As pimped in the mailbag thread, here’s the awesome Aztec Warfare match from Lucha Underground, a ****+ crazy spectacular that blew the Rumble out of the water.
2015.01.07- Aztec Warfare- Lucha Underground by dixonkyle4
(and mournfully acknowledge that Prime is down just 6 episodes), I had
mentioned at the end of the Nitro-cap that I wanted to discuss the Giant’s turn
stupid heel turn I’ve ever seen, and in terms of execution, it was done ok. My
issue is that as a viewer, however, I want to be rewarded by slick writing.
This was lazy, akin to the Booty Man working as a secret agent on behalf of Hulkamania
for 2 years inside the Dungeon of Doom.
Hulk Hogan. Giant had spent over a year, working on exclusively that goal.
the World Heavyweight championship and going on an absolutely dominant run.
That came to an end, when he was cheated out of his glory by one Hollywood Hulk
Hogan just 3 weeks ago.
money, but that violates at least one part of his character arc; which is he’s
a demented freak along with the rest of the Dungeon loons, and their motivation
is clearly not for individual personal gain. I’m not opposed to character
growth, but we were led to believe that this guy was buddy buddy with Braun the
goddamn Leprechaun in his spare time.
Hogan promised 8 men total), but could they not have tapped in to any of the
other suspects instead? I realize the Colonel and Sherri are probably too
campy, DDP is probably too obvious, and Booker and Stevie are probably too
black, but there really was no rush here. DiBiase would have been a fine start,
and they could have just waited for the 1-2-3 Kid (oops, spoiler) so as to keep
the WWF-exclusivity alive for the time being.
point out that Giant did hint to it a little. He was frustrated that Savage did
nothing to help him at Hog Wild. Which, if he’d cited on Nitro, I’d find it a
LITTLE easier to stomach. But the writers seemed to forget their own prep work,
because Giant immediately started carrying on about owning a million cars and
getting movie parts, which would not seem to appeal much to the man. His pride came
from dominance. Nevertheless, here we are – The Giant is nWo, and Prime is
still on the air. Also still on the air? Johnny B Badd’s mug in the opening
wait for Fall Brawl where we’ll see the nWo against WCW! Dusty is concerned
about the well-being of this 100 year old company (here we go…). Dusty insists
that this is the final chapter. He also challenges them to try and show up on
Prime. Which of course would be impossible, since most of these matches were
taped a decade ago.
WCW!” on the way to the ring. I’m starting to see where the company went to
hell. Dusty promises we won’t see no twists and turns and flip flop n fly’s in
this match. NICK PATRICK is
refereeing here, though he’s clean shaven, despite the fact we just saw a giant
bushy moustache on Nitro. Also captivating is the “WCW WORLDWIDE” sign that
keeps sneaking into the frame atop the entranceway. I’m really going to miss
WCW Prime – where they couldn’t give less of a shit about any kind of
continuity or regular taping schedule, but STILL insisted the announcers try
and glue it into ongoing storylines. We have a double clothesline spot, but
Train recovers first and hulks up. Train Wreck finishes at 3:24. 1/2*
I loved? Disorderly Conduct. THEY should be on every show, NOT High Voltage. I
would ask the WCW booking committee to please stop putting them TV. Unless of
course they’re prepared to rip off the Festrunk brothers, what with their extra
tight singlet that enhances their bulges. Then I can go for it, ONLY if it
means Kimberly is back on TV. Rock uses a series of armdrags on Kaos
(“whirleeburlee!” announces Dusty), and Grunge hits a short arm clothesline for
2. Rage takes a double clothesline, but a Kaos distraction lets the neon green
team take over. Butterfly suplex gets 2. Kaos nearly scores an upset with a
dropkick on Rock, but Grunge saves. Rage calls for some high flying, but he
misses a pretty good looking swanton bomb. Grunge comes in with the hot tag,
and runs High Voltage over. Drive By finishes at 4:58. This was about 4:58 too long for my liking, though Dusty
salvages it by trying to sing TPE’s theme song. *
surprise that RON THE LEPRECHAUN
runs around the ring, because Dusty Rhodes is in the booth and he needs to
start squealing. And speaking of Dusty-isms, his calling of “The Laughing Man”
Leroy Howard gets a quality grin from me. The usual from Morrus, who refuses to
finish during the multiple times he has Howard down for the count, until he
hits No Laughing Matter at 2:06. DUD
Robert Parker) (for the WCW world tag-team titles) (in the Prime Cuts Moo Match
of the Week)
as an early nWo promo (the Denver Post one), and Dungeon of Doom segment (the
intro to Braun the Leprechaun) chewed up a lot of time. And my reward, is my
9000th viewing of the Steiners and Harlem Heat in the last month,
none of which have produced any fruit for me to date. Dusty and Cruise discuss
the merits of keeping Larry Zbyszko off the program, which is a nice
distraction from the actual match. Stevie starts with Scott, which is a change
to the usual formula since Booker often starts. Scotty powerslams him, and
turns things over to Rick, who immediately locks on a chinlock. Stevie thumbs
the eyes, and has run through his move-set already, so he tags in Booker.
Booker tries a leapfrog, but gets powerslammed mid-air. He steps out for some
air from the Colonel, while Rick bites the bottom rope. Back in, Booker does
the spinaroonie and nails Scott with the Harlem sidekick. Scott doesn’t care
for that nonsense, and hits a pumphandle slam for 2. The Heat use questionable
tactics to take control back while the referee is tied up with a whiny Rick
Steiner, and a powerslam from Stevie gets 2. Sidewalk slam brings in Booker,
who hits a legdrop off the second rope for 2. He goes to the well a second time,
and misses the second rope headbutt – giving Scotty enough time to tag in Rick.
