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SURVIVOR SERIES RETRO: LOOKING BACK AT EVERY SURVIVOR SERIES PPV

By Matt Shalk, Buck Woodward & Mike Johnson on 2010-11-20 09:00:00

SURVIVOR SERIES 1999

November 14, 1999

Location: Detroit, Michigan

Arena: Joe Louis Arena

Attendance: 18, 735

RESULTS:

► The Godfather, D-Lo Brown, & The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) defeated The Dudley Boyz (D-Von & Bubba Ray) & The Acolytes (Faarooq & Bradshaw) in a team elimination match.

Eliminations: Bradshaw pinned Thrasher following a big clothesine. The Dudley Boyz hit Mosh with the 3-D, and Bubba Ray Dudley covered him for the pin. Bradshaw was disqualified when he hit D-Lo Brown with a chair. D-Von Dudley and Faarooq both wanted to pin D-Lo, and they ended up fighting with each other until they were both counted out. D-Lo pinned Bubba Ray Dudley following a frog splash to win the match for his team.

Survivors: The Godfather & D-Lo Brown

► Kurt Angle pinned Shawn Stasiak following an Olympic Slam. This was Kurt Angle’s pay-per-view debut.

► Gangrel, Mark Henry, Val Venis, & Steve Blackman defeated "British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith & The Mean Street Posse (Rodney, Pete Gas, & Joey Abs) in a team elimination match.

Eliminations: Steve Blackman pinned Pete Gas. Gangrel pinned Rodney following an Implant DDT. Mark Henry hit Joey Abs with a big splash and made the pin. The British Bulldog pinned Gangrel following a superplex, then Steve Blackman with a fisherman’s suplex. Val Venis pinned the Bulldog following the Money Shot to win the match for his team.

Survivors: Mark Henry & Val Venis

► Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Debra, & Tori defeated Jacqueline, Luna Vachon, Ivory, & Terri in a one-fall sudden death match when the Fabulous Moolah pinned Ivory in less than two minutes.

► Kane defeated X-Pac via disqualification when the D-Generation X interfered and attacked Kane.

► Big Show defeated the Big Bossman, Prince Albert, Mideon, & Viscera in a team elimination match.

Eliminations: Big Show pinned Mideon, Prince Albert, and Viscera following chokeslams. The Big Bossman walked out on the match and was counted out to give Big Show the win in under two minutes.

Survivor: Big Show

Following the match, Triple H lured "Stone Cold" Steve Austin into the parking garage and Austin was run down by a car. He was taken out of the arena in an ambulance. Oh, the drama.

► WWF Intercontinental Champion Chyna pinned Chris Jericho following a Pedigree off the top rope.

Miss Kitty accompanied Chyna to ringside.

► Hardcore Holly, Crash Holly, & Too Cool (Grandmaster Sexay & Scotty 2 Hotty) defeated Edge, Christian, & The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff Hardy) in a team elimination match.

Terri accompanied the Hardy Boyz to ringside.

Eliminations: Hardcore Holly rolled up Edge for the pin. Scotty 2 Hotty pinned Matt Hardy following a bulldog off the top rope. Jeff Hardy hit Scotty 2 Hotty with a splash and made the pin. Grandmaster Sexay pinned Jeff Hardy following a leg drop. Christian pinned Grandmaster Sexay after an Impaler DDT, and Crash Holly following a Tomikazi. Hardcore Holly pinned Christian to win the match for his team.

Survivor: Hardcore Holly

► The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn & Road Dogg) defeated Mankind & Al Snow to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship when Billy Gunn pinned Mankind following a piledriver.

► Big Show defeated The Rock and WWF Champion Triple H in a Triple Threat Match to win the WWF Championship. Referee Earl Hebner was knocked out, and the match became a free-for all. The Rock covered Triple H following a Rock Bottom, and Shane McMahon ran in to count the pin. Big Show interrupted the count, and Triple H took the opportunity to Pedigree Shane. Next, D-Generation X interfered in the match and attacked The Rock and Big Show. Vince McMahon ran in as well, and hit Triple H with the championship belt. Big Show followed up with a chokeslam and a cover, and Vince counted the pin to give Big Show his first WWF Championship.

CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE:

Blue Meanie & Kaientai (Taka Michinoku & Sho Funaki) were scheduled to compete on Big Show’s team, but he attacked all three on Sunday Night Heat prior to the pay-per-view and wrestled the match alone...."Stone Cold" Steve Austin was originally scheduled to compete in the main event, but could not participate due to injury. The Big Show replaced him in the match. Vince McMahon was originally announced as the guest referee for the match.

NOTES: This show exemplified the idea of "bait-and-switch," as the WWF knew weeks before the pay-per-view that Steve Austin would not be able to compete in the main event due to injury, but continued to promote the match anyway. Then, during the pay-per-view (and once fans had already spent their money), they ran the angle where Austin was lured into the parking garage by Triple H and run down by a car to explain the change to the main event. Moreover, the WWF plugged Big Show, who had defected from WCW nine months early and was not over with the WWF fans, into the main event, and gave him the win and his first WWF Championship, starting a mediocre seven week title reign.....Jim Ross & Jerry "The King" Lawler did commentary for the event. Carlos Cabrera and Hugo Savinovich did Spanish commentary. Michael Cole, Kevin Kelly, & Lillian Garcia handled backstage interviews. Howard Finkel was the ring announcer....Promotional materials for the event featured The Rock.

Buck Woodward: I popped for Moolah pinning Ivory. ... I was shocked when they didn't run an angle to get Austin out of the main event on Heat, and instead waited until the PPV to do so. That was just really slimy. They knew Austin wouldn't be able to work, but led everyone on. ... Poor Meanie and Kaientai. They weren't even allowed to go to the ring for this one. ... To be honest, nothing else stands out on this show to me. I was glad to see the Team concepts used again.

Mike Johnson: The Austin angle was pretty dumb, but WWF didn't care about not delivering what they advertised at the time....the most important thing to come out of the show was the debut of Kurt Angle, who from day one, was a superstar. It was great....Whatever happend to Planet Stasiak?....The Big Show's title reign was going so well, the belt was on Triple H within a few weeks.

 


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