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WWF Survivor Series 1997 is the most famous WWF ppv as it was all about the Montreal Screwjob at Survivor Series 1997. This has always been one of the most talked about WWE ppvs to this day! Match Card Classic Survivor Series Elimination Match; The Headbangers and the BlackJacksvs The New Age Outlaws and The Godwinns Not the best tag team elimination match of the night but it was an decent opener to get the show started. Survivor Series Elimination Match; The Truth Commision vs The Disciples of Apocalypse A match i personally skipped on DVD to be honest it was very boring. Survivor Series Elimination Match; Team U.S.A(Vader,Marc Mero,Steve Blackman and Goldust) vs Team Canada(The British Bulldog,Jim The Anvil Neidhart,Doug Furnas and Phil Lafon). British Bulldog is an legend and was very good in the match. The fans were really behind him and chanting his name in the match. It was a good match best tag team elimination match of the night. Mankind vs Kane Mankind took on Kane in a singles match nothing special about the match. It was a normal match really with an good performance from Kane in the match. Survivor Series Elimination Match; The Nation of Dominationvs Ken Shamrock,Ahmed Johnson,and the Legion of Doom. NOD were getting some good reactions from the crowd here. The match was good with the crowd really into it. WWF Intercontinental Championship Match Stone Cold vs Owen Hart A top match between the two not as good as their previous meeting at Summerslam though. After the match it was funny as Team Canada got involved in the ring and got Stunnered! by Austin! WWF Championship Match Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels Ever heard you screwed Bret chants? Well they still happen in the WWE and its because of this match. The match was really close to being very real as the wrestlers hated each other in real life. HBK got the win as we all know but its amazing to see how Bret reacts after being screwed by McMahon. Overall the PPV is really worth watching because of the main event, which for wrestling fans is actually something real that happened and not set up! A real screw job! Makes the whole dvd worth buying its a classic!
The 1997 Survivor Series is one of the most infamous payperviews of all time and featured a match with the most controversial finish in history. After just over ten minutes of action Shawn Michaels locked on the Sharpshooter on Bret Hart in a their World Title match, Vince McMahon came running down the aisle and called for Earl Hebner to ring for the bell, despite the fact that Hart didn't submit. Hart was due to leave for WCW shortly, and VInce didnt trust him with their World Title, so came the immortal story - Vince screwed Bret. Elsewhere the card was dominated by a number of traditional Survivor Series matches, with The Nation of Domination losing to The Road Warriors, Ahmed Johnson and Ken Shamrock, Team Canada defeating Team USA, and The Truth Commission defeating The Disciples of Apocalypse. Unfortunately, except for the controversial main event, there was not much else noteworthy about this card, and unless you've been living under a rock for the last 12 years and havent seen Vince Screw Bret, then I would avoid this one.
An ultimate classic - what more can i say! Nothing these days in the WWF (or WWE) can even come close to the classic years of wrestling...Remember the Rick Flair, Bret Hitman Heart...Or even the amazing Ravishing Rick Rude lol. This DVD is an apsolute classic you cant be a WWE fan without this. I personally have every single VHS and DVD released by the WWF and WWE from the 80s to the current day. I am a huge fan. You will not regret getting this DVD. I have this one on VHS, but i know i want to get all my VHS collection on DVD so i better get saving up. Remember these collections are really rare, and mostly are not re-released, so your buying a small piece of history and you never know you might even be sitting on a goldmine. If you appreciate westling, then this is a must!
