Thunder – August 26, 1998

Thunder
Date:
August 26, 1998
Location:
Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Illinois
Attendance:
7,128
Commentators:
Mike Tenay, Lee Marshall, Bobby Heenan, Tony Schiavone
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
For
once in a very long time we’re coming off a strong ending to a Nitro.
We’re heading into Fall Brawl and WarGames with Team WCW fully in
place and two members of the Black and White set. The Wolfpack
hasn’t been announced yet but with only four members it’s not like
they have a lot of options. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a chat about WarGames with Lee Marshall saying Hogan has
never pinned Piper or Page because Lee Marshall is bad at history.
Wrath
vs. Scott Putski
Total
squash with Wrath winning in less than a minute with a top rope
clothesline and the Meltdown, though he didn’t turn Putski all the
way and it was more of a Dominator. I was always kind of a Wrath fan
as long as he didn’t talk.
Here’s
Stevie Ray for his first interview since joining the NWO. He owes
Hogan and Bischoff a debt of gratitude (for costing him the TV
Title?) for standing up for him three years ago and will serve them
up DDP tonight, as per Hogan’s orders.
Mike
Enos vs. Bull Pain
Bull
Pain has been kicking around the indies and smaller promotions for
years now. Enos starts fast and pounds away before hitting a nice
side slam. Lots of walking around and posing by Enos. Pain comes
back with some right hands and kicks to the ribs but that’s about it
for him. A middle rope fall away slam is enough to finish Pain and
gets Enos the only pop of his WCW career.
Rating:
D. The fall away slam was good
but we’re seriously having Mike Enos squashes now? This is how far
Thunder has fallen? Bull Pain is a good name for someone but when
you get a jobber’s entrance to face Mike Enos, it might be time to
look for a new line of work. Nothing to see here.
Disco
Inferno vs. The Cat
Disco
says everyone is here to see him dance but he turns around into a
spinning kick to the face for the pin in 12 seconds.
Post
match Miller complains about WCW trying to make him a wrestler
because he’s a three time world karate champion and there’s nothing
we can do about it. So he turns heel by attacking a heel?
Konnan
vs. Silver King
Somehow
this sounds better than anything we’ve seen all night. Konnan starts
fast with the nicest hurricanrana I’ve ever seen him use to send
Silver King out to the floor. Back in and Konnan works on the knee
to set up the Tequila Sunrise before going to his signature stuff.
After the rolling clothesline and X Factor, it’s the 187 and Tequila
Sunrise for the win.
Rating:
D. Just a squash but it’s nice
to have something to rate tonight. Silver King is yet another name
on the list of jobbers with more talent than they’re given credit
for. Konnan got the crowd into the match which was his main job in
the Wolfpack. It wasn’t anything to see but that hurricanrana was
nice.
Post
match Rude and Hennig come out to make fun of Konnan before asking
who he’d rather get his beating from. Konnan calls out the rest of
the Black and White but runs away and laughs on his way out. Nothing
to see here again.
Here’s
DDP to talk a bit about WarGames. After running down Bischoff, Page
praises the Warrior for helping him take down Hollywood SCUM Hogan.
Page says we’ll find out who the third man for Team WCW is on Nitro.
Wasn’t that covered already? He’ll make Stevie Ray feel the Bang
soon enough.
Hour
#2 begins.
Kaz
Hayashi vs. Evan Karagias
Hayashi
starts fast with a cross body and kick to the jaw. Before
we get very far, here’s Sonny Onoo to give advise to Kaz. The
distraction lets Evan take over with a quick suplex followed by a
slam. Not that it matters
though as Karagias spends the time Hayashi is down yelling at Onoo
instead of following up. He finally goes up for a
top rope splash but hits
Kaz’s knees. Hayashi yells
at Onoo as well before going
up top for a senton backsplash for the pin.
Rating:
C-. Well I guess rehashing
Sonno Onoo’s Japanese team is better than no story at all. The
high spots here were decent but they didn’t do enough to carry the
match into good territory. Karagais was a good example of someone
with the right look but no substance to him for the most par.
Lodi
comes to the ring and says that Saturn broke his fingers (it was
Raven) so he wants a piece of Saturn right now. This brings out
Saturn who points out that it was Raven, but Lodi says Raven would
never hurt him because they’re friends. Raven even bought him a new
rubber ducky. Lodi even sweetens the pot a bit: if Saturn beats him,
he’ll leave the Flock, but if Lodi wins then Saturn has to be Lodi’s
slave until Fall Brawl. Saturn jumps him and it’s on.
Lodi
vs. Saturn
Saturn
pounds away to start and destroys Lodi like the sign carrying goof
that he is. A suplex and
short arm clothesline have Lodi in big trouble but here are Sick Boy,
Riggs and Raven for the save. It’s Raven’s Rules so the match keeps
going with Saturn cleaning house. The Death Valley Driver looks to
end Lodi but here’s Kanyon to hit the Flatliner on Saturn. Kanyon
shakes Raven’s hand as Lodi is able to pin Saturn in a huge upset.
Rating:
D+. This was all about the
storyline instead of the match which is fine as this story is FINALLY
going somewhere. Now to be fair it doesn’t make much sense and is
taking out one of the most interesting characters on the roster but
at least it’s something instead of what we’ve been seeing for months
now.
Scott
Norton vs. Jim Neidhart
Norton
runs Jim over with a shoulder to send Neidhart out to the floor. Jim
goes after Vincent instead of getting his head handed to him by
Norton, but Scott just goes to the floor and lays him out. Back in
and Jim tries a second rope shoulder but just bounces off of Norton.
That was impressive. Norton powerbombs him half to death for the
pin.
Rating:
D. They’re doing a good job of
making Norton look like a killer before he’s fed to Goldberg. They
did the same thing with Meng a few weeks back and the result was far
better than I was expecting. I can’t remember the last time he lost
a singles match and that powerbomb is awesome.
The
announcers talk a bit.
TV
Title: Chris Jericho vs. Alex Wright
This
has to be good right? Jericho is defending of course. Both guys
play to the crowd for a bit before we’re ready to go. They fight
into the corner before being separated with Wright complaining of a
hair pull. Alex bails to the ropes to get out of a wristlock and
Jericho does the same to avoid a German suplex. Chris complains
about a hair pull and Alex heads outside for a breather. Back in and
Alex clotheslines him down before stomping Jericho out to the floor.
Chris
is whipped into the barricade but comes back up with chops before
sending Alex into the barricade as well. Back
in with Wright hitting some European uppercuts. Heenan: “Tony do
you know why that is called a European uppercut?” Tony: “I’m
scared to ask this but why?” Heenan: “I was hoping you knew.”
Alex hits a nice overhead belly to belly suplex for a near fall but
Jericho kicks him in the chest to take over again. The champion gets
two off a suplex as the announcers talk about the good Hennig vs.
Jericho match from Monday.
Wright
snapmares Jericho down before
throwing him to the outside. An ax handle off the apron has Jericho
staggering but he grabs a quick chinlock back inside. Jericho shifts
over to a stump puller before rolling backwards so Wright is on
Jericho’s stomach. It doesn’t last long and I think the hold would
be more effective on the mat. The Lionsault connects but Jericho
does the long walk around the ring instead of covering. Alex comes
back with an elbow to the jaw and a backbreaker for two.
A
spinwheel kick gets the same and there’s a chinlock on the champion.
Jericho fights up with a jawbreaker to put both guys down but it’s
Wright with another spinwheel kick to take over. They seem to botch
a spot with both guys coming off the ropes but Jericho hits a
butterfly backbreaker, only to have Wright come back with a
backbreaker of his own. Wright misses a top rope ax handle but goes
right back up for a sunset flip. It’s all for naught though as
Jericho rolls through into the Liontamer to retain.
Rating:
C+. This
was good but it’s nowhere near enough to save the show at this point.
Wright was trying here and Jericho has been on a roll as of late
with the Hennig match being a high point. Alex continues to be a guy
that could have been something special if he was treated seriously
for a longer stretch.
Curt
Hennig vs. Van Hammer
Haven’t
seen Van Hammer in awhile. Hammer grabs a very quick rollup for two
and Hennig is frustrated on
the floor. He comes back in and just blasts Hammer in the face with
a right hand to put him down. Rude gets in some choking from the
floor like any good heel manager would. Hammer ducks a clothesline
and fires off some sloppy right hands of his own but misses a knee in
the corner. Curt kicks at the knee a bit before getting bored and
hitting the PerfectPlex for the pin.
Rating:
D. Hammer looked lost out there
and could barely throw a decent right hand. It’s pretty clear why we
hadn’t seen him in a few months. Rude was the highlight of the match
as he punched Hammer in the face and then checked to make sure his
nails were still clean. I miss managers that were actually
effective.
Stevie
Ray vs. Diamond Dallas Page
Tony
calls this a bounty match, whatever that means. Ray shoves Page
around to start and Page gives him a wry smile. Page comes back with
right hands and the driving shoulder blocks to send Ray outside. DDP
follows but Vincent grabs the leg to let Stevie take over. Back
inside and Ray hits a nice backbreaker before choking a lot. We hit
the nerve hold and bearhug for a bit but Page is quickly in the
ropes. The Slapjack is countered with a backdrop and Page scores
with a neckbreaker. He calls for the Diamond Cutter but hits it on
an interfering Vincent, drawing the DQ.
Rating:
D+. For a Stevie Ray match this
wasn’t completely terrible. They backed themselves into a corner on
the ending though as Page isn’t getting pinned and you don’t want Ray
getting beaten clean in his first match wearing the Black and White.
When all else fails, call for Vincent and the DQ.
Giant
comes out to help Stevie with the beatdown but Konnan makes a save to
end the show.
Overall
Rating:
D+. Another below
average show as Thunder gets less and less important every week. The
main story tonight was focused on Stevie Ray which isn’t something
that is going to draw in an audience. There was a lot of talk about
WarGames, but why say Piper isn’t confirmed as a member of the team
when he and Page agreed to an alliance on Nitro? Bad show for the
most part but there were a few bright spots sprinkled here and there.
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BoD Saturday Night Thread

