'WWE Vintage Collection’ TV Report #262 – June 9th, 2013
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week's theme: The History of D-Generation X. Main event of today's show was Stone Cold Steve Austin & The Rock vs New Age Outlaws, from WWF Raw is War, October 1999. Other matches on today's show included Legion of Doom vs Shawn Michaels & Triple H (WWF Raw is War, December 1997); Triple H & X-Pac & New Age Outlaws vs Kaientai (WWF Saturday Night Raw, September 1998); and Road Dogg & X-Pac vs Billy Gunn & Chyna (WWF Fully Loaded ppv, July 1999). Plus X-Pac's return promo, from WWF Raw is War, March 1998.
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund and Renee Young.
1) Legion of Doom defeated Shawn Michaels & Triple H (w/Chyna in their corner) via D.Q. This match aired on the December 15th, 1997 edition of 'WWF Raw is War', taped in Durham, New Hampshire on December 9th, 1997. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Jim Cornette. Only the last few minutes of this match aired. Animal was dominant in the ring, working over both Michaels and Triple H. Billy Gunn ran down to ringside and pulled Hawk off the ring apron, brawling with him. Road Dogg jumped out of the crowd, carrying a cloth and a bottle of chloroform, which he then used to smother Hawk with, knocking him unconscious. In the ring, Chyna made the save for Michaels and Triple H, nailing Animal with a title belt shot to the head, for the disqualification. Dogg & Gunn then shaved off half of Hawk's mohawk using electric clippers, to the shock and disgust of the announcers. Michaels and Triple H were very impressed by the Outlaws actions and applauded them. DX and the Outlaws then combined to powerbomb Animal through the ringside announcers table. Continuing the assault on Hawk in the ring, Gunn delivered a top rope legdrop, followed by a Michaels top rope flying elbow. The DX music played and both DX and the Outlaws posed, attempting to upstage each other. This was a well done angle, and was the first real incident where the Outlaws were associated with DX and started earning their respect. Up to this point, they had really just been an inconsequential prelim heel tag team attempting to get over and it wasn't really working. Associating them with a hot main event heel act like DX started their elevation.
Next came the famous Triple H interview in the ring, the day after Wrestlemania 14, on the March 30th, 1998 edition of WWF Raw is War. Triple H bemoaned Mike Tyson's double cross the previous night, blaming it on Shawn Michaels, whom he stated 'dropped the ball', and effectively kicked Michaels out of DX, naming himself as the new DX leader. Triple H said he was forming a new 'DX Army' to dominate the WWF, and the first people he looked to for help was the 'clique'. Out came X-Pac, making his return to the WWF after nearly two years away, to a very big reaction. X-Pac cut a very memorable promo, addressing recent comments made about him on WCW tv after Bischoff had fired him in real life, saying, "I heard Hulk Hogan came out on television saying I couldn't cut the mustard. Well Hulk Hogan - you suck pal, so I don't think you have any room to talk about anyone else cutting any kind of mustard!" He then went on to offer Hogan some advice, saying, "You better not stop short, or Eric Bischoff will go so far up your ass, he'll know what you for breakfast!"
2) Triple H & X-Pac & New Age Outlaws (w/Chyna in their corner) defeated Taka Michinoku & Shoichi Funaki & Dick Togo & Mens Teioh (w/Yamaguchi San in their corner). This match aired on a special 'WWF Saturday Night Raw' on September 12th, 1998, taped in Lowell, Massachusetts on September 1st, 1998. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler. This Raw special aired on a Saturday night, due to the September 7th Raw being pre-empted by U.S. Open tennis on the USA Network. This was actually a good competitive match - not a squash, although Triple H did make an effort to belittle it (presumably due to the size of his opponents) by wrestling whilst wearing a black leather cap back to front. Gunn press-slammed Funaki on to Mens Teoih. Dick Togo & Funaki worked over Road Dogg for a lengthy period, with Taka Michinoku catching Dogg in the face with a great dropkick. Togo also nailed Dogg with a big splash. Finish came when Dogg made the hot tag and the rest of DX cleared the ring, with X-Pac using a facebuster on Michinoku to score the pinfall win. Chyna also decked Yamaguchi San on the ring apron just for good measure.