The most famous of all WWF Pay Per Views. The Survivor Series of 1997 is the day the wrestling landscape changed forever. It was at this even that then Champion Bret Hart, had signed a contract to move company to WCW, and that contract began the following night from the Survivor Series. Normally the Champion would lose the belt and move on. However Bret didn't want to drop the belt to Shawn Michaels and especially not in Montreal. The undercard was pretty poor if truth be told but the amazing thing throughout all the matches early in the card, standard Survivor elimination matches with The new Age Outlaws teaming up with the Godwins to face the Headbangers and the New Blackjacks in a poor affair. Mankind takes on Kane in the Big Red Machines first PPV match, its not bad but not great either. Team Canada comprised of The British Bulldog, The Anvil and Furnas and La Fon took on Team USA made up of Vader, Goldust, Steve Blackman and Marc Mero. Later Ahmed Johnson teamed with LOD and Ken Shamrock to take on the Nation of Domination in an all out brawl and Stone Cold Steve Austin took on the Rocket Owen Hart for the Intercontinental Championship. The Main Event heralded an incredible moment as Bret was screwed out of the WWF title by Chairman Vince McMahon, as noted before Bret wouldn't relinquish the title so McMahon instructed the referee to ring the bell when Shawn had Bret in his own submission hold the Sharpshooter. This moment changed wrestling forever as for the first time they broke from the script and set the tone for the Wrestling boom that followed this event. It's a tough one to review as none of the matches sans the main event are actually any good, but at the same time it's a must see to watch this all unfold. Thumbs slightly up.
Yeah I know, I've written loads of opinions on wrestling videos, yeah I know, most of them are the same. Yeah I know, you're really bored with them now. But please, please read this one. Not because it has the best card of all, not because it has the best atmosphere (it has a weird one, granted), not because it has the best match of all time on it. No, far from it. Please read this opinion, and then subsequently buy the video, as this video features the most [in]famous event in wrestling history, the most talked about moment of all time. That is when Bret Hart, 5 time WWF World Champion and arguably, the greatest wrestler to ever live- certainly in my view, left the WWF and joined WCW. It was a pre-planned decision that he was to move, and his final match was meant to be dignified...unfortunately, what he received by Vince McMahon was the most ruthless, callous, sly and downright despicable event in wrestling history. Anyway, I will go into detail about that in a minute. The rest of the event is average, the matches unspectacular, the crowd reaction mediocre...all excluding the main event. The most famous match in wrestling history, that subsequently made this event, Survivor Series 1997, the most famous event in wrestling history. That's right, you heard it, this event is the most famous 3 hours in wrestling history. I will now review the event, leaving the main event until last, for obvious reasons. WWF Intercontinental Championship Match Owen Hart (Champion) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin You probably won't realise this, but this match, held in November 1997, was held at the time when Stone Cold's popularity was at it's highest, it was absolutely off the page. The ropes would shake when he came down to ring and the ring itself would move, such was the level of volume created by the fans when he appeared. This match, between two extremely talented wrestlers (RIP Owen), was the thrilling culmination of a great feu d between the two, that had started some 6 months earlier. During the feud, at a match at Summerslam 1997 between the two, Owen seriously injured Austin with a piledriver gone wrong. Stone Cold landed directly on his head, injuring his neck, and suffering "spinal shock syndrome". He was advised never to wrestle again, and even when he returned to the WWF several months later he had a special contractual agreement regarding his injury. However, watching this match you really wouldn't know that he had just returned from a potentially career ending injury, as this match is a non-stop, action packed match that genuinely lifted the prestige of the fading Intercontinental championship. Kane vs. Mankind This match was the wrestling debut of Kane in the WWF, at least under that gimmick anyway, as the man behind the mask, Glen Jacobs, had previously wrestled in guises such as Issac Yankem and the New Diesel. Several failed gimmicks had all but killed the career of Jacobs, however