Old School Review: IYH – Revenge of the ‘Taker
In the next edition of the Old School Review, we shall be going back to the time when the Attitude Era was beginning and the WWE was taking a new direction with it’s content but also a new champion had recently being crowned in The Undertaker, and he is set to face an old enemy in Mankind whilst this show features the height of the intense feud between Bret “The Hitman” Hart and Stone Cold Syeve Austin. Another event I have never seen but heard about, here I go with the OSR of IYH 14: Revenge of the ‘Taker…
A promo is shown for the resurgence of the Mankind and Undertaker feud less than 6 months since they last faced at Survivor Series 1996, but this can be seen as the beginning of the Dark Lord character for The Undertaker before we go to the arena with very cheesy music, it sounds like someone is drunk on the organ but our announcers for the evening are Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross before we go to the first match of the evening.
WWE Tag Team Championship: The British Bulldog and Owen Hart (c) vs. The Legion of Doom
A brief couple of video clips are shown for the buildup to this match, which coincidentally involved The Godwinns before LOD make their way out first to a pretty good reaction and look pretty good with it, they certainly don’t look out-of-place here before Bulldog and Owen make their way out to a nice heel reaction. The match, I think will be a very solid outing, with Owen and Animal starting it off…Owen with lots of nice wrestling moves whereas Animal uses his power to overcome but his power is matched when Bulldog is tagged in. Hawk is soon tagged in, and shows great athleticism for a big man before he is taken down by Bulldog which allows him and Owen to become the dominant force in this match. The LOD soon mount a comeback, and this allows Animal to pick up the pin fall on Bulldog to seemingly win the titles. Another referee soon comes down and informs the assigned referee that Bulldog wasn’t the legal man leading to a match restart, of which Owen and Bulldog are reluctant until they are literally forced by the referee to comeback. They soon come back and start dominating the action over Animal and use heelish double teaming to out smart the LOD and the referee. After LOD nail Owen with the Doomsday Device, Bret Hart quickly enters the ring causing the DQ win for the LOD to end this cleverly booked and enjoyable match.
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Rocky Maivia (c) vs. Savio Vega (w/ Crush)
Vega makes his way out first with members of the Nation and someone singing…not quite sure who he is before Maivia is interviewed ahead of the match. He then comes out to a satisfactory reaction for the new star, before the match begins in the way I would expect…quickly. The action is very fast paced but with lots of varying wrestling holds before Faarooq joins the commentary for this match. The match slows down considerably as Vega becomes dominant over Maivia and uses a lot of ground moves to keep him down but nevertheless this is still a good match, the action is very solid but the presence of Faarooq on the commentary adds a whole new dynamic to the match and adds greatly to the storyline direction of the WWE at the time. Maivia is able to mount a comeback with a sort-of spin around DDT. There are several near falls but then Maivia is thrown into Crush, who is quite annoyed by this, and with the referees back turned Crush nails Maivia with a Heart punch to get him counted out. Vega is peeved because whilst he won he didn’t get the title, and Faarooq makes his way in to “calm” things until they continue attacking Maivia before the entire Nation vacate the ring when Ahmed Johnson comes out. A very solid and good effort with a slightly disappointing finish which was rectified by the story told. Johnson then cuts a sort-of racist promo on the Nation saying he will take on them all in the same night if he needs to.
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Doc Hendrix interviewing Marc Mero and Sable before they are quickly interrupted by officials and referees running into a room, with some loud noises coming from the room until Bulldog and Owen then emerge, and Dave Hebner reveals they have just attacked Austin before we go back to McMahon, Lawler and JR who discuss what has just happened ahead of our next match.
Jesse James vs. Rockabilly (w/ The Honky Tonk Man)
James makes his way out first, singing his entrance music which seems really bizarre but even more so that he isn’t that bad before Honky comes out to announce who will be facing James. He is then introduced as the Artist Formerly Known as Billy Gunn who comes out to some bizarre country music and dances badly. This match, I’m not sure how it will pan out to be honest but it does seem odd these two facing one another considering they had tremendous success as The New Age Outlaws. The action soon spills to the outside where Honky is intimidated by James, before the action returns to the ring and Rockabilly begins to dominate the action, he is portraying the mid-90s version of Honky well. Sadly, this match is pretty mediocre, and ends when James pins Rockabilly with an inside cradle. He quickly escapes after Honky attempts to get him with the guitar in a particularly pointless match, hasn’t really served any purpose.
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars