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ATTITUDE! Unforgiven: In Your House (CPR Productions)
By Maz & Mav
Apr 17, 2014 - 2:57:48 PM

‘Sup, Lords of Pain? Happy Easter. Enjoy your long weekend. Now let’s get on with the show.






Maverick: We finished last week with the thought that WWF was on a high following the fantastic Wrestlemania buyrate they pulled out of the hat and the crowning of a new champion who encapsulated the era. The confidence and the spring in the step was there now, and McMahon was able to take his onscreen character to the next level and blend the real life “corporate” Vince with the authority figure he was playing on TV, with predictably excellent results.

Mazza: And the revolution didn’t just stop at Austin and McMahon either. The two hottest up and comers in the business (Bill who?) were now taking on more responsibility. There had been upheaval since Mania and both Hunter and Rocky had ousted (the first verbally, the second physically) their faction leaders to take charge of DX and The Nation respectively. But just how would that all come together after such a monumental WrestleMania? I guess it is time to find out...





The Event: Unforgiven: In Your House
The Date: 26 April 1998
The Place: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina



BACKGROUND AND BOOKING


An Austin title win had been decried by McMahon in the run up to Wrestlemania XIV as a “corporate disaster” due to the crude, blue collar, rebellious image of the Texas Rattlesnake. When it came to pass, Vince attempted to mould Stone Cold into a suit wearing, handshaking, good for public relations type of guy. In a hilarious segment, Austin came out in a suit and tie and had a photograph taken with his boss in that get up, but as soon as the posing finished, the Rattlesnake stripped, announcing that Stone Cold changes for nobody. This led to a match being booked between Austin and McMahon- I think the first time we saw Vince in the fabled black work-out vest- where the Texan would have one hand tied behind his back. Before the match could really get going, Dude Love appeared to “make peace”, but in actual fact assaulted Austin with the Mandible Claw. In the run in to the pay-per-view, Stone Cold speculated that it was a McMahon conspiracy, just like the Montreal Screwjob; that real life action of Vince’s would play into the product more and more as 1998 wore on. With Shawn Michaels’ sudden retirement, WWF were lucky they had someone like Foley who could step into the main event at a moment’s notice, particularly as Undertaker was tied down with Kane and neither Triple H nor The Rock were anything like ready for that promotion.

Speaking of Kane and The Undertaker, their special attraction feud continued to get more and more occult as the weeks went by. Despite The Deadman’s win at the Showcase of the Immortals, Kane and Paul Bearer continued to be thorns in his side. One hilarious- to modern eyes at least- skit saw the Big Red Monster “desecrate the graves” of their parents (Undertaker had prayed to them before the ‘Mania match) with a sledgehammer and fire, and soon after, the Phenom was chokeslammed into “the coffin of his mother”. With the grudge rematch nearing, it was booked as the first ever Inferno Match; the outside of the ring would be on fire and the only way to win would be to set your opponent ablaze. By 1998, WWF were experimenting more and more with wacky gimmicks, particularly those of the hardcore variety, and the Inferno Match was one of the first prominent examples. We looked at the Dumpster Match between the New Age Outlaws and Jack and Charlie last time around, which is another one, and a “first blood” match would be on its way soon also.

A wacky stipulation was also attached to the Owen Hart vs. Triple H rematch; after Chyna’s constant interference in all of their matches to date, even managing to cost Owen the title while chained to Commissioner Slaughter, it was decreed that she would be locked in a cage and hoisted twenty feet above the arena. This was an excellent midcard feud that served as Hunter’s coming out of the shadow of Shawn party. On the night after Wrestlemania he gave what many consider a career making promo where he buried his real life friend Michaels, saying that he “dropped the ball” and announced his leadership of DX, going onto say that when an army is formed “you look to your blood, you look to your buddies, you look to your friends, you look to the Kliq!” With that, he brought out Sean Waltman, last known in WWF as the 1-2-3 Kid and in WCW as Sixx. However, JR on commentary was very careful to say only “look who’s back” because he was to become known in his second run in the company not as Kid but as X-Pac. Nobody should underestimate just what a significant moment this was. 1-2-3 Kid had been a brilliant midcard talent in the New Generation (check out his match with Bret Hart from Raw in 1995 if you don’t believe me >>>HERE<<<) and had put on some clinics in WCW as part of the extended NWO too. When he arrived on the Raw stage that night in March 1998, he gave an incendiary promo which pushed fourth wall boundaries a very long time before CM Punk ever thought of doing so. He told us that Hulk Hogan sucked, that Bischoff was up the Hulkster’s ass and that Nash and Hall would be with WWF if WCW had not been holding them to ransom. Not strictly true given that Vince couldn’t afford their ludicrous pay demands back in the spring of ‘96, but never mind, it was a great promo nonetheless. Later in the show, X-Pac and Triple H aided the New Age Outlaws in their rematch against Jack and Charlie, helping them become tag champs once again and finally placing them officially under the DX umbrella. The DX army was complete and would begin to gather pace over the next few months. But first Hunter needed to dispose of Owen, while the Outlaws had to deal with LOD 2000, who had won the cluster-you-know-what of a tag battle royal at ‘Mania to gain number one contendership.