On tap for tonight:

NBA Action
NHL Action
College Basketball
HBO Boxing is all new with a main event of Jean Pascal vs. Lucian Bute
Saturday Night Live is back with it’s first live show of 2014 with Drake serving as both host and as the musical guest

Also, the Jake Roberts shoot interview won the poll by two votes over Magnum TA. The recap will be posted Thursday afternoon.

Plus, any news from today’s WWE house show in Indiana regarding Daniel Bryan will be posted here. I will post it in the thread and on this page you are seeing now.

Daniel Bryan Update

This is from Bryan Alvarez in today’s Figure Four Weekly Newsletter:

Alvarez confirms that the original plan was for the storyline to last more than two weeks, with the idea that Wyatt brainwashed Bryan. In regards to WrestleMania, Alvarez was told by a source that two matches were planned for Bryan, one with him as part of the Wyatt Family and the other with him away from the family against Bray. Days before RAW, Alvarez was told by his source that Bryan’s WrestleMania plans had been changed.

However, when the footage of the Michigan St. fans chanting “YES” became shown all over the place, with some commentators and anchors even mentioning Daniel Bryan by name, Alvarez’s source told him that they felt “100% fully embarrassed” as the beloved face was now part of a heel stable and getting no reactions at this past weekend’s house shows that the choice was made to break him away from the family.

Backstage, everyone was reportedly in awe of the reaction that Bryan received at the end of this past RAW, with one source telling Alvarez that “Vince loves Bryan,” referencing Vince’s reaction to what he was seeing take place. Vince’s goal for WrestleMania is now to get the entire crowd to chant “YES” in unison.

The bad news in all of this is that Bryan apparently suffered a major concussion during the steel cage match on RAW and will be out of action indefinitely. This is not the first concussion that Bryan has suffered. Just before RAW went off of the air, a production guy looked up at Bryan and told him to keep chanting and Bryan looked very confused. Bryan himself then told WWE producers backstage after the show that he had very little recollection as to what happened in his match.

Just before the newsletter was published, the last word Alvarez received from his source was that Bryan’s match at the Royal Rumble was off.

UPDATE: Looks like Bryan is still advertised against Bray Wyatt in a Steel Cage match for today’s house show in Indiana. However, no one seems to know if this is still on or if he is even medically cleared.

http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/WWE_News_3/article_75740.shtml#.UtrbuBAo7IU

TNA Impact, January 4th, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBKUkYYOhE4

Just in the process of re-watching this show for the first time since that very night.