Rick and Booker wind up alone, and he hits the top rope bulldog, but as always
that draws in the Colonel for the DQ at 5:49.
Make it stop, PLEASE make it stop. *1/2
next week we’ll talk a lot more about the New World Order. So, basically, it’ll
be the same thing as Nitro. Dusty tells the nWo this is where the big boys
play, and offers up Chris Cruise if they have the guts to collect. PLEASE let
this happen! We’ll find out next week if my wish comes true.
Renegade! VK Wallstreet! Hold on to your hats!
hosts are TONY SCHIAVONE and “SOBER” BOBBY HEENAN.
out of the hype? Shame on you, WCW! Gambler is carrying a massive deck of
cards, which he uses to throw in Renegade’s face – which could possibly cause
an eye contusion, or a vicious papercut. Still, Renegade is all over him, because
WCW sucks. We move to an extended armbar for some reason. Heenan does a good
job of selling the PPV, by suggesting that after this year’s Wargames,
officials will never allow it to happen again due to the bloodbath we are
likely to see. Then he goes off on a tangent about Gambler’s deck of cards.
Because he doesn’t bring all his cards, you have no idea how many cards he
actually has, and as a result you have no idea if he’s drawing, or is ready to
level you with his full house. Tony asks if we’re playing Crazy 8’s? “No, Crazy
Renegades.” “Will you stop?” “No, you folded.” Gambler runs Renegade’s face
across the ropes, and applies a head vice. Renegade tries to fight loose, so
Gambler chokes him instead. Renegade fights back with some wild punches, and follows
with a handspring back elbow. Running bulldog gets the win at 7:26. Renegade announces he’s back and
better than ever. I disagree. DUD
Johnny Boone. Probably a better career path, since he’s such a scrawny little
thing. The white tights and pink boots make him look like a ballet dancer. NICK PATRICK is your referee. The fans
chant “WALMART” because the applause sign told them to. Wallstreet rakes the
eyes, leaving Boone to swing wildly. An abdominal stretch is applied, with a
little rope leverage. Patrick doesn’t catch him. Wallstreet drops a leg on
Boone’s pooter, and turns to jaw with the fans. Boone scores a cheap roll up,
but it only gets 2. Stock Market Crash finishes at 2:52. 1/2*
know Duggan a lot over the last year, and on top of being a great champion,
he’s a very intelligent man. That sends Heenan into a laughing fit that lasts
the ENTIRE match. Every time he seems to have his breath back, Heenan collapses
again. Tony calls for the hook, because Bobby has lost himself. As it
progresses, everything Tony says makes it worse. “He’s a former US Champion”,
“he was a college football player”, it doesn’t matter, Heenan is DYING. “COLLEGE?!?
HAHAHAHAHA!” 3 point stance wins at 3:00.
Post-match, Duggan tapes his fist and clocks Strong, because he’s a poor sport.
***** for Heenan’s commentary. Even during the reply. “HERE’S YOUR COLLEGE
GRAD, FOOTBALL PLAYER, INTELLIGENT MAN, PFFFFFFFFFFFFTTT HAHAHAHAHA!”
Valentine, that’s just somebody who bought a robe and wants to look like him.”
THIS is why I love jobbers, they are there to be buried, and it doesn’t matter.
Norton throws some meaty chops, and follows with a powerslam. Clothesline
finishes at 1:55. I guess the
shoulderbreaker was out on that guy. DUD
and there’s lots of time left in the show. Heenan mentions that by hooking up
with Teddy Long, the bank account grows. Heenan: “Teddy Long’s, not yours. He’s
scamming off his wrestlers. This stays between you and me though, I don’t want
this getting out.” Tony: “I don’t believe you at all.” Heenan: “Really? What
was I saying about Hogan 6 months ago? And how do you feel about him now?”
Tony: “He’s a dirty rotten human being right now, Brain.” Heenan: “Exactly.
Long is scamming his wrestlers, believe me.” Pittman stands on Benoit’s throat
while working the arm, which I’m pretty sure is against the rules. Benoit comes
back by sweeping out the legs, and working it over, setting up a surfboard. The
fans chant USA, which makes Benoit scream at them to shut up. Pittman goes
behind, but Benoit hooks the ropes and elbows the Sarge in the eye. Benoit with
the chops, but Pittman reverses and mounts the corner. He gets off 6 punches
before Benoit has enough and hits an atomic drop. A back elbow gets 2. Belly to
belly overhead with a bridge gets 2. Benoit works a headlock, which Heenan
feels is a bad move. He’s found that anytime you hold Pittman’s head for an
extended period of time, within an hour, you want to go bowling. Pittman elbows
loose, tries a sunset flip but Benoit is in the ropes. Pittman gets something
going with an overhead belly to belly, but Benoit has enough energy to kick out
and keep going. This breaks down to a punchfest, but Pittman goes to the
Battering Ram. Code Red is threatened, but Benoit’s in the ropes. Back up,
Pittman hits a crossbody for 2. In the corner, Benoit throws both knees to
Pittman, and pins him with his feet on the ropes at 11:22. It’s official, Pittman can’t be carried. I’m disappointed
Benoit didn’t finish with the 69. **
Benoit/Mongo stepping back at Fall Brawl. Heenan says it’s because Mongo
understands being a team player as a former NFL champion, and figures it’s a
sign the nWo is on their way out. And are they? Tune into Nitro tomorrow to
excitement (SNAP INTO IT), and WCW brings a FULL 2-hour edition of Saturday
Night, due to the fact the Braves played (and got killed) at 12:05 in Wrigley.
