For my next old school review, I shall be bringing you an event which was at the height of the attitude era but also one event which truly defined the direction of one man, The Rock. I haven’t watched this event through before, so I am really looking forward to watching it. So, here I go with my Old School Review of Survivor Series 1998: Deadly Games…
The show begins with an okay opening package depicting various WWE superstars in their quest to become the WWE Champion in the Deadly Games Tournament, before we are taken to ringside for commentary with Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross who hype the events for this evening. We are then back to Howard Finkel, who introduces a wheelchair bound Vince McMahon accompanied by a variety of his stooges, who cuts a promo depicting that he guarantees a new WWE Champion this evening before introducing Mankind for the first match…
Tournament First Round Contest – Mankind vs. Duane Gill
Vince cuts a short promo about Mankind’s opponent, before taking a swipe at WCW before introducing Duane Gill (also known to many as Gillberg) but the audience really don’t care…they believe Mankind is the chosen one so they are aware he is going over. Pretty much a short squash match, after Mankind picks up the win following a Double Arm DDT…Gill didn’t even have any offence but hey, fulfilled its purpose.
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
Next, we are taken back to the events of Sunday Night Heat where Jacqueline attacked Sable with the help of Marc Mero before we then cut to Kevin Kelly with Sable, who is icing her neck but saying she is going to take it to Jacqueline later on tonight…can’t wait (rolls eyes)!
Tournament First Round Contest – Jeff Jarrett vs. Al Snow
This is a match which could easily be conceived as tournament filler, to cover the blanks (probably why Kane and The Undertaker got their byes), but this match should be okay if anything…I’m not expecting great miracles. Jeff Jarrett is showing that he is a very confident in-ring performer but also hasn’t aged in 20 years whereas Al Snow’s character at this time is probably it’s most weird, with his fixation on Head. Anyhow, in a very short but solid match Al Snow picks up the win after clobbering Jarrett with Head to advance to the next stage of the tournament.
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
Tournament First Round Contest – The Big Boss Man vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
Quite an impressive first round match to be honest, and not one you would usually expect. The action begins outside of the wring, and easily more of a brawl than a wrestling match which suits both men’s styles much more but it is nice to see Boss Man use his size advantage when he can. The match itself is very short and quick, after Boss Man is disqualified following his vicious attack on Austin with the night stick. Bit short for my liking, but it fulfills a purpose for the remainder of the evening.
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Michael Cole interviewing Vince McMahon, who is thrilled at Boss Man’s attack on Austin and how he has seemingly taken Austin out of the tournament despite him advancing to the next round.
Tournament First Round Contest – X-Pac vs. Steven Regal
Regal, who comes out to the most ridiculous entrance music known to man and wearing Bob the Builder’s hat but anyway, this match should be quite good and I rate both competitors highly, as they are both in their prime at this point. The match itself is very strong, with Regal dominating a lot of the action but sadly the audience aren’t into this much, they are pretty much silent. The match ends with a double-count out for both men, which allows Austin a “BYE” to the semi-finals which despite McMahon’s efforts to avoid annoys him considerably. Short match, could have being better but the finish served its purpose.
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars