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[1998-11-09-WWF-Raw] Mankind vs Ken Shamrock

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They wisely show clips of them in a previous match during Shamrock's entrance to build excitement for this encounter. Always a nice touch. Mankind's look here is incredible. He's clean shaven, has his hair pulled back and is wearing a full tuxedo, but still has the mask on. He's even wearing loafers. He also sports the Hardcore Title. Vince is out to watch the match. The kind of fun TV match that is heated and energetic while not really being much more than that which Shamrock has had with a nice cross section of guys lately. Foley working such a sadistic style while tuxedo clad makes for a great visual. Boss Man interferes on Mankind's behalf without his knowledge to give Mick the win. Vince giving him such a huge hug while Mankind calls him "dad" and the piano outro plays is awesome.

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Fun hardcore match that featured some good shots and neat spots. This would delve into more goofiness and irrelevance in the upcoming year but it is nice to see this title interspersed in the main event picture. Mick looks great in his tux and wins one for his father. **1/2

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A small package on the floor! You know Mick called that spot and every falls-count-anywhere match should have a similar one. This is pretty fun, despite some cringeworthy-in-hindsight bumps and spots like chairs to the head. There may be a future in this whole Hardcore title business.

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