- We're only a week away from the 11th annual Survivor Series, cutely titled "Gang Rulez" and with no distinguishable people advertised on the poster. Talk about making one of your four big PPV's feel like a big deal. For those who forgot, there wasn't a whole lot of storyline heading into the Survivor Series... worth mentioning. You had the sudden regenerated program between Bret and Shawn Michaels, plus Owen and Austin were fighting for the Intercontinental Title, stemming from Owen injuring Austin at SummerSlam with a botched Tombstone.
- I would like to note this show has evolved into being called "WWF New York" (not the night club) with a horribly generic, family friendly opening, but I'm still filing it under Shotgun since I'm positive other markets still called it Shotgun outside of New York and the ring apron says Shotgun. Jim Ross and Jim Cornette are calling the action for us. Jim Cornette was famous for his "rants" at the time, putting the bad mouth on not only the competition, but also the WWF as well. His opinion on the Age in the Cage anti-classic was especially wonderful.
- We recap the devestation left by the monster known as Kane. Clips are shown of him taking out Dude Love with a chokeslam on the ramp, spurring the return of Mankind, offering a challenge to Kane for a match at the Survivor Series. Sgt. Slaughter, the acting Commissioner of the WWF, refuses to sanction such a match. Mankind: "What if I said please?" Slaughter still says no, so Mankind gives Slaughter the mandible claw. The match is ON like Donkey Kong. In all honesty, at the time, I thought Mankind, or Mick Foley, whatever you want to call him, was done by being fed to the new monster. Mankind did all of his big moves, and Kane no-sold all of it, and beat him decisively, when the Undertaker never could.
- We run down part of the Survivor Series card (brought to you by Milton Bradley's Karate Fighters, and no, I don't mean the baseball player), including the previous mentioned match, an Intercontinental Title match between champion Owen Hart and Steve Austin, and Team USA (Vader, Marc Mero, Goldust, and the Patriot) takes on Team Canada (Bulldog, Neidhart, Furnas, and LaFon) in Survivor Series Elimination Action. We will also ignore that only 25% of Team Canada is, in fact, Canadian.
Slugfest to start, won by Chainz. He used to be Ted Dibiase's fake Undertaker and is shorter than Rekon. Yeah, that was so believable. Chainz with a sidewalk slam for a two count. I think every fall ended with a sidewalk slam at the Survivor Series in the match between these two stables. Chainz misses a charge, and Rekon takes him over with a back drop. Rekon talks smack to Crush and tosses Chainz's headband at him. Rekon counters a back drop and drops Chainz with a spinning heel kick. It was crappy, but it counts. Snapmare and boot to the back by Rekon, followed by a chinlock. Whip to the corner, and Rekon misses a charge. Chainz with a series of roundhouse rights. Irish whip, and Chainz with a back elbow, followed by a series of elbow drops and a boot to the face, sending Rekon out in front of the D.O.A. Everyone brawls and Interrogater rams Chainz into the ring post. Rekon rolls back in the ring and covers for the three count at 3:23. The D.O.A. manage to clear the ring of all the lesser pushed guys in the stable, while Interrogater hangs around outside the ring. DUD I think my explanation of the Gang WarZ took longer to type than the actual match. Yes, the Survivor Series match ended up stinking the place up.
- Last Monday on The War Zone... Bret Hart was in action with Ken Shamrock, the World's Most Dangerous Man, and owner at the time for biggest bust in a MMA PPV Main Event. Bret Hart taps to the Ankle Lock, but the referee didn't see it, so Bret cracks Shamrock across the back with a steel chair. Bret slaps on the sharpshooter, and now Shawn Michaels hits the ring and hits Bret with Sweet Chin Music. Shamrock wakes up and snaps, then takes Michaels down with a belly-to-belly suiplex and beats the tar out of him, making him my favorite wrestler for the moment. Memebers of D-X and the Foundation come to check on their own kin while Shamrock looks on like a maniac. I can't believe they never really put much faith in Shamrock to do more than mediocre midcard stuff.
