Best to Worst - WWE/WWF Attitude era Pay-per-views (1999)

by wglass-57063 | created - 06 Sep 2017 | updated - 06 Dec 2017 | Public

My ranking of the Attitude era pay-per-views in 1999.

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1. WWF No Mercy (II) (1999 TV Special)

180 min | Action

Triple H battles Stone Cold Steve Austin in an Anything Goes Match for the WWF Championship. The Rock vs. The British Bulldog. And much more.

Stars: Steve Austin, Stacy Carter, Chyna, Adam Copeland

Votes: 96

By far the most entertaining show of 1999. Chyna/Jarrett for the Intercontinental title, Edge & Christian/Hardy Boyz and the main event between Stone Cold & Triple H which was Austin's last big storyline before his neck injury makes No Mercy one of the most notable shows of not just 1999, but the Attitude era in general.

2. WWF Backlash (1999 TV Special)

180 min | Action, Sport

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 »

Director: Kevin Dunn | Stars: Steve Austin, Dwayne Johnson, Charles Wright, Dustin Rhodes

Votes: 255

The first Backlash and one of the best. This is notorious for a number of things, one being the last pay-per-view appearance of Owen Hart before his accident a month later who teams with Jeff Jarrett against the New Age Outlaws. One of the most violent matches between Big Show & Mankind in a boiler room brawl, another entertaining Hardcore title match between Al Snow & Hardcore Holly, and another encounter between Stone Cold vs. The Rock with Shane McMahon as special referee which was better than their previous encounter at WrestleMania. There's not much cons with this show other than a slow paced match between The Undertaker & Ken Shamrock that seemed like it went on forever. Definitely don't recommend that. Other than that, this show was everything WrestleMania was except slightly better.

3. Fully Loaded (1999 TV Special)

180 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

WWF Title (first blood, if Austin wins Vince McMahon leaves the WWF): Steve Austin vs. The Undertaker, WWF Intercontinental Title: Edge vs. Jeff Jarrett, WWF Tag Team Titles: The Hardy Boyz... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Dunn | Stars: Steve Austin, Mark Calaway, Adam Copeland, Jeff Jarrett

Votes: 189

The WWF was at its hottest during this time, and this event shows it. However, it would be ranked higher if it wasn't for that disappointing abysmal Kane & Big Show match, however everything else is why this show is in the top five. It has everything you'd expect from an Attitude era pay-per-view... blood, violence etc. The biggest highlights of the show are the "End of an Era" Blood match between Stone Cold & The Undertaker and Triple H/Rock in a Leather Strap match which was the beginning to Triple H's rise to main event status. Other entertaining points of the show are X-Pac & Road Dogg vs. Billy Gunn & Chyna for the rights of D-Generation X, Big Boss Man vs. Al Snow for the Hardcore Championship, and lastly the "Iron Circle" match between Ken Shamrock & Steve Blackman.

4. WrestleMania XV (1999 TV Special)

TV-14 | 166 min | Action, Sport

WWF Champion The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin, WWF Intercontinental Champion The Road Dogg vs. Val Venis vs. Goldust vs. Ken Shamorck, WWF European Champion Shane McMahon vs. X-Pac, WWF... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Dunn | Stars: Steve Austin, Dwayne Johnson, Brian James, Sean Morley

Votes: 887

If you compare WrestleMania XV with other WrestleManias it doesn't seem like much at all, in-fact it looks piss poor, but by 1999 standards it was a huge show with a lot of fantastic hype and build-up, particularly between The Rock & Austin for the WWF Championship which was the highlight of the entire event. Other noteworthy moments on the show include Shane McMahon/X-Pac for the European Championship with an unexpected heel turn, and if you get amusement out of how bad things are. Then you might find enjoyment out of Undertaker/Big Boss Man in what is considered the worst Hell in a Cell match of all time.

5. WWF St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1999 TV Special)

180 min | Action, Sport

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 »

Director: Kevin Dunn | Stars: Steve Austin, Vince McMahon, Mick Foley, Dwayne Johnson

Votes: 234

The notorious steel cage match between Stone Cold & Vince McMahon is enough alone to make this a notorious event, not to mention the debut of the Big Show (Paul Wight) who would go on to become one of WWE's biggest superstars. Other noteworthy moments are The Rock vs. Mankind in a Last Man Standing match and Hardcore Holly vs. Al Snow for the WWF Hardcore Championship when they battle in the Mississippi river.

6. Summerslam (1999 TV Special)

155 min | Action, Sport

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 »

Director: Kevin Dunn | Stars: Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Paul Levesque, A.C. Connor

Votes: 284

Pretty good SummerSlam, but not one that stands out in the test of time, or one people remember the most. I think the primary highlights of the show were mainly Test vs. Shane McMahon in a Greenwich Street Fight which solidified Test as a superstar and Al Snow vs. Big Boss Man for the Hardcore Championship in one of my personal favorite hardcore title matches. The main event between Triple H/Austin/Mankind and Governor Jesse Ventura as referee was entertaining, but unfortunately it had a very underwhelming anti-climatic ending which is no knock on Mankind. He just wasn't as hot at this time compared to earlier in the year. Another moment to mention is The Rock vs. 1999 King of the Ring Mr. Ass Billy Gunn, which at the time was a hilarious match to me as a kid with Gunn getting his head shoved in a fat woman's ass.

