Old School Review: St Valentine’s Day Massacre
In the next edition of the Old School Review, I shall be going to a time at the height of the Attitude Era, but also the height of the original McMahon versus Austin feud, but also the height of The Ministry and The Corporation. Creatively, the WWE at this time was on fire and was beginning to fire back against rival WCW whereas the match quality may have suffered slightly. With a timid under card, but an action packed upper card this should be an interesting event to watch, I remember watching it before on VHS (and proudly still own the VHS) but it has being a number of years since I’ve seen it so I am looking forward to this. So, here I go with the OSR of WWE St Valentine’s Day Massacre (In Your House), 1999…enjoy!
An opening clip is shown, in a very old-fashioned style for McMahon and Austin, but it works brilliantly with attention also paid to some of the other key feuds for the evening before then giving a modern day focus to the opening promo. Really enjoyed that, it was the background music which made it before we go to the arena with our announcers for the evening Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler, who talk about some of the matches for the evening before we head up to the ring for our first match of the evening.
Goldust vs. Bluedust
Goldust makes his way out to the ring first, with a notable reference to the feud that has being built between the two before Goldust’s music hits and Bluedust before a couple of weird clips are shown about their feud before Goldust quickly takes the action to Bluedust. The action is a little bit back and forth, it’s more about their characterization than match quality. Goldust eventually wins this short match following the Curtain Call, and after the bell nails him with the Shattered Dreams to the delight of the audience. Their characters are brilliant and told a fantastic in-ring message but the match itself was a bit poor.
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We are then shown a clip from Sunday Night Heat, where McMahon is attempting to provoke Austin to strike him in order to get the cage match cancelled, but Austin is able to maintain his cool and thus the match is still on, before we return to the arena for our next match.
Hardcore Championship: Bob Holly vs. Al Snow
This match is an open challenge from Al Snow, for the vacant Hardcore championship which was vacated by Road Dogg due to injury. Anyhow, in tradition with hardcore matches of this time, it doesn’t last long in the ring and quickly spills through the crowd to the backstage area before eventually spilling outside of the arena to which they go to various parts of the area outside the arena before ending up on the river bank of the Mississippi river before ultimately ending up in the river to the delight of the crowd. These matches, whilst they weren’t necessarily amazing in quality, were always good fun to watch because they were always different and unique, you were intrigued to see where they ended up. Holly eventually wins the Hardcore Championship after pinning Snow whilst he is crapped up in metal fencing. A unique finish to the match, which was entertaining to watch before he then begins the jog back to the arena to collect the championship belt.
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We are shown a clip backstage of The Undertaker talking to the ministry ahead of their matches tonight and their fate and focus will be decided tonight. What I have always found odd with this event is The Undertaker, a very prominent figure in WWE storylines at the time, didn’t have a match that evening. Anyhow, we are back to the arena for a Ministry versus The Corporation match…
The Big Boss Man vs. Mideon
Boss Man makes his way out first, where he is hyped by Cole over his attack on Austin on RAW Saturday Night before Mideon comes out and leaves an eyeball with The King to look after. The action quickly gets underway, and is very back and forth between both men, but probably more so Boss Man. Mideon is able to miss a chair shot from Boss Man and begins biting him. After what seems like a lifetime, Boss Man is able to pick up the win, shortly before The Ministry surround the ring, at which point the gongs hit the arena and The Undertaker makes his way to the ring as Boss Man is decimated by The Ministry. Boss Man is then carried out of the arena by The Ministry.
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Kevin Kelly, interviewing D’Lo Brown, Mark Henry and an incredibly hot Ivory before we are shown a clip of her confrontation with Debra on Heat earlier that evening before we go back to the arena for the next match.