As was so often the case in their respective life spans, change in D-Generation-X was reflected by change within The Nation of Domination. Since coming to the Fed just over a year before, the primarily African American stable had been led by Ron Simmons, known in WWF as Farooq, the middle eastern name being a reflection of the monikers adopted by Nation of Islam members. Farooq had disbanded the original Nation before Summerslam ‘97, throwing out Crush and Savio Vega to form their own ethnic groups. Farooq had brought in Kama Mustafa (formerly Papa Shango, but we weren’t supposed to remember that) and Rocky Maivia, who quickly got over and rechristened himself “The Rock”, beginning to refer to himself in the third person and brag about his status as Intercontinental Champion. With the heel iteration of Maivia getting massive heal heet, he was booked to challenge Farooq’s position in the group, including “accidental” costing of matches for Farooq and the initiation of Mark Henry against the leader’s will. It was a plot line that slow burned throughout the Rumble, No Way Out Of Texas and Wrestlemania XIV. Finally, on the post-Mania episode of Raw, Farooq was excommunicated from the group and Rock took over as stable leader. Thus, the existing beef between Ken Shamrock and the Nation was folded into the story and a six man of Shamrock, Farooq and Steve Blackman faced D-Lo Brown, Mark Henry and The Rock.

With Sable and her real life husband Marc Mero emerging victorious from the mixed tag on the grandest stage of them all, and with the hugely popular Mrs Mero gaining the winning pin, a follow up was booked between her and Luna Vachon. It was due to be an evening gown match, where the rules simply stated that the winner would be the woman to strip the other of her dress to reveal the underwear beneath. It was a style of contest which would be repeated ad nauseum through the rest of the era, but this was probably the first truly featured version. The live crowds were just dying to see Sable in a thong, so the whole set up to the bout was basically massive fan service.

The card was rounded out by some more NWA nonsense featuring Cornette and two of his tag teams. It was very 1980s and very definitely not interesting in any way whatsoever. There is much good one can posit about Cornette, but this crossover promotion that ran on WWF pay-per-views through late 1997 and early 1998 was absolutely awful, there’s no two ways about it, particularly with Bart Gunn and Bob Holly being repackaged as NWA wrestlers in a reworked Midnight Express. Though we have often complained in the past few years of WWE mining the past to the detriment of the product, this disaster took that problem to different levels!

So with all the background covered, it must be time to pass you over to Maz for...


THE UNDERCARD


We start the night off with speculation over what the “catastrophic event” McMahon had promised would occur on the night would be with JR thinking it would involve screwing Stone Cold.


Faarooq, Ken Shamrock & Steve Blackman defeated The Rock, D’Lo Brown & Mark Henry (With Kama Mustafa) in 13:32
The Nation come down to new music with Rocky now in charge and Kama’s clothes point to him moving away from “The Supreme Fighting Machine” and towards “The Godfather” character. The face team perform an original Nation of Domination salute before the match gets underway. D’Lo starts things out for the Nation and after exchanges with Shamrock and Blackman, he comes up against the man who brought him into the group. We get a fun moment as Faarooq beats down on his former protege with his belt. Brown and Henry work to get the Nation in charge allowing the Rock to finally tag in to big heat. The action slows down as the Nation use rest holds to stay in charge. D’Lo misses a moonsault which allows Faarooq to get the hot tag in and the action breaks down. In the confusion Rocky gets a two on the man he ousted courtesy of a DDT but Faarooq goes on to hit a Dominator for the win. Not the best opener of all time but the heat that Rock was drawing meant it served a purpose. I’d have been happier to see him go one-on-one with Faarooq though.
ATTITUDE! Rating: **½


Stone Cold makes an impromptu trip to the ring. He drags the timekeeper into the ring and threatens to kick his ass if he tries to screw him in the main event.


