What the World Was Watching: In Your House – Badd Blood

by Logan Scisco

Vince McMahon, Jim
Ross, and Jerry “the King” Lawler are doing the announcing duties and they are
live in St. Louis, Missouri

Opening Handicap Contest:  Rocky Maivia, Kama Mustafa & D-Lo Brown
defeat The Legion of Doom when Maivia pins Hawk after a Rock Bottom at 12:19:
This was originally booked as a six man tag, but Ken
Shamrock does not have medical clearance to compete.  Ahmed Johnson was also not available to be
plugged in because he was back in the WWF dog house for injuring people.  Looking back, the second version of the
Nation was rather successful as Faarooq went on to have a good career with
Bradshaw in the APA, the Rock rose to main event status, Kama enjoyed success
as the Godfather, and D-Lo won the European and Intercontinental
championships.  After enjoying some brief
moments of success, the Nation use their numbers to put Animal in peril and a
false tag spot allows D-Lo to hit his Lo Down for two.  The crowd really gets into the hot tag
sequence, but Faarooq breaks up a Doomsday Device attempt on Maivia and Maivia
hits the Rock Bottom, which at this time was not considered an immediate
finisher, for the victory.  This had its
slow spots in the middle, but it came on strong at the end and it really made all
five participants look strong.  Excellent
and sensible booking.  Rating: 
Dok Hendrix and
Sunny hype the Superstar line and try to get us to call to talk to the winners
and losers of tonight’s matches
McMahon reiterates
the news from the Free for All that Brian Pillman was found dead in his hotel
room in Bloomington, Minnesota and a substitute match has been booked.  The mark in me at the time thought that
Marlena snapped and killed Pillman.
Mini Tag
Match:  Max Mini & Nova beat
Tarantula & Mosaic after Mini pins Tarantula with a La Magistral cradle at
I’m not sure if this is the best way to honor Pillman’s
memory, but I suppose the options were limited. 
There are several funny miscommunication spots between Tarantula and
Mosaic in the early going, but this has lots of blown spots, most of which are
Nova’s fault, that go a small way in exposing the business.  Lawler gets a kick out of seeing Tarantula
gorilla press drop Mini on the U.S. announce table, but he gets irritated that
McMahon will not let him tell “little people” jokes.  The botches continue until Mini grows
completely frustrated with how the match is going and just rolls up Tarantula
for the three count.  This had no flow to
it whatsoever.  Rating:  DUD
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Sunny comes out to
do guest ring announcing duties for our next match
WWF Tag Team
Championship Match:  The Godwinns
(w/Uncle Cletus) defeat The Headbangers (Champions) to win the titles when
Phineas pins Mosh after a powerbomb at 12:18:
Surprisingly, McMahon recalls Sunny’s past issues with
the Godwinns.  Storyline continuity:  it’s a beautiful thing.  The Headbangers nearly break Phineas’s neck
on double hiptoss attempt and they surprisingly dominate the early going with a
coordinated aerial attack.  The match
struggles to establish momentum, even as Thrasher gets a few hope spots after
he is put in peril.  The crowd goes mild
for the hot tag and the finish fits really well into the past encounters
between these teams because Phineas counters the Mosh Pit, which pinned him at
WrestleMania XIII.  The Headbangers lackluster run as tag team champions is over and the Godwinns pound them down
after the finish until the referee forces them to leave under threat of
reversing the decision.  Rating: 
A Steve Austin
video package is shown
Michael Cole
interviews Owen Hart, who says that Steve Austin is going to do nothing but
hand him the Intercontinental title after he beats Faarooq tonight.  He threatens a lawsuit if Austin gets anywhere
near him during the title match.
Ross holds a small
ceremony for St. Louis wrestling legends, which include Gene Kiniski, Jack
Brisco, Dory Funk, Jr., Harley Race, Terry Funk, Lou Thesz, and Sam Muchnick.  In Jim Cornette’s 1997 timeline shoot
interview he talks about how he had to fight hard to persuade Vince to do this,
as Kevin Dunn felt that no one would care about these guys.  The crowd reaction proves that Cornette was
right and Dunn was wrong, which is not unusual because Dunn was the same guy several weeks before this that tried to convince Vince not to bring back Cactus Jack at Madison Square Garden since no one would know about that character.
Hendrix interviews
Faarooq and the Nation and Faarooq says he’ll beat Owen Hart tonight and Steve
Austin is nothing special to him.
McMahon says that
foul play is not suspected in Brian Pillman’s death, but a drug overdose might
be to blame.  I’m shocked that McMahon
would emphasize this, but he does clarify that drug abuse is a problem in all
Championship Tournament Finals:  Owen
Hart pins Faarooq to win the title when Steve Austin hits Faarooq with the
Intercontinental title belt at 7:16:
So here are the finals of a lackluster tournament to
crown a new Intercontinental champion after Steve Austin had to forfeit the
title.  Owen got here by defeating
Goldust and Brian Pillman whereas Faarooq got here by Ken Shamrock getting
injured and defeating Ahmed Johnson. 
This is Faarooq’s second time in an Intercontinental title tournament
final in two years, as he lost to Marc Mero in a tournament final the previous
year.  Steve Austin is at ringside for
the bout as he is to present his Intercontinental title to the winner.  He rings the bell to start the match and then
takes McMahon’s headset and gives his views on the match.  He soon moves to give commentary with the
Spanish and French announce teams.  In
light of Austin’s antics it is tough to focus on the match, but it is a
TV-style match with Owen and Faarooq running through their usual spots.  After Faarooq hits a spinebuster Jim Neidhart
wanders out and distracts the referee and Austin takes advantage to hit Faarooq
with the title and cost him the match. 
The announce crew is puzzled by this development, but it is clear that
Austin wants to face Owen and regain his title. 
Rating:  **
The Hart
Foundation’s beatdown on Vader and the Patriot on RAW is shown.