What are your memories of the show? Where were you? What were your expectations going in, and opinions of the show/direction coming out of it?

I had a friend over who used to mainly watch a bit of WCW here and there back from about 1997-1999. I explained the significance of the show to him and he seemed fairly interested, especially given that he hadn’t watched any wrestling since 1999.

It was one of those nights with that buzz you so rarely get as an old, pessimistic fan. Ok, things didn’t end up panning out how they’d anticipated (understatement?), but still, it was a significant night at the time, regardless.

A classic Russo hotshot special!

Question

Hey Scott,

You always hear about wrestlers getting these injuries that require surgery, which is pretty costly, while working for these smaller promotions. How do these guys afford this when they are apparently making peanuts? For instance, I'm sure Smoky Mountain Wrestling didn't offer insurance if you tore a pectoral muscle. What is the insurance/healthcare situation for an independent wrestler?

Thanks

Typically there's not much to help indy guys unless they've got their own insurance.  Just look at what happened with Zema Ion, for instance.  I imagine most of them just into debt to deal with the astronomical bills.  Or they could move to Canada, I suppose.  

BoD Daily Update

Kofi Kingston Update


Despite his upset of Randy Orton on RAW, there does not seem to be any plans for a Kofi Kingston push at the moment. His win was more to give Orton a  reason to snap and attack Cena’s father.

Credit Wade Keller, PWTorch Newsletter






WWE.com Article Written by Bill Apter


Apter makes his debut on WWE.com by writing and article about the night Bruno Sammartino lost the Heavyweight Championship to Ivan Koloff

http://www.wwe.com/classics/remembering-the-night-bruno-sammartino-lost-the-wwe-title-26175981

WWE Stars Get Married


Jimmy Uso and Naomi were married on January 16th in Hawaii. Parts of the ceremony were filmed for “Total Diva’s.” Below is a picture from the wedding.

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Highspots Releases New Installment in Their “Old School” Series


The series, hosted by Steve Corino, comes back for an interview with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. Below is a link to the trailer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE5dmhC8ttE

Wally West Returning



I know it's probably something you already know about, but where's the love for Wally?  No DB question in sight

Well, the Flash revamp in 87 with Wally was the very first comic book I bought on an ongoing basis with my own money, and for my entire reading history Wally was The Flash, so the whole "Stick Barry Allen back in there because Geoff Johns loves the Silver Age" thing was definitely a sticking point for me.  If there can be 8 million Green Lanterns and 6 ongoing GL titles, I don't see why it was such a hardship for DC to have (gasp) two different people with Flash powers.  

A+ Match of the Late Night (D- Video Quality)

Yep, here’s the 2012 Royal Rumble. Forget the shitty video quality for a second and think about the match. Not sure exactly what the deal was with the talent roster but with Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Big Show, Kane, Mark Henry, CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler all participating in the undercard there was absolutely NO star power for the Rumble (although two of these guys would do double duty).

Rather than worry too much about the lack of stars the bookers seemed to embrace it and went over the top with the comedy booking and while I’ll never place it in the pantheon of Rumbles, I really enjoyed the silliness of it and the fact that it was a little unpredictable until the few big names got in and you knew it was going to be one of them. They doubled up on the legends booking as well.

In hindsight the problem with this match is the problem with the promotion in general. It was a perfect time to try to get some momentum for a few of the mid-carders and in that sense it was a failed opportunity. Miz went 45 minutes and failed to impress. Cody went 41 minutes and actually did a decent job. That was it for the long bookings. Why didn’t Santino (Entrant 9) last more than two minutes? Fans would have eaten up him surviving 30+ minutes and making it to crunch time (see: 2012 Elimination Chamber). Why didn’t Wade Barrett (entrant 26) last more than three minutes? Give him a number in the top 15 and have him go 25 minutes and try to gain some steam. And don’t tell me people wouldn’t have enjoyed a longer run from Ricardo. Eh whatever…it’s their money.

The up side is that it was a free flowing match, guys came in, got their stuff in and got out. It worked for what it was, I remember laughing for much of this and Kofi’s escape from elimination was incredible. Scott loved the match and gave it five stars on first glance and ****1/2 on rewatch. I couldn’t give it more than ***1/2 FWIW. The link to his review is here. Take it away Justin Roberts!

