Kayfabe Commentaries Timeline Series: 1993 WCW as told by Vader

This was released in February 2014

The interview runs at two hours and ten minutes long

Sean Oliver conducted the interview

JANUARY

On January 8th, just nine days after Vader defeated Ron Simmons for the WCW World Championship, Ron Simmons challenges him to another match. Vader claims that he thought that title was the number one title in America at that time, because Sting, Ron Simmons, and himself were all great workers. Sean asks Vader if there were any plans for him to hold the title for a long time and Vader said Dusty Rhodes gave him “free reign” at the time and that he would tell them if he could work around their schedule.
Vader talks about riding with Harley Race at this time and how he would always hit the governor in the car, which was around 115mph and that Harley always had a beer and a cigarette in his hand and his job was to make sure that he did not run out of either.
When asked if Cactus Jack was better as a face or a heel, Vader said he didn’t think it mattered and feels the same way about himself. Vader, speaking for himself, said that he did not work any different between heel or face.
On January 15th, Paul Heyman was fired from WCW by Bill Watts via fax after Watts claimed that Heyman faked expense reports from April-July of 1992. Vader said that Heyman had him sold about coming to ECW and calls him a great salesman. On the subject of Watts, Vader said that Watts once saw him do jump presses in the gym and after that, Watts was impressed and that he never had a problem with him.
Sean asks Vader about Bill Apter, after the 1992 PWI award show. Vader said that he liked him as a writer and someone who was important to wrestling for providing inside knowledge to the serious fan. Sean then talks about how now the curtain has been drawn back, exposing the business, and how they now know everything that will happen, stating the mystery is gone.
Vader is asked about Erik Watts and if the heat he had on him was warranted or not. Vader said that he always treated him good but the fact that he was a son of a very dominant booker and didn’t have what it took to be a star brought on the resentment. Vader did add that he believed Watts could have been a decent middle-of-the-card guy.
He is now asked the same question about Dustin Rhodes. Vader said that Dustin was a whole class above him as a wrestler and said that he is very talented and can wrestle.
Sean now goes over the “White Castle of Fear” video that aired on the January 30th episode of “WCW Saturday Night.” When asked, Vader said he did not know who came up with the idea but looking back, people remember it well.
FEBRUARY
The Tazmaniac received a tryout at the February 8th “WCW Saturday Night” tapings defeating Joey Maggs but did not get hired by the company. Vader said that he remembered him briefly at that time and said that he had power and explosiveness that made him popular. When asked about the tryout process in WCW, Vader said that it was a tough situation because they had a stacked roster. He goes back to talk about the AWA when he broke in until Sean reins him back to talk about WCW.
Bill Watts resigned from WCW on February 10th. When asked if Watts’ tenure was good, Vader just talked about how he agreed to drop the belt to Ron Simmons, claiming that it was by his choice, as he could have jumped ship to WWF or Japan if he wanted.
Ole Anderson took over for Watts on February 12th. Vader said that he was confrontational then talks about he was the first 400lbs person to perform a moonsault and after that, people tried to imitate him. Vader said that Ole did not want him to do the moonsault because he was 400lbs and did not need to fly around like “Peter Pan.” Vader said at that time, he was drinking and doing other things, so he told off Ole. Vader claims that he is not that person anymore (he is full of shit).
Davey Boy Smith debuted on February 21st by defeating Bill Irwin after being fired from the WWF due to receiving shipments of growth hormones. When asked about the difference between the companies, Vader talks about how he always put legal stuff into his body and never had a problem with tests. Sean asks him about the steroids and if the “black market” stuff was different from what you would get from doctors and what steroids they used and Vader said he was naturally big since birth and used stuff that would help his body produce naturally because if you put other stuff into your body, it can stop producing.
At SuperBrawl III, Barry Windham defeated the Great Muta to win the NWA World Championship. When asked if two belts diminished the WCW World Championship, Vader said he didn’t at the time but looking back thinks it did. He also said that was Ric Flair’s decision as he was running things then talks about how he saw Reid Flair right before he died at an independent show in Rhode Island and from that he talks about Japan for a bit.
Speaking on Flair’s return to WCW, Vader said that at the time he did not understand the politics of the business like he does now. He talks about his feud with Cactus Jack and how it was the hottest in the business and they ended with Cactus having amnesia. He then said that Flair was the best in regards to political savvy.
He talks about his strap match with Sting at SuperBrawl III. Vader talks for a while about building a match and how too much scripting hinders the match and how he did everything on the fly and now the business has changed because they now receive a piece of paper on what do to at all times.
Jim Ross quit on February 25th, shortly after a demotion to a position that had him sell TV syndication. Vader said that it was a big loss, especially for him as he really liked his character. Vader then said that the announcer matters a lot more than the average fan thinks. He also believes that the company was going into a new era and that they wanted to move away from JR’s style of announcing and looks.
MARCH
On the subject of the Hollywood Blonds team, Vader said that he once teamed with Steve Austin against Ric Flair & Steve Austin in a TV match that lasted 27 minutes and how they tore the house down. Vader said that he and Austin had instant chemistry. When asked if Brian Pillman was the best choice as Austin’s partner, Vader said that he was not but they still had a good run.
APRIL
He is asked about the WCW debut in New York City on April 14th at the Paramount Theatre. Vader said that the locker room treated it as another show and did not get excited that they were in WWF territory.
On April 17th after a match on WCW Saturday Night, Cactus Jack wound up in the hospital, requiring 24 stitches and suffering a concussion, after his match with Vader. When asked, Vader said that before the match, Cactus came up to Harley and himself and told him to not wear his gloves and when he hit him, to turn his hand and cut him on each side then puff his nose and slice up his forehead. Vader said that parts of the match were edited off of TV.
MAY
On May 1st, the “Flair for the Gold” segment made it’s debut on “WCW Worldwide.” Flair introduced his wife Fifi and interviewed Harley Race and Vader. He thought that the segment didn’t work and looking back, Vader said that was on him because he kept grunting and growling so Flair had nothing to work with.
Vader defeated Tatsuo Nakano via KO at 3:35 at the UWFI event in Japan. He is asked if WCW management took issue with him taking the match. Vader said that it was in his contract with Bischoff that he could go to Japan a few times a year. He said that eventually, he gave WCW the rights that prevented him to go to Japan when he restructured his own contract but he got more money as a result. When asked about the UWFI “shoot fight” match, Vader said that he was confident in his ability but was legit scared about a guy from Russia who was 6’1 and 340lbs. He said that he only did it for the payday as he was building a shopping center at the time and needed the money to make that happen.
He is asked about Paul Roma joining the Four Horseman but first asked about what happened between Tully Blanchard and WCW. He just said there was friction between cliques within the company. When asked why Roma was considered, Vader has no idea and wonders if he was a friend.
Sid rejoined WCW on May 23rd. Vader tells us that Sid was originally considered for the Vader gimmick but that was over once they saw him wrestle. He could not do a long match with a smaller guy as he could not keep up with them.
JUNE
When asked about Kevin Nash showing up on WWF television after wrestling just three days earlier for WCW, Vader said that he was not much in terms of star power when he left the company but became a major player in WWF then came back as a huge star. Vader said Kevin is a friend and a very smart businessman.
He is asked about the “Masters of the Powerbomb” gimmick when he teamed with Sid. Vader said that was Bischoff’s idea but that the gimmick did not work, citing it was just “too much.”
At the Clash of the Champions, Ric Flair & Arn Anderson defeated the Hollywood Blonds for the Tag Team Titles in the lowest rated Clash of all-time. Vader talks again about how he teamed with Austin and had great chemistry together and thought they should have gotten a chance to feud with Arn & Flair
JULY
On July 7th, WCW taped several months worth of WCW Worldwide shows at the Disney/MGM Studios, revealing future champions to the crowd in the process. He said that the WCW did it to save cash but the crowds were not wrestling crowds and that they did not take into consideration the fact that guys involved in the shows had contracts expiring later in the year.
AUGUST
The Nasty Boys returned to WCW on August 14th. Vader said he always got along with them and they were a pretty good tag team who partied more than they trained but still did a good job in the ring.
On that same day, Harlem Heat made their WCW debut. Vader said that he got along with them and says that he grew up in inner-city Los Angeles around a lot of minorities and played sports, using a rough style. When asked if he saw any star potential in Booker T back then, Vader said he is very good and once he got to show his own personality, he started to shine.
Vader is now asked about the Shockmaster debut. When Vader said it was over once he fell through the wall and starts to laugh for a bit.
He is now asked about the Road Warriors returning to WCW at Clash of the Champions. Sean asked if the gimmick was passé and Vader said their physical presence was awesome and that they were built for power. He adds that their time away from the company may have hurt them.
SEPTEMBER
After New Japan Wrestling took him to court claiming his costume and name, he became “Vader” after originally being called “Big Van Vader.” He talks for a long time about how he was as a star in Japan and then ended with how no one gave a shit about the name change as it meant nothing. A waste of four minutes.
OCTOBER
Vader is asked about Bret Hart burying Ric Flair on a Sports Radio Station in Toronto. Vader said that Flair is a great wrestler and that was not a fair criticism. He also says that Bret is extremely good but not the “Best there was….” He then talks about hearing horror stories about Vince McMahon and said that he was always treated like a gentleman in the WWF, by the employees and Vince, and that the WWF had a lot to do with them being allowed to say anything.
Now he is asked about the incident in which Sid Vicious stabbed Arn Anderson. Vader said that the whole company were all at this lounge, drinking and exchanging a lot of pills. He said that not everyone was doing this but they were all doing this before getting on a plane and he said that one wrestler, who Vader refused to name, got up and fell face-first onto a chair. They get to their destination and they get someone to open up a bar and guys are drinking as the sun is coming up. The next thing he knows, a fight breaks out and that Sid was going into shock and did the “Frankenstein” walk towards him so he grabbed Sid and had blood squirting out of his side. Vader said that he did not know what to do so he stuck is thumb there with a towel and sat him down until the ambulance came. Vader claims to have not seen what happened before that. Sean asks if they were reprimanded about what happened and Vader said he was actually praised for saving Sid’s life.
NOVEMBER
Gene Okerlund makes his WCW debut on the November 6th edition of WCW Saturday Night. Vader said that Hogan was surrounding himself with his people and that the talks of Hogan entering the company were happening. He says that Okerlund is very good.
Vader won the BattleBowl on November 20th. He said that the year before, Sting got a nice ring after he won the tournament but he did not get one when he won, which ticked him off. Vader said that the reason was that Bischoff asked him to take photos for six weeks straight and he didn’t, which he did, then did what Bischoff told him to, which meant he was late to the other place he was supposed to be at and Orndorff flipped out at him, leading to the fight, which Vader said cost him a shitload of money and that if Bischoff had told him where he was at that time, this could have been avoided. Vader then wishes Orndorff well.
DECEMBER
He is asked about the Title vs. Career match against Ric Flair. Originally, Vader claimed that Dusty told him he was going to regain the belt six weeks later in a cage match and that Ric was getting the belt because it was his hometown and the company needed a boost. He said that a five weeks later, Flair took over the booking job and the rematch never took place.
Sean asks Vader about being named the “Wrestler of the Year” in 1993 from three different publications. Vader then promises to tell Sean about his exercise devise which is patent-pending that strengthens your upper body as long as he invites him back for another video. He said the device is tentatively called the “Vader Pump.”
Final Thoughts: This was awful. Vader, who just mumbled through the video, kept going off-topic to talk about himself or something else that was not involving anything that happened in 1993 WCW. I learned next to nothing about this year and everything else I heard from his RF Video Shoot interview from 15 years ago. The purpose of these pieces is to learn about the entire year. This failed at that miserably.

