WWF Championship Wrestling April 27th, 1985

April 27th, 1985

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

In action this week are Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo, Tito Santana & Junkyard Dog, Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff, Don Muraco, Brutus Beefcake, and David Sammartino. Plus, Piper’s Pit with guest Bobby Heenan.

Mr. X & Charlie Fulton vs. Tito Santana & Junkyard Dog

JYD works on the arm of Fulton then tags Tito, who does the same. The announcers put over how the styles of Tito and JYD compliment each other. Mr. X tags but he gets destroyed then tags out as Fulton reluctantly enters against JYD. Fulton uses an eye rake and lands a few punches then chokes JYD. Mr. X tags but runs into a clothesline then Tito tags and uses the figure four to get the win via submission (3:05). After the match, Tito dances just like JYD then dances with a kid for a second.

Thoughts: Standard squash match. They seem to be trying to not only establish them as a team but also as threats to the Intercontinental Title.

WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week’s subject is Ricky Steamboat. Hayes says that he has a great personality and is very good looking and knows his way around the ring. They show a clip of him beating a jobber with a splash.

WWF Magazine Plug

Brutus Beefcake w/”Luscious” Johnny Valiant vs. Jim Young

A kid in the crowd shows a sign that reads “Broootos Flatcake.” Truly, a scathing insult. Young starts by taking him down twice with a headlock. He maintains the hold for a minute until Beefcake hits him with a back suplex. He hits a slam as the announcers bring up the injured Hillbilly Jim. The crowd starts a “Fruitcake” chant as he destroys Young then puts him away with a jumping knee smash (3:07). The crowd boos after the match as Beefcake does his strut.

Thoughts: Maybe the frequent mentioning of Beefcake injuring Hillbilly Jim has finally got him over as a heel with the crowd. They were actually mad at him for once.

Gene Okerlund runs down the card for the next Boston Garden show. Hulk Hogan comes out and plugs his match, teaming with Jimmy Snuka to face Bob Orton & Roddy Piper. He promises that it will be a brawl and puts over the win at WrestleMania.

Moondog Spot & Bob Wade vs. Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham

No Albano this week. The former champs work the arm of Wade. Spot tags and they work a nice fast-paced sequence that ends with Rotundo getting two off a crossbody. Spot takes control and hits a backbreaker but Windham tags in and fires away. He hits a dropkick then Spot tags Wade, who gets knocked down then Windham puts him away with the bulldog (2:54).

Thoughts: The ex-champs showed a lot of aggression here as they are pushing that they are angry abut losing the belts.

Okerlund is with Tito Santana. He will face Brutus Beefcake at the Boston Garden. This was set up when Beefcake was overly aggressive with Tito in his lumberjack match against Greg Valentine. He called him “Fruitcake” then promised victory.

Salvatore Bellomo vs. Don Muraco w/Mr. Fuji

Muraco backs Bellomo against the ropes then breaks cleanly. Muraco sidesteps a dropkick then hits a swinging neckbreaker. He drops him throat-first on the top rope then hits a Russian leg sweep. He knocks Bellomo outside with a bell clap then back inside, Bellomo lands a few feeble punches then Muraco catches him off a crossbody attempt and turns it into a tombstone for the win (3:01).

Thoughts: Bellomo was completely squashed in this match. He usually got in some offense in his squashed but he was dominated from start to finish. Even the announcers acted surprised that Bellomo did nothing at all.

Piper’s Pit with guest Bobby Heenan. Piper calls Heenan the greatest manager ever and tells us that Heenan has a special announcement. Heenan says that he can transform careers of everyone but tells us that Paul Orndorff has fired him as his manager. Heenan calls him a low-life then becomes angry and kicks over chairs as Piper calms him down by saying he is a coward and that he doesn’t have enough guts to stay with him. Heenan is pissed that Orndorff has put a blemish on his managerial record. Great segment and Heenan was fantastic. He really sold it well. I give a lot of credit to the WWF with this angle as they still left you with a little bit of doubt that Orndorff would still be a heel when he returned but also made it so when he returned and went after guys like Piper, they would explode.

