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 Hi Scott-any idea why Vince let HTM strong arm him with losing the IC belt at the original Main Event?  I know Honky threated to go to the NWA with the belt but, once he was in arena, couldn't Vince had gone back to the plan of Savage going over either via a "screwjob" or having someone like Andre or Haku convince Honky dropping the belt was best for business or had they already moved on to plan B for WrestleMania and DiBiase just got screwed by Honky?  Doesn't seem like Vince to let someone pull one over on him.  Thanks.
​Well I mean ultimately Honky was still drawing at that point, and as Honky has said many times since then, he just wanted to be shown a bit of respect.  I don't think he was seriously threatening to go to Crockett (and he couldn't really do so anyway) but he felt very disrespected by all the plans for Savage and Dibiase while he was basically expected to just drop the title and disappear.  And ultimately when the time came, he did business with the Warrior because it was the right time and place.  I think the whole "holding up the show for money" thing gets very overstated.  ​

WCW Main Event: January 10, 1993

The Clash of Champions is coming up Wednesday, but not before a major edition of The Main Event takes us home. And as you’ll find out, for roughly the first time ever, I’m actually not kidding. JIM ROSS and MICHAEL P.S. HAYES are LIVE (taped) in front of a green screen featuring a slow moving blurry audience that appears to be cheering and booing at random intervals at … Gary Michael Capetta?

BARRY WINDHAM vs. DUSTIN RHODES
This is actually a ridiculously big match for the Main Event – good on you WCW for paying attention to your H-shows. Windham thinks it’s amazing that Rhodes has even displayed the guts to show up tonight given his broken wrist. Rhodes charges the ring, and fists start flying like electronics on Black Friday. Rhodes throws his best clotheslines with his good arm, including one that sends Windham over the top rope. Hayes correctly points out that’s a DQ, but Ross defends it as … it’s the referee’s discretion? What the hell is that nonsense? Pee Wee Anderson should have been fired years before his public humiliation in 1997, he’s making awful judgment calls. Back in, Rhodes hits another clothesline, but Barry immediately plants him with a jumping DDT. With momentum now in his corner, Windham starts attacking the raw wrist of Rhodes. DOUG DILLENGER stalks around the ringside area in a 3 piece suit for god knows what reason, while Windham delivers a half nelson slam on the wrist. A second jumping DDT is blocked with a backdrop, but before Rhodes can do anything, Windham claws at the eyes. Rhodes fires back, and both guys start getting ridiculously violent. The referee tries to break it up to have a clean fight, but they both shove him aside and it’s a double DQ at 4:27. Barry kills Rhodes with a jumping DDT after the bell, and informs Anderson he doesn’t really care that it’s “over”. As a result, the entire brigade of striped shirts is forced to intervene on Dustin’s behalf and save the day. **
MICHAEL HAYES hits the ring to chat with HARLEY RACE. Hayes talks up the Thundercage as the most dangerous structure ever constructed, and asks Race who the heck is going to replace Rude? Race says he’s scoured the earth for the nastiest people on the planet, and he’s decided that … Cactus Jack and Paul Orndorff are going to wrestle to determine the vacancy. I mean, I can’t hate the Jack involvement, but Race really had to scour the earth for that? He didn’t come up with anyone better while he was going the streets of Djibouti? There was nobody meaner in Qatar? I’m thinking Race didn’t put a lot of effort into his world travels.
BRIAN PILLMAN and STEVE AUSTIN vs. LARRY SANTO and T.C. CARTER
T.C. Carter is a long time WCW jobber – which is unfortunate since he’s just defined half of the entire WWF Attitude Era. On one side, we have Steve Austin, and on the other, an 80’s pimp. He looks a little meaner than the Godfather, so I’m thinking you probably don’t want to get caught up in an argument with one of his ladies over whether or not she didn’t state up front that fetish of yours comes at an extra cost. Carter beats down Austin, so he backs up to the corner, and as soon as he does, Austin comes out with some killer intensity, just pounding the ever loving shit out of Carter. Now THAT was the rattlesnake in Steve all the way, turn your head for a second, and he’s gonna get you. Carter gets picked up for the Stun Gun, and just for kicks, Pillman dropkicks him into the move to accentuate the punch, and picks up the easy win at 2:49. Even in a squash, Austin’s scary good at this point, and I’d dare say potentially even more polished as a ring performer than he’d be by the time he got around to the main events. *
MISSY HYATT welcomes us to “Missy Does the Mail”. Memphis Heat asks: Does that mean she had done everyone in the locker room already and the mail was the only left she could do?
Memphis, that’s silly. The sheer notion that Erik Watts has been inside a woman since his mother was carrying him is absurd. Anyway, in this segment, Missy plugs the Hotline by promising to tell us the REAL reason Ron Simmons lost the World Title to Vader. Given how uncomfortable he looked, I’m going to say a bad case of hemorrhoids had flared up – and the sheer distraction of a throbbing sphincter was simply too much to handle against a quality opponent like Vader. Now, given that Missy fails to actually answer any mail, let’s turn things over to Devin Harris, who has a quality suggestion regarding Ron Simmons moving forward. Why didn’t they just have Ron Simmons die in a car wreck? That would have been the perfect ending to completely killing off his character.
Oh, we’ve still got a long way to go before we reach that point. An entirely different company hasn’t had the chance to put him in a blue gladiator helmet while having him play an angry Black Panther. Or, live out his days as a walking caricature, known to anyone born after 1990 as “the guy who says Damn”. His assassination is FAR from over.
CACTUS JACK vs. PAUL ORNDORFF (in an Anything Goes Street Fight)
HARLEY RACE hangs around ringside for what is a shockingly stacked show. Orndorff attacks ringside, slamming Cactus’ head into the guard rail, hard enough to get a loud uncomfortable clang from the impact. Wonderful pulls Cactus’ flannel around his neck to choke him out, before throwing some punches the hard way right to the eye. Jeeeeeez! Next up in the car crash, Foley gets thrown into the ringsteps, which he hits full tilt with his hip before careening over, and then Orndorff slams him face first into the steps … which of course Cactus takes as hard as possible. Into the ring, Orndorff stands on Jack’s throat with his workman’s boot, but it does little to keep the wild man down, because he’s back up and pissed off. Orndorff’s shirt is ripped right down the back, and Jack starts clawing and scratching at the bare skin. The shirt is then used as a noose, and while Orndorff lies neck first across the second rope, Mick rushes with a hard knee to the back. Since there’s no DQs, Paul is tossed over the top rope where he falls skin first on the concrete. He gets back to his feet and tries to pull Jack to the floor, but Cactus kicks him in the face and slams Orndorff in the stairs. A running elbow onto the floor MISSES, and Jack is forced to absorb that. Orndorff steals a can of beer from someone in the front row and slams Jack in the face with it. As he staggers around, Orndorff uses a running elbow that sends Jack head first into the ring post, which is again taken hard and without protection. Cactus is feeling no pain though, and he throws Orndorff into the steps, and calls for the finish. The Cactus Clothesline is set up … but Orndorff ducks, and Foley flies ridiculously fast over the top and to the floor. He crawls back to the apron, but Orndorff kicks him in the kidney until he belly flops back to the floor. So much of this is completely unnecessary, but that’s a young Mick Foley in a nutshell – both why I love him, and am sometimes uncomfortable watching him. Orndorff removes his belt for a whoppin’ as Race rolls Cactus back towards the ring, but Jack rakes Paul’s eyes … then dives off the apron delivering a clothesline to Race for being an interfering prick! The fans eat that up, but that was a bad idea, because VADER won’t take that lightly. He comes in, and starts delivering some meaty hooks to Jack’s face, and that’s enough to let Orndorff follow with the spike piledriver. You can scrape him off the mat, he’s dead, but they’re not done. Race drops a knee across Cactus’ face, and because he’s sprawled out on his back, Orndorff uses that as an invitation to choke the life out of him with his belt. Vader, even more happily, delivers the big splash to his prone enemy, and then for fun he does it again from the second rope. Orndorff is declared the winner by Race at 9:16, and despite the lack of finish, this was an excellent old school hardcore brawl. Even better, it sets the stage for Cactus to be an early challenger to Vader’s belt – and you KNOW those guys are gonna deliver some ridiculously hard-hitting stuff. ***
MICHAEL HAYES heads down to the ring to talk to the trio of heels. Harley’s thrilled that Orndorff’s included in the Thundercage, and begs Sting’s team just to show up. Lost in all this, CACTUS JACK has returned with a shovel in hand, and he attacks Vader from behind while Orndorff’s giving himself a pep talk for Wednesday. Race takes a shot between the eyes, and Wonderful is clocked in the head. Jack completely clears the ring to a massive pop, and the rest of the heels on site rush in. VINNIE VEGAS is smashed in the face! TEX SLAZINGER eats a beating! SHANGHAI PIERCE takes a mouthful of shovel! Even a crew of jobbers try their hand, and are completely decimated! It looks like a warzone, with bodies strewn all around the ringside area, and Jack standing tall. Great segment.
After a break, Hayes, who managed to go without getting clocked, wants a word with the wild man. Foley’s face has had time to swell up from the street fight, and his eyes are purpled and swollen. He says that Vader and Race made a big mistake … they let him live. For all the World Title and knowledge Race has got, he’s missing one thing … eyes in the back of his head. He reminds them that while the Thundercage was created to keep men from getting out, it was never created to keep Cactus Jack from getting in. BANG BANG!
Jim Ross sums up the lunacy brilliantly:
After composing himself, Ross remembers that he needs to tell us that Erik Watts was arrested in Charlotte for some reason. Wait, what?!? We’re just hearing about this now? How the hell can that be? We’re like 8 seconds from going off the air and we’re just throwing that out there? I’m not okay with this. What did he do? Solicitation? Narcotics? J-Walking? Disturbing the Peace? Public Intoxication? Stalking? Double Homicide? This is some seriously shoddy reporting on the part of WCW, and it might be the worst cliff hanger in TV history.

Who am I kidding, they got me, hook line and sinker. AWESOME edition of Main Event this week, a billion thumbs up.

WCW Main Event: January 3, 1993

Tony Schiavone welcomes us to WCW Main Event – brought to you by Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts! Run, jump, and hack your way through 7 terrifying stages, and rescue the princess! I guess … that’s one way to make it sound like Mario, as opposed to, say, the most anger inducing impossible game this side of the original Battle Toads. Of course, having a super frustrating sponsor for WCW is completely apropos. I hope next month’s sponsor is those plastic shell boxes for modern day electronics, with absolutely no way to open the product without requiring Tommy John surgery.

JIM ROSS and MICHAEL HAYES handle the commentary.

CHRIS SULLIVAN vs. 2 COLD SCORPIO
Chris Sullivan! Where have you been my entire life? Despite sharing the same facial DNA with Gene Okerlund and the guy who sells Micro Machines, I’m fairly certain he’s also the man responsible for delivering internal mail at my office.

