & Smash) for the WWF Tag Team Championship - At this point Andre's health was really awful, so his performance was really nothing special. The crowd is 100% pro Demolition in this match. In the end Haku is pinned and we have New Tag Team Champions. After the match Andre lays out Haku and Heenan and turns face at what would turn out to be his last WrestleMania.
Match 3: Earthquack vs Hercules - Very short match. Big dominant heels were really a popular thing at the time. R.I.P. to both men in the match. John Tenta (Earthquake) passed not that long ago and same with Hercules. In the end Earthquake pins Hercules for the win.
Match 4: Mr. Perfect vs Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake - The first really good match of the night. R.I.P. to Curt Henning (Mr. Perfect). Really solid back and forth action from both of these talented guys. In the end Brutus gets the win thanks to a lot of his major fan support during the match.
Match 5: 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper vs Bad News Brown - Not a technical classic, but a pretty decent brawl for WrestleMania. Piper comes out half black/half white in what is considerably a classic moment. In the end both guys fight to a double count out with no clear cut winner.
Match 6: The Hart Foundation vs The Bolsheviks - Complete squash match. The Hart Foundation gets an easy win. Surprising that WWE used to have a tag team division.
Match 7: The Barbarian vs Tito Santana - Bobby Heenan's "Heenan Family" fairs better in this match as The Barbarian takes the win against Tito Santana. Not memorable, but good to go back and watch years later.
Match 8: Randy Savage & Sensational Sherri vs Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire - Big inter-gender tag team match. Dusty Rhodes wears the uncomfortable polka dot outfit out to the ring. In the end Rhodes and Sapphire get the win over "The Macho King" and Sensational Queen Sherri.
Match 9: The Rockers vs The Orient Express - Surprisingly another tag team match. Tag wrestling used to be so much better during this time period. A young Shawn Michaels and his partner Marty Jannetty take a loss by count out in this match to the Orient Express.
Match 10: Dino Bravo vs Jim Duggan - Duggan gets a decent reaction, despite his American Patriot gimmick. Bravo, a member of Jimmy Hart's group, comes to the ring with Hart and Earthquake. Although he has support, Duggan takes the win.
Match 11: "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase (c) vs Jake 'The Snake' Roberts for the Million Dollar Championship - The first major main event of the night. Roberts was extremely over with the fans. Match was considerably good for what it was. DiBiase is able to pick up a count out win on Roberts. But Roberts ends up possessing DiBiase's money and giving it away.
Match 12: The Big Boss Man vs Akeem (with Slick) - One Man Gang's sad attempt at being an African Dream named Akeem. A really short match that needed some more time to develop itself as a match. Boss Man wins with a slam.
Match 13: Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka vs Rick Rude - Heenan comes to the ring with Rude for this match. Snuka, never really got it good at WrestleMania. He always seemed to be on the losing end. After a short 5 minutes, Rude gets the win over Snuka.
Match 14: WWF Champion Hulk Hogan vs Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior - Dubbed as "The Ultimate Challenge" we get some interesting promos from both men earlier in the night. The match was actually very good, given that people tend to think Hogan can't wrestle. A lot of near falls that really got the crowd and people that watch at home into it. In the end Warrior gets the win on Hogan and wins both titles. A stunned crowd looks on as Hulk Hogan suffers his first loss at WrestleMania.
WWE No Way Out (2007)
Mediocre show that is saved by a good main event
Match 1: Chris Benoit & The Hardys vs Montel Vontavious Porter & MNM - This match opens the show in a sort of good way. The Hardys vs MNM had been so overdone already, that you almost wanted the match to be over when the first bell rang. The match was alright, as I said earlier. In the end The Hardys & Benoit get the victory.
Match 2: Cruiserweight Open for the Cruiserweight Championship - This could have easily been one of the best matches of the night, but they really didn't work with it that well. So many people were just ready to see Gregory Helms drop the damn belt. It looked like WWE was pushing Jimmy Wang Yang, as Yang scored what we thought was the final victory and won the title. Although Chavo Guerrero comes out as an unannounced participant and wins the title from Yang.
