MOTD candidate


Mr. Perfect vs "Terrific" Terry Taylor from 1/18/1993.  I wasn't actively watching at this time and I find this match, in addition to being just a generally good solid wrestling match, to be fascinating television for a number of reasons.  One, I didn't realize that Terry Taylor returned to WWF for anything more than 24 seconds in the Royal Rumble, and it's an interesting dynamic to watch heel Terry Taylor vs face Mr Perfect in WWF.  Two, he looked pretty good and motivated here (gutwrench powerbomb, proving Jack Swagger has nothing on Terry Taylor). Three, Macho Man is on commentary reacting to the infamous Repo Man hat theft.  Four, we see one thing at which Hennig is not perfect, and that is doing a hulk-up segment.  On the downside, we're constantly reminded that Rob Bartlett is the hackiest hack ever, with his completely arbitrary Tom Arnold and Joey Buttafuoco references. 

I think this was actually the review where Bartlett replied on the blog to apologize for his terrible commentary non-skills.  This show also featured Glen "Thrasher" Ruth as a jobber and a Flair-Santana main event that was also pretty decent.  
Here's my review of that match, by the way:
Terrific Terry Taylor v. Mr Perfect

Man, I'd totally forgotten about Taylor's failed comeback attempt in 1993.  I should point out that the absence of Randy Savage leaves us with Vince McMahon and Rob Bartlett on commentary.  ALONE.   Luckily that only lasts about 15 seconds before Savage returns to save the broadcast from infamy.  They trade cheapshots to start and Perfect sends Taylor out with a dropkick, and we get into a chase before Taylor begs off and runs away.  Back in the ring, Perfect works on a headlock and takes Taylor down with an armbar, but they trade some kinda lame mat stuff before Perfect goes back to the armbar.  We take a break and return with Perfect throwing chops in the corner until Taylor finally dumps him and takes over with a jawbreaker.  Backbreaker gets two.  Taylor hits the chinlock and follows with a spinebuster for two.  Gut wrench powerbomb gets two.  They slug it out and Perfect rings the ears to come back, followed by an atomic drop.  Necksnap and Perfect slugs away, but Ric Flair heads down to ringside for the attack.  Back in we get a cute finish, as Taylor tries a suplex, but Perfect easily reverses to the Perfectplex at 7:54 to finish.  Decent little TV match, but these two just couldn't get chemistry together.  **1/2