Sullivan is completely disgusted by Scorpio’s insistence on steppin’, and he comes at 2 Cold with an attack so vicious, that Scorpio flies all the way to the guardrail, and Sullivan’s ponytail almost comes off. Scorpio gets back in and trips up this previously unheard of stud machine, and wins with a slingshot 450 splash at 1:09. A valiant effort from Sullivan, and I think we’ll need to see him every single week for the remainder of our lives to really get a feel for his incredible skillset.
DUSTIN RHODES vs. DANNY DEESE
Oh hell yes! I don’t know what I did to please the baby Jesus today, but to continually bless me with this parade of talent is like experiencing Christmas morning again and again.
Rhodes is of course in the semi-finals of the US title tournament after his win over Vinny Vegas, so a win here from Deese would have to immediately put him in the WCW Top 10. Ross calls Rhodes the favorite, which seems a little premature. Deese throws some methodical right hands – but I know his slowness of the blows is clearly because his fists are made of stone, and he’s toying with Rhodes in cat-like fashion. Dustin dropkicks the portly Reese, and a bulldog scores the massive upset at 1:46. A bad night for two of the top guys on tonight’s program. Maybe they should think about forming an unstoppable tag-team instead?
The main event sees a replay of a big tag-team match between Vader/Rude against Steamboat/Douglas before Starrcade – and since I may touch on it in another time and place, I won’t do a full recap here. However, Vader’s in classic form here, destroying anything and everything in his path – booked like a fat Brock Lesnar, but showing JUST enough ass to make you believe in the babyfaces. Plenty entertaining, and a nice way to wrap this one up.

Tomorrow brings WCW’s yearly Japan Supershow, and to say the card is loaded is an understatement. Jushin Liger, Ultimo Dragon, Muta, Sting, the Steiners, and a ton of the top Japanese guys from the era (Chono, Tenryu, Hase) are all on board. Heck – Ludvig Borga’s even chipping in. It might have no impact on the actual WCW, but it’s a fantastic cross-promotional concept that I wish we’d have seen more of. We’ll tackle all that, and more, as we head into the Clash on January 13th.

WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event May 2nd, 1987

May 2, 1987


From the Joyce Athletic & Convocation Center in South Bend, IN

Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon

We get promos to hype tonight’s matches which include: “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. George “The Animal” Steele in a Lumberjack Match, British Bulldogs vs. Hart Foundation for the Tag Team Titles in a 2/3 Falls Match, and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat vs. Hercules. Plus, Andre the Giant & Bobby Heenan tells us why Andre really won the title from Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III and more.

We are shown footage of Ken Patera destroying Bobby Heenan after their debate on “Superstars of Wrestling.”

Kamala w/ Mr. Fuji & Kimchee vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts

Before the match, Okerlund interviewed Fuji about Kamala’s fear of snakes in an interesting bit. The match starts with Kamala fleeing the ring after Jake dumps Damien on the mat. Kamala then attacks Jake from behind as he was distracted. Jake fights back until he runs into a throat thrust. Kamala grabs a bearhug that Jake is able to escape from. Jake stomps Kamala’s feet then works the arm until Kamala chops him down then chokes Jake out on the mat. Kimchee orders Kamala to attack Jake, who then starts to fight back. Kamala lands a few headbutts then Jake outsmarts him as he catches Kamala with a kneelift. Jake hits another kneelift then signals for the DDT as the crowd goes nuts but Fuji distracts the ref then Kimchee sneaks in the ring and nails Jake in the back of the head as that allows Kamala to hit the splash for the win (4:18) *1/2. After the match, Kimchee takes off his hat then suit as he reveals himself as the Honky Tonk Man, complete in his own suit. Honky beats on Jake before hitting the Shake, Rattle, and Roll. After that, Honky grabs the mic and thanks the fans, who boo him in return.

Thoughts: Having Honky as Kimchee was clever and it kept his feud with Jake hot. Honky was rapidly becoming a top heel in the company at this point. Poor Jake has certainly been jobbing a lot since turning face. He was still insanely over though.



Lumberjack Match
“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. George “The Animal” Steele

Lumberjacks include: Hart Foundation, British Bulldogs, Can-Am Connection, Danny Davis, Honky Tonk Man, Kimchee, Ricky Steamboat, Hercules, Tito Santana, Iron Sheik, and Nikolai Volkoff. Steamboat walks Steele to the ring and while he is inside, Hercules trips him up to sell their match later in the show. Savage starts the match by attacking Steele from behind for licking Elizaberh’s hands. Steele fights back and knocks Savage outside as the heels help him out for a minute. Savage tries to roll out but the faces prevent him. Savage and Steele go back and forth as neither man can gain an advantage until Savage hits an axe handle from the top then sends Steele to the floor, where the heels beat him down until Duggan chases them away with the 2×4 then goes in the ring as the lumberjacks fight with themselves. Duggan gets sent to the locker room then back from break we see Steele headbutt Davis. Back inside, Steele eats a turnbuckle then throws the stuffing at Savage, who comes back with a knee smash. Savage then hits a suplex but shortly after that gets tossed to the floor where Steamboat throws him back into the ring. Steele bites Savage then tosses Savage, who hits Steamboat and that triggers a brawl as Davis sneaks inside and whacks Steele with the bell as Savage hits the flying elbow smash for the win (6:44) **1/4. After the match everyone starts brawling in the ring then Jake Roberts comes out with his ribs taped up and holding Damien as Honky bails but Jake wraps Damien around Kimchee.

Thoughts: The action between the lumberjacks kept this match entertaining as there was always something happening here. This was also billed as possibly the last time Steele would wrestle Savage and see Elizabeth too.



Gene Okerlund is with Andre the Giant and Bobby Heenan, sporting a neckbrace from the attack by Patera, in a pre-taped interview. Andre and Heenan say they were cheated and that the officials always back Hogan and has footage to prove this as they claim the referee counted to three as the camera angle was so that Andre’s body was blocking the view and you could see the arm motions from the referee. Heenan and Andre then demand an investigation. The three count thing is a little weak in terms of building up a rematch but they needed something to go off of while keeping Andre strong so it could have been worse I suppose.

Best of Three Falls
WWF Tag Team Title Match
British Bulldogs vs. Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart & Danny Davis

The crowd goes nuts as Matilda bites Jimmy Hart as Jesse goes off about how the Bulldogs should be in jail for that. Match starts with Davey and Bret going back and forth for a bit. Davey catches Bret with a monkey flip and a crucifix but runs into a knee. Neidhart tags and hammers away as the Hart Foundation cheat behind the referee’s back. The Hart Foundation continues to neutralize Davey until he gets his knees up on a charging Bret. Dynamite makes the tag and picks up Bret by the hair. Clothesline gets two. Snap suplex gets two. Neidhart breaks up another pin attempt then Davis stomps on Davey outside as Tito chases him around then goes in the ring after the bell rings as the Bulldogs win the first fall by DQ due to double-teaming by the Hart Foundation (4:34). The second fall starts with Dynamite getting destroyed. He mounts a brief comeback and tries to make the tag but Neidhart runs in and stops that. He then puts Dynamite in a front facelock as Davey chases Bret and Davis around the ring. Back to the match as Dynamite is busted open and back to getting his ass kicked. Bret misses a charge and that allows Dynamite to make the tag. Davey runs wild and gets a few nearfalls on Neidhart but ducks his head and gets kicked. Neidhart accidentally knocks Bret to the apron then Tito runs in and knocks Davis off of the apron as Davey tags Dynamite and launches him at Neidhart for the pin as the crowd goes berserk, thinking the Bulldogs have won the titles (9:48) **1/2. However, as Jesse laughs on commentary, we learn that you cannot win the title on a DQ, which took place in the first fall so the Hart Foundation retains.

Thoughts: This match was solid and given Dynamite’s injuries was probably the best they could have done. Hart Foundation took care of Dynamite when they were on offense as he did not take any high impact moves. Its also sad to see Dynamite perform is snap suplex at this point, seeing how the move did not have any snap to it at all. This feud continues.



Okerlund is with Hulk Hogan and asks him about wrestling Andre. Hogan talks about how all of the Hulkamaniacs were behind him and calls the comments of Heenan and Andre about an investigation ridiculous but if they want a rematch, they can have one, but they will not strip him of the title.

Hercules w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat

Backstage, Savage is shown watching the match on a monitor backstage as he rants about getting his IC Title back, wanting Steamboat to keep the belt so he can personally take it back from him. Hercules works the back until Steamboat comes back with a pair of dropkicks. He sends Hercules outside then hammers away. Back inside, Hercules pulls Steamboat into the ringpost as we get an insert of Savage shown rooting for Steamboat to win. Steamboat fights back and hits a swinging neckbreaker then hammers away until Hercules pokes his eyes and puts on the full nelson. Savage is shown taking off from the monitor as he runs into the ring and pulls Hercules into the ropes as Heenan yells at him. Hercules comes out and stands around as Steamboat is on the mat. Back from break, Hercules heads up top but Steamboat gets his knees up on the splash attempt. Hercules comes back with a slam then misses an elbow drop then a charge. Steamboat fights back with chops until Hercules comes back with an inverted atomic drop. Heenan tosses the chain into the ring as Hercules uses it to choke out Steamboat for the DQ (6:42) **. Hercules continues to choke him as Savage looks conflicted then says that Steamboat’s the winner as he has a few words with Heenan and Hercules as they head backstage. Savage then heads inside to help Steamboat as the ref orders him out but he instead he heads up top and hits the flying elbow smash.

Thoughts: The match itself was fine but they sure didn’t make Steamboat look too strong here as he only retained because of a DQ then took Savage’s finisher after the match.



Okerlund is with Duggan, who is sitting ringside to make sure Volkoff does not sing the Russian National Anthem.

Can-Am Connection vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff

Before the match we get a promo from Slick, stating how he is getting down with the Communist Party. Duggan chases Volkoff away as he began to sing then leads the crowd into a pro-USA chant. The match starts with the Can-Ams taking control of the match. Sheik boots Zenk then hits a gutwrench suplex for two. The crowd rallies behind Zenk as Sheik suplexes him around as the heels are isolating Zenk in their corner. Sheik puts Zenk in an abdominal stretch then catches him with a clothesline. The heels then toss the Can-Ams to the floor and attack then Duggan yells at them, eventually hopping the railng and that allows Martel to surprise Volkoff with a reverse rollup for the win (4:45) *1/2. After the match its 3-1 against Duggan after they toss the Can-Ams to the floor. The faces then run off the heels after that.

Thoughts: Basic match that did more to push Duggan than anything else.

Final Thoughts: Not a bad show at all. No memorable matches or anything but the show breezed by and Savage came off looking like a huge star. They also teased a Hogan/Andre rematch and that is huge news as well. This show apparently did a terrible advance at the box office and they added a Hogan & Patera vs. Hercules & Andre match after this show was taped in order to boost ticket sales.