the Kane gimmick is one of the most successful of all time, and the character is still going strong today, four years on. This match, his debut, was extremely important and was seen as a make or break contest for Kane. Thankfully for him, he passed with flying colours, possibly due to the willingness of his opponent, Mankind, to take some horrendous bumps (falls) throughout the match. Even though Kane certainly impresses during his first match, the holes were gaping, as this did leave a little to be desired. Despite that fact, this is a landmark match that kicked off the career of a future WWF hall of famer. Survivor Series Matches The following matches are tag team affairs, pitting teams of faces and heels against each other in the legendary Survivor Series format. When one wrestler is pinned, he is eliminated and must return to the backstage area. This continues until all the members of one team have been eliminated. Legion of Doom, Ahmed Johnson and Ken Shamrock vs. Nation of Domination Unusually for these Survivor Series matches, this one actually meant something. Over the previous few months, there had been numerous matches involving these eight wrestlers: Hawk and Animal of the Legion of Doom, Ahmed Johnson, Ken Shamrock vs. Rocky Maivia, D-Lo Brown, the Godfather and Faarooq, members of the Nation of Domination. But the matches had been different combinations, such as the Legion of Doom vs. D-Lo and Godfather, or Ken Shamrock vs. Rocky Maivia. Never before had all eight been in the ring at the same time..and after watching, it is not hard to see why! Not because of the low wrestling quality, as surprisingly, it was actually of a very high standard, but because of the sheer havoc that occurred as they all battled it out at the same time, ignoring the rules set in place beforehand. Despite the chaos of it all, or perhaps because of it, this is a very entertaining match. Team Canada vs. Team USA A very strange match on paper, this match is somewhat reminiscent of a Wildcard match, as it pits four American wrestlers against four Canadian wrestlers (well, not really, but for the benefit of the WWF's embarrassment), regardless of whether they were fan favourites or not. Another strange part of this event is the fact that the American team was strongly booed, as the Canadians: Jim Neidhart, Davey Boy Smith, Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon, were all pro-Canadian and were seen as heels (bad guys) by the fans and played that role. However, in this match the Team USA members, commonly cheered as fan favourites normally: Vader, Goldust, Steve Blackman, Marc Mero, were the bad guys for this match. This was because of the setting for this event, as it was in Montreal, Canada- so the passionate Canadian fans were strongly behind their natives. This makes for a very interesting format, although unfortunately the match never seems to come together- what can be seen as a missed opportuni ty. The Truth Commission vs. The Disciples of Apocalypse Eight men, none of them talented, fan reaction comparable to a mouse squeak. Worst match on the card? Without question. Worst match of 1997? Possibly. Worst match of all time? It has a chance. Absolutely dire, please don't watch it...I'm doing my best to turn you into wrestling fans and then something like this comes along. Eek. The Godwinns and the New Age Outlaws vs. The Headbangers and the New Blackjacks I don't care what anyone else says, I genuinely enjoy these tag team wars...especially when they involve tag teams. Personally, I was always a huge fan of the New Age Outlaws, Badd Ass Billy Gunn and Road Dogg, so their inclusion in this match already gave it an extra sheen in my impressionable eyes. Unfortunately, the inclusion of the New Blackjacks wiped that sheen off quicker than a Fabien Barthez error, but thankfully, during the match they make amends. The stars on show, and if you would please forget my bias, are indeed the Outlaws, and I'm not saying that just because I am a huge fan. I am saying that because they really do take their performances, and subsequently the match, up a notch. They "turn up the heat" if you will". It would have been a good match without them, but it was a great match with them...this match will please all but the most hardcore fans. THE MOST FAMOUS, INFAMOUS, TALKED ABOUT, STUDIED, DISCUSSED, ANALYSED, DOCUMENTED, ARGUED, LEGENDARY, HISTORY CHANGING MATCH OF ALL TIME. THE MATCH THAT FOREVER CHANGED THE WORLD OF WRESTLING. THE MATCH THAT COMPLETELY SHOOK UP THE BUSINESS. THE MATCH OF MATCHES. *THE* MATCH. WWF Championship Match Bret Hart (Champion) vs. Shawn Michaels After13 years working for the World Wrestling Federation, Bret Hart's legacy was