Evening Thread – Sunday Edition

Tonight, on the Network live stream, it’s Summerslam ’92. Also, the Ricky Steamboat doc was uploaded to the library last night, if you didn’t catch it.

MLB Sunday night action sees the Dodgers take on the Giants, with just half a game separating the two in the NL West. Jake Peavy makes his Giants debut in this one.

True Blood and The Leftovers on HBO, SyFy features Sharkmania: The Top 15 Biggest Baddest Bloodiest Bites.

I’m just fishing for stuff. It’s your thread about nothing!

WWF Championship Wrestling August 2nd, 1986

August 2, 1986


Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

Tonight, we will have a special interview with Hulk Hogan. Plus, the American Express, King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd are in action. Also, Harley Race and Billy Jack Haynes are in action too.

Roger Kirby & Steve Lombardi vs. American Express


The American Express no longer have “Born in the USA” as a theme song, with “Stars and Stripes Forever” replacing that. The American Express take turns beating on Lombardi until Rotundo missed an elbow drop. Kirby tags in and lands a few shots but Rotundo ducks a chop and comes back with a crossbody. Spivey tags and they hit a double dropkick. Spivey then gets trapped in the opposing corner but he fights back then tags Rotundo, who catches Kirby in an airplane spin for the win (3:26).

Thoughts: Without “Born in the USA” as their theme song, the entrance for the American Express fell flat. Match was nothing special and the crowd was not into Spivey.

WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week’s topic is Jake Roberts and how devastating his DDT is and how fast he is rising in the WWF ranks. They show a clip of Jake saying that he plays by his own rules and that he puts the snake on people’s bodies after he beats them because he gets off on it, then asks Gene if he does.

Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Tony Garea & Jose Luis Rivera


Garea hits Brett with a crossbody after an Irish whip sequence. He then holds on to Brett’s arm after he picked him up for a slam then tags Rivera. The Anvil tags as Vince talks about Brett’s greasy hair and Rivera takes him down. Rivera trips up Brett then the Anvil goes to work as we are shown an insert promo from Jimmy Hart putting over the Hart Foundation and how they will be the next Tag Team Champions. The Anvil knocks Rivera through the ropes and Brett rolls him back into the ring and shortly after that, they put him away with the Hart Attack (2:33).

Thoughts: They were pushing the Hart Foundation as a top team here and it was a dominant performance.

Ken Resnick runs down the card for next week’s Boston Garden show and brings out Hulk Hogan. Hulk first apologizes to the Galaxy Gym for bringing in George Steele, who messed up the gym. He then says that Adrian Adonis & Randy Savage “stink” and that Steele and himself with beat them in Boston.

Jim Haley vs. Billy Jack Haynes


Billy knocks down Haley to start and Haley fucks up the next spot as Billy bounced off of the ropes but instead of getting up to take the next move, he just rolled on his back and Billy hit him with an elbow drop. Billy grabs a chinlock as the announcers talk about Billy’s physique and strength. Billy hits a dropkick then goes back to the chinlock. Haley gets in a bit of offense but Billy nearly rips his head off with a clothesline then makes Haley submit to the full nelson (3:29).

Thoughts: Not much of a match and Haley is one of the worst jobbers ever. I saw him have a horrible squash match with Ricky Steamboat the year prior. Anyway, the fans were not that into Billy Jack tonight, despite a few signs being shown in the crowd.

Resnick is with Ricky Steamboat, who says that Jake does not cherish life and promises to get revenge at the Boston Garden.

“Handsome” Harley Race w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Chris Duffy


Heenan makes Finkle refer to Race as the “King of Wrestling” which was due to Race winning the “King of the Ring” tournament. Race slams Duffy then puts on a chinlock. Race catches Duffy with a dropkick then piledrives him before roughing him up in the corner. Race hits a powerslam then tosses Duffy into the corner and after that he finishes him with a cradle suplex (2:53).

Thoughts: Race was slow and methodical in the ring and maybe too old to fit into the WWF at this time. He at least acclimated better than Dory Funk. Duffy was actually the guy who played the Santa Claus on RAW that Steve Austin stunned. Sadly, Duffy passed away in 2000 at the age of 36.

The Flower Shop with guest Junkyard Dog. JYD rambles on and is difficult to understand as he calls Adonis and woman then yells at Hart. Adonis cracks some lame dog jokes at the expense of JYD then tries to have Hart spray him but JYD swats him away. Hart then tries to attack JYD from behind but that fails and Adonis gets shoved down as JYD prances away with a rose in his mouth. This was quite terrible.

We are at the gym with Vince, wearing a track suit, interviewing Hogan about what happened with Paul Orndorff. Hogan talks about how they used to train together and how their families broke bread together at Thanksgiving. They show clips of all the events that led to Orndorff turning on Hogan. Back to Hogan, he said that Orndorff sounded unreasonable when he called him at the gym then they show more of the events that led to the turn, with Hogan calling Orndorff a “one-man ego trip” when he refused to tag out in their match against the Moondogs. He then said that Orndorff only left him a note and had not seen him for three days before their match against Studd & Bundy, calling himself a fool for not seeing what was happening. Hogan then says that Orndorff was on the verge of greatness but sold out instead. Hogan then says that Orndorff will never beat Hulkamania and that he does not take shortcuts and will take him out for good. Hogan did a great job and this was a superb piece overall.

Brickhouse Brown & Buddy Ryder vs. King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd


The match starts with Bundy taking control of Ryder as an insert promo of Lanny Poffo talking about Studd & Bundy and the Machines is shown. Poffo refers to Heenan as a “pompous ass” and says he calls him “Bobby the Butt.” Studd beats on Duffy then tags Bundy, who knocks Brickhouse off of the apron then they double team Ryder until Bundy hits the Avalanche then a splash for the win. About two minutes shown.

Thoughts: Just a match for Bundy & Studd to look strong going into their feud against the Machines.

Resnick is with Jimmy Hart, who comes out with Randy Savage and Adonis. Savage talks about how he and Adonis will beat Steele & Hogan as Adonis pokes fun at the Red Sox for slipping in the standings. Adonis then calls Steele a “retard” and they both guarantee victory in Boston.

Just as they recap the show, Freddie Blassie interrupts Bruno and Vince to say that he has found someone to buy half of the contracts that belong to the Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff.

Next week in action are Tito Santana & Pedro Morales, The Dream Team, and Randy Savage.

Final Thoughts: Good show. The whole Orndorff/Hogan recap was a masterpiece. They did a great job presenting everything that led to the turn. They made you want to see Hogan seek revenge on Orndorff. They did not have the Machines appear this week and only a brief mention of them happened in the Studd & Bundy match. “The Flower Shop” also started another feud, this time between JYD and Adonis, which ended up being far from memorable. Everything else was really just filler but the Hogan/Orndorff stuff was phenomenal.

Here is a schedule of my upcoming reviews:

Tuesday: WWF Championship Wrestling 8/9/86
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Shawn Daivari
Friday: WWF Championship Wrestling 8/16/86
Saturday: RoH Honor Invades Boston 8/24/02
Sunday: WWF Championship Wrestling 8/23/86

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Saturday Night’s Main Event Countdown: #18

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event – November 26 1988 – Are you KIDDING me? They just happen to show the one SNME that I don’t have a copy of and have never reviewed? (Unfortunately they aired probably the worst one of all time.)  Seriously, this channel is like Christmas every single day. – Taped from Sacramento, CA. – Your hosts are Vince & Jesse. WWF Intercontinental title: Ultimate Warrior v. Super Ninja. Some dumbass on Wikipedia keeps posting that Ninja was Keiji Mutoh, although I’ve always heard it was Rip Oliver doing a quick job. Mutoh did have a stint in Florida as “Super Ninja”, but this guy is clearly way bigger than Mutoh was in 1988. The Ninja tries a lame superkick to start and Warrior totally no-sells it and tosses him on his head, then boots him out of the ring. Back in, Warrior elbows him down and then hits him with a super-stiff clothesline, then finishes with the gorilla press and splash at 2:08. Ninja might as well have been a mannequin out there. DUD  (Seriously, what was the point of starting with a Warrior squash when he was hot off winning the IC title?)  – Let us take you back to Ted Dibiase buying Hercules as a slave, which didn’t work out very well for anyone involved. Where’s Abe Lincoln when you need him?  Hercules v. Virgil. Odd that a black man would be fighting for his rich boss’s right to buy slaves. Ah, irony. Hercules notes in his pre-match promo that each link in his chain represents a victory in the ring. Geez, he’d been wrestling for like 8 years at that point, so that’s not really something to be proud of. (Sounds about right, though.)  Dibiase attacks to start, but Hercules cleans house and totally ignores Virgil, going after Ted instead. Back in, Herc slugs away on Virgil and elbows him down, then drops an elbow and pounds away on the mat. Back to Dibiase again as Herc keeps getting distracted, but he goes back to Virgil and kneelifts him. He throws clotheslines as poor Virgil bumps all over the place with no offense, and Herc no-sells his brief comeback. Running powerslam finishes clean at 3:22. Another total squash. 1/2* Hercules was pretty over thanks to sympathy heat, but they overplayed their hand and tried to push him at a level he wasn’t ready for as a babyface, and it ruined him.  (And speaking of Hercules, I was reading the Observer from 11/94 trying to figure out if there was something weird around the Kid-Backlund match at the time, and one of the tidbits that I had forgotten about was that Hercules was being brought in to play Razor Ramon’s old Cuban gangbanger friend who would now be his rival, presumably because he sold out to the man or something.  That’s…not bad, actually.)  WWF World title: Randy Savage v. Andre the Giant. Ugly pea-soup green tights for Macho tonight, my least favourite variant. Savage tries the boxing in the corner, but Andre boots him down and grabs a facelock in the corner. Andre rams him in the corner, but Savage hits him with a knee to the back before Andre goes back to his facelock again. Andre switches to the choking with the strap and headbutts him, but Savage keeps fighting in the corner. Andre headbutts him again and goes back to choking, but Randy uses a jawjacker to break free. He slugs away in the corner, but Andre chokes him down again. Savage goes up with the double axehandle as Jake Roberts joins us to further that ridiculous feud. So the match grinds to a halt as the ref kicks Roberts out and we take a break. Back with Savage jumping Andre from behind while Bobby searches for the snake. Andre smacks Savage down and gets all worked up about the snake while Heenan tears ringside apart. Savage uses the distraction to keep on the attack, but he can’t take Andre off his feet. Savage chases after Heenan and gets attacked by Andre again as a result, and finally Bobby finds Damian. And it turns into a big schmoz at 8:42 with everyone running in. Decent enough, but it didn’t actually lead to a finish and Savage looked really weak selling like a jobber for Andre at that point in both of their careers. ** Savage, the World champion, got no significant offense in, which would have been fine if it lead to him getting the big come-from-behind win, but it didn’t.  (They had a much better match on a couple of the house shows taped for TV airing, actually.)  Flag Match: Hacksaw Duggan v. Boris Zhukov. Slugfest to start and Duggan gets the atomic drop, sending Boris to the floor. Boris comes back with a boot and drops an elbow, but Duggan sidesteps him, only to miss his own elbow. Boris slugs away in the corner, but Duggan follows with a clothesline coming out and slams him to set up the three-point clothesline to finish at 2:49. Yeah. 1/4* – Brother Love interviews Slick (with Jive Soul Bro sadly omitted again) and Hulk Hogan, so they can debate the recent attack by Big Bossman. Love asking questions and then cutting Hulk off is really funny stuff. Hogan cutting off Love is less funny. But then I’m biased anyway. And then of course Hulk the sportsman beats up little Slick and little Brother Love because he’s a big man and Bossman isn’t around to stop him. The Young Stallions v. The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers. The Rougeaus announce their American citizenship before the match, which sadly means no theme song yet. We’ve got limited time left so this should be squashtastic as well. Jacques overpowers Powers to start and dropkicks him, but Powers hammers away in the corner. Jimmy Hart hits him in the leg with the megaphone to break that up, and the Rougeaus take over in the corner with the abdominal stretch and superkick combo. Raymond works on the back and Jacques gets a back elbow for two. He misses a crossbody, however, and it’s hot jobber tag to Roma. He powerslams Jacques and goes up with a missile dropkick on Raymond for two, and it’s BONZO GONZO. La Bombe De Les Rougeaus finishes at 3:07, however. Quick and not particularly interesting. *1/2 – We wrap things up with angry words from Andre, menacing words from Jake Roberts, and Hulk Hogan saying “brother” and “man” a lot. The Pulse: I won’t go so far as to call this the worst SNME I’ve ever seen, but it’s close enough that I can definitely call it a strong recommendation to avoid at all costs.  (I’d call it one of the worst, although crap like the 1990 ones with the depleted roster really gave this one a run for its money.) 