The SmarK Rant for WCW Main Event–08.17.92

The SmarK Rant for WCW Main Event – 08.17.92 Continuing Black History Month on the Network with a show that I actually did watch on TBS back when it originally aired. Holy balls I’m old. Your hosts are Eric Bischoff & Teddy Long, future dueling GMs! Barry Windham v. Tracy Smothers This was during the weird period where the Young Pistols were heels. I never got that strategy on WCW’s part. Windham works a headlock while Erik Watts looks on at ringside. Bischoff feels like it might another family legacy in the making. You know, really, if Erik had just changed his name and come in as someone else without the monster push, he might have been an OK worker just based on his look and size alone. I wonder if Bill ever feels bad about that. Barry continues with the exciting headlock, but runs into a boot and Tracy takes over. Windham with a sunset flip for two, but Smothers comes back with a dropkick for two. Tracy goes up and gets caught, and Barry makes the comeback with a gut wrench suplex for two. Floatover suplex gets two. Lariat finishes at 4:35. That would fall under the auspices of Perfectly Acceptable Wrestling. **1/2 Jimmy Garvin v. Jushin Liger Yes, this is actually a match that happened. Could this pairing be any more random? Garvin throws knees in the corner and pounds him down. Liger comes back with dropkicks for two, but Garvin takes him down and works on the leg. Liger comes back with the koppo kick and finishes with the moonsault at 3:10. What a weird trainwreck that was. * Update! With Eric Bischoff! Let us take you back to WCW Saturday Night, where Ricky Steamboat apparently wins the TV title from Steve Austin, but accidentally used an international object to do so, resulting in the decision being overturned. Big Josh & Marcus Alexander Bagwell v. Terry Gordy & Steve Williams This should be a glorious slaughter. The Miracle Violence Connection were the tag champs at this point, but this is non-title. Williams works a lockup with Josh, but Josh starts slugging away on both champs until Williams just KILLS him with a backdrop suplex. Gordy with a suplex for two and Williams puts him down with a hard clothesline for two. I bet Borne was just eating this up after months of working as the goofy lumberjack. Gordy with a corner clothesline and he drops an elbow for two. Doc with a shoulderblock in the corner, but Gordy misses a blind charge and Josh puts him down hard and makes the hot tag to Bagwell. Thesz Press gets two on Gordy, but Josh accidentally distracts the ref and Bagwell gets destroyed by a Gordy powerslam off the middle rope to finish at 5:44. Man I loved these guys at the time. ** WCW World title: Big Van Vader v. Ron Simmons Simmons pounds away in the corner and sends Vader out of the ring with a clothesline, and back in Simmons hits him with a spinebuster for two. Blind charge hits boot, however, and Vader takes over. Vader with the clubbering in the corner and he follows with an avalanche and clothesline into a splash for two. Chokeslam and Vader goes up with a flying splash for two. Jim Ross on commentary is really selling the shit out of this one. Vader puts him down with a clothesline again and tries a suplex, but Simmons gets his own. That was pretty impressive. Vader just clobbers him again, but Simmons gets a backslide for two. Vader misses a charge and Simmons gets two. Vader blocks a sunset flip and tries the powerbomb, but Simmons escapes and powerslams him for the title at 9:48. And to say the crowd goes BATSHIT is an understatement. There’s a little kid in the front row who is about to jump the railing with excitement. *** And in a nice touch, all the babyfaces come out and celebrate and strap the title on him. Van Hammer v. Eric Davidson You’d think the World title change would close the show, but no, that’s not how WCW rolls. Hammer finishes this goof with the slingshot suplex at 0:50. Update with Eric Bischoff, and Johnny B. Badd is a person that exists. That’s about it. They probably should have closed with the title match. Still a really fun show.

WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event March 14th, 1987

March 14, 1987

From the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI

Your hosts are Jesse Ventura and Vince McMahon

The hosts put over the fact that both Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan will be in the 20-Man Battle Royal.

Gene Okerlund is with Hulk Hogan, who doesn’t care how many men are in this battle royal because he is coming after Andre the Giant. Good promo from Hogan.

Recap of George Steele taking Elizabeth away during the last episode of SNME.

Okerlund is with Elizabeth and Savage, who says he is “psyched up” and will hurt Steele real bad as the camera zooms in on Elizabeth, who is worried. Per the rules of the Savage/Steele match, Elizabeth enters the match last as the winner leaves with her as their manager. Savage heads to the ring as Steele comes in and says he will win Elizabeth.

WWF Intercontinental Title Match
Randy “Macho Man” Savage vs. George “The Animal” Steele

Elizabeth comes out with security as Jesse accuses Okerlund of being a “pervert” for checking her out as she walked away. She sits on a lifeguards chair as Savage hits Steele from behind with a double axe handle then takes her to the back but Ricky Steamboat’s music hits as he comes down as Savage retreats. He goes in the ring as he looks at Steamboat but that allows Steele to attack him from behind. Steele roughs up Savage then goes over and bites open the turnbuckle but takes too long as that allows Savage to hit him with a running knee smash from behind. He slams him down and heads up top connecting with a double axe handle. Steele fights back then bites Savage on the arm before using a lifting chokehold. Steele bites open another turnbuckle and throws the stuffing into the face of Savage. Steele heads outside and helps Elizabeth off of the chair but Savage attacks him from behind then slams the chair on him and rolls back inside to get the win via countout (4:30) *. After the match, Steele comes in the ring and hits Savage with the chair before tossing him to the floor. Steele then puts the Intercontinental Title over his shoulder then opens up a poster of Elizabeth.

Thoughts: Not bad for what it was, which was a match filled with smoke and mirrors to further along the Elizabeth/Steele and the Steamboat/Savage stories heading into WrestleMania. It succeeded in doing just that.

An insert promo of Hogan pumping iron yelling out Andre’s name along with others.

20 Man Battle Royal
Hillbilly Jim, “The Outlaw” Ron Bass, Sika, The Islanders, “Leaping” Lanny Poffo, Hercules, “The Natural” Butch Reed, Paul Orndorff, Billy Jack Haynes, Koko B. Ware, Nikolai Volkoff, Blackjack Mulligan, Demolition, The Honky Tonk Man, Killer Bees, Andre the Giant, and Hulk Hogan

Andre blocks Hogan from entering the ring as Hogan shows him the belt. He then finally enters as he tears off his shirt and eggs on Andre but Orndorff attacks him from behind as the match begins. Honky is out first and Hogan dumps him over the top rope. Andre then dumps Sika and fights off Mulligan and Hillbilly before tossing Haku out of the ring. He then drags Poffo by the hair as he tosses him over the top rope. Hogan is halfway out as Ax and Reed work him over. The camera shows Poffo busted open on the floor after Andre headbutted him then they take him away on a stretcher with blood all over his face. Back to the match as Hogan backdrops Bass to the floor then Andre takes out Mulligan with a hip toss as Andre and Hogan have accounted for all of the eliminations so far. Volkoff is gone courtesy of Hogan then Blair gets tossed by Andre. Hogan and Orndorff are going at it as Andre chokes out Koko with his foot. Hercules and Orndorff are now double-teaming Hogan but fail to get him out. Hogan gets whipped into Andre as they have a stare down. They then trade punches but Orndorff attacks Hogan then Demolition beats on him too. Hogan eventually fights out and dumps Orndorff but Andre hits him then headbutts him down before eliminating Hogan as Jesse is ecstatic on commentary. Andre then does a “brush away” gesture as he looks at Hogan on the floor. Several referees take Hogan to the back as we go to commercial. Back from break as Andre tosses Brunzell to the floor then everyone else besides Hercules, who failed to stop, dump Andre over the top rope. Smash then eliminates Hillbilly in sloppy fashion then Koko ducks an attack before sending Reed over the top rope with a dropkick. The final four are now set: Hercules, Billy Jack Haynes, Smash, and Koko. Haynes makes the save for Koko  but Hercules is able to dump him after that. Hercules and Smash double-team Haynes, who comes back and takes out Smash. Hercules and Haynes start brawling until Heenan jumps up onto the apron. Haynes chases im away but that allowed Hercules to eliminate him and win the Battle Royal (11:16) **.

Thoughts: This told a good story with Hogan and Andre taking turns tossing guys out in order to be in the ring alone with each other. It also left doubt that Hogan could beat Andre, who eliminated him from the match. Their confrontation was fun though and a good tease for their WrestleMania III match. As for this match, it was pretty standard as far as battle royal’s are concerned but it really died off once Andre got eliminated and understandably so as no one else in the match could follow the Andre/Hogan dynamic.



Okerlund is with Andre the Giant, who said that it took 8 wrestlers to get him out of the ring but it only takes one giant to get rid of Hogan. Heenan then comes in and gloats over the fact that Andre took out Hogan, accusing him of hiding during the match. Heenan then says that Andre will remain undefeated and become the next Heavyweight Champion.

Now, Okerlund is with Jake Roberts, who will be facing King Kong Bundy. Roberts says that both he and Damien are ready for King Kong Bundy. He leaves before saying that its time for both of them to satisfy their hunger.

A quick insert promo from the Hart Foundation and Jimmy Hart about how they are defending their titles for the first time. At least they are on television.

King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts

Roberts uses his quickness to elude Bundy, who is afraid of Damien. Bundy gets increasingly frustrated before taking down Roberts with a test of strength. He holds him down on the mat until Roberts fights out. Bundy beats on Roberts in the corner then grabs a front facelock as the fans are behind Roberts. Bundy ducks his head for a backdrop but gets caught with a knee lift. Roberts knocks Bundy down with a punch then Heenan runs off with the snake bag, causing Roberts to chase him. Back from break as Roberts is walking down the aisle with the bag but Bundy attacks him as he re-enters the ring. Clothesline by Bundy who then runs him over with a shoulder block a few times. Bundy charges at Roberts in the corner but misses as both men are down. Roberts gets up first and fires away then goes to grab the snake but the ref intervenes. Roberts then knees the referee, who signals for the DQ (6:14) 1/2*. Bundy tries to attack Roberts, who fights back as Vince weirdly defends Roberts for hitting the referee, saying that he should not have interfered. Bundy goes for an elbow drop but misses and after that Roberts hits the DDT as the fans go nuts. Heenan runs out as Roberts goes after him and Bundy with the snake but the ref trips up Roberts, who then chases him out with the snake as Vince is pissed because he did not get to see the snake on top of somebody.

Thoughts: Bad match. This was all about hyping Jake here as Vince was really trying to get over the snake and even defending him for attacking the referee. A year after headlining WrestleMania 2 Bundy had nothing at all going on here.



We get a goofy promo from Steamboat about how will be “breathing fire” before making some odd “karate” noise. 80’s WWF Steamboat promos were usually so bad they were funny.



