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WWF Over the Edge ‘98

Live from Milwaukee, WI

Airdate: May 31, 1998

Attendance: 9,822 (sold out)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jerry “The King” Lawler

Can Austin retain the WWF title against Dude Love? Or will McMahon and his henchmen use diabolical means to screw him? What happens with Sable? Will Faarooq capture the Intercontinental title? How will DX fare? Are you ready for a bumpy ride?

Match 1: The Road Warriors (w/ Sunny & Puke) versus Disciples of Apocalypse (w/ Chainz)


Rating: ***

Summary: With both the tag formula and the Milwaukee faithful’s response, the match flowed well and was a decent opener. Nice storyline progression from the previously used DoA switcheroo.

The Rock, carrying the Intercontinental belt, saunters to the ring to a “Rocky sucks” chant. Upon grabbing the microphone, Rock runs down the Milwaukee faithful. Faarooq storms the ring, beats up Rock, grabs a chair, but Rock stops him.

As Rock grabs the chair, he tries to decapitate Faarooq, but the chair bounces back into his face knocking him sill(ier?). Faarooq piledrives Rock on the chair (supposedly, ‘cuz he missed by a few miles), The NoD rushes the ring, but Faarooq cuts them off at the pass before hightailing it. The NoD screams for medical assistance, and they place a collar on the Rock’s neck. While the Rock gets loaded on a gurney, NoD walks alongside him. What you’re telling me is that, for Faarooq to have a chance to win the IC title, he must beat an already-injured Rock.

Backstage, Michael Cole interviews Austin who calls him a “silly bastard.” Nonetheless, Austin cuts a very confident promo and kicks Cole out of the locker room.

Lee interviews Jarrett, and it goes over as well as a fart in church.

Match 2: “Double J” Jeff Jarrett (w/ Tennessee Lee) versus Steve Blackman


Rating: **

Summary: The psychology was evident, but there were too many strikeouts causing the Milwaukee faithful to daydream about Summerfest. Also, Blackman’s loss appeared to be a subliminal gesture to WCW to end Goldberg’s streak.

Prior to the next match, we revisit the Sable-Mero saga.

Match 3: Marc Mero versus Sable


Rating: DUD

Summary: Nothing but storyline, but how long is FOREVER in WWF-lore?

After the match, Mero gloats, celebrates his victory, grabs the microphone, and yells “get the hell outta the WWF.”

Backstage, Cole interviews Sable who “should have known better.” She thanks her fans for support and says goodbye.

Back in the locker room, Rock is suffering from his injuries. However, according to Commissioner Slaughter, if Rock doesn’t defend the Intercontinental belt, he will be stripped of it.

Match 4 (handicap): WWF Light Heavyweight champion Taka Michinoku & Bradshaw versus Kaientai (w/ Mr. Yamaguchi)


Rating: **½

Summary: Tons of high-flying, but the numbers game caught up to Michinoku and Bradshaw. Nobody cares about Kaientai, Russo. Give them something more meaningful, please.

Backstage, Sable has left the building.

WWF Attitude promo airs.

Match 5 for the WWF Intercontinental title: The Rock (champion w/ the Nation of Domination) versus Faarooq


Rating: **

Summary: The storyline was the only fascinating part of this match as these two have ZERO chemistry.

After the match, an extremely frustrated Faarooq PLANTS Rock with two piledrivers before the NoD quadruple-teams him. Suddenly, DX storms the ring to fight off the NoD to a raucous ovation. A pier-six brawl erupts, and DX stands tall. If I was Faarooq, I’d learn a memorable catchphrase or two to remain relevant.

To say this show has been less than stellar would be a gross understatement.

Match 6: Kane (w/ Paul Bearer) versus Vader


Rating: **½

Summary: Pedestrian big-man match where each wrestler went through his repertoire, but Kane came out on top. The Milwaukee faithful got behind Vader to a degree, but Kane’s getting the push.

After the match, Kane removes Vader’s mask which isn’t much of a stipulation because we’ve seen Vader maskless before. Bearer mocks Vader wearing the mask before exiting. As Vader makes his exit, Michael Cole interviews him. A frustrated Vader calls himself a “big piece of shit, a fat piece of shit.”

In the ring, Cole introduces Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon and the Crusher to a big ovation. Unfortunately, Lawler has the gall to not recognize them. ASSHOLE! Cole hands Vachon a plaque, and Vachon offers his appreciation. Next, the Crusher receives a plaque and sings “Roll Out the Barrel.” Lawler steps into the ring to protest, tells poor jokes, and makes fun of Vachon and Crusher.

After Lawler tries to reveal Vachon’s prosthetic leg, Crusher bashes him with the plaque. HA! He nails Lawler with a Bolo punch causing Lawler to cease and desist, and the Milwaukee faithful eats it up with a spoon. When Lawler returns, he removes his jacket as well as Vachon’s prosthetic. Notorious!

Crusher also removes his shirt and belts Lawler with another Bolo punch. In an act of cowardice, Lawler swings the prosthetic wildly toward and at Crusher before leaving in disgust. He tries a sneak attack, but Crusher destroys Lawler with a prosthetic leg shot. This was NOT the way to honor these legends.

Prior to the next match, DX does its usual pre-match spiel to great response. Road Dog’s introduction is getting over.

Match 7 (six-man): DeGeneration-X (w/ Chyna & X-Pac) versus the Nation of Domination (w/ Mark Henry)


Rating: ***½

Summary: Exciting six-man action with plenty of psychology and high-flying. The tag formula worked, and the NoD used chicanery to steal a victory.

Video of the turmoil between Austin, McMahon, his cronies, and Dude Love airs.

Backstage, Dok Hendrix interviews Mr. McMahon along with Brisco and Patterson. McMahon dictates that if Austin “assaults” him, he will stop the match, strip him of the WWF title, and award it to Dude. Ultimately, the match can only end “by (his) hand only.”

Match 8 for the WWF title: Stone Cold Steve Austin versus Dude Love


Rating: *****

Summary: Extremely wild roller-coaster ride of a match with brilliant storytelling capped off with the #1 babyface in the promotion going over. It doesn’t get any better, folks.

After the match, Austin and Undertaker stare each other down before Undertaker exits and Austin celebrates with the Milwaukee faithful.

Conclusion: Seriously, there was only one match that everyone cared about, and it delivered in spades. If you’ve never seen the main event, you MUST watch it ASAP. If you’ve not seen it recently, seek it out STAT. Don’t hesitate!

On the other hand, the midcard was dreadful. Skip it at all costs and prepare yourself for the next chapter in the Monday Night War.

Buyrate: 0.58

Stay tuned for WCW Monday Nitro 06-01-98!

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