Match 3: The Boogeyman & Little Boogeyman vs Finlay & Little Bastard (Hornswoggle) - A match that was meant to be played off as a comedic match. It truthfully was one of the worst matches of the night. Finlay is a talented guy, he shouldn't be reduced to horrid comedy attempt matches like this. In the end Finlay & Little Bastard get the win.
Match 4: King Booker vs Kane - For what it was, it was a good match. Two top World Title Contenders on SmackDown going at it. Kane deserves a lot more than he gets with WWE. The match was overall very good and culminated this short feud in a good way. In the end Kane lands a chokeslam on Booker for the win, which I was surprised to see happen.
Match 5: Paul London & Brian Kendrick (c) vs Deuce 'n Domino for the WWE Tag Team Championship - A poor match. London & Kendrick are a great team, but Deuce 'n Domino really was never worth anything during their time in WWE. Their gimmick grew old within one month of them being on SmackDown. In the end London & Kendrick retain to keep their long title reign going.
Match 6: Bobby Lashley (c) vs Mr. Kennedy for the ECW Championship - A very bad match with absolutely nothing going for it. Kennedy is a pretty good performer, but Lashley had no chemistry with him. They were just lost throughout this entire match. In the end Lashley gets disqualified, but keeps the ECW title. It was really a match we all could have done without.
Match 7: Batista & The Undertaker vs John Cena & Shawn Michaels - It was really the only match that saved this show. While some other matches were good, this was the best of them all. The four guys involved did some very fantastic stuff. Crowd was really behind the veterans, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. In the end Batista leaves Undertaker. Cena then hits Undertaker with an FU for the win.
WWE New Year's Revolution (2007)
Not the best
We take a look and analyze the final New Years Revolution event for WWE.
Match 1: Jeff Hardy (c) vs Johnny Nitro for the Intercontinental Championship in a Steel Cage match - Another good one from these two. They put on some good matches during their feud that lasted 2006-2007. Overall some very nice spots in this cage match. Jeff was extremely over with the crowd and got a major reaction. The finish was very well done as Jeff Hardy escapes the cage to retain the Championship.
Match 2: Cryme Tyme vs The Highlanders vs The World's Greatest Tag Team vs Jim Duggan & Super Crazy vs Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch in a Tag Team Turmoil match - A match added to fill the time, if I must put it simply to you. We see teams like The Highlanders, The World's Greatest Tag Team and Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch that could have been so much more than they were. Then we have a team like Jim Duggan & Super Crazy that makes you scratch your head in confusion. The match was overall a 20 minute waste. In the end Cryme Tyme gets the win.
Match 3: Ric Flair vs Kenny Dykstra - I understood that WWE was trying to push Kenny, but Ric Flair is quite possibly one of the greatest names in wrestling history. The man is a 16 time World Champion, he has competed at the grandest stages in both WWE & WCW, but at this event he was paid to overall job to a former male cheerleader. The match was just a waste of time. In the end Dykstra gets the win over Flair, a complete miss. They didn't even end up pushing Kenny anyway.
Match 4: Mickie James (c) vs Victoria for the Women's Championship - Both women are extremely hot, and can wrestle. This match was what it was, and was good for what it was. Maybe not the best match these two have ever put out, but still a decent mid card match. In the end Mickie retains her title after pinning Victoria.
Match 5: Rated RKO (c) vs D-Generation X for the World Tag Team Championship - The match of the night. Edge & Orton really worked well together for the short time that they were a team. DX was well over with the crowd and got an ever bigger pop than dare we say... John Cena. The match was really good and showcased all four of Raw's top talents. Towards the end Triple H hits a spinebuster on Orton and suffers the knee injury that kept him out until SummerSlam. The match ends in a no contest, which the fans hate. Even though the ending wasn't clear cut, it was still a very good tag team match.
Match 6: Carlito vs Chris Masters - This feud we have seen drag on from early 2006 is still going. Remember when Carlito faced Masters at Backlash 2006? Well they dropped the ball and just randomly picked up the feud again for this match. It wasn't the greatest and in the end Masters is able to defeat Carlito. As far as I know, this was the last match these two had against each other.