WWF Tag Team Championship Match
Tito Santana & Danny Spivey vs. Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart & Danny Davis

Match starts with Spivey getting two off of a crossbody. Neidhart works him over for a bit but Spivey catches him with an atomic drop before tagging Tito. Bret and Tito work a nice sequence then Spivey tags back and gets two off of a shoulder block as Neidhart broke up the pin. The Hart Foundation are now beating on Spivey as they neutralize him in their corner. Neidhart gets two with a slingshot splash that looked sweet then Brett chokes him out against the ropes. Spivey tries and fails to fight out of the corner then gets attacked from behind as the ref orders Tito back on the apron. Tito gets tagged behind the referee’s back but as he goes back to the apron, Spivey ducks an attack that knocks Neidhart off of the apron. Tito cleans house and even knocks Davis off of the apron. he hits Brett with the flying forearm then applies the figure four but as Spivey and Neidhart fight, Davis sneaks in and whacks Tito off of the head with the megaphone and Brett  covers for the win (5:31) *1/2.

Thoughts: Decent action. This was the end of Spivey as a tag team wrestler as he was taken off of TV then became a singles heel wrestler that never got past the opening match level at house shows. He beat the likes of Lanny Poffo and Sam Houston for a year until leaving the company in 1988.



Okerlund is with Steamboat, who claims that he is 100%. Steamboat also says that he breathes fires and it gets hotter and hotter as he knows that everyone is going after his throat. Better than the promo right before this as he got over the injured throat storyline.

Iron Sheik w/ Slick vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat

Savage comes out on the apron to distract Steamboat, allowing Sheik to attack him from behind. Savage then joins on commentary as Vince yells at him. Savage then tells us that Steamboat can’t even tie his shoes and that he does not have what it takes to win. Steamboat skins the cat then hits Sheik with a back suplex as Savage tells us that neither guy is in his class. Steamboat hits a shoulder block and a hiptoss before grabbing a chinlock. Sheik goes on the attack then suplexes Steamboat back into the ring for two. Sheik rakes the eyes then uses an abdominal stretch but Steamboat breaks that up with a hiptoss as Savage promises that will not happen to him. Steamboat then slams Sheik and heads up top with a flying chop for the win (3:29) *. Savage then screams about how Steamboat cannot do that to him as Steamboat waves him on but Savage grabs a chair as Steamboat attempts to hop the guardrail to get to Savage but the referee prevents him.

Thoughts: Basic action but the confrontation between Savage and Steamboat here was excellent as that feud remained red hot heading into WrestleMania III



Okerlund is with Hogan and asks him about Heenan’s comments on Andre staying undefeated. Hogan then questions Andre if he cheated to get everyone of his wins and that his whole life has been a gigantic lie. Hogan says that now the whole world knows about Andre attacking people from behind.

Roddy Piper is now with Okerlund, who introduces him before his tribute. Piper thanks the fans and the WWF before saying that he always gave 110% and will do the same as he gives Hollywood a try. The video is then shown, set to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” as all of his WWF career highlights are shown. Great video. The 80’s WWF music videos were done to perfection.

Final Thoughts: As a stand-alone show this was nothing special but in the grand scheme of things it did a fine job hyping up WrestleMania III. There was not any memorable matches or anything but the battle royal was fine leading up to the Hulk/Andre confrontation and they kept the Savage/Steamboat feud really strong and that was really all they needed to do here.

New mania main event


With what happened last night do you think they are going to change the main event to Bryan lesnar with a Rollins reigns under card or is this just another chance to laugh at the fans rooting for Bryan? I assume the latter
​I would be shocked if they changed their plans.  I think it's just their attempt to somehow get whatever rub Bryan has to offer onto Reigns. My assumption would be that Ziggler screws Bryan over to set up their Wrestlemania match as well.  ​

Wrestlemania 2 main event

Scott,

Watching some old SNME on the network. Quick question about the main event of Wrestlemania 2. Was Bundy the plan all along to face Hogan? Just the SNME before Hogan had a good program going with Terry Funk. The whole Bundy deal seemed to be rushed to me. I've also heard different rumors throughout the years that Vince wanted to run Savage/Funk/Piper and even Nikita Koloff instead. Any truth to any of these and what would you have went with if you were Vince.

​Oh, I would have went with Hogan-Piper in a heartbeat.  However, Piper wasn't going to lay down for him, so it just wouldn't have happened.  And yes, Vince was desperately trying to get Nikita Koloff and would have definitely run that one instead, but Koloff didn't want to jump.  I don't see Terry Funk headlining, as he was little more than a midcard guy at that point and I believe had already done the house show circuit and SNME blowoff against Hogan.  Given the choices and given that you don't want Savage to get beat that early and Piper wasn't gonna let it happen, Bundy was as good as anyone.  ​

New E-Book: History of Saturday Night’s Main Event

One of the most common complaints wrestling fans have today is how
much content there is to watch.  WWE alone has at least seven hours of
wrestling TV a week.  For over twenty years, we’ve gotten used to
wrestling airing every Monday night with some of the biggest stars in
the sport squaring off.  However, things weren’t always the same.  Back
in the 1980’s, wrestling television was based around the idea of squash
matches.  Most shows featured a big name against an unknown and matches
against other stars were almost unheard of.

Things began to change in 1985.  Powered by the strength of
Wrestlemania and Hulkamania, the WWF was able to air a series of
specials on NBC, featuring matches between big name stars and even title
matches, all for free.  The shows were major successes and helped push
the company into their golden era, sending professional wrestling to
heights no one had ever seen possible.

In this book, I’ll be looking at all thirty six episodes of the
series, as well as the five Main Event specials, breaking down every
match, segment and show as a whole.  As usual I’ll be providing play by
play, historical context and analysis of every show.

The books runs over 300 pages on a Kindle and only costs $3.99, or
the equivalent in other currencies. If you don’t have a Kindle or e-book
reader, there are several FREE apps you can use to read it on pretty much any electronic device. You can find those from Amazon here.

You can pick up the book from Amazon here.

From the UK Amazon here.

From the Canadian Amazon here.

Or if you’re in another country with its own Amazon page, just search
“KB’ Saturday” and my book will be the first thing that pop up.

Also you can still get any of my previous books on the WWE
Championship, Monday Night Raw from 1998 and 2001, Monday Nitro from
1995-97, In Your House, Summerslam, Starrcade, ECW Pay Per Views, Royal
Rumble and Clash of the Champions at my author’s page here.

I hope you like it and shoot me any questions you might have.

Thomas Hall

The PG Era Rant: Main Event, 1.13.15

So with my health issues basically
relegating me to early rest 9 times out of 10, plus the fact that
this past few weeks have made it clear I’m in for more of everything
I hate (McMahons and various Attitude Era superstars named Paul),
I’ve decided to save my sanity and make a permanent trade. Matt
Perri already did Raw recaps for his own blog, so doing them here is
no big deal. Meanwhile, I’m going to watch more wrestling for
wrestling’s sake by hitting up the B Shows: Main Event and
Superstars. Yes! Someone will admit to watching Superstars!
Anyway, this report comes on a slight
delay because PSN. Sony: Power to the [offline].
The PG Era Rant for Main Event, January
13, 2015.
ALMOST LIVE from Baton Rouge, LA.
Your hosts are Tom Phillips and JBL.
We meet again, Bradshaw.

MATCH: Goldust and Stardust v.
Los Matadores.

An inset promo reveals that the Brothers Dust are in the Rumble
match. Primo and Goldust start, and Goldust throws El Torito off the
apron. Primo is royally pissed and attacks, but after some back and
forth, Primo gets a rollup on Gold and a clothesline on Star. Primo
vaults over the ropes and clears both guys, but Stardust with the
Disaster Kick to send him to the floor. Goldust tosses Primo into
the barricade, and back in, he gets two. Stardust in, and he stomps
the abs before giving the sign of the Star. This gets two (the
stomping, I presume). Stardust with a butterfly lock, but Primo
fights out only to run into a sliding uppercut. Stardust charges and
is dumped. Hot tag Epico, and he goes nuts with back elbows. He
puts the brakes on, then sets Goldust up for the Austin Straddle and
flying sunset flip for two. He goes after Stardust, which allow
Goldust to knee in the back and choke away. Torito’s on the apron to
rally the team, so Goldust grabs him only to get headscissored. No
DQ there because he had it coming, and Primo with a cradle for the
win at 4:02. 3/4*
Also, I think I got Primo and Epico backwards.
Okay,
now’s as good a place as any to describe a concept I’m going to keep
track of here: the Losers’ Title! Just like Scott Keith did back in
his e-fed days – and I bet he thought no one remembered – we will
keep track of who the Ultimate Loser in WWE is. According to
Boston-based fanblog Sons of Sam Horn, we start with Adam Rose
holding the Scarlet L. Here are the rules:
  • The
    title is “defended” in any match – singles, multi-man, or tag.
  • It
    is “passed on” if the current holder gets the pin in the match.
    His tag partner cannot “lose” the L for him, nor does it count
    if he’s not involved in a triple-threat decision.
  • If
    the Losers’ Champion does not “defend” his “title” in 30
    days, it reverts to the loser of the Main Event main event. By
    coincidence, advertising here says Rose is in that, too!
  • And
    before anyone asks, the Losers’ Title is for men only. Like Divas
    would ever main event even a B show.
Got
all that? Good.
Main
Event is not on WWE Network next week for some reason (and, as I later find out, may not be on WWE Network in the future due to Sky Sports), so instead,
Santino will be hosting a Royal Rumble pre-show. Oh, fine, I’ll
cover it.
MATCH: The Ascension v. This Guy
and That Guy.