I really like Sean Oliver but he did a terrible job with Vader, letting him go off-topic and not bringing him back to the topic. I also think he got played a bit by Vader, who seemingly used this as a vehicle to promote himself. I mean they all do but this guy didnt even say a single thing of note. He let Vader consume the whole interview with his own ramblings. I thought this was about 1993 WCW and throughout the the two hours and ten minutes of this piece, I heard very little of what happened this year other than Vader harping on the fact that he and Steve Austin would have been the best tag team.

As far as these Timeline interviews go, this was easily one of the worst. I thought the Barry Windham 1991 Timeline was the worst but at least he wasn’t in love with himself like Vader, who was not willing to discuss anyone but himself. He would say that he was “good friends” with people that he liked and if something came up where he acted like a jerk, he would not talk about the situation in detail and just said that he is a different person now, which is full of shit based off of he acted recently while in Europe. My recommendation for this is to avoid at all costs. 

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WWE Network Update


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Daily Network Thread – 5/1/14

The Network live stream schedule for today:

9:00 AM ET – RAW Flashback – 2/21/94 – Razor Ramon & The 1-2-3 Kid vs. The Quebecers; Bret Hart vs. Tom Prichard.
10:00 AM ET – RAW Flashback – 2/28/94 – Randy Savage vs.Yokozuna for the WWF Championship.
11:00 AM ET – WCCW – 12/26/82 – David Von Erich & The Freebirds go for the WCCW Six Man Tag Team Title; 18-Man Battle Royal Pole Match.
12:00 PM ET – WCW Spring Stampede ’99 – 4/10/99 – Ric Flair vs. Hollywood Hogan vs. Sting vs. DDP for the WCW Championship.
3:00 PM ET – Best of Hall of Fame – 4/23/14 – Pete Rose/Ric Flair.
4:00 PM ET – Best of Hall of Fame – 4/24/14 – Gene Okerlund/Shawn Michaels.
5:00 PM ET – Journey to Wrestlemania XXX: Daniel Bryan.
6:00 PM ET – WWE Countdown – 4/23/14 – Top ten greatest tag teams.
7:00 PM ET – Wrestlemania Rewind – 4/29/14 – The Big Show vs. Floyd Mayweather from Wrestlemania XXIV.
8:00 PM ET – Legends’ House – A bowling competition; the Legends film a commercial.
9:00 PM ET – WWE NXT – NXT Divas Championship tournament begins; Adrian Neville vs. Brodus Clay for the NXT Championship.
10:00 PM ET – WWE Superstars – Sin Cara vs. Damian Sandow; Natalya vs. Tamina Snuka.
11:00 PM ET – Legends’ House – Replay of the earlier episode.

From WWE, try One Night Stand 2005, which was meant to be a tribute-type show to ECW and led to the revival of the brand. Chris Jericho vs. Lance Storm, Benoit vs. Guerrero, yet another Masato Tanaka vs. Mike Awesome showcase and Sandman/Tommy Dreamer vs. The Dudley Boyz. I promise this show is widely available. WIDELY.

TNA and Spike

We've heard nothing yet about Spike renewing TNA's TV deal. 

If Spike drops TNA (since really, Cops gets the same or better ratings), is that the end of the promotion right there? They can't survive on just house shows given the low attendance, right? 
Yup, TNA exists on the whims of Spike TV and nothing more.  Most people think that Spike is just waiting to see how the WWE deal shakes down, and then if they don't get WWE they'll offer TNA whatever they offer and TNA will happily accept and continue surviving.  If WWE goes to Spike, TNA is done.  

