From The Network- WWF Judgment Day 1998
Posted by Dylan Diot on 04.02.2014
Remember that time Mark Henry pinned The Rock?......
WWF Judgment Day 1998
Your hosts are Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler.
Al Snow vs. Marc Mero w/Jacqueline
Before the match, Jeff Jarrett comes out and wants some of Snow. The distraction allows Mero to attack from behind. He stomps away in the corner and Jarrett heads to the back, being denied his request to face Snow. Powerslam by Snow and he hits some clotheslines for 1. He hammers Mero on the mat and Mero comes back with a back elbow. Mero goes after head which allows Snow to roll him up for 2. Clothesline by Mero and he hits some forearms in the corner. DDT by Snow and he hits a slam. Snow goes up and he hits a moonsault off the top. Jacqueline distracts Snow, allowing Mero to go low and hit a DDT for 2. Mero chokes Snow in the ropes and Jacqueline provides some of the same. Knee lift by Mero and he goes up. Moonsault press off the top by Mero gets 2. Snow comes back with rapid head butts and Mero comes back with a clothesline. Snow comes back with an enzuigiri and he hits some rights. Sit-out spinebuster by Snow and he goes up. He goes for another moonsault but Jacqueline pulls Mero out of the way. Inside cradle by Mero gets 2. Samoan drop by Mero and he goes up. Marvelocity misses and Snow covers for 2 as Mero gets his foot on the ropes. Mero goes for the TKO but Snow escapes and hits the Snow Plow for 3. Winner- Al Snow **3/4 ( Solid opening match. The crowd was hot from the opening bell and both guys showed good flashes of athleticism and had an overall solid contest to kick off the show.)
Disciples of Apocalypse (Skull and 8-Ball) and Paul Ellering vs. Legion of Doom (Hawk, Animal, and Droz)
Animal and Skull start. Big boot by Skull and he hits a swinging neckbreaker. Clothesline by Animal and he hits a dropkick forcing Skull to bail. Tag to Hawk and Skull hits a sloppy powerslam. Hawk comes back with one of his own and he hits a clothesline. Rights by Skull and Hawk comes back with a sitting neckbreaker. Tag to Droz and he hits a back elbow. 8-Ball nails him from behind, allowing Skull to attack. Tag to 8-Ball and he stomps on the back of Droz. D.O.A triple team Droz in the corner and 8-Ball hits a clothesline. Tag to Skull and he hits a sidewalk slam. Elbows to the head by Skull and he tags 8-Ball. Flying clothesline by Droz and Ellering tags in. He throws a hard kick to the midsection of Droz and 8-Ball tags in. DDT by Droz and Hawk tags in. He cleans house and the L.O.D hit the Doomsday Device on 8-Ball. Droz covers for 3 as Hawk is upset over him stealing the pin. Winners- Legion of Doom * ( The wrestling in this match was sloppy and ugly at different points and Hawk was in no condition to be in the ring since he was recovering from his drug addiction. )
Val Venis w/Terri Runnels vs. Goldust
This crowd LOVES Goldust. Goldust attacks to start and Venis comes back with a big boot. Rights by Venis and he hits a back elbow. Elbow drop by Venis and he hammers Goldust on the mat. He dumps Goldust to the floor and follows out where he hits some more rights. Venis is reversed into the barricade and Goldust hot shots him onto the steps!!! Venis hammers away as Goldust tries to come back in and Venis dumps him back to the floor. Venis goes up and hits a crossbody off the top to the floor onto Goldust. He hammers Goldust on the mat and back in, Venis goes up. He leaps but Goldust nails him in the midsection on the way down. Reverse atomic drop by Goldust and he hits a slingshot back suplex. Goldust sends Venis hard into the corner and he hits a clothesline for 2. Goldust begins to work over the left arm of Venis and he snapmares Venis into a Mr. Perfect neck snap. Goldust charges in the corner but Venis moves, sending Goldust shoulder first into the post. Venis pulls Goldust shoulder first into the post and back in, Venis hits a hammerlock slam. Elbow drops to the shoulder by Venis and he grabs a short arm scissors. He releases and begins exchange forearms with Goldust. Venis ends that with a clothesline for 2 and he grabs a key lock. Goldust fights out and he hits a crossbody for 2. Clothesline by Venis gets 2 and he snaps Goldustís arm off the ropes. Side Russian leg sweep by Venis gets 2. Powerslam by Venis and he goes up. Goldust stops him and he follows up. Superplex by Goldust gets 2. Goldust goes to the second rope and misses an elbow drop. Rights by Goldust but Venis catches him with a sleeper. Goldust backs him into the corner to break and he catches Venis in a sleeper. Venis breaks with a back suplex and both men are down. Clothesline by Goldust and he hits a backdrop. Bulldog by Goldust and Terri distracts Goldust. Val charges but misses and almost hits Terri. Goldust goes low on Val and gets 3!!! Winner- Goldust ***1/4 ( This was yet another good match. It had some solid psychology involving the arm and the finish was clever, as Goldust really did get some revenge for Venis screwing his wife. )
X-Pac promises to deal with Ken Shamrock (who attacked Triple H on Sunday Night Heat) on Raw but tonight DíLo Brownís European Title is his.