Because some NXT traditions must be upheld. Ascension calls out the
Road Warriors and says there are no more great tag teams of the past,
because they’re the one Tag Team of the Future. Viktor beats up This
Guy to start with European Uppercuts, then Konnor tags in and it’s a
double-team. Konnor goes clubbering in the corner, and Viktor pounds
away before clotheslining This Guy out of the ring. Konnor tags in
and throws This Guy around before knocking That Guy off the apron.
Another clothesline follows, then Viktor tags in for a double-team
hiptoss-flapjack thing. Fall of Man ends it at 1:47.
Your
first Thursday SmackDown main event: Daniel Bryan’s grand return
against Kane.
RAW RECAP: John
Cena wasn’t allowed to overcome the odds when for once he honestly
should have, as a bazillion heels beat him up and the Authority
won… but not before Kane and Big Show saved the day. Because
heaven forbid anyone who wasn’t in the WWE in 2000 get over. I’m
telling you now, the only real conclusion of this is that Vince
McMahon steps in and either re-instates the Corpus Christi Trio or
has Sting do it for him. Both of which make the wrestlers seem
impotent compared to the McMahons, so I hate it. You tell me if that
makes sense.
Anyway,
then we had the contract signing, where a fight broke out and
(interestingly) Rollins stood tall. But he couldn’t get a clean win
earlier in the night?
MATCH: Rusev v. Justin Gabriel.
Gabriel sticks and moves, but gets caught and pummeled. Kicks in
the corner, but Gabriel fires off with forearms. Gabriel slips out
the back of a slam, getting a calf kick and big chop, but his leg is
caught. He escapes an elbowdrop, but Rusev reverses to a Hammer
Throw and smacks Gabriel upside the head. Back in, Rusev with a
series of elbowdrops and a headbutt, into a cobra clutch. Rusev
rides him down and headbutts him repeatedly, but Gabriel tries to
fight back. Jawbreaker rattles Rusev, who misses a blind charge.
Warrior’s Way by Gabriel starts a comeback, into a springboard
clothesline. He tries something off the top and is caught in a
powerbomb, and Rusev Crush ends it at 3:49. Some good big/little
stuff here. *1/4
Rusev lands his leaping superkick for no reason after the match.
Your
first inductee into the Hall of Fame for the Class of 2015 is RANDY
SAVAGE. As we all knew.
Raw
Reunion in Dallas next week!
MAIN EVENT: Kofi Kingston, Big E,
and Xavier Woods v. Tyson Kidd, Cesaro, and Losers’ Champion Adam
Rose.

To let you know how much of a nerd I am, when I heard Kidd and
Cesaro say they’re the “Masters of the Universe”, I didn’t think
He-Man; I thought Bonfire of the Vanities. Rose and Kofi start.
Kofi gets a go-behind, but Rose turns it into a top wristlock. Kofi
reverses it and gets a splash for one, but Rose escapes. Kidd
doesn’t do much better, and Big E and Kofi do the T&A tag team,
followed by a wheelbarrow splash from Woods/E. Kidd recovers and
slams Woods into the corner, but a blind charge eats boot and the
Honor Roll gets one. Woods clears the heel corner, but Kidd throws
him into the bottom rope and out. Rose slams Woods into the apron,
and back in, it gets one. The heels triple-team Woods, leading to a
Kidd slingshot into a Cesaro uppercut for two as we go to break.
We
return with Rose working a sleeper on Woods, but a suplex is reversed
by Woods to a small package for two. Rose prevents the hot tag, and
Kidd pounds away in the corner. Cesaro adds a choke, and Kidd does a
boot choke and legdrop as Cesaro adds a hesitation dropkick. Back
in, it gets two. Cesaro works the sleeper, but Woods pounds out and
wins a slugfest. Cesaro cuts Big E out, but Woods with an enzuigiri
that dazes Cesaro. Hot tag Kofi, who runs over Kidd and ends with
the Boom Drop. Running knees in the corner sets up a trip to the
top, but he takes Rose out before landing a springboard crossbody for
two. Cesaro tags himself in, and that allows Kofi to leap right into
Swiss Death. It gets two. Forearms to the head, and Big E is again
knocked off the apron. GIANT SWING OF DOOM ends with a Kidd
dropkick, but Woods saves. He’s dumped, but Kofi with a cradle for
two. FINALLY, Big E gets in and pounds Cesaro down hard before
catching Kidd with a uranage and Cesaro with a Greco-Roman suplex and
Ultimate Splash on both men. Sorry for the run-on sentence there.
Big Ending try, but Rose tags himself in. Big E catches Rose and
suplexes him for two, Cesaro saves. Wods with a wheelbarrow facejam
to Cesaro, but Kidd kicks him in the jaw. Trouble in Paradise takes
Kidd out, but Cesaro suplexes him to the floor. Rose with a
spinebuster on Big E for two. Rose runs into a lariat from Big E,
and the New Day takes EVERYONE out (Big E spears Rose through the
ropes, Kofi with a plancha to Kidd, Woods with a senton to Cesaro).
Back in, Midnight Hour ends Rose at 11:02. Good finish to a decent
match. And Rose is still wearing the Scarlet L. **1/4
Looks
like I might have to find Hulu Plus for next week’s show. Until
then, see you for Superstars!

Next PPV main event (advertising)

Thought I'd pass this along Scott, from the Observe:

"There is advertising already out in Memphis for the Fast Lane PPV on 2/22, which is the first show after Royal Rumble, listing John Cena & Roman Reigns vs. Big Show & Seth Rollins as the main event."

That sounds so damn stale and gives us an indication of the Rumble winner :/ 
Not having fun Maggle.

​Sounds exactly like I expected, just a lame and noncommittal tag match.  I really don't even know why they bother with the February PPV at this point.  ​

Matt’s Main Event Recap – 1/6/2015

I think I’ve said all I can say about RAW. So far, the new angle is beyond terrible. As I know that Creative’s playing the long game, we’ll probably get some redemption — but last night was an abomination through and through and an example of WWE at their absolute worst.

Let’s begin.
We start the show with a remind of just how awful RAW was. Four. Whole. Minutes of it.
But enough of that! Paige and Nattie are all fake smiles heading to the ring and…
We are LIVE(!) from Laredo, Texas!!!
JBL, Michael Cole and Booker T are at the announce table because WWE has obviously given up on Saxton and Phillips as commentators.
Paige’s music rages for a full minute and a half, taken up by Michael Cole, Booker T, and JBL droning on and on about last night.
MATCH #1: Paige (w/ Natalya) vs. WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella (w/ Brie Bella) (non-title)
Paige and Nikki lock up as Cole assures us that we can talk about last night’s shitty Divas match using #PaigevsNikki. Nikki puts Paige to the mat but Paige gets to her feet and hits some headbutts. She rushes Nikki who hits a forearm and dropkick, knocking Paige down. Paige hits a Superkick and tells us that this space is her legal dwelling. Nikki rolls out of the ring and Brie tells her to get back in and fight because she’s strong…and we actually go to a fucking break. When we come back, Paige is kneeing Nikki in the face. Nikki flees again but Paige grabs her hair. Nikki counters, pulling her out of the ring to the mat outside. Nikki gets in the rings and taunts Paige and Nattie with push-ups. Paige manages to get back into the ring at seven. 
Nikki extends Paige’s left arm by jumping off the mat with it, then puts Paige into an armbar. Paige escapes but Nikki works on her arm again. Nikki tries the Cocky Pin and gets a one count. Nikki beats on Paige in the corner, then covers her for two. Nikki puts Paige into a chinlock, then covers her for two. Nikki drops knees to Paige’s arm, then hits a clothesline. Another cover gets two. It’s more left arm peril for three more minutes before Nikki slams Paige’s face into the mat. Two count. Paige finally comes back but Nikki hits a clothesline to end her rally. Another two count. Another arm extension. Two count. 
Nikki hits a SUPER ARMBAR OF DOOM but Paige won’t tap. Paige breaks it but ends up right back in it again. Paige gets to her feet and hits an arm drag and short-arm clotheslines. Paige hits a dropkick and goes top rope but Brie distracts Paige. Nikki nails Paige with a forearm and pulls Paige to the mat by her arm. Nattie’s had enough and clotheslines Brie. Nikki’s furious and kicks Nattie in the head. Paige rolls up Nikki but she kicks out of the pin. Nikki tries a roll-up of her own but Paige kicks out. Nikki clotheslines Paige into the ropes but Paige hits a Rebound Superkick a’la Ambrose. She finished Nikki off with the Ram-Paige for the win at 12 minutes.
WINNER: Paige via Ram-Paige
RATING: **1/4. This got better as it went along and I dare say that this was the match the Divas Division needs to be taken seriously. There are those who may scoff at 12 minutes of this sorta match…but, c’mon. Sheamus, Orton, Daniel Bryan, Batista, Ziggler, Rowan and Ryback are all out of the picture for the time being. The WWE’s roster isn’t swimming with top performers — which, again, makes zero sense to me.
Backstage, Lana and Rusev are on their way to the ring.
When we come back, they come to the ring. Shu-tup. She talks shit about Ryback. We see Ryback’s emotional speech backstage at RAW last night. Lana says that Ryback has really worked hard for ten years and that he’s overcome obstacles that “no mere mortal would have never done”, whatever the hell that even means. Lana says his firing isn’t as shameful as if he would have lost to Rusev. Hooray! Angles involving Superstars who can’t compete! This is so awesome and well thought-out. Rusev yells into the mic and says he’s in the Rumble match and that Ryback was humiliated. Flag drop. Ugh.
Cole reminds us that Ryback, Ziggler and Rowan were all fired. Rowan is disappointed. Ziggler says he just lives to compete. At Survivor Series, he did something great and then tells Renee that it’s been nice working with her.
TOMORROW: Michael Cole interviews Triple H in the Important Room With the Lamp.
STILL TO COME: Jack Swagger vs. Titus O’Neil.
AT THE ROYAL RUMBLE: John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins in a Triple Threat Match.
When we come back, Rosa’s imitating somebody who can dance. 
MATCH #2: Fandango (w/ Rosa Mendes) vs. R-Truth
Crowd isn’t impressed. Who can blame them? (DANIELLE: Fuck this, I’m going to bed.) R-Truth gets shoulderblocked hard but comes back with a hip toss and corner splash. He tries again but Fandango decks him and hits a Flying Bulldog. The two guys start exchanging shots but Fandango gets the best of it, then chokes Truth on the center rope. Headlock by Fandango but Truth breaks and tries a Sunset Flip. Fandango hits Truth in the face and then ends up in the Flip anyhow. Truth hits clotheslines and kick to Fandango’s face and gets a near fall. Fandango hits a Sitting Suplex and the Flying Legdrop for the win at 3:08.
WINNER: Fandango via Flying Legdrop
RATING: *.
NEXT: Jack Swagger vs. Titus O’Neil
WWE thanks the fans. But, also, fuck ’em.
Titus says that 2015 is off and running. The Authority is back in power and we have a new Congress. Everyone boos The Authority. JBL: “They should have booed Congress.” He says 2015 will be the rise of Titus.
MATCH #3: Jack Swagger vs. Titus O’Neil
Swagger tries an immediate Patriot Lock but Titus gets to the ropes. Another attempt fails as well but Swagger does manage to clothesline Titus from the ring. This match is so compelling, we go to commercial. When we come back from a break, Titus is in control. Swagger gets to his feet and punches Titus. An Irish Whip is reversed and Titus boots Swagger in the face, getting two. Titus applies a chinlock but Swagger breaks it. Titus just clubs him down and tosses him to the mat. Titus clubs Swagger in the chest, then hits a Fallaway Suplex for two. Titus chest slaps Swagger and hits a short-arm clothesline. Two count. Swagger comes back with a Samoan Drop of sorts and starts hitting punches. Titus misses a clothesline in the corner. Swagger hits a huge one, then a big boot. Swagger hits a short-arm clothesline and goes for the Swagger Bomb, actually hitting it on the first try. The ref botches the two-count and Swagger just tosses Titus from the ring. He chases and Titus puts him into the ringpost, rolls him into the ring, hits Clash of the Titus and WINS at 8:39.
WINNER: Titus O’Neil via Clash of the Titus
RATING: **. Impressive showing for Titus.
We go off the air as Titus celebrates.
OVERALL: A nice, easy watch. Kinda like coming into work and realizing your boss is out for the day. **1/4.
Er…that’s it.
I’ll

be back next week, same time, same website. We’ve got Bayless and Keith
and Chris Fothergill-Brown covering the retro stuff. Danielle’s got the Total Divas report and Tommy will cover NXT and Smackdown to take you into your weekend. Andy PG might be out Monday so it’s RAW Report By Committee. 