Steve Lombardi vs. David Sammartino

Sammartino takes Lombardi down and grounds him with a hammerlock. He works the arm as Bruno reluctantly talks about his son after asked by Vince. It was painfully cleat that Bruno did not want to talk about David on commentary. Lombardi lands a few forearms but Sammartino blocks a hiptoss and hits a slam before going back to the arm. Lombardi comes back with a jumping back elbow smash and a slam but David fights back and hits a few suplexes before putting him away with a powerslam (3:45).

Thoughts: Sammartino seemingly always has a match on Championship Wrestling. This was really no different than any other match he has had at this point.

Ron Dee & Jose Luis Rivera & Tony Garea vs. Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik & George “The Animal” Steele w/Freddie Blassie

Steele made his own entrance as everyone else was already in the ring. Vince tells us that Blassie has brought Steele back. Garea hits Sheik with a hiptoss and a slam before tagging Rivera, who gets a crossbody for two. The Sheik boots him down then hits a backdrop. Steele tags and bites the forehead of Rivera. Dee tags and Steele throws him before tagging Sheik. The heels use quick tags to work the arm of Dee then Steele gets the win by making Dee submit to a lifting hammerlock (2:49).

Okerlund is with Roddy Piper and Bob Orton. They know get to speak about the tag match in Boston. Piper said that the first thing he does when he gets into Boston is to beat up the entire city then goes on another one of his crazy rants. Good stuff.

Bruno and Vince tell us that next week, Paul Orndorff will return to action. Plus, Don Muraco, King Kong Bundy, Ricky Steamboat, Brett Hart & Jim Neidhart and the British Bulldogs. Also, Piper’s Pit with Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo

Final Thoughts: Another good show as they continue to keep things interesting after WrestleMania. The Orndorff angle has been great and they are still showcasing the tag team division as well as newer talents.

QOTD 40: Hufffffffffpttttttttt Goldust (and friends!)

You know, I won’t lie. I’m glad Goldust is back and seems to have his head screwed on straight again (I’m assuming this is why he’s getting this run). I saw the tag match from Raw yesterday in between the Sox game with a buddy who was a big part of my wrestling fandom back in the day, and it was kinda cool to go back and talk about all the ridiculous shit we saw together despite our divergent life paths.

Do you have real-life wrestling friends, or is it purely a solo enjoyment for you? What are your fondest wrestling-related, social memories? Has there been a ‘meh’ match that you loved because of who you were with?



I have a few. I remember watching pretty much every Wrestlemania from 18 to 20 with
the friend mentioned above, and his brother who I was friends with, too. Around when Benoit died we kind of stopped being hardcore into it, but would still casually discuss it. Watching yesterday I was unsure how much he kept up with the product, and it was neat to find out he knew who the shield were, and thought the Wyatts were as stupid as I did.

When I lived in Chicago, playing WWE video-games with my buddy Ross was always a blast because we’d get high, watch a wrestling documentary on a laptop, and go through WWE universe mode fantasy booking and playing matches. I saw Over The Limit this way and we both marked out so hardcore for the simple act of a full-surfboard. Good times. While my friends were in ‘the know’ they weren’t smarks, and dug Triple H and Shawn Michaels’ Hell in a Cell match as their favorite of all time. It was nice to get an outside perspective.

When WWE 13′ came out last year and I had no one to play it with, the whole game felt hollow.because I was playing against a computer, and the thing I liked most about those games was the bonding I’d have with friends over it. It’s actually why I’m so high on those Mdickie games, it gives me that joy of ‘having a good match’ despite the fact I’m playing by myself.

I’ve almost gotten laid a couple of times thanks to my wrestling
fandom, but alas the ladies I’ve met that have been into the product
have lived really far away, or been missing a few braincells, teeth,
jobs, cars, or any combination there of.

When I try to get non-fans into the product I find myself kind of feeling meh, and like I’m trying too hard to get them into something they probably find stupid or silly. Though I have gotten my Dad to watch The Rock documentary, and we’re gonna check out the Stone Cold one, too. 

Naturally there are tons of wrestling-related memories from this blog, but obviously ‘IRL’ interactions are a little more potent.

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Blog Otter Again: Your_Favourite_Loser for explaining Metal Fandom in a way non-fans like myself can happily understand.

1. Wonderful commentary yesterday! Did I understand a lot of it? Nope, but it was fun to read anyway. 
2. Is there a web-site that lists bars that play wrestling PPVs? I’m gonna have HIAC off and I wanna watch it!
3. I think Squids: Wild West is currently free on the appstore. WONDERFUL Action-RPG.

