WWE Vintage Collection TV report: Rock vs. Booker T, Goldust vs. Pillman



'WWE Vintage Collection’ TV Report #272 – August 18th, 2013

 

Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.

 

By Stephen Lyon.

 

This week's theme: Summerslam matches. Main event of today's show was Booker T vs The Rock for the WCW title, from WWF Summerslam 2001 ppv. Other matches on today's show was X-Pac vs Jeff Jarrett in a 'Hair vs Hair' match, from WWF Summerslam 1998 ppv; Goldust vs Brian Pillman in a 'Loser Must Wear a Dress' match, from WWF Summerslam 1997 ppv; and The Undertaker vs Kama in a 'Casket Match', from WWF Summerslam 1995 ppv.   

 

 

The Show:

 

Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund & Renee Young.

 

1) Goldust (w/Marlena in his corner) defeated Brian Pillman in a 'Loser Must Wear a Dress' match. This match took place at the 'WWF Summerslam 1997' pay-per-view event, held in East Rutherford, New Jersey on August 3rd, 1997. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler & Jim Ross. This was a back and forth brawl. The pair brawled on the outside, with Pillman crotching Goldust on the ringpost. The finish of the match was botched, as Goldust tried for a sunset flip, but Pillman slipped. Pillman knelt down, allowing Marlena to slap his face. This led to Goldust rolling up Pillman for the win. After the match, Marlena tossed in a mannequin and a dress into the ring, which caused Pillman to go nuts and destroy.

  

 

2) The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer in his corner) defeated Kama (w/Ted DiBiase in his corner) in a Casket Match. This match took place at the 'WWF Summerslam 1995' pay-per-view event, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 27th, 1995. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler. Before the match, they showed a short video of Kama stealing the Undertaker's urn at Wrestlemania 11, which he then melted down to create a large gold chain that he wore around his neck. This wasn't a good match. Kama built up heat on the Undertaker, knocking him to the outside, where he was attacked by Ted DiBiase. Paul Bearer took off his jacket and wanted to fight DiBiase, and had to be held back by refs Tim White& Jack Doan. Finish saw Undertaker give Kama a tombstone, then roll him into the casket before shutting the lid for the win.

  

 

3) X-Pac (w/Howard Finkel in his corner) defeated Jeff Jarrett in a 'Hair vs Hair' match. This match took place at the 'WWF Summerslam 1998' pay-per-view event, held in Madison Square Garden, New York on August 30th, 1998. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler. Howard Finkel was in X-Pac's corner, because on the live edition of WWF Sunday Night Heat before the ppv, Jarrett had jumped Finkel and shaved his head. This was a fast paced match. Jarrett dropkicked X-Pac to the outside and crotched him on the ring post. Jarrett worked over X-Pac's neck. X-Pac caught Jarrett with a Tornado DDT, but then missed with a crossbody block. After a commercial break, X-Pac gave Jarrett a Bronco Buster. Jarrett connected with a crossbody himself, only for X-Pac to roll through for the pin attempt. The finish of the match saw X-Pac give Jarrett the X-Factor, but Southern Justice came out as a distraction. Dennis Knight tried to hand Jarrett a guitar to use, but X-Pac grabbed it and decked Jarrett with it, before the scoring the pinfall win. The post-match haircut, also featuring Finkel, New Age Outlaws and the Headbangers, was briefly shown in freeze-frame, presumably because showing footage of it wasn't PG.    

 

 

4) The Rock defeated Booker T (w/Shane McMahon in his corner) to win the WCW title. This match took place at the 'WWF Summerslam 2001' pay-per-view event, San Jose, California on August 19th, 2001. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Paul Heyman. This was a hard hitting match, with the pair brawling into the crowd. Booker clotheslined Rock, who took a bump on to the concrete floor in the crowd. The pair brawled back into the ring. Shane McMahon decked Rock with a title belt shot to the head. This resulted in the APA running out for the save, cornering Shane, with Bradshaw delivering a clothesline from hell. Booker T scored a nearfall using a Book End. Rock recovered to hit a belly-to-belly overhead suplex, a spinebuster, followed by a Peoples Elbow. Rock went for the pin, but Shane pulled out the referee at the count of 2. Rock dealt with Shane, giving him a Rock Bottom outside the ring. Back inside, Booker gave Rock an axe kick, then showboated doing a spinaroonie. Rock nipped up, then gave Booker a Rock Bottom for the pinfall victory to win the WCW title. 

 

 

Closing thoughts: Average show. Rock vs Booker T was the best match. X-Pac vs Jeff Jarrett was a decent match.

 

 

 

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Match Results:

 

1) Goldust (w/Marlena in his corner) defeated Brian Pillman in a 'Loser Must Wear a Dress' match ('WWF Summerslam 1997' pay-per-view event - East Rutherford, New Jersey: 03/08/97). 

 

2) The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer in his corner) defeated Kama (w/Ted DiBiase in his corner) in a Casket Match ('WWF Summerslam 1995' pay-per-view event - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 27/08/95). 

 

3) X-Pac (w/Howard Finkel in his corner) defeated Jeff Jarrett in a Hair vs Hair match ('WWF Summerslam 1998' pay-per-view event - MSG, New York: 30/08/98). 

 

4) The Rock defeated Booker T (w/Shane McMahon in his corner) to win the WCW title ('WWF Summerslam 2001' pay-per-view event - San Jose, California: 19/08/01). 

 

 

 

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