Today marks the 20th anniversary from the time #therock won his first World title at the finals of a Deadly Game tournament which took place at #survivorseries1998 . The WWE Championship was declared vacant in Sept 1998 after then-champion #stonecoldsteveaustin was pinned by both #Undertaker #Kanewwe in a Handicap match, and Austin abused his role as special referee during Taker vs Kane at Judgment Day ppv in October 1998, leading to a no-contest. Hence a tournament was set up to crown a new champion... FIRST ROUND
#mickfoley defeated jobber Duane Gill in 30 seconds.
Al Snow def #JeffJarrett .
Austin won by DQ after Big Boss Man assaulted him with his nightstick.
#XPac #WilliamRegal fought to a draw, so Austin directly got a Bye.
#kenshamrock advanced after making #goldust submit to the Ankle Lock.
The Rock rolled up Boss Man (replacing an injured Triple H) in 4 seconds!! 😰😰 QUARTER FINALS
Foley reunited with Mr Socko (wrapped around Head) and def Snow.
Rock defeated Shamrock after knocking him out with Bossman's nightstick.
Undertaker and Kane both got Byes, hence they fought in the Quarter Finals, and Taker won with help from Paul Bearer.
Austin got screwed by enforcer #shaneMcMahon #mrmcmahon and the Stooges, then lost to Mankind.
The Rock won by DQ against Taker when the ref saw Kane chokeslam him.
The Rock had Mankind locked in the Sharpshooter a la #montrealscrewjob and McMahon quickly called for the bell. Rock was revealed to be the Corporate Champion all along!! Austin then showed up and gave Rock and Foley #stonecoldstunner
- Sable defeated future HOFer Jacqueline to win her first and only Women's Championship. The event also marked the last PPV for Sable's ex-husband Marc Mero.
- #newageoutlaws retained the World Tag Team Titles in a Triple Threat Tag Team Turmoil match, then #billygunn mooned the fans 🤯🤯😱😱