The Disciples of
Apocalypse beat Los Boricuas when Crush pins Jose after a tilt-a-whirl
backbreaker at 9:10:
The DOA have really fizzled out after they were arguably
the most over of the factions created after the original Nation of Domination’s
demise.  The Boricuas run a nice spot
where every member gives Chainz a clothesline against the corner, but most of
this is just a sloppy brawl that the crowd sleeps through.  In the end, it comes down to Crush and Jose
and Crush’s singles experience comes in handy to give his team the win.  Rating:  ½*
Cole interviews
WWF Champion Bret Hart and the British Bulldog. 
Bret says that he and the Bulldog are going to set an example that they
are better than any American tag team combination.  The Bulldog echoes those same sentiments.
McMahon emphasizes
that for this flag match a team can win by either capturing their flag or
securing a pinfall or submission.  That
was probably Bret’s call since he told McMahon that a match where everyone was
just running for flags would be a disaster, sort of like cage matches with
escape rules.
Hendrix interviews
Vader and the Patriot and Patriot yells about how much he hates the Harts and
how he has Vader’s back.  Vader says
Bret’s claim that he is the “best there is, best there was, and best there ever
will be” is “bullshit.”
Flag Match:  Bret “the Hitman” Hart & The British
Bulldog beat Vader & The Patriot when Bret pins the Patriot with a rollup
at 21:14:
Vader and the Patriot lay waste to Bret and the Bulldog
before the bell, but since they are good sports they wait until their opponents
get back into the ring to go after the American flag.  The referee struggles to keep order as
everyone does whatever they want and prevent the other side from going after
their respective flag.  This makes for a
rather dull contest except for a few spots, such as the Patriot nearly
capturing the American flag when everyone piles up in the American team’s
corner and everyone, save for the Bulldog, trying to apply their version of the
Sharpshooter.  Bret KO’s Vader with the
ring bell, but that doesn’t produce an immediate finish as he continues to beat
on Vader inside of the ring.  The crowd
gets impatient as the Patriot gets a hot tag and plants Bret with Uncle Slam,
but the Bulldog breaks it up and then stiffs a fan that tries to run into the
ring.  Vader then hits Bret with a Vader
Bomb, but all hell breaks loose again and Bret and the Patriot end up alone and
Bret counters a Patriot rollup with the help of the tights to get the victory.  The stipulation killed this match, but I
doubt Bret and the Bulldog were psychologically ready for it in light of
Pillman’s death.  This would also be the
last pay-per-view outing for the Patriot, who suffered a torn bicep shortly
after this and was out of the company shortly thereafter.  Rating:  **
The announcers
discuss the Hell in a Cell.
Hendrix interviews
D-Generation X.  European Champion Shawn
Michaels says that he can survive Hell in a Cell because he is the most
tenacious man in the WWF and the number one guy in this business.  Hunter Hearst Helmsley tries to push his way
into the promo, but is cut off.
A video package
hypes the Shawn Michaels-Undertaker feud
Non-Title Hell in
a Cell Match:  “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn
Michaels (European Champion) pins The Undertaker when Kane Tombstones the
Undertaker at 29:57:
The winner of this match faces the WWF champion at
Survivor Series.  Commissioner Slaughter and referees look under the ring to make sure no one is
hiding there.  When the cage comes down
and the Undertaker makes his entrance, Michaels has second thoughts and wants
to leave, but there’s no chance of that and the Undertaker beats him from
pillar to post.  The male fans in the
audience roar when the Undertaker smashes Michaels back into the ring post and
then into the corner of the Cell repeatedly. 
Michaels rebounds by knocking the Undertaker into the cage and using the
ring steps and a chair to maintain the advantage and “build momentum.”  That only gets two, though, and Michaels gets
backdropped onto a cameraman, who he proceeds to beat up in a ruse to get the
Cell open so he can escape.  This is a
great spot, since it plays into Michaels hot headedness in big matches, and
McMahon does his part by sending his apologies and best wishes out to the cameraman’s
family in anticipation of a lawsuit.  The
crowd gets back into the match when they end up outside of the Cell and a
slingshot into it allows Michaels to cut himself open.  They battle on top of the Cell for a short
while, a spot which always makes me nervous because I fear that the Cell will
collapse under their weight at any moment, and the Undertaker has Michaels in a
gorilla press, but just slams him instead of tossing him off, which does not
really fit this feud.  Michaels leaves
that big bump for Mick Foley, but does fall off the side of the Cell and
through the Spanish announce table as Tito Santana looks on with his mouth
agape.  They go back into the Cell, with
Michaels a bloody mess, and the Undertaker smashes a chair over Michaels head,
but when he signals for the Tombstone the lights go out and Kane emerges with
Paul Bearer.  Kane, in a piece of booking
provided by Jim Cornette, walks down and rips off the Cell door, deck the
referee, and Tombstones the Undertaker, enabling Michaels to crawl over and get
a cowardly victory.  A shocking, violent,
and fitting ending to this feud and it begins the build for Undertaker-Kane at
WrestleMania XIV.  I’m on the fence about
giving this five stars, but it told a great story, Michaels blade job and bumping
were great, and the Kane interference was warranted and added to the
match.  Rating:  *****
The Final Report Card:  The single selling point of this show was
Hell in a Cell and that match delivered, but it took an agonizing two and a
half hours to get to that match.  Yes,
the opener is good, although other reviewers disagree on that point, but the
rest falls into average territory.  I’ll
give this one a neutral rating because the main event delivers, but you really
don’t need to seek out this show.  Just
watch Hell in a Cell to see the origins of that match and go watch something

