OSR: WWE SummerSlam 1997 Review

The Legion of Doom: Hawk and Animal vs. The Godwinns: Henry O. and Phineas I. 

Both teams make their way to the ring, as the neck injury caused by LOD to Henry is played on going into the match. The match gets underway, but sadly there isn’t really anything within it which makes it enjoyable, or even bearable. LOD were really good, but even without a neck injury The Godwinns are pretty awful. After a failed attempt at their patent Doomsday Device, a spike piledriver is nailed instead allowing LOD to pick up the win and become victorious. Awful, awful match.

Winners: The Legion of Doom

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

WWE European Championship: The British Bulldog (c) vs. Ken Shamrock

A video clip is shown from RAW highlighting the backstory between the pair, before Bulldog makes his way to the ring and is soon enough followed by Shamrock. Bulldog is very much the dominant force in the match, where at this point the inexperience of Shamrock becomes apparent as he struggles to keep up with Bulldog who seems to be carrying him. After Shamrock has dog food smeared in his face, he goes ballistic and gets himself disqualified for nailing Bulldog with a tin of dog food. After this, he chokes out Bulldog before being pulled off by various officials which results in Pat Patterson, Gerald Brisco and some referees being attacked. Now, how Shamrock came across here was better than how he came across in the match.

Winner: The British Bulldog, via Disqualification

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

Los Boricuas: Savio Vega, Miguel Perez Jr, Jose Estrada Jr and Jesus Castillo vs. The Disciples of Apocalypse: Crush, Chainz, 8-Ball and Skull

The history package is shown for the match, which shows a very even sided feud between the two teams. Los Boricuas make their way to the ring first, and are soon followed by the DOA on motorbikes as the match gets started very quickly with DOA in control but in all honesty bar Savio Vega I am having a lot of difficulty ascertaining which one is which…they all look the same. The match comes to an end when The Nation make their way to ringside, an Ahmed Johnson I believe nails one of The DOA with a piledriver to allow Los Boricuas to pick up the win in a painfully average and forgettable match.

Winners: Los Boricuas

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Owen Hart (c) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin

The history package going back to IYH: Canadian Stampede is shown where Owen got a pinfall victory over Austin and from there became fixated on this building the intensity between the two. Owen makes his way to the ring first, and is soon enough joined by Austin who receives an incredible reaction. The match gets underway with a sneak attack from Owen, but the match is surprisingly very back and forth between the pair and quite evenly contested which surprised me. Owen is able to out wrestle Austin, but Austin is able to use various brawling tactics to fight back. The end of the match comes when Owen counters a move attempt into a tombstone, which is the infamous botched move that buggered Austin’s neck. After a few moments, a very sloppy roll up is performed by Austin who is evidently in a lot of pain to capture the championship. Really great match, just a sad ending to the match because of circumstances.

Winner: Stone Cold Steve Austin, to capture the WWE Intercontinental Championship

Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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