Saturday, 14 December 2013

WrestleMania CountDown: WrestleMania XIV

AYO! What's popping everybody? We are one day away from TLC, live on PPV where John Cena and Randy will collide in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match to determine one unified WWE World Champion. The course of history is about to change in the WWE! Or we could just end up with the prediction I had made earlier... Time will tell! Let's go back in time right now with our WrestleMania CountDown this weekend as we take a trip back to 1998 for WrestleMania XIV!

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Date: 29th March, 1998
Venue: FleetCenter
City: Boston, Massachusetts

The opening contest would feature 15 tag teams, in a battle royal to determine number one contenders to the WWF Tag Team championships. I believe this is the second time that I'm noticing that rather than having the actual tag team titles on the line, someone decided to put the number one contenders match at the biggest show of the year instead. The Legion of Doom were the only team that had their entrance televised and I was pretty sure they would be the ones coming out with the win, and they were! AAAAAAAH WHAT A GUEESSS!

Taka Michinoku would defend the WWF Light Heavyweight championship against Aguila! The poor man's WCW cruiserweight division match. Yes. I was originally more of a WCW guy back in the day. None the less the match itself just turned into a spotfest with each one of them coming off the top ropes move after move. I started to play a little guessing game with Anuj about who was under that Aguila mask. At first I had guessed Psychosis because of the style of his mask, or maybe it was Juventud Guerrera? Who remembers Juventud coming out and saying, "IF you smell, what the Juice! is cooking.."? But it couldn't be them, they were WCW cruiserweights, and that's when Anuj enlightened me and revealed that it was Essa Rios. Essa Rios at WrestleMania against Taka Michinoku at WrestleMania 14. Who would have thought it? One of the factoids that stuck out from the announcers was that Aguila was only 19 during the time in which this match took place. If my sources serve me correctly, he is once again wrestling as Mr Aguila for CMLL.

WCW Cruiserweights > WWF Light Heavyweights
Next up was probably my personal favorite match on the whole card and that was HHH (c) vs. Owen Hart for the European championship. Two guys who can have an amazing match together, and there was a pretty great story being told here by two very capable athletes. The match was back and forth, with Chyna on the outside, who had been handcuffed to commissioner Slaughter in order to keep her from interfering in the match. The finish would come when Chyna would use some 'Fuji' powder on Slaughter, allowing her ample time to low blow Owen Hart, while the referee was being distracted by Helmsley. The low blow would follow up with a pedigree and HHH picking up the 'W'.

The final blow, after the low blow.
The Artist formerly known as, 'Goldust' would team with Luna Vachon in a mixed tag team match against Marc Mero and Sable. I didn't think this match was anything special but by the sounds if it, the crowd were really behind Sable! At one point Sable delivered a very impressive looking powerbomb to Luna and even scored the decisive pinfall against her after using Mero's signature TKO move. Very impressive outing by Sable. Goldust was looking really fat in this match. That's the only thing we could think as we were watching him, he looked lazy moving around in that ring also. Compared to the fantastic run he's having at the moment, the Goldust from WrestleMania 14 looks like it's a different person altogether. Maybe he was going through some hard times? His 2013 run has definitely been my favorite.

Now I don't recall the last time The Rock had his ass whooped as badly as he did in the following match, in which he would defend his Intercontinental championship against Ken Shamrock. MY GOD! Was Shamrock on fire, and looking legit as he did it. He was like a damn cyborg the way he was just on Rocky that whole match. Eventually The Rock would tap out to the anklelock applied by Shamrock, Shamrock would Belly-to-Belly suplex every member of the Nation of Domination that would get in his path and then re-apply that anklelock onto Rocky Maivia. Shamrock was on fire!

