Macho Man Squashing Steve Austin (and other Dream Matches!)

Jimmy Del Ray (Graffiti) last TV match: vs Dean Malenko, WCW Monday Nitro  09.12.1996 - video Dailymotion

The legendary Jimmy Graffiti, the finest gimmick of “Gigolo” Jimmy Del Ray.

This week in the “Dream Matches”, here’s the most disappointing match between two all-time great workers possible! Plus Shawn Michaels trying to crawl up the WWF card in 1992 against the Texas Tornado! One of those matches only WCW could have, featuring Jimmy Del Ray as a rebellious young street tagger and Prince Nakamaki in a cheap Tiger Mask outfit! Oh, and New Japan legendary asshole Shinjiro Otani fights Jerry Lynn in his Luchadore/Power Rangers ripoff gear!

“MACHO MAN” RANDY SAVAGE vs. “STUNNING” STEVE AUSTIN (w/ Col. Robert Parker):
(WCW Saturday Night, 27.05.1995)
* Yes, an ultra-rare meeting between two of the greatest stars in the history of the business… passing like two ships in the night because Austin’s about to get dumped. “Stunning Steve” has a terrible receding hairline, wispy blond hair, black trunks & leather jacket, and no goatee, while Savage is in full Mega Powers colors, but with Slim Jim décor on his cowboy outfit. The winner of the match will face the winner of Ric Flair & Alex Wright. And before you get too excited and search this out, the YouTube video is only 7 minutes long and half of it’s pre-match bullshit.

Austin pokes the bear with a slap to start, and eats a back elbow and gets choked over the ropes for it. Austin goes to the eyes and brawls, but misses a flying splash (?!?) and Savage rams him into the Slim Jim post coverings (those don’t look painful at all) and the guardrail, then finishes with the Flying Elbow in the ring at (2:19). Haha, jesus christ.

Rating: * (TWO MINUTES. That’s all it got. Nice moves, as Austin was very smooth back in the day, but TWO MINUTES)

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Bret Hart & The Ultimate Warrior vs. Kamala & Papa Shango (and other Dream Matches!)

UNRELEASED Tag Match, Ultimate Warrior & Bret Hitman Hart Vs Papa Shango & Kamala 13th Oct 1992 - YouTube

Ugh, it’s SINGLET Warrior- that’s always death.

It’s time for more Dream Matches! Including the weirdest “final bout of the House Show” tag match ever! The ultimate battle of WCW Saturday Night: Hole In One versus LIGHTNING FOOT! An odd and very rare Heel vs. Heel Tag Title match on RAW! And a very interesting match featuring 1992 Sean Waltman & Jerry Lynn in a bout featuring a ton of Luchadors!

As always, WWE-owned clips are non-kosher to post here, but they’re all on YouTube.

THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR & BRET “HITMAN” HART vs. PAPA SHANGO & KAMALA (w/ Dr. Harvey Whippleman & Kim Chee):
(WWF Unreleased, Oct. 13th, 1992)
* Oh man, this is weird. Ultimate Warrior (in his “Brick Wall Singlet” era, no less!), just about done with the company, is teaming with the single WWF wrestler least like him against a guy they both have an issue with- Papa Shango possibly “cursed” the Hitman and he lost the IC Title, while he made the Warrior bleed black and puke his guts out on TV in one of the most bizarre, amazing, fantastic angles of 1992… before everyone was kind of just done with that gimmick. And Kamala’s teaming with him because he needs an extra guy, I guess (I mean, voodoo has its roots in African religions, but I doubt the booking team knew that). They’re clearly going with an “Undertaker” vibe with Shango, doing close-ups of “disturbed”, frightened children, but it’s just not taking- the gimmick’s too out there. Who would have guessed that the secret to Charles Wright was to make this 6’6″, 300-lb. tattooed guy a smiling babyface instead?