Match 7: John Cena (c) vs Umaga for the WWE Championship - At this point in his title reign, Cena wasn't nearly as annoying as he was by the end of 2007. At this point Umaga had been undefeated since debuting in the WWE, and it was booked like Umaga was going to beat John Cena for the WWE Championship and continue going undefeated. Well the fans weren't really into Umaga, but Cena got the massive mixed reaction that he always gets. The match was fairly decent, Cena has some wrestling ability. In the end he pins Umaga and retains the WWE Championship. Ending the winning streak of Umaga in the process.
One of the best Summerslam events ever done
Match 1: D'Lo Brown (c) vs Val Venis for the European Championship - Pretty decent opener. Back in the late 90's D'Lo could really work a decent match, but as of his recent performances on Raw in 2008 I'm not impressed anymore. So basically these two go at it for with WWE's now defunct European title on the line. Venis looked pretty good in the ring, his character was still relatively fresh at this time. But anyway towards the end of the match Val gets himself disqualified, which means D'Lo retains the title.
Match 2: The Oddities (Kurrgan, Golga and Giant Silva) (with Luna Vachon and The Insane Clown Posse) vs Kaientai (Taka Michinoku, Dick Togo, Mens Teioh and Sho Funaki) (with Yamaguchi-san) in a Handicap Match - Extremely weak match. I did like the Oddities as comic relief, but guys like Kurrgan and Golga did better as singles wrestlers. This, as J.R. says in the commentary, is not a classic. Anyway the Oddities squash their way to a victory over Kaientai.
Match 3: Jeff Jarrett vs X-Pac in a Hair vs Hair Match - The first good match of the night. These two put out a very crowd pleasing match at this particular Summerslam. X-Pac is able to score the win, but Jarrett retreats from getting his hair cut. He is brought back to the ring shortly and they cut his formerly long hair into the look he had all through WCW and in TNA.
Match 4: Marc Mero & Jacqueline vs Edge & Sable - A great way to get the young Edge over. Edge has always been tremendous in the ring, and even though he faces off with the talentless Marc Mero, he still manages to put on a decent match. In the end Edge and Sable get the win.
Match 5: Ken Shamrock vs Owen Hart in a Lion's Den match - This match was off the hook. Owen Hart completely ruled the ring, if it wasn't for his death he would have been WWE Champion at some point. This match was absolutely awesome. Shamrock is able to defeat Owen in the end, but I still applaud Owen because he was such a great wrestler. He's a guy that needs to be in the WWE Hall of Fame.
Match 6: Mankind (c) vs The New Age Outlaws for the WWF/E Tag Team Championship - This was just a low and lame match. Kane is the tag team partner of Mankind, but he doesn't show. So Mankind is left to fend alone against Road Dogg and Billy Gunn. In the end they get the win over Mankind and claim the Tag Titles again.
Match 7: The Rock (c) vs Triple H in a Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship - The match of the night. These two incredible veterans put out a great match. At this point both the Rock and the Game were on the verge of becoming main eventers, and I think this match made it for them. Honestly a fantastic, must watch, match. In the end Triple H grabs the title to win.
Match 8: Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs Undertaker for the WWF/E Championship - Great main event. Really one of Summerslam's best matches of all time. Madison Square Garden completely was behind Austin as he went into battle with the Undertaker for his championship. After a vicious battle, Austin hits the Stunner to retain the title. Crowd was completely ecstatic.
My Review of Diggers
Just watched Diggers last night and still am unsure about what I thought about it. Ken Marino is definitely one funny man, and this film was all written by him. His character is honestly the funniest of the entire movie. He played the part the right way and it lead to some fantastic laughs. Paul Rudd stars in probably one of the greatest performances he's ever done. His acting of his character was so convincing that it shows he can be more than a funny guy, but also a dramatic actor. This movie overall was pretty decent, it wasn't the greatest thing I've ever seen, but this is definitely worth checking out once just to say you saw it.
Going into this, I thought Slackers was going to suck big time. I actually ended up, not loving, but enjoying this movie. It definitely is worth a watch one time. The greatest character is by far Cool Ethan. I feel that Jason Schwartzman played the part extremely well, and I could not see someone else in that role now. Other than Schwartzman's hysterical performance, this was basically just another comedy focusing around guy's slacking off and meeting girls. For a change we actually see it take place at a College instead of the normal High School backdrop. But really this is worth it for those that like a dumb yet funny movie.