The WWF Attitude Era Series continues the WWF Royal Rumble 1999. The Rock will take on Mankind in an I Quit Match for the WWF Championship and naturally the 1999 Royal Rumble Match. Let us watch the WWF Royal Rumble 1999 in Part 103 of the WWF Attitude Era Series.
WWF Attitude Era Series Part 103: WWF Royal Rumble 1999
Big Bossman defeated the Road Dogg
This is a non title, non Hardcore Match, so Big Bossman doesn't get his return match. Of course, they kind of wanted to keep the belt on the Road Dogg. The problem is while these two had a pretty fun Hardcore Match when Road Dogg won the title, this one is kind of paint by numbers. Bossman Slam scores the pin.
WWF Intercontinental Champion Ken Shamrock defeated Billy Gunn
Internet Urban Legend 1 stemming from this show is that Billy Gunn was supposed to win the title but got drunk the night before and they changed their mind. Actually he was supposed to lose due to interference but he did get drunk and they changed it. So yeah, this match is merely fine. Shamrock really did kind of have a lackluster title run after a hot start and heel Shamrock had promise. Ankle Lock gets the win. This feud is not over and in fact the situation with the Intercontinental Title will go slightly problematic as the year goes on.
WWF European Champion X-Pac defeated Gangrel
Just really a match thrown together. There was a rumor going around that Gangrel was supposed to win the European Title due to a promise in his contract but title runs have never been officially promised. These two had a fun match, another solid midcard match involving X-Pac. Too short however as X-Factor scores the pin.
WWF Women's Champion Sable defeated Luna Vachon in a Strap Match
Touch four corners strap matches tend to really be a mixed bag, with more of a mixture of bad and good. I think that throughout 1998, Sable did try but by this time, she was a star and a lot of her fame got to her head, so she didn't bother as much. Of course, WWF made that her character. Sable keeps the title.
The Rock regained the WWF Championship over Mankind in an I Quit Match
This match is a rather infamous one. Mick quoting Doctor Seuss in the pre match promo package was epic. This is the match that was featured in Beyond the Mat. Now as this match was, an above average WWF main event brawl per the time. Until the finish which was sadistic and really disturbing in hindsight. The Rock gives Mankind a series of vicious, violent, unprotected chairshots to the head. Kind of disturbing in 1999, positively mortifying in 2012. Mankind "quits" and the Rock for the second time is the World Wrestling Federation Champion. Good brawl, disturbing finish, and there will be more to this.
Vince McMahon won the 1999 Royal Rumble last eliminating Stone Cold Steve Austin.
The absolutely dirt worst Royal Rumble ever and why Vince Russo should never be allowed anywhere near this match. Rewatching this one, I would put this below the 1995 Royal Rumble. Really, Mabel getting kidnapped during the Royal Rumble by the Undertaker is the only thing that you need to know. The story of the match is between Stone Cold and Mr. McMahon, with McMahon putting the bounty on Austin. Austin and McMahon aren't even in the match, with Austin being attacked and McMahon on commentary. Austin comes back. Your final four is D'Lo Brown, Big Bossman, Stone Cold, and Mr. McMahon. Go, D'Lo! Chyna is an afterthought for being the first woman in the Royal Rumble. Mr. McMahon eliminates Austin after the Rock interfered. There have been some bad Royal Rumbles but this one tops them all.
The night after the Royal Rumble 1999 features Mr. McMahon basking in his glory and Mankind has to reveal something about what happened in the I Quit Match. That all happens in Part 104 of the WWF Attitude Era Series.
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