WWE Vintage Collection Report (03/29/09)

WWE Vintage Collection Report: 29th March 2009
By Shaun Best-Rajah.com Reporter
Hosted by: Mean Gene Okerlund

This week WrestleManias XIV (March 29th 1998, Boston, Massachusetts) XV, (March 28th 1999, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) & XVI (April 2nd 2000, Anaheim, California) are on the agenda.

A video package highlighting attitude over tradition begins the show, contrasting the visions of Vince McMahon Snr & Jnr. Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, Bruno Sammartino, Gorilla Monsoon, Ernie Ladd & Freddy Blassie are amongst the stars featured.

Jim Ross & Jerry “The King” Lawler handle commentary on all shows bar WrestleMania XV, where Michael Cole fills in for JR

WrestleMania XIV
15 Team Over The Top Rope Battle Royal
The teams involved are: Savio Vega and Miguel Perez, Recon and Sniper, Chainz and Bradshaw, D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry, The Quebecers (Pierre and Jacques), The Rock-n-Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson), Jesus Castillo and Jose Estrada, The Headbangers (Mosh and Thrasher), Too Much (Scott Taylor and Brian Christopher), Steve Blackman and Flash Funk, The Godwinns (Henry and Phineus), DOA (Skull and Eight Ball), Farooq and Kama, and New Midnight Express (Bob Holly and Bart Gunn). The final secret team turn out to be a repackaged Legion of Doom, now known as LOD 2000, with slightly less balding hairstyles and a smoking hot Sunny as their manager. We pick things up towards the end. DOA, LOD, the Godwinns and New Midnight Express are the last four teams left. When one man gets eliminated, his partner must leave too. Henry Godwinn eliminates a DOAer. The other one opts to stay and pound the Godwinns and Express a little before leaving. This enables Hawk to eliminate Henry Godwinn. Being sore losers, the Godwinns lay LOD out with slop bucket shots before leaving. The Express briefly double team Hawk. LOD recover to clothesline both members of the Express out to win and earn a tag title shot at the following month’s Unforgiven PPV. Here Are Your Winners: LOD 2000. Nothing special here. Exempting the New Age Outlaws, the tag scene was certainly lacking a real spark at this point in time. The LOD push petered out when Sunny left and Droz was brought into the fold as ‘Puke.’

The Pete Rose/Kane legacy is replayed featuring such moves as the tombstone piledriver, chokeslam and stinkface. Thanks for coming Pete.

Backstage before WrestleMania XVI, Eddie Guerrero tells Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn that Chyna can’t take his Latino Heat. Tonight he’s laying it all on her 1-2-3. Watching on a monitor, Chyna tells Too Cool that Eddie’s disgusting.

WrestleMania XVI
Too Cool & Chyna vs Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn
Joined in progress. Eddie has just returned from a separated shoulder, sustained during his second night in the company. Eddie cowers away when Chyna comes in. Chyna hits Malenko with a discus clothesline. Scotty saves her from a powerbomb by clotheslining Malenko. Grandmaster and Chyna double team Malenko then dance. Grandmaster holds his own for a while, before Saturn throws him off the top rope, preventing the hip-hop drop. Saturn briefly puts on Grandmaster’s do-rag as the Radicalz work him over. Scotty gets the hot tag, but Eddie immediately hotshots him across the top rope. Eddie continues with a back suplex and somersault plancha from the apron. Saturn lands a crescent kick, prompting JR to reference Shawn Michaels. Saturn lands a top rope elbow, but Scotty catches Eddie going high risk and crotches him, before nailing a superplex. Eddie runs again when Chyna re-enters. Chyna beats on Malenko and Saturn with a double clothesline, slams, handspring backelbows and low blows. The opportunistic Eddie clocks Chyna from behind, but Chyna reverses a powerbomb, grabs Eddie by by the cahonies and delivers a press slam. Eddie stumbles into a sleeper/DDT combo and that’s enough for the 1-2-3. Here Are Your Winners: TOO COOL & CHYNA. A fun little match. The Radicalz bumped well for Chyna and Eddie’s antics/facials were gold. I’d forgotten how good Too Cool were as a team. As it happens, Chyna would align herself with Eddie the next night on Raw, helping him defeat Chris Jericho for the European Title. She couldn’t resist that Latino Heat.