Their loss is YOUR gain. Midcarders, Jobbers, and Mean Gene oh my!
the most recent nWo attack. Dusty wonders what Ted DiBiase has in store for us,
now that he’s stepped onto the “bowels of the battleship”.
line that DiBiase must be the fifth Horsemen, but Dusty’s skeptical because he
“knows the history of the Horsemen” and is aware there’s never been a fifth
Horseman. I’m delighted Dusty is here, because he throws out these utterly
pointless factoids, but sells it with such pride that you KNOW he’s proud of
himself for thinking outside the box. Giant wins with a Chokeslam at 1:52. Then Morrus climbs the buckle and
hits a moonsault. If this is all we get out of the Dungeon tonight, I’m cool
with that – but let’s not kid ourselves. DUD
Morrus. Hart tells Savage he’d better bring something bigger than a chair to
Fall Brawl, because what goes up must come down. Giant says he’s sick of taking
all the blame for the nWo, since Savage was far too scared to show up in
finds ICE TRAIN and TEDDY LONG. They gonna bring it at Fall
Brawl, in a Submission Match against Scott Norton. Seriously, this is STILL
going?!? Gene throws out “hey Teddy, great haircut” and Long, without breaking,
nods and says “thank you!”
chops for awhile, before Train grows bored and turns to the hiptoss. Powerslam
gets Train jacked, and he follows with a standing splash with some air! Train
throws Kurasawa’s shoulder to the buckle, and applies an arm breaker while
screaming Norton’s name. Kurasawa won’t tap, which probably doesn’t bode well
for Train’s chances at the PPV. Train drops a leg on the arm, and applies the
cross arm breaker for the win at 2:54.
Kurasawa has never been booked weaker, and he may want to consider returning to
Japan at this point. 1/2*
how giddy I get that Jerry Lynn uses the exact same music that Jerry Flynn
eventually would? Let’s see if Jericho can bust out of being a white bread
loser today, and actually accept the idea of winning a match. Jericho plants
him with a dropkick, while Tony announces they need to “pull out” for a
commercial. Ladies, I know you’re disappointed by Tony, but stick with this
recap, because I never pull out.
something of a half-crab when we’re back, but can’t get anything going, so he
hits a rana instead. Jericho ducks a crossbody, and hits a clothesline for 2. Jericho
hits a standing vertical suplex to show off his strength, and turns to the
chops. JL turns them around on Jericho, and hits a dropkick in the corner.
Tony, focusing on the nWo as usual, comes up with a smart idea; play out War
Games on the level, and once the entire squad is in the ring, send in everyone
from WCW to leave them in a bloody heap. If he didn’t announce it on TV in
front of the world, I’d call this brilliant. Meanwhile, Jericho hits a bulldog
off the apron that leaves JL dizzy. He rolls back in gingerly, where Jericho
meets him with a backdrop, followed by a senton backsplash. Up to the top, JL
dropkicks him off and to the floor, and follows behind with a plancha off the
buckle! Back in, JL rolls Jericho up, but it’s only 2. A back elbow drops
Jericho, and JL follows with a missile dropkick for a VERY close 2. Jericho
manages to fight out of something, hitting a fisherman’s buster, and he
finishes with the Lionsault at 6:52.
from the Star Trek doors getting beaten up by both Nastys. The backstage camera
shows that Scotty is laid out backstage. It should come as no surprise that
your referee here is NICK PATRICK.
Rick fights both guys with as many punches and suplexes as he can muster. HARLEM HEAT, with COLONEL ROBERT PARKER and SISTA
SHERRI all rush the ring, bringing the fight right to the Nastys. The bell
is rung as a shmoz, but nothing ever officially started this. I’d be fine if
they retired the tag-team belts at this point, I’m sick of all these teams.
Colonel says he hasn’t slept well in a week since the Nastys attacked Sherri,
and today, it starts. Parker offers the Nastys a job on his ranch, slaggin’ pig
pointing harder at DDP as an nWo guy at this point. He managed both Hall and
Nash. He had a mysterious benefactor that got him back on his feet (Ted
DiBiase?). Someone is helping the nWo in and out of the building. DDP has never
been seen during any of the carnage. Nick Patrick referees most of his matches;
albeit not this one (hi Mark Curtis!). He’s ALMOST as suspicious as that darn
Ultimate Dragon. Oh, there’s a match, yes. Kidman hits a springboard crossbody
and nearly scores an upset. DDP whips Kidman into the corner, and is right
behind with a shoulderblock to the midsection. A pumphandle backbreaker gets
DDP excited, but no one’s there to give him a rating out of 10. There’s been a
real emptiness to Page since Kimberly left him for Johnny B Badd, who is of
course leading the WCW version of the nWo in the WWF. Kidman manages a tornado
bulldog, and comes off the top with a crossbody, but DDP finds a Diamond Cutter
for the win at 4:02. He gives
himself a self-high-five after the match. Good man! **
DDP, who is still insisting he’s the Battlebowl Champion. DDP says if Eddie isn’t
man enough to take the ring, then he doesn’t deserve the title as champion.
Gene asks about the whereabouts of the ring, but Page claims he has no idea.