Rivalries: The Sequel

More rivalries from yesterday’s “Defining moment of a feud” post: 1. Rock vs. HHH 2. Undertaker vs. Kane 3. Undertaker vs. Foley 4. Sting vs. Flair 5. Edge/Christian vs. Hardys vs. Dudleys 6. RVD vs. Lynn 7. WCW vs. NWO

I would first like to rescind my Sting-Hogan answer and also go with Uncensored 97, because that was awesome. 1.  Backlash 2000, where they finally gave us the REAL finish. 2.  Uhhh…which one? 3.  Duh. 4.  Halloween Havoc 95, Flair turns on Sting. 5.  Summerslam 2000. 6.  Not a real “feud”. 7.  The 82 weeks Nitro won the ratings.

Random thought

Watching NXT and seeing feuds being blown off on the show. I was wondering if there would be any money in giving the NXT guys a $10 2 hour iPPV once in a while just to blow off some of the more popular feuds and to also see if some of the talent can hack a match longer than 3 minutes and be ready for the main shows. I just think it would be nice to see and something i'd pay for since it's the only wrestling show I watch now.

Thoughts?

No, no, NO.  I like them in their own little universe where no one's watching and Vince doesn't give a shit about them.  The shows build just fine week-to-week and the answer is 9 times out of 10 going to be "No, they're not ready for the main shows."  And that's OK, because that's part of the charm of the show in the first place.  Really, Sami Zayn and maybe a couple of other guys like Kassius Ohno are the only ones I'd want to see on RAW at this point, so putting them on PPV would just be setting them up for failure anyway.

Wait for it.
Wait for it.
Wait for it.

But they'd still outdraw Bound For Glory on PPV.
RIMSHOT.

Punk-Ryback-Axel Continuity Issues

Hey Scott,

I know this is Knit-Picking but how come the WWE never acknowledged the extensive history between Punk and Ryback and Axel? First, there's the fact that Axel used to be in the New Nexus, which Punk led, which is a minor point but could've at least led to some type of real emotion between the two, instead of Axel just saying, "I hate you 'cause Heyman said so."

More of a glaring point is the fact that  Punk, Ryback, AND Heyman have history that was concluded less than a year ago. Again, I can understand WWE never wanting to bring up McGuillicutty, but Punk/Ryback was a main event feud in 2012 and not even the announcers are bringing up the odd fact that Ryback is embracing the guy that cost him the WWE title.

Is there a reason they're, I'm assuming, actively ignoring continuity here?It's not really like there's an continuity problem; it's perfectly plausible that a heel Ryback would be cynical enough to embrace the man who cost him the title in his naive face days. But ignoring this history seems to be actively hurting an already weak feud and I can't understand why they would do that?

"Are we to believe this is some sort of…*scoff*…MAGIC xylophone?"
OK, nerd-shaming aside, I prefer to think of WWE TV as seasons that reset every Wrestlemania at this point.  Makes it easier to reconcile a lot of the stuff.  

BoD Saturday Night Thread

Thought I would post this early tonight seeing as it is a big night for sports.

Games and Events for Tonight include:

Game 6 of the ALCS
UFC 166
College Football
NHL Hockey
NASCAR

As usual, talk about anything else that is going on for tonight. Just a reminder, SNL is a rerun tonight of the season premiere with host Tina Fey and Musical Guest Arcade Fire. Also, for those wondering, the Paul Orndorff shoot won with 55% of the vote. The recap will be posted early Thursday afternoon.

QOTD 39: metalheads

I don’t “get” metal. Like I enjoy some of it, but it’s typically on the more ‘melodic’ side – I can get down to some Sabbath, ‘Tallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and a few other bands, but when it comes to stuff like Cannibal Corpse, Cradle of Filth, or anything speedy / grindy / abrasive voice-wise, I just kind of go cross-eyed at it all.

Are You a Metal Head? What should non-fans look for in Medal to perhaps appreciate it more? 





I enjoy Power Metal too, for the record. Otherwise…yeah, just not my thing.

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Blog Otter Award: BuckDiddy for the quality Whitney Houston shout out.

Defining moments of a feud

Hello
 
What would you say was the definining moment or match of the following feuds?
 
