View single post by PeteF3
 Posted: Mon May 19th, 2014 05:19 am
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Vince was both on trial and undergoing neck surgery. I suspect that had his mind been fully on running the company, this would never have happened. Maybe he sits in on a match or two as a guest, but no way would he be on for the entire PPV.

I watched it a few weeks ago, as it was the only Coliseum Video-era PPV I'd never seen. For a number of reasons, it stands as possibly the oddest WWF PPV of its time, perhaps ever. The company was in total disarray at this point, even before factoring in that business was in the tank. In many ways the WWF seemed to be at a lower point than it was a year later when Diesel was on top and business was worse--at least then the company was focused even if it wasn't focused on an enjoyable product. The whole show feels "off" for reasons besides Donovan. Monsoon was an anachronism at this point, and he and Randy are just awful--even with Donovan saddling them, each one calls the action as though a half-second of silence would be catastrophic. Gorilla just had nothing left to offer--nothing but his standard cliches and shitting on the heels instead of putting them over. Diesel was nowhere near ready for a World title match, and his use here was indicative of the shallowness of the roster. And then there was all the talk of the "New Generation" leading to a main event involving two 40-year old part-timers.

And yet--and this contributes to the oddness of the show--there is some damn good wrestling from both Harts, Diesel (yes, really), and the 1-2-3 Kid--and I thought the Jim Neidhart thing was genius. All in all, I don't think the WWF would ever see a show like this again. They'd run bad shows, and plenty of them--but this was a totally unique KIND of bad, and can't be accused of being boring. The only WWF PPV I can think of that compares would be the D-Generation X show.

Last edited on Mon May 19th, 2014 05:20 am by PeteF3