Show Evaluation:  Neutral

I Have Issues 27

The 20 Greatest Superman Fights

Part 3

Superman VS. The Elite (Action Comics 775, 2001)
The Elite are are Super-group of anti Heroes modeled after the Authority. 

In a time when heroes are getting darker and more ruthless, Joe Kelly wrote this store to show everyone why everything Superman stands for is nothing to joke about or be ashamed of.

The Elite led by Manchester Black are killing villains and they butt heads with Superman every time  Finally the blue boy scout punches the Elite Member known as Hat and they challenge has been set. 
Meeting on Io, one of Jupiter’s moons, Black uses his considerable telekinetic abilities to throw Superman through several rock formations. Managerie sends some of symbiotic alien creatures to attack Supes who tears through them right before she slices him across the face with her claws. 

(Menagerie is essentially a cross between Witchblade and the Darkness in terms of powers.) 

The Elite known as Hat calls a stone idol down and Superman breaks through but falls to th ground in agony and Black causes him to have a stroke. Coldcast grips the Kryptonians head and shoots electromagnetics into his skull.
The Elite stand triumphant as they believe they just vaporized Superman. Suddenly Menagerie appears to spontaneously explode.
The wind picks up around the team and causes Hat’s lungs start to collapse. Then Coldcast disappears in a streak of red yellow and blue.
Superman wasn’t vaporized he just flew away so fast that no one could see him and then started attacking the team at speeds that would make the Flash say, “fuck! Slow down!”
Leaving only Manchester Black and a pissed off Superman, Supes uses his telescopic xray heat vision to essentially lobotomize the powers out of Blacks brain.

Black cries and tells Superman that he didn’t win, after all he just became what he hated about them. Superman explains that all he did was incapacitate The Elite, they will wake up in a ton of pain but still be alive. As for Black all he really did was give him a focused concussion. He just made him think he killed his team and violated his brain. 
In the end Superman proved that murder and ugliness in heroes is the easy way and that he will never stop fighting until the world is as good as he knows it can be. 
The fight and the message behind it was so cool they made a whole cartoon movie out of it.
Superman VS. Supergirl (well sort of.)(Action Comics 644, 1989)
The first post-crisis Supergirl was a shapeshifting being from another universe known as Matrix. 
Created by the Lex Luthor of that universe her mind was modeled after Lana Lang whom Lex was in love with. 
Ending up in the primary universe, she was raised by Martha and Jonathan Kent until she became mentally unbalanced and started to believe she was Clark Kent and changed her shape to match him.
The real Clark knows he has to stop her but as he is formulating a plan she blasts him with heat vision. After Clark recovers and reaches the house he finds that Matrix has taken his parents and Lana away. Finding them in an old abandoned rock quarry.
Best Scooby Doo location name ever!
Superman flies into the ground and comes up from the floor and knocks Matrix for a loop. Supes finds himself in a strange battle against a being that is inherently good but also actually believes herself to be the real Superman. Luckily for the actual really real Superman he is stronger and he shows it by sending Matrix through the roof and into the clouds. 
No pictures of this fight on the Net unfortunately, but here  is a custom figure to let you know what Matrix/Supergirl looks like.
Clark tries to reason with her but Matrix uses her invisibility and follows that up with a diving choke into the ground. As the two beings batter the living shit out of each other Lana is knocked down and trapped underneath a large piece of rafter.  Matrix rips a large pipe out of the ground and tosses it at Superman who corkscrew flies through it and punches  Matrix into next week! 

Superman uses the few extra minutes he just bought himself to save Lana and his parents from the collapsing quarry building. Matrix returns and Clark continues to try to reason with her even as she fires a full force psychokinetic blast from her hands. As Clark continues to walk through her blast he eventually talks her down and Matrix promptly disappears as she deems herself to be too dangerous. 

Superman VS. Captain Marvel (Kingdom Come # 4, 1996)
In what is the prettiest Superman fight on the list we have the Man of Steel versus the Mightiest Mortal. 
If you haven’t read Kingdom Come then stop reading this article and go to your local comic store and pick up a copy. Captain Marvel has been brainwashed in this Future/Elseworlds tale by Lex Luthor. As Superman goes to stop a supehuman war from taking place at the Gulag prison, he is intercepted by Marvel mid-flight  Even without Kal’s weakness against magic, Captain Marvel’s strength matches up pretty well against the Kryptonian. 
The two trade blows and go into a test of strength while Superman tries to reason with Batson. Marvel responds with a two handed punch that sends Supes across the ground.
Meanwhile the government fires atomic missiles to clear all the super-humans from the Earth in one shot.
Superman comes back with searing focuses heat vision that nearly fells Marvel, but the mightiest mortal calls down the thunder with a call of SHAZAM! Normally the thunder comes down and changes Marvel to Billy Batson and vice versa but Marvel cleverly uses super speed to get out of the way of the lighting and Superman takes the full brunt of it. 
Captain Marvel continues to strike Supes with the lightning to the point where the man of steel is bleeding from his nose and ears and down on all fours. Pushing up at the last second, Superman stops Marvel from moving and grips his face to stop him from changing again. 
In this instance Superman knows he could crush the human Billy easily but he is stopped when he hears the atomic bomb coming down. 

Heat vision doesn’t work so Superman is off to take out the bomb when Billy transforms back into Captain Marvel and makes the right decision in the end as he stops the bomb with his lightning.
The two tough guys of the DC universe have fought several times before and since.
I haven’t read most of them but another that’s worth mentioning is the short fight between the two in JLA 29
In this one Captain Marvel catches Superman by surprise and with a lot of luck and that whole magic vulnerability he takes him down.
As a side note back when I was a kid in the 80’s we had a fun arcade game for Superman that was two players.

God I loved that game!

By today’s standards the game is a pretty one note affair but the second player played a red version of Superman who me and my friends always referred to as Captain Marvel even though he was clearly Superman Red from that old story-line.

This zany story-line was repeated at the end of the energy Superman saga as well.

But I digress.

Speaking of two Supermen!

