Welcome to Sports Throwback Thursday! Today’s Sports Throwback Thursday belongs to the 1998 Survivor Series. One of the most exciting pay-per-view events in the history of WWE’s Survivor Series.
The 1998 Survivor Series is not a traditional Survivor Series event. At this particular event, almost every match was part of a tournament. The event took place in St Louis, Missouri, and this pay-per-view event gave us one of the best heel characters in WWE history. The Big Bossman is the unsung hero of this pay-per-view event in terms of the storyline. I liked when he threw the nightstick to Ken Shamrock, but it was intercepted by The Rock, which he caught with one hand.
We can’t forget the commentary by Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler. At one point, they mocked WCW by saying some of these lines:
“You’re gonna get to see all of the pay per view.”
“King, that’s not nice. Don’t make fun of those less fortunate.
This had to do with the Halloween Havoc 1998. In addition, Jim Ross also made references to Mark McGwire’s single-season home run record during the event. 1998 just ruled the world.
Kane and Undertaker’s match in Survivor Series was one of their weakest matches between them. They fought so much in 1998; my favorite match was the Inferno Match at Unforgiven 1998, but this match wasn’t so great, and the way it ended wasn’t good. At Wrestlemania 14, Kane took three tombstones to get put down by The Undertaker, but in Survivor Series, it took just one tombstone. Aside from the match, I liked Undertaker’s look, his music entrance, and the same thing about Kane. Both of them had tremendous chemistry.
Mankind’s matches against Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock were some of the biggest strengths of this pay-per-view event. The Rock was lethal with the chair in 1998 and 1999. The main event of the night between The Rock and Mankind was unforgettable. The Rock put Mankind on a sharpshooter, and Vince McMahon called for the bell. A year prior, Vince did the same thing to Bret Hart. The way the match ended, it could’ve been better. They didn’t have to repeat the same scenario from the year prior. The Rock, at the time, became the youngest wrestler to win the WWF championship. At the right time, The Rock turned heel and led to the “Die Rocky Die. Rocky sucks” chants.