OSR: WWE WrestleMania 14 Review (1998)

WrestleMania 14 Review

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OSR: WWE WrestleMania XIV Review

Back in 1998, the WWE was coming back fighting in their war with WCW. The featured attraction for WrestleMania 14 was Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWE Championship. At ringside throughout the match, “Iron” Mike Tyson. Recall the events of March 29 1998 in the WWE WrestleMania 14 Review. 

The opening promo looked at the tradition of WrestleMania throughout the years and how the tradition was blurred. This was a simple but effective promo. 

The venue for WrestleMania XIV is the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts with 19,028 in attendance. The commentary team for the event was Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler. Straight away, the entrants for the first match are heading to the ring to get the event underway. 

1. 15-Tag Team Battle Royal

All of the participants are at ringside already, with The Nation and LOD getting entrances. The match started with all the teams. This made it difficult to follow the events of the match.

Eliminations occurred thick and fast, with JR really hammering LOD at the audience. Within minutes, the match was down to the final four teams of The Godwinns, LOD, Skull & 8-Ball and The New Midnight Express. The winner of this match was to go to Unforgiven 1998 for a title match.

The final two teams in the match was LOD and The New Midnight Express. The New Midhnight Express were able to control Hawk. LOD were declared the winners. Sadly, this match was rushed and ineffective.

Winner: LOD 2000

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

2. WWE Light Heavyweight Championship: Taka Michinoku (c) vs. Aguila

Aguila was already in the ring as Taka made his entrance. Between them, they had a very fast paced and high spots match. This allowed them to differentiate themselves from everything else at the time. Taka won this credible match with the Michinoku Driver to retain the title.

Winner: Taka Michinoku, to retain the WWE Light Heavyweight Championship

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

3. WWE European Championship: Triple H (c) (w/ Chyna) vs. Owen Hart

Triple H and Chyna made their way to the ring first. Chyna was handcuffed to Commissioner Slaughter for the duration of the match. After this, Owen made his way to the ring and quickly took down Triple H.

Triple H was able to regain the momentum of the match, being able to use a variety of moves to ground Owen. Owen was able to regain the momentum, and used a variety of tactics to achieve this. This allowed him some near finishes, as he displayed great technical ability.

The match seemed to be going very much in the favour of Triple H. Chyna was able to take out Slaughter with dust to the eyes. This allowed her to take out Owen. This allowed Triple H to gain the victory. That was really enjoyable and entertaining.

Winner: Triple H, to retain the WWE European Championship

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

4. Mixed Tag Team Match: Marc Mero and Sable vs. Goldust and Luna Vachon

The history package looked at the jealously of Marc Mero with the deranged duo of Goldust and Luna playing a factor. Both teams made their way to the ring, with Goldust looking outright weird.

The match was contested very much between Mero and Goldust. Mero continually nailed his finishers to Goldust. Throughout this, Sable and Luna chased each other. The chemistry in this match was very explosive, making up for the poor in-ring showing. Sable and Mero got the victory.

Winners: Marc Mero and Sable

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

5. WWE Intercontinental Championship: The Rock (c) (w/ Kama Mustafa, D’Lo Brown and Mark Henry) vs. Ken Shamrock

The Rock made his way to the ring first with members of the Nation. The amount of heat he received was incredible. The history package shown highlights the vicious nature The Rock had been portraying. Shamrock then made his way to the ring

The match began in the aisle, with Shamrock really hammering it to The Rock. The Rock was continually pummeled by Shamrock for several moments. The Rock was briefly able to fight back. At one point with the referee distracted, Rock hammers Shamrock with a vicious chair shot.

Shamrock was ultimately successful, when The Rock tapped out to the Ankle Lock. Afterwards, Shamrock attacked several referees and officials. This led to the decision being reversed and The Rock being declared the winner. The chemistry was great but technical content was poor.