REPOST: Clash of Champions XXII

(Apparently this is up on the Network in some form, although you can only find it on computer.  HIGHLY DUBIOUS, BRAIN.  Anyway, assuming Stranger isn’t a big fat lying liar, here’s the original rant for it.) The SmarK Retro Rant for Clash of the Champions XXII: THUNDERCAGE! (Jan 13 / 1993) – This is another one of those shows that I could swear up and down on a stack of Bibles that I’ve already done, but don’t seem to have anything actually done for it. So here ya go, courtesy of reader David J. Mann. – Live from Milwaukee, WI. – Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jesse Ventura. – Opening match: Cactus Jack v. Johnny B. Badd. Badd is subbing for Erik Watts, who was “arrested” after his brawl with Arn Anderson at a gas station. Oh, shucks. Sadly, no prison rape resulted. Then, in an amazing turn of events, they actually put together a BACKSTORY for this match, since Badd & Jack were partners in the Lethal Lottery at Starrcade and broke up to end the match. Jack hammers out of a hammerlock to start and gets into a fistfight, which goes badly. He offers Badd a “bang bang” for his troubles. Jack hammers away again, but Badd leapfrogs him and rolls him up for two. Dropkick and Badd grabs an armbar, but Jack slugs out of it. Badd rams him into the turnbuckles, and Jack runs into a foot and gets punched down. Badd cradles for two. Elbow and Badd goes up and whiffs on the sunset flip from the top, which allows Jack to drop an elbow for the pin at 2:48, drawing a scary face pop. Kind of quick, to say the least. *1/2 – We get a video for 2 Cold Scorpio, who dances for some kids in a basketball court. I was hoping he’d advise them against doing drugs so I get a cheapshot in. – 2 Cold Scorpio v. Scotty Flamingo. If Scorpio hadn’t debuted in the redneck-centered promotion of the deep south, he might have ended up something special. Flamingo grabs a wristlock to start and Scorpio flips out of it and hiptosses him for one. Flamingo grabs a headlock and they do a lucha-esque sequence that ends with Flamingo bailing off a weak kick, and Scorpio follows with a dive off the apron. Back in, Flamingo kicks him down and dropkicks him out of the ring, and follows with a low-rent tope con hilo. Scott must have been feeling particularly frisky. Back in, it gets two, but Scorpio cradles for two. Flamingo stomps him down and gets a nice snap suplex for one. Choking follows and we hit the chinlock. They slug it out and Scorpio comes back with a hiptoss and a dropkick, and goes up with a twisting splash for two. Corner splash misses and Flamingo rolls him up for two and gets a lariat for two. Blind charge misses and Scorpio superkicks him into a legdrop and finishes with the 450 at 4:11. Good action here that was WAY ahead of its time. *** – Chris Benoit v. Brad Armstrong. This was Benoit’s WCW debut as a part of the roster, long before he meant anything. He made his official debut in the NWA tag tournament in a crazy match against Pillman & Liger, but that was intended as a one-shot deal. At this point, as far as WCW was concerned, he was just a promising junior heavyweight from Japan who survived Stu Hart’s Dungeon. They criss-cross off a headlock to start and Benoit dodges a dropkick and gets a straight foot to the gut to set up a powerbomb, which Armstrong counters and they do an insane stalemate sequence, leading to an armdrag from Brad. Yikes. Armstrong works the arm as Benoit tries to escape by kipping up, but Armstrong keeps him on the mat. Into a knucklelock, as Benoit bridges out of it in a spot he can’t do anymore due to his neck, and then Armstrong does the same thing, and suplexes Benoit into an armbar. He stays on the arm and Benoit reverses, and they work off that for a bit until Brad leverages him out of the ring. Back in, they again trade hammerlocks and Benoit tries the same strategy as Armstrong, but Brad goes back to the arm to counter. Benoit takes him down and goes for a crab, but Brad powers out, only to get pounded by Benoit. He suplexes him onto the top rope, putting him on the apron, and then hits him with a springboard clothesline to the floor ala Jericho’s dropkick. That woke up the crowd. Back in, Benoit gets the now-patented clothesline and snap suplex, for two. He starts chopping and headbutting, earning him the Jesse Ventura Seal of Approval ™. Brad fights back with a kneelife, but Benoit pounds him down again, and a backbreaker turns into a submission move. To the top, but Armstrong blocks him. Benoit casually shoves him down and tries the flying headbutt, but misses. Brad comes back with a neckbreaker and drops an elbow for two. Benoit KILLS HIM DEAD with a dragon suplex (full-nelson suplex) for the pin at 9:13. The seeds of awesome were there, all right. ***1/4 – We take a look at some SMW footage of the RNR winning the tag titles from the Heavenly Bodies, setting up the SMW guest appearance at Superbrawl III. – Jesse Ventura holds an arm-wrestling match between Vinnie Vegas & Tony Atlas, because Van Hammer is injured and thus unable to defend his “Strongest Arm” title. Nothing cooler than Kevin Nash in pink jogging pants. As if Nash would last three seconds in a legit arm-wrestling match with Atlas. This goes on forever, left-handed no less, and Vinnie wins a grueling contest to claim the vacant Strongest Arm title. He’s gassed, too. – And just to really amp up the brutal realism of the show, we get Vader’s “White Castle of Fear” video challenge to Sting for Superbrawl III. No midgets in this one, just Vader. – Video package details the US title tournament, which ended up with Dustin Rhodes going over Ricky Steamboat to win the belt. – The Wrecking Crew v. Tom Zenk & Johnny Gunn. The Crew was one of Animal’s brothers and another guy. Zenk grabs a headlock on Rage to start, and escapes a press-slam. He dodges Rage and goes up with a high cross for one, and dropkicks him out. The heels regroup, so Gunn nails them with a tope con hilo. Didn’t see that coming. Back in, Gunn dodges the heels and rolls up Rage for two. He gets caught in the corner, but armdrags Fury. Fury comes back with a clothesline. Backbreaker, but Gunn faceplants him and makes the tag to Zenk. Hiptoss and he pounds away, but Fury gets a gutwrench suplex and stomps him. Truly a technical classic. Sideslam brings in Rage, who gets a bad powerslam and Fury comes back in. Hew whips Zenk around, but comes off the second rope and gets superkicked as a result. Hot tag Gunn, and bodyslams abound. A real bad forearm and some double-noggin-knocker action follow, but Gunn gets cheapshotted and the Crew finish him with a double-team backbreaker at 6:05. Rage & Fury disappeared again after this, perhaps to seek anger management therapy. Ѕ* – Unified World tag title: Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas v. Steve Austin & Brian Pillman. Austin knees Steamboat and pounds away to start, but gets cradled for two. Rollover gets two. Criss-cross and Steamboat gets a bodyblock for two and it’s BONZO GONZO right away. The Blonds bail and regroup. Back in, Austin offers a handshake and then turns on Steamboat, allowing Pillman to come in and start chopping. Steamboat dodges him and gets a dropkick, and the faces pinball him into a Dragon armdrag. Douglas keeps on the arm, and they work it incessantly with cool quick tags. Pillman whips out of it and they criss-cross, but he hurts his knee. Well, better stop the match and call a stretcher. But IT’S A MIRACLE! Pillman slingshots in again, but Douglas powerslams him for two. Austin comes in to try, and Douglas immediately goes to the arm and works on it. Austin escapes, but Douglas goes back to it and brings Steamboat in for some more double-teaming. Steamboat gets the hammerlocked slam and tags back out, as Douglas gets a sunset flip for two. Austin reverses to a rollup for two, and they go into a pinfall reversal sequence that leads to Douglas getting a butt-butt off the second rope for two. Good stuff. Douglas & Steamboat double-team with a hiptoss and Steamboat slams Douglas onto Austin, then slams Pillman onto Austin. He goes back to the arm with a wristlock on Austin, but a quick cheapshot from Pillman allows Austin to slam Steamboat and put the heels in control. Pillman comes in and works the back with a whip into the corner and a slam for two. He suckers Shane in and then tosses Dragon out, which is TEXTBOOK NWA heel stuff. Austin adds a slam on the concrete while he’s out there. Pillman necksnaps him on the way in, but Steamboat fights back, so Austin kicks him in the back to allow Pillman to suplex him back in. That gets two. The Blonds work Steamboat over, and Pillman chops him down. I again wonder why Bischoff couldn’t let them become the Midnight Express of the 90s. Steamboat comes back with a sunset flip, but the ref was busy with Austin. Austin with a gutwrench and again suckers Douglas in, allowing more damage. Ricky fights back, but gets suplexed while crawling for a tag. Austin gets two. Man, you don’t have to ask Steamboat twice to play face-in-peril in a tag match. Austin goes to a body-vice, but Steamboat uses leverage to escape. Austin goes back to it because Steamboat doesn’t have the gas to capitalize, but Pillman tries Air Pillman and hits Austin by mistake. Steamboat gives both of them a flying chop, and finally makes the hot tag to Douglas after one last tease spot to really drive the fans into a frenzy. Douglas keeps it simple, slugging everyone down and dropkicking them, then moving to clotheslines. Belly to belly for Pillman, but Austin nails him off the top behind the ref’s back and then takes out Steamboat. That gets two. Steamboat brawls with Austin outside, and grabs a title belt, which he nails Douglas with for the DQ at 13:34, kicking off an epic feud that ended with the Blonds winning the titles after weeks of great matches. Great match, bad finish. ****1/4 – Thundercage: Dustin Rhodes & Sting v. Vader, Paul Orndorff & Barry Windham. Ron Simmons was eliminated by a pre-match attack from Vader in the previous segment. Rhodes backdrops Windham out of the corner to start and they slug it out, but Windham misses an elbow. Rhodes slugs away in the corner and gets a clothesline, bringing Sting in for a bulldog. Press slam and Windham brings Vader in for a go. Sting slugs him on the ropes, but Vader returns fire with mustard on it. Sting keeps punching and gets an atomic drop, and a DDT finally puts Vader down. Stinger splash and he keeps slugging away, and adds some for the other heels, too. Vader actually does a Flair Flip, but catches Sting with a shot to the head on a charge. He goes up with a flying clothesline and then adds a flying splash from the second rope, which misses. Sting kicks away and clotheslines him out, but Orndorff sneaks in with a german suplex to break up the jubilation. Orndorff comes in and stomps away, clotheslining Sting down and dropping an elbow. He drops an elbow on the lower abs, and Windham comes in with a shot off the top and slugs Sting down. Suplex gets two. Dustin gets suckered in and allows some double-teaming by the heels, and they continue working him over in the corner. Vader splash in the corner and a clubbing forearm put Sting down, and a press slam (with a shot on the way down) follows. That’s so cool. Windham sets up for a superplex , but Sting fights out and collapses to the mat. Hot tag to Rhodes is made, and he valiantly tries it 1-on-3, catching Windham with a lariat and slugging the other two down. Corner clothesline and he slugs away, but now Cactus Jack runs in with bolt-cutters to let himself in, and attacks the heels with his boot, laying them all out. I guess he’s your substitute for Simmons. Orndorff finally tosses him, leaving himself one-on-one with Rhodes, but a piledriver attempt is foiled by a boot to the head and Jack gets the pin at 11:22 to officially turn face. Match was going okay until the non-sensical finish. *** The Bottom Line: This was quite the great wrestling show that kind of snuck up on me. Much like the PPV it was hyping, Superbrawl III. The main event was rushed and disappointing due to substitutions and time limitations, but the tag title match is the usual amazing Blonds exhibition and Benoit’s WCW singles debut is already great stuff. Highly recommended.

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–02.28.94

(OK, last of the reposts from 2011, as they’ll start putting the March 1994 RAWs up on the Network tomorrow and I’ll pick it up here in the present…in the past…whatever.  You know what I mean.)
The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW – February 28 1994
– Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY.
– Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Harvey Wippleman.
WWF World title: Yokozuna v. Randy Savage
Savage’s last shot at the WWF title, as it turned out. Savage gets tired of waiting for Yoko’s entrance, so he attacks before the bell…and gets clobbered as a result. Not smart. Yoko chokes him out in the corner and slugs away, then adds a slam, but misses the big fat splash. Savage sends him to the floor with the high knee and adds the double axehandle, and we take a break. Back with Savage trying to muscle Yoko back into the ring to avoid a countout (take notes, Lex Luger), but Jim Cornette allows Yoko to get a cheapshot and run Savage into the stairs. Back in, they slug it out and Savage wins that one and follows with a flying axehandle. Flying crossbody gets two. Rollup gets two. Yoko finally goes with a low headbutt to make the Macho Man a bit less macho, and he follows with the avalanche. Savage is done, but Yoko drags him into the middle of the ring to gloat, then misses the Hulkbuster legdrop. Savage gets the salt bucket away from Yoko and puts him down with it, and that gets two. He stops to knock Cornette off the apron and goes up to finish, but the big elbow only gets two before Crush runs in for the DQ at 10:57. Well you know that finish was coming, but Savage is so good at building sympathy that you almost thought he might make the big comeback and win anyway. ***1/4 It turns into a big brawl with Crush & Yoko beating down Savage and Bret Hart, but thankfully Lex Luger is there to make the save, long after anyone who actually gives a shit has gotten involved.
Bam Bam Bigelow v. Mike Khoury
Bigelow slugs the jobber down and drops elbows, but misses the headbutt. Khoury comes back with a dropkick, but Bigelow slams him as Vince announces the Doink & Dink v. Bigelow & Luna match at Wrestlemania. Clearly they had no clue what to do with Bigelow at this point, as the Doink feud was blown off months before this with no need for another match. Enzuigiri finishes at 2:35.
Earthquake v. The Black Phantom
The Phantom is clearly a renamed Blackheart, and given Luna’s employment it’s probably Gangrel picking up a few bucks on the side. Quake overpowers him and puts him down with a dropkick (no really, a pretty good one at that). Butt splash finishes at 1:38. Vince notes that originally Quake was supposed to face Ludvig Borga at Wrestlemania, but now it’s Adam Bomb. Have we even seen Borga since his injury?
Meanwhile, Stan Lane (his RAW debut as an interviewer) heads into Shawn’s dressing room, but Shawn gets all offended because he’s underdressed. So in a funny bit, he leaves his towel on and makes sure to put the Intercontinental belt on over it. Why the hell is Diesel hanging out in the dressing room while Shawn is getting dressed, anyway? That’s kinda weird.
Men On A Mission v. Brooklyn Brawler & Steve Smith
Mo pounds Smith down with a dropkick and flying forearm, but Brawler comes in. And gets clobbered. He tries a sunset flip on Mabel, but gets legdropped. Vince notes that Randy Savage is “discontinent” in the dressing room because of the loss tonight. Yeah, he usually sounds that way on interviews. Maybe he needs more fibre. Smith gets hung in the Tree of Woe and splashed by Mabel, and the big fat splash finishes at 3:13.
Next week: Owen Hart & Crush v. The Smoking Gunns! Jeff Jarrett v. Virgil! Doink! IRS! And…the Undertaker?

