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WWF Mayhem in Manchester
|Mayhem in Manchester|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Federation|
|Date||April 4, 1998|
Mayhem in Manchester was a live professional wrestling event exclusively for United Kingdom (UK), produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) that took place on 4 April, 1998 at the Nynex Arena in Manchester, England. The event was released later in an edited form on VHS in North America and in the UK. With the sole exception of the "Old School" editions of WWE Raw on November 15, 2010, March 4, 2013, and January 6 2014, along with the Raw 25 Years on January 25, 2018, this was the last ever WWF event to feature the WWF New Generation logo with the posts, ring skirt, floor mats and steps as light blue with the ropes colored red, white and blue.
The event was originally scheduled the be a UK exclusive pay-per-view, as a follow up to the success of WWF One Night Only. As the event drew closer, the WWF cancelled plans to broadcast the event, due to a profit sharing disagreement with the venue. In addition Davey Boy Smith and Shawn Michaels, who the WWF has planned to center the event around, were no longer with the company by the time of the event. The event would later be released on video rather than broadcasting live.
The card consisted of eight matches, that resulted from scripted storylines and had results predetermined by the WWF.
The main event heading into the event was between The Undertaker and Kane. After The Undertaker defeated his brother Kane at WrestleMania, it was announced that the two would face each other again at Mayhem in Manchester.
Another rivalry heading into the event was between WWF Champion Steve Austin and Triple H. After Austin defeated Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania to win the WWF Championship, Michaels retired from professional wrestling due to back injury (He returned to wrestling in 2002), and then Austin continued his feud with D-Generation X members. It was announced that Austin would face Triple H for the WWF Championship at Mayhem in Manchester.
|Ring announcer||Tony Chimel|
During the opening match of the event Jeff Jarrett defeated Brakkus via submission, when Brakkus tapped out to the figure-4 leglock.
The second match saw The Godwinns (Henry and Phineas) defeat The Disciples of Apocalypse (Skull and 8-Ball) in a strap match. Henry picked up the pinfall victory after hitting the Slop Drop on Skull.
Prior to the next match, Marc Mero sent Sable to the back, due to a series of issues leading up to the event. Mero however lost the match following Bradshaw hitting him with the lariat.
The following match saw Ken Shamrock and Owen Hart defeated The Nation of Domination members The Rock and D'Lo Brown, after brown tapped out to Shamrock’s ankle lock.
The next match was between Cactus Jack and The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust. During the match, as Jack when to suplex Goldust, Luna Vachon tripped Jack. Following this, Goldust covered Jack and picked up the pinfall victory. Following the match, Sable came out to attack Vachon. Continuing with the issues from earlier in the night, Mero followed Sable out and pulled her off of Vachon. As Goldust and Vachon used this opportunity to escape, Sable turned around and attacked Mero, then left with Mero still on the ground in the ring.
The following match saw WWF Tag Team Champions, The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn), defend their titles against LOD 2000 (Hawk and Animal). As LOD attempted to hit the Doomsday Device on Dogg, Chyna entered the ring and hit Animal with a low blow. The referee awarded the victory to LOD via disqualification, allowing The New Age Outlaws to retain the titles.
In the second to last match, Steve Austin and Triple H held the WWF Championship and WWF European Championship respectively, however only Austin’s title was on the line during the match. At the end of the match, Chyna attempted to interfere, however Austin hit her with the Stunner, followed by hitting Triple H with a Stunner as well, to pick up the pinfall victory.
The main event of the evening saw The Undertaker defeat Kane via pinfall, following a Tombstone.
|1||Jeff Jarrett (with Tennessee Lee) defeated Brakkus||Singles match||7:38|
|2||The Godwinns (Henry and Phineas) defeated The Disciples of Apocalypse (Skull and 8-Ball)||Strap match||13:45|
|3||Bradshaw defeated Marc Mero (with Sable)||Singles match||10:17|
|4||Ken Shamrock and Owen Hart defeated The Nation of Domination (The Rock and D'Lo Brown)||Tag team match||6:19|
|5||The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust defeated Cactus Jack||Singles match||13:23|
|6||LOD 2000 (Hawk and Animal) (with Sunny) defeated The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) (c) by disqualification||Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship||12:51|
|7||Steve Austin (c) defeated Triple H (with Chyna)||Singles match for the WWF Championship||29:13|
|8||The Undertaker defeated Kane (with Paul Bearer)||Singles match||21:32|
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