St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Tour 2021
With the TWM Time Machine set to Fastlane it realised that there weren’t too many of those events. So instead it took Matthew Roberts back 20 years to the first, and only, St Valentine’s Day Massacre In Your House event.
Given that in 1999 the Vince McMahon / Stone Cold Steve Austin rivalry was blazing, the WWE was on an upwards curve and “EVERYONE” loves the Attitude Era and wants it back in this PG era this should have been a card that was a reminder of how great the WWE was and how great it could be again. In practise it’s less so.
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I can imagine, for instance, the vitriol on social media if WWE opened a PPV these days with a three minute match between Goldust and Bluedust (the Blue Meanie doing another in his long line of imitations). People would be “cancelling their subscriptions” by the time The Big Bossman and Mideon have a terrible match made even worse by interference from Viscera (and that’s without knowing in advance just what a terrible Mania match this was all setting up). People would be probably calling for a boycott of all things WWE when a Tag Team Title match between Owen Hart & Jeff Jarrett and Mark Henry & D-Lo Brown seems as much interested in Debra and Ivory at ringside as it does in any action in the ring. Then when Val Venis defeats Ken Shamrock for the Intercontinental Title (in a match refereed by Billy Gunn) for no other reason than pointless and unnecessary title changes were the norm in 1999 because that will sure shock the fans people would be demanding the entire booking team was sent packing on the spot!
So it is clear that St Valentine’s Day Massacre does feature some of the worst bits of the Attitude Era. But much like throughout the time period at large, what is good generally saves the day.
The Hardcore Division is represented reasonably well in a spirited match between Al Snow and Hardcore Holly which spends all of a minute in the ring before wandering off backstage, then outside and into a river. Triple H and X-Pac team up to take on Kane & Chyna (accompanied by Shane McMahon) in a DX Vs Corporation battle that was extremely heated and really rather good. Whilst Chyna was never a great wrestler (I know, I know, complaints to the usual address please) she looked the part and could be carried by opponents would wanted to do her a “favour”, which Triple H clearly did here. He even ate the pinfall in this match which isn’t something you see every day!