WWF Championship Wrestling April 12th,1986

April 12th, 1986
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

Moondog Spot & Mr. X vs. Junkyard Dog & Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
Steamboat slides under Mr. X and uses a thrust kick to knock him down. That missed by a mile. He brings him back in the ring by his arm then tags JYD. Spot tags and headbutts JYD, which had no effect, then JYD headbutts him down. Mr. X tags in shortly after that and he gets beat by both guys until JYD gets the win with a powerslam (2:43).
Thoughts: The fans dug both of the faces but Steamboat had nothing going on at this point. That would change shortly though .
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. We are shown the debut of the Rougeau Brothers against the Moondogs in Australia. This was all done to put over the depth of the tag team division.
Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Mario Mancini & S.D. Jones
The fans greet Brett with a “grease ball” chant. S.D. gets a shoulderblock and a reverse rollup to start. He then works the arm of Brett then tags Mancini. Brett rakes his eyes then rams him into the corner. Neidhart tags and drops Mancini throat-first against the ropes. The Hart Foundation take turns beating on Mancini until they put him away with the Hart Attack (3:01).
Thoughts: The Harts are eliciting more of a response from the fans and are starting to really gain traction as a formidable tag team.
Okerlund is backstage and breaks the news that the British Bulldogs defeated the Dream Team at WrestleMania 2 for the Tag Team Titles. The Dream Team and Johnny Valiant come out and hype their rematch against the Bulldogs on April 26th. Beefcake was awful at promos here. His cocaine-induced lunatic promos her cut as the Barber were much more enjoyable.
John Rizzo vs. George “The Animal” Steele w/ Capt. Lou Albano
Steele chases Rizzo out of the ring then attacks him from behind. Steele chases him out of the ring again as Rizzo is scared to come back inside. Steele greets Rizzo with clubbing forearms then eats the turnbuckle and shoves the stuffing into his face. Steele intimidates the referee as he attempted to intervene. Steele then uses a backslide or sorts for the win (2:40). After the match, Steele celebrates by throwing the turnbuckle stuffing into the air.
Thoughts: Steele continues to get pushed and the fans like his act. His feud with Savage and love for Elizabeth was pushed heavily on commentary.
Mean Gene is with Ricky Steamboat, who hypes a six-man tag in Boston as he teams with JYD and the Haiti Kid against the Funk’s and Jimmy Hart. JYD and Haiti Kid come out as Haiti Kid uses all sorts of karate poses. JYD then asks everyone their height and laughs when Haiti Kid says that he is 4’2. JYD laughs at midgets
Terry Morgan vs. Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji
Muraco trips up Morgan then gets frustrated as the fans start a “beach bum” chant. He grabs Morgan in a front facelock. Muraco continues to be bothered by the crowd then takes out his frustrations on Morgan. He hits a suplex before tossing him outside. Fuji chops Morgan down then laughs in a funny spot. Back inside, Muraco hits one of the worst piledrivers I have ever seen before finishing him off with a tombstone (2:55).
Thoughts: Muraco was pretty aggressive here and the fans still hated him but that piledriver needs to be on a Botchamania video.
Piper’s Pit with guest host Jimmy Hart. He says that Piper is vacationing in Puerto Rico. He is seconded by Hoss Funk. His guest his Jake Roberts and his snake, Damien. He lets us know that anyone who makes a mistake with the snake will pay. Both Hart and Hoss were scared of the snake and they put it over huge with this segment. Jake did a mighty fine job with the interview too.
Steve Lombardi vs. Paul Orndorff
Orndorff takes Lombardi down after he was attacked. Orndorff hits a pair of armdrags then works a hammerlock on the mat. He continues to work the arm in a very aggressive manner. He then softens up Lombardi before putting him away with the piledriver (3:26).
Thoughts: Orndorff wrestled like a complete heel and extremely aggressive throughout the match. Still, the fans loved him.
The Gladiator & Dave Barbie vs. Corporal Kirchner & Dave Barbie
Spivey and the Gladiator start out and they completely botch a leapfrog spot as Spivey fell on top of the Gladiator. Barbie tags and Spivey takes him over with a hiptoss then tags Kirchner who comes off the second rope with an axe handle. Barbie catches Kirchner with a bearhug but Kirchner escapes and hits a dropkick. Suplex gets two. Spivey tags and beats on Barbie as Vince lets us know that next week, we will see the highlights from the Tag Team Championship match at WrestleMania 2. This match is so bad that even Bruno notes how they are uncoordinated as a team. Kirchner tags and hits Barbie with a swinging neckbreaker then tags Spivey who puts him away with the bulldog for the win (4:26).
Thoughts: The Spivey & Kirchner team was awful. Spivey was really bad and did not belong on television at this point in his career. It was amazing that he kicked around the WWF until 1988 because he was useless here.
Mean Gene is with Big John Studd, who will be facing Ted Arcidi at the next Boston Garden show. They were making Arcidi a face for this match as he was billed from Boston. Jimmy Hart comes out when he leaves and says that he is too small to wrestle as Terry tells him he cannot be afraid of a “pygmy” and a cartoon like JYD because he is with the Funk Brothers. Terry gives him a motivational speech then Hoss cuts a promo, looking and sounding like he took Thorazine 5 minutes before this was filmed. Terry was excellent here and Hoss was the opposite of that. And really, Hoss was just a failure in the WWF.
In action next week will be Adrian Adonis, Randy Savage, Hoss Funk, Iron Shiek & Nikolai Volkoff, and the Killer Bees.
Final Thoughts: Not much to see here to be honest. The only item of note was learning that the British Bulldogs won the Tag Team Titles. Piper’s Pit with Jake was cool but without Roddy present, it didn’t seem as special. We get to see clips of WrestleMania next, which was a big deal back then, but everything else tonight was essentially meaningless.

Impact Wrestling – May 22, 2014

Impact
Wrestling
Date: May 22,
2014
Location:
Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators:
Mike Tenay, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Last week’s
major development made me feel like I’m experiencing deja vu. Yet
again there’s a group teaming together, seemingly to take over TNA.
This time it’s MVP, Bobby Lashley and Kenny King hooking up with
reasons left to be explained tonight. The main idea tonight is Dixie
Carter coming to confront MVP and see where all this is going. I’m
sure this is going to be thrilling. Let’s get to it.

The opening
recap shows MVP turning a few weeks ago and then being joined by
Lashley and King.
The three
villains arrive and run into Kazarian. He’s on the phone and doesn’t
seem impressed so King beats Kaz down. MVP: “Was that necessary?”
King: “No.”
MVP, Lashley
and King hit the ring with MVP offering to give the people a history
lesson. He’s a brilliant individual and it was because of his
brilliance that he was able to bring in his friends and take power.
Sometimes when you take power, blood must be spilled. Never again
was he going to ask for permission to do anything because this is a
business. At the end of the day, it’s all about power, money and
respect. MVP is now in control and everyone just has to accept it.
Yes he has sold out arenas and he’s done it again tonight.
King says he
couldn’t believe it when MVP asked him to do this and takes credit
for the exhibition match from a few weeks ago. Everyone was shocked
and the same thing happened when he fought Lashley. Then MVP brought
Lashley in at Lockdown because Lashley knew politics were a waste of
time. MVP calls himself a god but here are the Wolves to interrupt.
Davey quotes
the money, power and respect line and says they don’t have any
respect for MVP anymore. MVP told them it was about heart and that’s
why they followed him at Lockdown. MVP gets them confused (King: “It
don’t matter!”) before saying he gave them this chance to get out
of taking 15 hour bus rides in Japan to eat Ramen Noodles.
They may have
heart but to be where MVP is today, you have to be heartless. MVP
threatens to send them back to the indies and the brawl is on. The
Wolves are outnumbered and Lashley hits a big spear on Edwards.
Davey is dragged up to the stage and speared off and through a table.
King cackles like a witch.
A ticked off
Eric Young arrives.
The Carters
arrive.
Davey has
been taken to a hospital.
Here’s Eric
Young to vent a bit. MVP cuts him off almost immediately and brings
out Lashley and King. Young says the shame should be on him and then
asks Lashley how he’ll be able to explain this to his son. MVP holds
Bobby back and says Lashley’s son will be behind the wheel of a very
expensive car then and won’t care what Lashley did. The trio gets
into the ring and Eric is ready to fight. It goes as badly as you
would expect until Austin Aries runs out and helps Young fight them
off.
Aries grabs
the mic and says he’s one of the few that saw MVP for what he really
was: a liar in cheap suits. Austin calls MVP out for a match and MVP
accepts for later tonight. That’s not all from MVP though as he’s
going to give Eric Young a match tonight. No opponent given but MVP
says it’s coming.
Bram has
gotten Magnus a falls count anywhere match with Willow tonight.
Magnus says he’s getting sick of this and punches Bram in the jaw.
Bram laughs and says that’s what they want. Magnus says he’s crazy.
Angelina is
issuing an open challenge for a title shot. Gail Kim comes up to
accept it but she’s not allowed. Kim lays Angelina out and beats her
up a bit.
Here are the
Beautiful People with Angelina saying all former Knockouts Champions
are excluded from accepting.
Knockouts
Title: Angelina Love vs. Brittany
Love jumps
Brittany during her posing and takes over quickly. Brittany gets
knocked down again but shoves Love out of the corner. A handspring
elbow runs into Angelina’s elbow but Brittany comes back with an
O’Connor Roll, only to be distracted by Velvet. The distraction lets
Angelina hit the Botox Injection for the pin at 3:28.
Rating: D.
Points for having someone new in there like Brittany, but the match
was nothing to see at all. The Beautiful People are getting less and
less interesting every week, especially with them getting what they
wanted so easily. This whole division is just worthless to me
anymore and it’s not getting any more interesting at all.
Gail
Kim comes out to prevent the makeover.
Dixie
is going to address MVP tonight. We knew that already.
James Storm
comes to see Mr. Anderson at a bar and a drinking contest begins.
MVP vs.
Austin Aries
Aries jumps
him from the apron but MVP sends him into the barricade to take over.
They get inside with Aries in control and hitting a running elbow in
the corner followed by raining down some right hands. MVP shoves him
over the top and out to the floor before slapping Aries down. Back
in and MVP misses a running kick in the corner and Aries goes for the
leg. MVP blocks the brainbuster but gets caught by the running
dropkick in the corner. Aries nails a second but Lashley runs in to
break up the 450 for the DQ at 3:48.
Rating: C.
This was fun while it lasted but you knew there was no way it was
getting a clean finish this early in the feud. Aries is a good
choice to have in this spot but he and Young need a third guy to make
this a better fight. The match wasn’t much wrestling but they fought
the entire time which is always a nice touch.
Aries
gets beaten down until Young comes out as well. The champion gets
beaten down until MVP announces Lashley as Young’s opponent for
later. Dixie comes out for the showdown because this story hasn’t
gotten enough TV time tonight. After
a break Dixie yells at MVP for ignoring her and says she’s never hurt
anyone. “Except shoving Bully Ray through two tables….and
breaking two of his ribs.”
MVP
says she’s been banned from the Impact Zone but here’s Bully to chase
Dixie and Ethan off. MVP says Bully was banned from the building too
but Ray gets in his face and says MVP is here because of Ray. Bully
wants to know why they’re picking on Eric Young, who has been here
since day one and worked his way to the top to become World Champion.

MVP
asks when Bully started caring but King jumps Ray for the three on
one beatdown. The trio leaves and the Carters come back. Dixie:
“Ethan, get the tables.” Ethan: “Ok.” Ray
tries to fight back but gets planted through the wood. Dixie gets to
say she fears no one again. I really hope this is just a one off
confrontation between MVP and Dixie, because the last thing I (and I
think most TNA fans) want is another power struggle.
Post
break Ray limps after the Carters but they escape in a limo.
Magnus
vs. Willow
Falls
count anywhere. We get a quick video about Bram trying to unleash
the beast inside Magnus, just in case this wasn’t enough like Cena
and Bray Wyatt already. Magnus misses a charge to the floor but
blocks a dive with his knees. They fight in the aisle with Magnus
still turning down the use of something metal. Back inside and
Willow takes over with some legdrops but misses the Swanton.
The
Whisper in the Wind connects for two and a clothesline puts Magnus on
the floor. Willow’s slingshot splash lands for two more but Magnus
clotheslines him down onto the ramp. Bram offers him the metal again
and this time a shot to the ribs has Willow in trouble. Magnus can’t
bring himself to hit Willow in the back of the head though, allowing
Willow to hit a Twist of Fate on the ramp for the pin at 4:58.
Rating: C.
Not a bad brawl here but Willow was up WAY too fast after that shot
to the ribs. He might have been down fifteen seconds and then is
able to hit his finisher and pin a World Champion? That’s a bit too
much of a stretch for my taste but with as little time as they had
they couldn’t do much else.
Gunner
tells Samuel Shaw he’s been in an asylum before too.
Eddie
Edwards is back.
After a
break, Gunner is still in the asylum with Shaw. Gunner tells him a
story about a friend of his who went through basic training with him.
The friend went through something that sounds like PTSD and Gunner
was the one there to help him get into a place just like this.
That’s why he understands what it’s like for Shaw to be in here. In
the end the guy got better and found himself. Gunner believes
there’s good inside Shaw and that he can get better. Shaw asks why
he should trust Gunner. That’s a good question, and Gunner says
he’ll prove his trustworthiness by trying to get Shaw out of the
straitjacket.
Here’s
Edwards to call out any member of the trio for a fight right now.
King comes out and the brawl is on immediately. Edwards chokes him
with a shirt and hammers away before they get in the ring. Kenny
gets in a few shots with the mic to take over but Edwards avoids a
moonsault. Edwards hits a suicide dive and rips at Kenny’s face but
gets sent into the steps. A high collar suplex puts Edwards down on
the ramp and Kenny walks away. Eddie is holding his shoulder.
The drinking
contest is continuing and it appears that Anderson is cheating by
drinking something without alcohol. Storm is on about his 12th
beer.
MVP comes up
to Brian Hebner. He apologizes for King attacking Hebner recently
and Brian accepts. MVP gives Hebner the main event match tonight and
implies that Brian needs to help him. Hebner doesn’t say anything.
Back to the
bar where Storm can barely talk and Anderson says he’s totally sober.
He’s been drinking Near Beer and proceeds to beat Storm up.
Anderson takes Storm outside and throws him into a trash can before
putting the $100 bet in Storm’s mouth.
Eric Young
says he’s banged up but he learns from his mistakes. Tonight Lashley
will learn that his biggest mistake was letting Young get up.
Eric Young
vs. Bobby Lashley
Non-title.
Eric starts fast but gets taken down and thrown to the floor, into
the barricade. Back in and Lashley hammers away before bending
Young’s back over the ropes. A hard palm strike to the chest drops
Young again and we take a break. Back with Lashley hitting a delayed
vertical suplex for two before putting on a bearhug.
Young fights
back with a missile dropkick and the piledriver. No cover though as
Young goes up, only to have to fight off King and MVP. It’s not a DQ
yet as Young gets crotched on the top. Lashley gets up and a spear
sets up the powerslam for the pin at 10:33. Well at least it wasn’t
clean.
Rating:
D+. Nothing to see here again,
other than about the 857th
time that the trio has been on screen tonight. It’s the same old
problem that TNA has always had: if they’ve got a top story, it’s
going to DOMINATE a show until you’re either hooked on it or totally
sick of it. Heaven forbid anything else get anytime.
Aries
tries to make a save with a kendo stick but gets triple teamed as
well. The trio stands tall
to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
D-. Why can’t TNA learn
anything? Why do they insist on going back to the EXACT SAME THING
over and over and over and over and over again? Tonight was ALL
about this new trio and if you don’t like them, WELL SCREW YOU
BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE GETTING LALALALALALALA I CAN’T HEAR YOU!
That’s what it’s like to be a TNA fan. If you don’t like what you’re
getting, deal with it because they’re going to use the same story
over and over again.
Other
than the trio stuff, the Dixie angle continues and unfortunately
we’re probably not going to get her being put through a table.
That’s the ONLY payoff to the whole thing but if it never happens, or
happens anywhere other than Slammiversary or the New York tapings,
it’s yet another waste of a story and our time by TNA.
The
rest of the show wasn’t anything to remember. The beer drinking
contest was fine but they made it clear where it was going halfway
through. Gunner and Shaw is somewhat interesting, but it’s a BIG
step down for Gunner after months of beating Storm time after time.
The Beautiful People are still the same act we’ve seen for years from
them now, making this show feel like it’s stuck on replay.
Results
Angelina Love
b. Brittany – Botox Injection
Austin Aries
b. MVP via DQ when Bobby Lashley interfered
Willow b.
Magnus – Twist of Fate on the ramp
Bobby Lashley
b. Eric Young – Powerslam
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WWF Championship Wrestling April 5th, 1986

April 5, 1986


Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

This is the final show before WrestleMania 2. In action tonight are Hillbilly Jim & Uncle Elmer, Adrian Adonis, and Don Muraco. Plus, special interviews from Mr. T and Hulk Hogan and a lot more.