Page calls the Guerreros a bunch of zeroes. No monkey? I’m let down.
with JIMMY HART and KEVIN SULLIVAN. Sullivan insists on
interviewing Gene. He again repeats that if everyone had listened to him a year
and a half ago, we’d have no problems today. On that note, isn’t Gene the guy
who’s travelled with him through every major event of Hogan’s career? Wasn’t he
leading the ticker tape parade? Didn’t he idolize him? Gene admits it. Sullivan
mentions that Gene sells that he has inside scoops to the nWo to promote his
hotline, and suggests that Gene is not only still buddies with Hogan, but part
of the nWo. Gene freaks out and demands to talk to the Taskmaster, and NOT Johnny
Cochran. Sullivan tells the fans that the only person to blame for Hogan today
Train and Walker are close friends. I suspect it’s because they have a lot in
common, if you catch my drift. (It’s the fact they both love Hard Work!) Norton
wraps his giant arms around Walker’s melon, and chokes him in the ropes while
trash talking the entire time. However, he misses a blind charge, and Walker
springboards up, comes off the top … doing absolutely nothing in the process. Literally,
he jumped and landed behind Norton. No surprise we move to the shoulderbreaker
followed by a cross armbreaker at 3:48.
Same move as Ice Train. That should help sell the 40th rematch at
Fall Brawl between those two. DUD
Brawl, “MEAN” GENE OKERLUND welcomes
NICK PATRICK. This is turning into a
witch-hunt, at this point Patrick has nothing to lose by going nWo because
nobody trusts him anyway. Gene admits, if it wasn’t for himself, it’s possible
that nobody talks about his mistakes – but he’s tired of all these “little
mistakes”. Patrick reminds Gene that he has been cleared by WCW for every indiscretion,
and outside of Gene and Dusty, nobody else has been levying these ugly
accusations. Patrick brings up that Gene has long ties to the Outsiders. Gene
tells him they’re not here to talk about himself, but about Patrick. Patrick
says he drives a 94 American made car, and lives in a $125,000 house. Gene says
he saw Patrick in some Armani clothing. Patrick in turn mentions Gene was
driving a red Mercedes earlier. Gene: “That’s a rental car, pal!” Patrick: “Sure
it is.” Patrick is playing his role to a tee, who knew the referee could be so
room with a giant inflatable globe, which he’s kicking around because the nWo
have taken over the world. He brags about the nWo belt, poses with a baseball
bat, and calls it a “home run”. He spray paints out a WCW log (“World Crybabies
Wrestling”), and vows to leave Sting stung. “You gotta change with the times,
man.” Hogan says you have to take what you want, bond for business. Because
anything less, would be uncivilized.
FACES OF FEAR (with Jimmy Hart)
on the way to the ring: “Hawwwwf … mawchu maw maw”. The lousy Cobra attacks
Meng before the bell, and Pittman joins in. Hart screams “THIS AIN’T A HANDICAP
MATCH, REF DO SOMETHING!” – but thankfully Meng can take care of himself and he
stomps Cobra in the face. He might need some make-up to cover the mess that
probably made, he should look in to some face paint. Sting would be a good
person to speak to. Barbarian takes Pittman to the floor with a Cactus
clothesline. Back in, Meng punches away but Pittman no sells because his head
is just that hard. I’d love to watch these two have a headbutting contest, it
might go on for days. The savages hit a double headbutt off the corners, but
Cobra saves. A legdrop misses, and Pittman hits an atomic drop that allows him
enough time to tag Cobra. Dropkicks for everyone! Until Meng gives him some
Sweet Chin Music for the win at 4:37.
(for the WCW world television title)
white hot rage – shame on you American fans, trying to throw a real sportsman
off his game. Luger hits a back elbow, and roars, which makes Regal’s eyes pop
out of his head. Back to their feet, Regal tries to wring the arm, but Luger
puts him in a headlock. Luger hits a backslide for 2, and hits a pair of
armdrags which sends Regal out to take a powder (and insult a couple of
cameramen). Back in, they wind up in a test of strength, which ends on the
ground where Luger stomps on the hands. Regal holds them like they’re on fire,
blowing on them and begging off. They lock back up, Regal is powered to the
corner and immediately starts screaming “BREAK REF, BREAK!” As soon as Luger
releases, he gets a thumb to the eye, and Regal goes mental with a flurry of
punches and kicks, along with a lecture, Sunshine. A double knee to the face
drops Lex, but doesn’t finish much to Regal’s ire. A blind charge gets a Luger
kick to the face, and Regal is staggering like he’s just emerged from the pub
after a few dozen Guinness’s. A vertical suplex looks to finish, but Regal gets
his foot on the rope. Regal goes back to what works, with another thumb to the
eye, but this time Luger swings wildly with a clothesline and Regal hits the
floor. Luger follows, and that draws in THE
OUTSIDERS from the crowd!!! They throw Luger shoulder first to the
ringpost! Back in, Regal rolls Luger in, and scores the pin at 7:40!!!!! REGAL WINS! REGAL WINS!!!!