WWE Drops the Developmental Hammer

I dunno if this has anything to do with the investor's call tomorrow, but they decided to drop Mason Ryan just to be on the safe side.  Which is weird because they have been literally not firing anyone ever and just letting guys ride out their contracts (JTG, Tatsu, Ryder) no matter how much of a lost cause they are.  Ryan in particular got a million chances and was even talked about as replacing Roman Reigns in the Shield when the split was going to happen.  Oliver Grey got SQUASHED by Camacho in his big return after months off, so obviously they were getting rid of him.  Either way, weird timing to just suddenly jettison a bunch of super-cheap guys like that.  

Network Update

Thanks to the sharp eye of fellow BoDer BretHart1987, I can confirm that Clash of the Champions XXII has been uploaded. Go to Search, type in Clash of the Champions, and at the bottom of Page 1, you will find it. I am unable to find where it is via any other method. The show has a one hour and forty five minute running time, so it should be the entire card. Check it out!

Monday Nitro – December 7, 1998

Monday
Nitro #166
Date:
December 7, 1998
Location:
Astrodome, Houston, Texas
Attendance:
32,067
Commentators:
Mike Tenay, Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, Larry Zbyszko
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re
less than three weeks away from Starrcade and Nash vs. Goldberg
hasn’t really started to heat up yet. If I didn’t know better I
would think Goldberg would be squashing Bam Bam Bigelow at the PPV
based on what we’ve seen in recent weeks. Other than that we’re
getting ready for Flair vs. Bischoff which I’m sure will be a
classic. Let’s get to it.

Goldberg
vs. Bigelow in a non-title match tonight. The guy isn’t signed but
he can wrestle in a match against the champion?
We
look at a clip from earlier today of Scott Steiner attacking the
Wildcat mascot due to reasons of insanity.
The
Hogan retirement video from last week airs again to shot him beating
up Ric Flair.
Nitro
Girls.
Scott
Steiner comes out to say the only things that come out of Texas are
steers and something censored that rhymes with steers. He demands
that we give Hogan a standing ovation before demanding another match
with Scott Hall tonight.
Nitro
Party winner.
Nitro
Girls.
Kendall
Windham vs. Diamond Dallas Page
We’re
nearly half an hour into this show counting commercials at this
point. Page gets slammed down to start but trips Kendall to the mat
just as easily. A swinging neckbreaker does the same but Windham
comes back with a low blow. Not that it matters as Page comes back
with punches and a big clothesline followed by the Diamond Cutter for
the pin. This wasn’t much but the fans are awake now.
Profile
on a Nitro Girl.
Goldberg
vs. Bigelow package.
Norman
Smiley vs. Prince Iaukea
The
dancing non-Islander takes over to start with a slap to the face and
a nice shoulder block followed by that spinning slam of his. A
delayed double underhook suplex gets two on the Prince and it’s time
for more dancing. Iaukea’s kick to the ribs is caught but Smiley
stops to dance some more, allowing Prince to kick him in the face. A
Samoan drop and top rope splash get two for Prince but Norman calmly
puts on a cross face chicken wing for the submission. This was a
fairly packed match for under three minutes.
We
see the interview from Thunder where Mysterio vs. Guerrera was
announced for next week’s Thunder for a future shot at the
Cruiserweight Title. Eddie Guerrero comes out to and says Silver
King will deal with the selfish Mysterio tonight.
Silver
King vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.
Rey
takes him down with a headscissors to start and they trade what would
evolve into the 619. They wind up on the apron and Rey snaps off a
hurricanrana to send him to the floor. Back in and King counters the
sitout bulldog before hitting what would become the Eye of the Storm
for two. Rey sends him into the corner before going up himself and
TOTALLY botching a hurricanrana. It wound up looking more like a
spinebuster from Silver King than anything else. Mysterio sends him
to the floor and hits a great looking flip dive to make up for it
before a top rope bulldog is enough for the pin.
Rating:
C-. This was Mysterio bouncing
around the ring for about four minutes which is all you need most of
the time. The botch in the middle really hurt it though as there was
no way to cover up something like that. Thankfully they went home
almost immediately after that so it wasn’t a crippling spot in the
middle of the match.
Hour
#2.
Goldberg
and the championship committee arrive but Nash comes up to meet them.
Nash says the match against Bigelow isn’t happening tonight because
Goldberg isn’t supposed to fight before Starrcade. Goldberg says he
dreams of taking Nash apart.
Wrath
vs. Renegade
Renegade
comes out to what would have been Marvelous Marc Mero’s music around
this time. Must be public domain. Wrath takes him into the corner
for some knees to the ribs as the announcers talk about Goldberg vs.
Bigelow. A side slam puts Renegade down but he comes back with some
kicks to the ribs. Wrath easily shrugs them off and drives in some
elbows. Renegade’s handspring elbow is just shoved away and a
clothesline to the back of his head leads to the Meltdown for the
pin.
Rating:
D. I hate to say it, but it’s
over for Wrath. Yeah the Meltdown still looks cool, but it was clear
that there was nothing more for him after he got beat in his one time
moving up the ladder. Just a few weeks ago the announcers were
making him out to be the hottest thing in the world and now he’s
squashing jobbers again. This is Renegade’s final appearance with
the company. How in the world did he survive this long?
Roger
Clemens of baseball fame is here.
Chavo
Guerrero Jr./Disco Inferno vs. Horace/Stevie Ray
Before
the match, Disco asks Konnan com come out for a surprise. Apparently
Kevin Nash has approved Disco as the newest member of the Wolfpack.
Konnan just rolls his eyes and walks away so the squash can begin.
Horace pounds on Chavo to start with the usual power brawling style
of his, only to walk into a dropkick followed by a rope climbing
bulldog for two. Disco and Stevie come in with Ray easily winning a
slugout, only to walk into a swinging neckbreaker.
Disco
gets two off a top rope ax handle but is easily thrown outside for a
beating from Horace. The announcers at least changes things up a bit
here by talking about Hogan’s retirement. Horace comes in legally
and misses an elbow drop, allowing
Chavo to come in and clean house. The tornado DDT gets two on Horace
as everything breaks down. A spike piledriver catches Chavo out of
nowhere and Stevie gets an easy pin.
Rating:
D. Nothing match here for the
most part and I’m not seeing a reason why Chavo and Disco were paired
together. Disco wanting to join the Red and Black simply can’t end
well but that’s the case for a lot of stuff involving the NWO. It’s
also not a good sign that the yet to be christened B-Team is now
getting squashes on Nitro.
Nash
comes out and says that tonight it’s a three way between him,
Goldberg and Bigelow.
Nitro
Girls again.
Glacier
vs. Saturn
This
is supposed to be Miller vs. Saturn but he’s claiming an ankle
injury. Glacier hits a quick Kryonic Kick to start and stomps away
in the corner instead of covering. Another kick stops a Saturn
comeback and a tilt-a-whirl slam sets up even more kicks. Aside from
all the other reasons, it’s becoming clear why Glacier never went
anywhere. Glacier tries to spice things up a bit with a legdrop but
misses an ax handle.
Saturn
grabs a quick atomic drop followed by a cross body. He hits his VERY
high top rope elbow drop but Sonny Onoo distracts the referee because
someone has to try and make this horrible angle interesting. The
fact that Sonny is one of the reasons it’s awful doesn’t make things
much better though. Anyway, Miller hits Glacier by mistake and of
course the referee sees that because Saturn needs to lose to another
horrible guy.
Rating:
F. I think that’s my official
rating for every time Saturn jobs to some waste like Glacier or
Miller.
Saturn
beats up Glacier and the referee.
Lex
Luger vs. Emery Hale
Hale
is a big muscular guy that ran around WCW forever but never got over
due to not being very talented. They
circle each other for awhile to start with no one going anywhere off
a shoulder. A harder shoulder puts Hale down and he heads outside to
yell at some fans. Back in and Hale takes over with a hard lariat
and a big legdrop gets two. Hale pounds on Luger’s back for no
effect but a suplex puts Lex on the mat. Hale misses a good looking
top rope splash and it’s the forearm into the Rack to give Luger the
submission.
Rating:
D. Hale had a very good look
and could have been a solid midcard monster with some more seasoning
and a gimmick. The match was nothing terrible but it’s hard to get
excited about Luger doing the same match we’ve seen him do with far
more talented people. Not much to see here but Hale didn’t embarrass
himself.
Ad
for Starrcade.
Chris
Jericho vs. Bobby Duncum Jr.
Here’s
a match we’ve seen far too many times now. Before the match Jericho
makes fun of cowboys, causing Duncum to jump him from behind to
start. A hard shoulder and clothesline put Jericho down as Bobby is
all ticked off about the cowboy stuff. For the life of me I will
never understand so many grown men being obsessed with looking and
acting like cowboys.
Anyway
Jericho comes back with a quick belly to back but is thrown to the
floor for his efforts. After a whip into the barricade, Duncum
throws Jericho back inside but gets his throat snapped across the top
rope. The missile dropkick has little effect as Bobby nails a
bulldog and another lariat (as all good cowboys should do). Jericho
crotches him on the top and scores with a superplex before grabbing a
rollup and the rope for a cheating pin.
Rating:
D+. Did I mention I’m not a fan
of the generic cowboy characters? Jericho is another talent being
wasted in meaningless feuds like this one after dropping the title to
Konnan so it can be used in the endless NWO war. Nothing to see here
for the most part, even though Duncum is another big guy with a good
look that could be something in a better gimmick.
Hour
#3 begins.
Giant
vs. Scott Putski
Chokeslam,
pin.
Post
match Giant challenges Page for Starrcade because Page’s fans are all
rednecks.
Konnan
wants a piece of the NWO Referee.
Chris
Benoit/Dean Malenko vs. Kanyon/Raven
And
there’s no heel team as Kanyon is looking for Raven in the back.
Raven refuses to go wrestle because Kanyon is a geek. Kanyon points
out that Raven has driven away everyone that has tried to help him,
including Piper, and blames his recent losing streak on Raven. In
the arena, Kanyon refuses to wrestle because he has no partner. For
some reason he pushes Arn Anderson and has to run away from a
crowbar. Benoit dropkicks him to the floor and Kanyon runs off with
no match.
Video
on Bischoff/Flair.
After
a break the Horsemen are still in the ring and here’s their leader.
Ric tells Bischoff to get off his girlfriend and listen to what he
has to say. He says the
dictatorship is about to end and rants about the history of Texas
wrestling while dropping his usual names. Flair is going to choke
Bischoff and rip his throat out at Starrcade. He’s looking redder
than usual here and runs around the ring looking for something to
chop. At Starrcade, Flair promises to chop Bischoff until he says he
respects Flair before taking his job, his girlfriend and his dignity.
Totally insane Flair here but it worked for the most part.
Konnan
video.
TV
Title: Konnan vs. Booker T.
They
shove each other to start with Booker taking over via some forearms
and kicks. Konnan comes back with a rolling clothesline and dropkick
of his own before they head outside. Back in and Konnan scores with
a bulldog but gets caught by an ax kick. Stevie Ray comes strolling
down as Booker dances to his feet. The side kick connects but Stevie
comes in and jumps Konnan for the DQ.
Booker
yells at Stevie post match but Stevie says Booker should be going
after Konnan.
Scott
Steiner vs. Scott Hall
There’s
no referee and Steiner blames Hall for him missing. Hall hammers on
Steiner and we see the NWO Referee wrapped up in tape (Konnan
threatened to do that earlier). Mickie Jay runs
down, shoves the NWO Referee down, and
comes in to count two off Hall’s fall away slam. Steiner
yells at the referee and Hall gets two off a rollup as the NWO runs
in to end the match.
Luger
and Konnan run in but Giant comes in to take them out. Page hits the
ring and nails Giant with a chair to get rid of the NWO. Well the
Black and White that is. In
an amusing visual, the NWO Referee is still down at the entrance.
Bret
Hart comes out and says Page is a coward. He’s proven himself and
that’s about it. Gene says people should go see Wrestling with
Shadows.
Goldberg
vs. Kevin Nash vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
Bigelow
comes out with no music. Nash hits the ring to go after him before
Goldberg arrives. Here comes the champ and the brawl is on. All
three guys slug it out until security comes out to break it up as the
fans pelt the ring with garbage to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
D-. This was one of the
worst Nitros in a long time as almost nothing happened. We’ve got
two episodes before Starrcade and Bigelow is still deeply involved in
the main event scene. There are some matches set for the card, but
the TV Title, US Title and Tag Team Titles aren’t being mentioned,
guys like Luger, Jericho, Saturn, the Horsemen and Raven/Kanyon have
no matches yet, and the main story has a third guy added who probably
won’t be on the PPV either. Sadly enough, this is going to be their
last coherent PPV for a very long time.