Triple H defeated Owen Hart in 12:26 to retain the European Championship
The deal here is Chyna has to be locked in a cage and Slaughter comes down to do the honours, but not before a load of stalling. Hunter discusses with his bodyguard but Owen attacks from behind and takes it to him in the entrance way. Hart takes it back to the ring for the match to start officially before the action spills to the outside once more. Back in the ring, Trips gets back into the match by planting Owen’s face into the turnbuckle. The pace slows as the champ takes charge. The cage Chyna is in has been raised and is suspended in the air as she tries to find a way out. Owen gets back in control again as the Ninth Wonder of the World bends the bars and makes it to the outside and she hangs from the cage. It is lowered as we see Road Dogg moving away from the controls. There is confusion around ringside that distracts Owen. Hunter goes for a Pedigree but Hart counters to hit one of his own. He goes for the cover but the ref is on the outside with Chyna and Sarge. This allows X-Pac to sneak in ring and nail Owen with a fire extinguisher and Helmsley gets the win. Owen is interviewed by Cole after the match and he declares that “enough is enough”. Not as good as their Mania encounter. It was slow for quite a long section but the ending was clever and really put over the new DX as a group.
ATTITUDE! Rating: ***¼


The New Midnight Express (With Jim Cornette) defeated The Rock n Roll Express in 7:12 to retain the NWA Tag Team Championship
Cornette tries to get the Bodacious Bart and Bombastic Bob some heat before the match without much luck. And why should the crowd care? One team was well past their prime and the other was made up of two jobbers thrown into a legendary gimmick rehash. I do wonder if the Holly-Gunn partnership was based off the success of the Outlaws but it is a case of lightning not striking twice. The match isn’t much of anything. We get Bob and Bart arguing amongst themselves. We get Cornette embarrassingly shaping up to fight ref Tim White. Eventually things settle as Lawler seems more concerned about the upcoming evening gown match rather than the action in front of him. The in-ring action is disjointed with all four men and Cornette getting involved and ends (thankfully) with a bulldog. Just not very good at all. I can understand wanting to keep a bit of the tradition during this NWA run but The New Midnight Express was not the way to go.
ATTITUDE! Rating: *


Luna Vachon (With The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust) defeated Sable in 2:50 in an Evening Gown Match
Luna cuts a promo with Doc backstage which is rather amusing but only because her voice makes her sound like a Harry Potter villain or something. Sable is still getting a lot of love as the match starts and the ladies start ripping at each other’s clothes. Luna gets the job half done by tearing off the bottom half of Sable’s dress. Mero comes down and the distraction allows Vachon to finish the job and win the match. Sable is pissed and hits a Sable Bomb and rips off Luna’s dress. They then go under the ring and Sable emerges a few moments later with Luna’s underwear. Goldie puts his robe around his bird and carries her to the back. The bra and panties matches would become a staple of the era but this first one hasn’t aged very well.
ATTITUDE! Rating: ¼*


Mr McMahon comes down to the ring with the Briscoe and Patterson - The Stooges who are now officially part of Team Vince. He talks about how he was born in North Carolina and then cuts a vague promo essentially saying that Austin will get screwed but it will be of his own doing.


The New Age Outlaws defeated LOD 2000 (With Sunny) in 12:13 to retain the Tag Team Championship
The Outlaws get some nice heat on the way to the ring with the classic “besmirch local sportstar” routine with a nice twist in that they had an effigy of the guy as a blow up doll. The veterans control the early minutes but a chop block by Billy on a Doomsday Device attempt turns things in favour of the champs. They work Animal’s leg but eventually the hot tag and breakdown come. The Outlaws use the title belt but can only get a two count before another attempt sees Roadie mistakenly hit Billy with the gold. A bridge suplex from Hawk on James gets the three and LOD celebrate with the belts. It is announced however that The Outlaws have retained. The replay shows both men had their shoulders down. The rest of DX come down to celebrate with the champs as the Road Warriors take out the ref with a Doomsday Device. Not a great match here with lots of down time. The LOD looked strong whilst it played up to the Outlaws’ characters but to be honest there wasn’t much need for this feud to be revisited at this point.
ATTITUDE! Rating: **


Next up we get a mini country concert with Jeff Jarrett dueting on vocals. Not really my thing but I’d take this over Kid Rock every time. Double J is rather impressive and cuts a promo after the match that is interrupted by an attacking Steve Blackman. Tennessee Lee uses a guitar on The Lethal Weapon however and Jarrett locks in the figure four to end the segment.