NEW CHAMPION!!!!!!! Dusty immediately starts asking whether or not Regal is
part of the nWo, but there’s no time to think about it because we head to the
Schiavone that he promised weeks ago there would be change coming, and exactly
as he stated, if Luger started bouncing his pecks around he’d rip his shoulders
off his frame. He says that Nick Patrick is a wonderful referee, and promises
to take the title all over the world, unlike Hogan or Flair who wait for people
to come to them. He promises to defend with honor and pride. He will go to
wrestle in the sandpits of India, or beat up any champion in Japan, because
this title will remain his as long as he “bloody well wants it to”. Tony has
enough and calls for the end of the show. I don’t see why, Regal just wants to
be a fighting champion. Shame on the biased announcers.
been waiting ALL WEEK since I spoiled at the tail end of last week’s edition
that both Maxx AND High Voltage would be here. I don’t want to leave you
salivating for these huge appearances any longer.
welcome us to Disney. And they waste NO time in setting us up for our opening
match, which could main event any arena in the country!
the first appearance of Southern Posse, which is made up of Bill Payne and
Butch Long. Singles matches have not been kind to these two – so let’s see how
they fare against the former tag-team champs. Morton single-handedly whoops
both members of the Posse, but he grows bored and goes to Gibson. We have some
heel miscommunication, and Gibson works over Long. Morton throws a running
elbow while Long is perched on the shoulders of Gibson, and gets 2. Payne trips
up Morton, and uses an assisted moonsault to get 2. Long comes back in, and
Payne slams him onto Morton with a legdrop for 2! Tony and Heenan start talking
about cheating in the match. Heenan: “You know a lot about cheating don’t you
Tony? You’ve had 8 very successful marriages.” Long misses a top rope legdrop,
and Morton makes the hot tag to Gibson who cleans house. An enzuigiri flattens
Payne, and a double dropkick scores the win at 5:06. Even against these losers (who gelled quite well actually),
the RnR can’t help but follow the usual script. **
spectacular about a show that features jobbers whose gimmicks are to rip off
old stars of the past, except that the person he’s impersonating appeared in
the LAST MATCH. Even Bobby can’t ignore this fact, by pointing out that he
looks like Ricky, but is of no relation. Also, he’s a “ham and egger”, Bobby’s
not-so code word for jobber. They’re not even pretending to be trying at this
point. Of course, that’s made clear the minute RON THE LEPRECHAUN starts running around the ring, and gnaws at the
leg of the cameraman before returning to wherever he came from. No continuation
of his ongoing feud with Todd? SHAME, WCW! Maxx wins with the full nelson at 2:25. Bobby shamefully compares this
goon to Ken Patera. DUD
to find a new stable, geez. Bubba calls Hogan the mastermind behind the nWo. Is
this actually a topic of conversation, trying to deduce who’s behind it all? Do
you figure Sting and Luger having late night conversations in their hotel room
while staring at the ceiling unable to sleep, trying to put their finger on who
came up with the nWo idea? That’s quickly brushed aside, the real story is that
Bubba wants his picture on Jimmy’s tie. Jimmy promises the whole sportscoat.
We’ll need to keep our eyes on this story.
hell did THIS emerge from? Is the match ever going to end if neither guy is
paid to win? This has the potential to make Chris Hero look like he lacks
stamina. Tony calls Powers a “great addition to WCW!” Christ, next he’ll be
selling Joe Gomez as “one upset away from being a World Champion!” Fernandez
hits a forward Russian legsweep – that’s PROBABLY his move – but Powers kicks
out at 2. Powers slams him head first to the buckle 10 times, and the fans
count-a-long because that’s what the sign told them to do. Powerslam gets the
win for Powers at 3:13. 1/2*
it, Powerplant Style. I kind of love the idea of a Powerplant invasion. Braun the
Leprechaun leads the charge of High Voltage, Kanyon, Lodi, The Renegade, David
Flair, and Chuck Palumbo as WCW’s Saviors against the nWo. In fact, why ISN’T
this exactly what’s happening? Friggin’ Luger and Sting aren’t doing much good,
it’s time to try anything. Heenan compares Iaukea to a Chia Pet, and complains
about the lack of shoes. Tony points out that Jimmy Snuka also worked without shoes.
Heenan: “Of course not, he couldn’t afford them!” Leroy Howard might be the
blackest of black names that the man could come up with – but it wasn’t racist
enough for ol’ Leroy, no sir. He’d go on to work on the indy circuit as
“Rastaman” and “Black Navy Seal”. WCW really should have used him as a key part
of their defense against Sonny Onoo’s lawsuit, by pointing out they refused to
let him work as Black Navy Seal. Sure, that was negated the minute they allowed
GI Bro, but I digress. No, I REALLY don’t want to recap this match, and I
won’t. Howard nearly kills Kaos when Rage clips him in the middle of a
powerslam, so he just drops him on his head instead. A springboard Hart Attack
finishes at 6:56. *
interview time with “MEAN” GENE OKERLUND
who is cleaning the dandruff off Gene’s shoulders. Gene tries laughing along
with him, but Morrus gives him the stink eye. This continues throughout the
interview. Okerlund asks Morrus if he gets along with Sullivan, and Morrus
starts laughing which sets Okerlund off and Morrus gets pissed at him asking
what the hell he finds so funny? Gene apologizes. Morrus pats him down and
tells him maybe they’ll see each other later, which gets Gene to relax, and
promise no more liberties with levity. I wish I could link to this interview,
my words are not doing justice to how great this was.
of Doom, you’ll love this edition of the show. NICK PATRICK is your referee, and with the controversy surrounding
the Nasty’s loyalties, maybe we’ll get some answers. Or not, it’s frickin’
Worldwide. Meng and Knobbs start, and we got CLUBBERIN’ TONY! Of course,
Dusty’s not here, but I’m trying to pinch hit. Saggs jumps in for the double
team, and everything’s throwing fists! Saggs headbutts Meng in the pooter, and
with Knobbs they run him over with a clothesline. Barbarian comes in for some
reason, despite no tag, and he gets clotheslined. They regroup, where Hart gives
them words of wisdom: “WE ARE THE DUNGEON OF DOOM! OOKA BACKA! OOKA BACKA!”