Smackdown – January 17, 2014

Smackdown
Date:
January 17, 2014
Location:
DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
Commentators:
Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, The Miz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
The
main story coming off Raw is of course Daniel Bryan turning on the
Wyatts to a huge reaction. I thought Bryan was going to leave them
eventually though this was faster than I was expecting. Other than
that, the road to the Rumble started to pick up on Monday as people
names were added to the match to make it give it far more star power
than it had before. Tonight we should get a few more names added to
the match as the show is in nine days. Let’s get to it.

New
Age Outlaws vs. Cody Rhodes/Goldust
Non-title.
Cole recaps the turn on Raw and says he doesn’t get the suprise at
the Outlaws’ treachery. For once, he’s absolutely right. Roadie
does the intro and the PG issues get a bit muddled. Why can’t Road
Dogg swear on the way to the ring but can when he’s introducing
Billy? Goldust and Road Dogg get things going with Roadie suckering
Goldust in for some shaky punches. Goldust takes him into the corner
for some right hands of his own followed by a back elbow to the jaw.

Billy
comes in but is backdropped out to the floor, allowing for a tag off
to Cody. Why Goldust is exhausted already is beyond me as he was
barely touched. He powerslams Roadie down and tags in his brother to
a nice pop. Cody cleans house on Gunn but has to deal with Road Dogg
as well. A double springboard missile dropkick puts the Outlaws down
for two as everything breaks down.
Goldust
and Roadie go to the floor as Cody avoids the Fameasser but has Cross
Rhodes countered as well. Billy gets two off a tilt-a-whirl slam but
still can’t hit the Fameasser. There’s the Disaster Kick….and
Vickie Guerrero interrupts. She reminds us that the Royal Rumble is
every man for himself, including brother vs. brother. The
distraction lets Billy roll up Cody for the pin at 4:43.
Rating:
C-. Goldust’s cardiovascular
issues aside, this wasn’t bad until the stupid ending. It’s bad
enough that I have to put up with the stupid corporate stuff on
Impact but now I have to put up with it on Smackdown as well. I’d
love to sit down with the creative team and show them some old
matches so they can see other ways heels can cheat to win a match.
What do I have to do to get a cover with feet on the ropes around
here?
CM
Punk says he’s going to call out all three members of the Shield.
Literally that’s that entire interview.
Here’s
Paul Heyman to brag about how amazing Lesnar is, focusing on
destroying Mark Henry. After that though, Lesnar was attacked by Big
Show who implied he could take Brock out. Heyman admits that Big
Show is intimidating but he’ll fall to Lesnar at the Royal Rumble.
Heyman
talks about going through wars with Lesnar at his side, meaning he
has to fear no evil. Big Show may hurt Zeb Colter, but he won’t
won’t hurt Heyman to get to Brock, including on Raw when Lesnar
appears live. Big Show comes out and Heyman is in the crowd before
Big Show is all the way in the ring. Big Show shows us a clip from
Raw where Show threw Lesnar around, followed by Big Show promising to
knock Lesnar out.
Alberto
Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio
Before
the match Rey talks about Del Rio being afraid of Batista, sending
Del Rio into a frenzy to start. He wraps Rey’s arm around the rope
but gets sent outside for Rey’s sliding splash under the bottom rope.
Back in and Del Rio crotches Rey down to tie him up in the Tree of
Woe for a kick to the ribs as we take a break. Back with Rey hitting
a top rope seated senton, only to run into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker
for two.
JBL
talks about George Washington for some reason as Rey rolls through a
sunset flip and kicks Del Rio in the head for two. The corner
enziguri brings Rey down from the top again but Del Rio can’t pin
him. Rey comes back with a tornado DDT for two of his own but Del
Rio hits the Codebreaker on the arm. The armbreaker is countered