The Undertaker defeated Kane (With Paul Bearer) in 16:00 in an Inferno Match
Both men make their entrances and the fire is lit. Taker gets the early advantage but the tables soon turn. The pace is terribly slow as each man takes charge for a little bit. Both men hit chokeslams and with every high impact move, the ring of fire amusingly flames up. After what seems like an eternity, The Deadman throws his brother over the top rope. The flames keep Taker in but as The Big Red Machine tries to leave the area, Vader comes in and they start to brawl. The Phenom then comes over the top with a swan dive as business finally picks up. Bearer hits Taker with a chair to no effect and The Deadman uses it on his little bro before stalking his former manager to the stage where Jarrett was singing. He hits Bearer with a drum and the mic stand before heading back to the ring. Kane tries to use a chair but Taker kicks him into the flames. His arm catches fire and he runs to the back leaving The Deadman as the winner. I would say it hasn’t held up well to time but to be honest, I remember thinking it was silly back in 1998. It felt like a bit of a regression to the cartoonish New Generation era at times and I think it wasn’t a great part of the feud. The pace was plodding throughout and despite a bit of excitement when they got outside the ring at the end, it really wasn’t enough for me. This one is best off forgotten.
ATTITUDE! Rating: **¼


THE MAIN EVENT


Dude Love defeated Steve Austin by disqualification in 18:49 in a Match for the WWF Championship (Austin retains)
It’s really quite remarkable, given that most wrestlers find it difficult to get one gimmick over, that Mick Foley got over three, with all of them featuring on both sides of the face/heel divide over the years. Dude Love was really such an obviously babyface character that getting it to work in a villainous capacity ranks for me amongst Foley’s greatest achievements. It helped of course that he was linked to Vince McMahon, giving him heat by association, but still, the way the “peace and love” mantra became a hypocritical front for pro-corporate violence was genius.

Indeed, the Dude starts this match by ambushing Austin from behind as the champ hands the belt to the referee. A massive brawl breaks out and some cat and mouse leads back into the ring, where Austin hits the Thesz press and unleashes the rights and lefts. The intensity of the Rattlesnake is amazing to watch and it truly does show you why he was the hottest thing in the whole business at this time. As Love leaves the ring, Stone Cold levels him with a vicious clothesline from behind. The two men battle onto the stage that Jarrett had performed on earlier in the night and the kayfabe hippy takes a truly alarming bump right off it. The crowd are incredibly hot for this as JR yells about “a human body hitting CON-CRETE!” People often say that the Attitude outside brawling hasn’t aged well, but based on stuff like this, I would disagree strongly. When performed by two masters like Austin and Foley, there’s nothing to match it for pure entertainment.

They brawl all the way back into the ring, where a Stone Cold mistake puts Dude in charge for the first time. There’s some fantastic character work again here as Foley dances and grooves to garner heel heat, in between elbow drops and a bulldog. As Dude continues to take Austin to the cleaners, JR criticises the “other organisations” who didn’t use these two men to their full potential. Hi there fourth wall! As Love puts the Rattlesnake into a rear chinlock with body scissors, McMahon, Patterson and Brisco make their presence felt to the jeers of the crowd. It’s pretty funny stuff, with Patterson finding a chair for his boss to sit in. The distraction almost costs the champ the match as his flipping the bird at Vince almost allows Dude to roll him up for three.

The two trade advantage several more times, with the presence of what would become in future months The Corporation adding intrigue to matters. There are some excellent reversals that speak strongly of the chemistry both men had with each other, and some typically adroit bumping from Foley, and given the state of his neck, from Austin too (the neckbreaker onto the top rope was a very brave spot for him to take). McMahon makes the first of many references back to the real life Montreal Screwjob by calling for the bell while the Rattlesnake is in an abdominal stretch of all things, which I guess is in pretty poor taste, but works in the sense that the story was about Stone Cold not being worthy of the honour of holding the belt, so Vince would do anything to get it off him. The same story is being told through Daniel Bryan as we speak! The timekeeper, of course, had been intimidated earlier in the night, so doesn’t ring the bell. Austin hip tosses the Dude off him and throws him into the steps; the use of furniture outside the ring as an offensive weapon is so well established at this point that we don’t even bat an eyelash at it. Funny to think how shocking things like steps shots were only a few years before.

