WWF Survivor Series ‘99
November 14, 1999
While the WWF was clearly still neck deep in the “Attitude” era at this point, this show marked a shift in the company. This was the first pay per view produced by the company after the departure of previous head creative writer Vince Russo and Ed Ferrera left for World Championship Wrestling. It signaled a change from Russo’s trademark “Crash TV” into the wildly successful year 2000 that featured “Attitude” era sensibilities combined with plenty of top card talent, a ridiculously deep tag team roster and a mid-card boasting some of the best pure wrestlers in the world with names like Jericho, Benoit, Guerrero, Malenko, Angle and Tazz.
While the booking change was certainly more noticeable on WCW television as opposed to WWF television, it did cause a little disarray. Russo storylines and “pet projects” were left hanging or wide open for a new regime to change, clean up or completely abandon. This may attest for some of the random elimination teams assembled and results the show produced.
So while this show is a personal favorite of yours truly it is more remembered for what didn’t happen that what did. The advertised main event all the way up to the night of the show was a huge never-before triple threat match between reigning WWF World Champion Triple H, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. The three icons “grew up” together in the late ‘90s WWF and this was set to be the huge blow off for the years long three-way rivalry.
Unfortunately Austin legitimately needed neck surgery as a way to effectively write him out of storylines, he was “run over” by a speeding car in the parking lot. Fans were clearly upset by the obvious case of “bait and switch” but the company hung their hat on the old “card subject to change” adage.
Knowing they needed to surprise and appease fans for Austin’s removal The Big Show was inserted into the bout to take Austin’s place. Looking to capitalize on the investment in Show after getting him from WCW earlier in the year, he was given the victory and the Championship. It was not what fans wanted ideally but it was a way to send fans home happy.
The real loser in that situation was Test, who was slowly getting over with fans as an ally of the McMahon family and the boyfriend of Stephanie McMahon. He was not booked for a match that night and seemed like a logical and yet surprising substitute for Austin. But apparently Test was more of a “Russo project” and was essentially left for dead in regards to storylines by the time the calendar turned to 2000.
– The Godfather (captain), D-Lo Brown and The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) beat The Acolytes (Faarooq & Bradshaw) and The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von Dudley) in an elimination match. Godfather and Brown were the survivors.
– Kurt Angle beat Shawn Stasiak.
– Val Venis (captain), Mark Henry, Gangrel & Steve Blackman beat Davey Boy Smith (captain) and The Mean Street Posse (Rodney, Pete Gas & Joey Abs) in an elimination match. Venis and Henry were the survivors.
– The Fabulous Moolah (captain), Mae Young, Tori & Debra beat Ivory (captain), Luna Vachon, Jacqueline & Terri Runnels in an eight woman tag team match.
– The Big Show beat The Big Boss Man (captain), Prince Albert, Mideon & Viscera in a one-on-four elimination match. Show was scheduled to team with The Blue Meanie & Kaientai (Taka Michinoku & Sho Funaki) but Show attacked his partners prior to the match.
– WWF Intercontinental Champion Chyna beat Chris Jericho.
– Hardcore & Crash Holly and Too Cool (Grand Master Sexay & Scotty 2 Hotty) beat Edge, Christian and Matt & Jeff Hardy in an elimination match. Hardcore Holly was the sole survivor.
– WWF Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws (The Road Dogg & Billy Gunn) beat Mankind & Al Snow.
– The Big Show (replacing Stone Cold Steve Austin) beat The Rock and Triple H in a triple threat match to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.