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Join Date: Jan 2012
Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Sorry for the double post.
I've been watching old Raw and PPVs for a while now. I started with early-mid 1996 and am now up to May 1998 (I never experienced it and only got into wrestling in 2005, and only properly started watching WWE TV in late 2010 and early 2011). I just watched Unforgiven 98 and thought it was a solid PPV. I was thinking I might start posting small reviews of the PPVs here.
WWF Unforgiven 1998
Match 1: The Rock, D-Lo Brown & Mark Henry v. Ken Shamrock, Faarooq & Steve Blackman
Not bad. The feud at the time was pretty good with the Nation turning on Farooq and he gets his revenge in this match which is always fun to watch. Perhaps a little too slow for a PPV opener though. Needed to be a bit quicker paced I think, but otherwise a fine match with a satisfying finish.
Match 2: Triple H vs Owen Hart for the WWF European Championship
Not a whole lot to say here. Solid match, nothing great, but fun. It is a little overbooked though with Chyna hanging above the cage which she then breaks out of. But all of that is only to cause a diversion as X-Pac runs in and hits Owen with something and Triple H gets the win and retains. Way too much happening and could have been a lot simpler. But hey it was entertaining.
Match 3: The New Midnight Express vs The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express for the NWA World Tag Team Championship
I had no idea that the NWA had any part in the WWE until I saw it. Nobody ever seems to talk about it, and for good reason I guess because it's all pretty damn forgettable. Didn't even pay attention to most of the 7 minute match. I knew it was only filler for the next hotly anticipated match. Don't remember who won, probably the Midnight Express to retain, I think.
Match 5: Luna Vachon vs. Sable in an Evening Gown match
Wasn't even being sarcastic when I said 'hotly anticipated'. The crowd was standing up for it and were quite loud the whole way through. It's amazing to think that this was probably a major reason for people paying for this show. The women's match wasn't just the bathroom break it is now. Funny, you could actually see people getting up during the previous tag team match to go to the bathroom BEFORE this match. Anyway. It's an evening gown match. It's a bit of fun for a few minutes. I think Luna won this match but who cares because Sable's chest... just... my god. Uh... next match!
Match 6: New Age Outlaws vs. LOD 2000 for the WWF Tag Team Championship
I actually skimmed through this match (not a very good reviewer am I?) because I got bored pretty quick. Sorry. LOD won the match but because the belt was in the ring when NAO tried to use it to win the ref reversed the decision. NAO retained.
Match 7: Kane vs The Undertaker in an Inferno Match
This was nowhere near as bad as I thought it might be, and saying that, their WM 14 match was nowhere near as bad as I thought it might be either. Both matches were actually pretty good. This one perhaps more so, I'm not sure. At one point Kane is on the outside and Vader returns (he hadn't been seen in months after being taken out by Kane if I remember correctly) to attack Kane. Taker dives over the top rope on to the both of them with the added danger of the flames in a pretty great spot. I've seen him do it heaps of times and the one at WM 14 where he went through the announce table is perhaps more spectacular but it's still incredible to watch him do it every time. I'd say the way it's shot in this match gives a better visual. Anyway Undertaker gets his revenge on Paul Bearer finally and then wins by setting Kane's arm on fire. Of course, you can tell that there is a cover of some sort over his forearm to stop the fire from spreading but it's still kinda cool.
Match 8: Dude Love vs. Stone Cold for the WWF championship
Pretty fun main event. But I'm quite sure they had another match that I saw a while ago and was better than this one. I could be wrong though. Still, a good match. McMahon had come out to ring side to re-enact the screwjob, which they had been teasing on Raw. Stone Cold hits Vince with a steel chair kind of accidentally-on-purpose... maybe. He gets DQ'd for that but of course retains the title. So yeah, another overbooked ending but again, it was entertaining and pretty silly, so whatever.
PPV goes off the air with McMahon being put on a stretcher. I can see how fans at the time would have loved this.
Overall the show is okay. There are some good matches but nothing really great (the inferno match comes close) and not really worth going out of your way to see IMO. I'd give it a 6/10
Also for some reason Jeff Jarrett had some concert with some guy for some reason and I just skipped through it. Then he got attacked by Steve Blackman but then got the upper hand on Blackman. I really can't stand Jeff Jarrett and also had no idea he was with the WWF at all until I started watching the old stuff.
Last edited by Twisted14; 01-13-2013 at 08:38 AM.