Back in, the Nastys hit a beautiful chop block / clothesline combo on
Barbarian, and Saggs works the leg like he’s Ric Flair or something. RON THE LEPRECHAUN makes another appearance,
this time to bite Jimmy Hart before disappearing again. Heenan: “We need to get
him to lay off the Maxwell House.” Somewhere in that, Meng came in and now he’s
clotheslining the last tooth out of Saggs’ head. Both teams spill to the floor,
but nothing develops. Tony starts trying to figure out where Nastyville is,
eventually settling on the fact that it’s a place in their mind – that the ring
is Nastyville, and wherever they are, as long as they are brawling, they’re
home. Let’s get Sigmund out of the booth, hmmm? Tony calls out Bobby on his
Nasty Boys hate, by asking “they’re not on your Christmas card list, are they?”
Bobby smartly replies: “Are they on yours?” and Tony is stuck tripping over his
hypocrisy with a meek “well, we’re not that close!” Meng slams Saggs, but
misses the follow up elbowdrop and in come Knobbs to clean house. Of course,
the only selling Meng’s ever done is for David Maus Toyota, so the hot tag is pointless. Hart winds up
causing a distraction, and Meng tosses Knobbs over the top for the STUPID over
the top DQ at 8:58. They haven’t
called that rule in months, what the hell WCW? Faces of Fear kill Saggs with
the double swandive headbutt, just to remind us they’ve been the best thing in
the tag-team division for the last year. *1/2
without even a reminder to watch Nitro. Which is good, because my recap on that
one is LIKELY to be late since I’m headed to the New York State Fair Tuesday.
Assuming I re-enter Canada without the assistance of an Ambulance after
consuming 3-weeks worth of calories and more transfats than anyone should put
back in a lifetime – then I’ll be back with that on Thursday.
WCW Saturday Night this week, and it’s going to be one of the most trying
recaps I’ve done since I started this project nearly 2 years ago. The video
quality of this show appears to have been recorded over a VHS tape that had
been used to record daily episodes of Another World for mom, before eventually
being deemed as unwatchable, and THEN passed down to little Jimmy (shout out
Ron-Truth!) to record his wrestling programs. Only after it was gnawed on by a
pitbull. This is worse than any episode of WCW Prime.
better, we are joined in progress featuring a match between …
killer pornstache. Has Winner been given clearance from the workers Union to
work with outside interests? And how do Chris Kanyon and Mark Starr feel about
this? NICK PATRICK is refereeing
this one – perhaps HE’S the evil influence that caused Mike Winner to scab. Or
perhaps this is all a red herring to distract us from the fact that the
Renegade sure seemed chummy with Joe Gomez, Jim Powers, and Alex Wright a few
weeks back on Nitro, posing for gay calendar ads. Thankfully, Dusty Rhodes
decides that this match isn’t really worth our time by pointing out there is
nothing at stake in this match, and the outcome isn’t in question (he’s team
Rough and Ready). So he does as WCW is wont to do, and talks about the nWo. A
double spike piledriver finishes Winner at 4:23
of what aired. Dusty sums up the match: “The bottom line on this, is that
Nick Patrick is on the take.”
vows revenge on Colonel Parker, and “uhhhhh … DO I HAVE TO SAY IT?!?” Yes, he
successfully forgot Sista Sherri’s name. Gene quickly ends this disaster.
answers from NICK PATRICK concerning
his recent actions where the nWo are concerned. Patrick says he’s been a WCW
employee for 8 years, and wonders why his integrity is suddenly being
questioned now? Tony says he thinks Hogan gave up at the Clash, and Patrick
admits that’s the real controversy. Patrick is sick to death of Gene Okerlund’s
accusations, and thinks that WCW needs to keep a close eye on HIM since he’s an
outsider himself. All valid points.
Eye of the Tiger”. He remains directionless as Sting has not embraced the STANG
gimmick just yet. Walker dances around with his fast feet, and Regal
hilariously tries to keep up before just walking away in disgust. They lock up,
which only serves to get Walker lectured from the superior Brit. Fans chant
USA, in a nice twist, it’s a completely appropriate time. Regal applies the
headscissors to Walker, but he uses his athleticism to stand on his head and
kip up straight from the mat. Regal responds by not giving a shit, and threatens
to beat up the fans with his massive fists instead of paying any kind of
attention to this match. He’d do well as an announcer. Thumb to the eye sets up
a European uppercut. Walker dodges a charge, and hits a slingshot headscissors
takeover which causes this well-worn VHS tape to lose all audio and most of the
picture. Through the fog, I make out a missed corner senton from Walker, and
Regal scoring the pin off that at 3:38.
The post-match interview is completely muted thanks to father time and his
miserable EP dub. *
(for the WCW world television title)
title defense in forever. He fought Riggs on the July 29th edition
of Prime, and I couldn’t tell you whether or not that match was for the belt.
The last certain documented match I have is from the July
15th Nitro, and I would be willing to bet we can count his title
defenses on one hand since he took the belt from the MIA Johnny B Badd back in
the early spring. Dave Taylor would be an excellent place to start anew. The
volume of European uppercuts on a per-show basis would rise at a previously
uncharted rate. I’m giddy just thinking about this. And lo and behold, my man
Taylor takes the lead with a European uppercut, but then he succumbs to his
biggest weakness … the lack of a follow up move. Luger rallies with a
clothesline, but Taylor kicks him in the face and heads up. OMG! HERE IT COMES!