1. Ric Flair vs Dusty Rhodes
2. Midnight Express vs R and R Express
3. Hulk Hogan vs Randy Savage
4. Steve Austin vs Vince MacMahon
5. Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart
6. John Cena vs Edge
7. Hulk Hogan vs Sting
 
and
 
8.  CM punk vs John Cena
 
Thanks

 

1.  The PPV debut of the Dusty Finish at Starrcade 85.
2.  No real "defining" one, I'd say.
3.  The backstage brawl on The Main Event that turned Savage into the biggest star in the world for a while.
4.  The Tyson brawl in February of 98 or Over the Edge with the Vince as referee gig.
5.  Bret does the first 20 minute interview on RAW from a wheelchair, goes way long, Shawn superkicks him and throws a fit backstage.  
6.  Edge wins the title, ratings go way up, he drops the belt back to Cena at the Rumble because HHH.  
7.  Sting rappelling down from the ceiling to challenge him at Starrcade.  It was all downhill from there.
8.  MITB, duh.

WWF Championship Wrestling April 20th, 1985

April 20th,
1985

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

In action tonight are the British Bulldogs, Tito Santana
& Junkyard Dog, and the tag-team debut of Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart &
Brett Hart.
 

 

Steve Lombardi &
Barry O. vs. British Bulldogs

Dynamite takes down Barry with a pair of shoulder blocks.
Davey tags in and goes to work on the arm. Crossbody gets two. Barry doesn’t
get his arm up in time for a clothesline but Davey sells it anyway. Davey gets
up and uses a crucifix for a nearfall. Lombardi and Dynamite tag in and
Dynamite his a few suplexes. Davey gets two off a powerslam then grabs a
chinlock. Dynamite chops the piss out of Lombardi then locks on a sleeper that
Barry breaks up from behind. Barry hits a powerslam then tags Lombardi before
heading to the top rope but Davey knocks him off then knocks down Lombardi,
setting up the finish which had Davey press Dynamite over his head and launch
him at Lombardi with a diving headbutt for the win (4:06). After the match we
are shown a replay of the finish, where we see that Dynamite was lucky he
didn’t break his neck, as Vince tries to make a sound effect that mimics a
missile. He failed.

Thoughts: A nice showing for the Bulldogs, who had the crowd
going after the match. They were using moves that were just not seen at all on
WWF television.  Lombardi was a champ
here for taking all the punishment that he did.  

 

WWF Update with
Lord Alfred Hayes. This week’s subject is King Kong Bundy and we are shown a
clip of him squashing Paul Roma. The push is starting to take off for Bundy.

 

Brutus Beefcake
w/Johnny Valiant vs. Ron Dee

Dee backs Beefcake into the
corner then breaks cleanly. Beefcake hits a slam and goes to work on the back
of Dee. On commentary, they put over the duo
of Beefcake and Valiant as being perfect for each other as Beefcake hits a
gutbuster. He nearly blows a clothesline then hits a running knee smash for the
win (2:57).

Thoughts: Just about the same as every other Beefcake squash. His singles push still isn’t working.

 

Gene Okerlund is with Bob Orton. He said his dad was a great
wrestler and he is following in his footsteps. Okerlund asks him about being
Piper’s bodyguard and if he is well-paid and Orton said he isn’t doing it for
free. Okerlund then asks him if he has spoken to Paul Orndorff and Orton said
that he has not and Orndorff is probably crying somewhere. They sure have done
a great job of making people think what will happen when Orndorff returns.

 

Mario Mancini &
S.D. Jones vs. Brett Hart & Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart w/Jimmy Hart

Neidhart and S.D push each other around to start. S.D. works
the arm and tags Mancini but he gets destroyed by Neidhart. Bret tags and hits
a dropkick. He uses a headbutt and wrestles at a fast pace. They take turns
beating on Mancini as the camera shows Jimmy Hart getting flipped off by a fan.
After that, the Anvil holds up Mancini and Bret takes him down with a
clothesline for the win (2:37). The heels beat on Mancini after the win then
leave.

Thoughts: Not much of a reaction at all for the debut of the
not-yet named Hart Foundation. They looked okay in the ring but after this, you
would never think that they would go on to be one of the most popular teams in
WWF history. Bret was more aggressive here but still didn’t show any
personality in the ring. At this time, they were still spelling his name as
“Brett.”

