Regularly Beating Up James Ellsworth
Join Date: Feb 2012
Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Rock/Austin WM 15 - ***
Rock/Austin Backlash 99 - ****1/4
Re-watched these two since I was going through the storyline so might as well watch the match. I'm not a big fan of the WM encounter. It just seemed too out of place and over the place for me, granted that's the typical nature of an AE style brawl but it wasn't really well-done imo. The run ins also effected some of my enjoyment but are logical given the nature of the storyline.
Both matches were structured similarly and followed a similar formula but Backlash, on the other hand, featured much better brawling and made good, effective use of the no holds barred stipulation which was implemented on HEAT. I liked the brawling they did around the entrance set (specifically the fence), the objects they used and a nice variation of spots they worked around the set. I thought Shane added an interesting dynamic to the match and did a good job as a heel ref. Plus, there's some entertaining spots they work around the announce table with Rock getting on the mic and the epic spot where Rock starts filming the audience and films right into Austin flipping him off and giving him the stunner. Finish was also well booked imo. Definitely a great match and the third best in the Rock/Austin series behind WM 17 and 19.