SWANDIVE … NO – Luger moves, and Racks Taylor at 2:46. To hell with you, Lex Luger. DUD
THE NEW WORLD ORDER:
wearing an old school Hogan ballcap, which he symbolically rips off to show off
his new Hollywood do-rag. He’s found a Hogan foam finger, and spray-paints over
the WCW belt on that. Hogan promises not just 4 guys at Wargames, but 5. And to
close, he rips off the Right Guard commercial, by holding up the spray paint
and stating “anything less would be uncivilized”.
are TONY SCHIAVONE and DUSTY RHODES. You’ll be pleased to know
they are alive and well. Dusty talks about the time he had his leg broken
inside War Games, and he had to be air lifted out of the arena. Don’t be
shocked, Dusty’s favorite topic is Dusty.
decided to book the entire women’s division to compete in this one match, but
let’s see if they are able to make it work. Sonny trips up Madusa, and Nakano
beats her down with the nunchucks while the referee feeds it to Sonny. Nakano
throws Madusa around by the hair for awhile, before hitting the Leaning Tower
for 2. Nakano bites Madusa’s head, and gives her a vertical suplex for 2.
Nakano manages to somehow apply a standing bow and arrow while keeping a
Sharpshooter locked, but Madusa won’t tap because apparently her joints are
made of the iPhone6, and can’t be broken. Outside the ring, Nakano whips Madusa
into the ringsteps, and heads back in to finish. Madusa tries a sunset flip,
but Nakano just Banzai’s her for 2. Nakano heads up, but Madusa whips her off
the top with a standing headscissors. Thankfully, Nakano is finally able to
finish with a powerbomb and gets the pin with her feet on the ropes at 4:07. **
for Sonny’s thoughts on the nWo. Sonny: “Nippon Wrestling Organization?” Gene
asks about his deep pockets, Sonny figures he might buy California next. He
wants all the belts, but says he’ll start with the Women’s Title (women’s
title?!?). Nakano says something, which Sonny translates is that Bull
understands she submits to Japanese men and should be at home cooking. Gene: “Have
you ever sampled her, uhh, home cooking?” Fantastic segue, Gene-o.
still kicking around at this point. He nails Dragon with a rana and kicks him
to the floor. Back in, JL goes to finish with a Vertabreaker (whoa!!!), but
Dragon slips aside … and it’s noticed at this point that NICK PATRICK is the referee as Sonny trips up JL right in front of
him. Dragon goes up to finish but he gets a foot to the throat on his way down.
Dragon retaliates with a spinning heel kick sending JL to the floor, and a
swinging baseball slide sets up a plancha. Back in, a super rana gets 2! JL
hits a German suplex with a bridge, but that only gets 2. He misses a dive, and
Dragon ties him up with La Majistral. Dragon suplex finishes at 4:33. ** You know, if DDP wasn’t such
an obvious candidate, I’d be fully on board with the Ultimate Dragon as the nWo’s
4th man theory.
the Dungeon of Doom, JIMMY HART is
being introduced to HUGH MORRUS by KEVIN SULLIVAN. I’m sorry, we’re supposed
to believe he doesn’t know the man he’s been managing for a year? Then,
Sullivan lines up the FACES OF FEAR,
and declares this the most dominant group in the history of all things. Gotta
admire his ambition.
DUNGEON OF DOOM (with Jimmy Hart)
are your Dungeon members tonight. NICK
PATRICK is your referee here. RON
THE LEPRECHAUN runs around ringside, bites Jimmy Hart in the ass, and
rushes to the back. I think Braun and I are just about finished. The announcers
talk up his match from WCW Main Event last week. Meanwhile, Barbarian is moving
around the ring with the speed of a luchadore, and pretty much taking care of
business all by himself. Kaos takes a pretty nasty powerbomb from Barbarian,
and Bubba finishes with the Bossman slam at 3:21. * Barbarian had been a quiet star for the last couple of
day in WCW history. After months of operating alone, Konnan has embraced the
double N! I remain exceptionally frustrated by Men Not At Work, who apparently
do NOT understand that team work triumphs over personal gain. Of course, their
combined 0-192 record this year as singles wrestlers back me up, and there WAS
that time Men At Work got a win and I was happy, and then Konnan does some
ridiculous(ly stupid) headscissors thing for the pin at 1:33. DUD
Elizabeth, and NOT Debra McMichael even though Dave Penzer announces her) (for
the WCW United States title)
champion! He’s defended his title more frequently in the 6 weeks he’s held this
belt than Luger has in 6 months, take note Flexy Lex. Deano starts with a
series of takedowns that have Flair running around lost – but Ric eventually
finds his bearings and styles as only he can. Malenko dropkicks Flair, which
sends him to the floor to kill a little time. They trade hammerlocks which Ric
loses, and he finds himself locked in a headlock with nowhere to go. Malenko
breaks and backdrops Flair, who begs for mercy … and pokes Dean in the eye!
That starts a series of deliberate knife edges, but Malenko punches out and
Flair flops. A dropkick misses when Flair hooks the ropes, and Flair goes for
the figure four, but Malenko hooks the leg and packages Flair for 2. Dean slaps
on an abdominal stretch, and turns that into a backslide for 2. Flair tosses
Malenko to the floor, and goes for a piledriver on the cement(!), but Dean is
able to backdrop him – thankfully sparing his neck. Back in, Flair goes up …
ooh Ric, you fool. The inevitable happens, and then Malenko goes for a
springboard dropkick but he misses by a half inch and lands on his knee. Still,
he shakes it off and nails a missile dropkick off the top. A backdrop sets up
the Cloverleaf, but Woman is quick to claw his eyes while the referee is
checking on Ric – and Naitch kicks him to the floor. CHRIS BENOIT rushes down while Woman keeps the referees eyes
elsewhere, and he snap suplexes Malenko on the floor. Malenko is rolled in, and
Flair puts his feet on the ropes cuz that’s how he rolls, and the champ retains
at 7:30. *** That was fun.
cuz after a replay, Tony sends us off the air. Well that’s rude and abrupt! I
didn’t even get to say goodbye to Gene!