Lord Alfred Hayes once again lists of all the celebrities that will be appearing at WrestleMania 2. Tommy Lasorda is the newest celebrity that has been announced and will be the ring announcer for the King Kong Bundy vs. Hulk Hogan match.

Chuck Simpson & Al Navarro vs. Hillbilly Jim & Uncle Elmer


Elmer appears to be struggling just to walk around the ring and slap hands with the fans. Simpson fails to slam Jim then gets slammed himself as the announcers talk about the WrestleMania Battle Royal. We get a Cab Calloway insert promo as Jim clotheslines Navarro then tags Elmer, who gets the win with a leg drop (2:06).

Thoughts: A quick match that put over the hillbillies a bit  for their WrestleMania matches. Elmer looked worse than ever here. He could barely walk.

Gene Okerlund is with William “Refridgerator” Perry, who puts over the Battle Royal. He mentions that he might have a new career if he wins the match.

Ivan MacDonald vs. Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji


Muraco looks motivted tonight as he beats the piss out of MacDonald. He tosses him outside as we get an insert promo from Darryl Dawkins, who says that wrestling is his passion. Not a bad promo, actually. Muraco continues his assault as Vince and Bruno discuss all of the celebrities in attendance then he finally puts away MacDonald with the tombstone piledriver (2:59).

Thoughts: Muraco looked pretty good in the ring. He was really entering the downside of his career though.

Gene Okerlund is with Randy Savage and he yells about how Elizabeth will be there, even though she is not here tonight.

A.J. Petruzzi & Steve Lombardi & Danny Spivey & Corporal Kirchner


Spivey starts by catching Lombardi with a hiptoss and a slam. Petruzzi tags and Spivey armdrags him then works an armbar. Kirchner tags and wins a slugfest with Petruzzi then monkey flips him out of the corner. Lombardi tags as Cathy Lee Crosby is shown in an insert promo talking about how she wants Refridgerator Perry to eliminate Big John Studd from the Battle Royal. Spivey tags and they use a double suplex on Petruzzi then for some reason Kirchner stays in the ring and hits a Samoan drop for the win (3:03).

Thoughts: The team of Kirchner & Spivey was amateur-hour stuff. They were both pretty terrible. Spivey was starting to be referred to as the “Golden Boy” at this point too but was really just floundering.

Mean Gene talks with Paul Orndorff, who says that Don Muraco helped hurt his friend, Hulk Hogan, and will beat him at WrestleMania 2. He leaves and the Dream Team appears as Valiant talks about the stipulation of their WrestleMania match against the British Bulldogs and how it doesnt matter if there is a 1,000 referees because they will still win anyway.

Nelson Veilleux vs. “Adorable” Adrian Adonis w/ Jimmy Hart


Adonis tones up his flamboyance as Hart sprays him with perfume before the match. He also comes out to “You’re so Vain” as his entrance music. He works the arm of Veilleux as we get an insert promo of Elvira. Adonis then puts him in a sleeper (the not yet named Good Night Irene) and gets the win (2:18). After the match, Adonis beats the shit out of Veilluex.

Thoughts: Adonis is becoming more flamboyant and as that happens, he is getting more of a push. The crowd hated him.

Piper’s Pit from Joe Frazier’s Gym. He looks around for Frazier and sees him then asks how he has been training Mr. T for the fight. Frazier shows him a heavy bag with a kilt taped to the bottom. Frazier then whips a medicine into his chest a few times as Piper tries to brush off the pain and tells Frazier that Mr. T better be ready for their fight. Not a bad segment but I would not classify this as memorable or anything.

Mean Gene introduces another video package about the battle royal with the football players on whether or not they are worried they will not be able to extend their football careers after the match. Russ Francis talked about his dad promoting in Hawaii and having wrestled Lou Thesz and Bruno Sammartino. Hillbilly Jim said he will win because he was trained by Hulk Hogan. Jim Brunzell looked like he was coked up during his promo. Bret Hart says that when he and the Anvil win the Battle Royal money, they will buy a house with a pool and invite over a ton of girls, because that is what they want. They were billing this as a prize of $100,000.

Don Driggers & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/ Freddie Blassie


Poffo’s post-match poem was about WrestleMania 2. I was touched. A fan in the crowd held up a sign that suggested Volkoff enter a “hog calling” contest. It’s the wit that Poughkeepsie was famous for. The heels destroy Poffo as an insert promo of Lasorda is shown. Driggers tags then Volkoff hits a backbreaker then tags the Sheik, who finishes him off with the Camel Clutch (1:22). Sheik poses after the match as Vince talks about the football players that have entered the battle royal.

Thoughts: Just a brief squash to make the heels look decent for their WrestleMania matches.




Gene Okerlund runs down the WrestleMania card then shows us his interview with Hulk Hogan’s doctor, who said that he is concerned about Hogan’s condition and still needs 3-4 weeks of recovery. He also worries about his back and a possible herniated disk and despite multiple attempts to talk him out of the match, Hogan insists that he wrestle. We are back to the interview stage as Hogan appears and says that he is glad it has come to the cage match as he will come out to the ring “wired out of his mind” from “praying and taking his vitamins” then will take Bundy’s pride and beat him down. The wired out of his mind line was awesome.

Next week, we will have a report from WrestleMania 2.

Final Thoughts: I actually thought last week’s show did a better job hyping the show but this still a good job. Again, the overabundance of celebrity segments were grating and the Battle Royal interview segment went on for far too long. Even still, they put over the top matches strong and everything else was fine so it was a decent show overall. The WrestleMania 2 review will be posted on Tuesday night.

Impact Wrestling – May 15, 2014

Impact
Wrestling
Date: May 15, 2014
Location: Impact Zone,
Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike
Tenay, Tazz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall

Another week has passed
and the main story is, say it with me, a heel authority figure
corrupted by power. Last week MVP turned heel and announced himself
as the #1 contender to the World Title. Other than that we’ve got
Bully Ray heading to Texas to go after Dixie Carter. Why he would
wait a week to do so is beyond me but maybe they’ll show us footage
from the previous week. Let’s get to it.

Eric Young is waiting
for MVP to arrive but security pulls him away from the boss’ limo.
Video on MVP turning on
Young last week.
Here’s Young (minus the
belt) in the arena to open things up. Eric rants about how he
thought MVP was something different that’s why he fought so hard for
him. Anything would have been better than Dixie Carter but this
isn’t good at all. Eric says if MVP wants a fight he can come out
here right now. MVP pops up on screen and says he did this for the
money and the power. He’s going to do Eric a favor though: Young can
keep the title until Slammiversary when MVP takes it away.
Dixie is in Nashville
driving around with Spud. They go to her house and see a bunch of
tables spray painted with Dixie Fears Bully.
Recap of Bram trying to
make Magnus into his old self by sending him after Willow.
Willow is ready for
revenge but wants it in his realm.
Bram/Magnus vs.
Willow
They start in the dark
rafters but are down on the floor in about ten seconds. Tagging is
required here and it’s Bram whipping Willow into the corner to start.
Bram hammers Willow in the corner and brings in Magnus for some
stomping of his own. Back to Bram but he gets reversed into the
corner for forearms and the slingshot dropkick. Willow decks Magnus
off the apron but can’t hit the Twist. Magnus trips Willow up,
allowing Bram to suplex him down. Back to Magnus with Bram sliding
in a metal object. Magnus won’t go insane like Bram wants though,
allowing Willow to small package Magnus for the pin at 4:22.
Rating: D+.
This was more storytelling than a match and there’s nothing wrong
with that. Bram wanting Magnus to be all violent and evil again is a
good idea for Magnus as his time on the top just didn’t work for the
most part. He’s boring as a proper Englishman and all that jazz, so
have him be evil instead and get something interesting going instead.
Bram looked good.
Young
trashes MVP’s office.
Bully
Ray calls Dixie and tells her and Spud to come inside.
Gail
Kim comes to the ring and says she’s not here to wear an evening gown
or to get a makeover. She calls out the Beautiful People and gets
what she wants. Angelina says the Beautiful People are what everyone
should aspire to be. Velvet jumps Gail from behind and it’s time for
a match.
Velvet
Sky vs. Gail Kim
Gail
is in trouble to start but jumps over Velvet in the corner to get a
breather. She hits the running cross body in the corner but misses a
charge and falls out to the floor. Angelina gets in a few shots and
throws Gail back inside for a DDT and two. Gail comes back with Eat
Defeat out of nowhere for the pin at 3:43.
Rating: D.
It’s the same story with the same ideas and the same people we’ve
seen doing this FOREVER now and I don’t care anymore. I’m assuming
Gail gets a title shot at Slammiversary, but who cares if she wins?
What difference does it make as they’ve all been champion like a
million times anyway. Match was nothing.
Gail
gets laid out post match.
Ethan
Carter brags about injuring Kurt Angle last week and says this is his
world now.
Crazy
Steve vs. Kazarian
Steve
is the Menagerie’s clown. Kaz
sends him to the floor to start as we have carnival music and weird
lighting. Kaz trips over Steve on the floor as the Freak stares him
down. Steve low bridges Kaz to the floor as we’re in full on comedy
match mode. The balloons are brought in and Steve breaks them with a
top rope splash. Now he’s running around with a horn as Freak poses
on the apron. Rebel is in the ring as well, hanging upside down on
the ropes. The referee gets pantsed and it’s thrown out at 2:34 with
Kaz winning by DQ.
The Menagerie doesn’t
seem to mind losing.
Aries tries to get into
MVP’s office but security stops him. MVP comes out and gets some
cheap shots but Young shows up to jump the boss as we take a break.
Back with the two still fighting and MVP in control. He tries to
hang Eric with his tie but the champion fights back as they head to
the ramp. Young seems to be favoring his arm so MVP hammers away on
it back in the ring. Security comes down to break it up but MVP gets
in more shots on the arm, including a flying armbar. MVP makes the
title match tonight with him getting the title shot.
Spud tries to sneak up
on Ray in Dixie’s house but the cameraman gives him away. Spud is
captured but Ray tells the camera guys to stay there.
Mr. Anderson vs.
James Storm
The opening bell is
after a break and the brawl is already on the floor. Anderson takes
him into the barricade but Anderson’s hand is slammed into the steps
to give Storm control. Back inside with Storm working over the arm
but getting caught in the swinging neckbreaker. Storm tries to run
from the Mic Check, allowing him to hit a quick low blow for two, as
the referee catches Storm’s feet on the ropes. A running DDT gets
two on Anderson and it’s beer bottle time. The referee takes the
bottle away but Storm spits in Anderson’s face, setting up the Last
Call for the pin at 5:00.
Rating: D+.
These matches are starting to get repetitive. The arm work went
nowhere here and the match was only ok if you stretch a lot. It’s
nice to see Storm FINALLY get a win though. That’s his first singles
win on TV in over a year. That simply should not happen to a former
World Champion.
Samuel
Shaw is in an institution and can only say Christy.
Video on Sanada
training and what the X Title means to him.
X-Division Title:
Sanada vs. Tigre Uno vs. DJZ
DJZ is coming in with
bad ribs. Sanada is defending and he teams up with Tigre to take Ion
down to start. Tigre tries a quick rollup for two on the champ.
There’s a bunch of confetti in the ring from Sanada’s entrance and
it’s all over everyone’s back. Sanada misses a standing moonsault on
Tigre but snaps up with a dropkick to the back. DJZ comes back in
but gets caught in a rolling cradle for two for the champ.
Tigre stays on the
floor for a bit as DJZ nails some forearms to Sanada in the corner.
Sanada comes back with some chops as Tigre is still on the floor.
Tigre finally comes back in with a dropkick to both guys, followed by
a spinning Asai Moonsault to the floor. He throws DJZ back inside
but Ion breaks up a moonsault. Sanada springboards back in with a
chop to DJZ’s head and hits a tiger suplex for the pin to retain at
5:33.
Rating: C.
Sanada is still good but these guys are pretty much the entire
division right now. It’s the same problem the division has had for
years now: you can find one guy that does well for awhile but the
division is dead save for the month before Destination X. Nothing
much to see here but it wasn’t bad.
Ray
calls Dixie from Spud’s phone and tells her she’s all alone.
Gunner
comes to see Samuel Shaw in the institution because Shaw needs
someone to talk to.
We
recap Ethan injuring Angle’s knee last week.
Dixie
goes into her house and finds Spud tied up. Bully shuts the door and
asks Dixie if she ever though it would come to this. He’s doing it
because of what she did at Sacrifice and wants to know if she
believes he’s afraid of her. Ray asks if she wants this to end. She
does of course but he wants her to say she fears him. She’s about to
say it when Ethan jumps Ray from behind. Dixie says she fears no
one.
We
recap Roode and MVP brawling last week, leading to MVP suspending
Roode from Impact for the foreseeable
future.
TNA
World Title: Eric Young vs. MVP
Young
attacks before the bell but is sent bad arm first into the steps.
MVP works it over even more as the match hasn’t actually started yet.
Back from a break with the opening bell and MVP staying on the bad
arm. Eric fights up and hits some of his usual stuff before loading
up the top rope elbow, only to have Kenny King of all people come
down and shove Eric off the top for the DQ at 3:10.
Rating: D.
I don’t have a rating in me for this one. Most of it was just arm
work anyway.
MVP
tells the referee to restart the match or he’s fired. The referee
won’t do it so King decks him. King and MVP beat up Eric until Bobby
Lashley comes out for the save….before joining up with them to
destroy Young. Eric is slammed through some chairs by Lashley and
taunted with the belt. The new heel faction stands tall to end the
show. Taz: “This is bad Mike.” Preach it brother.
Overall Rating: D.
TNA is entering it’s summer lull and they’re diving in head first.
There was some watchable stuff tonight but the stories are just
killing everything else. As I’ve complained about probably a dozen
times before, it feels like we’ve seen every bit of this before. The
Beautiful People are dominant and calling people ugly, the heel
authority figure(s) are receiving far more TV time than anyone else,
and the title picture is about the plucky champion fighting to keep
the main evil authority figure from gaining ultimate power.
It’s
the same stuff this company has run with for YEARS now and it’s just
not working here. We’re coming up on one of the biggest shows of the
year and looking at Eric Young vs. MVP for the World Title. I could
picture that being a midcard title match, but TNA doesn’t have time
for a midcard title. Maybe if Dixie didn’t have to have five
segments a show we could, but Heaven forbid she’s not one of the
focal points of the show. The more I think about it the more it
seems like they want her to turn face, which would be about the
dumbest thing they could do. In other words, look for face Dixie to
send her guy in to face MVP at BFG.
Results
Willow b. Bram/Willow –
Small package to Magnus
Gail Kim b. Velvet Sky
– Eat Defeat
Kazarian b. Crazy Steve
via DQ when Menagerie interfered
Sanada b. DJZ and Tigre
Uno – Tiger suplex to DJZ
Eric Young b. MVP via
DQ when Kenny King interfered
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WWF Championship Wrestling March 29th, 1986

March 29, 1986
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
Tonight, Hulk Hogan will be wrestling on the show, still selling the effects of the attack he suffered from King Kong Bundy on “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” Plus, the Funk Brothers, British Bulldogs, Randy Savage and Paul Orndorff are all in action.

