Best of RAW Vol. 2

best of raw 1 and 2

DVD Release Date: August 7, 2001

MATCH #1: European Title Match – X-Pac & Triple H vs. Shane McMahon & Kane, RAW is WAR #299, 2.15.99

X-Pac has been the Champion since 10.18.98, and this is his twelfth defense. HHH attacks Kane right away and we’re off and running. Kane quickly cuts him off with a clothesline and makes the tag. Shane of course wants no part of an angry HHH and tags back out. D-X works together to beat on Kane, but the Big Red Monster is able to fight both of them off. Shane takes a cheap shot on the floor and lures X-Pac into a Chyna clothesline. Momentum swings back and forth, and Shane is generally only willing to get involved if Kane has the advantage. Finally D-X is able to trap Shane in the ring and X-Pac unloads on him with a flurry of offense. X-Pac goes for the Bronco Buster but Kane saves his partner by catching X-Pac and slamming him to the mat. HHH goes after Kane and they brawl out on the floor. With the referee distracted, Chyna gives Shane the European Title belt, and he blasts X-Pac in the face with it. That’s enough to score the pin and give Shane the title at 4:21! That was brief but action packed, and was a good piece of the X-Pac/Shane feud leading into WrestleMania XV.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #2: Chyna vs. Pat Patterson & Gerald Brisco, RAW is WAR #295, 1.18.99

Brisco kicks things off by taking it down to the mat, but Chyna is just too strong for him. Patterson tags in and uses an airplane spin, but then his own partner shoves him to the floor because he wants to be the one to impress Mr. McMahon by beating Chyna. The Stooges have trouble working together and both get their man parts manhandled. Chyna goes to the second rope to take a break while her opponents argue with each other. Patterson shoves her to the floor, and then throws her back in. Brisco takes the opportunity to hit a People’s Elbow, but Patterson pulls him off the cover. Patterson tries to cover but Brisco pulls him off. The Stooges fight each other and Chyna knocks their heads together. Chyna unloads with mounted punches in the corner on Patterson, and Brisco throws powder in her eyes. Patterson and Brisco grope Chyna’s lady parts for fun, but they pay for it when she hits them both with a clothesline at the same time. The crowd is chanting for Chyna as she hits Patterson with a DDT, and then she hits one on Brisco as well. Chyna stacks the Stooges up and pins both of them at 6:00. Not a great match by any stretch, but it was certainly enjoyable in a goofy sort of way.
Rating: *½

MATCH #3: “I Quit” Match for the WWE Championship – The Rock vs. Triple H, RAW is WAR #296, 1.25.99

Rock has been the Champion since 1.24.99, and this is his first defense. The two hated rivals attack each other right away and the brawl is on. Rock slips to the floor to take a breather, but quickly comes back in and takes a k nee to the face. HHH stays in control, beating on the Champion and sending him right back to the floor. They fight up the entrance ramp and HHH tries to force Rock to say “I Quit” but the Champion refuses. HHH brings Rock back up to ringside, and Rock throws HHH into the timekeeper’s table. Rock gets on commentary to insult HHH, but only gets beaten up more as a result. HHH throws Rock into the audience, and then back to ringside to whip him into the steel steps. He grabs the timekeeper’s bell and hammer, but before he can use either Rock catches him with a DDT. Rock sets the bel on HHH’s face, and hits the People’s Elbow with the hammer! Cool spot. HHH still refuses to give up, and he fights back with a knee to the face. He follows with the Pedigree, and then throws Rock to the floor and hits another Pedigree! HHH says he’s still not done, and brings Rock up on the announce table! Kane, Big Boss Man, Ken Shamrock, and Test come out and Boss Man tells HHH he better quit or Chyna’s going to get it. HHH agrees, and says “I Quit” to give Rock the win at 9:10. After the match Chyna hits HHH with a low blow, officially joining the Corporation! Rock and Triple H always had good chemistry and this was another example of that.
Rating: ***

MATCH #4: Hardcore Title Match – Bob Holly vs. Bart Gunn, RAW is WAR #300, 2.22.99