- We get a sales pitch for the new Stone Cold T-Shirt. I miss the time when Austin was the coolest person around, at least to a dorky wrestling fan. We then get an advertisement for Bret Hart to appear on MadTV. They do this by having one of MadTV's untalented comedians doing imitations of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage. Yes, because those imitations were money for the WWF about 18 months earlier.
- Jim Cornette with one of his "That's my Opinion" rants about people calling themselves the Icons of Wrestling. Cornette takes shots at Shawn Michaels for his attitude, Bret Hart for his whining, and Randy Savage for being, well, old. Then he really chews into Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper for their "greatest cage match in history." Cornette compliments the rest of the PPV, but is embarrassed by the "match" these two put on, embarrassed by Piper, someone he looked up to growing up, being a shell of what he used to be, and by Hogan, who was just riding the waves of his long gone fame that garnered media attention during the mid-late 80's and early 90's. He then name drops people like the Undertaker, Ric Flair and Steve Austin for being true icons. Cornette: Hogan, you are a household word, but so is garbage, and it stinks when it gets old too. To be honest, I loved these for the truthful attitude towards the subjects, but at the same time... what was the point? He's bashing WCW, but also his own company, and it never really went anywhere.
Oh wait, did this lead into that HORRIBLE "NWA" thing where Jim Cornette formed a stable consisting of Jeff Jarrett and his super goofy space invader outfit, Barry Windham, and the Rock 'n' Roll Express? Please tell me no, and it was all a coincidence.
We go to a commercial for some crappy WWF Figures. I think they recycled those Austin and McMahon's for the free give-away for ordering the 1999 Royal Rumble. I remember, cause I actually sent in for them. We return from commercial, and Patriot floors Neidhart with a clothesline. Patriot with mounted punches in the corner, followed by a snap suplex. Patriot sends Bulldog to the floor, then comes off the top with the Patriot Missile, but Bulldog pulls him off of Anvil. Goldust comes around and nails the Bulldog for his interference. Patriot and Neidhart bang heads and they both go down. Neidhart grabs Marlena's purse, but Goldust takes it back. The Patriot uses it on Neidhart, but throws it AT THE REFEREE, who examines it to reveal a brick, and Disqualifies the Patriot at 5:45. Well, that sucked. * Match was okay, but what a lame finish. Did you really have to protect the Patriot or Jim Neidhart from jobbing?
- MB Karate Fighters Tournament! This week, it's Jerry "The King" Lawler taking on Brian Christopher. Is that Bruce Prichard and Vince Russo dressed up as Vince McMahon and Lawler, doing horrible "comedic" commentary? It's funny to think that the best sponsors the WWF can get for their PPV's were KARATE FIGHTERS.
- Clips from the Nassau Colisem, last Friday Night. Ken Shamrock gives a Boricua a hurricanrana! The LOD battled D-Generation X! Dude Love smacks Davey Boy with a bag full of popcorn! Austin gives Davey Boy a Stunner! The Undertaker was victorious in his match with Bret Hart, but could not capture the WWF Championship! The WWF will be at Madison Square Garden on November 15th. In a fatal four way, it'll be Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Bret Hart, and Shawn Michaels in Action... wait a minute. That's BULLSHIT. The WWF knew already Bret was done at Survivor Series, before a screw-job was the real final curtain. How could they blatantly promote this match knowing this, and all the smart fans knowing it as well? Anyway, the rest of the card looks like this: Legion of Doom defending the Tag Titles against Owen and Davey Boy, Vader with George Steele in his corner, taking on Triple H. NYC Street Fight between Ahmed Johnson, who turned face again, and Faarooq. Ken Shamrock takes on Rocky Miavia in a No Holds Barred match, and Mick Foley battles Miguel of the Boricuas. See what I mean? Foley was wrestling A BORICUA at MSG instead of an important match.
Final Thoughts: Not a whole lot of great wrestling, which should be considered normal for any show, especially the B-List shows, but it was pretty enjoyable to sit through. We got to see a diverse amount of the roster at the time, the matches were kept short to keep them from being boring, and the recaps used were important and kept to a minimal. I also love the feel of hyping up the local card, because I grew up in New York and fondly remember the Event Center hyping shows at MSG and Nassau Coliseum.
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