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Mike Reviews NWA-TNA PPV #61 – The Super X Tournament and Wednesday Bloody Wednesday (03/09/2003)

Hello You!

I decided to do a good TNA show this week, because believe it or not they did exist. I actually saw this show originally on The Wrestling Channel here in the UK, as they’d just started showing TNA (Even though they were a few months behind) and this show had FWA regular Jonny Storm on it, so they probably thought it was one of the better episodes to lead with when it came to showing the weekly TNA pay per views.

This show has a Super X Tournament, featuring 8 X Division guys from different parts of the world going at it for a trophy. There’s also a War Games match to close things out featuring the Main Event crew.

This was back when TNA was running a weekly pay per view on Wednesdays and was holding all their events in “The Asylum” in Nashville. It’s a pretty pokey building, but they managed to get a passionate bunch of regulars who were prepared to turn up and get into the action, which at least meant these shows normally had some decent atmosphere.

I was actually quite into TNA at the time due to them doing an ECW Invasion earlier in 2003, and because I was ECW starved at the time I thought it was really cool that guys like Saturn, New Jack, Sandman etc were still doing their thing. That got my foot in the door and allowed me to see that America’s Most Wanted were tearing up the tag scene and the X Division guys were having hot matches, which led to me being into the product pretty much until the whole Hogan and Bischoff thing drove me off never to return.

If memory serves, there’s some really good matches on this one, so let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

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Mike Reviews – ECW Anarchy Rulz 2000 (01/10/2000)

Hello You!

It’s time for some more ECW pay per view action, as we reach their October 2000 offering in the form of Anarchy Rulz. They’ve actually built this one up reasonably well, with a decent chunk of TV time being dedicated to the top two matches of Rhino Vs Rob Van Dam and Justin Credible Vs Jerry Lynn.

Both of those matches have the potential to be good, so let’s settle in and watch some chuffing wrestling!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – December 16, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes are calling tonight’s action and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these matches took place on November 29.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – November 25, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes call today’s action which, according to thehistoryofwwe.com, was taped on October 25 and November 16.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – September 17, 1995

WCW Champion Hulk Hogan shows up in Asheville, North Carolina on the Harley Davidson motorcycle he received at Bash at the Beach and is surrounded by his fans.  Gene Okerlund interviews him, with Hogan hyping his journey through North Carolina, painting the Dungeon of Doom as anti-American.  This offends the Giant as he takes a Dungeon of Doom monster truck and runs over Hogan’s motorcycle, forcing Hogan and his fans to flee.  Hogan hilariously pounds on the side of the truck like a kid having a tantrum as the Giant laughs.

Eric Bischoff and Dusty Rhodes are doing commentary and they are live from Asheville, North Carolina.  They treat the destruction of Hogan’s motorcycle as a national tragedy.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – September 3, 1995

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are in the Mall of America for the last WCW telecast before the debut of Monday Nitro.  Heenan continues to rant about how Steve McMichael should not be in the announce booth.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – May 13, 1995

Vince McMahon puts over the In Your House pay-per-view as the lead-in for today’s show.

McMahon and Dok Hendrix are in the booth and they are concluding the tapings in Des Moines, Iowa.  Hendrix repeats his claim from last week’s show that Henry Godwinn is likely working with the Million Dollar Corporation to weaken WWF Champion Diesel before tomorrow’s big show.  Hendrix is also careful to call Sid “Super Sid” instead of “Psycho Sid.”

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – April 30, 1995

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill recap the Diesel-Bam Bam Bigelow match for the WWF title that occurred on Monday Night RAW, as well as how Bigelow turned face after the bout when he was beaten down by the Million Dollar Corporation.

Ross and Pettengill are doing commentary for today’s show and they are taped from Moline, Illinois.  The tapings took place on April 26 and had a papered attendance of 5,500.

Ross and Pettengill announce that the 1-2-3 Kid was supposed to face Jeff Jarrett for the Intercontinental title on today’s show but he is injured.  As a result, Bob Holly will face Jarrett instead.  Jarrett says that he will show Holly how great he is, while Holly promises to cross the finish line.