tarnished forever on the day of Survivor Series, November 9th 1997. That day has gone down in history as the most controversial d ay in wrestling's long history. It was the biggest story to ever come out of wrestling. You must have heard about it, right? The event that will forever live in infamy, the "Montreal Screw Job". Many months before this, Bret was experiencing a change in the WWF, as they wanted to turn him "heel" and make him a bad guy. This presented Bret, and essentially the WWF, with two problems. Bret had always taken such pride in being the hero, and he would feel as if he was betraying all of his loyal followers down the years. Even if Bret was made to do this, he would never play the heel to a Canadian crowd. This then sparked an innovative, but risky storyline that would see Bret as a bad guy in America, and a good guy everywhere else. Bret's motivation was to make the American fans the bad guys, and, to a certain extent, this worked. Bret was still cheered in Canada and the UK, perhaps more than ever, and he was still their hero and number one fan favourite. But in the USA, he was the most hated man in wrestling, and was the most over (with the crowd) heel since the late Yokozuna in 1993. This storyline ranks as one of my true favourites, as it made for such interesting developments, and also one of the finest pieces of storytelling ever told. At Summerslam 1997, Bret faced The Undertaker for the WWF World Championship. Shawn Michaels, of all people, was the special referee. This superb match had a number of stipulations. 1) If Bret lost the match, he would never again be able to wrestle in the USA. 2) If Shawn Michaels sided with The Undertaker in any way, then he too would never be able to wrestle in the USA. At the time, many were questioning the ending, doubting a creative finish would be possible. But, in a stroke of genius from the WWF's writing team, they produced the greatest ending to any match - EVER. As a great match was drawing to a close, Shawn Michaels was knocked down outside the ring. As Bret and The Underta ker came back into the ring, Bret smashed 'Taker with a steel chair, and dropped it in the ring. Bret went for the cover and pulled Michaels back into the ring. As he was about to make the count, Michaels spotted the steel chair, and questioned whether Bret had used it. An argument between the two ensued as 'Taker was getting up. Disgusted by Michaels' refusal to count, Bret spat in his face, literally. Without thinking Shawn swung the chair at Bret, but he ducked and Shawn smashed Undertaker in what must be one of the most sickening chair shots ever. This is where it gets really confusing though. Bret immediately covered an unconscious 'Taker, if Shawn now didn't count the win, he would never again be able to wrestle in the USA. But he desperately wanted Undertaker to win, as he hated Bret so much. Unfortunately for him, he had to count to make sure his career could continue. But that is where it becomes quite shocking, the writers really did a great job here! Shawn went to hit Bret with the chair, luckily for him, Bret ducked, and he hit the Undertaker instead, because if he did hit Bret then that would be his USA career over, as he would have effectively been siding with 'Taker. So, he had to make the count off his own chair shot or else his career would again be over, even though he would have just finished it himself 10 seconds earlier. Confused? I don't blame you, as you really do have to see it to understand it. Many WWF matches end in a rater anticlimactic way, but this finish was easily the best ever, and it is then no surprise to find that Bret was involved, he just had to be. Even though he was the WWF's World Champion, Bret Hart was basically lost in the shuffle of the WWF. In an effort to topple WCW's all important run at the top of the ratings chart, McMahon decided that he would make his WWF more adult orientated, and aim it at a different age group, primarily males between 16 and 30. Sexual innuendo and g raphical gestures became a commonplace part of WWF programming. Bad language was uttered by many of the newly loved "anti hero" characters, such as Stone Cold Steve Austin, and D-Generation X. DX was a group of 3 real life friends who had come together to try and 'push the envelope' of the WWF. And they pushed it really, really hard. Triple H and Chyna, were, on screen at least, essentially bit-part players in the push for Shawn Michaels. Off screen, Bret and Shawn had a mutual dislike for each other, and they had been involved in several real life fights backstage before. They really hated each other. So, when it was Michaels that was disgracing the WWF with DX, Bret just despised