Superman VS. Superman (Infinite Crisis #5, 2006)
To go through the whole background behind the story line that led to this would require a retelling of the state of the DC universe in the 70’s and early 80’s as well as the synopsis of Crisis on Infinite Earths as well as Infinite Crisis. So the quick and dirty background for the uninitiated is that there were two Supermen. One from Earth 2 who was named Kal-L and was the Superman from the 30’s that was a member of the JSA and fought in World War 2. Of course now in modern times he is much older than the counterpart from the regular universe. 
The one from Earth 1 universe is known as Kal-El and he is the Superman we all know in his late 20’s early 30’s age range. 
In Infinite Crisis the Earth 2 Superman’s version of Lois Lane is deathly ill and Superman needs to find a cure but is convinced by his Luthor that it’s the heroes of the Earth 1’s fault. In trying to heal Lois he ends up on a recreation of his Earth 2 world. At first it appears Lois will recover but then she passes away and Kal-L screams so loud that Superman of Earth 1 can hear him and takes off. (To alleviate some confusion I am going to call Earth 2 Superman Kal and Earth 1 Superman, Superman.) 
Landing on Earth 2 Superman finds Kal in his grief and before he can reason with him he gets a car shoved into him, reminiscent of the first issue of Action Comics. 
The fight is a short and extremely emotional brawl between the two that destroys an entire city block until Wonder Woman stops by and Lasso’s Kal up and stops the fight from getting further out of hand and y’know cooler.
Which brings us to…
Superman VS. Superboy Prime (Infinite Crisis 7, 2006)
Ok now remember how I explained the two Supermen in the last part? Well now I have explain that there was an Earth called Earth Prime. Earth Prime was essentially our universe, the one where you’re reading this on your phone, laptop or what have you. This was until they created a character named Clark Kent who was a fan of Superman on his/our world and dressed up as such during a Halloween party. 
Halley’s Comet passes by and triggers Clark Kent’s Kryptonian abilities and he becomes the only hero of his world. (I actually really love this concept and wish we could have gotten more stories from it. We did get the great Kurt Busiek written Secret Identity but not much else. The concept is reminiscent of Counter Earth in Marvel.) 
So just like Kal-L Superman of Earth 2 in the battle above, Superboy Prime also comes to our universe but his mind becomes twisted and unstable. 
It takes the combined might of the Green Lantern Corps and both Supermen to take the insanely powerful villain down. 
Why is he so powerful you ask? Because he was Superboy pre-crisis before the power levels of all the characters were dialed back so they couldn’t just fly back in time and other Super friend’s bullshit like that.
Hmm, what powers will I have in this episode?

The battle takes place in space and the Supermen take a hold of Prime and fly him into the remnants of Krypton that is really just floating Kryptonite rocks. Prime laughs as he points out that the Kryponite of this universe doesn’t hurt him. They then fly him through a red sun and land on the planet that is a Green Lantern itself Mogo! 
Amazingly not a Grant Morrison idea.
Superman recovers first and as he goes to check on Kal gets blasted from behind by Prime with his supercharged swinging seventies power levels. Suddenly his heat vision stops working and Kal punches him from behind. Prime realizes that they flew him through the red sun to destroy his armor that allowed him to store solar power. Still a total powerhouse, Prime takes Kal down and starts a ground and pound that turns his face into a bloody butchered mess. Superman attacks Prime from behind tossing him from Kal. Prime responds with a backhanded fist full of kryptonite to Superman’s face as he strangles the man of steel to near death. 
Recovering enough to kick Prime away from him, the two Kryptonians go punch for punch. Even with Primes enhanced power levels Superman shows him that it takes more than power to be “Super”and drops Prime. 
Though the battle is not without loss as Kal dies from the the beating.
My favorite moment from Infinite Crisis is by far both Supermen teaming up to take down Doomsday fairly easily. 
The conclusion to the 20 greatest Superman fights is coming next week!

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Beard Painting of Bret the Hitman Hart

Hello Mr. Keith,

My name is Graham Clark and I am fan of your blog.

I paint using the beard that is currently on my face and then I sell these paintings and give the money to charity.

My most recent piece is of Bret the Hitman Hart and thought you might be interested. All the proceeds will go to the flood relief effort happening in Alberta right now, which is where Bret hails from.

You can see it here: http://beardpaintings.com/post/53778129970

Keep up the great work.

-Graham Clark
What more could I possibly add to this?

Wrestlers being undiplomatic

Hey Scott,

Other than the 1984 David Schultz interview in which he slapped the reporter who insisted wrestling was fake, are there any other instances where a pro wrestler has lost his cool during a press interview? The only other examples I can find are Vader in Kuwait and Randy Orton in Mexico. Maybe the BODers can help? Thanks

Vince McMahon lost his shit on Bob Costas during the XFL era and that's worth a look on YouTube.  

Yearly Review: WWF July 1989

A title change occurs before SummerSlam.

WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
Hogan successfully defended the WWF World Championship against former WWF Intercontinental Champion Honky Tonk Man at SNME #22. Hogan prevailed after hitting Honky with a guitar and followed up with a leg drop. Hogan’s night wasn’t over with as he would make an appearance later on in the show. Hogan’s friend Brutus Beefcake competed against Randy Savage on the show. Beefcake won by disqualification when Zeus came out and attacked Beefcake while he had a sleeper hold on Savage. Hogan returned to the ring and hit Zeus with a chair but didn’t have any effect. Hogan and Beefcake were able to clean out the ring after getting two steel chairs.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Rick Rude) 

There wasn’t any new developments between Rick Rude and Ultimate Warrior. They will be wrestling each other at SummerSlam next month.
However, a new feud for Rude was hinted at. During the July 19th taping of Wrestling Challenge, Rick Rude warned Roddy Piper to watch what he says about his manager Bobby Heenan.
On the house show market, Rude would compete against Jim Duggan while the Ultimate Warrior had quick main event matches against Andre the Giant. Rude would typically lose by disqualification while Warrior would win his matches by pin fall.

WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: Demolition) 

At SNME #22 Demolition’s title reign came to an end. The Brain Busters, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard, captured the championships in a best two out of three falls match. Andre the Giant got involved by tossing a chair into the match to help Anderson and Blanchard win the championships.

Other Happenings: 

– During the July 19th taping of WWF Superstars Ronnie Garvin was suspended for getting involved at SNME costing Greg Valentine a match against Jimmy Snuka. However, the suspension didn’t last long after Jack Tunney granted Valentine’s request to reinstate Garvin as a wrestler.
– Bret Hart and Mr. Perfect competed against each other on the house show market with the outcome being a draw each time.
– The blue collar Dusty Rhodes wrestled against the rich Ted DiBiase on the house show market. Rhodes would walk out victorious each time they wrestled.
– Rick Martel continued to get the better of Tito Santana on the house show market as well.
The month didn’t feature a lot of angle advancement with SummerSlam just around the corner.

Bob’s Opinion: 
It was nice to see the Brainbusters win the tag titles, though I thought it was also surprising. A match between the Brainbusters and Demolition at SummerSlam would have been nice to see. Regardless, Anderson and Blanchard will make for great champions and have some good matches with the tag teams in WWF.

A feud between Dusty Rhodes and Ted DiBiase was a no brainer. It’s just too bad that DiBiase wasn’t able to remain in the main event scene.

Not a lot going on here as we heads towards SummerSlam 1989. What are your memories of the WWF during this time?