Lord Alfred Hayes gives us an update on all of the celebrities that will be appearing at WrestleMania 2. They include Lee Majors, Ray Charles, Robert Conrad, Dick Butkus, Ozzy Osborne, Joan Rivers, Herb from Burger King, Clare Peller, Susan St. James, Cab Calloway, Joe Frazier, Darryl Dawkins, Cathy Lee Crosby, Elvira, and G. Gordon Liddy, who cuts a promo about being the judge for the Piper vs. Mr. T match. It was incredibly wooden.
Andre Malo vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage w/ Elizabeth
The announcers hype the feud between Savage and George Steele as Savage backs Malo against the ropes. He snaps Malo’s neck off of the rope and follows that with a suplex as an insert promo by Elvira is shown, hyping her appearance at WrestleMania. Savage tosses Malo outside then follows him out with a top rope double axe handle. Back inside, he hits another axe handle but pulls Malo up then goes up top and finishes him off with the flying elbow drop then covers him with one foot for the win (1:58).
Thoughts: Another great squash from Savage. Man, he was the most entertaining guy in this promotion during 1986.
Mean Gene is with Hulk Hogan and Mr. T, who talks about how he has never been so mad in his life and promises to beat Piper at WrestleMania for what he did at “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” Hogan then talks about Clubber Lang is a wimp compared to the real Mr. T. Not that much of an interview but they really hyped the shit out of WrestleMania 2.
Bob Bradley vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff
Orndorff works a hammerlock until Bradley reaches the ropes. Orndorff works the arm as Vince puts over his upcoming WrestleMania match against Don Muraco. We get another G. Gordon Liddy promo, which was awful, as Orndorff is still working the arm. Vince brings up how there will be celebrity commentators at WrestleMania as Bradley hammers away on Orndorff. They fuck up a hiptoss spot then Orndorff tosses Bradley to the floor. He suplexes Bradley in the ring from the apron then hits a clothesline before he finishes off Bradley with the piledriver (3:28).
Thoughts: Nothing more than a backdrop to hype up all the celebrities appearing at WrestleMania. Interesting to see how a year ago, Orndorff was involved in the hottest match at the show and this year, he is in a match against Muraco that was slapped together at the last minute. After milking his feud against Piper for all it was worth, he had done nothing until he eventually turned on Hogan. To be fair, he was never meant to be a face.
Mean Gene is with several of the WrestleMania Battle Royal participants including the Hart Foundation and football players Jimbo Covert and William “Refridgerator” Perry, who cut a promo that needed subtitles at the bottom of the screen. Christ.
Ivan MacDonald & S.D. Jones vs. Terry & Hoss Funk w/ Jimmy Hart
I’ll say it again: MacDonald looks like Jim Carrey’s character from “Dumb and Dumber” on steroids. Bruno calls Hoss “Dory” at first before correcting himself. Terry chops S.D. against the ropes but gets caught with a slam. Hart grabs S.D.’s leg then Hoss stomps him on the floor. S.D. is selling the leg then goes inside where Terry attacks it some more. Cathy Lee Crosby gives us an insert promo about working with Monsoon at WrestleMania as S.D. mounts a comeback. He tags MacDonald, who Hoss knees off of the apron. The Funks take turns beating the shit out of MacDonald until Hoss makes him submit to the Boston Crab (2:43). After the match, S.D. chases Hart out of the ring as he attempted to brand MacDonald.
Thoughts: A dominate showing by the Funks, who will be facing Tito Santana & Junkyard Dog at WrestleMania.
Mean Gene is with Bobby Heenan and King Kong Bundy. Heenan said the whole plan was to send Hogan to the hospital and they knew that he would be dumb enough to put up the title in a match against Bundy, who says that getting into a steel cage with him will be the biggest mistake of his life. Heenan predicts that Bundy will be the new World Champion.
Tiger Chung Lee & Mr. X vs. British Bulldogs w/ Capt. Lou Albano
Lee runs over Dynamite, who then sends him to the floor with a backdrop. Davey tags and connects with a dropkick for two. Cab Calloway is shown in an insert promo singing about WrestleMania 2 as Davey powerslams Mr. X. Dynamite hits a snap suplex and a backbreaker then tags Davey, who gets caught in a small package for two. Davey comes back with a couple of slams then places Mr. X on top and tags Dynamite, who hits a super back suplex for the win (2:38).
Thoughts: The crowd in Poughkeepsie loved the Bulldogs. They got a great reception and impressed in the ring too. No mention at all of their match for the Tag Team Titles against the Dream Team at WrestleMania.
A video montage of Roddy Piper training for his boxing match against Mr. T set to his song from the “Wrestling Album.” It ran a bit too long and was unmemorable.
Vince runs down the WrestleMania 2 card and most importantly, all of the celebrities. Shit, Vince was like the guy from the Micro Machines commercials here in how fast he spoke.
Mean Gene introduces a series of promos for the Battle Royal. The idea here is that the Battle Royal is the most dangerous match in wrestling. Danny Spivey got to cut a promo here and maybe he shouldn’t have. Same for King Tonga, who came off as someone who just finishes a round of electroshock therapy. A mix of promos from football players and wrestlers. It was fine for what it was and Neidhart was pretty funny too.
Moondog Spot vs. Hulk Hogan
The crowd went nuts for Hogan, who comes out to “Real American” on Championship Wrestling for the first time. Hogan shoves Spot away then hits a few punches then a clothesline. He drops an elbow but Spot targets the injured ribs of Hogan. He hammers away until Hogan hulks up then fires back. He hits a corner clothesline then hits a back suplex before putting him away with the leg drop (1:56). Hogan poses after the match
Thoughts: It was really cool to see Hogan appear on this show, as it was a rare occurrence. The purpose of this was to show the fans that Hogan has healed from his injuries that he suffered from King Kong Bundy and that he will be in fine shape for their cage match at WrestleMania.
Final Thoughts: This was basically and infomercial for WrestleMania 2. I don’t have a problem with that but the constant celebrity insert promos and the focus seemingly on the celebrities themselves and the battle royal is not going to get me to rush out and see this show. The rest of the card is underwhelming but they barely even mentioned the other matches, even when the guys wrestling in them were in the ring on the show. This was WWF star-fucking at its finest. Not a terrible show by any means but the constant gushing over the C-List celebs was grating by the end.

WWF Championship Wrestling March 15, 1986

March 15, 1986


Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon.

In action tonight are George “The Animal” Steele & Uncle Elmer, Killer Bees, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and “Adorable” Adrian Adonis

Jeff Grippley vs. “Adorable” Adrian Adonis w/ Jimmy Hart


The crowd starts up a “faggot” chant at Adonis, who attacks Grippley before the bell. He tosses Grippley to the floor and follows him out, slamming him on the floor. The announcers point out how Adonis is overweight, with Bruno actually putting over his abilities, as Adonis is beating up Grippley in the ring. Grippley hits a backdrop but Adonis gets up and slaps him around until he puts Grippley away with the DDT, which Vince tells us Adonis named the “graham cracker” (3:19). After the match, the camera shows a sign in the crowd that has Adonis’s named crossed off with the word “fag busters” written underneath.

Thoughts: The crowd spent most of this match chanting “faggot” and Vince spent most of his time disgusted about Adonis’ physique. Adonis was pretty damn good with this gimmick though. He made it worked and heeled on the crowd every chance he could.




WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week, Hayes talks about the WrestleMania 2 Battle Royal and runs down all of the competitors, which includes several football players.

Bob Bradley & Mr. X vs. Killer Bees


Blair and Bradley start out with some matwork. Oddly enough, these two were involved in a segment one on of the first episodes of “Tuesday Night Titans” when Blair was demonstrating some amateur wrestling holds. The Bees use quick tags to isolate Bradley then the match breaks down when Brunzell uses a headscissor/headlock takeover on his opponents. Mr. X breaks up a victory roll from Blair then the heels briefly work him over but Blair catches Bradley in an abdominal stretch then turns it into a cradle for the win (3:10).

Thoughts: A brief showcase for the Bees, who have fallen off to the wayside a bit with all of the attention on the Bulldogs.




Gene Okerlund runs down the WrestleMania 2 card then brings out the British Bulldogs, who say that it will all come down to WrestleMania. Interviews were not a strong suit of the British Bulldogs, that’s for sure.

Joe Mirto & Les Thornton vs. Uncle Elmer & George “The Animal” Steele w/ Capt. Lou Albano and Cousin Luke


Luke came to the ring on crutches. Steele clears the ring before the match so Elmer and Albano can dance around. Elmer wins a test of strength against Mirto. The heels then tie up Elmer in the ropes until Steele runs in for the save. Elmer splashes Mirto in the corner then tags Steele, who makes Mirto submit to the flying hammerlock (2:10). After the match, Steele eats a turnbuckle and tosses around the stuffing.

Thoughts: The match was atrocious as was a majority of this segment. Luckily, it was just about the end of Elmer’s tenure with the company.




Gene Okerlund is with Hulk Hogan. He says that this is the first time he is defending his title in a cage and that Bundy will never be a champion.

Tony Stetson vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage


Savage attacks Stetson from behind the hits a clothesline, setting up for the flying elbow smash and the win (0:19). Savage tosses Stetson to the floor then sees George Steele attempting to give flowers to Elizabeth and he hits him from behind with a double axe handle. Savage then rolls Steele into the ring and ties him up in the ropes and grabs the flowers from Elizabeth then uses them to slap Steele across the face and eventually smushes them in his face. Albano comes in and unties Steele as Savage carries Liz over his shoulder and hurries back to the locker room

Thoughts: Savage was great and this segment was effective.




Piper’s Pit with Johnny Valiant and the Dream Team. Piper has two ladies who he says are his friends that want to meet the Tag Team Champions. Orton ends up giving the ladies his hat and shirt as the champs give them their belts, in an attempt to show how their fans are better than those of the British Bulldogs.

Jesse Ventura gives us a special report on WrestleMania 2. We are then shown various guys at podiums spread across the three WrestleMania locations. Not a bad idea and the segment came across well.

Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/ Freddie Blassie vs. Jim Powers and “Leaping” Lanny Poffo


Poffo’s post-match poem is a patriotic one that the crowd loves as Corporal Kirchner circles the ring waving the American flag. Sheik attacks Poffo, who still hasn’t had the chance to remove his ring jacket. Volkoff tags and rips off his jacket before hitting a knee smash. Poffo blocks a punch then hammers away. Powers tags in and lands a few punches until Volkoff rakes his eyes. Sheik tags in and hits a backdrop and a suplex then eventually uses the Camel Clutch for the win (2:51). After the match, the heels clear the ring of their opponents.

Thoughts: Not much of a match. I thought that Kirchner not coming out of the save was dumb but this feud isnt really all that exciting to begin with.

Okerlund is with Savage and Elizabeth. Savage tries to talk as Okerlund just decides to run down the WrestleMania 2 card, pissing off Savage.

Next week, the featured bout will be Junkyard Dog & Ricky Steamboat vs. The Funk Brothers

Final Thoughts: The show was basically an advertisement for WrestleMania 2. They did a hell of a job promoting the show too. They also really tried to make the fact that it would be held in three different cities even more special than the first WrestleMania. They really intensified the feud between Steele and Savage too. This show was also the last one of the taping cycle and it seemed as if the fans were a little burned out by this point.














Impact Wrestling – May 8, 2014

Impact
Wrestling
Date: May 8, 2014
Location: Impact Zone,
Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike
Tenay, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall

Slammiversary is
looming and Eric Young doesn’t have a challenger yet. The problem
with having a champion that defends every week is you quickly run out
of fresh matchups, so TNA is either going to have to turn someone or
bring someone up the card in a hurry. Other than that we get to see
Bully want to put Dixie through a table in about 19 segments tonight.
Let’s get to it.

