From the 90′s Preservation Society archives. Decided to post this because just a few short weeks ago, the Rock. Came back. To BROOOOKLYYYYYN.
Ask any guy who was a teenager in the 1990′s what his most memorable WWF moment was and he’s bound to have an answer in his back pocket. For some, it was when it was revealed that Kane was the Undertaker’s brother, whom the Undertaker had burned alive when they were children and left for dead*. For others, it was the time Stone Cold Steve Austin drove a zamboni into the ring. For me, the most memorable moment will always be the heartbreaking end to the 1998 Survivor Series.
First, some background. Most guys my age at the time would have cited their favorite wrestlers as being either Stone Cold Steve Austin or any member of D-Generation X. These guys all represented the rudest and baddest dudes in the WWF at the time, crushing beers in the ring, gesturing to their groins and being a pain in the ass to Vince McMahon, the loathsome/actual CEO of the WWF. I thought these guys were ok, but somehow they didn’t totally seem right to me. You see, I was aware that wrestling was fake: that the moves were scripted, the winners pre-determined, the rivalries agreed upon in the writers’ room. But I didn’t necessarily know that the wrestlers’ actual personalities were also, for the most part, a fabrication and I didn’t like the fact that Stone Cold and DX represented humanity at its basest. They represented nihilism, anarchy and chaos (to a far greater extent than Kane or the Undertaker ever could).