Winner: The Rock, to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

 6. WWE Tag Team Championship – Dumpster Match: The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg) (c) vs. Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie

The history package is aired first. It highlighted Cactus and Chainsaw being taken out beforehand. Both teams then made their way to the ring. The match soon began as a brawl. The initial outset saw a multitude of weapons utilized.

The Outlaws were very much in control, almost getting the victory in the early moments. The hardcore style predominantly suited Cactus and Chainsaw though. A notable spot saw Gunn and Cactus diving from a ladder into the dumpster. However, the match soon spilled backstage.

The conclusion saw The Outlaws trapped in the dumpster. This allowed Chainsaw and Cactus the victory to become the new tag team champions. A surprisingly enjoyable and entertaining match. It was again different from everything else.

Winners: Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie, to capture the WWE Tag Team Championship

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

7. The Undertaker vs. Kane (w/ Paul Bearer)

The history package looked at the debut of Kane in 1997. This was followed by a subsequent brutal but personal rivalry. This package highlights how seriously demonic Kane was back at the beginning. Pete Rose came out first. Having insulted everyone, Kane then tombstoned him.

The Undertaker then made his way to the ring. Kane was the dominant force from the outset. A very strong performance to be portrayed as a result by Kane. Different power moves were used to maintain the control of the match. Taker attempted to use his striker nature to gain the momentum.

Later on in the match, he is able to do this after he has nailed Kane with a series of chokeslams and tombstone piledrivers. Kane portrays the role of the unstoppable monster. Ultimately, it took The Undertaker 3 separate tombstones to gain the victory over Kane.

Despite having lost the match, Kane gains the revenge quickly. Taker gained his revenge on Paul Bearer with a swift fist. But, Kane was able to nail Taker with a Tombstone to the chair. The in-ring quality was poor. The story told by both men allowed for compelling watching.

Winner: The Undertaker

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

8. WWE Championship: Shawn Michaels (c) (w/ Triple H and Chyna) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin with Special Guest Enforcer Mike Tyson

The history package shown looked at the arrival of Mike Tyson in the WWE. There was very little mention of the feud between Stone Cold and HBK. In the arena, Tyson made his way to the ring first. Stone Cold then made his way to the ring, and quickly got in the face of Tyson.

They were then joined by HBK, as the match then began. HBK was very cocky in the outset of the match, having nailed Stone Cold with a couple of quick fists. This quickly infuriated Austin, who quickly retaliated which then saw Triple H and Chyna sent backstage.

HBK was able to regain some offence in the match. It was clear throughout the match HBK was in a tremendous amount of pain. The conclusion of the match saw Stone Cold counter a Sweet Chin Music into a stunner to become the champion. It was a solid but average match.

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

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

WWE WrestleMania 14 Conclusions

WrestleMania 14 was an interesting event to watch back. There was a clear contrast between strong in-ring competition and poor in-ring competition. But, it was the storytelling methods that the WWE were using at the time which made it even more interesting to watch. The way the layout of the card was done displayed a clear beginning, middle and an end. Unfortunately, the opening match for the event was quite poor and didn’t really show much. If anything, it was a mess. The following two championship matches were very solid, with the match between Owen Triple H showing great in-ring quality but also great characterization from all those involved. Unfortunately, the next two matches represented the middle of the card, and were unfortunately forgettable. 

The final portion of the card represented three different styles of the WWE. The tag team match, should have being pretty rubbish but the characterization was really good. The combination of Terry Funk and Mick Foley worked brilliantly with one another. The match between The Undertaker and Kane was the pits in terms of in-ring quality. It was the months of buildup and storytelling which made that match brilliant. The main event was unfortunately a lot poorer in-ring quality to what you would expect, but this could be possibly be attributed to Michaels being cautious due to his back injury.

The WrestleMania 14 Review was an interesting one to watch, and represents a completely different organisation to the one we had witnessed two years ago at WrestleMania 12. But it really did show a great direction the business was heading, and is certainly worth watching for that reason alone. For 9.99 on the WWE Network, it will be worth it. 

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