Earlier today Bully Ray
was driving to Nashville at the TNA offices to find Dixie Carter,
thereby complying with MVP’s wishes to not go after her at the Impact
Zone.
We recap Eric Young
defending the title every week.
Speaking of Eric, here
he is in street clothes to get things going. He talks about how
awesome the reign has been but there’s one hiccup. Eric promised to
defend the title every week but since MVP hasn’t booked him in a
match, he’s going to book himself in one. We have an open challenge
for tonight and here’s Bobby Roode.
Bobby goes on a LONG
rant about how great he is before Eric says that Roode got a shot
last week and got pinned. Roode says it wasn’t fair because he had
to wrestle twice last week and goes on another rant about their
history together in Team Canada. If Young gives him another shot and
wins, Roode will never ask for another match. Young says ok as this
segment took about eight minutes longer than it needed to.
MVP tells Young that he
can’t do that and suggests Young take a few weeks off. If Young
will, MVP guarantees that his opponent at Slammiversary will be
someone Young has never faced before.
Madison
Rayne/Brittany vs. Beautiful People
Evening Gown match
under elimination rules. The Beautiful People are in black and their
opponents are in white to make sure the alignment is clear. Velvet
and Angelina double team Brittany in the corner to start as they’re
actually treating this like a real match so far. Brittany fights up
and makes the tag off to Madison who does moves that make sure her
skirt flies up. Madison can’t strip Velvet’s gown though, allowing
Love to trip Brittany up so Velvet can strip her for an elimination
as we take a break.
Back with Madison down
2-1 and getting double teamed. It doesn’t last long though as
Madison fights off both girls and is able to quickly strip Velvet to
get us down to one on one. Madison has control for a bit until
Velvet flashes the referee, allowing Angelina to spray her in the
face and get the win at 11:00.
Rating: D+.
They looked good, this was barely wrestling, next.
Dixie is in a bad mood
and walks away from Spud, who is in a leopard print coat.
We recap Ethan Carter
III vs. Kurt Angle.
Bram tells Magnus to
become his old self again.
Kurt Angle vs. Ethan
Carter III
Angle goes after the
arm to start but Ethan backs off. A snap suplex sets up the Rolling
Germans to Ethan but Angle falls down holding his bad knee. Angle
tries to fight back with a German suplex but the knee is just gone.
Ethan gets in a quick chop block and pins Angle at 3:27.
Rating: D+.
This didn’t have time to go anywhere and the injury took up a good
chunk of the match. I’ll give them points for keeping Ethan so
strong and I kind of like not having Angle beat him with ease. It’s
making Ethan look like a much bigger deal which is something TNA
really needs to do.
After
a break, Angle says he felt the knee pop.
Here’s
MVP with something to say. He talks about how demanding this company
is and how the fans are even more demanding. However, he can’t have
Eric Young making his own matches because wrestlers are supposed to
wrestle so TNA can abide. “And hey, the Dude abides right?” MVP
says he has a major announcement about who Eric will face at
Slammiversary but here’s Bobby Roode to interrupt. Roode
says the same stuff he said to Eric and demands the title match
tonight. MVP has the same reply that Eric did (you lost last week)
and the brawl is on. The fans want to see it but referees break it
up.
Bully
is in Nashville but Spud says he’s not welcome here. Bully goes into
her office anyway, yells at Spud for wearing green socks and sits in
Dixie’s chair. He gets on the phone and tells the secretary to get
the staff together for a meeting. Oh and a sandwich.
Knux
and company are here. Rebel is in a rather revealing outfit and
dancing with fire. A wooden crate comes up and Knux says it’s
someone’s home.
Roode
is ejected by security.
Tag
Team Titles: Wolves vs. Bro Mans
It’s
a ladder match and the challengers (Bro Mans) get a jobber entrance.
Zema shoves the ladder over
in the aisle to distract the champions, allowing the Bro Mans to jump
them from behind with the ladder. Back inside and we get the bell
but the Wolves are right there for the save. The Wolves load up the
baseball slide into the ladder but the Bro Mans lift it up like a
gate. The champions go back inside and set up a double suicide dive,
only to hit the ladder faces first.
Jesse
drops Davey chest first onto the barricade as the Bro Mans take over.
They set up a ladder between the ring and some steps in the aisle
but Davey escapes a suplex onto said ladder. All four climb a pair
of ladders in the ring and a set of headbutts put all four back on
the mat. Jesse makes a save by jumping up the ladder to stop Davey
before Eddie suplexes Jesse over the top and out to the floor, only
to fall out himself as well. Davey puts Robbie on the bridged ladder
for the double stomp from the top as everyone is down again. The
Wolves climb up, throw Zema over the top and onto the Bro Mans, and
retain the belts at 7:00.
Rating: C+.
There were some big spots in there but it’s another gimmick match
that doesn’t really mean anything and doesn’t have the time to go
anywhere because TNA flies through their shows as fast as they can.
Much like the Ascension in NXT though, there aren’t many teams to
challenge for the belts now and it’s going to get repetitive watching
them beat up the Bro Mans over and over again.
Crazy
Steve and the Freak (Rob Terry in a mask) break out of the crate.
Spud
has lost Bully Ray.
Kazarian
vs. Knux
The
Menagerie is a carnival themed stable comprised of Knux, his good
looking sister Rebel, two men on stilts, Crazy Steve (a clown) and
the Freak (a masked muscle man). Kaz jumps Knux from behind to start
but is easily thrown down. He does score with a top rope missile
dropkick and a kick to the jaw but stops to yell at Crazy Steve. Kaz
turns around and runs into the Freak, allowing Knux to throw him back
into the ring. A Sky High powerbomb is enough for the pin on Kaz at
2:16.
Spud
goes into the staff’s office and runs down Ray, only to turn around
and see Ray behind him. Ray: “Get us a case of beer!” Spud:
“It’s 11am!” Ray: “You’re right. Get us two.” Spud leaves
and the staff says the new motto is Bully Fears Dixie. Ray has an
idea of how to fix this.
As a result of the
incidents last week, Anderson faces Storm next week.
Gunner tells Anderson
that Storm is lying whenever he talks.
Dixie’s staff is now
all drunk and in Bully Ray shirts. Spud panics and gets on the table
to calm everything down. Ray says he’ll let Spud have the drones
back if he tells Ray where Dixie is. Spud says he doesn’t know so
Ray offers to leave if Spud will have one beer with him. Spud drinks
it and gets powerbombed through a table. Ray steals his phone and
gets Dixie’s address.
Willow talks about
getting screwed over in the Dixieland match which started the
evolution into what he is now. He wants revenge on Magnus.
Magnus vs. Willow
Willow gets jumped
during his entrance as Bram looks on approvingly. A hard elbow drop
gets two for the Brit but Willow fights up with a Whisper in the Wind
and the flying forearm. The seated dropkick and mule kick put Magnus
in the corner but he rolls outside. That’s fine for Willow as he
kicks Magnus down and hits that sliding splash. As they head back
inside though, Bram sends Willow into the steps for the DQ at 2:32.
Post match Willow is
handcuffed to the ropes and attacked with a turnbuckle hook.
Angle has a broken bone
in his leg and a torn ACL.
MVP calls out Eric for
the announcement of the Slammiversary opponent. The boss asks the
fans to cheer for the champ and says there’s nothing Eric can’t
accomplish. He says Eric deserves the best competition there is, so
here’s the opponent. Eric looks at the stage and MVP lays him out
with a chain around his fist. He says he’ll see Eric at
Slammiversary to end the show.
Overall Rating: C+.
I liked tonight’s show for the most part but there are still
problems. First of all they are setting up stuff for the future, but
at the end of the day it’s still for Eric Young defending against the
latest heel power figure. Actually he’s one of two current heel
power figures as Ray is off in Nashville chasing after Dixie. That
being said, there was some interesting stuff here and some fresh
matches, so the good outweighs the bad. I just really hope the MVP
stuff doesn’t dominate the show, which is about as stupid of a hope
as I can have at this point.
Results
Beautiful People b.
Madison Rayne/Brittany – Love ripped off Madison’s dress
Ethan Carter III b.
Kurt Angle – Chop block
Wolves b. Bro Mans –
Wolves pulled down the belts
Knux b. Kazarian –
Sky High
Willow b. Magnus via DQ
when Bram interfered
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WWF Championship Wrestling March 8th, 1986

March 8, 1986

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

In action tonight are the Dream Team, Don Muraco, and a midget match.


Barry O. & Johnny K-9 vs. “”Golden Boy” Danny Spivey & Corporal Kirchner

Kirchner overpowers Barry until he gets caught in a powerslam. Barry missed an elbow drop then Kirchner monkey-flipped him out of the corner. K-9 tags and the faces take turns going to work on his arm. Spivey then rips off Hogan by using the big boot, slam, and a leg drop on K-9. The crowd did not react at all during that sequence. Kirchner tags and dominates K-9 until Barry attacks him from behind. Kirchner quickly fights back though then tags Spivey, who hits one of the worst dropkicks I have ever seen before tagging Kirchner, who gets the win with a Samoan drop (4:07)

Thoughts: Spivey was not ready to be in a major promotion. His in-ring work was terrible at this point. Kirchner was nothing more than a cheap Sgt. Slaughter replacement that the crowd never got behind.

WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week, they show us clips of the winners from the “Slammy Awards.”

Les Thornton vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff

Thornton goes on offense for a bit to start, throwing a lot of European uppercuts. Orndorff then wins a slugfest and knocks down Thornton. Orndorff hangs onto the arm of Thornton, who took him down with a snapmare. After missing a charge, Thornton gets dropkicked to the floor. Orndorff brings him back in with a back suplex then hits a chop from the top rope, setting up for the piledriver and the win (3:12).

Thoughts: Not a bad match and they even gave Thornton quite a bit of offense. They played up Orndorff’s athletic background on commentary. Since his feud with Piper ended, Orndorff had nothing going on at this point.

Gene Okerlund introduces us to a pre-recorded interview from Hogan, who talks about his match with JYD against the Funk Brothers.

S.D Jones & Andre Malo vs. Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart

S.D. cant knock over Neidhart but ends up outsmarting him during a criss-cross sequence and takes him down with an arm drag. Malo tags but Neidhart overpowers him then tags Brett, who beats on Malo against the ropes as the crowd chants for S.D. Brett hits a backbreaker then S.D. comes in for some reason and as the ref orders him back, the Hart Foundation destroy Malo and eventually put him away with the Hart Attack (2:54).

Thoughts: The Hart Foundation were becoming more impressive by the week and as a result, started to get more of a push. They werent at their peak yet, as they had not built up their personalities, but were trending upwards.

Gene Okerlund breaks the news that WrestleMania 2 will be divided up between three cities. In Los Angeles, Hulk Hogan will defend his World Heavyweight title against King Kong Bundy in a steel cage. In the Nassau Coliseum, Roddy Piper will face Mr. T in a boxing match. And in the Richfeld Coliseum, the first annual open invitational battle royal will take place, including Andre the Giant and from the Chicago Bears, William “Refridgerator” Perry. A list of locations to watch via closed circuit are then shown on screen.

Butch Cassidy vs. Haiti Kid

Butch knocks down Haiti to start. Haiti then hits a backdrop and a dropkick before using a side headlock. Crossbody gets two. Butch rakes the eyes and tries a turnbuckle smash, which had no effect. Haiti lays in with some chops but Butch rakes the eyes again and takes control. Haiti misses a charge in the corner then Butch hits a suplex, as Vince compares Cassidy to Jimmy Hart in terms of size. Butch missed a top rope leg drop then Haiti immediately gets up and bites him in the ass. Haiti bit the ref after he intervened then during a criss-cross spot, Haiti rolled up Cassidy for the win (3:02).

Thoughts: This was fine for what it was. Vince was cacking like a moron throughout the match, which was actually funny for some reason. Haiti was terrible in the ring but Butch actually had some decent ability and looked good.

Immediately after the last match, Roddy Piper and Bob Orton drag the Haiti Kid away and bring him to the “Piper’s Pit” set. Piper grabs some tape and says accuses Haiti Kid of saying that he hoped Mr. T beat him up and he confirms. Piper then grills Haiti Kid about liking Mr. T as Orton holds him by the hair on a seat. He then lifts him up as Piper cuts the Haiti’s Kid hair so he can look just like Mr. T. Piper then covers his mouth with tape because he was talking too much then goes back to work on the hair. He then tapes Haiti Kid’s hands together and slaps him around a bit. Wow, the crowd did not make much noise and it seemed like it was the “stunned silence” type. A memorable segment that made you want to see Mr. T destroy Piper in their boxing match at WrestleMania.

Okerlund hypes up WrestleMania 2 by showing clips from this past “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” I’ll say it again, that show did a hell of a job promoting the main events of the card. Mr. T, sporting a “Hulkamania” shirt cuts a promo on Piper, stating he did not have enough training against Orton due to the filming the “A-Team” but promises that he will have plenty of time to prepare for Piper. Hogan comes out, with his ribs taped up, and tells us that Mr. T dedicates his life to the “special children” and that they will not let the kids down at WrestleMania.

Nelson Veilleux & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo vs. The Dream Team w/ Johnny Valiant

Before the match, Poffo reads a poem about the British Bulldogs being the future Tag Team Champions. The Dream Team take turns beating on Poffo to start. Poffo fights off both guys then tags Veilleux, who gets hit by a flying knee from Brutus. Valentine tags and drops a few elbows as a “fruitcake” chant breaks out. Valentine hits a shoulderbreaker then Beefcake attacks Veilleux from the apron. The Dream Team takes turns tossing around Veilleux until Valentine makes him submit to the figure four (2:58).

Thoughts: A showcase for the Dream Team to make them look strong, due to the British Bulldogs having their number lately.

Oklerund is with Jimmy Hart and the Funk Brothers. Terry said that JYD & Hogan asked for this match and tells us the story of his brother killing the dog who bit him as a kid, even referring to him as “Hoss,” then says that after they send Hogan to the hospital, they will hog tie JYD. Hoss speaks and says they will have a “ropin’ and a tyin’ ” at the Boston Garden Tonight. I havent seen a whole lot of Dory Funk but here, he seemed to be awful at promos. I have no idea if he just struggled with the corny lines he had to work with or not.

Next week, Uncle Elmer will team up with George “The Animal” Steele. Also, Adrian Adonis, the Killer Bees, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage will be in action. Plus, more updates about WrestleMania.

Final Thoughts: This was a pretty good show. They broke the news that WrestleMania 2 will take place at three different locations and announced the main events for each building. I also found it weird that it took place on a Monday night. The key feuds going into the show have been built fantastically too. There were some throw away matches but overall, a fun hour of wrestling


Impact Wrestling – May 1, 2014

Impact
Wrestling
Date: May 1, 2014
Location: Impact Zone,
Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike
Tenay, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Sacrifice was this past
Sunday and not a lot has changed. Given the card though, that’s not
really a big surprise. The next PPV is in June which sounds far
better than having it May when TNA won’t be ready for another show.
Other than that there really isn’t anything set up as Young is still
champion and beat Magnus clean, meaning he needs a new challenger.
Let’s get to it.