The denouement of the contest sees the influence of Vince Russo in a major way; a ref bump leads to all manner of shenanigans, including Austin blacking out to the Mandible Claw, until the action spills outside, where the champion manages to clock both Dude and Vince with a steel chair, roll his opponent back into the ring and hit the Stunner, and with no referee, counts the pin himself. His music plays, confusingly enough, as it should be obvious to anyone with a brain that a self-counted pin wouldn’t count, and so it proves as he is DQed for the chair shot and Vince is stretchered away.

With the inconclusive finish, it was clear that the feud would be continuing. It was a very fun bout to watch, one that’s aged well and showed a lot of what was great about Steve Austin and Mick Foley. WWF had hit on a formula that worked and these two were the perfect exponents of it for the time. With the idea of the Corporation being built into something tangible from week to week, it was a very exciting time to be a wrestling fan.
ATTITUDE! Rating: ***¾


OVERALL THOUGHTS


Well after a pretty good WrestleMania where the midcard delivered match after match, Unforgiven was basically saved by the main event. The majority of the undercard suffered from the same problem - lack of pace. The middle portion of almost every match was plodding. I guess you may be able to put that down to the craziness of WrestleMania season immediately followed by a European tour but either way there seemed to be a general lack of urgency. Austin and Foley brought it however. The main event was exciting and as the Stone Cold vs McMahon feud gained momentum, you just knew immediately that Mick was the right guy to put into things at this stage.

Despite the strong buyrate, it wasn’t the best of shows, that cannot be denied. Looking at the card, there were some promising things booked on it, but the Nation/Team Shamrock match didn’t quite deliver, LOD and the New Age Outlaws lacked heat because it had been seen so much already, and Owen and Hunter couldn’t quite match the excellence of their ‘Mania match. As for the Inferno Match, well, it was never the greatest idea for a gimmick, as seen last year with Bray Wyatt and Kane’s PG version from Summerslam, and despite some good character work from both men, it was very much the sort of match where only the finish really mattered. Still, Unforgiven was kind of fun when viewed as a whole, which is, I think, a theme with a lot of these Attitude pay-per-views. Even when the in-ring action wasn’t great, the stories were there to hold everything together and the announcers sounded like they cared!

Unforgiven: In Your House Overall ATTITUDE! Rating: **¼



MVP - STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN



The only way to describe Stone Cold at this stage of his career is as being like lightning in a bottle. He had a formula that was raw, entertaining as hell and populist without being corny. His mantra of “arrive - raise hell - leave” was born out in everything he did, and once he had won the big belt, there was no stopping him. Not only did Austin put in a fantastic shift in the ring against Foley, giving a masterclass in the art of brawling, he also gave a pitch perfect character performance, that of a man who knows the company is against everything he stands for but doesn’t care one bit. A deserved MVP award for the Rattlesnake.

The accolades for Stone Cold haven’t really been pouring in so far with these MVP awards. Whilst his performances in character and the ring are usually very good, there is often somebody on the midcard looking to prove they should be next to step up. Here at Unforgiven however the guys in the main event definitely delivered the best performances of the night. Like Foley, Austin got on with what he did best during this stage of his career. As Mav said, his mantra was very well known and even dealing with a dodgy neck he could go out there and put on a convincing brawl as if his life depended on it. He definitely did that here.


THE ONE TO WATCH


There’s no doubt in my mind that the DX Army iteration of the D-Generation X stable was by far the most enjoyable, effective and durable version of that group and we saw that they hit the ground running pretty much from the moment of their formation. When Michaels, Helmsley, Chyna and (briefly) Rude had established DX, it was very much a heel stable based around doing whatever they felt like and damn the consequences. In fairness, it certainly helped McMahon to begin to establish his corporate authority figure character, and the beef they had with Slaughter was fun, but many of the skits which WWE propaganda now puts over as legendary moments in the history of Monday Night Raw came off a bit awkwardly. The endless sophomoric pranks and insider humour was a bit too ahead of its time for its own good. Was that version of DX influential on the future of the product? Absolutely. Did it always make for a good television? Not necessarily. The ego of Shawn Michaels, and the measure of creative control he had, meant that a lot of stuff that wouldn’t have been passed by Vince had it been any other wrestler, got passed.