7. WWF Royal Rumble: No Chance in Hell (1999 TV Special)

166 min | Action, Sport

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 »

Director: Kevin Dunn | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Mick Foley, Vince McMahon, Steve Austin

Votes: 372

In the terms of the undercard, it's a pretty weak Royal Rumble. The whole show was mainly built around Stone Cold & Vince McMahon being the first two entrants in Royal Rumble, however the brutal "I Quit Match" for the WWF Championship between Mankind & The Rock stole the entire show and one of the primary reasons to watch it. If you thought Hell in a Cell at King of the Ring '98 between Mankind & The Undertaker was extreme, then you haven't seen nothing yet until you watch this match. Vince McMahon winning the Royal Rumble pissed off a lot of wrestling purists off at the time, but looking back there's no doubt that it was notable moment and one of the reasons why Vince McMahon is one of the top heel stars of this era. Plus, it all paved off at the end.

8. King of the Ring (1999 TV Special)

180 min | Sport

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 »

Director: Kevin Dunn | Stars: Mark Calaway, Dwayne Johnson, Shane McMahon, Vince McMahon

Votes: 204

The Undertaker vs. The Rock for the WWF Championship and Austin vs. Vince & Shane McMahon in a Ladder Match were entertaining, but with an underwhelming King of the Ring winner and tournament they weren't enough to make this a "classic".

9. WWF Armageddon (1999 TV Special)

180 min | Sport

Street Fight: Triple H vs. Vince McMahon, WWF Title: The Big Show vs. The Big Boss Man, WWF Intercontinental Title: Chyna vs. Chris Jericho, WWF Tag Team Titles: The New Age Outlaws vs. The... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Dunn | Stars: Paul Levesque, Vince McMahon, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Wight

Votes: 475

This was the first show with Stone Cold Steve Austin absent, so WWF was put in a tough position to deliver on the same level as it was doing before, and unfortunately it didn't do that. It's not a horrible show by any means, but not perfect either. In-fact I think it's highly underrated. The highlights for me would have to of course go to the main event between Triple H & Vince McMahon which was entertaining but went on a lot longer than it needed to and it would result into Stephanie McMahon "turning" on her father and aligning herself with Triple H beginning the McMahon-Helmsley era, Kane & X-Pac in a Steel Cage match which is actually one of my favorite undercard feuds of this time, a tag team battle royal which was clear indication that WWE was on the verge of making tag team wrestling hot again, Chris Jericho vs. Chyna for the Intercontinental Title, and the Rock "N" Sock Connection vs. the New Age Outlaws for the WWF Tag Team titles. Other noteworthy things would be the Kat exposing her breasts on Live TV which you can only see online videos. The WWE Network has it censored. Kurt Angle's rise to popularity which caught on surprisingly quick, and of course the WWF Championship match between Big Show & The Big Boss Man which many consider one of the weakest title matches on pay-per-view. In retrospect, I think the storyline between the two was quite entertaining, although their match is why this show isn't ranked higher.

10. Survivor Series (1999 TV Special)

158 min | Action, Sport

WWF Title: Triple H vs. The Big Show vs. The Rock, WWF Intercontinental Title: Chyna vs. Chris Jericho, WWF Tag Team Titles: The New Age Outlaws vs. Mankind & Al Snow, Kane vs. X-Pac, Kurt ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Dunn | Stars: Paul Levesque, Paul Wight, Dwayne Johnson, Chyna

Votes: 260

What had potential to be a red hot Survivor Series ended up being very underwhelming. Originally, the main event was scheduled to be a triple threat match between The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Triple H for the WWF Championship, and unfortunately due to Austin's neck injury. We weren't treated to that. Instead, Stone Cold got written off TV with the infamous angle of being "ran over" by a car (which later turned out to be 'Rikishi' who "did it for The Rock") and thus replaced by Big Show who would win the WWF Championship. No offence to Big Show, but it wasn't his time yet. The rest of the card was nothing to write home about either. The only noteworthy thing historically is probably the debut of Kurt Angle.

11. WWF Unforgiven (1999 TV Special)

180 min

Six-Pack Challenge for Vacant WWF Title: Triple H vs. Mankind vs. The Rock vs. Kane Vs. British Bulldog Vs. The Big Show (w special guest referee:Stone Cold Steve Astin), WWF ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Dunn | Stars: Paul Levesque, Dwayne Johnson, Glenn Jacobs, Mick Foley

Votes: 163

Kennel from Hell match, enough said. Also, I wasn't really much of a fan of the whole "referees gone on strike" gimmick/storyline, and I don't think anyone else cared either. The only saving grace of the show was probably the main event, but I've seen better title matches. It's obvious people were not clamoring for this six pack challenge, and instead wanted to see an eventual showdown between Triple H & Stone Cold Steve Austin which finally happened at the next pay-per-view "No Mercy".

12. WWF Over the Edge (1999 TV Special)

142 min | Action, Sport

WWF Intercontinental Title: The Godfather vs. Owen Hart (match canceled due to Owen's death before the start of the match), Debra & Jeff Jarrett vs. Nicole Bass & Val Venus, WWF Title: ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Dunn | Stars: Steve Austin, Mark Calaway, Debra McMichael, Owen Hart

Votes: 123

This belongs to be ranked low on everyone's list for obvious reasons. What seemed like a potential red hot show turned out to be a tragic disaster. The late great Owen Hart's death will forever overshadow everything that seemed half-way decent about the card. Watching this gives me cold chills, and not for the right reasons. Not only the worst show of 1999, but the worst show of that era. R.I.P. Owen Hart.

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