#168 – Rock vs Mankind, Empty Arena Match, January 31, 1999

This week Dre and Black Cat review a highlight from the Attitude Era – the empty arena match between Rock and Mankind. They also give Robert from the Atomic Elbow a call to discuss the new issue. Please support the show and pick up our new SEASON 4 BOX SET including two unreleased episodes of reviews for the 1987 Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team tournament and the documentary “Heroes of World Class Wrestling” available on DVD or for direct download. Please support the Old School Wrestling Podcast by visiting oldschoolwrestlingpodcast.com where you can find links to all of our great products. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you…..at the matches!

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  1. Milldog311 says:

    I remember switching over to watch this match during halftime of the Super Bowl. I think I was watching the game by myself at home. But I was 15, so it’s less sad.

    I also remember hating the finish of the match. Putting a pallet on the guy and pinning him, NOT ON THE GROUND. He was on top of a pallet or at least the jacks of the forklift. THIS WAS NOT A LEGAL PIN. Other than that, I recall loving the rest of it. And I have no recollection of missing half of the third quarter of the Super Bowl. Must have been a great game.

  2. Joe from Big Bean says:

    First off Happy New Year guys.

    Living in Alton, Illinois (outside St. Louis) at the time and being a Rams fan I could wait for two things on Super Sunday The Rock-Foley empty arena match and waiting for the dumb game to be over so I could watch The Simpsons (where homer goes to the superbowl); also the premiere of a little show called “family guy”.

    The only thing I remember about Super Bowl itself that Falcons player getting arrested night before the game. Also some guy last game.

  3. Robert from Vienna says:

    I spent the first three weeks of January in Nepal, treking in face of the Himalaya mountains.

    Here or there i got WiFi so I was able to download this show.

    Listening in my sleeping bag (one night we had -13° Celsius/8,6 Fahrenheit) really warmed my heart.

    That’s called hardcore podcast listening i presume…


    Robert from Vienna

  4. Hello!
    I am author of Personal Demon and Monsters Manual for Atomic Elbow. It’s always fun to do something for Robert’s zine. As he said – there is problem to get my stuff in US/Canada BUT it’s going to change. There are, at least, two wrestling related titles on the way which will be published in US (and next strips in anthologies/zines).

    Can’t find your e-mail adress here, so check out your facebook account – left you some links via pm.

    You are doing good job, listened to few episodes and i’ll stay here longer 🙂