SNME – Wrestlemania 3

Hi Scott,

Hope all is well. With the recent uploads of SNME to the network, I noticed something strange. Why on earth, during the awesome March 14, 1987 episode, did they NOT promote WrestleMania 3 at all?? It was network tv and the words Wrestlemania were never uttered. They mentioned things like "Piper is soon retiring," and "one day Hogan will meet Andre one-on-one soon" but they never mentioned the biggest event ever less than two weeks from the air date. I know they taped the show in late-February, but post-production would add all the details.  Did NBC not want them promoting outside ppv ventures?
​Could be.  You also have to keep in mind that PPV was a very different animal at that point, too, with much of the business being closed circuit airings rather than the limited in-home PPV that we think of today.  NBC might have considered it competition to their Sunday night schedule?  That being said, Wrestlemania III still did a 10% buyrate out of the limited universe available (only about a million people at the time had PPV capability and approximately 100,000 of them ordered the show), which would translate today to roughly 10 million people ordering the show, so whatever their strategy was, it worked.  

QOTD #37: Changing History

Today’s Question:
If you could change one
match result from wrestling history, which would it be, and why?
We’ll get into the nitty gritty of that tomorrow. Start the
discussion right away by scrolling to the end of this. Otherwise, stick around
to talk about the ladies.

Yesterday, I asked you about the best women’s match you ever
saw? The responses varied from the WWE crowd, to the International crowd, as
you’d expect. Here’s what you said…
jobber123: Sasha Grey vs Bree Olson
Last I heard, Charlie Sheen was winning.
James: Lita vs.Trish Stratus, the match that main
evented Raw in 2004.
MrJustinB: Trish vs Lita, for Trish’s retirement is a
long time favorite of mine.
Lots of love for the Trish / Lita series that dominated the
WWE’s ladies division for nearly 5 years. Lita was always a little sloppy, but
Trish was a ring general who was able to keep it contained – and what resulted
was the absolute pinnacle of women’s wrestling on the mainstream circuit.
WILLYOUSTOP?!?: Jumping Bomb Angels v. Glamour Girls from
Royal Rumble ’88 for a North American match.
This one was brought up tons throughout the comments; and if
you’ve never seen it, you’re missing out on something special. The fact that
Vince didn’t see money in these ladies, and build the entire division around
them is a travesty.
DJ Sprite: As great as the Lita/Trish matches were,
Lita vs. Stephanie McMahon in the main event of raw is the greatest. Rock as
the special ref. Interference from Austin and HHH, the hardy boyz, and the pop
when Lita won. First time women ever main evented raw and they stole the damn
show.
This was actually a big, big deal at the time. It was obviously
a ballsy move to put the women in the main event of RAW when they still had WCW
on the other channel, though the blow was softened by having Rocky and Hunter
hanging around. The fans were absolutely rabid, and as noted, the pop was
incredible. Really made the division feel special again, even for a minute.
ONITA100: Megumi Kudo vs. Combat Toyoda (No Rope
Electrified Barbed Wire Match) From 1996, been my favorite womens match since I
first saw it in the late 90’s on a bootleg tape, so I doubt anything I will see
even in the future will top it. Absolutely brutal match that is LOADED with
emotion. Just wild. They both busted their asses to a level you wont ever see a
diva reach. The chemistry between them is great, and their matches always have
that Sting/Vader vibe. And for note, the sacrifice spot at 25:55 in the vid I
posted is one of my favorite spots ever

Holy … shit. That was a little uncomfortable to watch. I
think I’m part of the macho boat who never wants to see the women *really* get
their asses kicked, and this was a lot to watch. Great match, but I don’t think
I could do it again.
Eric Von Erich: Dynamite Kansai & Mayumi Ozaki &
Cuty Suzuki & Hikari Fukuoka (JWP team) vs. Aja Kong & Kyoko Inoue
& Takako Inoue & Sakie Hasegawa (AJW team) from 7/31/93. It starts off
with the “first attack,” which is four separate five-minute singles
matches. There are no “winners” in these singles matches. If you beat
your opponent your team gets a point and you keep wrestling until the five
minutes are up. After the first attack, it turns into an 8 woman ironman-rules
tag match. The team with the most points at the end of 60:00 is declared the
winner. Great action throughout and perfect booking of the falls. It’s a unique
format that I wish WWE would use for a PPV main event.
Bud, you lost me just explaining the rules. If I need it
written down, and a math teacher standing over my shoulder taking me through
what’s going on, it’s probably too much for me. But, we’ll let the readers
decide.
joedust: Micke James v. Trish Stratus is probably the
best women’s match of this era. It had a very strong angle leading into it and
the match was awesome. Mickie James in particular exclled in her role, and the
crowd gave her a babyface reaction when she won. I always loved that they
thought that Micke’s unwanted advances towards Trish would make Mickie a heel.
TONS of love from the board here. The angle was perfect. A
couple years earlier, they had tried to create the creepy stalker angle against
Trish with Victoria, and while it worked, they outdid themselves here. The
not-so-secretly in love with Trish Stratus Mickie James played her role to
perfection. And after months of subtle, and not so subtle advances, it all
plays out on the biggest stage of them all with the mock cunnilingus in the
middle of a hard fought, excellent match. Of course, this is the same company
that didn’t try to hide Edge’s boner the following year during his live sex
celebration – so class wasn’t exactly a top priority for the WWE a decade ago.
Elmo Machete: Not the “best” by any means, but
my favorite is probably Trish/Steph. It took everybody by surprise and had NO
reason to be as good as it was. That neckbreaker from Regal was siiick.
We’ve covered this at least two other times in QOTD
previously, but yes, this really left everyone in shock. I think we all expected
the usual ladies catfight, and we wound up with a pretty good brawl.
TheQatarian: Another in the “not necessarily the
best, but certainly different” department: the Ivory/Tori hardcore match
from a late-night Raw. This match had a little fire and hatred to it, which is
something that has always generally been lacking in the women’s division.
Sadly, the feud didn’t go anywhere.
Michael Weyer: Victoria vs Trish, Survivor’s Series 2002 as
they just beat the hell out of each other in a fun brawl.
Survivor Series 2002 is probably the PPV I’ve found has the
most rewatchability over the last 10 years, because every match hits the point.
Trish and Victoria was outstanding, as Trish was completely in the groove by
this point making everyone look good except Jackie Gayda. Another great choice.
It’s nice to remember that the women don’t always bring the
drek, and that there are a number of really talented women out there who take
your entertainment very seriously. Thanks for everyone’s participation in the
thread today. Enjoy your Sunday, and I’ll be back tomorrow.

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–11.14.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 11.14.94 Taped from Bushkill, PA. The crowd on the hard camera side is already thinning out severely in week 2 of the tapings. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Ted Dibiase For some reason, this episode had “technical difficulties” and thus we miss the entire Bob Backlund v. 1-2-3 Kid match, joining it only after Bob gets the submission with the chickenwing. OK, conspiracy nuts, what’s the deal with the missing 10 minutes at the beginning of the show? Was someone bleeding or wearing a Chris Benoit shirt or something? Anyway, we pick it up with Backlund going nuts on the Kid and Bret Hart making the save before laying Bob out in the aisle and putting the Sharpshooter on him. Mabel v. The Blue Phantom Now, previously the Phantom was Black, so maybe he’s just telling more dirty jokes backstage? Oscar’s rap is surprisingly coherent this week, as he recaps the members of Mabel’s Survivor Series team. The Phantom gets some kicks in while Dibiase compares Mabel to Barney the Dinosaur, which is actually referencing a particularly mean rib that the other wrestlers would do to Mabel backstage. Mabel splashes the Phantom at 2:00. Survivor Series Report with Todd. Nothing new here, although given how little I remember about this show I’ll probably redo it after the next RAW. Jeff Jarrett v. Gary Sabaugh What’s with the Stallion getting so much work on RAW here? He actually gets a hiptoss and slam, but Jarrett chokes him down and gets a suplex for two. Stallion with a sunset flip for two, but he misses a dropkick and Jarrett goes to work on the leg, finishing with the figure-four at 3:11. Meanwhile, IRS cuts one last promo on the poor guy who is getting buried. No, not Daniel Bryan. The King’s Court with Owen & Bulldog. Not as a team yet, of course. They’re having a TOWEL-BEARER debate and WHAT THE FUCK is with Bulldog’s outfit? Is he going to a cheerleading competition after the show? The Portugese Man of War, Aldo Montoya debuts in a squash we don’t see for some reason (what the hell?) and Ted Dibiase tries to buy him for the Corporation, but he’s only for sale to Paul Heyman! Alundra Blayze, dressed like a gangster moll, is headed to Tokyo to defend the Women’s title (which she would lose there, by the way) and we wrap it up. So we ended up with FIVE MINUTES of wrestling after everything was cut out of this show. Thanks, WWE Network! Next week: Razor Ramon v. Diesel!

Cesaro swing?