I think the original D-Generation X’s biggest achievement was actually raising the profile of the man who would become definitively known as Triple H. His work as Shawn’s sidekick was excellent and no doubt built his confidence to a level where his performances on the mic and in the ring go to another level. By the time of Michaels’ unfortunate retirement, Hunter was ready for a further step up, and he grasped the opportunity presented by his friend’s injury with both hands. The creation of the DX Army made a great deal of sense; Sean Waltman was out of contract with WCW and eager to come back aboard the good ship WWF. As a midcard worker, there are few more consistently underrated talents in history than Waltman, and the two least heralded members of the original Kliq played off each other brilliantly on camera. Chyna remained the voiceless bodyguard and enforcer, although she would develop more personality as the era wore on. Finally, the New Age Outlaws were an absolutely perfect fit for the group. Indeed, they had been helping HBK and Triple H out since before the Rumble, but for whatever reason they only became inducted as full members after Michaels’ departure.

With the move towards a more traditional wrestling stable complete, the group was put over at this particular pay-per-view through the Outlaws escaping once again with the tag belts, and through X-Pac and Chyna’s interference in the European Title match their stable leader was in. Following the pay-per-view, their antics would see them get over to the point where WWF eagerly turned them babyface, and that was when they’d REALLY begin to set the wrestling world, and the Monday Night Wars, alight.

The event that would send the stable’s popularity soaring would happen the night after Unforgiven. Raw was being held in Hampton, Virginia which happened to be just a few miles down the road from Norfolk, Virginia where Nitro was. In what has become perhaps the most legendary moment in the history of the group, the DX Army decided to “invade” WCW. Dressed in army fatigues and riding on a tank, they got fans outside to admit they were given free tickets, tried to drive into the arena and screamed a whole lot of insults. Going to these lengths was a huge moment, particular in a company that very rarely acknowledged that competition even existed outside the settings of the Monday Night Wars. This was also a huge moment for Hunter as well. As Mav said, he established his version of the stable immediately on Shawn’s departure but I think the invasion of WCW was the moment the DX Army surpassed the original incarnation.

Degeneration X’s harassment of WCW wasn’t just isolated to the invasion segment though. They also went to the company’s headquarters in Atlanta and tried to speak to Ted Turner and Eric Bischoff. The teenage audience were always going to turn the faction face eventually but there was no way that they could remain as the bad guys following those antics. The Rock’s Nation of Domination would prove to be the perfect foil for the face DX Army. One of the things I am most looking forward to revisiting during this series is the Nation vs DX feud. That will be something I am going to love watching over the next few weeks. Of course the degenerates are held up as one of the greatest stables in pro-wrestling history whilst the WWE criminally overlook The Nation. I can only assume that it is because looking back at the Nation’s gimmick doesn’t really fit well in WWE’s PG product.

That said, the one moment from the DX vs Nation feud that gets continuous play is not politically correct in the slightest. DX’s parody of the Nation always pops up in Best of Raw lists and for good reason. Triple H as “The Crock” and Jason Sensation’s Owen Hart impression were great but for me Road Dogg stole the show as “B-Lo”. The birth of the Corporation would bring another group for Hunter’s faction to feud with and that would include DX forefather Shawn Michaels would would return as commissioner. They would run another parody segment although this one is often forgotten. The rise of the Corporation however marked the end of the golden era for DX. Members would leave and return and whilst the group would continue to see success over the next couple of years but with Helmsley becoming a main event player, it would never be quite the same as it was during 1998.





FINAL WORDS


It’s certainly fascinating to see ingredients of Attitude constantly being added to the pot and Unforgiven was a prime example, what with the Evening Gown match and the Inferno match. Both gimmicks would be revisited down the line, and it showed two key tropes of the era: over the top theatrics and female flesh. The show drew strongly off the back of the Stone Cold title reign and the continuing Kane/Undertaker feud, with a 0.85 buyrate being fairly impressive for an “offseason” pay-per-view of this nature. In the next event, Over The Edge, Kane would move onto Vader, who he had defeated at No Way Out Of Texas, while the Austin vs. Dude Love feud would continue and D-Generation X would cross swords with the Nation in the first of many confrontations between the two stables...

It is insane to think that the Owen vs Hunter feud would lead to a double turn but that is exactly where we would be going over the next few weeks. DX’s popularity, like Austin’s a year or two earlier, was growing and a sign of the era we were in. WWF actually outdid their counterparts off the back of WrestleMania. Spring Stampede did a buyrate of 0.72 with a main event of Randy Savage vs Sting for the WCW world title. Had the corner been turned since Mania and would outselling Ted Turner in a month of two lesser PPVs become a trend? Find out next week on ATTITUDE!




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