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you to all the BoD’ers and, hey, if you wanna read more of our stuff, visit WE HATE YOUR GIMMICK at
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Best wrestlemania main event build


Scott, how would you rank the main events of wrestlemania as far as which had the best build, money drawn is not a factor, just from a storyline perspective, what was the best?

Well, which one are we still talking about 25 years later?  MEGAPOWERS EXPLODE, motherfuckers.  Everything about wrestling done exactly right at exactly the right time.  Except Savage was so ridiculously hot as a heel that they should have delayed the Hogan win until Summerslam, but that's picking nits as far as the storyline goes.  
Hogan-Andre was tremendous as well.  Last gasp of the giant and Hogan cementing himself as an all-time legend, blah blah blah.  
Flair-Savage "She was mine before she was yours" had me dying to order the show, so throw that one in there too.  
In short, they used to know how to promote shit.  And now, fuck them.  

Matt’s Main Event Recap – 12/30/2014

RIP Authority storyline. We hardly knew ye.

It was fun while it lasted, I guess.

I mean, let’s not pretend that RAW has been pitch-perfect since Survivor Series. I don’t think it’s been truly “good” since it tacked on the needless third hour. It’s just that there was so much riding on the whole “Team Cena vs. Team Authority” thing, that to have it all turn to dust in a matter of minutes is pretty insulting to one’s intelligence. And that’s not even counting the silliness that was King Vince giving Cena the arbitrary power to “bring back the Authority” or Rollins apparently murdering Christian with a weak little briefcase shot to the gut or that Cena couldn’t have just lunged into the ring like he did following the decision or the fact that Triple H and Steph, after Rollins had forced Cena to bring everyone back, suddenly materialized from the back as if they were released from The Phantom Zone…

It’s all meaningless now. Everything that Ziggler did or that Sting did…nothing’s been given a chance to breathe or decompress. It’s as if Team Cena never won the match in the first place. And now what happens? I can’t imagine that they hit the “Team Cena is fired” button. It’s a bit late for that.

Since it’s almost 2015, I feel compelled to make a Back to the Future II reference: this was Biff Tannen going back to 1955 and giving his younger self Grey’s Sports Almanac so that he could be rich and powerful.

Let’s get going…

We open with Rollins forcing Cena to bring back The Authority on last’s night’s RAW.

We are LIVE(!) from Norfolk, Virginia!

Michael Cole, JBL and Booker T are the three guys on the mics.

Edge and Christian come out to the ring with pomp and circumstance as if none of that ever happened. They joke at first but Edge says he couldn’t sleep last night. He says nothing will happen to them tonight because their lawyers will eat the company alive and then Edge and Christian will “run the WWE”. Christian says that they are running Main Event and Smackdown — but that the Authority returns on Monday. They’re gonna have fun tonight. More joking around and then they bring out Adam Rose and the Express which, to its credit, is now lead to the ring by some awfully hot new ladies.

Christian says that it MUST be “party time all the time” because Adam Rose looks like he hasn’t showered. Also, one of Rose’s Express guys has Edge’s “puppet stunt double”. You know, just in case “rock bottom” wasn’t the lowest we could go here. They recall a bunch of tag teams that used the word “Express” in their name. But they really would like to know where the Bunny is. Adam Rose says he thought that Edge and Christian were the life of the party…but they’re lemons. Rose says he booted The Bunny off the party bus. Christian asks if the Express just follows him all over the place. Rose says they always follow him. Edge disagrees. Rose walks off and tells them to come with him…but the Express stays put. Edge and Christian hit a 5-Second Pose as the Express dances around. Edge takes his puppet stunt double away and him and Christian walk off.

Cole says they’ll recap the Authority thing later and they’re ready for the first match of the evening.

We get Charlotte Flair promo with original character catchphrases like “I am the complete package” and “To be the woman, you have to beat the woman”, and “Wooooo.”

NEXT: Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks

MATCH #1: Sasha Banks vs. NXT Womens Champion Charlotte (non-title)
The two kinda run around the ring before Charlotte hits a weak Flair chop. Two count. Banks takes over and puts Charlotte in the corner, then stomps on her chest, getting two. Banks snap mares Charlotte, then mocks her with a Flair Strut. She kicks Charlotte and hits a Surfboard. Charlotte finally escapes and drops Banks on her back. Flair clotheslines Banks and chops her as Cole says, “Shades of Ric Flair” as if nobody on WWE programming has EVER chopped anyone ever since Ric Flair retired. Charlotte goes for a Moonsault, botches it, then flips on top of Banks, then botches the pin by putting her own foot on the rope. Banks kicks out then knocks Charlotte to the mat. Charlotte counters a follow-up and hits Natural Selection for the win at 4:41.
WINNER: Charlotte
RATING: *7/8. Charlotte either needs to bake a little more or she was having an off-night. Even the Flair Chops looked awful.

Santino’s backstage, celebrating the New Year, talking to the Cobra about the lack of other guests. Wasn’t the Express just around? He doesn’t want the Cobra to kiss him this year. Luke Harper shows up and asks where the party is. Ha. Ha, ha. Sigh…

Titus says 2015 is the “Year of the Gator” and they damn sure bite.

MATCH #2: Justin Gabriel vs. Titus O’Neil
All the main guys are already celebrating, I guess. Gabriel counters Titus’s Irish Whip and hits a dropkick. Titus rolls out of the ring and Gabriel runs and kicks him a couple times before Titus clotheslines him. He rolls Gabriel back into the ring and clotheslines him. Titus hits two backbreakers and a Fallaway Slam. Two count. Titus puts Gabriel in the corner but Gabriel kicks him on a rush, then stomps him off the buckle. He hits a Springboard Missile Dropkick and gets two. He goes for another high risk move but Titus gets up, grabs Gabriel and hits a Falling Powerbomb for the win at 3:44.
WINNER: Titus O’Neil
RATING: **

Cole gives us a recap of Daniel Bryan’s “big announcement” on RAW.

ON RAW: Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt in ARBITRARY NO-DQ MATCH #83.

Santino’s backstage, partying with Luke Harper. R-Truth shows up and says he’s leaving. Harper blows his party favor in Santino’s face.

ON SMACKDOWN: Edge & Christian host.

MATCH #3: Gold & Stardust vs. WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) (non-title)
Jey starts with Gold and he uppercuts Gold. Tag to Jimmy who chops Gold to the mat. Star gets into the fray and Jimmy slaps him around. After a series of counters, Jimmy hits a nice spinning kick, then gets two. Tag to Jey and he splashes Star in the corner and puts him to the mat for two. Tag to Jimmy and it’s a battle in the corner. Jimmy hits the Corkscrew off the top buckle. After the break, NOBODY IS IN CONTROL!!! Seriously, both sides are in their corners. Jimmy starts again with Star and he chops at Star. Irish Whip and Star bails, then hits an Enzuguri when Jimmy chases him. Jimmy manages to get back into the ring after an eight count. Star stomps Jimmy and tags Gold who drops elbows. Quick tags as Star and Gold work Jimmy over in their corner. Star puts a headlock on Jimmy but Jimmy breaks it. Star blocks a tag by kicking him and it’s a tag to Goldie who covers Jimmy for two. Jimmy tries to get out of Goldie’s grasp and misses a kick. Two count by Gold. Jimmy tries to rush Goldie but Goldie hits a Spinebuster and tags Star. Star goes top buckle, grins and then gets punched in the gut as he leaps at Jimmy. Hot tag to Jey and it’s clotheslines, a kick, uppercut and a Samoan Drop. Jey tries a Rikishi. Star interrupts and Jey does it to him instead. He rushes at Gold and Gold catches him for a Powerslam. Jimmy comes in and dumps Star. They go for Uso Crazy but Gold stops them. Jey NEARLY rolls up Goldie for the win but Gold kicks out. Star rushes back into the ring and tries the Disaster Kick but misses and hits Gold instead. Usos hit the Superfly Splash for the win at 10:56.
WINNERS: The Usos
RATING: **1/2. It got better after the hot tag…you’ve seen it before.

The Usos celebrate as we go off the air.

OVERALL: **1/2. The show started terribly, then ditched the nonsense (Santino’s “New Year’s Party” was a fizzle, even on a comedic level) and got better with decent matches. 
I’ll
be back next week, same time, same website. We’ve got Bayless and Keith and Chris Fothergill-Brown covering the retro stuff as well as some NXT action. Tommy will cover Smackdown to take you into your weekend and
Andy PG will be back to start your week off right with the PG Era Raw
Rant on Monday.

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Matt’s Main Event Recap – 12/23/2014

Andy PG was supposed to cover me but never got around to it. I am supposing this was because of the holidays.

In any case, I hope everyone had a nice holiday.

We are LIVE(!) from Sioux City, Iowa!!!

Michael Cole and JBL are the guys on the mics because Byron Saxton’s on vacation.

MATCH #1: Los Matadores (Diego & Fernando) (w/ El Torito) vs. Tyson Kidd (w/ Natalya) & Cesaro
Nattie’s wearing pretty much the same thing Steph wore at WrestleMania XXX and has her hair in the exact same style, so I guess she’s evil now. Don’t laugh. Creative’s actually developing a character. It’s Tyson starting out and he gets a double hip toss from the Matadors. He manages to get back to his corner and Cesaro immediately hits the Swinging Dropkick, courtesy of the double-team from Tyson Kidd. Cesaro hits an uppercut and then goes for the Cocky Pin, getting two. Tyson tags in and he’s all over which ever Matador’s in the ring right now. Kidd hits a Superkick which is converted into a German Suplex by Cesaro. It’s quick in/out tags as Cesaro and Kidd work over Matador #2, who finally retaliates with a dropkick and it’s a tag to #1. Some quick flipping and #1 hits a nice leg sweep, getting two. It’s chaos for a few seconds, but #2 gets dumped from the ring by both heels. They hit a beautiful Flipping Neckbreaker-Powerbomb combo and it’s Kidd and Cesaro picking up the win at 5:28.
WINNERS: Cesaro and Kidd
RATING: **1/2. Not too bad.

NEXT: Summer Rae, who’s as irrelevant as your local mall’s wi-fi vs. Brie Bella, who was supposed to be a face and was converted to a heel because reasons. And my readers seem to think I’m being too hard on this show.