him even more. He disagreed with what was on WWF Television, as he had always taken great pride in being the good, wholesome hero to younger children. Now, with the commencement of WWF's "Attitude" phase that is still active today, Bret felt he would lose a large majority of his fans, and he would be losing them to Shawn, who was suddenly 'cool' amongst American youths for his actions. DX were a massive hit with the fans, and they instantly became the main focus of WWF Television, leaving Bret in the middle of nowhere. There was always a saying that the WWF wasn't big enough for Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, and as it turns out, it wasn't. Vince thought that he could sell Bret as he didn't have a use for him, but he told Bret that he couldn't afford Bret's large wages, and asked him to sort out a deal with Ted Turner's WCW. This striked the wrestling world as very strange, as it was just one year before that Vince had arranged a new deal for Bret, which would keep him with the WWF for 20 years. But Vince was sticking to that agreement and Bret signed a contract with WCW. This again presented problems however, as Bret was the WWF's World Champion. In 1995, the WWF Women's Champion, Alundra Blayze left for WCW and appeared on WCW Television and put the Title in the bin, Vince was determined that this wasn't going to happen again. So, in protection is his companies interests, he asked Bret to lose the Title at the upcoming Survivor Series. There were two problems on Bret's behalf here. He was signed to face Shawn Michaels, and he was adamant that he was not going to lose to him, such was their hatred for each other. His second qualm was about losing the Title, in one of his last matches, in his home country of Canada. So, Vince agreed to one of these, accepting the fact that Bret may not want to lose to Michaels. But he didn't agree with Bret's wish not to lose to Michaels. The two came to an agreement, which was heard by millions who watched the wrestling documentary that followed Bret Hart. The Survivor Series match-up was to end in a disqualification when Shawn put Bret's own signature move, the Sharpshooter, and Bret would then reverse it. At this point Triple H and Chyna (the other members of Shawn's DX faction) would run down and interfere. This way Bret would've won the match, and retained his Title in his home country. But, in the biggest swerve of wrestling, and perhaps sporting history, Vince McMahon took it upon himself to change the ending of the match, informing only a select few that he was planning to do it. Things may have seemed a tad amiss when Vince and his business friends came out to watch the match. But, considering that it was to be Bret's last high profile match, this wasn't really seen as much of an issue at the time, now it is all too clear why he was there. As a good match came to a close, everything was going according to plan... Vince's plan though, not Bret's. As suggested, towards the end of the match Shawn applied Bret Hart's finishing manoeuvre the "Sharpshooter", this was the time that Shawn's allies were meant to be run down, and as Vince and Bret had planned, it would be a di squalification on behalf of Bret. But, almost instantly, Vince ordered for referee Earl Hebner to ring the bell, and awarded the title to Shawn Michaels. The crowd were stunned, the world was stunned, the wrestlers backstage were stunned, Bret was stunned. As Shawn was guarded by fellow officials to the back, with a look of possible disbelief and anger on his face, Bret spat on Vince at ringside. As Vince was taken to the back, Bret went about destroying the WWF's cameras and anything else he could get his hands on... he was in a state of complete shock. After the dust had settled slightly, Bret stormed to the back and confronted Vince in his dressing room. He then preceded to knock him out cold with a real punch in a real show of anger. The only reason Vince did not sue was because of what would be discovered about the what happened that night. The wrestling world has never been the same again... Smarky
The infamous event where Bret Hart ( in my opinion, the best wrestler in the world ) was "screwed" out of the WWF. Vince McMahon plotted to ride Bret out of the WWF, but Shawn Micheals keep the WWF title. A very shocking event at the time and it is still hard sought after. A very precious event and you should treasure. Also, there are several elimination matches in the PPV. It's well worth buying and you shoul guard it with your life ( well, maybe not your life! ). If you have this event, never let it go, it's so precious and will be worth a lot in the years to come, if you can bring yourself to part with it!