into the 619 but the top rope splash hits knees. Del Rio loads up
the low superkicks but Rey counters into a rollup for the pin at
8:25.
Rating:
C+. This took time to get going
but the last few minutes were good back and forth stuff. It was a
nice change of pace for Del Rio to not be on the arm the entire way
through, even though he stayed on the arm as is his custom. This was
way better than their basic match on Raw, which is nice as they have
chemistry together.
Post
match Del Rio jumps Mysterio and puts him in the cross armbreaker.
Naomi
vs. Tamina Snuka
Fallout
from Tamina hitting AJ with the Rear View on Monday. Emma is in the
audience doing her dance again. Miz reads a statement from Maryse
congraulating AJ on breaking her record for longest reigning Divas
Champion. Naomi jumps Tamina to start but is easily knocked down and
backdropped for two. We hit the chinlock for a bit before Naomi
comes back with some kicks to the ribs and a modified bulldog. A
Bubba Bomb puts Tamina down but the referee is looking at Cameron and
AJ. Tamina uses the distraction to kick Tamina in the head and hit a
split legged moonsault for the pin at 2:35.
Video
on Mae Young. These are always saddening yet cool at the same time.
If there has ever been a woman more willing to do anything to
entertain a crowd, I’d love to see her.
Video
of Bryan turning on Bray Wyatt Monday to a huge reaction.
Here’s
Bray without his hat in person with something to say. I love that
you can’t see Harper and Rowan until the lights come on even though
they’re right next to Bray. He talks about wanting to be powerful
like his father as a child. Bray did his best to appease him and be
just like him but it was never good enough. His father was never
there for him and never entrusted Bray with his kingdom.
Instead
he cast Bray out amidst the sheep, forcing him to walk the earth
alone. But then Sister Abigail saved him by singing the sweetest
songs Bray had ever heard. Bray became obsessed with her beauty and
power, but Abigail told him that Bray would be betrayed again on his
path to righteousness.
Monday
was the moment that Abigail was talking about, when Bray knew he had
to sacrifice himself to be resurrected into the creature he was born
to be. You can’t hurt him because he’s already dead and he does not
bleed like we do. Daniel Bryan was given a chance to walk with the
reapers but now he will be forced to walk with the saints. More
creepy stuff here as Bray’s backstory is slowly filled in.
Punk
is going to call out the New Age Outlaws in addition to the Shield.
If that’s career suicide, consider it a gift to the Authority.
Big
E. Langston vs. Fandango
Non-title
as well. Langston hits a quick backbreaker to start and Fandango
bails to the floor. Back in and the dancer pounds away with right
hands but Langston runs him over with a shoulder block. Fandango
avoids a charge in the corner and kicks Big E. to the outside before
pulling Langston’s shoulder into the post. Langston is thrown back
inside and we hit the armbar for a few moments as the match slows
down. Big E. easily powers Fandango to the floor as JBL and Miz
argue over who was a bigger star. Fandango is suplexed down, setting
up the Warrior Splash, the running Vader Attack and the Big Ending
for the win at 4:16.
Rating:
D+. Pretty boring match here
but Big E. getting clean wins on TV is the right idea for him.
Fandango got in some offense here instead of just being the sandwich
that Langston had for supper tonight. He’s not going to be a big
deal for a long time but it’s better than getting squashed.
Shield
thinks it’s the other 27 people in the Rumble that need to be worried
instead of the three of them. Ambrose says he wouldn’t throw Rollins
out but Rollins says Dean couldn’t do it anyway. Rollins would throw
Ambrose out, leading to an argument between the two. Reigns cuts
them off and says he’ll throw both of them out and go to
Wrestlemania, but they’ll still be a united Shield.
Ultimate
Warrior Hall of Fame video.
Video
on the WWE Network.
We
look back at Kofi shocking Orton on Monday, leading to Orton