Renee Young has New Day backstage. Big E practically compares the Dusts to the evil white man as Xavier Woods talks about E’s sweating problem. Gold and Star appear on the screen behind them. Star wears make-up similar to Axe of Demolition and they talk about beating New Day.

MATCH #2: Summer Rae vs. Brie Bella (w/ Nikki Bella)
The crowd pops for Brie Bella. I’m beyond confused here. The two grapple for about half a minute before Summer goes into a Wookie rage and flails at Brie. Brie side-steps and nearly hits the running knee but Summer bails. Brie chases but Summer knocks her back, then kicks her. She puts Brie into a clutch but Brie escapes and hits clotheslines, then misses a dropkick because Summer has no idea how to sell. Brie Mode off the ropes and that gets the win at 3:00.
WINNER: Brie Bella
RATING: *. Short and meaningless.

NEXT: Big E vs. Stardust.

MATCH #3: Big E (w/ Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. Stardust (w/ Goldust)
Does anyone care to explain how JBL adores Bo Dallas for being “positive” and hates New Day for being “positive”? (DANIELLE: Bo who?) Big E tosses Stardust around the ring a bit. Star fights back and then gets shoulderblocked hard by E. E goes for a Splash but Star rolls away. E grabs him and hits a belly to belly suplex. E rushes Star in the corner but Star just kicks him on the way in and it’s Star taking over with stomps. Headlock by Star but E breaks free courtesy of Kofi and Woods’ “positive mat-drumming”. Another headlock and E breaks free quick and hits clotheslines and a belly to belly. Warrior Splash by E and Gold gets on the mat. E nails him and Star kicks him. Star goes for the Disaster Kick but Gold is woozy and accidentally shakes the rope, trying to get up from E’s earlier clothesline. E hits the Big Ending and we’re done at 5:00.
WINNER: Big E via Big Ending
RATING: **. It’s E with different tights vs. Stardust with different tights. You’ve seen it.

NEXT: Cole wants us to go back and re-live HO-HO-Hogan for some reason.

And, so, we do. That sucks up about four minutes.

MATCH #4: Luke Harper vs. Jack Swagger
We’re either in for a 10+ minute finish with these two or this is match four of five. Swagger and Harper lock up for a bit and struggle all over the ring until Harper elbows out of a move and uppercuts Swagger. He slaps Swagger in the chest while Cole feels compelled to remark on Harper’s sweaty shirt, despite the fact that the shirt joke ship sailed a year ago. Swagger comes back with a belly to belly slam and a big boot, then hits a huge clothesline. Swagger Bomb sees Harper kicking Swagger in the face. Harper clotheslines him and sends him out of the ring and we’re actually sending this match into break.

When we comes back, Swagger escapes a headlock but Harper sends him into the buckle, head-first. Harper hits an elbow off an Irish Whip and it’s another headlock. Swagger fights out again but runs into a Harper dropkick. Swagger rolls outside, then rolls himself back in. Harper does the Gator Roll — but, fuck that. Cole is actually trying to “come to grips” with the fact that “R-Truth beat Adam Rose, who then beat up the bunny.” Swagger gets out of yet another headlock and then gets hit with yet another kick and rolls out of the ring.

Harper chases and gets tossed into the crowd barrier. Swagger takes control back inside the ring and gets a two count off a slam. Harper quickly rolls up Swagger for two, then hits a Superkick for another two count. Harper goes for the powerbomb but Harper counters. Swagger counters that counter and tries the Patriot Lock but Harper breaks and knocks Swagger down. Harper goes top rope but Swagger grabs him and hits a belly to belly. Two count. Swagger goes for the Swagger Bomb again and Harper intercepts him, hitting a belly to belly slam for two. Harper misses a clothesline and Swagger finally hits the Swagger Bomb, following a German Suplex, on the third attempt. Swagger hits the Patriot Lock but Harper grabs the ropes, then sends Swagger out of the ring. Swagger gets back into the ring and Harper hits the Clothesline From Hell to win at 13:29.
WINNER: Luke Harper
RATING: **. A “big match” that had no velocity and no suspense. You can’t wring 14 minutes from Swagger and expect us to care when you practically fed him to Rusev at the last PPV.

Harper raises his arm and walks off.

OVERALL: **. It’s not like I hate these shows but, lately, it seems like WWE is just pairing guys together and telling them to wrestle. The only bright spot was Cesaro and Kidd who look incredible.

Er, that’s it.

WCW PPV Main Events

> Hi Scott,
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>  
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> We all know about post 1994 WCW PPVs having pretty terrible main events and you generally tuned in just for the undercard, but surely there were exceptions to the rule? Were there any WCW PPV main events that weren’t a complete shambles? Do you have any favourites?
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>  
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> I’ve only seen a small portion of WCW’s PPVs so thought it best to ask someone in the know.
>
>   Flair v Bret from Souled Out 98 was really good, for one.  Plus there was a good six man at Slamboree 97 with the nWo v Horsemen.  I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting. 

Matt’s Main Event Recap – 12/16/2014

We’ve got a couple more shows after this…let’s get to it.

We are LIVE(!) from Grand Rapids, Michigan!
Byron Saxton and Michael Cole are the guys on the mics.
We
start the show with Miz and Miz-dow for MizTV. Miz invites Naomi, whom
he calls “a close personal friend” to the ring. Miz welcomes her to
MizTV. Naomi’s slightly incredulous and says that she’s glad to be on
Main Event but they’re not friends. Miz is not happy with this as Naomi
says that Miz is phony and he’s all talk. Miz says that Naomi probably
has tons of men promising her the world. Naomi says she’s leaving
because Miz doesn’t have anything of worth to offer her. Miz tells her
that he DOES have something: a WWE Divas Championship Match on
Smackdown, an hour from now. He says he understands that she probably
needs permission to compete from her husband.
This
brings out Jimmy Uso with Jey in tow. Miz yells at Jimmy, telling him
that he’s ruining his wife’s “moment”. Jimmy says she needs nothing from
him and to stay away from her. Miz says that he thinks she’s talented
and he wants to see her succeed. It’s too bad Jimmy doesn’t want that.
Jimmy lunges out of the ring but Jey and Naomi hold him back.
TONIGHT: We’re gonna recap Jericho’s stint on RAW last night.
ALSO: Erick Rowan vs. Kane.
MATCH #1: The New Day (Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston) (w/ Big E) vs. Cesaro & Tyson Kidd (w/ Natalya)
Woods
shouts “New Day” and the crowd sighs. Cesaro locks up Woods who grabs
Cesaro by the legs and hits a Facebuster for two. Kofi enters and he
dropkicks Cesaro for a two count. Cesaro gets to Tyson and makes a tag.
Kofi puts Tyson in an armbar and tags Woods. Side headlock by Tyson and
Woods breaks. Woods locks Tyson from behind and there’s some sloppy
running back and forth before Woods hits a dropkick. Woods tags Kofi and
he hits a Cross Body for two, then clotheslines Tyson from the ring.
They hit a, um…Flying New Day, I guess. Kofi rolls Tyson into the ring
and it’s a two count. Kofi gets back in but Tyson hits an Enzuguri and
tags Cesaro as we go to break.
Tyson
has Kofi in a chinlock as we come back. Kofi gets to his feet but Tyson
kicks him in the gut. He hangs Kofi upside down on the buckle and kicks
at him. Tag to Cesaro who hits an uppercut and then puts Kofi in a
Reverse Full Nelson. Kofi gets to his feet but Cesaro hits a Gut Wrench
Suplex and tags in Tyson and this thing just continues on past the 7
minute mark. Tyson kicks Kofi and gets two, then applies a front
facelock. They move to the corner and it’s quick tags in and out by
Tyson and Cesaro. They toss Kofi into the corner and go for a double
team but Kofi fights out, clubbing at Cesaro. A bunch of countering and
Cesaro rolls up Kofi for two, then sets up for The Swing, getting six
rotations. 
Tyson
comes in and dropkicks the spinning Kofi and they get two. Cesaro drops
Tyson on Kofi and it’s another two count. Cesaro tosses Tyson into Kofi
in the corner but Kofi dumps Tyson and kicks Cesaro in the head. Kofi
FINALLY makes a tag to Woods and he goes House-a-Fire on Tyson. Cesaro
tries to ambush Woods but Woods hits an Enzuguri. Tyson and Woods
exchange roll-ups and pins but Woods hits a Stomach Breaker and gets two
thanks to a Cesaro save. Cesaro grabs Woods and both men spiral out of
the ring with Cesaro getting the worst of it. Back in the ring, Woods
and Kofi hit The Midnight Hour to get the win at 11:35.
WINNERS: The New Day
RATING: **1/2. The match did get better as it went along but didn’t need to be near 12 minutes long.
Paige
and Erick Rowan are playing chess backstage because Erick Rowan is
SMART, see? Titus O’Neil shows up and Paige tells him how Rowan is a
Chessmaster. Titus says that Rowan only knows checkers, not chess. Rowan
removes his sheep mask and wants to play with Titus, who nervously
agrees, then asks Rowan to “king him”, using the King piece. Rowan lifts
up the King piece and says, “CHECKMATE!”

Now, THAT’S comedy.