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What the World Was Watching: Friday Night’s Main Event – August 29, 1997

by Logan Scisco


Jim Ross and Jim
Cornette are in the booth for tonight’s show. 
Location of the taping is not given.
Ross interviews
Shawn Michaels, who brings out the dented chair he hit the Undertaker with
eleven days ago on RAW.  He says that the
WWF pushed him into a corner so he had to respond with radical methods and he
will not lay down and die for the Undertaker at Ground Zero.  He then claims that if the Undertaker does
knock him down at Ground Zero that he will take down everyone with him in a
blaze of glory.  After the crowd gets on
him about his sexuality, Michaels threatens to go into the crowd and do some
vile things to people’s girlfriends and mothers.  This was a solid promo that hyped the Ground
Zero match and explained Michaels recent motivations.

Opening Contest
for the WWF Championship:  Vader (w/Paul
Bearer) defeats Bret “the Hitman” Hart (Champion) by disqualification when the
Hart Foundation interferes at 3:58 shown:
This match was setup by the last RAW episode, where Vader
refused to give a Vader Bomb to the Patriot. 
Vader is in face territory here, but he still has Paul Bearer in his
corner.  Bret promises to kick Vader’s ass
before the match and that’s something you don’t want to say to Vader, as he bowls
over Bret to a huge pop.  Vader runs
through his power offense, with Bret kicking out of a splash at two, and Bret
brings a chair into the ring, which Vader gets a hold of.  However, before he can inflict damage, the
Hart Foundation runs in and draws a disqualification for the champion.  Rating:  **¼
After the bell,
the Hart Foundation beats down Vader and Bret applies a ring post figure-four
until the Patriot comes out and breaks it up
.
The Patriot tells
Ross that he helped Vader to get back at Bret and he promises to win the WWF
title at Ground Zero
.
Sunny comes out to
do some guest commentary and she says that she does not care for Brian
Pillman’s antics on RAW.  The announcers
recap Pillman’s allegation that Dakota is his love child.
Goldust
(w/Marlena) pins Salvatore Sincere after a Curtain Call at 3:20:
Since Goldust needs an opponent to build some momentum
for Ground Zero, the WWF decided to take Sincere out of mothballs.  Ross and Cornette talk about how Sincere
needs a manager, completely glossing over when Sincere was briefly managed by
Cornette in late 1996.  A complete squash
here, albeit a good one because of the energy Sincere brought to it.
After the match,
Pillman calls out Goldust from the crowd. 
Pillman brings up the love child angle and Goldust goes after him.
Steve Austin’s
interview with Jim Ross, which aired on RAW, is replayed.
Dude Love beats
Rockabilly with a double arm DDT at 4:12:
Without the Honky Tonk Man around, this Rockabilly
gimmick serves no function anymore. 
Rockabilly musters a decent amount of offense, but most of it consists
of chokes and the contest ends up as a kick-punch affair.  Love pulls out “Sweet Shin Music” where he
mocks Shawn Michaels stomping of the mat and kicks his opponent in the shin to
set up the double arm DDT.  I’m surprised
Michaels agreed to that in hindsight, but from what I remember he was a
supporter of Foley.  Rating:  ½*
After the match,
Love tells Ross that he trusts Steve Austin will be ready for their tag team
title defense at Ground Zero.  Love
dances with some groupies on the way to the locker room
.
Sunny goes into
the locker room to interview Bret Hart, but Bret kicks her out because she is
an American.  Owen tells her to tell
Sergeant Slaughter to give him another crack at Steve Austin
.
Ross interviews
the Undertaker, who says that he has not faced Shawn Michaels in ten years
because he wanted someone to stick around and tell the story of the
Undertaker.  He promises to destroy
Hunter Hearst Helmsley next week and that he signed Shawn Michaels death
warrant with the blood from his forehead from last week’s RAW.