The Head Bangers are upset about Road Dogg destroying their boom box and they throw out wrestling terms like put over and job to say the Outlaws are going to lose tonight. This is Vince Russo in a nutshell.
Mankind says Ken Shamrockís promos are the leading cause of teenage suicide (WOW) and he says he wonít tap to the Ankle Lock tonight. Mankind takes off Mr. Socko to reveal his Mandible Claw hand. Yeah, the teenage suicide comment would not go over well today.
Big Boss Man prevents Michael Cole from going in the locker room and getting an interview with Mr. McMahon.
Mark Henry vs. The Rock
Before the match, Mark Henry delivers a poem dedicated to Chyna. Rights by Rock and he hits a clothesline. Suplex by Rock gets 2. Henry bails and Rock follows, where he slams Henryís face into the steps. Back in, Rock catches Henry with a clothesline and Henry comes back with a back elbow. Elbow drop by Henry gets 2 and he hits a clothesline. Henry chokes Rock in the ropes and Rock fights back with rights. Clothesline by Henry ends that and he hits a leg drop for 2. Chinlock by Henry but Rock fights out and hits some rights. He stomps away in the corner and catches Henry with a DDT for 2. Slam by Rock and he hits the Peopleís Elbow. DíLo Brown comes out and Rock knocks him off the apron. Clothesline by Henry and he hits a Big Splash for 3 as DíLo held down Rockís leg!!! Winner- Mark Henry ** ( The result of this match was shocking, but it ended up being a cover up for Rockís big moment next month at the Survivor Series. It gave Rock vulnerability, which helped make his turn the next month all the more shocking. Match itself was too short to be anything special. )
Video package for Undertaker/Kane airs.
WWF Championship- Kane vs. Undertaker
Stone Cold Steve Austin is the guest ref and if he doesnít declare a winner, he will be fired. The title was vacated when both Kane and Undertaker pinned Austin at the same time at Breakdown. Taker attacks to start and he goes OLD SCHOOL~!!!! Taker charges in the corner but eats elbow and Kane comes back with rights in the corner. Powerslam by Kane and he hits a clothesline. Kane charges but eats boot and Taker hits a clothesline. He covers and Austin stops his attempt to count the fall. Kane knocks Taker down and Austin fast counts him for 2. Kane clotheslines Taker to the floor but Taker pulls him out and works Kane over. Taker grabs a chair and swings at Kane but misses. Kane hammers away and back in, Taker hits a suplex. Kane comes back with a clothesline and they botch a spot. Rights by Taker and he throws some kicks at the leg of Kane. Taker begins to work over the left leg of Kane. Kane fights back and catches Taker with a sidewalk slam. Taker comes back with a chop block and he grabs a grape vine on Kane. Taker jumps on the leg of Kane in the ropes and he stomps on the bad leg of Kane in the corner. Taker puts Kane in the tree of woe and he continues to hammer the bad leg of Kane. Taker works over Kane in the corner and he charges but Kane catches him with a spinebuster. Clothesline by Kane and both men are down. Rights in the corner by Kane and he sends Taker into Austin!!! Chokeslam by Kane to Austin!!! Taker and Kane double team Austin and Taker clips the bad leg of Kane. Kane comes back with the Chokeslam. Paul Bearer comes out with a chair and he nails Kane in the back with the chair, betraying him. That has no effect on Kane and he goes after Bearer but walks into a chairshot from Taker. Taker covers as Austin recovers and Austin will not count. Stunner by Austin to Undertaker!!! He nails Taker with a chair and he counts both men out. Austin declares himself the winner of the match and he calls Mr. McMahon out to keep his word. Austin says heíll come find Vince instead and he starts to walk to the back. Austin walks around backstage and then heads back to the ring. Austin says Vince didnít have the guts to fire him and Vince appears on top of the set. Vince says that we are seeing the last of Stone Cold and Vince says screw you to Austin and declares heís fired!!! Austin tells Vince he has not seen the last of him. Austin drinks some beers to end the show. Match ends in a No-Contest * ( Holy crap did this whole thing suck. Taker and Kane went in super slow motion, just moving at a snailís pace and Taker worked over Kaneís leg for what seemed like forever. Then we had the random attack on Austin and then a really flat swerve by Paul Bearer, and the whole finish was a mess. One of the worst main events in WWF PPV history.)
The 411: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this show. For a show during the peak of the Attitude Era, most of the guys brought their A-game in the ring and the result was a majority of the show being solid wrestling matches and a great showcase for the mid-carders. The main event is overbooked garbage but the overall show is an easy watch and for the in ring effort this show gets a minor recommendation from me.