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WWF Vancouver Report: July 4, 1998


Editor's note: Here are two reports from the Vancouver show sent in from our SLAM! Wrestling readers. Compare and enjoy!

* Ring Announcer Howard Finkle opens the show plugging Nintendo Sports' Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball videogame and mentions a raffle for free Nintendo 64's. Fink then relays the rules that throwing objects into the ring is prohibited as so are video recording equipment and laser pointer pens. Finkle then announces that Due to injuries sustained at The King of The Ring and Raw Is War respectively, Mankind and Steve Austin were in the hospital recovering and will not be on the card. As expected the crowd boos heavily at the news. Finkle then gave a run down of the revised card.

* Some notes before the show: G.M. Place and the WWF were determined that there was not going to be a repeat of the last WWF event with a rowdy crowd. An outside security agency was brought in to maintain order - doubling the security force. Plus - no signs of alcohol sold at this show. There were hardly any signs made by the fans. There were only a dozen signs throughout the crowd and were not all too original, "'Vince Failed 3:16 SCU,'' "'Oh Hell Yeah,'' etc...

FIRST MATCH: "'ROAD DOG'' JESSE JAMMES & X-PAC defeated D-LO BROWN & THE GODFATHER (KAMA) (Time: 7:44 Rating: **)

Referee: Tim White

*The ring was lit up in green and New Age Outlaws Music opening notes blasted through the arena followed by Road Dog's famous, "'Oh You Didn't Know?'' catchphrase. The crowed pop. Then Rod Dog, X-Pac and Chyna entered the arena as Road Dog continued his "'Yo' ass better call somebooooody'' entrance. Chyna wore a D-X shirt and black shorts... very casual. Road Dog introduced the stonefaced Chyna to a surprisingly huge pop. "'Mr. Ass is not present but I'll be damned if I didn't find a partner... X-Pac,'' Road Dog continued. "'Let me introduce myself... I am one half of the World Wrestling Federation Tag Team Champions of the Woooooooooooorld! Road Dog Jesse Jammes, X-Pac... we are Degeneration X! Now bring out the Nation of Masturbation...'' Crowd popped.

* Nation of Domination's new Hip-Hop music played and D-Lo Brown and Godfather entered the arena and entered the ring only to be addressed by Road Dog, "'Oh yeah... two words... SUCK IT!''

* X-Pac threw a crotch-chop at D-Low to open the match. Several slams executed by both men... X-Pac fell victim to a spine buster. X-Pac managed to tag in Road Dog and Dog drops the elbow to D-Lo. D-Lo punched Dog to tag in Godfather. Road Dog then falls to his knees and begs Godfather not to hit him. As Godfather was distracted, Roadie whipped Godfather into the corner and throws in a little breakdancing only to be clotheslined by Godfather. Godfather managed to tag in D-Lo. Do-Lo had the advantage with a series of clotheslines mocked the Crotch Chop of Roadie as he lay on the canvas. Outside the ring Chyna and D-Lo starting jawing (no pun intended) at each other. The Nation team double teamed Roadie and D-Lo slammed Roadie for the near pin. Several Nation tags back and forth continue to workover Roadie. Roadie finally manages to tag in X-Pac who threw kicks and punches at D-Lo and even got in a Bronco Buster on D-Lo in the corner. All four wrestlers in the ring. D-X managed a double DDT on D-Lo and X-Pac scored the pin.

SECOND MATCH: BRADSHAW defeated SAVIO VEGA (2:55 - * 1/2)

* Savio entered the arena with NO heat at all. No one seemed to care. Bradshaw, however, got a better pop then I expected. Savio failed to gain any heat by saying something in Spanish on the mic.

* Savio attacked Bradshaw before the bell even rang. After Bradshaw fought back, Savio walked out of the ring threatening to walk out of the match. Bradshaw followed and the two brawled in the entrance aisle. Bradshaw at ringside threw Savio into the steps. Back in the ring the two brawled some more. Savio got a loud knife-edge chop across Bradshaw's chest. Some more brawling. Savio grabbed Bradshaw's bullrope which was left in the corner draped over the turnbuckle. Referee grabbed the rope just as Savio was about to nail Bradshaw with the cowbell. As Savio argued with the referee, Bradshaw got a roll up from behind and got the pin. Typical match for these two.