WWE in a nutshell: at Wrestlemania Cesaro gets a big moment where he turns on Swagger, and Zeb and WINS the Andre Battle Royal.  He becomes a Heyman guy, gets a new nickname, and has the most over move on the roster.  So when Bryan went down they started jobbing him, he stopping doing the swing, suddenly drops Heyman and now he's getting eliminated from Battle Royals by Heath F'n Slater!!!
Now the reports are Cesaro was told to stop doing the swing because "It got too over"!?!?   This is the same company that says no one gets over and runs back to Cena and Orton.  Why do they keep sabotaging their own guys?   Zack Ryder got over.  Destroyed.  Cesaro gets over, told to stop.  Bray got over, Cena cut his balls off.  The only reason Cena and Batista got their runs is because they got over and Vince ran with them.  What is wrong with this stupid company?

​You know man, there's a reason why I have more fun watching old SNMEs from 1987 and RAW from 94.  I was deeply into Cesaro after WM, and I gave up caring about him a long time ago. I suspect I'm not alone.  ​

Ring of Honor Crowning a Champion July 27th, 2002

July 27, 2002
Murphy Rec Center Philadelphia, PA

Tonight, the first ever RoH Champion will be crowned in a four-way, sixty minute iron man match between Low Ki, Christopher Daniels, Spanky, and Doug Williams. 