attacking Cena’s dad. HHH has promised to deal with Orton
internally.
Real
Americans vs. Usos
Colter
is in a wheelchair to sell the attack on Monday. Cesaro and Swagger
do the hand over the heart but Zeb rolls down the ramp without them
holding him in place. Before
the match, Colter, with his voice muffled by the neck brace, says he
wants Lesnar to destroy Big Show at the Rumble before asking the fans
do say WE THE PEOPLE. Jimmy
has bad ribs and Jey has a bad shoulder due to the cage match on
Monday.
Swagger
throws Jey around to start and the injuries take their tole
immediately. Off to Cesaro for some shoulders to the ribs before
Swagger comes back in with knees to the midsection as well. Jack
launches Cesaro into a splash in the corner and Antonio follows up
with rights and lefts to the ribs as we take a break. Back with
Jimmy in the Cesaro Swing which still gets a nice reaction, months
after it was at its peak. Jimmy fights off the dizziness and kicks
the Real Americans in the face and stomach, finally allowing the hot
tag to Jey. The running Umaga attack gets two on Jack and a Samoan
drop gets the same.
Cesaro
is knocked to the floor but Jey gets caught in the Patriot Lock.
Jimmy superkicks Swagger for the save before chasing Antonio to the
floor. Cesaro hides behind Colter’s wheelchair before missing a
charge into the barricade. Jimmy shoves the wheelchair into Cesaro
for a big crash as Jey hits an electric chair drop on Swagger. Jey
drops the Superfly Splash for the pin at 9:16.
Rating:
C. The idea was fine here with
the Real Americans working on the injuries but we’ve seen these teams
fight so many times now that it’s hard to care anymore. Colter is so
good on the mic but he needs someone better than these two losers to
get anywhere. Swagger is in such desperate need of repackaging it’s
unreal.
Here’s
Punk for the big call out to end the show. Punk says he’s out here
because he’s not a coward like the Authority. He doesn’t need an
army of people to fight his battles for him, but maybe he’s insane.
Yeah he might get slaughtered by Shield and the Outlaws so why not
also call out the In Laws, the Ultimate Warrior, the Dingo Warrior
and the Road Warriors?
The
thing is, people listen to him when he talks and that’s real power.
Punk talks about HHH abusing his power to satisfy his own agenda
while hiding behind his wife. Shield’s music cuts Punk off before he
can get too far into that though, which is a nice touch if it was
intentional. The Outlaws come out before Shield can get to the ring
and Punk is surrounded.
Punk
holds up the microphone as his weapon but Kane’s pyro goes off and he
orders everyone to stand down. He gets in the ring and says the
Authority doesn’t want it this way. Punk’s anger is displaced and
his paranoia is getting the better of him. The Authority wants Punk
to main event Wrestlemania, which is why they entered him in the
Rumble.
In
fact, Kane’s new top directive is to treat Punk with the respect that
he deserves. Punk looks confused as Kane leaves so he asks if he has
Kane’s word. Kane nods but Punk doesn’t buy it because Kane is a
seven foot suck up. Kane says get him before catching a distracted
Punk in a chokeslam to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C-. This is another
show that didn’t need to exist. The wrestling wasn’t bad, the promos
weren’t bad and the ending advanced very little, but the show isn’t
actively bad. That’s the best way to describe Smackdown as a whole:
not much happens, but it’s better than having your face carved up
with a branding iron. In a way though that’s the worst kind of show
as it’s not bad enough to make fun of but it’s not good enough to be
worth seeing either. In a word, Smackdown exists and that’s all
there is to say about it.
Results
New
Age Outlaws b. Cody Rhodes/Goldust – Rollup to Rhodes
Rey
Mysterio b. Alberto Del Rio – Rollup
Naomi
b. Tamina Snuka – Split legged moonsault
Big
E. Langston b. Fandango – Big Ending
Usos
b. Real Americans – Superfly Splash to Swagger
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WWF Championship Wrestling September 28th, 1985