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Lightning Round 463

Everyone loves Lightning Rounds, but how bout something with a bit of a twist to them. Best matches for people who weren’t having them or having them with only a select group of talent (a.k.a Shawn or Bret)….
Davey Boy Smith – Singles Match, Post-Bulldogs Era, Not vs. Shawn, Bret, or Owen
That’s pretty specific.  Probably I’d say one of the Hennig matches on Coliseum video.  

Andre The Giant – Heel run of 1987 and later.
 
Against Bret in Milan?
Brutus Beefcake – Singles Only. I won’t be cruel enough to say “WCW Only”.
 
The Dream Team blowoff against Valentine was good, and I recall him having a really good one against Savage in late 89.
The Undertaker – Pre-Attitude Era, Not vs. Mick Foley, Shawn, or Bret.
 
I’m gonna say Warrior because they were decent enough.  
And how bout some not-so-good’s for the hell of it with the obvious choices of “great” workers:
Worst Bret Hart Match
Any of his shitty Dino Bravo abominations on Coliseum video.  
Worst Shawn Michaels Match
He had some bad ones on TV in 97 when he was high all the time.  
Worst Ric Flair Match

JY motherfuckin’ D in 1990.  

BoD Daily Update

WWE RAW Rating

RAW scored a 3.3 rating this past Monday

http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/96-wwe/36746-wwe-news-raw-rating

WWE Stars Appearing at NXT Takeover

Rob Van Dam and Ric Flair have been announced as appearing on the show.

Credit Mike Johnson, PWInsider.com

Top Japanese Star Leaving Pro Wrestling NOAH

Kenta has announced that he is leaving the company, with his final appearance being 5/17. Kenta, who has been with the company since it started, worked out at the WWE Performance Center for a week this past January, fueling speculation that he might be leaving for a WWE contract.

Credit Mike Johnson, PWInsider.com

WWE Network Now Available on X Box One and X Box 360

http://www.wwe.com/inside/wwe-network-now-available-on-xbox-one-and-xbox-360-26263169

Daily Network Thread – 4/30/14

The Network live stream schedule for today:

9:00 AM ET – RAW Flashback – 2/7/94 – Marty Jannetty vs. IRS.
10:00 AM ET – RAW Flashback – 2/21/94 – Razor Ramon & The 1-2-3 Kid vs. The Quebecers; Bret Hart vs. Tom Prichard.
11:00 AM ET – Extreme Rules 2013 – 5/18/13 – John Cena vs. Ryback in a Last Man Standing Match; Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar in a Steel Cage Match.
2:00 PM ET – Wrestlemania Rewind – 4/29/14 – The Big Show vs. Floyd Mayweather at Wrestlemania XXIV.
3:00 PM ET – WWE Countdown – 4/23/14 – Top Ten greatest tag teams.
4:00 PM ET – Legends’ House – 4/24/14 – The Legends play a polo match.
5:00 PM ET – Best of Hall of Fame – 4/22/14 – Hulk Hogan/Bobby Heenan/Trish Stratus.
6:00 PM ET – Beyond the Ring – You Think You Know Me: The Story of Edge.
8:00 PM ET – Best of RAW – 9/22/97 – The MSG RAW! The WWF debut of Cactus Jack; plus, the beginning of the Steve Austin/Vince McMahon rivalry.
9:30 PM ET – Best of Smackdown – 4/27/00 – The go-home episode before Backlash 2000; Steve Austin makes an appearance and blows up the DX Express.
11:00 PM ET – Best of RAW – 9/22/97 – The MSG RAW! The WWF debut of Cactus Jack; plus, the beginning of the Steve Austin/Vince McMahon rivalry.

Recommended viewing today: Hog Wild ’96 from WCW. So you build a show around a biker rally and you expect these people to sit through a Dean Malenko-Chris Benoit wrestling clinic and feature a team of black guys (Harlem Heat) cheating to beat a team of white guys (The Steiners); and they came back TWO MORE TIMES! This is why this show is interesting, although there are definitely some good matches as well with Rey Mysterio vs. Ultimo Dragon and Ric Flair vs. Eddie Guerrero, as well as the above-mentioned Malenko-Benoit classic. WATCH IT!

Foley on Cena

Hi Scott,

Hope all is well. Check out Foley's comments on last night's Cena/Bray segment:

"But, as good as it was, I could not fully enjoy the brilliant, chilling segment – one of the most memorable things I've seen on Raw in tears, because of …because of…because of those WRISTBANDS! Because of those wristbands…and the HAT! AND the bright green FLUORESCENT SHIRT! …. I couldn't help but feel that "He's trying to sell me something". Every time he waved his cap, I thought, "he's trying to sell me a hat." Every time he walks through that curtain, I get the feeling he's trying to sell me something."  

Foley is right! How can anyone take this storyline (or any Cena storyline) seriously when all you ever think when you see Cena on screen is that he's become a neon sign for new merchandise.  Your thoughts???
​He's doing a hell of a job, judging by his merchandise sales.  ​