Low Ki starts with a promo about his memorable matches so far in RoH. He then tells Christopher Daniels that he will never be the champion as long as he is around and that tonight, the only thing his opponents can do is be ready.
A highlight package of the competitors in the Championship Match is shown set to an awful techno sound.
Steve Corino is backstage with Simply Luscious. He tells us that the big question in RoH is what’s going on between himself and Simply Luscious. He says that the chemistry is there and that her relationship with Christopher Daniels is business as part of the Prophecy but his business with her is personal. It ends with them kissing.
The Christopher St. Connection are talking about practicing on bananas. They open a door and see Special K dancing around (They were not yet named at this point). One of the CSC guys get’s their banana stolen.
Tony Mamaluke and James Maritato are backstage when the Natural Born Sinners arrive. They ask Maritato about shooting as Mamaluke tells the Sinners that the only thing they know about shooting is with a gun in a dark alley. Homicide challenges them to a tag match in Boston (Actually, the show was in Wakefield, MA, about fifteen minutes North of Boston) and while Maritato says that he would never tag with Mamaluke as he wants to keep the FBI gimmick going, a challenge was made and the match will happen.
Jeremy Lopez vs. Tony Mamaluke
This match does not feature commentary. Lopez wrestled some matches on WCW Saturday Night in 2000 and I am shocked that he never wound up working for TNA during their infancy as basically everyone who was based out of the South got at least one TNA match. Match starts with both guys taking it to the mat. Lopez is noticeably shorter than Mamaluke. Lopez puts Mamaluke in a bow-and-arrow lock then they go back and forth on the mat until Mamaluke works a side headlock. Lopez is hanging over the bottom rope then Mamaluke hits a slingshot leg drop. Lopez blocks a suplex attempt then comes back with a discus forearm smash that gets two. Neckbreaker gets two. Lopez places Mamaluke on top but ends up getting hit with a tornado DDT. Loepz then takes down Mamaluke and locks on a crossface. Lopez then chops Mamaluke until he gets taken down by a hiptoss. Mamaluke goes to work on the arm. Lopez blocks a tornado DDT then hits Mamaluke with a double underhook DDT that gets two. Tiger Driver gets two! They trade go behinds until Mamaluke hits a double underhook DDT then turns that into a Butterfly Stretch for the win via submission (7:24) **1/4.
Thoughts: A decent enough match to start off the show. A lot of it was mat based but still enjoyable.
Backstage, the Christopher St. Connection offer Divine Storm bananas after hitting on them. A lot of the CSC on this show tonight.
Prince Nana & Jacobs Ladder vs. Christian York & Joey Matthews w/ Alexis Laree
The crowd chants “Low Ki killed you” at Nana. Jacobs is covered in tattoos and bald. Never heard of the guy but a quick search on the web reveals that he has wrestled some death matches for IWA Mid-South several years ago. Nana gets on the mic and asks his opponents not to hit him as he has permanent injuries but he and his partner end up jumping York and Matthews. Nana chops Matthews in the corner then the match breaks down as Nana gets hit with a double enziguiri and rolls out of the ring and heads up the aisle then Matthews puts Ladder across his shoulders as York comes off of the top with a leg drop for the win (1:45) DUD.
Thoughts: A waste of time, really. This was all just a set up for the following segment and to start a storyline for Nana, who was not getting over.
Backstage, the Christopher St. Connection try to help out Nana, who is pissed and orders them to stay away. The CSC then arrive to the ring with Allison Danger and kiss a few guys in the stands before arriving in the ring to confront York, Matthews, and Laree. The CSC then say that they find one of York & Matthews attractive but Danger says they are not “butch” enough for the CSC and that sparks a catfight between Laree and Danger then York & Matthews beat up the CSC. The crowd and commentary wasn’t as homophobic as usual. The CSC win that then go in the ring and bend Laree over their knee as Danger puts sparkles on her hand and spanks her.
The TWA guys arrive to the arena as Michael Shane acts like he is better than everyone else, including his partner Bio-Hazard, who then complains about Shane to Rudy Boy Gonzalez.
Michael Shane & Bio-Hazard vs. Paul London & Don Juan
Whoever scores the pinfall wins an RoH contract. Bio-Hazard and London start off then Shane tags as they trade stuff until London takes Shane down with a pair of armdrags. We are then shown Shane outside with his partner as London hits them with a flip dive, nearly killing himself in the process. No wonder London is the way he is today. Dude half-killed himself doing these moves. Back inside, Shane stomps Don Juan as Corino rags on TWA trainer Rudy Boy Gonzalez. London tags and Shane sends him into the corner with an overhead suplex. Bio-Hazard and kills London with a back suplex that gets two. London escapes and tags Juan, who gets hit with a jawbreaker then a Northern lights suplex. Shane tags and gets two with a superplex. Bio-Hazard tags and hits a snap suplex then he and Shane keep tagging each other in as the winner of this gets a contract with the company. Juan gets his knees up on a springboard moonsault then makes the tag. London goes wild and busts out a dropsault and a moonsault. Shane catches London with a super kick. Bio-Hazard tags but London kicks him down. Shane breaks up a pinfall attempt then stretches out London with Charlie Haas’ old finishing move (Haas of Pain) until Juan breaks that up. The match breaks down again then London breaks up Juan’s pinfall and they argue but as that happens, Shane catches Juan with an enziguiri then immediately after that London hits Bio-Hazard with a DDT and the ref counts to three as there are two pin attempts going on but Shane gets the win as he had the pin first (8:34) *3/4. After the match, Shane grabs the mic and calls out Spanky because he is in the Championship match and is not as good as him. Shane then likens himself to his cousin, Shawn Michaels, but London grabs the mic and talks about his outstanding moves and this leads to a brawl that is eventually broken up by Rudy Boy Gonzalez. The camera follows them all to the locker room as they have a war of words. Rudy Boy then says they will face each other at the next show.
Thoughts: The match itself was disjointed but this set up the feud between Shane and London, which ended up being very good for RoH and put both guys on the map. It also helped make London a valuable commodity in the world of professional wrestling.
Da Hit Squad vs. Divine Storm
Both teams go face-to-face to start then end up brawling. In the ring, Monsta Mack catches Quiet Storm with an overhead suplex as Mafia and Divine brawl outside then come back into the ring. Divine escapes from the Burning Hammer then catches Mafia with a Death Valley Driver and a spinebuster for nearfalls. Mafia blocks a cutter from Divine then tags Mack and he destroys Divine for a bit. Storm knocks down Mack and hits a frog splash for two. Divine escapes from another Burning Hammer then gets clotheslined. Storm is tossed outside then Divine takes Mack over with an overhead suplex but tries a rana and Mack turns that into a powerbomb for the win (4:35) *1/2.
Thoughts: This felt like more of an exhibition than an actual match as it was just a collection of moves without any rhyme or reason. Despite that, it was entertaining enough and seeing how these two teams were not exactly the greatest, this style of match was probably for the best.
Backstage, Xavier wishes Low Ki luck and to keep him in mind when he wins the title.
Jay Briscoe w/ Mark Briscoe vs. James Maritato
They start the match with matwork as Briscoe does a fine job keeping up with Maritato. Briscoe takes Maritato down and applies an STF. The announcers talk about how Mark is jealous that he is too young to wrestle in Pennsylvania because of that, wants him to lose. Maritato keeps targeting the left arm of Briscoe, who comes back with a jawbreaker that gets two. Briscoe gets caught coming off of the top with a forearm as Maritato attacks the arm. They each miss a pair of jumping attacks then Briscoe hits a Death Valley Driver. Dropkick gets two. Brisco hits the Niagara Slam then they fight on top until Briscoe gets shoved off then drilled with a missile dropkick that gets two. Briscoe counters a superplex with a front face suplex that gets two. Maritato gets powerbombed but comes back with a low dropkick. Briscoe blocks the Kiss of Death then hits a DDT for two. Mark Briscoe then heads back to the locker room, flipping off Jay who looks confused and that allows Maritato to hit the Kiss of Death for the win (8:30) **1/2.
Thoughts: Solid match. The storyline between Mark and Jay Briscoe has been excellent so far. Jay is very impressive in the ring considering his age too. 
Christopher Daniels is backstage with Simply Luscious and says that the Code of Honor is based on lies and hypocrisy. He talks about the three-way between the American Dragon and Low Ki at the RoH debut show and how it took two men to beat him. The Fallen Angel gimmick was such shit and probably held Daniels back to be honest. He has loads of charisma and was stuck doing this crap that just about anyone could pull off.
Doug Williams has some kid in a stretch muffler as he talks about how this kid is going to end up just like his opponents tonight.
Bunkhouse Stampede Match
Natural Born Sinners vs. Carnage Crew
Match starts as all four competitors are brawling. The camera focuses on barbed wire wrapped around the ringpost as Devito uses it to bust open Homicide. At this point, there is actually blood on the camera lens. Outside of the ring, Devito is destroying Homicide with unprotected chairshots to the head. Good lord these are brutal. In the ring, HC Loc busts open Boogaloo with a cowbell. These guys are damn near killing each other in this match, especially Homicide and Devito who are brawling in the crowd. Now, Devito is destroying Boogaloo outside of the ring with chairshots to his back. Homicide is now whipping Loc and Devito with a leather belt.  In the ring, Homicide hits Devito with a shining wizard for two. Devito flips out of a Cop Killer attempt and takes down Homicide with a clothesline. He then sends him into the corner with an overhead suplex as he is tangled in the barbed wire. Devito takes the barbed wire and puts it on Homicide then hits him with a moonsault as both men feel the pain. Devito covers as Homicide kicks out at two. Boogaloo wraps the barbed wire around his arm then takes down Devito with a lariat. Loc is outside of the ring sitting in a chair against the guardrail as Homicide flies out with a tope and ends up in the crowd. Homicide took a crazy bump with that move. Inside of the ring, Boogaloo wraps the barbed wire around Devito’s mouth then pulls him back in a surfboard or sorts as Devito submits (9:36) ***1/2. Holy shit was that a sick finisher. The crowd starts chanting “ROH” then Loc and Devito attack the Sinners with hubcaps until Da Hit Squad run out for the save. However, Homicide yells at Da Hit Squad for helping them out, screaming “I don’t need your fucking help” before storming off.
Thoughts: A wild, brutal brawl. Some of these chair shots were absolutely sickening and the finish was something that I have never seen before. A feud with the Sinners and Da Hit Squad seems like it is coming soon. 
Spanky talks about how he has beaten Low Ki and Daniels and has sacrificed more than anyone else in wrestling as he has moved all over the world sleeping on floors trying to be a better wrestler. He closes by saying he has giving up his soul for wrestling. Spanky showed some solid promo ability here.
Danny Drake is being wheeled in by his partner, Mike Tobin. They run into Rob Feinstein and Tobin says that he has no partners in the six-man tonight but Rob gives then Dunn & Marcos as partners, which does not make Tobin happy at all.
Elimination Match
NWA-TNA X Division Championship Match
Adam Jacobs vs. David Young vs. AJ Styles
Jacobs worked in NWA Wildside but never for NWA-TNA. He has “All That” written on the back of his trunks. This starts off with all guys going back and forth. Young takes down AJ with a rana then Jacobs fucks up a twisting neckbreaker that the crowd boos. They then work a cool sequence that saw Jacobs slingshot in with a sunset flip on Young, who hit AJ with a German suplex but AJ flipped out of the move and broke up the pin. AJ hits Jacobs with a dropkick then tries a moonsault off of the apron on Young, who sidesteps the move and smashes AJ’s head against the apron and busting him open. Young hits AJ with a quebrada then Jacobs takes them all out with a senton. Back inside, Young and Jacobs slug it out then try a double clothesline on AJ but he ducks and hits them both with the Phenomenon. The crowd loves AJ by the way. AJ hits a moonsault kick on Jacobs but walks into a German suplex from Young. AJ attempts to hit Young with the Styles Clash but Jacobs breaks that up. AJ and Jacobs fight on top and Jacobs gets shoved off and Young hits him with a spinebuster. AJ then takes down Young with a Dragonrana that gets two. AJ dodges a charge from Young then hits him with the Spiral Tap for the pin (5:30). Jacobs immediately attacks AJ then plants him with a super kick that gets two. AJ comes back with a flying forearm as both men are down. AJ is up first and they go back and forth for a little bit until Jacobs hits him with a tornado DDT for two. Jacobs tries a rana but AJ Blocks that and turns it into a Boston Crab. AJ goes up top but Jacobs cuts him off. He tries a top rope rana but AJ blocks that and hits a Super Styles Clash for the win (8:00) **1/2. Crowd chants for AJ after the match.
Thoughts: Some good stuff here. Jacobs badly botched a neckbreaker and after that, the crowd never reacred to him, no matter what he did. He was alright after that mess up. AJ is a fan-favorite in RoH and continues to showcase loads of ability. Young had a decent showing and was a solid worker but had nothing in terms of personality. 
They announce that at the next RoH show in Philadelphia on 9/21, Steve Corino will face off against Rudy Boy Gonzalez. Also, Mike Modest from Pro Wrestling NOAH will be there. Rudy Boy comes out and runs down Corino for a bit.
We are shown a one minute-long highlight package of the six-man tag between Mike Tobin & Dunn & Marcos vs. Brian XL & Izzy & Dixie. It looked terrible. After the match, a huge Rastafarian man wearing a black suit destroys the winners. This man would later be revealed as “Slugger.” I am shocked that he did not get even a look from the WWE due to his size and look alone.
Scoot Andrews vs. Xavier
This match has no commentary. Andrew starts by getting a rollup after a handshake. He stays on the attack as this match is clipped and now shows Xavier chopping away. The editing in this match is brutal by the way. Xavier is now busted open then gets hit with a leg lariat that gets two. Tiger Bomb gets two for Andrews. He tries the Force of Nature but Xavier turns that into a rollup. He then fights back and knocks down Andrews with a forearm smash. He destroys Andrews in the corner then gets two with a Splash Mountain. Andrews fights back and hits a front slam as both men are down. Andrews whiffs on a dropkick then Xavier hits him with a pumphandle slam for two. They mess up when Xavier overshoots a moonsault block. Andrews blocks a kick then hits the Force of Nature for the win (5:01) shown **.
Thoughts: What was shown was solid. Neither guy has built any momentum since the company has started though. 
RoH Championship Match
Low Ki vs. Spanky vs. Doug Williams vs. Christopher Daniels
The rules are that only two men can be in the ring at the same time. The scoring system is that you gain two points for scoring a pinfall but lose one point when you are pinned. Daniels begs Low Ki to come into the ring then immediately tags Williams. Low Ki and Williams start things off on the mat. Williams hammers Low Ki while grounding him then puts him in a butterfly lock that Ki turns into an armbar as Corino puts over the Williams vs. Dragon match from last month. Williams works an armbar as Ki tries to fight out. Ki escapes but Williams takes him down with a judo throw and they end up in a standoff. Williams uses some wacky holds on the mat but Ki escapes and tags Spanky, who the crowd cheers for loudly. Williams turns a test of strength into a chokehold using both of Spanky’s arms. Williams grounds Spanky and grabs a front facelock but Spanky escapes then Daniels tags himself into the match. Williams grabs Daniels in an armbar then rams him into the corner a few times. Williams tags Spanky, who comes in and works the arms of Daniels. Spanky switches to a headlock and works that for a couple of minutes but Daniels counters it with a back suplex then takes control. Daniels tags Ki and sneaks out of the ring immediately afterwards. Ki uses a figure four necklock on Spanky but that is quickly broken up and Spanky makes the tag to Williams, who works the leg of Ki and softens him up before tagging Daniels, who quickly beats on Ki until tagging Spanky. Ki manages to put on a dragon sleeper but Spanky slithers out and tags Daniels. Ki floats over on a slam attempt and chops him down but Daniels quickly takes control. Williams tags but Daniels kicks him down. Williams no-sells some headbutts then takes down Daniels and puts him in an armbreaker. He targets the arm some more then lays into Daniels with European uppercuts. Daniels kicks Williams when he ducks his head then cheapshots Ki. Williams hits a lariat for two before tagging Spanky, who grabs a nearfall with a discus forearm smash. Spanky works the arm of Daniels, which has been targeted all throughout the match. Daniels comes back with a neckbreaker then drags Spank into the middle of the ring. He tags Williams and he puts Spanky in a surfboard. Spanky escapes and tags Ki, who puts Williams in a reverse chinlock. Williams breaks free and goes to work on Ki’s leg. These two start striking each other on the mat as Williams has Ki in a leg lock. Daniels runs in and stomps Ki before the ref backs him away. Williams then puts Ki in the stretch muffler (Brock Lock) then tags Spanky. These two have a slugfest but Spanky stops that with a dropkick to the leg of Ki. Spanky hits  a shinbreaker and goes back to work on the leg. Ki fights back with a vicious kick to the back off the head that gets two. Daniels cheapshots Spanky from the apron as Ki gets a nearfall with a suplex. He hangs Spanky from the top rope then kicks him hard. Daniels tags himself in and beats on Spanky. Suplex gets two. They take it to the mat and Daniels wins that then grabs a neck vise as Donnie B lets us know that Donovan Morgan will face the American Dragon at the next show. Ki tags himself in and chops the shit out of Daniels. He then kicks him but Daniels ducks and chop blocks his leg. Daniels cheapshots Spanky again but Ki grabs him as Spanky heads up top. Daniels dodges Spnaky’s missile dropkick that hits Ki. Daniels then goes for the Last Rites but Williams hits him with a flying clothesline then the match breaks down. Williams hits Daniels with a Tornado DDT then Spanky hits him with the Sliced Bread #2. Ki then immediately hits Spanky with a release tiger suplex then Daniels hits Ki with a Flatliner as all four men are down with the fans going crazy. Ki pushes Spanky off of the top rope then Williams gets tossed outside. Ki tries a kick but Daniels hits him with antoher chop block, setting up for the Last Rites and the first pinfall of the evening (25:59)
(Daniels 2, Spanky 0, Williams 0, Ki -1)
Daniels tries another pin but Ki is able to kick out. Spanky tags and dropkicks Daniels for two. Daniels fights back and tags Williams, who works a neck vise. He targets the neck but Spanky comes back with a jawbreaker before tagging Daniels. Williams works the arm on the mat then tags Spanky. Daniels hits Spanky with a DDT for a nearfall then targes the neck. Spanky is able to lock on an armbar then tags Williams who also targets the arm. Daniels now is in control and works on the neck and after a visible spot call by Daniels, he hits Williams with a spinebuster. He tags Spanky who immediately covers Williams but only gets two. Spanky escapes a rear choke hold with an eye rake then Williams tags Daniels for some reason. Daniels takes Ki off of the apron but Spanky is able to grab a few nearfalls then tags Williams, who goes back to work on the arm of Daniels. Spnaky tags Daniels and hits Williams with a pair of dropkicks. Daniels hits Williams with a backbreaker and holds him over his knee as Spanky comes in with a tope con hilo. Williams fights off both men then hits Spanky with the Chaos Theory but Daniels breaks up the pin then hits Williams with the Last Rites and turns that into a Koji Clutch. Ki breaks that up with a double stomp from the top rope. Daniels backs into Ki, who was on the apron, then gets chopped and Ki tags himself into the match. Williams has Ki in the Gory Special and rams into the corner a few times before taking him down with a dropkick as the fans go nuts. He puts Ki on the top rop. Ki fights back and comes off the top with a rana but Williams rolls through that and puts Ki in the Triangle Sleeper then slams him down. Ki works the arm but Williams eventually lifts up Ki and slams him down. Ki hits double chops and a forearm smash before sending Williams In the corner. Spanky blind tags himself into the match as Williams hits the Chaos Theory on Ki, who flips out of the move and takes down Spanky with a Dragon Sleeper and Spanky taps out (41:51).
(Daniels 2, Low Ki 1, Williams 0, Spanky -1)
Daniels tags himself into the match and goes right after Ki. He hits a springboard moonsault that gets two then puts on a leg lock that Spanky breaks up after tagging himself into the match. Spanky then hits Daniels with a flying forearm but misses a frog splash. Spanky manages to catch Daniels with a pedigree that gets two. Daniels tags Williams, who hits Spanky with three consecutive facebusters but that still cannot score a pinfall. Daniels tags himself in but Williams takes him down with a flying knee smash. Ki sneaks in and covers Daniels but Williams breaks that up with a flying knee drop. Spanky then takes them both down with a double clothesline. Spanky fails to hit Williams with the Sliced Bread #2 then Ki tags himself into the match and repeatedly headbutts Williams. Daniels tags and hits an STO then the Best Moonsault Ever but that only gets two as Daniels is in disbelief. Williams backdrops Daniels to the floot but Spanky hits him with a crossbody after tagging himself into the match. Ki tags Spanky and ends up putting Williams in the Hanging Dragon but has to break before the five count. Daniels comes as the match breaks down. Spanky and Daniels both spill outside as Ki hits Williams with the Phoenix Splash for the pin (48:45).
(Low Ki 3, Daniels 2, Spanky -1, Williams -1)
Daniels and Ki trade chops until Daniels hits an uranage. Ki rolls away from the BME but comes off of the top as Daniels gets his knee up just in time. Both men are down until Daniels tags Spanky. He quickly covers Ki but just gets two. Ki then blocks a Sliced Bread #2 attempt and hits Spanky with a tombstone piledriver but Daniels breaks up the pin and tosses Ki outside. Daniels hits Spanky with a reverse Death Valley Driver then Williams tags himself in and piledrives Daniels, who gets his foot on the ropes. Williams then catches Ki’s Tidal Wave and turns that into a sitout powerbomb but Spanky breaks up the pin. Ki tosses Spanky off the top then hits him with a 450 splash but is in pain and rolls outside. Daniels throws Ki inside then tags in the match but Spanky hits him with a DDT for a nearfall then a frog splash that Ki breaks up at two. Ki tags Daniels but Spanky hits a back suplex and that almost gets a pin. Williams trips up Spanky, who flies out and hits him with a plancha. Daniels is inside and hits a front Russian leg sweep that gets two. Ki charges at Daniels but gets caught with a Blue Thunder Bomb as the fans are on their feet. Williams and Spanky are on the floor outside as an “ROH” chant breaks out. Ki blocks a Last Rites attempt but Daniels puts him in a dragon sleeper in the middle of the ring. Ki starts punching him in the face, as the crowd counts down the final seconds of the match. Ki counters the Dragon Sleeper with the Last Rites as time runs out and Low Ki becomes the first ever Ring of Honor Champion (60:00) ****1/2. Daniels complains that while he actually pinned Ki in the match, he is not the champion. The crowd then yells at Daniels to shake Ki’s hand.
Thoughts: Excellent match and a “Match of the Year” candidate for sure. The last several minutes were a bit messy as the rules seemingly changed to allow guys to enter the match without tagging. I thought the story-telling was tight too, with guys working over a certain part of the body and the side-story between Daniels and Ki. Each guy looked like a star in this match too. 
Backstage, Ki breaks down and is on the floor. He then sits in a chair with the RoH title belt over his shoulder and dedicated his win to Russ Haas (Brother of Charlie Haas who passed away several months before this match of a heart attack. They wrestled together for Maryland Championship Wrestling) and tells Charlie that it is for him too when he gets a hold of the tape. I thought this whole segment was excellent and made the match look even more meaningful and the belt look more prestigious. 
Backstage, Mark teases Jay about losing his match. Jay then shoves Mark into the wall, who says that he is not allowed to wrestle here in Pennsylvania. Jay then reminds Mark that next month in Boston (Again, it was Wakefield) they do not have a commission and he challenges him to a match. Mark accepts, saying that Jay will just end up losing again.
Simply Luscious consoles Daniels backstage, who sees the referee and pins him against the wall and threatens him for how he called the match.
Final Thoughts:The best RoH show to date. I thought the Championship match was awesome and gave the belt prestige as a result, which was really the main goal of the show. Not all of the matches were good but there was an entertaining Bunkhouse Match and the company is starting to build feuds and improve character development. Sure, there were some segments that were painful and overall, the tag team division is garbage but top to bottom, a solid show.