We get clips of Jericho’s annihilation at the hands of Brock Lesnar on RAW.
STILL TO COME: Erick Rowan vs. Kane
Naomi
bumps into Miz backstage. Naomi wants to apologize. Miz says that he
understands. The title match is still on (because, suddenly, Miz can
book title matches) but Hollywood is unforgiving — so control Jimmy. 
MATCH #2: Emma vs. Paige
Emma
dances and shoves Paige. Paige swings at Emma who ducks. Paige falls
over because Emma trips her and suddenly, this is a Charlie Chaplin act.
Emma dances around again and Paige has had enough. She Superkicks her
and then knees her in the head. Two count. She puts Emma in a Surfboard
which Emma escapes but Paige tosses her to the mat. Paige puts Emma in
the corner and hits some elbows. Emma comes back with forearms before
Paige kicks her in the stomach and chokes her on the middle rope. Paige
spanks Emma’s ass, then tries the Ram-Paige but Emma counters with a
small package. Paige clotheslines Emma and yells at the crowd not to
cheer for Emma. Paige stomps Emma in the corner, but Emma grabs her leg
and hits lariats. Paige rushes Emma in the corner but Emma elbows her
and hits the Dil-Emma on the ropes. Emma goes for the Emma Lock but
Paige kicks out and hits a Superkick and PTO for the win at 4:58.
WINNER: Paige via PTO
RATING: **. Not a bad match, all told. Much better than what the Bellas put on.
NEXT: Rowan vs. Kane
Titus O’Neil is doing commentary with Cole and Saxton when we come back.
MATCH #3: Erick Rowan vs. Kane
Rowan
all over Kane to start. Kane runs at Rowan who clotheslines Kane, then
shoulderblocks him from the ring. Rowan rams Kane’s head on the mat and
crowd barrier, then tosses him into the ring. Side headlock and slam by
Rowan. Two count. He goes for a back drop but Kane counters with a DDT,
then kicks at Rowan. He puts Rowan in a clutch, then goes for a suplex,
which Rowan reverses. Rowan rushes Kane but Kane hits a clothesline. Two
count. He puts Rowan in the corner and hits a body splash. Two count.
Rowan comes back punching as Cole argues about solving Rubik’s Cubes and
using Etch-a-Sketches with Titus. Rowan hits a lariat and clubs at Kane
in the corner, then knocks Kane outside the ropes. Kane yanks Rowan’s
beard, then goes top rope but Rowan kicks Kane in the head and tries a
Superplex. Kane counters and tosses him to the mat, then clotheslines
him. Kane calls for the Chokeslam From Hell. Rowan elbows out of it and
Kane uppercuts him. Rowan hits a spin kick and Kane rolls out of the
ring. Rowan chases and bashes Kane’s head on the announce table,
spilling water all over Titus, who’s pissed as hell. Back in the ring,
Kane hits a Chokeslam to inexplicably win the match at 7:43. What the
actual fuck?
WINNER: Kane via Chokeslam
RATING: *. Same match and another loss to Kane. Does Vince have Rowan’s immediate family at gunpoint somewhere?
Titus
is still pissed as we go off the air. To add insult to injury, the show
actually closes out with the replay of Kane’s winning Chokeslam. What a
joke.
OVERALL: **, as always.
Er, that’s it.

Reigns WM main event

Hey, Scott! I brought this up during the TLC thread, but given that Brock Lesnar is a foregone conclusion to leave the company after Wrestlemania, is it even worth it to have him in the main event anymore? Shouldn't they just throw their hands up and put the belt on Cena at the Royal Rumble at this point? At least the idea of Reigns and Cena in the WM main has some drama to it, but Reigns/Lesnar's outcome is such a foregone conclusion that it's hard to generate any excitement for it.

Yeah, the more we don't have Lesnar on TV, the more I'm on Team Cena as far as being the guy to put over Reigns.  Brock loses his specialness every week he's gone from TV without anyone mentioning him or caring about the World title and clearly PPV is so dead as a medium that there's little point in trying to use him to pop buyrates any longer.  Plus Cena is pretty much a guaranteed great match for Reigns, whereas Brock who the fuck knows what you're gonna get.  

Punk main eventing WM… Taker/Rock?

i was reading one your fan-mail q and a's, and you were talking about how Dwayne/Cena 2 was the only logical situation for Wrestlemania 29. However, what if Punk had kept the title 'till Wrestlemania, and defended against two people who weren't Dwayne (or in the case of EC, just won the Chamber match), and went on to defend his title against Cena? Then you could get a definite finale to their matches, and it would be two modern guys rather than one modern guy, and one guy from the 90s who likes to pop up every now and then to have shitty matches.

As for the buyrate, if you must have Dwayne in there why not have him feud with Taker, and put that up as either a co-main event or THE main event? I can't imagine people not wanting to see it, and I'm sure both matches would be pretty well received. Also, there would've been a lot more suspense toward if the streak was actually going to end.

I think these booking decisions would've made WM 29 a lot more tolerable than it ended up being (I was completely bored with the show, minus Punk/Taker). You would end up getting the finale between two guys who've had the most relevant main event feud in recent history, and you would have the buyrate cross promotional bullshit with Dwayne/Taker. IDK, what do you think?

– With hugs, Sebastian

​I just don't see the "Punk headlining Wrestlemania" argument, sorry.  Especially not against Cena, who he'd already had a zillion matches against and didn't draw with.  I love Punk, but there was no dynamic for him where he would fit in as a main event for the show at that point, especially after treating his World title run like a second class citizen for 400 and whatever days.  ​

Matt’s Main Event Recap

Got a lot to get to today. I have about three reviews to write before RAW tonight.
Let’s get to it!

We are LIVE(!) from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma!
Michael Cole & Byron Saxton are the talkers.
Swagger
starts us off tonight, coming back to his hometown. He’s pissed at
Rusev because Rusev fucked up Zeb Colter, if anyone cares. Tonight, in
the spirit of vengeance, he’ll finally face…uh…Titus O’Neil, I
guess.
MATCH #1: Jack Swagger vs. Titus O’Neil
Swagger
hits some shoulderblocks but Titus regains the upper hand tossing
Swagger into the ringpost and tossing him outside the ring. Titus goes
outside and tosses him into the crowd barrier while Cole informs us that
Slammy nominees will be named soon like it’s the Oscars. Titus hits a
clothesline and puts Swagger in a weak chinlock. Swagger escapes but
Titus grabs him and hits a Fallaway Slam. Titus slaps at Swagger’s chest
and it’s another chinlock. Swagger escapes but Titus puts him in a
corner and rams him with shoulders. Swagger escapes again and it’s a
huge belly to belly slam. Titus rolls outside and Swagger hits a mean
clothesline, then rolls him back in the ring. He misses a Swagger Bomb
and Titus hits a huge boot to the face, getting two. Quick reversals on
both sides and Swagger hits the Patriot Lock to win it at 4:39.
WINNER: Jack Swagger via Patriot Lock
RATING: **. 
Cole tells Rusev to “beware of Swagger” even though Rusev already beat him several times two months ago.
Renee
Young hops into the ring like a giddy schoolgirl. Swagger calls Rusev a
coward and says he’s gonna get the United States Championship back. He
does WE THE PEOPLE, cuz ‘MURICA!
Cole says Slammy nominees will be released TOMORROW!!!
Adam Rose and the Dumb Bus are on the way to the ring.
We get an ad for Jingle All the Way 2.
MATCH #2: Adam Rose & The Bunny vs. Gold & Stardust
I
swear, if this isn’t over in less than 2 minutes, I quit. Star and
Bunny fuck around before Rose tags in. Star clocks him and tags in Gold
who hauls off on Rose. Rose comes back with a Flying Jalapeno and a
running clothesline but Gold retaliates with a Powerslam in Stride. Star
back in as we’re about to hit the 2 minute mark. He wraps up Rose and
tags in Gold. Rose breaks free of a clutch and there seems to be a
slightly botched elbow. Both men go down. Hot tags on both sides. Bunny
kicks at Star and hits a back drop. Bunny Hop in the corner and some
humping motions. Rose tags himself in and hits a Spinebuster. Two count.
Gold comes in and takes Bunny out. Rose dumps Gold. Star hits Dark
Matter for the win at 3:47.
WINNERS: Gold & Stardust via Dark Matter
RATING: DUD. 
Post-match, the Dusts celebrate. Gold attacks Bunny as Star laughs.
LAST
NIGHT ON RAW: Miz compliments Naomi on her “twerking” as if it’s an art
form. Then, later, during a match, Jimmy slapped the taste out of Miz’s
mouth.

TONIGHT: Jimmy Uso faces The Miz.

Tom
Phillips has The Usos backstage. Jimmy’s not happy about The Miz. Jey
tries to talk off the anger ledge but Jimmy just yells in his face. 
Fandango’s entrance is now longer than Randy Orton’s, so we go to commercial, which doesn’t help because the entrance is still happening
— then, we get R-Truth’s entrance which is even more long and
needless, considering he’s the only black guy in the company who wasn’t
good enough for the New Day re-boot or a new angle.
Truth says hello to Oklahoma. Cole: “At least he named the right state.”
MATCH #3: Fandango (w/ Rosa Mendes) vs. R-Truth
The
two men exchange chops and Fandango hits a shoulderblock. Truth comes
back with a hip toss and arm drag. Fandango takes him out in the corner.
Rosa dances outside. Fandango tosses Truth into the corner and gets a
two count. Fandango tries a running attack and Truth hits a high
spinning kick to Fandango and a Sitting Suplex. Two count. Fandango runs
at Fandango and ends up outside the ropes. Fandango tosses him into the
post, then hits the Flying Legdrop for the win at 3:36.
WINNER: Fandango via Flying Legdrop
RATING: DUD.
Post-match, Cole is disturbingly turned on my Fandango sucking Rosa’s eyes out from out her mouth.
When
we come back from break, we get an insanely long recap of “The Last 9
Days in WWE Without the Authority”. Boy, I hope this becomes a weekly
thing.
AT TLC: If John Cena loses his Tables Match, Cena is no longer the #1 contender for the WWE Championship.
So,
let me get this straight: Cena is in charge of bringing back the
Authority — but can’t control his own matches. Who the hell is running
this thing?
The
Usos are out first for their match. Miz is out next. He says that
agents are all calling him to get a hold of Naomi. He says this is a
good thing and copies the Jerry Maguire line, “Help ME help YOU.”
Jimmy’s pissed. Miz says that he’s probably doing more for Naomi’s
career than Jimmy could. Jimmy runs out of the ring and attacks Miz. The
fight goes to the ring with Jey holding his brother back. Miz escapes
to the other side of the ring until things calm down.
MATCH #4: Jimmy Uso (w/ Jey Uso) vs. The Miz (w/ Damien Miz-dow)
Jimmy
is all over Miz with a press and punches, then clotheslines Miz from
the ring. We’ve had a full minute of activity in the last 15 minutes and
three break spots. When we come back, Miz is running away from Jimmy.
Miz tosses Miz-dow in Jimmy’s way, then attacks Jimmy when he deals with
Damien. He rolls Jimmy back into the ring and kicks him in the head.
Jimmy comes back with chops but Miz hits his Breaker Combo for two. Miz
hits a side headlock as Cole and Saxton argue over the ethics of
somebody giving somebody’s wife a business card, which Cole somehow
equates to severe marital disruption. Jimmy gets tossed from the ring
and barely gets back in after a nine count. Miz is, immediately, all
over him again. He chokes Jimmy in the corner and rushes at him but
Jimmy hits a mean clothesline. Jimmy hits two more of those and then
tosses Miz from the ring. He hits a Flying Uso to the outside and starts
tossing Miz into the crowd barriers. The two re-enter the ring and Miz
boots Jimmy in the head, getting a two-count. Miz misses a kick to
Jimmy’s head and Jimmy hits a Samoan Drop. He goes for a Rikishi Butt
Splash but Miz leaves the ring and says he quits. Jimmy hits a dive to
the outside and tosses Miz back in the ring again. He climbs the buckle
but Miz attacks. Jimmy jumps off and Jimmy hits a Superkick. Miz-dow
imitates taking the kick and Jimmy invites Jey to climb the other buckle
so that they can each splash a “Miz”. They do so and Jimmy wins at
8:09.
WINNER: Jimmy Uso via Superfly Splash
RATING: **.
OVERALL: **. These shows just continue to mean nothing. 
Er, that’s it.