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–02.21.94

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW – February 21 1994 – Live from Poughkeepsie, NY, after two weeks off for the dog show. – Your hosts are Vince & Macho. Vince introduces him as someone who will undoubtedly be in the Hall of Fame someday. Well that’s 17 years and still waiting. Never say Vince can’t hold a grudge. WWF World tag titles: The Quebecers v. Razor Ramon & 1-2-3 Kid Considering this was advertised as Ramon & Marty challenging, I’d say that marks the end of Marty Jannetty’s career in the WWF for the moment. I believe the standard reasoning (never denied or confirmed by either side) is that the Charles Austin settlement came down and the WWF wanted Marty to be gone when it did. The Quebecers attack and get chased out of the ring, giving us some stalling time while I reflect on TNA still using Ramon & Kid as a team nearly two decades later. We get a LOT of stalling before Kid starts with Pierre and controls with a headlock, and over to Razor to work on the arm. Apparently Ramon will be defending the IC title against Shawn Michaels in some kind of goofy gimmick match at Wrestlemania. Like anyone’s gonna want to see a “ladder match”. Ramon gets sick of Polo pretty quickly and gives him a Razor’s Edge on the floor, which has Vince declaring the match a DONNYBROOK. Them’s fighting words. More stalling as Polo does a (presumed) stretcher job and we take a break. Back with the faces working Pierre over in the corner. Pierre gets away and tries a leapfrog, so Ramon punches him in the nuts to block. OUCH. That was either a badass spot or a huge fuckup. Kid comes in and works on the leg as Macho notes that this is the first time that Ramon & Kid have teamed together. I guess technically as a pair, yeah, but they were part of the same team at Survivor Series. And so was Macho! Still weird that two people as intertwined as Hall & Waltman would actually have a first time teaming. It just seems like they were born suckling at the same whiskey bottle together. They keep Pierre in the corner for an insanely long time, until finally Diesel comes out and glares at the babyfaces long enough for the Quebecers to take over on Ramon. You’d think Kid would be the one to get the heat, but whatever. We take another break and return with heel miscommunication to set up a hot tag to the Kid. Spinkick for Pierre, but he misses a dropkick, and NOW the world is right as Kid gets beaten down as face-in-peril. Macho on Diesel’s presence at ringside: “We’re looking into the eye of the beholder, and Diesel’s not good looking.” I think that’s an old Japanese proverb, actually. Pierre with a big boot for two. Jacques pounds him down for two and Pierre gets a corner clothesline, but the Quebecers miss a double-team and it’s hot tag Ramon. BAAAAAAAAACK BODY DROP….WITH AUTHORITY! And NOGGIN KNOCKER! This is the best Vince McMahon commentary highlight reel I’ve ever heard. Razor’s Edge for Pierre, but Shawn runs in for the DQ at 16:05. Really? Diesel standing at ringside for 10 minutes didn’t telegraph that finish enough? Pretty good tag match, albeit with a lot of dead air and stalling. ***1/4 Bret Hart v. Dr. Tom Pritchard They work off a headlock to start with Dr. Tom claiming a lot of hair-pulling, and they criss-cross into another nice little mat sequence that ends with Bret in control of the arm. Bret pounds away in the corner (mixing it up with FISTICUFFS! I miss Vince on commentary) and Tom bails. Back in and Bret works on the arm. Vince points out Nikolai Volkoff in the front row (still wearing his only suit). Macho’s comment: “He’s as ugly as ever.” Savage is bringing his A-game here with his title shot coming up next week. We take a break and return with Tom choking Bret out in the corner and going to a chinlock. Bret reverses to a backslide while Vince has a bizarre conversation with Donnie Wahlberg on the phone. Vince talks about potentially avoiding jealousy between the Wahlberg brothers, despite Marky Mark having a burgeoning music and acting career of his own. Keeping in mind this was still years before Boogie Nights turned Mark into a worldwide star while Donnie became a footnote. Cornette tries to go after Bret with the tennis racket, but Randy Savage leaps out of the announce position and beats his ass down, causing Cornette to take an awkward bump into the stairs. We take a break and return with Bret hitting the legsweep for two. Small package gets two. Middle rope elbow gets two. Rollup gets two. Cornette distracts Bret again, so Savage goes to finish the job, but Owen Hart heads out to give some motivation to his loving brother. He helps Bret back into the ring, but Tom blows his chance and misses a blind charge, allowing Bret to finish with the Sharpshooter at 12:15. This was a pretty big disappointment, actually, with Pritchard not bringing much past chinlocks and a flat atmosphere thanks to all the extracurricular stuff. Still, good stuff for what was basically an extended squash. *** Next week: Yokozuna defends the WWF title against Randy Savage!

The coin toss

Scott

Watching Raws from 1994 and just saw the coin toss to decide who faces Yokozuna first out of co-Rumble-winners Bret Hart and Lex Luger…

Luger calls the toss and wins the right to face Yoko first meaning that Bret has to face Owen in 'suitable competition'. If Luger would've lost he'd have had to face Crush (who had a thing going with Savage at the time).

Was the plan always going to be Bret/Owen, Luger/Yoko (1st) & therefore Savage/Crush or would they have honoured the coin toss if it had had the opposite result? Surely Bret/Owen had to have the Wrestlemania moment as it did? What was the talk around that time? 

​Sorry to shatter any illusions you might have, but they switched to a fake two-headed coin before the coin toss.  ​

Matt’s Main Event Recap – 4/29/2014

Greetings!

I got a lot of shit last week for hating on the Short People Match. Or Midget Match. Is it “little people” or is it “midget” these days? I can never be sure what’s acceptable. I had heard one guy tell me “midget” was “unacceptable” and “offensive”. Another person “of that stature”, he told me, “Little people is degrading because we’re ALL people!”

I can’t win. So, I must say I apologize if I have offended anyone.

Yes, I’m pandering but this is more emotionally confessional and apologetic than Donald Sterling will show in the next week or so before everyone forgets about that guy because playoffs and fake outrage and 15 minutes.

Suffice to say, I will try not to let me my “bias” for “well-mannered shorter people matches” taint my reviews…

And now for something completely different…

We are LIVE(!) from The Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri!

Byron Saxton and Tom Phillips are the dudes in headsets.

MATCH #1: Goldust (w/ Cody Rhodes) vs. Alberto Del Rio
Like an old married couple, Goldust and Cody are still somehow together. We see clips from the latest Dust/Rhodes spat from RAW. Dust starts on the attack but Del Rio counters with his own punches in the corner. They lock up and Del Rio gets tossed into the corner. He tries a splash on Del Rio but misses and Del Rio hits the Backstabber already meaning, like sex between an old married couple, this match is gonna start strong and have a pre-mature finish. After a two-count, Del Rio chokes Dust on the ropes. Dust gets to his feet and Del Rio slams him and hits a headlock. DUst is up again so Del Rio kicks at his legs. Dust is tossed into the ropes and Del Rio misses a clothesline. Dust comes back, hits an uppercut and powerslam. Two count. Del Rio tosses Dust into the corner and hits the Enzuguri and Back Suplex. He goes for the Championship Kick of Faded Glory and Dust catches it and hits the Final Cut for the win at 3:09.
WINNER: Goldust via Final Cut
GRADE: C-. About the same as the Del Rio/Rhodes match from RAW.

Post-match, Renee Young, taking a break from her job popping Skittles and chugging Rockstar Pure Zero, comes into the ring, seemingly, from the same place where unconscious wrestlers in Fatal Four-Way matches end up. She wants to know if the Rhodes Brothers are breaking up. Dust can’t believe his ears and does his trademark breathing, exhaling in her face. He says that they’re going to stay together. Rhodes is insecure at first, asking if Young thinks Dustin’s better than he is. Dust says that wasn’t what Young meant. Rhodes apologizes and says that they will remain together and that the brotherhood is strong.

TONIGHT’S MAIN EVENT: Sheamus vs. Bray Wyatt

A look at John Cena and his contributions to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. It’s hard not to be moved by this.

You can text, “WISH” to 80088 to donate $10 to Make-a-Wish if you so choose.

We come back to the Sprint Center where Phillips and Saxton plug the big Smackdown Fatal 4-Way for the United States Championship, a title about as meaningful and significant as All Dogs Go to Heaven II. Anyhow, Del Rio, Ryback, and Axel will be facing Ambrose for it, if you’re interested.

MATCH #2: WWE Divas Champion Paige vs. Alicia Fox (non-title)
A lock-up leads to the girls rolling outside of the ring. Paige climbs up on the mat and kicks Fox, then hits a Hurricarana of sorts. She rolls Fox back in and Fox decides to roll back out the other end. Paige tries to drag her back in by her hair so Fox slaps her, comes back in the ring and tosses her head into the buckle. She applies a headlock pin on Paige and gets a one-count. She locks in another headlock but Paige fights out and gets to the corner. Paige elbows her there, moves away, charges and Fox kicks her in the face. Another melee in the corner ends with Paige losing her shit and whipping Fox around by her hair. She tangles Fox in the ropes and kicks her, then gets on top of her which Fox reverses into a pin for one. They both try suplexes but block one another until Paige just reverses Fox’s final suplex attempt into a DDT for the win at 3:34.
WINNER: Paige via DDT
GRADE: D+. Pairing Paige with some really unqualified women is just not working here.

Post-match, Tamina Snuka is waiting for Paige at the top of the entrance ramp. Paige nearly backs into her and they stare at each other until Tamina backs off and goes back to base.


Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton talk up Cena and Bray Wyatt in their cage match this coming Sunday. They even offer to “take us back” to Cenation vs. Sheepnation on RAW. This was an incredible spot. If you missed it, YouTube that shit.

This Sunday, it’s Cena vs. Wyatt in the Steel Cage at Extreme Rules.

Renee Young is backstage with Sheamus, fella. He talks about the Wyatts, saying that he took guys like them apart back in Ireland. Fella.

A plug for Legends House. This week, the guys go bowling against old women. “Genuinely funny” says Entertainment Weekly.

Unfortunately, Adam Rose was off the X long enough to find his way to RAW this Monday.

MATCH #3: Kofi Kingston vs. Bad News Barrett
Kofi’s out to receive his monthly squash and Barrett has some Bad News: Big E is boring as a piece of toast and he’ll be the champ on Sunday. Barrett kicks Kofi after a lock-up. He tries a side suplex off the ropes but Kofi reverses, landing on his feet and hits a Cross Body after a series of kicks. The two run around the ring off the ropes until Barrett catches him and hits the Spinning Backbreaker. Barrett sets up the Bullhammer but Kofi counters with a quick roll-up pin for two and then drop kicks him out of the ring. Kofi attacks him and nearly gets tossed into the steel steps. Instead, he jumps over them, comes back charging and runs into the Bullhammer and we’re done at 2:26,
WINNER: Barrett via Bullhammer
GRADE: D+. Glorified squash.

NEXT: “Highlights” of Brie and Bryan getting terrorized by The UnderKaner.

You must NO-LIEVE, er, BO-LIEVE.
(Girlfriend: “What the hell was THAT?! Is he NEW? Where’s Adam?! Give me Adam with his drunken bus and the dancing bunnies and the Hungry Hippos and rainbow guy…I’d drink with him…”

Then, it’s the promised abuse footage.

Wyatts are here. So, I’m assuming it’s match time.

Commercial for Total Divas and then ANOTHER Cena/Bray/Extreme Rules plug because, apparently, I missed a couple of weeks and Cena’s really the champ.