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QOTD – June 24th, 2013

Greetings all. After seeing the disappointing Man of Steel, I needed to cleanse my pallet, so I finally saw Richard Donner’s cut of Superman II. Man, that’s one of the greatest super hero films of all time. Fantastic stuff. Plus, there’s no ridiculous Superkiss, making the film that much better alone. Anyway, on to the QOTD…

Today we have a question from a returning Gavin Lee.

“If WM30 is indeed going down the route of UT/Cena would that be a good time for the deadman to hang it up? They could even do a angle like if cena beats him the streak is over but UT beats cena his career is over. So that would be an awesome dilemma either take a loss and still have a career or keep the streak intact and retire. Also there has been discussion on the blog lately about the merits of mark Henry going in the HOF would Kane be a better inclusion?”

Oh, definitely. This should absolutely be Undertaker’s last match. I think that should not only the streak be over, but ‘Taker should have to retire. However, there has to be something else for Cena other than retire, because you know there’s no way that Cena would retire. So, perhaps something like Cena couldn’t challenge for the WWE title for a year. Either way, it’d be a hell of a match.

Kane definitely deserves HOF induction. He’s been around for over 15 years, wrestled every name in the business, and been involved in some pretty big angles. Plus, he’s been an absolute class act, and I’ve never heard a bad word spoken about the guy. Hell, he should get the inclusion for having to wrestle as a dentist with bad teeth, and a fake Kevin Nash.

How say you?

The SmarK RAW Rant–06.24.13

The SmarK RAW Rant – 06.24.13 Live from Charleston, SC Your hosts are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler & JBL Quick DVD review to start, as Sony sent me The Call due to my love and admiration for the previous WWE Studios releases, I guess. Now of course I’ve previously torn them a new one for pieces of garbage like The Marine and more recently 12 Rounds, but as much as I hate to say it…this was a pretty great movie. Even though I had seen the trailer (which basically gives away the entire plot), it was still a super-tense and well-paced thriller with a clever premise. If you haven’t seen the million trailers on RAW, Halle Berry is a 911 operator named Jordan who accidentally causes the kidnapping and eventual death of a woman during a home invasion, and feels so guilty about it that she retires to become a teacher. However, the same dude strikes again, and she happens to be there to step back into the headset one more time and talk another girl through a kidnapping. Now, clearly you have to accept some caveats here, like the LAPD apparently being completely incompetent and somehow not being able to track a disposable cell phone or find a car on the freeway. Whereas with something like 12 Rounds the writing was so insulting that I couldn’t suspend my disbelief, The Call ratchets up the tension by throwing every obstacle in the way of the victim (and the poor kidnapper, who has EVERYTHING go wrong for him) and then going with the good old Saw leftover killing floor set for the final act. Yeah, it’s bunch of pieces of better movies sewn together, but Berry is a real actress doing real acting instead of a wrestler shooting on weekends between PPVs, and it shows. I never felt like the movie was insulting my intelligence, and the ending is pretty damn dark for this sort of thing. Normally you’d expect the cop boyfriend to swoop in and shoot the bad guy to save the day for the helpless ladies, but no, they go another way completely. I also appreciated that it wasn’t trying to be overly smart or tricky by doing the “Saw twist” with dramatic reveal at the end or anything. Just a straightforward “bad guy kidnaps girl, good guys try to catch him” movie, and for what it was I enjoyed the hell out of it. Plus Michael Imperioli is in it, and isn’t playing either a cop or a mobster. So it’s got that going on as well. Big thumbs up! Daniel Bryan v. Randy Orton Bryan gets PROMO TIME before the match, and Orton attacks and tosses him quickly. They quickly brawl and it’s a no-contest at 1:23. Meanwhile, Daniel Bryan is pissed off and either wants another match with Orton tonight or one with Maddox. So Vickie grants that, but Vince steps in and may or may not be against the idea. The Rhodes Scholars v. Sheamus & Christian Christian puts Cody down with a pair of shoulderblocks and goes after Sandow, but he’s a man of PEACE. So he lets Cody blindside Christian instead. Back in, the heels work Christian over while Lawler reminisces about Jackie Fargo. Sandow with the ELBOW OF DISDAIN for two. Hot tag Sheamus and he dumps Sandow for the forearms and then finishes Cody with the Brogue at 4:39. The crowd was just MOLTEN for this one. **1/2 Meanwhile, Vickie wants to put CM Punk in a match tonight, but he basically tells her to fuck off. Aksana v. Kaitlyn Kaitlyn quickly dumps Aksana, but her own music plays and AJ comes out dressed in a muscle suit. This is distracting enough for Aksana to get two, but the spear finishes for Kaitlyn at 1:25 anyway. This was all just fodder for the Divas show anyway, I’m sure. Alberto Del Rio v. Chris Jericho Jericho with a dropkick and he throws chops in the corner, and a suplex gets two. Del Rio pounds away in the corner and hits a running kick, but Jericho comes back with a missile dropkick for two. Del Rio bails, and Jericho misses a dive and hits the floor as we take a break. Back with Jericho hitting a knee to the gut and an enzuigiri for two. He goes up and Del Rio hits his own enzuigiri to put Jericho on the floor, as “kicking the other guy in the head” is becoming a theme for this match. Back in, Del Rio with a suplex for two and he hits the chinlock. They slug it out and Del Rio wins that and stomps him down for two. Back to the chinlock and Del Rio sends him into the corner for some trashtalking by Ricardo, but Jericho fights to the top and gets a crossbody for two. Jericho with a northern lights suplex for two. Del Rio charges and hits the post, but he blocks the codebreaker, so Jericho tries the Walls instead. Del Rio fights THAT off, too, and superkicks him for two. Jericho reverses the armbar into a bulldog, but the Lionsault hits knee, and the armbar looks to finish…but Jericho makes the ropes! And he reverses into the Walls, so Ricardo runs in for the DQ at 15:05. Holy crap that was a great match before the bad finish. ***1/2 Dolph Ziggler saves Jericho from a beatdown…and then turns on him with a Zig Zag. Not quite a babyface yet, I guess. I’m sensing a three-way in Philly. Meanwhile, COOHHH puts in his two cents on the Bryan situation, which of course is the opposite of what Vince wants. Team Brickie are out to introduce the cover for WWE 2K14, which sounds like a form that you have to fill out at tax time. Brad and Vickie both show their cover ideas, with Vickie sucking up to the McMahons and Brad sucking up to John Cena. Vickie also plugs an app vote for the Bryan-Orton match tonight, despite the crowd booing her non-stop. Anyway, the real cover has the Rock on it, just to squeeze every last cent out of him I guess. Ryback v. The Great Khali Khali pounds him in the corner and boots him down, then puts him down with a clothesline. Ryback comes back with a shot to the knee and finishes with the Shellshock at 2:14. That was almost a babyface performance by Ryback, as he took a beating and came back with a giant finisher to win. * Ryback might be a bit of a lost cause at this point, though. John Cena comes out for his usual interview and he’s upset with Mark Henry for fooling him, and the champ is yada yada. Brodus Clay & Tensai v. The Usos v. 3MB Winner of this gets a tag title shot at the PPV. Boy, that’s…uh…quite the tag division they’ve got going on now. They were building up to the Usos getting the shot at the last show and then dropped it for some reason, so you’d expect them to win the shot back here. Jimmy beats on Jinder, but Tensai lays him out and 3MB gets tossed. Brodus follows with an improbable dive off the apron and Tensai splashes Jimmy for two. Jey comes back with the flying splash to finish him at 1:58, however. I don’t see them being much of a challenge for the Shield. Match was nothing. ½* Paul Heyman and CM Punk are out to air their dirty laundry against each other, and Punk gives us a history lesson about Heyman standing up for him in 2006 ECW, and he’s gonna bring Brock Lesnar DOWN. He also thinks that Paul should tell the truth for once in his life, so Paul swears, ON HIS CHILDREN, that he didn’t know Brock would be there. And the great thing is that he’s clearly lying. Heyman claims that he kept Brock and Punk apart to prevent professional jealousy, and any problem that Brock has is Brock’s problem and Heyman is still Punk’s best friend. Punk decides to believe him and they hug it out. This was a weird and kind of meandering segment. Darren Young v. CM Punk Young pounds Punk in the corner, but Punk suplexes him for two. Young claims a knee injury and then hits Punk with a cheapshot and clotheslines him for two. Belly to belly suplex gets two. Young goes to a chinlock, and Punk misses a charge and hits the corner, and Young gets two. Punk suplexes out of a chinlock and goes up, but Young cuts him off AGAIN. The double knees gets two. Punk comes back with the high kick and taps him with the Anaconda Vice out of nowhere at 6:14. What a weird match. * The PTP try the beatdown, but Curtis Axel makes the save and the crowd doesn’t know what to make of any of this. This show has been dying on the vine since the ADR-Jericho match. Stephanie McMahon is out to introduce the MITB participants this year: CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Randy Orton, Christian, Kane, and RVD. That’s a hell of a match right there, but could that be any more anticlimactic of an announcement? Meanwhile, Ryback whines to Team Brickie about how he deserves yet another title match, but Jericho breaks in and we finally get the Ryback v. Jericho match that was rumored for Wrestlemania, in the battle of two guys who have nothing else going on. Mark Henry is out to call us all puppets and idiots and such. Yeah, tell us, Mark! Street Fight: Daniel Bryan v. Randy Orton Take 2. Orton tosses him and they brawl on the floor, where Orton quickly knocks him silly with a chairshot as we take a break. Back with Bryan taking more of a beating before coming back with kicks in the corner, but Orton tosses a chair at him to slow that down. They fight on the apron where a table sits ominously, and Bryan tries several times to dropkick Orton through the table, before finally powerbombing him into it instead. Back in, Bryan grabs a kendo stick and beats the hell out of Orton with that, until Orton suplexes him through a table to cut him off. They engage in fisticuffs and Orton wins that one with a dropkick. Bryan comes back and goes up, but Orton catches him with a powerbomb for two. He pounds away on the mat, but Bryan wraps him up with the No Lock to counter. Orton grabs the kendo stick to break and whacks on Bryan with that to set up the draping DDT. RKO is countered into a backslide for two. Bryan goes nuts with the kendo stick and puts Orton in the No Lock again, but Orton grabs the stick again, so this time Bryan grabs the stick himself and chokes Orton out with it for the clean submission at 16:35. Orton teases a heel turn, but then shakes his hand and endorses him instead. And now the push to the top, for real this time, begins. ***1/2 The Pulse Although as usual they should hack off an hour of this show and make it into the Main Event instead, two great long matches and nothing offensive makes this another good one.

Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog Of Doomers!

It’s going to be hard pressed for the Whiff to surpass what they did Monday night. The show was so good, moved so well that even the McMahons stuff didn’t bother me that much (eventually it will).

This week there will be lots of questions answered (I hope) about the impending Cena-Henry and Brock-Punk encounters. If they can keep those stories moving well AND provide some good matches I won’t complain.

Otherwise I was thinking on this TV title thing. It truly was an undervalued concept back in the day because it was a simple way to put over a midcarder without really giving them anything. Tully Blanchard, who held the title for damn near most of the mid-80s, would defend it against a mid-level guy on the Saturday night show. 10 minute match and Tully would mostly get the shit kicked out of him for 70% of the match, make the guy look like a million bucks and then time expires.

Sounds all great right? Here’s where the value of the concept works…A draw for Blanchard was considered a victory. Post match he would jump on the stick and brag about his ‘victory’ and how no one could beat him in under 10 minutes. So he wrestles a guy, puts the guys offense over like crazy, neither of them suffer the pinfall, the crowd completely loses their shit in the last two minutes with all these near falls…and no one gets damaged in the process. Blanchard “wins” by surviving and the guy that “lost” never gets pinned and is looked at in a positive light because he tried hard and had he just had 30 more seconds he could have won. The pessimist says Blanchard was lucky, the optimist says he was tough and conditioned. They are both right.

Would still work perfectly. And actually Curtis Axel would have been the PERFECT (no pun intended) guy to run with this concept. It would have been much better than guy lucks out with countout victory two minutes into match right?

Anyway that’s all I got. Enjoy the show, come out swinging and…keep it clean.