Holly has been the Champion since 2.14.99, and this is his second defense. The New Midnight Express explodes! They start slugging right away and quickly take it to the floor. Holly smashes a water pitcher on Gunn’s face, and then blasts him with a steel chair. Gunn finds a mug and cracks it on Holly’s face, and then hits him with the ring bell. They fight into the crowd briefly and continue assaulting each other. It’s probably good for everyone involved that they don’t do these kind of matches anymore. Holly uses a fire extinguisher and a tub of ice as weapons, and then whips Gunn into the steel stairs. They fight up the ramp and Gunn hits a suplex for a two-count. Gunn hits a DDT on the ramp, and then throws Holly into the steps. He sprays the fire extinguisher at Holly, but the Champion seems barely fazed. Holly fights back and bodyslams Gunn on the ramp. They fight up by the entrance and Gunn hits Holly with a watermelon, for real. Holly finds a crate of bananas and hits Gunn with that. A trash can is next, and the lid as well. Gunn finds a bag of flour and uses that as a weapon. Then some weirdly dressed ninja dude (Dr. Death Steve Williams) comes out and throws Gunn off the stage and through a table. That’s enough for Holy to climb down and get the pin at 8:17. This was just carnage and a definite time capsule from the Attitude Era. It had an element of silly fun going for it.
Rating: **½

MATCH #5: Steel Cage Match – British Bulldog vs. Test, RAW is WAR #335, 10.25.99

Both men start slugging right away, and Test whips Bulldog into the turnbuckles and then into the cage. Test hits a side suplex. Bulldog comes back and delivers a vertical suplex. Both men clothesline each other and go down. Back on their feet Test misses a big boot and Bulldog catches him with a big powerslam. Bulldog tries to escape the cage but Test goes up and shoves him down to the mat. Test climbs to the top of the cage and delivers the flying elbow just as the Mean Street Posse make their way out from the crowd and invade the cage. The Posse put a three-on-one beatdown on the Test until Shane McMahon comes out to make the save and wipes them all out with a high cross body block from the top of the cage! Bulldog escapes the cage to quietly win the match at around 3:44 as the Posse get the advantage on Shane and lay him out. The Posse goes go leave but Test grabs Joey Abs and hits him with a big boot and then throws him to the floor. Test checks on Shane and Stephanie McMahon comes out to check on him as well. That was extremely short and they probably should have announced who actually won, but they packed a lot of action in, and Shane McMahon managed to steal the show as he often did.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #6: WWF Championship Match – Undertaker vs. Big Show, RAW is WAR #315, 6.7.99

Undertaker has been the Champion since 5.23.99, and this is his second defense. He has Paul Bearer in his corner. Show attacks right away and the two start hammering on each other. The challenger scores the first knockdown with a clothesline, and he follows with a big elbow drop for two. Show manhandles the Undertaker, which is a pretty rare occurrence. Both men go for Chokeslams, and Undertaker wins that battle with a low blow. Undertaker hits a big clothesline and sends Show to the floor. Show is able to fight back and he’s got the Champion reeling. Undertaker is able to slip out of Show’s grasp and shove Show face-first into the ring post. He cracks a steel chair across his back and continues to methodically wear down the challenger. Undertaker throws Show back in the ring and heads to the top rope. He leaps right into Show’s Chokeslam, and Show slams him so hard that the ring breaks through! The referee calls for the bell and it’s a no-contest at 6:50. That was fine enough for a short brawl, and the finish popped the crowd huge and lent itself to a rematch so it’s all good.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #7: World Tag Team Title Match – The Acolytes vs. The Hardy Boyz, RAW is WAR #319, 7.5.99