MATCH #4: Bray Wyatt (w/ Luke Harper & Eric Rowan) vs. Sheamus
Bray milks the singing gimmick for everything it’s worth until Sheamus shows up. A couple lock-ups end with even posturing, then Sheamus hits a shoulderblock. Wyatt attacks in the corner after a moment and then Sheamus comes back with punches. Bray punches back and chokes Sheamus on the ropes until Sheamus grabs Bray by the beard and hits him. Sheamus goes off the ropes with a knee and gets a one-count. He tries for the Beats outside the ropes but the Family pulls Bray off the mat to the floor and then trade glares with Sheamus as we take a break.

After the break, Bray hits an uppercut on Sheamus in the ring. Sheamus retreats outside and Bray follows him. Sheamus just runs over him with a shoulderblock. He rams Bray’s head into the announce table and drags him to the mat. The two fight outside the ropes until Bray drops Sheamus’s head on the ropes and gets two. He hits the Senton on Sheamus, then taunts the crowd, asking them if Sheamus is “really their warrior”. He whips Sheamus into the buckle and gets a one-count. Bray puts Sheamus into a chinlock but Sheamus breaks out and punches back. Bray quickly grabs him and hits a slam then tries another Senton but Sheamus brings his knees up and Bray’s hurt. They both get to their feet and Sheamus hits hits punches, forearms and his knee lift. Bray’s in the corner and Sheamus hits a knee lift. He goes off the top rope but jumps down when he sees Bray charging at him and ends up in an Irinaki Slam. Bray gets two, then goes into Demon Spider Mode. He tries Sister Abigail but Sheamus reverses into White Noise and gets a VERY near fall.

Bray gets up and hits a punch and tries to charge at Bray who hits a back drop but Sheamus lands on his feet outside the ropes and hits the Ten Beats. Sheamus hits the top rope, hitting the Battering Ram and gets two. The two men run at each other and Bray hits a forearm and ANOTHER close two count. Crowd is eating this up, doing the “THIS IS AWESOME” chant. Sheamus is in the corner and Bray charges and Sheamus MISSES the Brogue! Bray rushes at him again and ends up in the Irish Curse Backbreaker for two! Wow…he gets up and sets up the Brogue again but Rowan pulls on Sheamus’s foot. Bray runs at Sheamus who grabs Bray and hits a Powerslam for two. Sheamus picks Bray up and tries White Noise but gets put into the ropes instead. He runs into Rowan who leaps off the mat, then runs at Harper with a Brogue but misses and gets caught on the top rope. Bray finishes with Sister Abigail at 13:37.
WINNER: Bray via Sister Abigail
GRADE: A-. These are the matches that Sheamus needs. He’s a machine. He has so many moves and surprises. Bray was the perfect foil in this match. Good, clean win puts him move over than he already needs to be.

Post-match, the Family comes in to stomp a mudhole in Sheamus but the Uso Brothers show up to spoil the party and clear the ring as we go off the air.

OVERALL: C+. Three squashes and a nice main event which saved the show. No bullshit with Santino, Fandango, Matadores or 3MB. This is more like it.

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WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event March 1st, 1986

March 1, 1986

Your hosts are Jesse Ventura and Vince McMahon

Tonight, Don Muraco will face Hulk Hogan for the World Heavyweight Championship. Other matches include Mr. T vs. Bob Orton in a Boxing Match, King Kong Bundy vs. Steve Gatorwolf, Adrian Adonis vs. Junkyard Dog and much more. Plus, we will see the premiere of Hulk Hogan’s “Real American” music video.


Boxing Match
Bob Orton w/ Roddy Piper vs. Mr. T

Piper taunts Mr. T before the bell. Orton then attacks Mr. T from behind then they trade a bunch of punches that are not even close to connecting. Orton occasionally grabs Mr. T then thumbs him in the eye. The trainers check on Mr. T and he is okay to go then hammers away on Orton until the bell rings. Orton cheapshots Mr. T as the round ends. The second round starts as Orton is acting cocky, allowing Mr. T to take control. Piper jumps up on the apron to distract the ref and that allows Orton to knee him in the gut then hammer away. As Mr. T’s corner is yelling at the ref, Orton holds up Mr. T, who ducks as Piper swings and takes out Orton accidentally. Mr. T knocks Piper off of the apron then punches Orton over the ropes as Mr. T wins by knockout. After the match, Piper challenges Mr. T, who gets attacked from behind by Orton. After they double-team Mr. T, Piper whips him with his belt. They leave then Mr. T attempts to go after them as he is irate. After the match, Okerlund is with Mr. T, who wants to face Piper, stating that he hasnt received a “whuppin'” like that since he was six years old.

Thoughts: The actual boxing stuff was forgettable but the main thing here was the post-match attack, which led to the Piper vs. Mr. T match at WrestleMania 2. The attack was done well.

Steve Gatorwolf vs. King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan

Before the match, Bundy and Heenan told Okerlund how they want to face Hogan. Bundy starts by attacking Gatorwolf in the corner then hits the avalanche for the win (0:41). After the match, Bundy grabs the mic and yells for Hogan.

Thoughts: Another segment to build Bundy up strong, which they had been doing on TV for the past few months.


Okerlund is with Don Muraco before his match with Hogan. He is upset because Mr. Fuji has the flu and thinks that Hogan is behind this. Okerlund suggests that Fuji might have the “Asian” or “Hong Kong” flu but Muraco said that Fuji has found a manager to replace him tonight and that is Bobby Heenan. They cut to the locker room with Fuji holding an ice pack on his head.

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Don Muraco w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Hulk Hogan (Champion)

This is the first time that Hogan used “Real American” as his theme song. He also wears the yellow “Hulkamania” shirt here too. Muraco starts the match by attacking Hogan’s back. Hogan reverses an Irish whip then backdrops Muraco. He rakes his back, after Muraco did the same to him earlier, then clotehslines him in the corner before sending him outside with an atomic drop. Back in the ring, Hogan wins a slugfest then catches Muraco in a bearhug. Muraco breaks the hold with a headbutt then kicks Hogan a few times and gets a nearfall with a kneedrop. He uses a falling headbutt into the groin of Hogan then a Russian leg sweep. He hits the Asian spike from the second rope as Jesse is on commentary telling Muraco to go for the tombstone. Muraco covers and get two as Hogan hulks up and hits an elbow and the big boot but Heenan runs in for the DQ (6:53) *1/2. Hogan corners Heenan and lifts him up but gets attacked from behind by King Kong Bundy, who absolutely destroys Hogan then they all leave Hogan on the mat as the British Bulldogs and Pedro Morales come in to check on Hogan and after they come back from break, Hogan is getting wheeled out on a stretcher. Okerlund attempts to get word about Hogan’s condition as he is being put into the ambulance.

Thoughts: The match wasnt much but the ambush by Bundy was great. That was the first time that Hogan has been destroyed like this and the crowd was shocked. It immediately made Bundy a threat to Hogan and his belt.


Tag Team Title Match
British Bulldogs w/ Capt. Lou Albano vs. The Dream Team w/ Johnny Valiant

This match was set up after the Bulldogs beat the Dream Team in a non-title match during the February 1st edition of “Championship Wrestling.” Davey hits an atomic drop on Valentine. The Bulldogs headbutt him down the Davey hits a suplex. Dynamite tags and beats on Beefcake before tagging out. Davey works the arm of Beefcake then press slams Valentine when he tags in, getting two. Dynamite drops the knee a few times before hitting a back suplex. Falling headbutt gets two. Davey tags and slugs it out with Valentine. He dropkicks him down then gets a nearfall with a small package and Dynamite tags again and kills him with chops. Valentine uses an inverted atomic drop to escape then tags Beefcake. Before we go to commercial, Albano and Valiant have an altercation outside of the ring. Back from break, Dynamite hits Beefcake with a missile dropkick then Davey splashes him for two. Beefcake fights back then tags Valentine as they stomp Davey. Valentine locks in the figure four but Dynamite breaks that up then slugs it out with Valentine. The Hammer drops the elbow for two from the middle rope. Shoulderbreaker gets two. The Dream Team double-team Dynamite in the corner. Valentine climbs up top but Dynamite tosses him off then connects with a missile dropkick for two. Dynamite hits a snap suplex then he and Valentine collide, with Valentine’s arm landing on top of Dynamite for the win (12:00) ***1/4.

Thoughts: A really good match. It also continued the story of how the Bulldogs had the Dream Team’s number, as they dominated the match, but that the Dream Team were lucky to escape with the titles. These teams had some pretty good matches. 

Gene Okerlund is outside of the hospital awaiting word on Hogan’s condition. He said that they were not allowed to go inside of his room but will give a report when they have new information.

And now, the broadcast debut of Hogan’s “Real American” Video. The was unbelievably corny and awesome. This was fucking great. If you havent seen this, you might recognize the pictures circulating online of Hogan holding the American Flag guitar with his shades. They kept switching the backgrounds as he played the guitar and that was pretty funny. I loved this stuff the WWF did back then, mainly because they never took themselves too seriously with their segments.

Adrian Adonis w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Junkyard Dog

Before the match in the pre-taped interview, Gene brings up Adonis’ black eye, which in reality was caused by Danny Spivey during a backstage altercation. The match starts with JYD knocking Adonis into the ropes, tying him up. JYD brings him back in and gets a few nearfalls. Adonis fights back and slaps JYD but ends up getting tossed over the top rope. As Adonis is with Hart outside, JYD headbutts Hart and he knocks into Adonis. The crowd chants for JYD as Adonis is being pulled into the ring, along with Hart who grabbed hold of his arm. JYD then tosses them both outside as they each take nasty bumps onto the floor. Back from break, JYD gets a nearfall with a punch but misses a headbutt. Adonis them distracts the ref as Hart ties JYD to the rope. Adonis chokes out JYD until the ref finally breaks it up by grabbing Adonis by the hair. Adonis gets a nearfall as JYD is no longer tied up. Adonis picks up JYD for the piledriver but in the process, the referee gets knocked down. Hart holds up the megaphone but Adonis gets shoved into it by JYD, who then covers for the win (8:45) 1/2*. After the match, Adonis attacks JYD from behind with the megaphone then Adonis throws a temper tantrum in the ring.