THIRD MATCH: SCORPIO defeated "'Marvelous'' MARC MERO (7:33 - **)

* Mero enters the arena with Jaquilne as the crowd chanted "'SABLE! SABLE! SABLE!'' Jackie wore a red leather crop top and red leather pants. As Scorpio's music played, Jackie removed Mero's robe in the ring. The crowd had absolutely no response to Scorpio. Worse than Savio's lack of heat. Howard Finkle was pointing out to security a fan who was beaming a laser into his face during the introduction. Mero was busy arguing with a kid fan at ringside completely distracted away from Scorpio. Scorpio took advantage and knocked Mero off the ring apron into the ring barricades outside.

As Mero was recovering, Scorpio went to the kid fan and raised the kid's arm in the air to a pop. Match in ring started with an exchange of flips and slams. Scorpio got an armbar on Mero and Mero elbowed Scorpio in the face. Crowd started to chant "'SAAAAAAABLEEEE SAAAAAABLEEEE'' much like the prerecorded crowd chant for Goldberg that WCW plays every 5 minutes on Nitro. Mero continued to be distracted by the fan and argues outside the ring. Scorpio followed and threw Mero into the ring barricades after executing a knife edge chop. Back in the ring, Mero struggled but got in a low blow in Scorpio. Mero attempted a TKO but Scorpio managed to break out to execute a DDT. Both were out. Match continues as Mero executed a TKO on Scorpio and went to the top rope for a MeroSault but Scorpio on rubber legs flung into the ropes causing Mero to lose his balance and crotch himself on the top turnbuckle. Mero on the canvas, Scorpio climbed to the top rope and tried a weak moonsault missing Mero who rolled out of the way. Mero tries for a pin to get a 2 count. Sable then appears in the aisle and of course distracts Mero. Scorpio taking advantage of Mero who is AGAIN distracted throws a series of punches.Scorpio swingkicked Mero in the face and scooped slammed Mero. Scorpio got in much better moonsault for the pin. As Scorpio leaves the ring, Sable raises Scorpio's arm in victory to a huge pop. Mero & Jackie then dare Sable to get into the ring. Sable just yells back at them.Sable's theme music plays as it's her cue to leave. Mero and Jackie played to the crowd to be answered with boos and they leave.

JACKYL INTERVIEW (Very well done!)

Once Finkle was finished plugging the next WWF PPV "'Fully Loaded'' he then asked the fans to welcome to Vancouver - The Jackyl.

Jackyl came out to Marilyn Manson's "'Beautiful People'' to a booing crowd. Jackyl opened that the fans should "'prepare to Jackyl off.'' He mentioned that this was his first time in Vancouver (which was funny considering he's wrestled as "'The Natural'' in ICW's building in Cloverdale a few years ago - plus the WWF had him on radio shows earlier this month to promote the show) and claimed that Vancouver is the best city in Canada which wasn't much. He then went on to say that no wonder Vancouver Canuck superstar Pavel Bure "'wanted to get the hell outta here and that Mark Messier regrets ever moving to this hell hole. ''Major heat from the fans. He then noticed The Edge sitting in the crowd... so, too, did the spotlight guy. After a series of insults at The Edge, Jackyl challenged Edge to come down to the ring... which Edge did. Edge went nose-to-nose with Jackyl in the ring and Jackyl told Edge to "'go Jackyl off... I'm going downtown.'' Edge then clothesline Jackyl and DDT'd him leaving Jackyl laying in the ring. Edge then left the ring and left through the crowd. What? Didn't Edge want to see any more of the show?!?

FOURTH MATCH - D.O.A. (with Paul Ellering) defeated L.O.D. 2000: (1:45 - DUD!)

* Finkle introduced Paul Ellering who walked to the ring with briefcase and Wall Street Journal in hand. Ellering starting insulting the same fan that Mero argued with earlier in the show. Ellering ran down Vancouver claiming it smelled like fish. He then mentioned that it's not easy being him but it was harder "'for you to be you.'' Ellering introduced D.O.A. as being "'The Greatest Tag Team of All Time!''

Music played and Skull & 8-Ball walked down the aisle (no bikes) to limited heat. Howard Finkle then introduced the match as being a Street Fight Match and then introduced L.O.D. 2000. L.O.D. walked to the ring in full costume (without Sunny, of course). All 4 men started the match and it was a typical D.O.A. versus L.O.D. match that saw Animal getting pinned in the ring. The crowd booed how poor and short the match was. Remember the joke punchline... "'Food's lousy and they serve such small portions!''

