OSR: WWE Unforgiven 1999 Review

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OSR: WWE Unforgiven 1999 Review

In the autumn of 1999, the WWE was back ahead of WCW in the ratings war. But Triple H was at the beginning of his main event career as WWE Champion. It marks a very much transitional time in the company, with Stone Cold Steve Austin heading out due to nagging injuries and Triple H taking his place. But this event marked one of the only times in WWE history when the WWE Championship was vacant. A new champion was to be crowned in the latest OSR with the WWE Unforgiven 1999 Review…an event which can be attributed to one of the worst gimmick matches in WWE history. This could be an interesting ride in the WWE Unforgiven 1999 Review…

The opening promo looks at desperation and pursuit of the six competitors going into the main event. There is a lot of prominence on forgiveness and being sinners. We then go inside the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Our commentary team for the event is JR and The King, who allude to the referee strike which is ongoing. We then go to the ring with the first match of the event.

1. Val Venis vs. Steve Blackman with Special Guest Referee The Brooklyn Brawler 

Both men make their way to the ring with Val cutting a brief promo. The match gets underway with Blackman in control initially, but the referee seems very flexible over the match rules. Val gets some momentum, eventually winning a lame match with the Money Shot.

Winner: Val Venis 

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

2. WWE European Championship: Mark Henry (c) vs. D’Lo Brown with Special Guest Referee Tom Prichard

The history package is shown for the match, which sees the breakdown in the pairs friendship. Ultimately, for his help at SummerSlam 1999, Jeff Jarrett hands Henry the European Championship. Mark Henry then makes his way to the ring.

Henry tries to get out of the match, feigning an injury thanks to a slap from Lillian Garcia. D’Lo is having none of it, making his way out with the match quickly beginning with Henry in control. D’Lo users his speed advantage to regain control.

This match is complete contrasts, being fast paced at one moment then slow in another. It is though a very average match with sloppy moments. But it is one of those that maintaing interest is very difficult. D’Lo is eventually successful following the Lo Down to become the new champion.

Winner: D’Lo Brown, to capture the WWE European Championship 

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

3. WWE Intercontinental Championship: Jeff Jarrett (c) (w/ Miss Kitty) vs. Chyna with Special Guest Referee Harvey Whippleman

A brief video clip is shown from SmackDown where Jarrett is seen attacking a female stage assistant. Both make  way to the ring, with Jarrett quickly attacking Chyna from the outset. Jarrett talked a very neutral approach in maintaing control of the match in the early minutes.

Chyna regains the momentum with the Electric Chair, albeit briefly. This is another match with flexible ruling from the referee when Chyna openly uses a chair. Interference is seen from The Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young and Debra, who nails Jarrett with a guitar, seemingly giving Chyna the win.

Ultimately, the decision is reversed by referee Tom Prichard. This was an interesting match with how it booked. In some respects, they were clearly being apprehensive in booking Chyna to be overly dominant in this match.

Winner: Jeff Jarrett, via Disqualification

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

4. The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley) vs. The Acolytes (Bradshaw and Faarooq)

Both team make their way to the ring, with the Dudley’s being the dominant force over Bradshaw. Bradshaw is able to have some momentum, with very little involvement from Faarooq. Ultimately, The Acolytes win this lame match following interference from Stevie Richards.

Winners: The Acolytes

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

5. WWE Women’s Championship – Hardcore Match: Ivory (c) vs. Luna Vachon with Special Guest Referee Harvey Whippleman

The match begins backstage with Ivory attacking Luna from behind. They continue to brawl throughout the backstage area with various different items being used, including a splash from Luna from the top of a forklift.

The end of the match (if you can call it that) sees Tori attempt to attack Ivory, but is unsuccessful allowing Ivory the victory in an amusing match. Afterwards, Ivory blasts Moolah and Mae Young only to be taken out by them.

Winner: Ivory, to retain the WWE Women’s Championship

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

6. WWE Tag Team Championship: The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) (c) vs. Edge and Christian

Both teams make their way to the ring, with The Outlaws assuming early control of the match over Christian. Edge and Christian regain control over Road Dogg, until the hot tag to Gunn who runs rampant over both of them.

The end of the match looks very much like Edge and Christian are going to win, until interference from The Hardy Boyz allows Billy Gunn to nail a Fameasser to Edge for the win in an average match.

Winners: The New Age Outlaws, to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

7. WWE Hardcore Championship – Kennel from Hell Match: Al Snow (c) vs. The Big Boss Man

A steel (well bar) cage match inside the Hell in a Cell. Both men make their way to the ring, with Boss Man being fought off from entering the cage. This prompts the appearance of the dogs, which sees Boss Man climb over the top to enter.

This match sees one ridiculous spot after another, where the dogs play no role whatsoever. It is a very awkward and quite frankly stupid match. Eventually, this sees Al Snow win one of the worst gimmick matches…EVER!!!

Winner: Al Snow, to retain the WWE Hardcore Championship

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

8. Chris Jericho (w/ Curtis Hughes) vs. X-Pac with Special Guest Referee Tom Prichard

Both men make their way to the ring, with Jericho cutting a promo about being in Charlotte on a boring PPV. X-Pac then makes his way to the ring with the match soon getting underway. From the outset, it is a very back and forth, solid but occasionally sloppy match.

The end of the match sees Curtis Hughes interfere, taking out Tom Prichard prompting the DQ win for X-Pac. As Jericho and Hughes take down X-Pac, Road Dogg appears to even the score to end this good match. But, it could have being so much better.

Winner: X-Pac, via Disqualification

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

9. WWE Championship – Six Pack Challenge: The Big Show vs. The British Bulldog vs. Mankind vs. Kane vs. Triple H vs. The Rock with Special Guest Enforcer Stone Cold Steve Austin

The history package for this match shows Mankind being successful at SummerSlam 1999, but the following weeks sees Triple H and Vince McMahon becoming the champion before it is eventually relinquished leading to this match. One thing to note, Bulldog has replaced The Undertaker here.

Each of the participants make their way to the ring, and it soon gets underway with various tags in and out of the match at a rapid pace. They seem to occur that quickly, a rapport cannot be established in the match to give some to invest in – it actually makes it difficult to follow.

The end of the match sees the on-strike referees take out the referee assigned to this match. This sees Triple H scoring the pinfall with a reluctant Stone Cold making the cover in a rushed, ill-thought match which could have being a lot better.

Winner: Triple H, to capture the WWE Championship

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

Well, watching this event back it was a very mixed bag of matches which were put across. The main event was ultimately disappointing. It is one of those matches which could have delivered much more than what it actually did. Everything happened far to quickly, which didn’t allow you to invest in it properly. The role of Stone Cold as enforcer made it more interesting, because it added a more interesting dynamic at ringside. But other than that, the match was a little bit of a washout. 

Going to the under card, there was a constant series of average match after average match. Some of the matches could have done so much more. In some respects, they were trying far to hard which made it underwhelming. Without a doubt though, the worst match on the card was The Kennel from Hell match. This match should never have even being conceived, it was that bad. There were so many flaws within its concept, it was obvious that it would fail from the outset. 

Whether this event comes with a recommendation to watch is difficult to work out. It is definitely not one which standouts in your memory for being a classic. If you do want to watch it, you can of course do this as part of your 9.99 Subscription Fee to the WWE Network.

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