 

Okerlund is with Beefcake and Valiant and asks them about
breaking the leg of Hillbilly Jim. Valiant rambles before saying that they got
in his way and was a novice. Beefcake speaks and mocks Jim by hopping around on
one foot. He was pretty bad on the mic.

 

Sal Gee vs. Don
Muraco

The fans heckle Muraco as he enters the ring. He beats the
shit out of Gee before grabbing a chinlock. The fans start a boring chant as
Gee tries to escape but gets taken down and Muraco hits the tombstone for the
win (2:37). Damn, he dropped him right on his head. Muraco looked pissed off
about when he took Gee down before the finish.

Thoughts: Dull match. The crowd was a bit impatient here,
which is usually what happens during the last show of the taping.

 

Piper’s Pit from
backstage at WrestleMania. The guest this week is Jesse Ventura, who calls the
referee’s incompetent. Roddy rants about Mr. T being gassed after the match
then disses Orndorff, calling him “Mr. Blunderful” as he tells Ventura that if
they had him as a partner they would have won.

 

Hillbilly Jim is on his porch at his home in Mudlick, Kentucky.
He reads off some fan mail and shows us his broken leg. He promises to take
care of Beefcake when he heals. He then plays the guitar for a few minutes then
shows us his dogs. This lasted for way too long. Hillbilly Jim was never able
to sustain his popularity when he came back.

 

R.T. Reynolds &
Mr. X vs. Junkyard Dog & Tito Santana

The faces work on the arm of Mr. X. Reynolds tags but ends
up in the wrong corner and JYD grabs a chinlock as we hear him speak gibberish
to his opponent, which amuses Vince. The faces neutralize Reynolds with various
submission holds. Mr. X tags and works on Tito for a bit but that doesn’t last
and JYD tags back in and hits a running powerslam for the win (4:14). After the
match, JYD pulls some kids out from the crowd and dances, which has Vince
remind us that last week, JYD danced with someone’s grandma.

Thoughts: The crowd really likes the team of Tito & JYD.
A basic squash match.

 

Okerlund is with Muraco. He asks him about his training
schedule. Muraco tells us about all of the training he does then stresses the
importance of nutrition. He tells us that it is time to eat then starts eating
a donut and continues to talk. Okerlund is losing it as Muraco is talking with
a donut hanging out of his mouth. He spits it back into his Dunkin Donut box as
Okerlund is about to lose it. After that, Bobby Heenan and Ken Patera walk out.
Patera kisses his bicep as Okerlund almost loses it then tells Patera that it
is ridiculous. Heenan runs down the training schedule of Patera and Studd
before saying that Studd was not slammed by Andre and that he will not get the
money but rather the rest of the donuts.

 

Bruno and Vince recap the show. In action next week are
Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo and Jimmy Snuka.

 

Final Thoughts: Fun
show. They continue to focus on the tag team division and have done a great job
in building up suspense for when Orndorff returns. We haven’t seen any Hogan or
Mr. T since WrestleMania. This was the last show of the TV taping that took
place before WrestleMania. The WWF actually took off two weeks after Mania,
then resumed business as usual afterwards.