Shamrock-a-mania Runnin' Wild!
The crowd were behind him like crazy too, as he continued to apply pressure on the anklelock. The Rock bleeding from the mouth, what a moment! Farooq runs down to the ring, gets up onto the apron, and just as we think he's going to get into the ring to aid The Rock, he stops. He stops at the apron, looks at The Rock and then retreats. Shamrock eventually lets up the hold and The Rock gets taken away on a stretcher. The announcement is made, that due to Shamrock's refusal to let go of the hold, the referee was going to reverse his decision. A crazed Shamrock would go after the stretchered Rock on the entrance ramp, pull him off and slam him into the ground where the DX band had their drums. MAN! This was intense! I loved this part of the PPV, because he had you believing that he was "The World's Most Dangerous Man".

I've recently read an article on a pro-wrestling website that produced a concept of Ken Shamrock possibly returning to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30. In the same way that a lot of WWE fans tuned into UFC, could the very same happen with UFC fans buying into a WrestleMania match if 'The Beast Incarnate' was to take on 'The World's Most Dangerous Man'? I have faith in both their in ring abilities, so it's not completely out of the question. It beats the standard, "What do you think would happen if The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar had a match at WrestleMania?" question. So instead I'll ask you guys what you would think of Ken Shamrock vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania? Would you be interested?

As the card rolled on I think the match that Anuj enjoyed the most was the WWF Tag team championship match. Oh I didn't know? The WWF tag team belts would indeed be on the at this pay-per-view! The New Age Outlaws were set to defend against the two most hardcore wrestlers in the business in Chainsaw Charlie and Cactus Jack. Not in any old match, NO! It was a dumpster match! The idea behind it was the same as a casket match. The team that can successfully dump both members of the opposite team into a dumpster and close the lid would be declared the winners. Most of this match took place at the ringside area where a huge red dumpster was placed. Eventually the match would go to the backstage area and continue. Although this might not have been the most hardcore of matches for the two hardcore icons, watching Terry Funk perform at the age of 53 the way he did, you can't help but respect that man! He and Foley would end up defeating the New Age Outlaws by Chainsaw Charlie fork lifting them into a dumpster in the backstage area. There were new WWF tag team champions crowned!

The build-up for Kane vs. Undertaker was an epic one. However, watching it back all these years later, you kind of question more things about the story. How was Undertaker able to promise his dead parents that he would never fight Kane? The number of times these two would fire lightning bolts or flames at each other was ridiculous. I'm sure back then though, it was probably wrestling's best horror story going. Brother vs. Brother. The stage was set. The match was epic and I believe that this was the first WrestleMania where the Undertaker had an extravagant entrance, one that was fit for his legend in the ring.

Brother vs. Brother
The match went on for a good 16 minutes, before the inevitable would finally catch up to Kane. The Undertaker would plant his 'younger brother' into the mat with a tombstone piledriver and Kane would become victim number 7 of the undefeated WrestleMania streak upheld by the Undertaker. Rest, in, Peace.

The main event was for the WWF Championship. The champion Shawn Michaels, would have in his corner both HHH and Chyna as he defended his gold against the Texas Rattlesnake, 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin. The special guest enforcer for this match was none other than 'Iron' Mike Tyson. Tyson at this point was an honorary member of D-Generation X and was sporting the t-shirt to boot. The finish of the match is known famously, as Steve Austin lands a stunner on Shawn Michaels, followed up by the Mike Tyson double-cross by making the count.

The end of a generation. The beginning of an era.
This match was special because it was pitting two of the greatest of all time (in my opinion) against one another. This match was special because it was symbolic of the changing of the guard, so to say in the WWF at the time. After this match Shawn Michaels would spend an extensive amount of time out of the WWF and the RAW the night after would see the WWF "winged eagle" championship belt retired. The attitude era was about to usher in. Oh Hell Yeah!

WrestleMania Moment: Ken Shamrock Runnin' Wild!

Move of the Night: Mike Tyson's KO punch on Shawn Michaels. Shawn Michaels sold the hell out of that punch!

Match of the Night: Eurpoean Championship: HHH (c) w/Chyna vs. Owen Hart


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STAY TUNED!
Thanks for taking the time to read,
There's plenty more still to come! /-) #Hope2EntertainU
Mau (15/12/13) 01:35

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