Bet you didn’t know about this one.
I just had to include this as the Promo of the Day. Bet Savage didn’t need much in the way of scripting to accuse Hogan of lusting after Elizabeth before blindsiding him with the belt. Fan-fucking-tastic.
I’m pretty sure you already reviewed this from some Coliseum video but thought it would make for a good match of the day
Sure, why not?
Came across this on You Tube. Dennis Condrey asking Jim Cornette " Do you know who this is" while in an arm bar was great. Whatever became of the mysterious James brothers?
They changed their name to the Armstrong Brothers? We will literally never have a way to find out who were under the masks anyway, so it's kind of a moot point. I mean, the detective work needed to penetrate those disguises would bankrupt Scotland Yard.
|That’s not Brother Love. Honest|
Good news! I’m back to getting e-mails typically sent to Scott that are good topics for the blog, and with today being a kind of slow day, I figured I’d drop one of them now.
Scott,Who do you think should be the Mount Rushmore of wrestling? I am biased because I am from the U.S. and do not know much about international wrestling. Here is my list: Gotch, Thesz, Gagne, Sammartino, Andre the Giant, Hogan, Flair, and Cena.
Well, person who e-mailed Scott and gets me instead, I should start off by noting that there are only four faces on Mount Rushmore, and you’ve listed 8 names, so I am unsure if you’re really American.
1. George Washington – Our commanding general during the American Revolution and an American Hero, despite technically having a losing record in battle. The First president of the United States, hater of cherry trees, and possessor of false teeth.
Much like George Washington, Bruno Sammartino was THE pioneer of Professional Wrestling. For all intents and purposes, modern history books start *here* when it comes to ‘name’ status among professional wrestlers. Like Washington, he didn’t raise the bar or change the game, he more-or-less created it.
2. Thomas Jefferson – wrote the Declaration of independence, was something of a ladies man, and had a heated and bitter, but mutually respectful feud with John Adams. Certainly an important American figure with a kind of…seedy personal life.
Bret Hart figuratively wrote the declaration of Independence for Professional Wrestling. It was through him, and Stu Hart’s dungeon of doom that the idea of the 6’5 300 pound muscle-head wrestler stopped being the only game in town. Bret was a technician and worked fast-paced matches that were a breath of fresh air to the kind of ‘methodical’ pacing of the Main event Scene. Toss in his rivalry with Shawn Michaels, and what they both meant to professional wrestling as a whole, and you need to have the excellence of execution on that mountain.
3. Teddy Roosevelt – Has a passion for trees, forests, nature, and all things wildlife – especially when he gets to hunt and kill the wildlife. Known for openly complaining that American Men were losing touch with their ruggedness, once proclaiming they “were becoming too office-bound, too complacent, too comfortable with physical ease and moral laxity, and were failing in their duties to propagate the race and exhibit masculine vigor.
Stone Cold Steve Austin is our 13 year old selves turned up to 400. Loud mouthed, ribald, itching for a fight, beer drinkin’, cussin’, flippin the finger, huntin’ drivin’ big fucking machines like forklifts, buses, zambonies, and office chairs, pro wrestling’s quintessential ‘man’ is Stone Cold Steve Austin, who captured the “id” of wrestling fans, and regular people, across the globe. Plus his podcast is dedicated to the ‘workin’ man, which is what Teddy R. was all about, too.
4. Abraham Lincoln – The man who freed the slaves, won the civil war, and got popped in the back of the head by a mad man because reasons.. Interestingly enough, Mr. Lincoln was a wrestler back in his day. How he managed to do all this while secretly killing vampires, who knows.
Jesus. Who freed wrestling’s slaves? Who fought a civil war and won? Who fought vampires, ran for office, and had his life and career tragically cut short? Eddie Guerrero.
When Eddie beat Brock Lesnar for the world title, it seemed like finally anything was possible in the WWE. While Jericho was the first ‘undisputed’ champion, his reign felt luke-warm at best – despite going over Austin and The Rock in the same night. But Eddie, with a pinfall over Brock Lesnar and a World Title, freed the proverbial ‘vanilla midget’ slaves. The guys we grew up idolizing who seemed to get buried again and again – Jericho, Eddie, Benoit, Rob Van Dam, were finally equal in the eyes of the WWE Management – with the true validation coming at that years Wrestlemania, where two wrestlers we knew and loved and rooted for, embraced in the main event, clutching their World Titles.
And while Eddie never fought vampires, he fought demons, and unfortunately they took their toll on the man’s larger-than-life heart.
There’s my votes for Wrestling’s Mount Rushmore, based on who’s already on the mountain, and why. I may have a few details wrong because I did a tiny bit of research but not a lot, and I’m up for debate.
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For those who’ve never seen it, this is a very famous home video shot by Jimmy Garvin backstage during the Bash 88 tour with the Crockett crew fucking around and performing while being on what can only be charitably described as a very concerning amount of blow. It’s a far cry from the video games and script rehearsals of today’s shows.