Thunder – May 28, 1998

Thunder
Date:
May 28, 1998
Location:
Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators:
Lee Marshall, Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
The
main story coming into tonight is, say it with me: what side is Sting
on? After Luger joined the Wolfpack on Monday, Sting was offered a
spot but the show ended before we got his response. We’re heading
into the Great American Bash and we only know a few matches so far.
Whatever we’re getting though isn’t the most thrilling stuff in the
world. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a recap of the end of Nitro with Sting holding up the
Wolfpack shirt but not putting it on.
Opening
sequence.
The
announcers talk about the Sting situation for the first of about 95
times tonight.
Here’s
Bret Hart to open things up. He wants peace and quiet while he talks
because the fans sound disappointed in him. That’s fine though as
he’s disappointed in the fans as well. No one knows what it’s like
to be in a tough situation better than he does. Every time he steps
in the ring he gives everything he has and he’s the best there is,
was and ever will be. However there’s one guy going through a tug of
war with his conscience and that would be Sting.
Bret
knows exactly what Sting is going through with everyone pulling him
in various directions. The red and black don’t suit Sting at all but
later tonight, Bret is going to offer Sting the keys to his wrestling
future. He won’t need the people anymore and he’ll be more
successful than ever before.
Jim
Powers vs. Barbarian
Barbarian
grabs a headlock to start but Powers comes back with some weak kicks
to the ribs. Choking puts Jim down again, Powers makes a comeback,
Jimmy Hart interferes, big boot gets the pin for Barbarian. This
would have been boring even as a dark match.
Here’s
Chris Jericho in a Rey Mysterio shirt for an interview. Chris feels
bad because he and JJ got in an argument on Monday but that will
never EVER happen again. He’d be perfectly happy if JJ just brought
him his Cruiserweight Title right now, but JJ isn’t here tonight.
Jericho makes Tony hold up the Conspiracy Victim sign and swears that
this isn’t over. On Monday, Jericho is going to Washington D.C. and
find the best legal sources he can find to prove that he should be
Cruiserweight Champion.
The
announcers talk about Sting some more and show us a video of Giant
calling out Nash, resulting in Luger joining the Wolfpack. We also
get the ending of the show again.
High
Voltage vs. Jim Neidhart/British Bulldog
The
non-WWF refugees jump start the match but get sent into each other
and out to the floor. We start with Neidhart vs. Kaos and Jim cranks
on the arm for a bit. Kaos takes him down by the head and it’s off
to Rage for a slingshot legdrop for two. Rage misses an elbow and
it’s off to the Bulldog with the fans not caring at all. The delayed
vertical suplex gets two and everything breaks down. Bulldog
powerslams Kaos for a fast pin. Another worthless match.
Here’s
the Wolfpack, debuting their signature rap song. There’s no Hennig
or Rude with them which is probably the best option. Savage says
Luger is the man. Luger says there are times in life where you have
to go with your gut instinct and that’s why he’s here right now. The
Wolfpack is the place to go if you want to win titles and it felt
right to make the jump. He still respects WCW and didn’t turn his
back on them. Sometimes in life you’re either a player or you’re
not, so he’s a player in the Wolfpack right now.
This
brings Luger to Sting. They’ve known each other for years and while
they haven’t always seen eye to eye, there will always be friends.
Luger felt something on Nitro and Sting told Luger he felt it too.
Sting needs to take the same step that Luger took and don’t listen to
someone like Bret Hart who knows nothing about him. Luger does the
too sweet line and we’re out. This explanation took less than five
minutes and made perfect sense. Why couldn’t we get something like
this from Bret?
Glacier
vs. Van Hammer
Are
they just trying to torture me this week? Feeling out process to
start with Glacier casually kicking Hammer down. Hammer comes back
with a cobra clutch slam and does the Crane Kick pose from Karate
Kid. Back up and Hammer shoulders Glacier down for two and the ice
man rolls to the floor. They head back inside with Glacier kicking
away in the corner, only to be punched in the side of the head for
his efforts. A big kick to the face puts Hammer down and Glacier
puts on the Rings of Saturn but he lets go early, allowing Saturn to
run in and beat on Glacier for the pin.
Rating:
D. The fact that this is the
match of the night so far should tell you everything you need to know
about this show. Glacier isn’t interesting as a character and it’s a
downgrade for Saturn to have to feud with him. This match was as
bland as the rest of them have been tonight but this was longer,
which could be a benefit or a detriment depending on how you enjoy
torture.
Post
match Raven and Saturn lay out Hammer and Glacier. Raven gets on his
knees and begs Saturn to be his partner again but they think they see
Mortis, only to beat up a popcorn vendor instead. Mortis sneaks up
behind them dressed as I think a construction worker to blast Raven
with a cookie sheet and leave. Saturn carries Raven to the back.
Chris
Benoit vs. Booker T
This
is match #2 in the best of seven series for the TV Title shot at the