FIFTH MATCH: TITLE vs. TITLE: HHH (EuroChamp)(w/ Chyna) defeated by DQ THE ROCK (IC Champ) (11:04 ***)

Referee: Earl Hebner

* As soon as D-X's opening "'Are You Ready?'' echoes through the arena, the crowd pops as the ring was lit in green. HHH and Chyna (holding the Euro belt) walked down the aisle. HHH played to the crowd climbing in each corner spitting water as he raised his arms crossing them to make an X each time. HHH armed with a microphone began his Michael Buffer impression, "'Vancouver, are you ready?'' He prompted the fans to yell, "'Let's get ready to suck iiiiit!'' Rocky's N.O.A. music began to play and before Rocky entered the arena... Earl Hebner was chugging from a water bottle... I mean REALLY chuggin' that water! Rocky enters the arena with the IC belt over his shoulder. Good pop. It was The Rock's turn on the mic, "'The People's Champion has come back to Vancouver to lay the smack down on this jerbroni. Vancouver, you set an indoor record here tonight. Give yourselves a round of applause. Applaud yourselves that this is the largest group of trailer park trash gathered in one place! Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?'' HHH then grabbed the mic and started to talk to a bleach blonde girl in the crowd, "'Sister, since you paid so MUCH for THEM... you might as well SHOW THEM!'' The woman was reluctant and didn't. HHH changed the subject, "'Rocky what?'' Crowd replies sucks a few times. "'He doesn't suck... he SWALLOWS!'' An angered Rocky then attacked HHH and the match was outside and inside the ring.Outside the ring, Rocky dropped HHH onto the barricade. A number of kicks and punches were exchanged between the two as Rocky argued with ref Hebner several times. Rock managed a sleeper on HHH that went on way too long. HHH punched his way out of the hold but was DDT'd by Rocky. More punches and kicks exchanged when Chyna interfered by tripping Rocky by grabbing his boot. D-Low rushed to ring striking HHH with the IC belt. Chyna rushed into the ring and DDT'd Rocky! HUGE POP! Drowsy, HHH draped his arm over Rocky for a 2 count. Later, HHH tried to Pedigree Rocky, D-Lo struck HHH with a chair. Enter Mark Henry where D-Lo and Henry double teamed HHH. Bell rang. X-Pac and Road Dog rushed into the ring from the dressing room to fight off the attack on HHH. Chyna got a low blow in from behind on Mark Henry and Chyna then clothesline Henry over the top rope and onto the floor. Bigger pop! Nation members leave and D-X celebrated by all hugging in the ring. Before leaving, HHH once again tried to convince the blonde woman to show her breasts. "'All right, one last chance,'' HHH encouraged. "Drop "em... 1-2-3...'' The woman finally showed her breasts and D-X left the ring.

HOWARD FINKLE: Setting up for intermission and said as he was trying to plug the 1998 WWF Calendars, "'I've just been informed that there's not much time left in 1998.'' ?!? he announced that the calendars were on at half price. Howard then announced that the December In Your House PPV would be in Vancouver and tickets were on sale now.

INTERMISSION

SIXTH MATCH "'BATTLE OF THE BULLS'' VADER defeated (by DQ ) MARK HENRY (6:38 *)

* Mark Henry entered with no heat from the fans at all. He did a little posing in the ring but went with no heat. Vader entered the ring to a good pop. Vader tried to raise heat on the mich but the mic kept cutting out. Slow match that went in and out of the ring. Each man slammed the other one, threw each other into the ring steps and barricades. Punches and kicks. Henry hit Vader with a chair and got disqualified for the effort.

EIGHTH MATCH: JEFF JARRETT defeated STEVE BLACKMAN ( 3:59 **)

A pause in between matches had the crowd chanting "'Austin Austin Austin''

Howard Finkle then introduced "'for the first time in Vancouver'' Tennessee Lee. Lee entered with fans booing. Lee ran down Canada to create heat and then insisted the fans give a "'big U.S. welcome to Double J...'' Jarrett entered with limited head and he did his strut in the strobe lights. Jarrett then proclaimed he had 3 words... "'Ain't I great?'' Steve Blackman entered the arena to Carl Douglas' 1970's hit song, "'Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting'' (no joke!). Match began with Blackman chasing Jarrett around the ring. In the ring, Blackman got a flying heel kick on Jarrett. Blackman dropped Jarrett across his knee in a backbreaker. Blackman missed twice on dropkicks. Jarret went for a flying body press but missed. Lee kept interfering by hitting Blackman with his hat throughout the match. Lee tripped Blackman by grabbing his ankle outside the ring as Jarrett landed on top. Lee held onto Blackman's foot as the ref counted to 3 giving Jarrett the win.