Faarooq and Bradshaw have been the Champions since 5.31.99, and this is their third defense. Matt and Jeff have Michael Hayes in their corner. The challengers fly over the ropes and try to take out the much larger Champions, but that doesn’t go well for them. Bradshaw throws Jeff around ringside while Faarooq beats on Matt inside the ring. Matt comes back with a neckbreaker, and the Hardys hit a tandem Superfly Splash / Guillotine Legdrop for a two-count. Faarooq catches Matt in a spinebuster and Jeff with a powerslam. Bradshaw tags in and hits Matt with a big boot to the face. The Acolytes continue to use their size and power advantage but the Hardys refuse to stop fighting back. Jeff catches Faarooq with a DDT for a two-count. Hayes tries to interfere and Faarooq beats him up for it. Jeff gets a hold of Hayes’ cane and drills Bradshaw with it, and Matt follows with a tornado DDT to get the pin at 4:25! That’s a huge upset, but they spent the entire match talking about how Bradshaw was less than 100% because he took a tombstone on the steel steps last night, and he also made sure to kick out right after the three-count. The new Champions also run away after the bell, so even though the Hardys just won their first tag team titles I don’t think this actually did a lot to put them over. Match was fine enough.
Rating: **

MATCH #8: World Tag Team Title Match – The Acolytes vs. Kane & X-Pac, RAW is WAR #324, 8.9.99

Faarooq and Bradshaw have been the Champions since 7.25.99, and this is their third defense. It’s a big brawl to start, with Bradshaw and Kane inside the ring and X-Pac and Faarooq outside the ring. The referee restores order, and the Champions isolate Kane in their half of the ring. Kane catches Faarooq with a big boot and makes the tag. X-Pac gets a brief burst of offense and then Faarooq catches him with a hard spinebuster. The Champions dominate the much smaller X-Pac, and keep him away from his partner. X-Pac is able to hit Bradshaw with an enziguiri and he makes the hot tag. Kane comes flying in with a clothesline from the top rope. He handles both Champions and the match breaks down again. Kane gets sent to the floor, but he pulls Bradshaw out with him, and that allows X-Pac to hit Faarooq with the X-Factor to get the pin and win the titles again at 4:37! That was short but energetic, and after the match can speaks his first two words without his voice box – Suck It! That alone makes the match memorable.
Rating: **½

MATCH #9: World Tag Team Title Match – The Rock & Mankind vs. Triple H & Kane, RAW is WAR #328, 9.6.99

Rock and Mankind have been the Champions since 8.30.99, and this is their second defense. X-Pac is supposed to be Kane’s partner but he’s nowhere to be found when Kane asks for the bell to be rung. Before any contact can be made, Triple H’s music hits, and the WWF Champion has decided to be Kane’s partner. Rock and Kane start the match proper, and Chyna makes her way out to ringside with a sledgehammer. Kane and Rock go back and forth, but it’s Rock taking the advantage and making the tag. Kane fires back on Mankind, but refuses to tag his surprise partner and gets hit with a Mankind piledriver for his troubles. Rock takes a cheap shot at HHH and Kane catches Rock with a clothesline. HHH tags himself in and Kane clotheslines him right to the floor. Kane goes for a Chokeslam on Rock and Mankind comes in for the save so the referee tries to keep him out. While the ref’s back is turned, HHH comes in the ring and hits Kane with the sledgehammer. That gives Rock the chance to hit the Rock Bottom and the People’s Elbow to get the pin and retain the titles at 4:27. There wasn’t much to that and I don’t remember any kind of Triple H versus Kane feud around this time so I’m not sure what the point was.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #10: Terri Runnels Invitational Match Number Two – Edge & Christian vs. The New Brood, RAW is WAR #332, 10.4.99

Edge and Christian won the first match of this five-match series, so Matt and Jeff are fighting from behind. The bell rings while all four men brawl in the aisle, and that’s just poor officiating. (0:56)Edge and Christian take the first advantage on Matt, and continue that advantage when Jeff tags in. The New Brood fight back as the pace continues to be fast and furious between these two brother teams. Jeff and Matt isolate Edge, allowing Matt to hit a suplex and Jeff to follow with the Swanton Bomb for two. Matt tries a quebrada but Edge gets his knees up and makes the tag. The referee loses control and all four men are in the ring. Edge dumps Matt to the floor and then leaps off Christian’s back to devastate Jeff with a Spear, and that’s enough to get the pin at 4:21. That was short and sweet, with a lot of action packed in.
Rating: **


About Jake Ziegler

I've been in love with the movies for almost 20 years. I follow the Oscars obsessively, and try to see as many movies a year as I can. I'll watch anything good bad or otherwise, and my life long dream job has always been to be a bona fide film critic. View all posts by Jake Ziegler

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