SummerSlam ’99

WWF Tag Team Championship
X-Pac & Kane (c) vs. The Undertaker & The Big Show
Taker is sans most of his facial hair and doesn’t even bother with a ring jacket, making him appear more like a moody goth or a metal band front-man than a zombie. His music here is pretty damn cool though. The union of Kane and X-Pac is an unusual one, but the pairing worked and the storyline of X-Pac helping Kane find his heart and become more man than monster, is right out of the Wizard of Oz. Taker and Big Show on the other hand have formed a rickety alliance with the mutual goal of utter destruction, though Taker has already pre-warned Show that he will turn on him at any given opportunity, so obviously this partnership isn’t going to last long. They did still manage two reigns with the tag belts before splitting at the end of the year though, which by Attitude standards is a lifetime together. After the customary brawl to start, Taker and X-Pac start out, and Pac struggles with the sheer size of Taker, and quickly tags out to Kane. Things end up on the outside, which is no surprise on this show, and Pac makes the mistake of crotch chopping in Taker’s face, which gets him a meaty elbow to the head before Kane pulls him to safety to prevent a chokeslam. The stuff between Kane and Taker is very familiar, given that they have been feuding on and off for the last two years. When watched back, Kane against Big Show has an all too familiar feel to it also, as they have had dozens of matches over the decades, given their long-term tenures. On that note, three of these guys are still with the WWE when I write this in 2013, with X-Pac being the only one who didn’t make it. The heat is pretty good, with Pac bumping all over for both of his opponents, and Big Show still in a period of his career where he was motivated. Watching him here some six months into his WWF run, you can’t help but look back on his career with a sense of disappointment though, because given how great he was as a super heavyweight when working as the Giant in WCW, he should have achieved far more in the WWF/E. Sure, he is a multiple time World Champion and has managed over a decade with the company, but he never became the “next Andre the Giant” like he was pegged to be. In the annals of history Show will be remembered as a very good super heavyweight and certainly one of the more athletic, but not as a true great. After a fairly entertaining heat on Pac, Kane saves him from a chokeslam again, this time from Big Show, but Pac uses low blows on both the heels to get a hot tag. Hapless Hebner naturally lets it slide. Kane comes in and beats Show down while Pac bumps Taker over the ropes and gets the better of him on the outside, which is a surprise, but back inside Show hits a chokeslam on him for a heart-stopping near-fall as Taker and Kane exchange blows at ringside. Taker wins out on that one and gets pissed off with Show for not getting the job done, so tags himself back in and quickly hits the Tombstone for the win and the titles. You have never seen a man who has won a title look more angry about it. He gives his belt to Paul Bearer without even acknowledging it and then berates Show as they head to the back for not pulling his considerable weight. What a slave driver. I had fun watching this, and it was nice to finally see a match that (mostly) stayed in the ring. Even better than that; it told a logical and easy to follow story in the process. You take what you can get in 1999.
Final Rating: **½


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