Here is a schedule of my upcoming reviews:

Sunday: WWF Championship Wrestling 8/2/86
Tuesday: WWF Championship Wrestling 8/9/86
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Shawn Daivari
Friday: WWF Championship Wrestling 8/16/86
Saturday: RoH Honor Invades Boston 8/24/02
Sunday: WWF Championship Wrestling 8/23/86

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Saturday Night’s Main Event Countdown: #17

The SmarK Retro Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #17 – October 1988 – Taped from Baltimore, MD – Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura Jake Roberts v. Rick Rude. This was the big blowoff for the B-show main event feud, triggered by Rude hitting on Jake’s wife Cheryl. These days the big twist in the storyline would be Cheryl leaving Jake for Rude, but in those days it was merely Rude losing his pants on national TV. Different times, I guess. Funny bit of commentating between Vince and Jesse, as Vince puts down Jesse’s outfit and Jesse retorts that Vince wouldn’t know anything about Wall Street anyway. Well, not THEN, certainly. (Apparently not now, either.)  Cheryl and her 80s cougar hair are at ringside to inspire Jake. Lockup to start and they slug it out, and Jake starts working the arm with a long wristlock. Rude bails to escape the DDT. Back in, Rude counters the short-arm with his own to take over, pounding away in the corner. He stops to hit on Jake’s wife, however, alternating between beating on Jake and posing at Cheryl. Jake finally clotheslines him and slugs him down, and allows Cheryl to slap him. Jesse calls for a DQ, but the ref tosses her instead, and we take a break. We return as they brawl outside, and Jake gets posted. Back in, he makes the comeback with a backdrop, but Rude blocks the DDT and drops an elbow. To the top for a fistdrop, and that gets two. Jake does a slick dodge of a backdrop, kick wham DDT, but Heenan runs in for the DQ. (Roberts d. Rude, DQ, 7:37, **1/2) Going pretty good before the lame finish. Andre the Giant comes out to attack, but we learn his secret shame — fear of snakes. Sadly, they go all the way with the angle, as Andre has a “heart attack” out of fright, thus kicking off the low point of his career up until then. – WWF tag titles: Demolition v. The Hart Foundation. The Harts had just turned face, and Demolition was practically there. Still, Jimmy Hart is joining Fuji in the heel corner tonight to further the Harts-Rougeaus feud. Ax and Neidhart slug it out to start, but Anvil gets tripped in the corner and pounded. The Harts return the favor on Smash and Bret dropkicks him into an elbowdrop for two. Smash sends him into the corner, and Ax comes in to choke him out. That goes pretty well for the champs. Smash smashes and goes to the chinlock. Double-team smashing in the corner, but Bret smashes back. OK, enough of that. Hot tag Anvil and he cleans house. Powerslam gets two. It’s BONZO GONZO and the Demos collide, but there’s a million managers and sneaking a megaphone in is pretty easy in the chaos. (Demolition d. Hart Foundation, Smash megaphone — pin Neidhart, 5:56, **) This was more about hammering home the Hart v. Harts feud than anything else. – Hulk Hogan v. King Haku. Hulk has Liz with him tonight. No wonder Savage was insanely jealous. Haku attacks during the ref’s inspection and pounds away in the corner. Hulk quickly slugs him down, however, and unleashes the Knives of Eternity. (That would be a Remo Williams reference.) He drops the elbows and chops him down, but stops to chase the Brain and gets caught with a choke by Haku. The Vulcan Nerve Pinch of Doom follows, and the superkick puts Hulk on the floor. Haku tries to follow with a chop of the apron, but Hulk pulls Heenan in the ring and then steals Haku’s crown. What a poor sport. Heenan heads to the back and we take a break. Back with Hogan slugging away, but he runs into a clothesline. Haku stomps him down and suplexes him for two. You know the rest. (Hogan d. Haku, legdrop — pin, 6:20, *) – Ken Patera v. Dino Bravo. Without even seeing the match, I shall use my powers to predict that Patera misses a blind charge and gets pinned after the sideslam. Let’s see. Patera slugs away to start and backdrops him, so Bravo bails. Back in, Bravo pounds him in the corner, but Bravo escapes the full nelson. It’s no Masterlock. Blind charge misses, and the sideslam finishes. SPOOKY. Or just repetitive booking. (Bravo d. Patera, sideslam — pin, 3:03, 1/2*) – Big Bossman v. Jim Powers. Bossman’s SNME debut as a big star, and Powers is a jobber. You do the math. (Bossman d. Powers, Bossman slam — pin, 2:30, DUD) The Pulse: Not much here.  (Indeed not.) 

Thunder – March 4, 1999

Thunder
Date: March 4, 1999
Location: Lawrence Joel
Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Attendance: 4,198
Commentators: Mike
Tenay, Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re coming off a good
Nitro (I’m as shocked as you are) and have ten days before
Uncensored. The main stories seem to be a bunch of rematches from
SuperBrawl, which isn’t the worst idea as the matches weren’t bad but
the decisions were all wrong. Hopefully things are a bit better this
time, though granted that would only make the show horrible. Let’s
get to it.

