Mabel vs. Adam Bomb (and other King of the Ring 1995 Qualifying Matches!)

8 WWE Matches Where The Crowd Was The Star – Page 3

Mabel vs. Savio Vega ending a PPV. This was so bad it feels like a hard-boiled noir detective should be doing narration over it.

KING OF THE RING QUALIFYING MATCHES (1995):
* Back for more King of the Ring Qualifiers- technically still part of my “Dream Matches” column, haha. And with a special edition of everyone’s favorite wrestling standby: FANTASY REBOOKING!!

This year’s King of the Ring was very well-represented on YouTube. This is the most infamously bad tournament in history, which is hilarious, as “on paper” it looks to be the biggest one ever- while most tourneys are foregone conclusions or are full of mid-level guys, this one had Lex, Owen, Razor, Shawn and even the UNDERTAKER wrestling, with a ton of matches having equal stars. So the disaster that was the ’95 KOTR is a true epic. Come watch as the long national nightmare of Savio Vega in a prominent role begins, plus how NOT to create a new Monster Heel.

Previous tournaments re-legitimized ex-champion Bret Hart and gave credibility to Owen for his feud with Bret. A third tournament could either legitimize another would-be champion (Shawn Michaels, in this case), or set up a challenger for Diesel, who’s coming out of a feud with Psycho Sid. It looks like Bob Holly beating Mantaur is not on YouTube, but I found the rest.

MABEL (w/ Mo) vs. ADAM BOMB:
(WWF In Your House, May 14th)
* This was a strange decision- putting the first KOTR Qualifier on the first-ever In Your House PPV as a throwaway bout. Mabel had just recently turned heel, while Bomb was spinning his wheels as a directionless babyface after splitting with Harvey Whippleman last year. Bomb’s in the red & yellow gear as usual (he only briefly wore other colors), while Mabel’s in black & purple.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA on ESPN 09-17-1985

Taped from St. Paul, MN

Airdate: September 17, 1985 (taped 09/08)

Attendance: 4,000

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Ron Trongard, & Verne Gagne

Can Hennig, Hall, and Greg overcome the vicious combination of Bockwinkel, Stevens, and Zbyszko? What happens when Slaughter challenges Flair for the NWA World title? Can Zumhofe defeat Roberts, or will the wily Freebird prevail? Let’s find out!

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Mike Reviews Shows Considered To Be Stinkers: Heroes of Wrestling (10/10/1999)

Hello You!

I recently brought in a new feature where I’d go all Wrestle Crap and look at a show that is widely considered to be a real stinker, with the ultimate goal of deciding whether it deserves its stinky reputation or not.

We started off with TNA Victory Road 2009 and I left it open to readers to make suggestions in the comments for future shows. This request came from The Ghost of Faffner Hall, who described this particular show as the “Citizen Kane of terrible wrestling shows”

Well, with a build-up like that, how could I NOT review it?!?!

I have actually heard of this one before but have never subjected myself to it, so I hope you all enjoy my anguish. If, for some incomprehensible reason, you actually want to watch this one then you can do you by clicking HERE to view it on YouTube. You do so purely at your own risk though and I will not be held responsible for any misery it may cause you.

The show itself was an attempt by a promoter called Billy Stone to put together a legends show featuring the grapplers of yesteryear, but he had no real idea how to run a wrestling show and it led to an almost inevitable mess as a result.

Let’s all brace ourselves and watch some chuffing wrestling!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-16-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: April 16, 1983 (taped 04/01)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Who will win the battle of handcuffs? How does Flair react after his narrow victory last week? There’s a newcomer to Devastation, Inc. And who will be my special guest for this week’s reflection?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 01-29-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: January 29, 1983 (taped 01/21)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can McGraw and Madril topple Bundy and Kabuki? Will Lothario conquer Hayes? Who is Bundy’s “boss”? And which movie star will grace us with her presence?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-18-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: December 18, 1982 (taped 12/3)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can David earn more gold and get even more revenge against Kabuki? What additional stipulation has been added to the cage match for the World title? Will Checkmate get another victory over McGraw and Madril? Also, who will be my special guest host for tonight’s reflection?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-11-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: December 11, 1982 (taped 12/3)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Who will win the war of words between Flair and Fritz? Can Bundy defeat Kevin to put himself in contention for the American title? And who will be helping display this tasty treat for you?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 11-20-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: November 20, 1982 (taped 11/9)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi

Can Kerry continue his comeback on his trek to conquer Kabuki and Flair? Will the Freebirds succeed against Dragon and Kabuki? What’s up with Bundy? Who makes her colossal return to help me tell this tale?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 11-13-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: November 13, 1982 (taped 11/9)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi

This reflection is dedicated to the memory of Christopher Pallies, a.k.a. King Kong Bundy. He has a pair of roles in this episode. Let’s see what happens!

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Mike’s Mini Review: Hulk Hogan Vs King Kong Bundy – WrestleMania 2

With the sad news of the death of King Kong Bundy reverberating through the wrestling world, I decided I’d have a look at possibly his most famous match, where he entered the main event of WrestleMania 2 against reigning WWF Champion Hulk Hogan.

The set up for this match had seen Bundy crush Hogan in the corner with his dreaded “Avalanche” splash, injuring the champ’s ribs in the process. Bundy also switched managers from Jimmy Hart to Bobby Heenan as well, due to Heenan’s camp of wrestlers being Hogan’s main rivals at the time.

Hogan came into the match with a taped mid-section and designs on revenge, whilst Bundy was looking to end Hogan’s over two year reign as champion. As was usually the case with the WWF, this match is about escaping the cage itself, rather than winning by pin fall or submission.

So, without further ado, let’s set the way back machine to 1986 for the main event of the 2nd WrestleMania!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 11-06-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: November 6, 1982 (taped 10/26)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi

Will Kevin get the best of Irwin? Who will triumph in a tag match featuring McGraw, Madril, Checkmate, and Dragon? Also, what’s happening with the Freebirds this week? Lastly, who’s returning to help me tell my story?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-30-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: October 30, 1982 (taped 10/26)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi

A work stoppage in pro wrestling? Who orchestrates it? Also, the Freebirds make their WCCW tag team debut. Let’s see who’s awesome enough to assist me?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 08-21-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: August 21, 1982 (taped 8/15)

Attendance: 18,000

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Will Race win the American title by defeating Bundy? Can the Von Erichs overcome Kabuki and Dragon to win some tag team gold? You’re in for a surprise, so let’s rock!

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – November 25, 1995

Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross are today’s commentary team and they are taped from Richmond, Virginia.  This episode was taped at the same location as RAW because the company had get Superstars ready to air a day early because of Thanksgiving.

Highlights of the 1-2-3 Kid’s ongoing issue with Marty Jannetty are shown, including Sid’s attack on Jannetty on RAW.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – October 23, 1995

Vince McMahon recaps parts of In Your House 4, noting how WWF Champion Diesel and Bret Hart brawled at the end of the show and how Razor Ramon became a four-time Intercontinental champion.

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are live from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the tapings drew 2,000 fans.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – September 16, 1995

A video package recaps Hakushi’s recent problems with Skip and hypes their match on today’s show.

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are calling the action and they are taped from Erie, Pennsylvania.  In a weird taping quirk, most of the September Superstars tapings took place in Erie except for the September 9 episode, which was taped in Canton, Ohio along with several Monday Night RAW episodes.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – September 9, 1995

A video package hypes today’s big feature match between Dean Douglas and the 1-2-3 Kid.  Will the Kid get sent to the principal’s office?

Since this is the new fall season, Superstars gets a new theme song for the first time in more than a year, with it being a knockoff of the Monday Night Football theme asking “Are you ready?”  The funny thing with an intro like this is that half the talent in it had quit or was released by January 1996 so they had to redo the lyrics, all of which were tied to a specific superstar.

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