MOTD: Mr Perfect vs Shawn Michaels At Stars & Stripes Forever 91

Here’s a Mr. Perfect vs. Shawn Michaels match that’s pretty obscure.

Taped 3/11/91, aired on the Prime Time Wrestling “Road to WrestleMania VII: Stars And Stripes Forever” special on 3/17/91. 

Hennig was on a major roll at this point, no doubt.  Shawn was no slouch himself.  Had the Summerslam 93 match even been this good, people wouldn’t have been so pissed about it, I think. 

5 stars for Shield vs. Wyatts?

1. Was the Shield-Wyatts match from Elimination Chamber a five-star match?
2. Was it the best 6-man tag match of all time? (Or at least in your memory?)

1.  Nope, I had it at ****1/2.  Their debut match at TLC 2012 was better, for one.  
2.  Hells no.  I can think of half a dozen Michinoku Pro six-mans that were better, including the one at Barely Legal, but it was certainly still a great match.  

Building New Stars

If you don’t count battle royals and celebrities, the only people to headline a WCW PPV in their last three years that never had before are Goldberg and Kronik (who were squashed by Goldberg in a three minute match).

Since The Miz headlined WrestleMania XXVII roughly three years ago, the only fresh face WWE has put in a PPV main event is John Laurinaitis.

That’s probably not good, right?

​Well, and Daniel Bryan as well, let’s not forget to mention him a million times today.
But really, isn’t there a famous saying about how if you do the same stuff over and over again and expect a different result then something really good happens?  I forget how that one goes.  

Mr Perfect vs Shawn Michaels At Stars & Stripes Forever 91

So, I know everybody shits on their Summerslam match, but this is a great little TV match as Shawn and Curt try to out-sell each other. It drags a little in the middle, but two ridiculous Shawn bumps and a pretty great ending sequence (if not a great ending) make it well worth watching… and it makes it all the weirder that their Summerslam match wasn’t better. 

Well, to be fair, everyone shits on their Summerslam match because the WWF themselves basically did everything short of literally going on TV and promising a ***** match and it was only **1/2 or so.  But yeah, I’ve seen this match and it was damn good, and they had one on Coliseum Video somewhere that was damn good as well, and to this day I can’t understand why they didn’t click. 

See also:  Rey Mysterio v. Eddie Guerrero at Wrestlemania 21.

Pawn Stars and Kayfab

I know people are still talking about Total Divas and the weird straddling of the kayfabe line and what it all means, but I think a better example of kayfabbing weirdness is Pawn Stars right now.   Ever since they've started doing the wacky skits between segments, it's getting harder to take the show seriously as anything but totally scripted entertainment, even though they're still kind of trying to maintain the illusion that they're not.  For instance, the last two episodes featured a storyline with Chumlee being forced to walk around with a sandwich board advertising the store to "drum up business", even though the store has already been acknowledged as basically being a tourist destination more than an actual pawn shop at this point.  Not to mention that having the #1 show on cable TV is far better advertising than some guy walking around the strip.  And then the other one featured Rick and Corey selling the Steve McQueen car at an auction, and then buying a '69 Roadrunner with the store's money while they were there.  This was presented as a situation where Corey would have to "work out a payment plan" or some nonsense, even though it's readily acknowledged that even Chumlee is basically a multi-millionaire who is set for life at this point and they could probably buy and sell all the cars at that auction with their pocket change.  
I dunno, I guess it just goes to show that wrestling is as unique with their problems of "telling stories" as we'd like to think sometimes.  

Stars of the 80’s who never got a singles title.

Hey Scott,

I was bored watching my fantasy football team beat up Hollywood Fuj today, so I popped in my Greatest Stars of the 80's dvd. It got me thinking, there were several guys during that time who never got to wear a singles title in the WWE.  Piper eventually got the I-C belt, but others didn't fair so well. One of my favorite guys, Paul Orndoff sticks out. That cage match with Hogan was one of the first big feel matches I remember watching and getting into. It seemed like he should have parlayed that into at least a transitional I-C run. Same with Jake Roberts and Bob Orton. These guys weren't really come in for 6 months and then leave guys, they had a good few years in the company. Anybody else from that period stand out to you as someone who deserved at least a brief title run ala Piper's three month run with the Intercontinental belt?

Well the problem is that titles actually meant something back then and it was tougher to just slot someone in for a few months, but clearly Ted Dibiase should have gotten something, and Jake Roberts for sure.  If not for Honky, Jake would have had to get a cup of coffee with the IC title.  With Orndorff it was pretty much the World title or nothing, I'd say.  

Fwd: Top 50 WCW Stars

Seems like a pretty fair list if we're going by WCW era rather than NWA.  ———- Forwarded message ——— Stumbled upon this list on – thoughts on it?  I think given
reputation of the WWE revisionist history they did a pretty good job
for guys based only on their WCW time… Sid and Malenko higher than
Eddie… that's a bit odd… and obviously you know who isn't on this
list – i would probably put him around 13-15ish… Top 50 WCW Superstars as told by WWE: 50. Jeff Jarrett
49. Juventud Guerrera
48. Dennis Rodman
47. Meng
46. Larry Zbyszko
45. Kanyon
44. Bobby Eaton
43. Saturn
42. Dustin Rhodes
41. Bret Hart
40. Kevin Sullivan
39. Curt Hennig
38. Michael Hayes
37. Cactus Jack
36. Ultimo Dragon
35. Lord Steven Regal
34. Konnan
33. Terry Funk
32. Lance Storm
31. Great Muta
30. Raven
29. Kidman
28. Buff Bagwell
27. Chris Jericho
26. Rick Rude
25. Eric Bischoff
24. Ricky Steamboat
23. Barry Windham
22. Rey Mysterio
21. Rick Steiner
20. Brian Pillman
19. The Giant
18. Eddie Guerrero
17. Arn Anderson
16. Ron Simmons
15. Stunning Steve Austin
14. Sid
13. Dean Malenko
12. Scott Hall
11. Big Van Vader
10. Scott Steiner
9. Randy Savage
8. Booker T
7. Lex Luger
6. Diamond Dallas Page
5. Kevin Nash
4. Goldberg
3. Hollywood Hogan
2. Ric Flair
1. Sting