We open with Bully Ray
spray painting something on a table.
Eric Young talks about
how real it is that he’s still champion and goes into MVP’s office.
The boss congratulates him on his win and says Eric can prove his
worth every week. That’s cool with Eric so here are Gunner, Mr.
Anderson and Bobby Roode. They’ll draw cards from a deck. The lower
two cards will face off and the winner faces the high card, with the
winner of that getting a World Title shot. Anderson and Gunner tie
while Roode gets an ace, meaning it’s Anderson vs. Gunner first and
the winner faces Roode for the title shot. This is all tonight
apparently.
Here’s Magnus with
something to say. He isn’t cool with not being in the World Title
competition tonight and demands that MVP come out here and explain
that decision. Instead he gets Abyss through the crowd. The brawl
is on and Abyss lays Magnus out with a chokeslam. He pulls out a
chair as the fans want Janice. They get what they want but Magnus
bails. The announcers play up the idea that Abyss may not have a
contract, despite him getting a World Title shot two weeks ago.
Here’s Ray with a table
and holding his ribs. He holds the table up and it says DIXIE. Ray
says he might not be as big and fat as he used to be but he can
promise one thing: if he sees Dixie in this building tonight, she’s
going through that table.
Dixie arrives and has
nothing to say.
In the back Spud tried
to hide Dixie but she’s not afraid.
Mr.
Anderson vs. Gunner
Winner faces Roode
later tonight for a title shot. Feeling out process to start as they
trade some headlocks. Gunner’s advantage doesn’t last long as
Anderson shoves him off and puts on a headlock of his own. A
hammerlock doesn’t work all that well for Mr. either so he hooks
another headlock. Gunner catches a charging Anderson in a fall away
slam but James Storm interferes because the feud isn’t over yet.
Storm gets knocked to the floor before accidentally kicking Anderson
in the back of the head, allowing Gunner to hit an F5 for the pin at
3:47.
Rating:
C-. This was a lot of stalling
before the finish, but hopefully this transitions to Anderson vs.
Storm, because Gunner vs. Storm has been dead and buried for well
over a month. I also like that they making the transition naturally
instead of just shoving it down our throats because the script calls
for it.
Magnus
comes in to see someone who
looks like former NXT talent Kenneth Cameron. Back from a break and
that’s who it seems to be, though he’s going by Bram here. They seem
to know each other and Bram wants Magnus to get back to his roots. A
fight nearly breaks out but Bram says he’s here for Magnus’ own good.
Ethan
Carter III is in the ring and says he’s facing Kurt Angle in the ring
next week. Fans: “WHERE’S YOUR BOYFRIEND???” Tonight Ethan is
going to have an exhibition with Rockstar Spud. They grapple around
for a bit with Ethan of course getting the better of it. Ethan tells
Spud to assume the position so Spud gets on all fours. Carter:
“That’s a little too much position.” This brings out Angle who
says that was stupid. Next week Carter will be facing a new Kurt
Angle. It’s one that’s out for blood and revenge because Carter has
ticked him off. Next week, the undefeated streak ends.
We
see Rebel and Knux’s segment from Sunday, saying they’ll be here with
two of their friends named The Freak and Crazy Steve next week.
Bobby
Roode vs. Gunner
Winner
faces Young tonight for the World Title. Roode takes him down into
the corner and stomps away to start but Gunner fights back with power
and a backdrop for two. Roode sends him out to the floor and
into the steps as he takes over. Back in and Gunner charges into an
elbow in the corner and we hit a double arm crank.
A
dropkick to the ribs puts Gunner down again but he comes back with ax
handles to the chest. Gunner hits a running knee to the chest and
loads up the F5, only to be raked in the eyes. Roode’s O’Connor Roll
is blocked and Gunner grabs a DDT for two. The Roode Bomb is
countered and Gunner hits a slingshot suplex, only to walk into the
Roode Bomb for the pin at 6:00.
Rating:
C-. The time hurt it here but
more than that it’s a waste of a story. This could have been the
second week of a competition to set up Young’s challenger but this is
TNA so we have to do everything at a million miles an hour while
making sure Dixie Carter gets to be on TV every week. It’s rather
annoying but it’s the way things work here.
The Beautiful People
get a letter saying their clothes are inappropriate. Angelina’s
solution: put on evening gowns and strip them off.
Here’s Dixie with
security to set up the table with her name on it in the ring. She
brags about putting Ray through a table and injuring his ribs in the
process. Ray needs to be afraid of Dixie, but here’s the Bully to
disagree. The fans want to see her go through a table and Ray likes
the idea as well. He tells security to get out of his way because
they all want to see her go through a table. They actually listen,
only leaving three guards for Dixie. Ray charges the ring and throws
them all off before loading up the powerbomb. This brings out MVP,
who says both of them are suspended from the Impact Zone for this.
Ok then.
Willow
vs. James Storm
Storm hammers away to
start but Willow escapes the Eye of the Storm and hits a few
dropkicks to take over. A mule kick sends Storm into the corner and
a cartwheel into a right hand to the jaw drops him down. There’s the
slingshot dropkick followed by a Twisting Stunner to send Storm
outside. Willow slides through the ropes and drops an elbow to the
ribs in a nice move. Storm is stood up next to the barricade for
Poetry in Motion off the steps. Willow gets a chair but misses a
running Fameasser onto the steps with it to put him down on the
floor. Storm pulls out the beer bottle and shoves the referee for
the DQ at 4:03.
Rating:
D+. This was setting up stuff
for the future it seems, which is fine given that they’re coming off
of a PPV. Still though, it’s not the most interesting stuff in the
world. Willow is only so interesting after they keep shouting that
it’s Jeff Hardy week after week, but it’s better than the same guy
every week.
Post
match Willow hits Storm with the umbrella and stalks him up the ramp,
right into a Mic Check from Anderson.
The
Bro Mans and Zema blame MVP for losing their titles so he uts them in
a six man tag against the Wolves and a surprise partner. The three
of them leave and Ray comes in to yell at MVP. He says he gave MVP
the job at Lockdown but MVP shouts him down and suggests that Ray do
something outside of the arena.
Eric
Young says there’s history between him and Roode, but he knows Roode
better than anyone.
Zema
Ion/Bro Mans vs. Wolves/Sanada
It’s
a brawl to start with the Wolves LAUNCHING Ion over the top onto the
Bro Mans. They howl, setting up a double suicide dive followed by a
plancha from Sanada to take out Zema. Back inside and Robbie’s chops
have no effect on anyone as he’s left all alone. Jesse and Ion get
back up to take Eddie down as the heels get their first advantage.
Edwards nips back up though and enziguris Ion down.
The
Bro Mans are sent to the floor again and it’s hot tag to Richards to
clean house. Ion is thrown into the air for a kick to the ribs as
Tenay announces Bro Mans vs. Wolves for the titles next week in a
ladder match. The Bro Mans come back in to break up a cover but it’s
a tag off to Sanada as Ion is left alone 3-1. All three good guys go
up top, setting up the stomp from Edwards, a moonsault from Sanada
and another stomp from Richards for the pin at 3:39.
Rating:
C. Now THAT was a squash. I’m
not sure what it sets up for the future as Ion got destroyed and
Richards beat up the Bro Mans on his own, but at least it was
entertaining at the moment. To be fair though, I don’t think TNA
knows how to think more than a week in advance anyway so it’s not
right to criticize them for it.
Here are the Beautiful
People in evening gowns with Angelina saying they’re going to take it
all off. They start but stop almost immediately because the people
don’t deserve it. This brings out Gail Kim who says they’re making a
mockery of the division. She’s going to make sure the Beautiful
People get stripped and the attack is on. Velvet bails and Angelina
escapes a few seconds later. Gail gets the belt as Madison Rayne and
Brittany sneak up and rip the gowns off the Beautiful People.
TNA
World Title: Eric Young vs. Bobby Roode
Roode gets a jobber
entrance. Feeling out process to start with Young grabbing an
armdrag into an armbar. A dropkick staggers Roode and we take our
last break. Back with Roode sending him over the top and out to the
floor before a whip sends him into the steps. Roode throws him back
in and puts on a seated full nelson. Eric fights back up and takes
out a cameraman by mistake before nailing a belly to belly.
Roode bails to the
floor and gets taken down by a suicide dive. Back in and Bobby grabs
a quick spinebuster for two before the piledriver gets the same for
Young. The Roode Bomb gets two as well and they slug it out with the
champion taking over. Roode nails an enziguri but can’t hit a Roode
Bomb out of the corner. Instead Eric shoves him to the mat and hits
the top rope elbow for the pin at 13:23.
Rating:
C. Eric getting clean wins over
former world champions is a good idea for him with the emphasis on
the word clean. I was sick of seeing those title matches with seven
or eight people running in and it’s so nice to see a decent wrestling
match to close out the show for the title. Not a great match and it
should have been given more build, but this worked well enough.
Ray
is in the back and says he’s going to Nashville.
Overall
Rating:
C-. The show set up
some interesting stuff for the future, but at the same time all of
the old problems were present. First and foremost, TNA feels the
need to go through everything they can as fast as they can without
letting their stories grow. The Roode vs. Young match could have
been interesting but instead they decided to set it up with two
matches and do the title match in the span of two hours. How is that
supposed to draw an audience when the thing is over by the time they
hear about it?
Ray
vs. Dixie doesn’t do anything for me as I can’t imagine we’ll ever
see the payoff of Dixie going through a table, unless they pull a
surprise in New York. The rest of the feuds weren’t bad, but I have
a bad feeling they’re just setting up another set of three month
feuds that go on WAY too long and wear out their welcome. TNA needs
to find a neutral pace and stick with it because this is getting old
fast.
Results
Gunner b. Mr. Anderson
– F5
Bobby Roode b. Gunner –
Roode Bomb
Willow b. James Storm
via DQ when Storm shoved the referee
Wolves/Sanada b. Bro
Mans/Zema Ion – Top rope double stomp to Ion
Eric Young b. Bobby
Roode – Top rope elbow
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WWF Championship Wrestling March 1st, 1986

March 1, 1986


Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

Tonight, the Funk Brothers will be in action. Also, we will see the Mr. T training video as he prepares to box Bob Orton for “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” Plus, the British Bulldogs, Ricky Steamboat & King Tonga and  much more.

Terry Gibbs & AJ Petruzzi vs. Ricky Steamboat & King Tonga


Steamboat & Tonga are attacked from behind to start but they are quickly able to gain the advantage. They use a few contrived double-team moves then the match settles down. Tonga and Gibbs completely fuck up a snapmare then Petruzzi tags and Tonga hiptosses him down. He beats on him for a bit then tags Steamboat, who does the same then finishes him off with a flying body press (3:01).

Thoughts: The action was pretty bad in this match. Tonga had a bad performance in particular. The team of Steamboat & Tonga isnt going anywhere.

WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. He shows us a clip of Gene Okerlund trying to interview Mr. T as he warms up. Mr.T yells at Okerlund to leave as he pounds on the heavy bag then states it will be a war and he will make Orton look like Okerlund when he is done with him.

Joe Mirto vs. Tito Santana


The crowd loves Tito. Then again, the Mid-Hudson Civic Center crowd always did. Bruno says he finds it hard to accept that Tito lost the Intercontinental Title and claims he always defended it against everyone. Well, he didn’t and wrestled mostly in tag matches during this reign. Tito works the arm of Mirto to start as the announcers wonder whether or not Tito will find a partner to get the Tag Team Titles or stay in singles competition. Tito then targets the leg and finishes him off with the figure four (3:16).

Thoughts: The story of this match was on commentary, where they made us guess the direction Tito would take since losing the belt.

Gene Okerlund is with Hulk Hogan, who will teaming with the Junkyard Dog to take on the Funk Brothers at the March 8th Boston Garden show. Hogan said that he visited JYD in the hospital after he was attacked by the Funk’s. Hogan started panting like a dog at one point and mentioned his feud with Don Muraco and King Kong Bundy. Lots of foreshadowing here by the Hulkster.

British Bulldogs w/ Capt. Lou Albano vs. The Gladiator & Barry O. 


The crowd is in love with the Bulldogs at this point. Dynamite works over Barry, who quickly tags out. Davey tags in and the Gladiator takes him down briefly with a side headlock. Davey comes back with a backdrop then hits a delayed vertical suplex. The Bulldogs hit a double clothesline then Dynamite uses a snap suplex. Davey tags and dropkicks Barry out of the ring then presses Dynamite over his head and launches him at the Gladiator for a flying headbutt, getting the win (2:41).

Thoughts: The Bulldogs wrestling was so  much different than any other team on the roster that it got them over huge with the crowd.

Okerlund is with Randy Savage, who will be facing Tito Santana at the March 8th Boston Garden show. Savage denies cheating to win the title and says that the IC Belt has never had this much prestige.

Steve Gatorwolf & Mike Saxon vs. Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan


The Gatorwolf/Saxon pairing is quite odd to say the least. Studd shoves around Gatorwolf then tags Bundy, who does the same. Saxon tags in and the heels take turns kicking the shit out of him until Bundy hits hte avalanche then finishes him off with a splash, making the referee count to five (2:36).

Thoughts: They are building up Bundy as the unstoppable monster. He was also starting to be focused on a lot more than his partner, who was beginning to play second-fiddle to Bundy.




Piper’s Pit with guests King Kong Bundy and Bobby Heenan. Piper gives Bundy a humanitarian award for putting Hulk Hogan in the hospital, thus curing the people that had to suffer through his matches. Bundy then congratulates Piper and Orton for beating up Mr. T. They all laugh about the injuries they caused Hogan and all of his fans. They gave away the SNME finishes here, which aired the same day as this show.

Okerlund is in the studio showing us the same Mr. T workout video from earlier in the show. He then shows us the injuries that he suffered from Orton and Piper on SNME. Okerlund then said that after the show, Mr. T told him he wants to box Roddy Piper. He then tells us that Hulk Hogan got destroyed by King Kong Bundy after his match against Don Muraco on SNME and wound up in the hospital then released the next day. Okerlund interviews the doctor, who said that Hogan suffered a concussion and injuries to his spine.

Nelson Veilleux & S.D. Jones vs. Terry & Hoss Funk w/ Jimmy Hart


After referring to him as Dory last week, he is now going by “Hoss.” The match starts with Terry running away from Jones and tagging Hoss. Veilleux tags and Hoss takes him down to the mat. The Funk’s then take Veilleux down with a double clothesline. They take turns beating the piss out of Veilleux until Hoss winds up in a tree of woe after missing a charge. SD comes in and he sends Terry into his brother as the crowd goes nuts. SD then tags in legally and headbutts Terry but ends up getting caught in a sleeper hold. SD fights out and hits another headbutt. Veilleux tags but gets suplexed then the Funk’s take turns beating on him until Hoss puts him in the Boston Crab (5:38).

Thoughts: Long match to showcase Hoss Funk. Not much more to say other than that.




Okerlund is with Jimmy Hart and the Funk Brothers. Terry said that he would be champion if it wasnt for JYD then cuts a promo on JYD & Hogan that was pretty great.

Next week, we will find out the winners from the “Slammy Awards.” Also, Paul Orndorff, the special “midget match,” Hart Foundation, Corporal Kirchner & Danny Spivey, and an update on WrestleMania 2.

Final Thoughts: They did a good job hyping up SNME, WrestleMania 2, and the March 8th Boston show (which I will review) but nearly everything else was worth skipping over. They also found something interesting for Tito, who really floundered in his last run as IC Champion.




WWF Championship Wrestling February 22nd, 1986

February 22, 1986

Your hosts are Jesse Ventura and Vince McMahon

Tonight, we will see the Intercontinental Title match from the Boston Garden between Randy Savage and Tito Santana. Also, Adrian Adonis and Paul Orndorff are in action. Plus, Hulk Hogan will make an appearance and much more.


Dave Barbie & Les Thornton & Rusty Brooks vs. Pedro Morales & Danny Spivey & Corporal Kirchner

Morales looks thrilled to be here. He starts the match by taking down Thornton a few times with a side headlock. Kirchner tags but Thornton takes him down with a belly-to-belly and tags Barbie. They completely fuck up a side slam spot then Kirchner hits a backbreaker and tags Spivey, who gets caught in the wrong but is able to escape and tags Morales but quickly tags back in and hits the bulldog for the win (3:07).

Thoughts: The action was pretty bad and no one at all cared about any of these guys.

WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week, he talks about Roddy Piper and “Boxing” Bob Orton. Hayes puts over Piper for being a champion boxer as a team and brings up his challenge aimed at any who has ever wrestled.

A plug for the “Wrestling Album” airs.

The WWF LJN “Thumb Wrestlers” commercial airs.

Jim Londos vs. Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji

Before the match, Muraco dedicates his piledriver to Jesse Ventura, who he calls the greatest announcer ever. Londos’ graphic gives him the first name “Jeff,” despite him being used on TV several times. The WWF production team frequently fucked up names. Muraco beats the fuck out of Londos, who is frequently out of position. Vince brings up how Hogan’s “Real American” music video will debut at next week’s “Saturday Night’s Main Event” as Muraco finishes him off with the tombstone (1:50).

Thoughts: Muraco was in the midst of his last push of any signifigance. He was very entertaining here.