September 28, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
In action tonight are Randy Savage & Jesse Ventura, Ivan Putski & Lanny Poffo, and Uncle Elmer.

Chuck Greenlee & Moondog Spot & Tiger Chung Lee vs. Ricky Steamboat & Pedro Morales & Tito Santana
Before the match, Gene Okerlund comes out to present Tito with the new Intercontinental Championship belt. Santana cleans house on the heels. The faces take turns beating on Lee until Spot catches Tito in the back with a knee. Spot gets two off of a backbreaker but misses a splash off of the second rope. Hot tag to Pedro, who beats on Greenlee who then appeared to have unintentionally dead-weighted Pedro on a slam. Steamboat tags and finishes him off with a flying body press (2:47).
Thoughts: Besides Tito being presented with the new IC belt, this was unmemorable. Greenlee didn’t know what he was doing in the ring and that did not make Pedro too happy.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. He shows us a video of Mean Gene Okerlund interviewing Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo outside of an eye clinic, which is for Windham’s injury sustained when he took a cigar in the eye. Windham is wearing an eye patch and vows to recapture the titles.
Jim Young vs. Adrian Adonis w/Jimmy Hart
Adonis is now managed by Hart, who along with the Missing Link was traded by Bobby Heenan in return for King Kong Bundy. Adonis comes out to Hart’s song titled “Eat Your Heart Out, Rick Springfield.” Adonis appears to have gained 10lbs per TV taping. He starts by showing off his speed before beating on Young in the corner. Heenan joins the booth and tells us that he does whatever he wants as Vince asks him about having his men attack Hillbilly Jim after he gave his votes to Captain Lou Albano, depriving Heenan of the “Manager of the Year” award. Adonis then finishes off Young with a flying clothesline (1:50).
Thoughts: The match was nothing more than a backdrop for Heenan to continue the “Manager of the Year” angle. The announcement of the trade that sent Bundy to Heenan for Adonis and the Missing Link basically sums up how the WWF felt about the latter two.
Okerlund is with the Junkyard Dog, who is angry with Jimmy Hart for interfering in his match against Terry Funk.
Jose Luis Rivera & Sal Gee vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/ Iron Sheik
Sheik beats on Rivera then tags Volkoff. Rivera fights back and tags Gee, who has little success. He runs into a knee then Volkoff hits a backbreaker. Sheik tags and hits a gutwrench before making him submit to the Camel Clutch (2:54).
Thoughts: Not much to this but the Russian National Anthem still produces instant heel heat.
Okerlund brings out Paul Orndorff, who will be facing Roddy Piper in a Lumberjack Match at the next house show in Los Angeles. He cuts an intense promo that came off well. Too bad for Orndorff because once his feud with Piper ended, he was basically stuck in limbo until he turned on Hogan.
Gino Carabello vs. Paul Orndorff
Orndorff catches Carabello with a knee. He hammers away before applying a chinlock. He tosses Carabello outside then hits him with an elbow smash from the top rope when he re-enters the ring. He then hits a suplex and a clothesline as the crowd goes nuts. He finally finishes him off with a piledriver (2:50).
Thoughts: The crowd was super into Orndorff and went nuts for his poses after the match. He really spiked Carabello on the piledriver too.
Piper’s Pit with Uncle Elmer. Piper talks about how Elmer will be getting married next week on TV and asks who would marry him. Elmer insults Piper by stating his wife weighs 125lbs, just like him. Piper was not as funny as you would think in this segment.
Joe Mirto & Mike Gola vs. Ivan Putski & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo
Poffo reads a poem about Putski, the first poem he has read on WWF TV. They both work over Gola in their corner. Mirto tags and clotheslines Poffo, who fights right back. He tosses Mirto to the floor and rolls him back inside. Gola tags as does Putski, who puts him away with the Polish Hammer (1:27).
Thoughts: Putski was just about done with the company at this point and Poffo has already done jobs on TV so this was just two guys who the company had no plans for that were filling time. The crowd didn’t give a shit about this match at all.
Tito Santana gives us a PSA about the importance of eating a good breakfast. He appeared to have trouble with the cue cards here.
Mario Mancini & Mike Rice vs. Jesse Ventura & Randy Savage w/Miss Elizabeth
Vince was going gaga over Elizabeth during her entrance. Savage points and yells at Elizabeth before the match as the crowd boos him like crazy. The heels beat the piss out of Mancini to start. Savage yanks Rice into the ring and the heels use a ton of quick tags. These two are both working at a super fast-pace. Savage then puts away Rice with a flying elbow drop (1:55). After the match, Jesse calls out Bruno from the ring.
Thoughts: This team came about due to Ventura constantly praising Savage on commentary. Savage & Ventura worked at an extremely quick pace but didn’t display that much chemistry as a team.
Vince says he will unveil a major announcement next week.
Okerlund is with Terry Funk and Jimmy Hart. Funk calls JYD a “jackass” and brings up how he got knocked out by him in the Bahamas four years ago. Funk wants to beat and ridicule JYD during their match in Los Angeles. Funk cut some pretty damn good promos in his WWF run.
Vince lets us know that next week, Hillbilly Jim will return after being assaulted. Also, the Tag Team Titles will be on the line as Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake defend their titles against the British Bulldogs, who Bruno thinks will win the belts.
Final Thoughts: This show was skippable, with nothing major happening. Next week’s show with the Tag Title match and the major announcement sounds a lot better than matches filled with lower midcard guys.