The Only Review of Payback That You’ll Ever Need

From now on I’ll be reviewing all TNA & WWE PPVs that Scott doesn’t. So, hoorah, no? [this question is not allowed to be answered by Cultstatus]

The PPV opens up with a
terribly corny mob guy speaking about payback in between promo videos for
Ryback vs. Cena and Jericho vs. Punk

Miz vs. Curtis Axel vs. Wade Barrett – IC Title

literally hate everything about The Miz. I hate his jacket, his catchphrase, I
hate the stupid way he walks to the ring, I hate his hand sign. I boo that man.
What I do not boo is the bit of Perfect’s music spliced into Curtis’ theme. Am
I the only one who feels that Barrett’s jacket really kills his cool factor?
It’s so out of place. Miz and Barrett start off the match, keeping things
crisp. Eventually, Barrett is out as Miz and Axel do damn well for themselves.
I’ve never seen Curtis wrestle, and if what I see here is any indication of
what he’s capable of, then he’s gonna be alright. Not sure if it was
intentional or not, but Axel does the Mr. Perfect “you kick my leg while
I’m holding the rope and I do a flip” spot. They eventually get all three
in the ring, and they continue to tear it up. Curtis almost gets Wade with the
Perfectplex, which causes the building to absolutely explode. Miz tries to tap
out Barrett with the Figure 4, but Axel comes in and pins Barrett, and the
crowd goes nuts. This was one HELL of a match. Really, it’s fantastic, marking
the first time since Jericho and Mysterio fought over the IC title that I felt
the belt was actually worth something. This one kept rolling without a hitch,
and is one of the best openers I’ve seen in a good long while. Hell of a way to
open the PPV. 
pins Barrett while Miz has him in the Figure 4 at 10:36  | ***1/2  A fantastic opener, with Curtis getting
a real chance to shine. Look for it. 

Triple H & Curtis have a stare down. Vince shows up, and he has the
pompadour back, which is good because he just wasn’t Vince with the Cesar cut. 

vs. AJ Lee – Divas Championship

starts the match by tossing AJ outside and then throwing her over the Spanish
announce table. It’s nice when the women actually show some passion. AJ quickly
turns the momentum to her side by goading Kaitlyn to chase her around ring
side, then climbing up the ring apron and leaping off it with a drop-kick to
Kaitlyn’s face as she rounds the corner. Back in, AJ hits her with a
neckbreaker, continues to hold it and brings Kaitlyn back up for another.
That’s what I like to see, distinctive, cool maneuvers that actually separate
one diva from another. Kaitlyn eventually earns her momentum back with a series
of harsh clotheslines, followed by a sweet Dean Malenko-style
off-the-shoulders-gut-buster. AJ soon puts Kaitlyn in the Black Widow
submission, which is great, but once she gets out she hits AJ with one of the
harshest spears I’ve ever seen. You know, the term to describe most divas is
hot, but AJ is the first one I’d say is sexy. Normally a girl needs more curves
to earn Caliber’s affection, but I can make an exception for AJ. I’m sure
she’ll be delighted to hear this. As for the match, AJ soon makes Kaitlyn tap
to the Black Widow, ending one of the best WWE women’s matches I’ve ever seen.
It was technical, hard-hitting, with little to no botching. A hell of an
effort. Great stuff. Naturally, Kaitlyn is distressed, and the Chicago crowd
tries to cheer her up with chants of “you tapped out”. She’s actually
not a bad actress, as she makes herself cry on command. These two are definite
forces Kaitlyn to tap out to the Black Widow submission at 9:56 |
***1/4 One hell of a woman’s match. They went out there and busted their asses.
I hope they keep this up

then get some jabber from the “Payback panel,” which I guess was part
of the pre-show. It looks like they’re trying to emulate those football pre- and
post-shows, where commentators and former/current football stars talk about the
game. I think it’s a great idea, and I’d watch a show that was entirely that. 

this Wyatt Family thing? Are they supposed to be like a heel version of Duck
Dynasty or something?

vs. Dean Ambrose [C] – US Championship

I know
someone in the comments section mentioned seeing a person in a “I’M A
CHRIS BENOIT GUY” T-shirt. I just saw him as Ambrose was coming through
the crowd. The only guy I want to punch more than the type who laughs at their
own jokes is the one who purposely tries to be offensive. As for this match, it
doesn’t have much going for it, to be honest. It’s rather basic. Kane is really
much better suited for tag teams. King finally makes the comparison we all made
months ago when he says Ambrose is like Ledger’s Joker. It’s a pretty basic Raw
match, really. It’s not terrible, and isn’t a blemish for the PPV, it just
doesn’t live up to what we’ve seen tonight. Pretty sweet DDT Ambrose hits on
Kane outside. As it goes, the DDT causes Kane to be unable to make the 10
count, thus a win for Ambrose. 
wins via count-out at 9:34 |
**1/4  Perfectly suitable match, but nothing worth seeking out

We get
the RVD video. I’m interested to see him back in the WWE, hopefully giving a
damn and getting a program with the likes of Punk or Jericho. 

Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler [C]  – WHC

Russo were writing this, Ziggler’s concussion would have him being all sorts of
confused, and he’d have him kiss Big E on his way to the ring because it’d draw
money and get him over. They really need to unify the WHC with the IC title,
and then make the IC title the belt. Bam, the IC title is worth what it was 25
years ago, and you don’t have two fucking world titles in your company. The
Twitter Ticker is so damn obnoxious and reeks of TRL.
Rio is fierce on Ziggler, giving him absolutely no chance to breathe, and
chasing him any time he gets but a few feet away. Dolph is acting like his
previous concussion is affecting him, which causes Alberto to beat the living
hell out of his skull. They’re clearly going for a double turn here. Del Rio
nails a…well, there’s no name for it, really. You act like you’re going to go
for a Scorpion Death Drop, but pick the person up and drop them down in a
Diamond Cutter. Except he did it from the top rope. Great moment when Ziggler
is outside and a trainer keeps trying to get him to stop the match and Ziggler
yells “NO! I’M FINE!” as Del Rio comes flying through the ropes, feet
first into Dolph’s skull. He soon wins the match by winding up and kicking
Dolph in the head. Really? The guy’s first defense and he loses? Why do they
hate him? Either way, this match made Dolph look gutsy as hell, and very much a
fighting champion. However, from a quality stand point it just wasn’t that
great. It was literally nothing but Del Rio kicking Ziggler in the head for 13
minutes. The double turn was interesting though. 
Rio boots Ziggler in the skull for the pin at 13:49 |
**3/4  They went a different way with this one, and went big on story
telling. I’m fine with that, but save it for TV