Mean Gene is with Tito Santana. This is the same exact promo as the following week. They kept the title change a secret until they showed the clip on TV, despite the match taking place two weeks before this aired.

Mohawk Kid (?) vs. Paul Orndorff

Vince called him the Mohawk Kid on commentary and he was never given any other name. He jumped Orndorff to start but that didnt go anywhere. Orndorff slams him on the floor as Jesse talks about how he is ruthless. Orndorff hits an elbow smash and a knee drop then rubs his face into the mat.  Orndorff then takes his head off with a clothesline before finishing him off with a piledriver, complete with the arrogant cover. Jesse pointed out the hypocrisy of the crowd cheering Orndorff for that but booing him (2:10). After the match, Orndorff invites a kid into the ring who has a Hulk Hogan foam finger but has him put it down then takes off the kid’s shirt and teaches him how to pose before leaving the ring.

Thoughts: Orndorff beat the fuck out of this guy. Also, having the kid pose in the ring with him was new.


Mean Gene is backstage and breaks the news that Randy Savage beat Tito Santana for the IC Title. He then brings out JYD who says that one of the Funk brothers will bite the dust. This was also the same promo that aired last week.

Paul Roma vs. “Adorable” Adrian Adonis w/ Jimmy Hart

Roma hits a few hiptosses and Adonis is pissed. Adonis fights back and drops Roma on the ropes and hits a slam. Roma fights back but misses a charge and Adonis finishes him off with the DDT (2:50). After the match, two heffers in the crowd wearing Hogan shirt’s hold up a giant bra in an attempt to taunt Adonis.

Thoughts: The Adorable gimmick really pissed off the crowd, especially at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center. They hated him. Roma still showed a little something here, despite being squashed.


Piper’s Pit with guest Hulk Hogan. Piper makes fun of Hogan, calling him “Bozo,” for trying to box Orton. Hogan says that despite wanting to face Orton, he has a friend who asked him to make a challenge for him against Orton. Piper says that he can write any name that he wants on the contract and after Hogan signs, Piper learned that Hogan’s friend was Mr. T as he is pissed and yells that he has been tricked.

The last few minutes of the IC Title change at the Boston Garden are shown, with Savage beating Santana after hitting him with a foreign object.

Jim Powers & Scott McGhee vs. The Dream Team w/ “Luscious” Johnny Valiant

Powers briefly works the arm but Valentine takes over. He slams him then tags Beefcake, who rams Powers in the corner. Brutus uses a spinning toe hold then the Dream Team target the legs. Powers escapes and tags McGhee, who hits some nice European uppercuts and a dropkick. Powers tags and dropkicks Valentine then gets two off of a sunset flip. Valentine tags Beefcake, who hits a powerslam, then tags Valentine who gets the win with the figure four (3:06).

Thoughts: A showcase for the Dream Team, who looked alright. Match was pretty heatless, even with the “A” jobber squad in the ring, who the fans would sometimes buy as having a chance.  


Next week, we will see a Mr. T boxing training video. Also, the British Bulldogs and King Kong Bundy will be in action.

Final Thoughts: A big show in that they announced that Savage won the IC title and even bigger, that Mr. T will box Bob Orton on “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” Even Hogan appearing on “Piper’s Pit” was a huge deal. The opening match sucked and the fact they announced Savage winning the belt before they showed the clip after two weeks of teasing was odd, as was all of the repeated promos from last week.


Impact Wrestling – April 24, 2014

Impact
Wrestling
Date: April 24, 2014
Location: Impact Zone,
Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Taz, Mike
Tenay
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
It’s the go home show
for Sacrifice and we have most of the card set up if you can remember
some of the matches we’ve heard discussed here or there. Things are
being set up for the TV show week to week, which defeats the purpose
of having monthly PPVs but it’s TNA so you know they have to screw up
something every now and then. Let’s get to it.

Angle is warming up in
the back and says if Spud backs out of their match tonight, he’s
coming for EC3.
We recap the World
Title change from a few weeks ago and last week’s Monster’s Ball
match.
Here’s Magnus with what
looks like a grappling hook. He calls out Abyss because it’s the
Monster’s fault that Magnus lost the title. Magnus calls Abyss a
blithering idiot. The weapon in his hand is part of a turnbuckle and
Magnus yells at Abyss for not coming down to ringside. Abyss says
he’d be fired if he came down so Magnus fires him anyway. The
monster says that it was never about the money but wanting to belong
to someone. Abyss says he’s still a monster and looks to want a
fight but here’s MVP to
interrupt.
MVP says calm down and
that Abyss isn’t his favorite person after Abyss hit him with a chair
a few weeks ago. However, MVP is all about second chances so maybe
Abyss should be offered a full time spot on the roster if he can win
his match tonight. That match is of course against Magnus and MVP
literally skips away. Abyss is thrilled and promises to take care of
Magnus tonight.
Spud tells EC3 to save
the speech this week but EC3 cuts him off and says last week he saw a
ghost. It was actually real though and there’s only one man that can
beat Angle: Carter himself. Tonight Spud needs to be a gazelle for
Carter. Ethan adjusts Spud’s tie and the picture is starting to make
sense to the Rockster.
Rockstar Spud vs.
Kurt Angle
Spud goes for a leg
dive and is literally thrown across the ring. A tilt-a-whirl
backbreaker puts Spud down and Angle no sells everything until Carter
trips him up to give Spud quick control. Angle
runs the ropes for the suplex and the ankle lock gets the win at
2:04.
Ethan clips Angle post
match but Willow makes the
save.
The Beautiful People
promise to give Madison a makeover.
Kenny King is in MVP’s
office when the boss comes in. King thinks he should be the top name
on this program so MVP gives him a match right now.
Here’s Madison Rayne
for even more talking. She calls out the Beautiful People so here’s
Angelina to yell at her for trying to be a role model. Madison
apologizes and the fight is on until the numbers catch up with her.
They load up the bag but
Brittany comes in to try for a save. That goes as well as you would
expect and Velvet hits In Yo Face to Madison. Now Rayne gets the
bag.
Mr.
Anderson has something special planned for Samuel Shaw tonight.
Gail Kim wants to team
up with Madison to help fight the Beautiful People. Madison accepts
and Brittany promises to be there again.
Kenny King vs. Bobby
Lashley
Lashley easily throws
King down a few times to start and runs him over before throwing King
off a headlock. King bails
to the floor and tries to sneak up on Bobby, only to have Lashley
pull a reverse leapfrog into a powerslam. Lashley moves the referee
out of the corner and blocks a pike in the eye but gets caught by the
other hand. King snaps Bobby’s throat across the top rope and scores
with a springboard missile dropkick.
Bobby fights back with
pure power and hits a hard shoulder in the corner. Lashley
grabs King’s boot to the ribs but gets kicked in the head. King
tries a Blockbuster but gets caught in mid air for a suplex. That
looked awesome. King dives away to avoid the spear and takes the
countout at 5:37.
Rating: D+.
The Blockbuster counter was awesome but this was a VERY dull match
otherwise. It was basically a squash until King walked out at the
end. I’m not sure how seeing Kenny getting beaten up for four
minutes and then leaving makes me want to see him fight even more but
there are a lot of things I don’t get in TNA.
Mr.
Anderson goes to see Samuel Shaw’s family and the mom’s name is
Christy. Anderson’s face is rather amusing. More on this later.
Beer
Money has a talk in the back and after ranting about history a bit,
Storm wants credit for making Gunner what he is today.
Austin Aries vs. MVP
This is a result of
Aries turning his back on MVP at Lockdown and then losing the match.
Aries grabs a cravate to start but MVP takes over with a wristlock.
A nice flip gets Aries out of a headlock and he nails MVP with a low
dropkick. MVP comes right back with a facebuster and the Ballin
Elbow but Aries bails outside. The boss dives onto Aries as the
announcers are in their own little world. Aries dropkicks him back
to the floor and hits a top rope ax handle so let’s talk about Abyss.

Back in and the
slingshot hilo sets up a running elbow drop for two on MVP and a
middle rope elbow to the back gets the same. Aries
misses the running dropkick but bites his way out of a standing
choke. MVP comes right back with a discus lariat for two but walks
into a facebuster to put both guys down. Aries misses a 450 and the
Drive By is good for the pin at 6:38.
Rating: C.
It’s the best match and segment of the night but I’m still not
interested in what they’re doing here. That’s the story of the
entire show so far: it’s just not all that interesting and things
aren’t getting much better. MVP beating Aries changes nothing and it
ends a storyline that didn’t have a lot of interest in the first
place. How does seeing this make me want to buy Sacrifice?
Video
on Sanada.
Back
at the Shaw house with the mom straight out of Leave it to Beaver
talking about how talented her son is. She’s baking homemade apple
pie for Samuel who still lives in the basement. So what was the
apartment he took Christy to a few months ago?
James Storm/Bobby
Roode vs. Bully Ray/Gunner
Storm grabs a headlock
on Ray after a break but both members of Beer Money are taken down
with backdrops. Gunner comes in to work on Storm’s arm as we hear
about their latest gimmick match on Sunday, this one being an I Quit
match. Ray fights out of the corner but Roode distracts the referee
so Storm can crotch him against the post. Storm: “IT’S BECAUSE
YOU’RE FAT!”
Back in and Roode
cranks on a front facelock until
Ray fights up, only to be slammed back down. Ray comes back with a
suplex and makes the hot tag to Gunner for some house cleaning.
Gunner
plays D-Von for What’s Up on Storm and
it’s table time. Ray misses an elbow from the apron to drive himself
through the table. Back inside Gunner hits an F5 on Roode but walks
into the Last Call for the pin at 7:05.
Rating: C-.
Nothing wrong with mixing up two feuds, but at the end of the day
I’ve seen Gunner vs. Storm so many times now that I’m not interested
in it anymore. Roode vs. Ray is fine but I’ve pretty much forgotten
why they’re fighting (and no I’m not asking people to tell me). The
match was fine though.
Magnus
says it’s his time.
Anderson
goes downstairs with the mom giving a creepy wave as the door shuts.
Mr. sees something and says oh my god as we go to a break.
Anderson
looks at the room and it’s designed like an 8 year old’s. Shaw comes
in and does something as the cameraman leaves. The mom is still the
same kind of Stepford Wife that she was before and hugs her son as he
comes up from the basement. Creepy, creepy segment.
Beautiful
People vs. Gail Kim/Madison Rayne
Madison
cleans house to start and the Beautiful People are knocked to the
floor for a double dropkick through the ropes. Velvet
and Madison are back in the ring now for Madison’s crotch slam to the
mat before it’s back to Gail for some right hands and a clothesline.
Kim
misses a charge into the corner and it’s off to Angelina for some
shots to the face. She gets caught in the corner for Gail’s running
cross body to the ribs though and everything breaks down.
Back
in for a leg choke from Gail to make Angelina look annoyed. Sky’s
distraction breaks up the hold and Angelina grabs a sleeper, only to
have Gail come out with a backbreaker. Rayne comes back in for a bad
looking enziguri as the crowd goes SILENT. Not for a botch or
anything but because they just don’t seem interested. Thankfully
Angelina gets the hint and rolls up Madison with a handful of tights
for the pin at 5:00.
Rating: D.
The crowd told the whole story here. There was just nothing
interesting going on out there and the people didn’t care. It’s the
same story we’ve seen about 8,000 times now in this division and
nothing has changed at all. The Beautiful People aren’t interesting
as there’s no one to fight them because TNA can’t make new stars for
this division. Where was Brittany either?
Knux
is back at the carnival with I think his ex-girlfriend. He says he
has to go back to Impact because it’s what he does best. She’ll be
supportive of him for the first time, but says she’s going with him.
Abyss says he lost
sight of the one person who cares about him and tonight is for him.
The Wolves want the Tag Team Titles. It’s a handicap
match with Zema Ion joining the Bro Mans.
We run down the PPV card.
Magnus vs. Abyss
Eric Young comes out for commentary and if Abyss wins he
gets a full time job. Abyss takes him into the corner to start and
nails some clotheslines before launching the Brit to the floor. Back
with Magnus working on the leg as Abyss is supposed to be a face
after being all violent for so many weeks. The leg is wrapped around
the post but Abyss grabs him by the throat…..and Magnus kicks him
low for the DQ at 7:40.
Rating: D. Well
that….happened. It’s angle advancement but much like the rest of
this show, the angles aren’t all that interesting. This was supposed
to be a big face turn for Abyss I think, but it really doesn’t work
when he spent the last few weeks trying to torture the new top face.
Post match Magnus
beats on him with a chair until Young comes down and gets beaten down
as well.
An ad for the fallout
show from Sacrifice eats up the last minute. Not an ad FOR THE PAY
PER VIEW mind you, but an ad for the TV show you just watched.
Overall Rating: D. This was a really boring show.
That’s the best word to describe it as almost nothing on here made
me want to watch another show going forward. It’s a bunch of ideas
we’ve seen before with a lot of the same characters and nothing that
has been made better by changing around the faces. Sacrifices just
does not need to be a PPV as TNA currently feels like a bunch of old
ideas thrown into a blender and put on mix to see if it works better
if you twist everything around. Shockingly enough, it’s not working.
Results
Kurt Angle b. Rockstar
– Ankle lock
Bobby Lashley b. Kenny
King via countout
MVP b. Austin Aries –
Drive By
Bobby Roode/James Storm
b. Gunner/Bully Ray – Last Call to Gunner
Beautiful People b.
Madison Rayne/Gail Kim – Rollup to Rayne
Abyss b. Magnus via DQ
when Magnus kicked Abyss low
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WWF Championship Wrestling February 15, 1986

February 15, 1986
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
Tonight, the featured match is Terry Funk vs. Junkyard Dog. Also, Bob Orton will box someone today as well as the debut of Jimmy Snuka’s cousin, Superfly Afi.