We open with a clip
from Nitro where Arn Anderson yelled at David Flair and the Blonde.
Ric
and Arn are in the back and Arn doesn’t know what to do about David.
Ric recaps the story with his son and says it leads to the rematch
with Hogan at Uncensored. He isn’t changing a thing because David
has to grow up on his own. Arn blames the Blonde and says Ric would
have done the same thing when he was nineteen years old. Ric says
when he was David’s age, he wasn’t stealing money out of his dad’s
pocket or stabbing him with a stun gun.
Anderson hopes that
this is just a game face because Ric isn’t this cold. Flair brings
up the latest NWO parody and says he’ll be World Champion again.
He’ll love David forever, but if David wants to run around with the
NWO, he isn’t going to worry about it. Arn says if that was his son,
there’s no way he could be out there in front of a crowd. Flair says
he’s doing this to prove he’s still the man and that Hogan and the
NWO haven’t changed anything. This was a lengthy chat but it helps
clarify a few things.
The announcers do their
welcome and recap.
We
go back to Nitro to see Flair announce the cage match. This video
takes us up to fifteen minutes into the show.
Video of Monday’s main
event.
Rick Steiner vs.
Hugh Morrus
Rick quickly sends him
to the floor and bites the ropes. Back in and Morrus pounds away but
gets caught in a powerslam. Jimmy Hart gets in a few cheap shots
from the floor but it has almost no effect as Morrus is still in
trouble. Another assist from Jimmy lets Morrus hit some running
splashes in the corner but he takes too long going up for No Laughing
Matter, allowing Rick to catch him in an electric chair. The Steiner
Bulldog is good for the pin.
Rating:
D+.
This was nothing and it’s not a good sign for the rest of the show.
I just waited twenty four minutes to get to a three and a half minute
Rick Steiner squash. Why does this make me think that the next hour
and a half is going to be a REALLY long sit? The match wasn’t long
enough to be horrible but it was just a squash.
There was a commercial
for Monday Nitro. In the video we saw Wrath, Randy Savage (where has
he been since the night after Starrcade? He showed up there and
hasn’t been seen since) and Syxx. As in the guy that showed up on
Raw after Wrestlemania LAST YEAR. This is worse than the Steiner
Brothers being in the Nitro intro seven months after they split up.
Here
are Benoit and Malenko with something to say. Benoit congratulates
the new Tag Team Champions and says they have no problem with losing
to a better team. They do however have a problem with losing the way
they lost. There will be vengeance Horsemen style. Malenko talks
about Benoit’s Swan Dive off the top of the cage and pulls off his
belt. He promises that Windham and Hennig will not leave Louisville
with the Tag Team Titles. The rematch is going to be a lumberjack
strap match.
Back
from a break and we get an ad for Saturday Night. These air every
week but two of the matches advertised are Juventud Guerrera vs. Rey
Mysterio Jr. and Barbarian vs. Meng. Remember those before you read
the next match on this show.
Al Greene vs. Sonny
Onoo/Ernest Miller
Yes,
REALLY. I know Meng vs. Barbarian would be a mess, but it would be a
fun mess. On the other hand, this is the preferred method of torture
in 19 countries. Announced for Uncensored, Sonny Onoo/Ernest Miller
vs. Jerry Flynn. My jaw is hanging open after hearing that. I
mean……wow I’ve got nothing. Miller does the whole warning thing
to Greene but Al jumps him from behind.
What
appeared to be a botched gorilla press sets up a headlock on Miller
but he sends Greene to the floor. Sonny offers a distraction so
Miller can take over as Tony talks about stipulations for the World
Title match that you can only find out about at WCW.com. Back in and
Miller drops Al with a superkick before tagging in Sonny. Greene is
out cold and Sonny gets an easy pin.
Rating:
D-.
It could have been Mysterio vs. Guerrera but instead it’s being used
to set up a Jerry Flynn match on pay per view. That’s all I need to
say.
Gene
brings out Perry Saturn, now in a dog collar with chains around his
neck, for a chat. Saturn refers to himself as the Bald Bombshell
because chicks dig a guy in a dress. Saturn says if Jericho has a
chain fetish, let’s have a dog collar match at Uncensored. Jericho
comes out and says he wants to keep this company rated G (there are
SO many jokes) and get rid of all the R Rated freaks. If he has to
tie a collar around his neck to get rid of Saturn, that’s what he’ll
do. Saturn promises to wear an outfit so freaky that it’s going to
shock Marilyn Manson.
Prince
Iaukea vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
Iaukea
scores with some early kicks but his cross body has no effect at all.
Bigelow sends him to the floor and hits some slow motion forearms to
the back. Inside again and we hit the chinlock as Tony talks about
March being perfect for Uncensored because it’s such an unpredictable
month. Right. Anyway, more choking gets Bigelow two and we hit an
armbar to kill more time. Iaukea’s offense of course has no effect
and Greetings From Asbury Park finally ends this.
Rating:
D.
This was long and dull with the announcers ignoring almost everything
in the whole match. Bigelow getting a push is fine but could we find
someone more interesting than dryer lint for him to fight? I’m glad
he’s moving down into the midcard scene where he belongs though as
the top level push didn’t have much staying power.
This Week in WCW
Motorsports.
Vince/Horace vs.
Curt Hennig/Barry Windham
This
match sounds interesting at this point. Let that sink in for a
minute. Non-title of course as a title match might be too
interesting. Horace grabs a headlock on Hennig to start but Curt
nails him with a clothesline. Stevie Ray comes out to brawl with
Vince, leaving Horace alone two on one. Cue the Horsemen to attack
the champions and it’s a fast DQ.
The
champions bail before too much happens.
Here’s
Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who hasn’t been seen in months since announcing
that he has cancer. Duggan thanks God for letting him get back here
and of course some fans boo. He thanks the fans and WCW for
supporting him throughout this whole ordeal. Duggan says he’s proud
to be part of World Championship Wrestling and thanks the doctor for
removing his kidney to prevent the cancer from spreading. He tells
us that if something looks or feels wrong, get to the doctor and get
it checked out because early detection saves lives.
Duggan isn’t sure if
he’s coming back to the ring, but he promises that he won’t be making
any obscene gestures of saying any foul words. All he needs are his
board and the American flag. If he gets a second chance, the last
twenty years will be nothing compared to what he’ll do in the next
few years. He says to remember that we are one nation under God and
leads a USA chant before leaving. This was a very cool moment and
brought a smile to my face. I got to meet Duggan at Axxess earlier
this year and he couldn’t have been a nicer guy so it’s cool to hear
stuff like this.
Cruiserweight Title:
Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Kidman
Kidman
is defending. Feeling out process to start and Chavo actually gives
him a clean break. Chavo is sent to the floor and taken down with a
big dive, followed by a slingshot legdrop back inside. Kidman misses
a charge into the corner and a springboard bulldog drops the
champion.
Back up and Kidman
sends him into the buckle and nails a clothesline. The announcers
talk about Mysterio becoming a legend for his victories over Nash and
Bigelow, earning him a rematch with Nash at Uncensored. A Gory Bomb
gets two for Chavo and we hit a chinlock on the champion. Back up
and Kidman misses a charge, sending him out to the floor.
Guerrero sends him into
the barricade and then back inside for another chinlock. Kidman
sends him to the floor before bringing him back inside for two off a
high cross body. Chavo avoids a charge in the corner and gets the
pin but Kidman’s feet are on the ropes. Guerrero goes up top but
gets powerbombed down, setting up the Shooting Star to retain
Kidman’s title.
Rating:
C+.
This was nowhere near as good as the Psychosis match on Monday but it
was still far better than everything I’ve sat through on this show.
Kidman is becoming an ace at this point and is one of the most
consistently entertaining guys on the roster. Chavo is very good in
his own right and has gotten far better after losing Pepe.
We get a sitdown
interview from Hogan with Hollywood talking about everyone hating
him, even his family. He did the Hulk Hogan thing for the money,
unlike Flair who is out there because he loves wrestling and wants to
be cheered one more time. That makes him worse than Hogan could ever
be because Hogan has a grip on reality.
Hogan
loves that David Flair gave up everything his father did for him for
a good looking woman. Ric Flair is the rottenest human being on this
planet and all he wants is control of this business. Flair can have
one more chance, but Hogan wants Flair to quit if he loses. He goes
on and on about how much he hates Flair and how much it’s driven him
as this somehow takes over six minutes.
Buff
Bagwell vs. Booker T.
Before
the match, Buff says he’d rather be paralyzed again than be in
Winston-Salem. Feeling out process to start with Bagwell taking him
down with an armdrag before dancing around a bit. Booker comes back
with a slam and quick vertical suplex to send Buff out to the floor.
Back in and Buff hammers away before nailing a dropkick. Mr. T.
grabs an armbar before kicking Bagwell in the face. Buff sends him
outside and poses a lot. A chinlock goes nowhere and Booker comes
back with his usual stuff. The referee gets kicked down and Scott
Steiner comes in with a chair to Booker’s back, setting up Buff’s
Blockbuster for the pin.
Rating:
D-.
If you want to know what it means when the wrestlers phone in a
match, this is a perfect example. Neither guy had any energy or
emotion out there, which is usually something you can depend on from
Booker. Speaking of Booker, did we REALLY need to have Buff Bagwell
pin him, cheating or not? The guy is getting a US Title shot in nine
days (against Scott Hall, who hasn’t been seen in awhile) and he
loses to Buff Bagwell? Really?
Overall
Rating:
F.
The best part of this show was a tie between the Duggan promo and a
pretty good Chavo vs. Kidman match. Everything else was a waste of
time a textbook example of why Thunder didn’t need to exist. It
feels like nothing has happened on the show in months and this was as
dull as it’s gotten yet. This was absolutely awful and makes me want
to watch Uncensored even less than I did before.
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Repost: AWA Superclash 85

