Random Great Match Of The Day - Bret/Austin/Undertaker/Vader At Final Four '97

Discussion in 'General WWE' started by Lockard 23, Apr 6, 2013.

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  1. I just watched this match again for the first time in years. I think it may have been over ten years since I've last seen this. This is, par for par, probably the best four way match you'll ever see. Just a raw, brutal match between all four guys. (And believe it or not, there was actually talks of giving the title to Austin here.)




  2. Yep. I don't think there were many punches pulled during that one.
  3. Props to Vader too for going through 98% of the match with a busted eye.
  4. Just finished watching this, it was epic. You should post more of these more often.
  5. Austin. There is no other way to put it.

  6. It was . . . okay. Yeah, once again I'm in the minority here and I was going to explain why in my typical fashion but halfway through I changed my mind because of well, reasons I don't really want to get into. But um, I'll say I'd probably give it a 7/10, nothing higher than that because there was plenty of good things about it but I was also bored quite a bit during it but I'm not getting into so that's all I'll say.

    Also Lockard, you should totally make threads like this a regular occurrence.
  7. Random Great Match Of The Day threads? Will do.

    I'd love to hear your reasons for not liking the match that much (though 7/10 is a pretty strong rating.) The only thing I can think of is that it was kind of all over the place but that's a huge part of why I liked it. Aren't pretty much most all four ways (or triple threats) like this? If you weren't watching at the time, then perhaps it's just because you have no real attachment to any of the guys involved, or the angle behind it. This is nostalgic for me because it's right after I started watching WWF. And how great is Psycho Sid's music there at the end...
  8. Sweet! After watching WrestleMania XXIX I could use some quality matches. This fatal four way was definitely better than anything that show put on.

    I don't really consider 7/10 a strong rating, it's certainly a positive one though, above average but when I give ratings I try and not do it solely by my own personal feelings. It plays a big role but I also try and do it objectively, so lack of botches, giving everyone time to shine, and developing feuds all bump the score up from my personal rating.

    It being all over the place is kind of a big part why I never really got into the match. I wouldn't really say that applies to all triple threat matches, the Triple H/Benoit/HBK ones weren't all over the place and they all told one big story, with nice build and progression all over the place to this one story. It never felt all over the place, it just brilliantly excelled in one. This may be the nature of fatal four ways but I don't honestly care for a lot of fatal four ways. Unless it's going to be a bunch of cruiserweights doing fun spots I don't think I'm going to really be able to like one a real lot (as I did like this). At least I can't think of one off the top of my head that I did.

    Attachment has nothing to do with it here. I don't need to be attached to the current story to love a match, nor do I have to be attached to the wrestlers (though I am with Hart, & Taker [positively that is, I don't care for Austin and am really inexperienced with Vader]). Certainly it helps a hell of a lot but I've enjoyed plenty of old school matches when I knew nothing of the build or the guys beforehand.

    Also, most of the time that the action focused on outside, I was just bored and hoping it'd end soon or that they'd focus on the in-ring action (especially if the pairing in-ring was comprised of wrestlers I cared more about). Off the top of my head, I really liked it during the Vader/Taker part at the beginning, but every other time I just didn't care. I guess you can simply say I don't enjoy outside brawling (or just brawling in generally) because it's also the reason why I'm bored throughout the entire second half of Austin vs. Rock at Mania X-Seven. It's just not what I look for in my wrestling, but I tried not to dock points for it when rating. I mean I could try and describe why I don't enjoy that type of wrestling, but that seems like effort and at least I'm not bashing the match because it did it really well, it's just not for me.
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