Sable models the
Austin 3:16 t-shirt, which you can buy for $20 (plus shipping & handling)
by calling 815-734-1161
.
Non-Title
Match:  Hawk (w/Animal) defeats The
British Bulldog (European Champion w/Owen Hart) by disqualification when Owen
Hart interferes at 4:56 shown:
It takes no time for Ross to warn the crowd that this
match is not going to be pretty. 
However, the match establishes a good pace and both men’s partners
interject themselves into the contest before the Godwinns wander out.  Hawk busts out a nice looking powerbomb, but
before he can finish the Bulldog with a flying clothesline, Owen nails him with
the European title in plain view of the referee and that gets the Bulldog
disqualified.  I was expecting a train
wreck, but this one defied my expectations. 
Rating:  **
Sunny interviews
Los Boricuas, who say that they returned the Disciples of Apocalypse
motorcycles because Sergeant Slaughter got mad at them.  Seriously, that’s the reason.  Savio Vega claims that he will win the Triple
Threat at Ground Zero and yells a lot in Spanish.  The Boricuas sexually harass Sunny before we
go back to the ring.
Crush &
Chainz defeat Faarooq & Rocky Maivia by disqualification when Los Boricuas
attack Crush at 4:14:
You can tell that Crush really doesn’t care anymore, as
his selling in this mach is awful.  This
rushes through the usual tag team formula until Los Boricuas come out when all
hell breaks loose.  Crush gets attacked,
which sparks a gang war between all of the factions and some WWF officials get
abused in the scuffle until Sergeant Slaughter comes out and restores
order.  Rating:  *½
Light Heavyweight
Exhibition:  Taka Michinoku beats Jerry
Lynn at 5:31:
It is so weird seeing Lynn clean shaven.  He literally looked ten to fifteen years
older than this when he had his big break in ECW two years later.  Lynn showcases what he can do with a
somersault plancha and a nice headscissors and Michinoku responds in kind with a
super hurricanrana and springboard plancha. 
Michinoku misses a moonsault, where he gets awesome hang time, and Lynn
hits a sit out powerbomb, but that only gets two and Michinoku outmaneuvers
Lynn and hits his Michinoku Driver for the win in a very enjoyable match.  Was no one in the locker room watching this
match?  I would have immediately drawn up
a contract, put it in Lynn’s face, and signed him immediately.  Who needs Brian Christopher as the heel of
the division when you have this guy?  Rating: 
***¼
Sunny interviews
the Truth Commission and the Commandant gets mad that his men are concerned
with addressing Sunny with their eyes. 
This is the first time the Truth Commission have been seen in a while.
Sniper &
Recon (w/The Commandant & The Interrogator) defeat The Headbangers when
Recon pins Mosh with a roll up at 4:08 shown:
It does not take long for Sniper and Recon to put
Thrasher in peril and he remains in that position for much of the match as the
announcers try to sell the Headbangers as wrestling fans who love to watch old
footage.  When all hell breaks loose, the
Headbangers go for their powerbomb-flying leg drop combination, but the
Interrogator pushes Thrasher off the top rope and when Mosh yells at him he
costs his team the match.  The full
version of this may have cracked **, but it missed a lot with the commercial
break.  The WWF really has no idea what they want out of the Headbangers as they
give them title shots one week and job them to new talent the next.  Rating:  *½
A music video
package that recaps tonight’s show plays us out
.
The Final Report Card:  This match followed the Saturday Night Main
Event formula by placing the big match at the beginning of the show and
filtering out from there.  There is another
Friday Night’s Main Event next week, which will feature the Undertaker against
Hunter Hearst Helmsley and the Patriot against Owen Hart.  Overall, this show was fine.  The Lynn-Michinoku match was a treat and
aside from Rockabilly-Dude Love everything else was serviceable.
Show Evaluation:  Thumbs Up