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for AWA SuperClash ’85 (September 28 1985) (As per the Flair v. Magnum discussion in the previous question, here’s the one major show where the did face off in ‘85, reposted for fun.)  – For some reason the full show didn’t appear on Sasktel until yesterday’s update, so I’ve been holding off until now. But I’ve been dying to see the full show for years now, so this is continued evidence of the awesomeness of the people who program this channel. The concept is that all the major non-WWF promotions are working together to beat the WWF, but since they can’t agree on ordering a cup of coffee, let alone running a show, things don’t work out. But it was quite the attempt. The most awesome story I’ve heard about this mess is that David Crockett, acting as the agent for the NWA, spent most of the time signing up AWA stars for his brother. Now those are some balls. – Taped from Chicago, IL, in the sadly empty baseball stadium. It drew about 20,000, but it would have been better served in an arena. – Hosted by Larry Nelson AWA Light heavyweight title: Steve Regal v. Brad Rheingans I didn’t even know they had a light heavyweight title, frankly. Larry Nelson notes that Rheingans was having trouble making the 220 pound weight limit. Maybe he should try the Gina Carano method and weigh in naked. Brad works on a hammerlock to start and Regal makes the ropes, so Rheingans goes with a headlock instead. Regal escapes, so Brad monkey-flips him and starts working on the arm. Rheingans misses a dropkick, however, and Regal stomps him and takes over. Regal is all punch, kick, punch, kick for two and hits the chinlock. And that goes on forever, as the fans quickly lose patience. Regal slams him, but misses an elbow, allowing Rheingans to make the comeback. Backdrop out of the corner gets two. Atomic drop gets two, but Jimmy Garvin acts as a distraction and Regal gets the cheap rollup to finish at 9:11. Not exactly a hot match to get the crowd pumped up. *1/2 AWA Women’s title: Candy Devine v. Sherri Martell Big stall to start as the ref wants to check Sherri over and she’s offended by it. Obviously it’s a chilly night in Chicago, as well. Devine takes her down with a pair of armdrags, but Sherri goes to work on the arm. Devine reverses it, but Sherri makes the ropes and then slugs her down. Sherri throws boots and then runs away to stall, but Devine slingshots her back in and goes to a boston crab. Sherri reverses out for two, but Candi reverses that for two. Sherri takes her down again and drops a leg, and a small package gets two. Slam gets two. Candi gets dumped (onto the pitcher’s mound!) and Sherri keeps kneeing her off the apron, but Candi finally catches the leg and wraps it around the post. Slam on the grass follows. You know, if they did more shows in stadiums with natural turf, they might reduce injuries a lot because at least bumping onto grass and dirt doesn’t wreck your body like concrete does. Back in the ring, Candi goes back to working on the arm (uh, what happened to the leg you just targeted?) but Sherri rolls into a headlock to counter. And the match drags on as Sherri works her over with cheapshots and adds a backdrop. Candi comes back with a sunset flip for two, but Sherri clotheslines her and goes up with a flying splash to finish at 11:22, winning the title for the first time. The match had no flow or story, with one woman working on an arm for a while and then the other taking over without building to anything. Plus it was way too long. * Asian (?) Six Man titles: Giant Baba, Genichiro Tenryu & Jumbo Tsuruta v. Harley Race, Scott Irwin & Bill Irwin OK, I KNOW there weren’t any AWA six-man belts, so I don’t know what they’re pulling out of their ass for this one. Tenryu pounds on Scott to start and hiptosses him into a dropkick, so he quickly tags out to Harley Race. Holy crap, Tenryu v. Race would be a hell of a match around this time. Jumbo comes in and gets caught in the heel corner right away, as Wild Bill boots him down and adds a back elbow for two. Baba comes in and chops Race into a legsweep, which gets two. The Long Riders come back on Tenryu as the crowd makes the heels into the faces for some reason, but Tenryu chops away on Race and adds the enzuigiri for two. Shoulderbreaker and piledriver get two. The Irwins get a double team elbow for two. Bill drops a dramatic knee for two. Backdrop and it’s over to Scott Hog Irwin again, but Tenryu makes the hot tag to Jumbo, who rams the Irwins’ heads together. Baba whips Bill out of the ring, and back in a slam from Tenryu gets two. But the Long Riders take over again and Irwin drops an elbow for two, but a brawl erupts and Baba boots Bill down for the pin at 10:51. This was really weird, aside from the fact that I have no idea what the hell the “Asian six-man titles” are supposed to be, as they were doing the standard face-in-peril formula but the crowd was cheering for the heels, totally throwing off the dynamic of the match. Bill Irwin was the highlight here, showing crazy energy. ** World midget title: Little Tokyo v. Little Mr. T. Boy, that gimmick isn’t dated at all. Tokyo runs away and gets slingshotted back in, then goes to work on the arm to come back. Tokyo throws chops, but T slugs him down in response. Tokyo pounds away and T no-sells it and makes the super-midget comeback, with a headbutt getting two. T goes to work on the arm, but Tokyo boots him down and adds a floatover suplex for two. T goes to the chinlock, but Tokyo uses the Mohawk to reverse out, and gets a backdrop for two. Weird spot as everyone stops and points to the sky for no reason, which I guess was midget psychology or something because Tokyo tries it and gets slugged down by T. They do a test of strength and T stomps the bare feet of Little Tokyo. Tokyo slugs away in the corner, but T comes back with the butt-butt. Tokyo backdrops and adds a double chop for the pin at 9:28 to retain. They pretty much played it straight here. ** Mexican title: Mil Mascaras v. Buddy Roberts Joined in progress for some reason. Mascaras takes Buddy down with a headscissors and monkey-flips him into a full-nelson, then blocks Buddy’s counter and retains the hold. Roberts makes the ropes, so Mil drops him on his head and then goes to the armbar. Buddy goes to the eyes and chokes him out on the ropes, then goes up with an elbow and a low blow for two. They slug it out and Buddy misses a blind charge, getting himself tied up in the ropes. Mil with a suplex and the flying forearm, but a blind charge hits Buddy’s boot. Mil comes back with a backdrop and finishes with a high cross at 6:10. This was fine. **1/4 Buddy winning the Mexican title and doing vignettes in Tijuana to celebrate would have been awesome. World Class Texas title: Kerry Von Erich v. Jimmy Garvin Kerry wins the lockup and does a little strutting, then follows with a pair of dropkicks that send Garvin running. Back in, Kerry adds an atomic drop into the discus punch, and that gets two. Garvin comes back with a cheapshot and Garvin slugs away in the corner and drops an elbow, but it misses. Kerry misses a kneedrop and they get into a slugfest, which leads to an abdominal stretch from Kerry. Garvin escapes and takes him to the mat with a chinlock. Kerry escapes, but gets distracted on the floor by Precious, which allows Garvin to knock him off the apron and then drag him in for a trip over the top again. Back in, Kerry fakes him out and then comes back with a neckbreaker, but Garvin blocks the Iron Claw. Kerry tries a charge and hits the post as a result, but Garvin goes up and falls on his crotch, allowing Kerry to get the weak pin at 6:36. Kerry was just crazy over here and this felt like it should have been better than it was, but I’m thinking that about a lot of the matches on this show. ** Nick Bockwinkel, Ray Stevens & Larry Zbyszko v. Curt Hennig, Scott Hall & Greg Gagne Scott Hall with tassles = MONEY. Greg Gagne in camo outfit with torn shirt = OPPOSITE OF MONEY. Like seriously, Greg is supposed to look tough in that ridiculous getup? Special announcer Jack Brickhouse rambles forever and then forgets to announce the heel team. Hennig starts with Bockwinkel and they exchange armdrags, but Nick gets a pair of slams. Hennig comes back with his own, and Bockwinkel brings Larry in. And we’re suddenly clipped to Hennig getting an armdrag. That was a rather abrupt edit. Curt controls with armdrags and brings Hall in, and he holds an armbar and then runs interference so Greg can get a cheapshot in. Greg comes in and works the arm himself, then takes him down with a flying headscissors before going back to Hennig. Larry backdrops out of a headlock, and Bockwinkel takes over for the heels, putting Hennig down with a knee. Stevens and Zbyszko take turns choking Hennig out in the corner, and then they toss him for a slam on the grass from Larry. Back in, Larry gets the abdominal stretch, and after a false tag Hennig gets dragged back to the heel corner for more abuse. Hennig fights back, but Bockwinkel necksnaps him and cuts off the tag. Hennig gets a bodypress for two, but can’t make the tag, and they collide for the double KO. Hot tag to Greg Gagne, the one guy I wouldn’t want in my corner with a major match on the line, and the match is breaking loose in Tulsa! The heels collide and Hall powerslams Stevens for the pin at 12:21. Ray didn’t even tag into the match! That’s gotta suck for him. This was the formula stripped down so simple that even the AWA couldn’t fuck it up. *** AWA World tag titles: The Road Warriors v. The Freebirds This is the famous match where the Freebirds have painted their faces with the Confederate flag. Hawk beats on Terry Gordy to start, and that quickly brings Hayes into things. He too gets pounded, as Hawk messes up his hair and makeup in the corner! Some things are just going too far. Back to Gordy as he tries with Animal, and Gordy tries for the power approach, which gets him whipped into the corner and beat up again. The Warriors double-team him and Gordy tags out again, so Hayes tries a headlock for lack of anything better to do. He tries a sunset flip, but gets punched out and pinballed in the Warrior corner. Hayes tries to tag out to Gordy, but it takes some convincing to get him back in there. Gordy pounds on Hawk in the corner, and gets Hawk to charge him, which results in Hawk hitting the post. Gordy suplex follows and Hayes comes in to press things, but Hawk is done selling again and elbows Hayes down. Hayes gets a sideslam for two and they double-team Hawk with an elbow, setting up a piledriver from Gordy. Hawk only does a half no-sell of it, so he must not have met Jerry Lawler yet. However, Hawk fights back on both Freebirds, but can’t tag. Hayes clotheslines him down again and goes up, you just know that’s not going to accomplish anything. And indeed Hawk slams him off. Gordy comes back in and collides with Hawk, and both are out. Hot tag Animal and he beats on Gordy and gets the powerslam for two. It’s BONZO GONZO and even Buddy Roberts and Paul Ellering are brawling, but heel miscommunication results in Gordy getting press-slammed by Animal. Hayes nails him off top, however, and Gordy covers for the pin and apparently the titles at 10:12. However, this being the AWA where no title change went unreviewed for weeks on end, Verne Gagne comes out and reverses the decision. Dude, that’s bullshit — Hayes wasn’t legal, but at worst it should have only drawn a warning from the ref. The Freebirds were clearly screwed out of a clean win and the AWA tag team titles there. And it takes a lot to make me sympathize with Michael Hayes. **1/4 NWA World Six-Man titles: Ivan Koloff, Nikita Koloff & Khrusher Khruschev v. Crusher, Bruiser & Baron Von Raschke Big brawl to start and Crusher ends up as the legal man over in the Russian corner, but brings Khrusher over to the face side where Baron grabs a headlock. Nikita comes in and no-sells the shit out of Baron’s stuff, then overpowers him, looking like a star with a capital S. Baron decides to retaliate with the claw, but Nikita backs off and lets Ivan have a go. Baron backdrops him and pounds away, and Dick the Bruiser comes in and lives up to his name. Ivan is already bleeding and Bruiser pounds him in the corner, and we get the test of strength. Ivan cheats to win that one and we get Crusher v. Khrusher. That proves less epic than expected, and Baron gets caught in the heel corner, but manages to tag Crusher back in. Crusher works on Ivan’s leg and Baron sets up for the claw, while Crusher and Bruiser keep the other Russians from interfering. The camera follows them, and returns to the ring as Ivan somehow pins Baron to retain at 8:58. Larry Nelson is no help, either, as he’s watching the monitor and not the ring. Kind of messy but pretty fun. ** America’s title: Sgt. Slaughter v. Boris Zhukov Boris attacks to start, but Slaughter slugs him into the corner and whips him into the post. He grabs a flag and plays bullfighter with Zhukov, then slugs Boris down. However, as Slaughter’s contract stipulates, he takes his nightly bump into the post (and goes flying over the top for good measure), allowing Zhukov to take control. Back in, Zhukov rams him into the corner and adds a neckbreaker for two. He stomps away in the corner and they brawl on the floor, but Zhukov is unable to piledrive him on the ground. Back in, Sarge slams him off the top to make the comeback, and backdrops him out of the corner. He sets up for the Slaughter cannon, but hits the ref by accident. Boris loads up his elbowpad with an international object and puts Slaughter down, drawing blood, then shoves the ref for the lame DQ at 8:40. Just when it’s going somewhere, they cut to the finish? *1/2 $10,000 Bodyslam challenge: Jerry Blackwell v. Kamala Kamala pounds on Blackwell while Wally Karbo holds up the cheque at ringside for the camera. See, video evidence that Verne DID pay someone for this show! Thank you, I’m here all week. Anyway, Kamala continues his array of chops, but Blackwell slugs back and clotheslines him. They try to bodyslam each other and get nowhere, so Kamala splashes him for one. He goes to the nerve hold, but Blackwell fights up and gets the avalanche, and the slam to win it at 6:39. Pretty awful. 1/2* AWA World title: Rick Martel v. Stan Hansen Hansen comes out swinging and tosses Martel, and they fight so much that the ref initially calls for the bell and then changes his mind and restarts it. Into the ring, Martel wins a slugfest and gets a sunset flip for two, then dodges a charging Stan and slams him. Hansen chokes him out and they take it to the field again, as Hansen nails him with chairs until the ref calls for the bell again at 3:08. Barely even a match. 1/2* Then things get a little crazy as they brawl into the dugout until Verne Gagne pulls them apart to end it. NWA World title: Ric Flair v. Magnum TA Yup, the one time this match actually headlined a major show and it wasn’t even for Crockett. Magnum works on the arm to start and holds a hammerlock, then wins a wristlock battle and powers him into the corner. Flair begs off to recover, and chops Magnum down. TA reverses him out of the corner with a backdrop, however, which gets two. He goes to work on the arm again, but Flair dumps him to escape. TA is pissed now, though, and slugs away in the corner before missing a dropkick. Don’t fight angry! Flair drops a knee on him and gets a butterfly suplex for two. He goes to the abdominal stretch and then whips Magnum into the corner, then snapmares him into another kneedrop. That misses and Magnum pops up with a figure-four, however. Flair pulls himself to the ropes and Magnum drags him back out for another go, but Flair fights him off and goes low. Magnum keeps fighting with a suplex for two, and then a slick backslide gets two. Magnum fires away in the corner, but Flair goes to the eyes and tosses him, and they brawl on the turf. Flair sends the shoulder into the post and chops it , but Magnum manages a sunset flip back into the ring. Flair slugs him to block that and goes back to work on the arm with a hammerlock and his good friend the ropes. Flair cranks on the arm with a standing armbar, then takes him to the corner for a few chops before going back to the ropes for more cheating. Flair slugs away, but Magnum catches him in a sleeper. He releases after some great desperation selling by Flair, but a splash attempt hits knee. They slug it out and Flair swoops right in with a kneecrusher and goes into the figure-four without missing a beat. Magnum turns it over and Flair releases to try again, but Magnum reverses for two. They slug it out again and Magnum wallops him, and we get a Flair Flip to put him on the floor. Larry Nelson says “And that’s gonna do it!” but the lack of a bell would seem to indicate that it’s not a DQ. Does he even WATCH wrestling? Flair meets the post and starts bleeding, and Magnum goes after it back in the ring. Flair Flops and Magnum gets two off it. He backdrops Flair out of the corner for two, and they go into the pinfall reversal sequence. Backslide gets two for Magnum and he hits the belly to belly to seemingly finish, but the ref gets knocked down and it only gets two. Magnum rolls him up, but Flair grabs the tights and reverses to finish at 25:46. OK, why didn’t this one make more comps? Because it’s pretty great. Magnum was fired up like crazy here and they did the standard “Flair v. Unbeatable Power Wrestler” formula to great effect. Had they headlined Starrcade ’86 with this as planned, it would have been epic. **** Unfortunately, the show is a major letdown overall, with really only one good match and a whole lot of mediocre ones. Not worth your three and a half hours, but track down the main event and give it a look, for sure.