Bash. Benoit won the first match on Monday with the Crossface and
I’m sure this is going to be the best match of the night. Booker
grabs a headlock to start but Benoit takes him down with a drop
toehold. A powerslam puts Chris down and an elbow drop gets two.
Off to an armbar on Benoit for a few seconds before they trade
standing switches and a spinning kick drops Benoit to the floor.
Back
in and Benoit gets two each off a snap suplex and a clothesline. A
hard whip into the corner puts Booker down for two more and we hit
the chinlock. Benoit shifts into a double arm crank before hitting a
hard chop to put Booker down again. Booker comes back with a
clothesline to put both guys down as we take a breather. It’s Benoit
up first with a backbreaker to set up the Swan Dive for a very close
two.
Back
to the chinlock on Booker but he fights up with a flapjack to get a
rest. Benoit avoids the side kick and crotches himself on the top
rope and a German suplex is good for two. A big mudhole is stomped
in Booker but he comes back with a suplex of his own. Benoit ducks
the side kick but the second attempt connects, setting up the missile
dropkick to tie the series.
Rating:
C+. This was more of a back and
forth match than what they did on Sunday but the action was still
very solid. These matches are very helpful for WCW as they give the
show some meat instead of the quick and dull matches that dominate
the shows most of the time. Good match here.
Benoit
praises Booker but questions his heart. We’ll find out what Booker
is made of but he’ll find out why Benoit is the Crippler.
TV
Title: Brad Armstrong vs. Fit Finlay
Feeling
out process to start until Finlay grabs a headlock. That goes
nowhere so they run the ropes a bit and Armstrong gets two off a
hiptoss. Finlay comes back with a shot to the side of the head and a
slam. A clothesline puts Armstrong down as the announcers talk about
which NWO Sting will join. The idea of him staying with WCW isn’t
even considered. We hit the chinlock and the boring chants begin.
Finlay drives some elbows into the chest but Armstrong comes back
with a belly to back suplex for two. Not that it matters as Finlay
tombstones him down to retain.
Rating:
D-. END THIS SHOW ALREADY! I
can’t take many more of these matches. There has been one decent
match in an hour and a half of this show. The best part so far was a
Lex Luger promo which lasted about two minutes. Those are your
highlights so far. Is there no one else Finlay can fight for that
belt?
This
week in WCW Motorsports. Next.
The
announcers talk about the Savage/Piper segment from Nitro and of
course we see the whole thing.
Barry
Darsow vs. Saturn
They
hit the mat to start with Saturn grabbing a headlock. Darsow misses
a right hand and gets suplexed down before Saturn fires off kicks in
the corner. Darsow gets two off a clothesline before sending
Saturn’s shoulder into the post. A spinwheel kick puts Barry down
but he comes back with a quick shoulder breaker. His Barely Legal
arm hold can’t get locked on so Saturn superkicks him down and ends
Barry with the Death Valley Driver.
Rating:
D+. Oddly enough Darsow’s
psychology worked here. It’s really basic stuff (he has an arm hold
finisher so wok on the arm) but that’s often enough to carry a short
match like this. Nothing special to see here but somehow this is in
the upper half of the matches on this show. Let that sink in for a
minute.
To
cap off this horribly boring show, we have technical issues and get a
graphic of the arena. Well of some arena, as when the feed comes
back we see a wide shot of a very different building.
US
Title: Barry Horowitz vs. Goldberg
Seriously,
this is the main event. Match lasts 45 seconds and you can fill in
the blanks yourself.
Here’s
Bret for the big recruitment speech to Sting despite Bret not even
being an official NWO member as far as I know. Giant and Bischoff
come out with him so at least there’s some kind of association. Bret
says he’s the only man that can trust Sting and he was there to prove
it at Starrcade. If he had anything to do with it, Sting would still
be world champion. He lists off some similarities before calling
Nash and Savage old and washed up. Sting can’t trust those guys but
here’s the Wolfpack to disagree. Bret calls them all scum and the
brawl is on to end the show. No Sting.
Overall
Rating:
F+. This is the worst
kind of show you can have. It wasn’t really terrible, but it was SO
boring. What happened on this show? We got a bunch of low level
acts in squashes, no development in any storyline (unless you really
stretch and call Booker tying up the series significant) and no
Sting. Oh wow the NWO factions are fighting again. Such an
interesting story. Absolutely retched show tonight and it really
makes it clear how WWF was taking over.
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TNA Mega-Tapings Coming

So as rumored, TNA is going BACK to the Impact Zone 11/21 to tape a shitload of episodes and hopefully stave off death until after the new year as a result.  Not the ideal situation, of course, but the road tapings were KILLING them and you do what you gotta do.  I think when you're at the point where you're doing 6 weeks of TV at a time just to stay alive, it might be time to blow it up and start fresh with something else.  Competition is good, but at this point they're just circling the drain and they might as well start fielding offers to buy the tape library.  
Bound for Glory is gonna be one sad PPV.