Thoughts: This match wasn’t much at all but it was nothing embarrassing or anything. These two had a much, much worse match at “The Big Event” show in Toronto at the end of the Summer.

Okerlund is with the emergency room physician, who says that Hogan has sustained injuries to his ribs and neck and there is no internal injuries at this time.

Ventura and McMahon close by recapping the show. Then, McMahon tells us a quote from Hogan, who said he is leaving the hospital soon. Also, the next SNME will broadcast on May 3rd.

Final Thoughts:  Awesome show. As a stand alone show, it wasnt too special, but it did a tremendous job of keeping the company going strong. The build for WrestleMania 2 started here and they knocked it out of the park. The tag match was really good and you cannot forget the “Real American” video. A recommended show, especially if you are interested in the build-up for WrestleMania 2.

What the World Was Watching: Monday Night Raw – May 25, 1998

by Logan Scisco

Jim Ross and Michael Cole are in the booth
and they are taped from Chattanooga, Tennessee. 
This is the go home show for Over the Edge.

Vince McMahon, Pat
Patterson, Gerald Brisco, and two police officers walk out and McMahon gloats
that he assaulted WWF Champion Steve Austin at the end of last week’s show and
got away with it.  Austin then walks out
and gets the police officers to arrest McMahon for assault.  When Patterson and Brisco get into
altercations with the officers when they handcuff McMahon, the police officers
arrest them for obstruction.  Austin then
dumps a beer on McMahon as the crowd goes wild. 
THIS is how you give a heel their comeuppance and it fits perfectly with
last week’s legal storyline.  The crowd
loved this segment and it is one of the better opening segments of RAW
ever.  1 for 1
Opening
Contest:  LOD 2000 & Darren Drozdov defeat
The Disciples of Apocalypse when Droz pins Chainz after a sitout powerbomb at 4:08
This is Drozdov’s debut and he was LOD 2000’s mystery
partner in this contest, something that the crowd finds rather
underwhelming.  After watching Beyond the Mat I cannot divorce
associating Droz with McMahon screaming “HE’S GONNA PUKE” over and over
again.  Droz works in some basic offense
that you would expect from a rookie and he gets the winning fall in a bad
match.  Rating:  ½* (1 for 2)
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Austin helps
police put McMahon and the stooges into a squad car in the back.
Dan “The Beast”
Severn beats Owen Hart via disqualification when the Nation interferes at 3:14:
This is not a conventional WWF match as Owen and Severn
experiment with a quasi-shoot style that you would see in Pancrase.  As a result, the crowd really isn’t sure how
to react to it and Cole and Ross aren’t sure how to sell it either.  Owen eventually gets outmaneuvered by Severn
and placed in an armbar, but the Nation runs in to save Owen from a submission
loss.  Severn eats two splashes from Mark
Henry as a result.  I liked what they
were going for here, but they did not have enough time to develop it.  Rating:  *½ (1 for 3)
Steve Austin’s
appearance on MTV Celebrity Deathmatch is chronicled.
Vince McMahon and
the stooges are shown jawing with the officers and rocking the squad car
backstage.
Edge is coming!
Hank the Angry Drunken
Dwarf and Crackhead Bob, who have been guests on the Howard Stern Show, come
out with the Jackyl.  Hank curses a lot
about the Internet and Bob says some other nonsense.  The Jackyl introduces more Oddities, which include
“Princess” Luna (Vachon), Golga (John Tenta under a mask with knots on his
head)), and Giant Silva (billed at this time as “The Largest Man in the World”).  The oddities hug Jackyl and the Headbangers
make their entrance for the next match. 
This whole thing just screams awkward. 
1 for 4
Golga (w/The
Oddities) beats Thrasher (w/Mosh) with a powerslam at 2:55:
Crackhead Bob joins the commentary team with the Jackyl.  Golga works in the old Earthquake-style
powerslam to win as a wink to the fans as to his true identity and Giant Silva
destroys Mosh after the match, as well as the referee.  You can tell that Ross thinks this is
completely stupid by the tone of his voice, but Cole was eating it up (of
course).
Al Snow is shown
hanging out in the crowd.
Steve Austin is
shown conversing with the police officers by the police car McMahon and the stooges
are held in.
The interaction
between Kane and the Undertaker on last week’s show is the Super Soaker 1500
Rewind segment.
Vader defeats “Double
J” Jeff Jarrett (w/Tennessee Lee) via disqualification when Kane interferes at
3:58:
Vader looks much better here than he did a few weeks ago
on RAW and he destroys Jarrett for three-quarters of the match.  Kane runs in before he can deliver a Vader
Bomb and destroys him before WWF officials intervene.  Rating:  * (1 for 5)
As a condition for
his and his stooges release, McMahon apologizes to Austin and then gives a
death glare to the camera to send us into hour two, where Jerry “the King”
Lawler replaces Cole.
McMahon comes out
with the stooges, seemingly chastened by his encounter with the law tonight,
and says there is not a single WWF superstar that can intimidate him at Over
the Edge and make him call the match fairly. 
McMahon books Austin to face the Undertaker in tonight’s main event and
appears proud of himself.  A second
entertaining promo by McMahon tonight.  2 for 6
D-Generation X is
shown at a local airfield and they make some jokes about flying a plane.
Al Snow comes out
of the crowd and gets in Lawler’s face and demands to meet with McMahon.  Lawler insists that Snow met McMahon last
week.
Non-Title
Match:  Taka Michinoku (WWF Light
Heavyweight Champion) beats Dick Togo (w/Yamaguchi-San) with a hurricanrana at
3:50:
I have no idea why they did not make this for the title
to at least let Michinoku chalk up a title defense on RAW.  This is a fun match as both men exchange fast
paced moves and Michinoku scrapes by Togo. 
See, if this was for the title they could have worked in a filler match
for Over the Edge and made Togo a contender. 
It would have also added some weight to the Taka-Kaientai feud.  After the bout, Michinoku tries to go after
Yamaguchi-San, but Kaientai demolish him before he can inflict damage.  Rating:  **½ (3 for 7)
Val Venis hitting
the Money Shot on 2 Cold Scorpio is the Gastrol GTX Slam of the Week.
DX is back at the
airfield joking around, but they have no idea where Triple H is.  Road Dogg does work in a funny “Rockabilly”
reference that Billy Gunn takes exception to.
Faarooq beats “Marvelous”
Marc Mero (w/Sable) with a clothesline at 2:28:
Sable aggressively disrobes Mero before the match, which
further underlies the tension between the two. 
The Ross football meter goes to 1:03 for this match and he makes sure to
include that Mero was a former Golden Gloves champion.  Sable distracts Mero and causes him to lose
another match.  This leads to Mero getting
on the mic after the match and arranging a match for Over the Edge between
himself and someone of Sable’s choosing. 
If Sable’s chosen superstar wins, she gets her freedom, but if Mero wins
Sable has to leave the WWF forever.
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A video package
hypes “WWF model citizen” Pat Patterson.
Triple H is shown “flying”
an aircraft and making sexual references. 
He paints some anti-WCW and anti-Nation slogans in the sky.  This whole thing was a waste.  3 for
8
Non-Title
Match:  The Rock (Intercontinental
Champion w/Mark Henry) wrestles Triple H (European Champion w/Chyna) to a
double count out at 7:58 shown:
The Rock gives the audience his opinion on the new drug,
Viagra, before the match.  This match is
more warmly received than it was a year prior, which shows how adding a few
pieces (e.g. Chyna) and flipping the alignments of the characters can overcome
some initial booking difficulties.  Chyna
and Mark Henry have their first big time confrontation in this match after both
of them interfere.  Both men show signs
that they are the next big things in the business as they work through a good
encounter, assisted by their seconds. 
This is a situation where a double count out finish was warranted to
deepen the DX-Nation feud.  Rating: 
*** (4 for 9)
After the match,
Faarooq comes out and gives the Rock a piledriver by the entrance.  Triple H laughs in the ring.
McMahon is
announced as the special guest referee for the Austin-Undertaker match, but the
match never takes place as the Undertaker, who has not been in a good mood
lately, takes exception to McMahon flexing his muscles during his
entrance.  The Undertaker stares down
McMahon and chokeslams him, but before he can give him a Tombstone, Kane runs
in and they brawl into the crowd.  As the
stooges held McMahon up in the ring, Austin’s music sounds and it’s Stunners
galore to send the crowd into a frenzy. 
Austin ties McMahon into the ropes and goes to hit him with a chair, but
Dude Love runs out and eats the chair shot instead and McMahon gets away.  I miss endings like this.  5 for
10
The Final Report Card:  This is the very definition of a WWF show in
1998:  a lackluster undercard sandwiched
between a red hot top angle.  The
McMahon-Austin segments steal the show and do a great job setting up Over the
Edge.  This show also gave a test run for
the Rock-Triple H feud that would dominate the summer of 1998, so it has that
going for it as well.  Our next review
will cover Over the Edge 1998 and then we will go into the June RAWs.
As an aside, would the readers prefer to
have my disguise the results rather than putting them before expressing my
thoughts on the match?  I can do
whatever, but I just assumed that most readers saw these shows in their youth
and remembered a good chunk of them. 
Just taking the temperature of the blog in that regard as I continue
fine tuning my recaps.
So, here is our Over the Edge card:
WWF Championship Match with Vince McMahon as
Guest Referee, Pat Patterson as Guest Ring Announcer, and Gerald Brisco as
Guest Timekeeper:  Steve Austin
(Champion) vs. Dude Love
Intercontinental Championship Match:  The Rock (Champion) vs. Faarooq
Mask vs. Mask Match:  Vader vs. Kane
Freedom vs. Career Match:  ?????? vs. Marc Mero
The New Age Outlaws & Triple H vs. Owen
Hart, Kama Mustafa & D-Lo Brown
Steve Blackman vs. Jeff Jarrett
LOD 2000 vs. The Disciples of Apocalypse
Monday Night War Rating:  4.2 (vs. 4.2 for Nitro)

Show Evaluation:  Thumbs Up