I bought this set because I loved the St. Valentine's Day Massacre Event as a child. Was I satisfied? Read on.
St. Valentine's Day Massacre, 1999.
Goldust vs. Bluedust. When I was younger, I thought this match was hilarious and it certainly kept me entertained. Now, though, I am older so I can safely say that this bout was bizarre and borderline pathetic. Still, the right man wins here. Did anybody really think that "the ECW Reject" would prevail?
Al Snow vs. Bob 'Hardcore' Holly. This match is great all round. Nice use of weapons, some fighting in the crowd and lovely backstage action, too! Also, the ending to this match is something else altogether (banks of the Mississippi anyone??!!), 'nuff said!
Big Boss Man vs. Mideon. I have some comments to make about this one, a bit of background commentary. Big Boss Man represented Vince McMahon's Corporation Stable while Mideon represented the Ministry of Darkness, led by The Undertaker. Anyhow, I doubt that Mideon lasted long in the Company (WWF), as I do not recall him at all during the Attitude Era. As for the match, well, one reviewer already commented that the crowd were chanting "Boring, Boring..." during the proceedings. I was, too, unfortunately...
The team of Jeff Jarrett and Owen Hart wi/Debra face D'Lo Brown and Mark Henry. This match is really good because it is purely historical footage, you feel. It was great to watch this match, knowing that Owen Hart was competing and knowing that he would die rather tragically (while on duty!) just over 3 months after this event was broadcast. Also, D'Lo Brown, what the heck happened to him at all? Meanwhile, Mark Henry is still with the WWE, at the time of writing anyway, and he has received a 'fair' push by the Company in recent years. Great to see him in his early days here. As for the match, well, Jeff Jarrett and Owen Hart work very well together here and deliver a nice, intelligent ending to this match. R.I.P. Owen.
Ken Shamrock vs. Val Venis. The promo footage prior to this match was hilarious (Val: "Hello, Ladies!" and the actions of Shamrock due to Venis driving him insane, priceless!) The match, as a whole, is mixed-bag. Shamrock pulls off some lovely moves, but the match is 'killed' by some pretty obvious scripting from WWF (Ryan and Ken Shamrock at the end, watch out for it!). Those of you who think wrestling is real, please watch this match.
The team of Triple H and X-Pac face Kane and Chyna. I loved D-X's entrance and actions before the match here, the Attitude Era revisited! Shane McMahon guest commentates on this match, too. While I personally loved this segment, most of you will probably dislike it. Bottom line: listen to Shane during this match; he is hilarious! As for the match itself, it is dominated mainly by Triple H and X-Pac. Shane's actions at the end dictate the proceedings and the right team wins, in my view.
Mankind faces The Rock in a Last Man Standing Match. I bought this set to relive this match again and, as these things generally go, it did not live to to be that great match I remembered so fondly. Still, any wrestling fan of this Era has to watch this because the match, specifically the ending, is very famous...
The Main Event features Stone Cold and Vince McMahon in a Steel Cage. Check out the Cage here; it's a real throwback to the old days indeed! This match takes ages to begin so, as a whole, it is pretty uneventful, except that Paul 'Big Show' White makes his WWF debut.
Ok, so St. Valentine's Day Massacre, 1999 isn't a perfect event or 'must have TV', but it is definitely worth a watch. It's not bad at all, but I bought the set because, as a child, I honestly thought that nothing was better than it. More to the point, The Rock was my favourite wrestler and I think it could have been the ending to his Last Man Standing match with Mankind that blew me away and stayed with me all these years later. Oh, well... Happy Memories, I guess. Overall, I generally was satisfied with making the purchase and rediscovering the event again although, in the heel of the hunt, it really could have been better...
First off, it is the team of Edge, Gangrel and Christian (The Brood) as they face the team of Farooq, Bradshaw and Mideon. The match is very slow at first, but is then very good towards the end. Sadly, for me, the wrong team wins and both teams worked very well here. Nice opener, all round.
Al Snow vs. Hardcore 'Bob' Holly. A Hardcore match of old, full of weapons, fighting in the crowd and great backstage footage. Both men go from the ring, to the crowd, to backstage, to a dumptruck (!!), and even to one of the broadcast booths!! Overall, a good match but a horrible ending...
The team of Road Dogg and Billy Gunn face Owen Hart and Jeff Jarrett. To be honest, this match is not much to write home about, but a nice victory for the winners here.
Big Show and Mankind compete in a Boiler Room Brawl match. With hindsight, this match is 'mental', with an 'endless' use of weapons!! Seriously, this type of match was what the WWF was all about once upon a time! Arguably, for me, this match 'makes' this Backlash event. A great ending to the match. Well done, Mankind.
X-Pac vs. Triple H. This match is a very, very slow affair. I am quite surprised that the crowd did not chant "Boring!" because I certainly was! Ridiculous ending, too!
Ken Shamrock vs. The Undertaker. This match, like its' former, is very slow, despite some nice actions from Shamrock. In the end, it is safe to say that Ken gets 'screwed' because he had Undertaker beat here, clearly!
In the Main Event, The Rock faces Stone Cold in a No Holds Barred match. The match begins with an interesting reaction as the fans cheer for both men! The Rock dominates Austin in the early-going although, to be fair, The Rock could never 'go the extra mile' against Stone Cold, could he?
Nevertheless, a great ending to this event, all things considered.
Overall, these two events are not bad, but... they really could have been a whole lot better! This is especially true, when you consider the time we are talking about here. Both of these took place in 1999: St. Valentine's Day Massacre was just before Wrestlemania XV, Backlash was just after it then. At this time, the WWF's Attitude Era was in full swing, which meant that the world of Professional Wrestling (Sports Entertainment, to be precise!) really could not be beaten and really could not have been more entertaining enough! It quite literally defined Professional Wrestling for a Generation... and that's why I felt that these two events really could and definitely should have been better than they were. Oh, well...