• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (August 26, 1999) – SmackDown! Debut Show
On this day in 1999, the World Wrestling Federation aired the first episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF SmackDown!’.
This was in fact the first regular weekly episode, while there was a seperate stand-alone pilot ‘WWF SmackDown!’ show on TV earlier that year on April 29, 1999.
Here’s the card:
– HHH/Chyna/The Rock/Shawn Michaels/Mankind Interview
– Jeff Jarrett vs. Billy Gunn
– Al Snow Interview
– Tag Team Title Match: Acolytes vs. X-Pac and Kane vs. Big Show and Undertaker
– Big Bossman/Al Snow Interview
– Hardcore Title Match: Big Bossman vs. Al Snow
– Road Dogg vs. Chris Jericho
– Chris Jericho/Howard Finkel Interview
– Chris Jericho/Ken Shamrock/Howard Finkel Segment
– Stephanie/Test Interview- Test proposes to her and she agrees
– Shane McMahon vs. Mankind
– Steve Austin Interview
– Evening Gown Match: Ivory vs. Tori
– WWF Title Match: The Rock vs. HHH – HBK is the guest referee
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• WWF Legend Says He Wanted His Recent NJPW Match To Be Like Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg
During a recent appearance on Wrestling Observer Radio, Old School WWF Legend Chris Jericho revealed that he wanted his match with Tetsuya Naito to be like Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg.
Jericho then explained his thinking (credit to Ringsidenews for transcription):
“People said, ‘oh it’s the deathmatch on the card,’ no don’t ever f*cking call Chris Jericho a ‘deathmatch.’ You know I’ll figure out a way. So I started watching Bruiser Brody tapes. I was like, ‘dude if we went out there and was like,’ I wanted it to be very quick.
Actually, my original idea was for it to be more of a Lesnar and Goldberg situation where it’s over in like 2 or 3 minutes. Then you put it together and kind of add some New Japan salt into it and I think we ended up going like 15 minutes with another 10 minutes of sh*t outside.”
By deathmatch, Jericho meant that his match was booked to take place between two great matches.