EIGHTH MATCH - SUBMISSION RULES MATCH - KEN SHAMROCK defeated OWEN HART (7:43 *** 1/2)

Referee: Tim White

* Owen enters arena wearing his black tights with the pink heart. He grabbed a Canadian flag from a fan and waved it on his way into the ring. Shamrock entered the ring to a mixed crowed reaction and Finkle introduced him as the 1998 King of The Ring to a chorus of boos. Owen attacked Shamrock before the bell taking the early advantage in the match. Shamrock goes for a figure four leg lock but Owen reaches the ropes to break the hold. A series of wrist locks, arm bars precede the wrestlers leaving the ring to the outside where barricades are used as weapons. In the ring, Owen executed a flying heel kick on Shamrock and goes for the Sharpshooter. Shamrock tries to reach the ropes but Owen drags him to center ring. Shamrock tries again successfully to reach the ropes to break the hold. Shamrock got Owen into a powerslam and tried for a hurricanrana but Owen countered with a sharpshooter. Shamrock reversed it for the ankle lock and Owen tapped out. Crowd booed Shamrock as he limped down the aisle.

NINTH MATCH: THERE MUST BE A WINNER - UNDERTAKER defeated KANE (w/ Paul Bearer) (7:54 **)

*Finkle thanked the crowed for being at the show and mentioned that the WWF was in Winnipeg and Edmonton and said that they feel that the BEST fan support for the WWF was in Vancouver! (Crowd bought it - they popped). The arena went dark and Kane's music began. Kane and Paul Bearer made their way to ring. The fans were really booing the lack of pyros for Kane's entrance only to see the ring lit from red lighting to white lighting. Kane was wearing his two-long-sleeved outfit he wore at King of The Ring. Then the arena went dark again for Undertaker's entrance and music. It felt like they turned the air conditioning on. As Undertaker climbed through the ropes, Kane attacked Undertaker but "taker fought back. "Taker intimidated referee Earl Hebner and chased Paul Bearer around a bit. Undertaker walked across the top rope only to lose his balance when Bearer shook the ropes. Undertaker fell into Kane who caught and slammed The Undertaker. Eventually, the Undertaker managed to chokeslam Kane but Bearer interfered barring a pin by pulling Undertaker by the hit. Bearer hit Undertaker with his shoe through the match. Kane chokeslammed Undertaker but Undertaker managed to tombstone Kane for the pin.

OVERALL - A typical WWF houseshow - not as inspired as the last one here in town... but way better than the one's Vancouver had in the 80's. A nice night out. Fans for the most part were behaved and there was only one large fight and that was after the show. There was an autograph signing session earlier in the day at a videostore in Langley.

Results by Neil O'Brien (comments@icw-wrestling.com)

Report #2

I ( Jeff Jacobson) attended a house show tonight at General Motors Place in Vancouver, BC. Here Are The Results::

*** Before Card Gets Started, Fink tells crowd that Austin and Mankind are in hospital, and can't be there. (to a loud chorus of boos) He then goes over basic rules no video cameras, etc. He then goes over the card, tells people about the sponsors, and we're ready to rock.

*** First Match: D-Lo Brown and The Godfather vs. Jesse Jammes and X-Pac:

dX came out first and grabbed the mike introducing eveyone, in Road Dogg fashion. Chyna was in there corner. Next came out the Nation. This match started off slow, but started to pick up when D-Lo Brown executed an excellent back body drop into a spine buster. Road Dogg eventually made the tag to X-Pac and he came in with fury, kicks, puches, trips, he even gave him the bronco buster. The end of the match came when Kama was distracted with the ref, and dX double ddtd D-Lo to get the win. A solid opener, which got the crowd going. D-Lo got the best heel heat in the match while Road Dogg got the best face heat.

