5 Worst Wrestling Matches Of 1997

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03 Dec 2018, 11:00 IST

This match could've won the Monday Night Wars for WCW, but it failed BIG TIME instead...
This match may’ve gained the Monday Evening Wars for WCW, but it surely failed BIG TIME as a substitute…

The 12 months 1997 was marked by a altering panorama in professional wrestling. Two main occasions occurred, each of which ended up altering the Monday Evening Wars eternally. The primary was that epic match between Bret Hart and ‘Stone Chilly’ Steve Austin that led to the ‘double-turn’ and launched the latter to superstardom.

The second occasion was the Montreal Screwjob, which brought on Bret Hart to depart WWE below very actual circumstances. Each of those occasions had been historic and have been revisited many instances attributable to how essential they had been.

Nonetheless, whereas these occasions introduced WWE some vital publicity, there have been additionally a variety of dangerous issues that occurred in that firm as nicely (and in WCW, too). That nice match utterly overshadowed the main-event match that adopted, resulting in one of many worst WrestleMania predominant occasions in historical past.

As for the Montreal Screwjob, that led to Bret going to WCW, which was imagined to be an enormous deal. Nonetheless, as we’ll see within the entries under, WCW was already in main hassle by the point Bret bought there, as the corporate had already managed to place collectively among the worst wrestling storylines of all time.


#5. The Undertaker vs. Sycho Sid – WrestleMania 13

Sycho Sid fell victim to the Undertaker like countless others!
Sycho Sid fell sufferer to the Undertaker like numerous others!

This match isn’t essentially dangerous if watched in a vacuum, i.e. with out context or with out watching the rest beforehand. It’s a good contest between two superheavyweight wrestlers that outlined WWE in 1997. Nonetheless, while you DO watch this match in context, you may see how subpar it was.

This match passed off shortly after the legendary Bret-Austin match that obtained all of the important acclaim. It was voted the Wrestling Observer Publication’s Match of the Yr, was awarded a (again then) uncommon 5-star score and has been referred to as among the best matches in WWE historical past. This predominant occasion that adopted it…was a protracted fall from grace.

Whereas Sid and Undertaker did their greatest, it was merely inconceivable for them to surpass such an impressive contest, a lot much less match it. The issue right here was that Sid didn’t have the conditioning to work such a prolonged match in opposition to one other huge man just like the Undertaker.

He stored utilizing relaxation holds, hitting primary strikes and slams and moved across the ring at a glacial tempo. The gang was very a lot apathetic by this level, barely reacting to something of observe because the match progressed. Their apathy mentioned far more than any chant or booing.

As if the poor in-ring motion and virtually non-existent crowd response weren’t dangerous sufficient, there’s additionally the city legend that states that Sid defecated in his trunks throughout this match. If true, then maybe his physique was telling him one thing in regards to the state of his wrestling at that time.


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