Punk vs. Chris Jericho

trade some mat wrestling in the beginning, with neither really able to hold the
momentum. Jericho is finally the first to build a little bit, but it’s cut
short with a neckbreaker from Punk. CM has an awesome moment when he whips
Jericho into the turnbuckle and delivers the running knee where he stays with
the opponent, then bulldogs him. Well, after delivering the knee, he looks to
Cole and says “vintage Punk!” The bulldog is stopped short by Jericho,
however. They trade submissions in a pretty sweet spot, followed by a few
finishers. Jericho hits a super Codebreaker when Punk does his clothesline from
the top-rope. I love stuff like that. An awesome finish soon comes afterward
when Punk hits a GTS on Jericho, causing him to stagger into the corner then
back out, where Punk grabs him for another GTS and the pin. Needless to say,
these guys went out and killed it again. It wasn’t as great as WM, or Extreme
Rules, but they completely brought the goods, without having to repeat any of
their other matches. Great stuff. 
hits Jericho with the GTS for the pin at 21:21 |
****1/4 This match is fantastic, definitely worth obtaining the PPV for.

Reigns & Seth Rollins [C] vs. Randy Orton & Daniel Bryan – WWE Tag Team

too bad D-Bry is saying ‘yes’ again, because this tag-team could have been
called RKNo. D-Bry and Reigns are in first, with Orton eventually tagging in.
An awesome moment soon comes when Orton attempts to put Reigns in the second
rope DDT, but then just throws him to the side like so much trash in order to
grab Rollins and give him the DDT. For the second time tonight, the crowd has a
booming chant for RVD. The Shield cuts the ring in half, keeping Randy on their
side for quite a while until Bryan is tagged in, and he does massive damage
with drop-kicks so big he almost leaps over the top rope. The finish sees D-Bry
eating a spear because of Orton, and then getting hit with…not sure what to
call it. It’s set up like a Fameasser, except Rollins runs at you, jumps and
steps on your head, then drives it down. Pretty interesting. As for the match,
it delivered. The Shield was dominant, and looked like tag champions should.
There wasn’t a slow moment, and serves as another bright spot on the PPV. 
pins D-Bry after a Stepmaster at 12:10 |
*** A solid match that did great things for all parties involved

vs. John Cena [C] – 3 Stages of Hell for the WWE Championship

has “Unlimited Energy” written on the straps of his singlet. How is
that supposed to scare or intimidate anyone? I don’t think anyone has ever been
afraid of a cup of coffee. Ryaback controls a good portion of the beginning,
keeping Cena down with his usual power offense. The first stand-out moment of
the match is when Ryback is thrown outside and causes a brawl between all 30
wrestlers. Cena then climbs to the top of the rope and jumps into the fray.
Back in, Cena goes for the STFU, but Ryback reveres it into the Shellshock for
the pin. I would have thought they wouldn’t be smart enough to have a guy
they’re trying to build actually pin the champ, but they were. Ryback brings in
a table, then both try to put one another through it to no avail, it’s finally
destroyed when Ryback throws steel stairs right through it as he was aiming for
Cena. Another one is destroyed the same way. I miss blood. This match needs
Cena gushing, and Ryback reveling in it, painting himself with it. Ryback is
finally driven through the table with the FU. He answers back by powerbombing
Cena through the announcers table, then dragging him to the ambulance where
they tear it apart in ridiculous but entertaining fashion. They battle to the
top where Cena delivers an FU that drives Ryback through the roof of the
ambulance, which is pretty sweet. Overall, not a bad match whatsoever. Ryback
looked very strong, even getting a clean pin on Cena. The tables and ambulance
match were more fitting to Ryback’s abilities and the more entertaining portion
of the 3 stages. A perfectly acceptable ending to a PPV that’s been stellar.
delivers an FU that puts Ryback through the ambulance roof for the win at 24:38
| ***1/4  A worthwhile main event that works in context of the PPV, but
nothing really worth hunting down alone

For a PPV that no one thought would be worth much, if anything, they
really came through. We got a fantastic opener, one of the best women’s matches
I’ve ever seen, another classic from Punk and Jericho, and an entertaining main
event. This is one that’s definitely worth checking out, and probably the
biggest surprise of the year.

As always, thanks to my editor, Steven Ferrari. He and I met while we were both training in the League of Shadows. However, we left because we both felt we could serve justice better by writing about wrestling & editing. 
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QOTD – June 24th, 2013

Today we’ve got a question from a Mr. Gavin Lee. He writes…

” In the UK my sports channel run sports events in 3d ie soccer, golf, 

f1 etc do you think WWE would transcend well in 3d? 
For like a special event such as mania? 
Would it pull more buys if the granddaddy if them all was in 3d?
Also would PPV's in general pull more buys if they were held on a Saturday? 
I for one would be more inclined to buy a PPV if it didn't have to go to work 
on a Monday cos PPV's finish at 4-5 am In my neck of the woods and it sorta 
loses its appeal if your not watching it live."
Honestly, I'm a sucker for some good 3D. I dig it. However, I'd be afraid if 
Vince were to try it,because he'd insist on doing gimmicky things that would 
take away from the match. If they left things alone and did standard 3D, 
then I'd be interested, and I think others too. 
As for the second part of your question, yeah, I always thought PPVs should be on 
Saturday. Especially during the Attitude Era. A good chunk of wrestling fans 
are older males, and the idea of getting together on a Saturday night, drinking, 
having a jolly time, and watching wrestling is a keen one. Also, parents are more 
likely to let their kids stay up late on a Saturday as opposed to a 
Sunday. So, why they haven't hoped on board with this is beyond me. Tradition, I suppose. 
How say you? 

MOTYC of the Day: Shibata vs. Goto

The video starts with the end of Naito vs. Yujiro, then you get Shibata vs. Goto, and Tanahashi vs. Devitt (w/ BulletClub).. good stuff..

Goddamn Tanahashi is just killing it this year.  I don't think he's gonna have any competition for Wrestler of the Year unless Daniel Bryan wins the WWE title.  Which will probably happen as well, so who knows.