3) Road Dogg & X-Pac defeated Billy Gunn & Chyna. This match took place at the 'WWF Fully Loaded 1999' pay-per-view event, held in Buffalo, New York on July 25th, 1999. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler. By this point, DX had broken up for the first time. Gunn had gone solo, and Triple H & Chyna had joined the Corporation, leaving just Dogg & X-Pac flying the DX flag, aided by X-Pac's friend, Kane. Triple H convinced Gunn & Chyna that Dogg & X-Pac were profiting greatly from using the DX name, through merchandise sales, and convinced them to reclaim the DX name. So the stipulations for this match were that the winners got to keep the DX name. Gunn and Chyna were wearing matching outfits, which meant Gunn was wearing a black thong, with black fishnet trunks over it, so you could basically see Gunn's ass. Chyna's push really was totally unique, in that she wrestled like a male and was treated like a male in the ring. There was no hesitation at all about executing moves on her, nor did the announcers or the crowd think it out of the ordinary. Chyna worked over Dogg with elbow drops, followed by Gunn delivering a standing suplex. After a commercial break, the heels worked over X-Pac, with X-Pac making a tag to Dogg, only for the ref not to see it. X-Pac finally made the hot tag, and Dogg ran wild, doing his dancing punches on Chyna. X-Pac gave Chyna a Bronco Buster in the corner, whilst Gunn charged at X-Pac, missed, and hit his head on the ring post. Dogg then pinned Gunn after a pump handle slam, to a big crowd reaction.
4) New Age Outlaws defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin & The Rock. This match aired on the October 25th, 1999 live edition of 'WWF Raw is War', taped in Providence, Rhode Island. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler. Before the match, the newly reunited New Age Outlaws confronted Vince McMahon backstage, demanding a title shot at the reigning WWF Tag Team Champions, Hardcore & Crash Holly. Vince replied that they were already in a match with Edge & Christian on the show. Outlaws then wanted Rock & Mankind. Vince replied that Mankind was already in a match with WWF Champion, Triple H. Triple H then burst into the room, brandishing the format sheet for the show, angry he was facing Mankind. He then suggested to Vince that the Outlaws be given Steve Austin & The Rock as opponents, which Vince agreed to and the match was on.
Austin and Gunn squared off initially, with Austin catching Gunn with his trademark Lou Thesz Press. Rock tagged in, only to be met by a Gunn backbreaker. Dogg nailed Rock with his dancing punches. The Outlaws used quick tags and dominated Rock in the corner, building heat. Rock made his own comeback, and attempted to do the Peoples Elbow on Dogg, only for Gunn to pull Dogg out of the ring. Austin then levelled both Outlaws with a clothesline at ringside. After a commercial break, Austin missed with a legdrop on Gunn, with Gunn lowblowing Austin. Rock came in for the save, using a DDT on Gunn for a nearfall. Triple H ran out to interfere, only for Austin to meet him on the ramp and begin brawling with him. In the ring, Rock gave Dogg a Samoan Drop, then tossed him out of the ring. Rock then gave Gunn a Rock Bottom, only for X-Pac to enter the ring, coming out of nowhere, and level Rock with a spinning heel kick to the head. Gunn then pinned Rock for the shock win. Triple H and X-Pac then joined with the Outlaws in laying out Austin and Rock in the ring, with all four putting on DX shirts and posing on the turnbuckles (to a major crowd reaction), as Jim Ross yelled, "DX is together! DX is together! DX! Damn it, DX!" as the show went off the air.
Closing thoughts: This was a very fun show, with a lot of memorable content from the Attitude era. Best match was probably Austin & Rock vs the Outlaws, although DX vs Kaientai was good too.
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1) Legion of Doom defeated Shawn Michaels & Triple H (w/Chyna in their corner) via D.Q. ('WWF Raw is War', - Durham, New Hampshire: taped on 09/12/97, aired on 15/12/97).
2) Triple H & X-Pac & New Age Outlaws (w/Chyna in their corner) defeated Taka Michinoku & Shoichi Funaki & Dick Togo & Mens Teioh (w/Yamaguchi San in their corner) ('WWF Saturday Night Raw', - Lowell, Massachusetts: taped on 01/09/98, aired on 12/09/98).
3) Road Dogg & X-Pac defeated Billy Gunn & Chyna ('WWF Fully Loaded 1999' pay-per-view event - Buffalo, New York: 25/07/99).
4) New Age Outlaws defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin & The Rock ('WWF Raw is War', - Providence, Rhode Island: 25/10/99).
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