*** Second Match: Bradshaw vs. Savio Vega:

Crowd is absolutely dead during this match, Savio grabs the mike and says something in spanish. This match was about 4 minutes long. The ending came when Savio went for Bradshaw's bull rope, Bradshaw cradled him and got the 2 count. Bradshaw then yanked Savio up and gave him the Lariat for the win. This match was bad.

*** Third Match: Scorpio vs. Marc Mero:

Great heel heat for Mero as he was arguing with fans, Scorpio was getting booed as well. A very technically sound match, with some solid wrestling moves, very see saw, until Sable came out, distracted Marc, which gave Scorpio the chance to scoop slam him, and give him a moonsault for the win. Sable got one of the biggest corwd responses of the night. Solid Match, but not as exciting as the opening bout.

*** Fourth Match: DOA vs. LOD 2000 Pinfalls Count Anywhere

This match was the worst match I have ever seen live. Paul Ellering came out at first, and gave this boring speech about DOA. LOD came out Sunnyless to a great crowd response. Hawk and Skull were fighting on the inside, while Animal and 8-Ball were punching on the outside. Animal hit 8-Ball with a chair, while Hawk did a sloppy neck braker on Skull. After the neck braker, Paul Ellering hit Hawk with his brief case to get the win for DOA. This match was very very bad, and only 3 minutes long. LOD left to a standing course of boos.

*** The Jackyl Interview

During the previous match, Edge came to the crowd just standing there. During this interview, Jackyl was trashing Vancouver, saying No Wonder Bure wants to Leave The Canucks, etc. Eventually he called The Edge a woosy, and Challenged him to come down to the ring area and face him. He did, and got closelined, then ddtd by the hair. The crowd then started chanting Edge. Good Segment, great work by both men.

*** HHH vs. The Rock: Title for Title: Before the match started, HHH asked a hot girl in the front row to take her shirt off and reveal her breasts, but she refused. He then did his suck it slogan, and asked what is that phrase you say about Rocky, he said no Rocky doesn't suck, he swallows! LOL! The Rock then came out and called everyone trailer trash. On to the match:

This was a fantastic match, similar to there one on Raw, but a lot longer, both men used there usual moves, the elbow, the knee drop, the dddt, etc. The match ended when D-Lo hit HHH with a chair, HHH kicked out, then Chyna DDTD The Rock, and The Rock kicked out. Then The Rock went for Rock Bottom, but HHH elbowed him and went for the pedigree. Before he coudl hit it, The Nation came in, and dX came in and cleaned house. HHH asked the girl if she would show her breasts, and finally she did to a great crowd reception.

*** Intermission: Tickets Went on Sale for WWF In Your House in December. I did not get a ticket, because the line ups were around the block.

*** Sixth Match: Vader vs. Mark Henry:

This was an OK match. It was title Battle of the Bulls. This was very slow, with a lot of body slams, punches, and elbows. This was your usual big man match. The match ended at the 7 minute mark when Mark Henry hit Vader with a chair. Vader then hit Henry back.

Seventh Match: JJ vs. Steve Blackman:

Great Match. About 10 minutes long. Blackman was on his game, great running elbows, tree of woes, top rope mauvers. Blackman really worked his ass off. JJ was just showing off, kissing his muscles, etc. JJ won the match when Tennessee Lee held Blackmans leg, allowing JJ to get the pin.

Eighth Match: Owen vs. Shamrock: Submission Match

Shamrock got heavily booed. Owen got cheered big time, great match with closelines, etc. Very fast when they weren't using submissions. Some submissions used were boston crab, sleeper. Shamrock hit his powerslam and was going for his hurricanrana, when Owen countered it into a power bomb, then a sharshooter, but Shamrock reversed it to an ankle lock for the win, to a loud course of boos. Best match on card.

Ninth Match: Kane vs. Undertaker: Must Be a Winner

Good match, but very similar to there televised ones, Kane didn't get the pyro. When he came out, and did the thing with his hands, the lights just came on. There were tons of liters for both Taker and Kane. Undertaker got Kane way up high for a chokeslam, but Paul Bearer got up on the apron, which allowed Kane to hit his own choke slam, and go for his own tombstone, but Undertaker reversed it, and drilled him for the 1, 2, 3.

Overall, A Great Show. I can't Wait till December IYH if I get tickets!

Jeff Jacobson