The height of the attitude era is showcased via clips from WrestleMania XV. Butterbean’s first round knockout of Bart Gunn in the Brawl for All and Stone Cold’s defeat of the ‘Corporate’ Rock are among the highlights shown.

WrestleMania XV
Fatal Four Way Elimination Match-Intercontinental Title
Road Dogg vs Goldust w/Blue Meanie & Ryan Shamrock vs Val Venis vs Ken Shamrock
Going into this match everyone has previously held the IC title. Everyone bar Road Dogg also has ‘history’ with Ryan Shamrock. Blue Meanie is jealous of Ryan Shamrock and disturbingly calls Goldust ‘Mommy.’ Very Russorific. Two men are allowed in at once. Following a brief four man brawl, Shamrock starts off viciously, by sending Dogg crashing into two corners. Dogg hits a standing dropkick, then stands aside to let Goldust hit Shamrock with a spinebuster and flying clothesline. Val tells Goldust to wait as he puts the boots to Shamrock. An impatient Goldust responds by surprising Val with a back suplex. Val counters a curtain call with a spinebuster. Goldust comes back with a kneelift and clothesline, before Val counters a superplex with a top rope bulldog. A fisherman suplex fails to put Goldust away and the two collide with Val collapsing on Goldust’s crotch. Hmmm how gRUSSOme! Shamrock and Dogg plant their foes with DDTs. Val takes advantage to back suplex Dogg out of the corner as he plays to the crowd. Dogg retaliates with a pumphandle slam. Shamrock traps Val in the ankle lock. Val gets to the ropes. Val and Shamrock take their fight outside and both get counted out. Shamrock takes the decision badly, flips a switch and gives Dogg and Goldust belly-to-belly suplexes, before screaming in frustration. Psycho Shamrock always makes for great TV. The ending of the match is a little messy. Dogg reverses a whip off the ropes and Ryan Shamrock – at Meanie’s urge inadvertently hooks Goldust’s leg. She was meaning to hook Dogg, but he was nowhere near the ropes. Goldust recovers to deliver a powerslam, but Dogg rolls through, hooking the leg, to retain the title. Here is Your Winner: ROAD DOGG. Post match. Goldust berates Shamrock and sends her packing.

Our Main Event buildup features some classic vignettes showcasing Stone Cold, Shawn Michaels & Mike Tyson for WrestleMania XIV.

WrestleMania XIV
WWF Title: Special Enforcer Mike Tyson
Shawn Michaels vs Stone Cold Steve Austin
Joined in progress. Michaels escapes an early stunner attempt, by gingerly stepping out of the ring. Austin punches him off the apron and into the announce table. After sending Michaels into the ringsteps, Austin wears him down with a rear naked choke. Michaels uses a jawbreaker to escape. Michaels tries to drag Austin’s legs towards the corner, but Austin maneuvers them to send Michaels into the ringpost. Back outside, Austin sends Michaels into the ringbell and guardrail. Michaels sends Austin into the crowd, then hits him with the ringbell. Following commercials, Austin slingshots Michaels into the corner. Michaels comes back with a sleeper. Austin backs into referee Mike Chioda to escape. Despite no Chioda, Austin throws Michaels into the corner several times then stomps a mudhole. Michaels takes a backbodydrop, before coming back with a forearm. Michaels nips up and manages to hit a top rope elbow. Austin counters sweet chin music with the stunner and Tyson comes in to make the count. 1-2-3. The Austin era begins as JR delivers the famous line, ‘Stone Cold, Stone Cold, Stone Cold.’ Austin passes Tyson an Austin 3:16 shirt, but Michaels snatches it away as he gets in Tyson’s face demanding an answer for his betrayal. Tyson decks Michaels to the sound of JR screaming, ‘the right hand, Tyson, Tyson, Tyson, right hand. Kudos to Michaels for passing the torch and bumping his ass off despite his chronic back problems. Here is Your Winner: STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN.

Okerlund notes the start of a new attitude as he brings the show to an end. The showcase of the immortals continues next week, when we’ll be just hours away from the 25th anniversary. Shaun

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