–Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are wrapping up the tapings from West Palm Beach, Florida.
I love the Observer retrospectives from both your and Dave’s perspective, but I was curious how much of this stuff you already knew? Did you go back and reference the newsletters when you were writing your books or did you rely on your own expertise? I know these recaps do well on the blog and help pay the bills, but how much are you enjoying these on a personal level and how much of this is new info to you? Thanks!
The recaps are by far the most fun I’ve had doing the blog. I’m learning tons of new stuff because it’s impossible to retain all that info and news from the original times, and a lot was filtered through hotlines in a literal telephone game. I’m glad everyone enjoys them so much and I have no plans to stop.
December 27, 1989
Gene Okerlund is your host. The announcers of the match are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon
This was a pay-per view event that featured the “No Holds Barred” film and a tag team steel cage match of Macho King Randy Savage & Zeus vs. Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake.
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Chicago crowds always are so lively for wrestling. How did AWA not better utilize their proximity to Chicago to draw and present a better received product? Or did they do well in Chicago and just not tour there enough?
Will TNA start running Chicago more seeing as how if Jinder is over in Chicago, even their show has a chance?
AWA drew great in Chicago and ran there all the time. It’s just that Verne killed off the entire product.
Also, Jinder might be World champion, but it’s still far more likely than TNA ever drawing a crowd anywhere ever again.
One of my favorite parts of the brand split last summer was the return of the jobber matches. James Ellsworth got a job, Braun got over, and Nia Jax looked competent. We used to get 2 a show last summer on Raw, where’d they go?
Just another concept that Vince got bored of, I’m assuming. You’d think the fact that it managed to get BRAUN STROWMAN over would convince him to keep going with it, but nope.
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I was listening to the Lapsed Fan podcast today, and they were reading excerpts from Brock Lesnar’s book “Deathclutch”. Apparently Brock was mentored a lot by Curt Hennig, who gave him one piece of advice that stuck out to me the most: “Get in to get out.” Unfortunately Curt himself didn’t heed his own advice, and unfortunately no one ever gave that advice to the subject of this week’s issue, Kerry Von Erich.
So after months of running jokes and sadly watching him lose everything and everyone he loved in the business, it’s time to say goodbye to Kerry as well.
(As with the Andre issue, this is LENGTHY, so if you’re looking for the news, this isn’t the one for you. I normally paraphrase them down a LOT more, but this was one of the finest pieces of writing that Dave’s ever done and I want to share as much of it as I can.)
Trying to take a break from the Jinder talk, I figured I’d ask your opinion on your favorite comedy spots in matches. Eddie Guerrero pretty much takes the cake with this, especially during the Los Guerreros run. Although, if memory serves me correctly, King Kong Bundy once ordered the FIVE count and someone (probably Hogan) kicked out at 4 1/2 and the match continued. So anyway, what tickles your funny bone in matches?
- The Midnight Express unmercifully throwing jobbers back and forth out of the ring during squashes.
– In fact most of the classic Cornette routines from 84-90.
– Samoa Joe walking away from a crossbody out of the corner.
- Eddie hitting someone with a belt and then pretending that he’s the victim.
– Rock doing commentary for his own matches.
– Chris Jericho’s arrogant cover
May 22, 2017
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Howdy Blog O’Doomers!
Sadly we’ll likely have a Jinder-free night on RAW because he’s a Smackdown superstar but I’m sure you’ll still be talking about him in the night thread.
Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference Finals and Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Finals will also be on so talk amongst yourselves.
Keep it clean!
Who’s cornflakes did Becky Lynch take a shit in? Last year, they built the entire Smackdown Women’s Division around her. Now, she’s doing jobs to Natalia in multi-woman tag matches! What gives?
I dunno man, apparently she did some mysterious faux pas to piss someone off, no one really knows. It’s WWE, you can be blacklisted for sneezing at the wrong time.
Even though their match at Backlash had a crap finish, shouldn’t AJ Styles and Kevin Owens be in the Money in the Bank ladder match instead of facing each other at the next SD PPV? Otherwise you’re looking at a match with Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, and a bunch of jobbers. Unless they’re putting Shinsuke Nakamura in the match, in which case, doesn’t he have to win?
Who would you give the magic briefcase to this year? In a world where the third wheel in 3MB is WWE Champion, my vote is for Tye Dillinger because why not?
Yeah, a bunch of jobbers "and" Sami Zayn. You keep telling yourself that.
That being said, I think it’s gotta be Corbin. Is there any other serious contender? He’s the guy they want and fits the "cash in the shot because it’s only business" mentality perfectly.
If the plan originally (rumored), was for Vader to beat HBK at Summerslam for the title, was the next step still Sid winning at Survivor Series? Or who was next after Vader? Back to HBK? Or Joe Gomez? Just curious!
Vader was supposed to be Sid. He wasn’t going to win at SummerSlam, but he was going to be the guy to beat Shawn at Survivor Series, which is why the December show was It’s Time. And then he’d lose back to Shawn at the Rumble.
Carly sits down and watches WWF King of the Ring 1996. Find out her reaction to wrestlers like the Undertaker, Mankind, Goldust and more!