Superfly Afi vs. The Gladiator
For those wondering, “Superfly” Afi would quickly be known as “Sivi” Afi. He came out to what seemed like a knockoff version from the theme of the film “Superfly.” There are several vocal fans booing Afi immediately as everyone else seems quiet. Then, a boring chant breaks out as grounds the Gladiator and targets the ankle. The crowd is now shitting all over this as Afi is boring everyone to tears. He then uses Snuka’s double leapfrog/chop spot, which the crowd boos, then finishes the Gladiator with a top rope splash (3:49).
Thoughts: Oh man, what a flop this debut turned out to be. Afi was a really bad Snuka rip-off and the fans saw right through him. No one at all cheered for him. He didn’t have it at all in the ring.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. The British Bulldogs are the topic this week as Hayes speaks about their chances to become Tag Team Champions.
A commercial for the “Wrestling Album” airs.
Steve Lombardi & Rusty Brooks vs. King Tonga & Ricky Steamboat
The faces came out to the same song that Ric Flair used for his theme music. Steamboat hits Lombardi with a crossbody after an Irish whip sequence. The faces use quick tags until Tonga hits a thrust kick then puts him away with a falling headbutt (2:25).
Thoughts Quick match that Brooks never even ended up tagging into. The team of Steamboat & Tonga were starting to click, actually.
Gene Okerlund is with Tito Santana, who is irate that Savage cheated to take his Intercontinental Title. He even brought the piece of steel that Savage used to knock him out for show. He promises to reclaim is belt.
Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Tony Stetson & “Leaping” Lanny Poffo
Lanny reads us a poem about Adonis kissing Jimmy Hart, who is not happy. The crowd loved it though. Neidhart catches Poffo and slams in but Poffo comes back with a few dropkicks, even knocking Hart from the apron. Stetson tags but Neidhart sends him into Brett’s knee. The Hart’s take turns beating on Stetson until they put him away with the Hart Attack (1:53). After the match, the Hart’s destroy their opponents.
Thoughts: This was the strongest they have made the Hart Foundation look on television at this point. The post match beatdown was executed well too. They looked like a championship team instead of a team that was only good in the ring.
Mean Gene is with JYD, who will be teaming with Hulk Hogan to face Terry & Dory Funk at the March Boston Garden show.
Joe Mirto & Iron Mike Sharpe vs. Killer Bees
Sharpe lands a few shots on Blair, who fights right back. Mirto enters and Blair slams him as Sharpe is taking a break outside. Sharpe finally enters as the Bees take turns working on the arm. Blair gets backed into the opposing corner as Mirto tags. He slams Blair but misses an elbow drop. Blair tags Brunzell and he puts away Mirto with a dropkick, that looked like it caved in his chest (2:59).
Thoughts: The Bees looked good as they are starting to get a bit of a push.
Piper’s Pit with Jose Luis Rivera, who wants to challenge “Boxing” Bob Orton to a boxing match. Piper humiliates Rivera and makes fun of his accent as they then head to the ring.
Boxing Match
Jose Luis Rivera vs. “Boxing” Bob Orton w/ Roddy Piper
Orton takes the advantage early. Rivera makes a comeback then they go back and forth for a bit until Orton knocks him down and wins by knockout (1:35).
Thoughts: This was pretty bad. I do not understand why you would want your wrestlers to even box at all, even for a gimmick match, because it just looks awful. The match did not have much heat either.
A plug for the “Slammy Awards” that will air on MTV. I will be reviewing that too.
Terry Funk w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Junkyard Dog
Funk attacks JYD as he enters the ring. They brawl outside for a bit then end up back in the ring. JYD catches Funk with a backdrop. He hits a slam then sends Funk to the floor after several crawling headbutts. The crowd is rabid as JYD hammers away on Funk, who is doing a phenomenal job at selling. Hart grabs JYD’s ankle then gets chased around for a bit. JYD goes back in the ring and clotheslines Funk for a nearfall. Funk then gets tied up in the ropes as Hart tries to run in a brand JYD but that fails. He is on the floor as JYD picks up the iron and heads towards Funk but Dory Funk, dressed in a suit, runs in from behind and hits JYD with a shoe for the DQ (3:12). The Funks and Hart triple team JYD until the Killer Bees, Tony Garea, and Jim Powers run them off.
Thoughts: Great segment. The match was very fun while it lasted and the debut of Dory on TV was done well. It was odd that they advertised Dory teaming with Terry before he made is on-air debut.
Backstage, the Funk’s and Hart are with Okerlund. This was obviously taped earlier to everyone at home seeing as Dory is wearing completely different clothing. Terry talks about how his brother is better than John Wayne and that he killed a “mongrel” dog that bit him as a kid. Terry then says that they reached the pinnacle of the NWA and since Hulk Hogan and the WWF kicked over the NWA, they are going to humiliate the WWF by beating their champion and the jackass, JYD. Odd to hear them mention the NWA in the promo. Funk was great.
Next week, Hulk Hogan will be here. Also, footage from the Tito Santana vs. Randy Savage title change at the Boston Garden. Plus, Paul Orndorff, Corporal Kirchner, and Adrian Adonis will all be in action.
Final Thoughts: They had a fun show this week. The featured bout was good and the tag matches were all decent enough .The Afi debut was shit and the boxing segment kinda sucked but overall, a fine hour of wrestling.

WWF Championship Wrestling February 8th, 1986

February 8, 1986
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon 
Tonight’s featured match is George “The Animal” Steele & Corporal Kirchner vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff. As Vince and Bruno run down the card, Steele walks by holding a bouquet of flowers.

Bob Bradley & Terry Gibbs vs. Hillbilly Jim & Uncle Elmer
Gibbs bounces off of Jim then gets caught with a slam. Jim slams him again then grabs a side headlock. He catches Gibbs in a bearhug then Bradley runs in but Jim catches him too. Bradley is now the legal man and hits a few punches but Jim comes back with an atomic drop then tags Elmer, who knocks him down then kills him with a leg drop for the win (2:30). The Hillbillies dance after the match.
Thoughts: Once the bell rang, the crowd was quiet for the Hillbillies, who are rapidly moving down the card.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. He mentions that WrestleMania 2 will be here as they show a very brief highlight package of the inaugural WrestleMania.
Another plug reminding us to vote for the “Slammy Awards.”
Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Darryl Bowlin & Ivan McDonald
McDonald was a jobber billed from Scotland who looked like a jacked-up and mustached version of Lloyd Christmas from the film “Dumb and Dumber.” McDonald fails to slam Studd and ends up getting shoved down. McDonald then gets sent to the floor from an Irish whip. Studd slams McDonald in the corner then tags Bundy. Bowlin tags and Bundy beats on him then hits the Avalanche before finishing him off with a splash (2:38).
Thoughts: They really put over Bundy strong in this match, which continued all the way until WrestleMania 2.
Gene Okerlund is with Roddy Piper. He has a copy of the Boston Herald and reads a column from a writer named Charlie Manning that bashes Sammartino. Piper was pretty funny here, actually.
Mr. X vs. Tito Santana
Tito takes down Mr. X and works the arm. Tito takes him down with a shoulderblock then stops short on a leapfrog by X and takes him down with a hiptoss. Tito works a side headlock on the mat until Mr. X rakes the eyes. He hits a few shots but Tito fires back then backs him into the corner. Mr. X rakes the eyes again but Tito comes back with a backdrop then puts him away with the figure four leg lock (3:11).
Thoughts: Nice to see Tito back in singles action, which makes it seem that they have finally ended his team with Morales. After all, he is the Intercontinental Champion.
Another promo hyping WrestleMania 2.
Mean Gene is with Bruno Sammartino, promoting their cage match tonight at the Boston Garden. Not much of a promo here to be honest. Bruno wasn’t nearly as intense as he has been.
A.J Petruzzi & The Gladiator vs. The British Bulldogs w/ Capt. Lou Albano
Davey works on the arm of Petruzzi to start. Petruzzi takes him down but Davey comes back with a slam then tags Dynamite. The crowd pops when Dynamite runs over Petruzzi. He hits a missile dropkick and a snap suplex that has the crowd going nuts then tags Davey, who uses a delayed vertical suplex for a nearfall. The Gladiator tags but Davey backs him in the corner and the Bulldogs use quick tags until Davey puts him away with a powerslam off of the middle rope for the win (2:55).
Thoughts: The Bulldogs were doing all sorts of stuff that was not seen in the WWF and as a result, the crowds went crazy for them. They looked awesome in this squash.
Piper’s Pit with just Piper and Orton. Piper is angry that the WWF President made Orton take off his cast. He then brings out Bob Orton, who is dressed as a boxer complete with gloves, and says that since no one wants to wrestle them anymore they have issued an open challenge to anyone who has ever wrestled to face Orton in a boxing match.
Paul Dose vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage w/ Elizabeth
Before the match, George Steele comes down and gives Elizabeth flowers. Savage turns around and sees her holding them and rips them up and ruins the bouquet, demanding who gave them to here. Savage hits Dose from behind with a knee smash then heads up top and drops the elbow for the win, pinning with his foot (0:25). Savage didn’t even take off his sunglasses for the match.
Thoughts: Savage was such an awesome heel and it looked so cool that he didn’t take off his sunglasses for the match. They are going full speed ahead with the Steele/Liz angle.
Another promo hyping WrestleMania 2.
Yet another chance to vote for the “Slammy Awards.”
Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/ Freddie Blassie vs. Corporal Kirchner & George “The Animal” Steele w/ Capt. Lou Albano
Kirchner and Sheik take it to the mat as the crowd starts a “USA” chant. Kirchner comes back with a hiptoss and the Sheik tags out. They have a terrible-looking exchange of punches as the Sheik tags back into the match. Sheik hits a clothesline but Kirchner comes back with a suplex then tags Steele. Volkoff comes in and they toss Steele outside. Steele then runs around and grabs a chair then hits the Sheik for the DQ (2:33). Steele then tosses the chair outside and spazzes around in the ring for a bit.
Thoughts: I thought this was a complete waste of time. The action was terrible and the result of the match did not do anything to promote the feud between Kirchner and the evil foreigners.
Okerlund is with Mr. Fuji and Don Muraco, who hilariously runs down the Boston Garden show that would be happening tonight. He proceeded to call Tito Santana a “honky Mexican” then talks about how hot Elizabeth is with Mr. Fuji. He calls Hillbilly Jim and John Studd a “pair of cripples” and that almost causes Okerlund to lose it. Muraco then talks about how ugly Sammartino is and how Piper can possibly improve his looks by grinding it against the steel cage. Muraco then mocks Ricky Steamboat for his martial arts and mocks him in a hilarious and possibly racist routine (Fuji still laughed anyway) to promote their “Martial Arts” match at the Boston Garden. Muraco was the man.
Next week, the Junkyard Dog will face Terry Funk. Also, Vince lets us know that someone has accepted Orton’s boxing challenge. Plus, Jimmy Snuka’s cousin, Superfly Afi will makes his debut.
Final Thoughts: Not a whole lot happened here but they did a pretty heavy promotion of WrestleMania 2 and the Boston Garden show that was taking place the same day (that review will be up on Sunday). They are starting to push Adonis in his new gimmick and give a bigger push to the British Bulldogs, who were getting over with their innovative offense. The also planted the seeds for WrestleMania 2 with Orton’s boxing gimmick.

Impact Wrestling – April 17, 2014

Impact
Wrestling
Date: April 17, 2014
Location: Impact Zone,
Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike
Tenay, Tazz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
There’s a big story for
once in TNA as Eric Young won the World Title last week in TNA’s
Daniel Bryan storyline. The problem with that is Eric is best known
as a comedy character, so it’s hard to say where he’s going. In
theory we’re setting up Eric vs. Magnus II at Sacrifice but there’s
no telling with this company. Let’s get to it.

