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WrestleMania XIV: dX-raided was the fourteenth annual WrestleMania event from the World Wrestling Federation, held on March 29, 1998, at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts. The Chris Warren band performed a controversial version of the National Anthem.

MatchesEdit

Road to WrestleManiaEdit

  • Stone Cold Steve Austin flipped off Iron Mike Tyson on the Monday Night Raw after the 1998 Royal Rumble. Mike Tyson joined Degeneration X in response, even though he was scheduled to be an impartial guest ring enforcer. As it turned out, Tyson was neither impartial nor a member of DX, which was just as fitting since the hype surrounding WrestleMania XIV had more to do with Austin/Tyson than Shawn Michaels or the WWF Championship anyway.
  • The Rock defended the WWF Intercontinental Championship at the Royal Rumble against Ken Shamrock, which Shamrock won at first but then he was disqualified after the match for his post-match attack on Rock. Their rematch ended in an almost identical fashion.
  • Pushing the envelope, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn shoved a dumpster containing Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie (better known as Terry Funk) and lot of cushions like styrophome peanuts. As a result, the two teams faced off in the first ever Dumpster match, which followed the same rules of a Casket match (except a dumpster was in place of a casket).
  • WWF European champion Triple H injured his leg, so he was unable to defend the title against Owen Hart, so he had Goldust (dressed like HHH) fill in for him in a title match, which Owen won. WWF Commissioner Sgt. Slaughter swerved DX by upholding the verdict, so Owen Hart was the new champion. A couple weeks later, Owen serverely bruised his ankle, so HHH challenged him to a rematch on Monday Night Raw, winning the championship back when the referee called for the bell. As a result, the two had a title match with Sgt. Slaughter handcuffed to Chyna at ringside.
  • During Undertaker's WWF World title reign in 1997, Paul Bearer had warned him that he had a brother named Kane, and he cost Taker the first Hell in a Cell match, but Taker refused to wrestle his brother. At least at first, but they eventually agreed to wrestle so Kane would stop terrorizing the WWF or something.

Additional NotesEdit

  • This was the first WrestleMania event to feature title matches with the WWF European championship and the WWF Light Heavyweight championship after both championships were established in 1997 (March and December, respectively). The WWF Light Heavyweight championship was never defended at WrestleMania again (although the WWE Cruiserweight championship, which essentially replaced that title after the merger with WCW, has been).
  • This event may have been the most critical night in the entire Monday Night Wars. The lure of Mike Tyson (which heavily borrowed the formula that WCW used for its success) gave the WWF the spotlight it needed and the WWF spent considerably more on advertisements than it had for prior events. Vince McMahon reportedly did not care if WrestleMania XIV caused a loss, so long as it got attention. Shortly after this event, the WWF beat WCW for the first time in over 80 weeks.
  • Gennifer Flowers served as the special guest ring announcer for the WWF Intercontinental title match between The Rock and Ken Shamrock. Of course, introducing a pseudo-celeb of her stature was not grand enough, so The Fink introduced Tennessee Lee, who introduced Jeff Jarrett, and, in turn, Jarrett introduced Gennifer Flowers to introduce the title match.
  • The Chris Warren band played the DX theme song to lead WWF Champion Shawn Michaels out to the ring for the main event. It was the second time in WrestleMania history that a live band performed entrance music (the first time was Salt 'N' Pepa singing Lawrence Taylor to the ring at WrestleMania XI).

The AftermathEdit

  • The Austin/McMahon program finally created a turning point in the Monday Night Wars. On the special March 17th episode of RAW, Vince McMahon had said that Austin winning the WWF Championship would be a publicity nightmare, but it was not until after Austin won the title that their program truly started.
  • After WrestleMania XIV, Shawn Michaels did not wrestle on national television again for over four years before he returned to the ring at SummerSlam 2002.
  • Degeneration X went through a quick transition where HHH usurped control from HBK, bringing in X-Pac and New Age Outlaws. After running roughshod for a few months, the fans started appreciating their attitude and cheered them amidst their feud with the Nation, which continued through SummerSlam '98.
  • Undertaker and Kane had an Inferno rematch at Unforgiven, which Undertaker won. Kane defeated Undertaker for the first time in a match on Raw to determine the challenger for Austin's title at King of the Ring. At that event, Kane won the WWF Championship and Undertaker destroyed Mankind in their infamous Hell in a Cell.
  • Assuming control of the Nation, The Rock retained the WWF Intercontinental championship until SummerSlam '98 when he lost the title to HHH in a Ladder match. Shamrock finally defeated Rock a few months later to earn the status of King of the Ring.
  • After joining Degeneration X, New Age Outlaws lost the WWF Tag Team titles to Mankind & Kane on Monday Night Raw, but they regained the titles in a rematch at SummerSlam '98 when Kane stood up his partner for the match. They lost the titles to Big Boss Man and Ken Shamrock, which were aligned in The Corporation under the helm of Vince McMahon.
  • Tensions between Marc Mero and Sable continued to rise, and they were placed in an intergender Loser Leaves WWF match at Over The Edge 1998, where Mero agreed to lay down for Sable, but then scissored her arms and pinned her. Her departure did not last long, and she returned on some sort of technicality in time to face Marc Mero & Jacqueline at SummerSlam '98 with Edge as her mystery partner.
  • Legion of Doom 2000 were highly unsuccessful under the guidance of Sunny, despite challenging the Outlaws a couple times. Eventually, they dropped Sunny and added Puke, who then replaced Road Warrior Hawk amidst a confusing alcoholism angle.

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