Promo of the day

Never saw this before. Awesome. Most simple thing in the world – two wrestlers deciding to see who is best. Too bad it never happened.

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

​Putting '85 WCW TV up against anything from today is like bringing a sledgehammer to a water balloon fight.  Was there any more awesome promo than Flair at this point?  He gives off both the aura of a mega-star World champion and also an empty braggart.  
And Flair/Magnum totally happened, but not at Starrcade or anything.  They had a pretty good match on the NWA/AWA joint card and a few house show matches. 

QOTD #36: Women

Today’s Question:
What’s the best women’s
match you’ve ever seen?
My wife knows the divas as “nacho break”, but that hasn’t
always been the case. We’ll talk all about this further tomorrow. Start by
scrolling ahead or clicking Comments, otherwise stay tuned for talk about your
memorabilia.

I was curious about your favorite parts of your wrestling
collection. Here’s what you said.
DrFacts: A giant egg from Survivor Series 1990. It
has not hatched yet.
And we’re off.
C BREEZY: Photo of Razor Ramon arm wrestling my dad
I dig this; not only because it’s so far outside the box of
what we might consider your typical memorabilia, but it’s also such an awesome
conversation starter.
daveschlet: Personally autographed picture to me from DX
(HHH, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, X-PAC, and Chyna), also one from Jumpin Jim
Brunzell, and one from Mr. perfect , Animal, and Ken Resnick I got signed at a
Twins game. It was the program to the baseball game. I also have a Benoit
autograph and picture of me with him from Axxess at WrestleMania XIX that I’m
not super proud of now, plus my ticket stubs from WrestleMania XIX and
WrestleMania X-7, autographs from Bobby Heenan, Gene Okerlund, the natural
disasters, and William Regal from that Axxess (X-7).
That’s a whole lot of autographs.
byort: Signed 2×4 by Hacksaw Jim Duggan (and shards
of an in-ring used 2×4), signed beauty school head by Al Snow, or a piece of
Mr. Perfect’s chewing gum. Take your pick.
While I can see putting the 2×4 on display, and giving the
entire story to your friends – I truly don’t know whether to be amazed or
disgusted that you have Mr. Perfect’s gum.
Piperfan01: I have a signed script from most of the
wrestling stars of Ready to Rumble.
If it doesn’t include Sal Bandini, it’s worthless.
Garth Holmberg, C.C.:
My collection of the Hasbro figure series
is almost complete (off the cards) with the exception of the final series
(featuring Borga, Yoko #2, Kid, Gunns, Bomb, and Crush #3) and a couple from
the bloated sets that came out in 1992 (specifically Nailz and Owen). I’m going
to say that’s easily my favorite. Sitting on one of my shelves right now.
Now that’s a set worth bragging about. The only set I ever
had was the WCW Grip ‘N Flip, and I wound up breaking them all open for the
props, which I regret. Well, sorta. I used the props for the Jesus Christ
Action Figure that I kept on my desk at work. I figured he’d been using the
same gimmick for 2000 years, so I put a cowboy hat on his head that came from a
bottle of JR’s BBQ sauce, and gave him the WCW Title from the Goldberg/Hogan
set. The entire thing was scrapped, sadly, when I got an HR complaint about my
insensitivity.
mrh610: My buddy got a broken hand from Taz at an
ECW show in Buffalo. Does that count as memorabilia?
Not without the story behind it! You can’t leave us hanging
like this.
Voth22: I have a program from an NWA house show
where some of the “Young Guns” were signing autographs before hand-
the three I got were Scott Steiner, Brian Pillman and Scott Hall (as well as
local radio personality “Banana” Don). I also have a 64 Oz glass
Andre the Giant mug I used to take to parties and drink out of in college.
That’s a killer trio of Young Guns. You picked wisely. Regarding
the Andre mug, it was probably an impressive beast amongst the college crowd …
but Andre would have drank straight vodka from it, and come back for a couple
of 24’s later.
Jon Eks: I bought a set of 4 D-Generation X shot
glasses way back when, that I loved. One was the “Two words: Suck
It!,” another was “down where? down HERE!,” the third was the
bar code, and the 4th one is one I can’t even remember. During my sophomore
year of college, my roommate and I were hosting some friends and I looked for
them. My roommate, half in the bag, told me he and another of my friends
accidentally broke two of them – the bar code, and the one I can’t remember –
and that he was really sorry. I was incredibly disappointed – not pissed
because of how genuinely bad he felt – and got fucking hammered that night. I
still sometimes wish I had the two that broke. I still have the other two, and
I’m the only one who gets to take a shot from the “Suck It!” glass. I
love those things.
Lenny Vowels: For today’s question, I’m going with my
original WWF DVD copy of Wrestlemania X-Seven. Pre-network, it was still the
only way to watch the show in non-blurred full form, and I’ll still watch it
this way on occasion. Cost me a solid $30 on eBay several years ago, but I
recall it spiking a bit higher after that.
I sold off the bulk of my WWF DVD collection about 8 years
ago; but even at the time, the WWF versions of shows were going for big bucks
for exactly that reason. I remember Royal Rumble 2002 in particular going for
close to $100. The initial blurring was so goddamn distracting, that it was
unbearable. Production improved over the years, but I’m thrilled it’s finally
over.
TheGrailspiral: I’m an obsessive loser and I taped all WWF
programing and ppvs from 1987 to 2003 (I just lost my love for it then)…more
than a 1000 tapes, include some WCW and ecw. It’s hard to lie when people see
them on so many bookshelves.
I don’t think modern fans can understand the painstaking
work it took to maintain a proper collection. I had every episode of WCW Nitro
and Thunder from 1999-end on VHS, as well as every episode of RAW from
2000-2004. That took up a few hundred tapes, and tons of shelf space. I
labelled each tape carefully, and, as the true testament, I watched every one
of those shows live and carefully paused the recording during each commercial
break. Years and years of effort. I eventually gave the entire thing away to my
best friend, and I’m fairly sure they’re in a dump somewhere today.
Being an old married man, I don’t have a lot left. I have a
CM Punk “Best In The World” hoodie that I’ll bust out in the winter time. I
have a Monday Night Jericho t-shirt, and I wore it to the New York State Fair
last summer. But the neatest thing I still have is the photo of Kurt Angle and
I.
It came on the tail end of a TNA house show at the Bob
Guertin arena in Hull, QC, with maybe 150 people in attendance. I was in the
front row, and ridiculously drunk. I nearly got into a fight with Earl Hebner,
who apparently did not care for the relentlessly mean heckling. My friend,
having my best interests at heart, did his best to calm me down by constantly
buying me more beer and giving me new insults to fling at Earl.
After the show, TNA was allowing fans into the ring to meet
Kurt. Simon Diamond, who was working as a road agent, asked me to stop stomping
on the ring steps so hard when I did my Vince McMahon impression (figuring this
would be both my first and last time I’d ever step in a ring – still true). Finally
I met Kurt. With all the questions we could possibly come up with after all the
years of watching him on TV, I looked at him earnestly and asked “will you give
me an ANGLE SLAM?”
He laughed, clutched me in quite tight (which I assume was
code for, kid, seriously, shut up and sober up), let me hold the belt, and took
our picture together for $20. (Which I handed over to Simon Diamond.) I still
have it. I loved that night, and Kurt was the biggest star I’ve had the pleasure
of asking to kick my ass.
The Earl Hebner story wound up as one of those embarrassing
ones that got re-told at my wedding, and the Angle photo sits as the black
sheep amongst my mountain of Atlanta Braves memorabilia.
I also have a Sonny Siaki autograph that sits at the bottom of a storage tote somewhere, which thankfully wasn’t
brought up at my wedding because that’s far more embarrassing.
Enjoy the weekend BoD. Back atcha tomorrow.

Network Update – 7/26/14

Vault > Legends of Wrestling
           > 2009 – Southern Wrestling – 12/1/09

In Ring > RAW Replays
            > 1995 – Episode 115 – 6/12/95
                           Episode 116 – 6/19/95
                           Episode 117 – 6/26/95
                           Episode 118 – 7/3/95

             > 2002 – Episode 461 – 3/25/02

The episode of Legends of Wrestling is the final episode to be uploaded. The RAW episodes are pre- and post-KOTR ’95 and include appearances by Techo Team 2000 and the rare WWF appearance by Scotty Riggs as a Luger flag-bearer. The 2002 episode of RAW is the first-ever draft.