We open with the new
champion who gets a quick YOU DESERVE IT chant. Young talks about
how this is the culmination of several years of hard work but here’s
Dixie Carter to interrupt. She says that she’s seen all of the
potential in Eric Young over the years and brings up the DON’T FIRE
ERIC bit from several years back. It was Dixie that allowed him to
stay and she’s the one that came up with the beard. Dixie wants
royalties from all of the money made off the beards at the moment.
Young says he thought
Bully Ray packed Dixie up and sent her back to Nashville. We now
have MVP to keep things going but Dixie says she has authority over
the title because she’s President of the company. For better or
worse, Eric is the hood ornament for the 2014 Dixie Carter Ferrari.
This is of course different from being Face of the WWE. Eric hopes
there are bags in the car, because being close to her for that long
is going to make him sick.
Young says if she’s
looking for a paper champion she’s looking in the wrong place. He’s
going to get in the General Lee (old TV car) and run her over. Dixie
asks if he’s trying to get hashtag Throwback Thursday going with that
dated reference. First up though, Eric needs a makeover. Eric says
no but here’s Bully Ray to interrupt anyway.
Ray apologizes to Eric
but wants to know how many people are sick of Dixie. Young is a role
model for every wrestler who has been held down by a loser boss like
Dixie. He brings up last week where there was a table between the
two of them and says this is their domain. Ray starts up the Goodbye
Song and Dixie leaves in shame. Bully endorses Eric as World
Champion as someone he respects and likes.
Velvet vs. Madison
Rayne
Street fight. The
villains wait on Rayne/Brittan with kendo sticks but Rayne sneaks in
from behind and jumps her to get us going. They get inside and
exchange some whips into the corner until Madison runs Velvet over
with a shoulder. Angelina asks for a time out for her partner but
uses the distraction for a double Stunner over the top rope to put
Madison in trouble.
A trashcan lid to the
back gets two for Velvet and it’s back to the floor with Angelina
getting in some cheap shots. They
quickly head back inside and Love hands Velvet a trashcan, only to
have Madison kick it into her ribs. Angelina offers another
distraction but Madison ducks underneath and hits what looked like a
running punch to the ribs which mostly missed and was called a spear
for the pin at 4:32.
Rating: D.
This wasn’t much to see as TNA continues to throw out gimmick matches
with no real rhyme or reason and give them five minutes so they go
nowhere. The Beautiful People vs. Madison really isn’t working for
me yet as much like almost every other feud in the division, we’ve
seen this before. I’m not feeling this feud for the most part
though.
Eric
Young thanks Bully for his praise but Bully says he’s off to Rick’s
Cabaret to spend the rest of Dixie’s money. Abyss comes in and asks
Eric for a title match tonight. Eric says he can’t say no and wants
to make it Monster’s Ball.
Spud is looking for
Dixie but runs into Ethan Carter III instead. Ethan says they have a
problem named Jeff Hardy. Hardy took them into a shack in the woods
and they have to deal with it now. Tonight it’s a handicap match
against Willow, but Ethan says they’re handicappers. Ethan
handicapped Kurt Angle and tonight they’ll handicap Willow. They
fire each other up and say to follow each other before going in
different directions. Spud turns around and says he’ll follow Ethan.
MVP is in the ring in a
very fast turn around. He talks about a man showing up last week
after ten years and winning the World Title, so let’s have a hand for
Eric Young. Lost in the big fray though was the name Samoa Joe. MVP
didn’t care to hear about Joe being disgruntled and not showing up,
especially when Joe has MVP’s phone number. We get an interruption
but it’s the returning Austin Aries.
Aries says he’s as
disgruntled as anyone because he’s been on the sidelines since
Lockdown and no one has seemed to miss him. MVP likes to motivate
people but Aries has never needed any sort of motivation. Not being
called for six weeks is all the movitation he could ever want though.
MVP won’t validate Aries by putting him in the ten man gauntlet last
week, so now Aries wants to participate.
The boss says Aries
didn’t respect MVP when he screwed him over a few weeks back to join
Team Roode. They tease a fight but MVP says this is about the fans
and not Aries or MVP. The jacket comes off but Aries raises him a
shirt. They’re about to fight but Aries says next week. He won’t
trade fists with a convicted felon but next week he’ll show MVP why
he’s the best wrestler in the world.
Eric Young video.
Tag
Team Titles: Bro Mans vs. Wolves
This
is the actual match after Robbie E. interfered last week. We get the
Zema Ion intro to make this feel a bit bigger. The
Wolves knock the champions off the apron to start and a sliding
dropkick to Robbie’s head is good for two. Robbie gets double teamed
to start and a jackknife cover gets two for Davey. Richards drives
Robbie back first into the apron but Jesse shake the ropes to crotch
him on the top.
Jesse
throws on a chinlock before hitting a quick gorilla press on Davey.
Robbie adds a middle rope elbow for two but
heel miscommunication allows Richards to make the hot tag to Edwards.
Eddie fires off chops in the corner but runs into an elbow to the
jaw. The throw into the chest kick drops Jesse and the double stomps
off the top crush Robbie, but Zema runs in for the DQ at 4:57.
Rating: C-.
This would be a much better story if the Wolves hadn’t won the titles
yet. It didn’t mean much, but having them finally take the belts off
the Bro Mans instead of doing a quick change and then another in
Japan would have worked better as a payoff. You could see the Zema
interference coming as well.
Willow says Spud and
Carter remind him of dirty sheets. He’ll rise victorious tonight.
We see Eric talking
about how this is what a World Champion looks like and this is the
face of a champion. He nearly cries in an emotional moment. This
would work better if you couldn’t hear Madison Rayne’s entrance in
the background.
Willow vs. Ethan
Carter III/Rockstar Spud
No tagging to start but
Willow cleans house and the referee puts Spud on the apron. Willow
elbows Carter down and gets two off an elbow drop, only to have the
Twist of Fate broken up. Carter avoids a charge in the corner and
chokes away a bit before it’s off to Spud. Willow
bites the ankle to escape and it’s back to Ethan for a hard slam and
a chinlock. A running flip neckbreaker gets two on Willow but he
quickly fights back with a Twist of Fate to Carter. Another one to
Spud is enough for the pin at 4:32.
Rating: D+.
Not much to see here as Spud isn’t working due to it just being Jeff
Hardy with a loud laugh. Spud is also much better as a character
than an in ring worker. It also doesn’t help that Spud and Carter
have lost every single match in the feud so far, so we’re just
spinning our wheels.
Carter
goes after Willow’s knee but Kurt Angle makes the save. Post match
Angle says he’ll retire on his own terms. Kurt wants a match against
Carter one on one and Ethan will learn why Angle is called the
Cyborg. He’ll take his time too so Carter is taken out in a body
bag.
Bobby
Roode promises to put Bully through a table at Sacrifice but tonight
there’s an open challenge for a tables match.
Video on Sanada.
Kenny King is tired of
being on the bench and says you don’t put an All Star on the bench.
Tonight he’s doing commentary.
Tigre Uno vs. Sanada
This is the second
match in the best of three series for Sanada’s X Title with Tigre Uno
down 1-0. Feeling out process to start with neither guy getting the
advantage. Sanada scores with a dropkick and they flip around to
escape a test of strength. Tigre avoids a charge in the corner but
misses a springboard splash. Sanada comes back with a springboard
chop to the head and a TKO gets two. Tigre comes back by avoiding a
charge and a Sabretooth Splash is enough for the pin at 3:26.
Rating: C.
Two guys flying around before they get to the rubber match for the
title. There really isn’t anything else to say here as there’s no
significant backstory between them. Again, such is life in TNA. Not
that it matters as King is likely going to take the title from the
winner.
Bully
gives an unseen person a pep talk before the tables match.
Bobby
Roode vs. Gunner
It’s
a tables match of course. A
quick bulldog drops Gunner and it’s already table time. Gunner comes
back with a baseball slide to stop the table before sending Roode
into the steps. Gunner no sells being rammed into the corner but
Bobby nails a Blockbuster. The table is set up in the ring but Rooe
can’t powerbomb him through.
Gunner
nails a running knee to the face but walks into a bad looking
spinebuster. Roode escapes an F5 but gets headbutted onto the table.
Gunner rams his own head into the buckle a few times, only to have
James Storm make a save. It’s enough for Roode to slam Gunner onto
the table befor ethe Roode Bomb is enough to break the table for the
win at 6:15.
Rating: C-.
Nothing special to see here but the gimmick matches are getting
really old in a hurry, especially when it’s to set up another gimmick
match at the PPV. I’m already getting numb to seeing all of these
matches with different rules all over the place as they’re taking the
place of regular matches.
Bully
Ray saves Gunner from a beatdown.
Some
wrestlers talk about Eric Young winning the title.
Eric
looks at weapons and says this was his idea because he’s the World
Champion.
Post break Ray suggests
teaming up with Gunner against Beer Money with Gunner accepting.
TNA World Title:
Eric Young vs. Abyss
Monster’s Ball, meaning
anything goes and of course Eric is defending. Eric
throws a trashcan full of weapons into the ring to start and hits
fifteen right hands to the head in the corner. Abyss comes back with
a quick chokeslam attempt before launching the champion over the
corner and out to the floor. Young fights back and heads inside,
only to dive into a trashcan to the head as we go to a break.
Back
with Abyss wedging a chair in the corner but Eric comes back with
some big right hands and a running dropkick. Abyss catapults him
into the chair to take over again before bringing in the bag of
tacks. Young saves himself with a cheese grater to the groin and a
running forearm to put Abyss down. Abyss pulls out Janice but it
gets caught in the turnbuckle to avoid a bad case of death.
Eric kicks him low and
gets Janice out of the buckle, only to be chokeslammed down onto the
tacks. It’s barbed wire board time (because you just have that under
the ring in case a Monster’s Ball match is booked on the fly) but
Young escapes another chokeslam attempt with a bite of the fingers.
A dropkick sends Abyss onto the board and the top rope elbow retains
the title at 12:02.
Rating: C.
Nowhere near as good as the same match from a few weeks ago but it
wasn’t bad. This was designed to give Young his first big match and
Heaven forbid you save this for the pay per view or anything. That’s
another rant for another time though as I’ve complained about TNA
having no idea how to advertise more times than I can count. Fine
match but it’s nothing we haven’t seen done better like a month ago.
Overall Rating: D+.
TNA is starting to slip again as there’s just not much of interest at
the moment. Tonight was basically them saying: “here’s Eric Young.
Love him or hate him, we’re pushing the heck out of him.” The
problem with that is a lot of fans are going to get annoyed that a
guy they perceive as a comedy player is now the focal point of the
show.
Other
than that I’m getting tired of the gimmick overload. Tonight we had
five matches and one was a regular match. You could say the handicap
match is a gimmick match as well, but even if you don’t there were
three gimmick matches tonight. That’s just overkill on a two hour
show and it got old fast.
Results
Madison Rayne b. Velvet
Sky – Spear
Wolves b. Bro Mans via
DQ when Zema Ion interfered
Willow b. Rockstar
Spud/Ethan Carter III – Twist of Fate to Spud
Bobby Roode b. Gunner –
Roode Bomb through a table
Eric Young b. Abyss –
Top rope elbow
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WWF Championship Wrestling February 1st, 1986

February 1, 1986

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

Tonight, The Dream Team will face the British Bulldogs in a non-title match. Also in action are Hercules and Adrian Adonis (who along with Jimmy Hart, interrupted Bruno and Vince as they gave us a preview of the show).


Moondog Spot & Rusty Brooks vs. King Tonga & Ricky Steamboat

Steamboat works over Spot to start the match. Brooks tags and Steamboat takes him down with an amrdrag. Tonga tags and dropkicks Brooks. Spot tags and works over Tonga. He slams him down then they double-team Tonga for a little bit until he fights back and tags Steamboat. They hit Brooks with a double chop then the match breaks down. The faces use the double noggin-knocker then Tonga hits Brooks with a thrust kick then puts him away with a diving headbutt (3:31).

Thoughts: The crowd is into Steamboat but Tonga is not really getting over too much himself. He was miscast as this type of babyface. He didnt show any fire in his comebacks and had the demeanor of an opening match guy.

WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. This week, Hayes lets us know that Mr. T is in peak condition and ready to step back into the wrestling ring in time for WrestleMania. They show a clip of Mr. T and Hogan training for Mania last year. With this segment, they lets us officially know that Mr. T would be at WrestleMania.

Jeff Crippley vs. “Adorable”Adrian Adonis

Adonis yells at the crowd, who are chanting “faggot” at him while Hart brushes his hair after he put his bow on the post. Adonis taunts Crippley to start the match. He then beats on him before putting the bow back in his hair and hitting the DDT for the win (1:22).

Thoughts: Adonis really played up his gimmick this week and the crowd was giving him all sorts of shit. His weight was out of control though and was getting to the point that he could barely move.

Gene Okerlund is with Bob Orton, who will be facing Paul Orndorff in Wyoming. Orton calls out Orndorff for wearing the cast, even though his arm is not really broken. He then briefly mentions to Okerlund how Judy Martin was going to be on the show in what had to be some sort of inside joke, then shits on the state and people of Wyoming. He then promises Orndorff that he will teach him how to lose.

Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/ Freddie Blassie vs. Jim Powers & S.D. Jones

Sheik starts off with Powers and yells at the crowd, who respond by throwing trash. Corporal Kirchner then makes his way down the aisle and walks around holding the American flag as the heels are angry. The crowd starts a “USA” chant. S.D punches Sheik then tags Powers, who gets kicked down. Sheik hits a back suplex then tags Volkoff, who hits a backbreaker. Sheik tags back in and hits a belly-to-belly before putting him away with the Camel Clutch (2:44). After the match, Kirchner runs into the ring and clears the ring of the heels then starts acting like a mental patient, jumping around and screaming. Well, he was legitimately crazy according to many in the business.

Thoughts: This was all just to continue the feud between Kirchner and Sheik & Volkoff. Kirchner did not have any partner though and at this point, they did not appear to want to give him one, either.

Okerlund is with Paul Orndorff, who talks up Wyoming. The audio guy kept on fucking up and played the cut away music about three times during the middle of the promo. Orndorff also tells Mean Gene that he will show him how to hunt.

Paul Dose vs. Hercules Hernandez 

Blassie did not accompany Hercules to the ring. Herc starts the match by pounding away on Dose, stopping to flex his muscles on occasion. Blassie then interrupts the announcers and challenges Kirchner to a match against Sheik & Volkoff with any partner that he chooses. Hercules uses his trademark slow and lumbering style as no one cares about this match, except for the few guys chanting “boring.” He eventually puts him away with the Torture Rack (3:16).

Thoughts: God, Hercules was awful when he first came to the WWF. The only thing of note that happened was Kirchner getting to choose a partner to face Sheik & Volkoff.

Piper’s Pit with guest Captain Lou Albano. The heels make fun of Albano until George Steele comes out and keeps on saying that Elizabeth is “nice.” Orton laughs at him and says that Elizabeth stinks, which causes Steele to briefly chase him around. Piper then interviews Steele and tells him that he is dumb and ugly but Steele grabs Piper’s kilt and calls him Elizabeth, making fun of him. Another Piper’s Pit, another skirt joke. This was fine overall though as they are really going full speed ahead with the Steele/Elizabeth story.

Dave Barbie & AJ Petruzzi vs. The Killer Bees

This match is joined-in-progress. The Bees work over Barbie for a while until Petruzzi tags. The Bees beat on him briefly until Blair gets the pin with the powerslam.

Thoughts: The action shown was good and fast-paced. The Bees were a really solid team.

Another plug for the “Slammy Awards”

A brief commercial hyping up WrestleMania 2 airs, only stating that it will happen on April 7th.

The Dream Team w/ “Luscious” Johnny Valiant vs. The British Bulldogs w/ Capt. Lou Albano

This is a non-title match. The crowd is pretty jacked for this contest. Dynamite hits Valentine with an atomic drop before sending him to the floor with a shoulder block. Valentine goes back in and outsmarts Dynamite. He slams him then tags Brutus, who beats on him for a bit. He gets a nearfall with a leg drop but Dynamite makes the tag to Davey, who overpowers Brutus. The fans are going nuts for this. Davey gets double-teamed in the corner then Valentine applies the figure-four but Dynamite breaks that up. He hits Valentine with a backbreaker then uses a snap suplex on Brutus. Davey tags and hits Brutus with a running powerslam. Valentine runs in for the save but Davey catches him and puts him in a fireman’s carry and backs into the corner. He then tags Dynamite, who goes up top then jumps off of Valentine’s back and connects with the flying headbutt and covers for the win (4:18) **1/4. The crowd erupts and gives the Bulldogs a standing ovation.

Thoughts: Only a little over four minutes long but it was all action and very good too. The Bulldogs win got one of the loudest pops I have heard from these shows.

Mean Gene is with Jimmy Hart. Okerlund makes fun of his suit. Hart then brings out Adrian Adonis and Terry Funk, who starts sniffing. Funk asks what smells and then turns to Adonis and wonders if it is the “jackass” known as the Junkyard Dog that he smells. Adonis, referring to Funk as “Torrance,” says that he does think that “black lassie” was here earlier. When Funk asks Adonis why he refers to him as that, Adonis says it was because his mother was a sewer rat and his father a German Shepard. Funk then talks about how T. Boone Pickens came into his living room and Funk told him of his problem, which was the WWF and Vince McMahon Jr. After that, they kept talking but the music played and we could not hear them. A bizarre promo with a touch of racism that the 80’s WWF featured.

Corporal Kirchner comes out but does not tell Vince and Bruno who he is picking as a partner for next week.

In action next week are Ivan Putski, Randy Savage, and Tito Santana & Pedro Morales.

Final Thoughts: Good show this week. They had a major announcement with Mr. T appearing at WretleMania 2. They also had an awesome tag match that will lead to a feud and possible title bout down the line. Just about everything was enjoyable this episode.

Stranger Things Presents: NWA EASTERN Championship Wrestling 10/19/93

Roll the opening video. Can anyone tell me what the theme song was for the intro at this point?

Tonight, we get Paul E. Dangerously unveiling a brand new Dangerous Alliance. ECW Tag Team Champions, Tony Stetson and Johnny Hotbody defend against the team of The Sandman and J.T. Smith; Tommy Dreamer makes his NWA debut against The Tazmaniac, an update on Sabu and Badd Company take on The Public Enemy.

Match #1: Badd Company (Pat Tanaka & Paul Diamond) vs. The Public Enemy (“Flyboy” Rocco Rock & Johnny Grunge).

Diamond and Grunge start off, and we get a little stalling. A lock up takes it to the ropes, and Johnny breaks clean. Anothe lock up, to the ropes again, as Diamond breaks clean, but Grunge hits a right hand. Whip off the ropes is reversed by Diamond, he goes up and over and hits a dropkick, then a Japanese arm drag, a flying elbow and Grunge hits the floor. The show takes a break here. When we come back, Grunge is tagging in Rock and he wants Tanaka tagged in, with Diamond obliging. Lock up, and Rock armdrags Tanaka. Another lock up, and this time Rock gets a hip toss. Lock up again, and Rock hits a body slam. Tanaka comes back and hits Rock with the same, only in very quick succession. They trade kicks, with Tanaka winning that exchange with a foot sweep, which the crowd appreciates. Whip off the ropes, Rock tries to go over but Tanaka hits a sit out power bomb for 2 as it’s broken up by Grunge. Grunge and Diamond tagged in. Diamond takes Grunge to the corner and hits all the buckles with Grunge’s head, then the mat. Whip to the opposite corner, and a leg lariat by Diamond. Diamond working on the arm, stopped by an eye gouge from Grunge. Diamond comes back with a float over DDT. 1…2…broken up by Rock. Tanaka tagged in. Tanaka catches the kick and hits a leg sweep to take Grunge down. Rocco tagged back in, and locks up with a tagged in Diamond, taking it to the PE corner. A double team takes Diamond down. Rocco works Diamond over in the corner now. Diamond goes down, and Rocco lays in headbutts to the knee. With the referee distracted, Grunge works over the knee on the apron. Rocco misses a move, and tags in Grunge who cuts off Diamond trying to get the tag to Tanaka. Grunge takes it to the mat for some leg work. Diamond breaks it up with a series of legs to the head, and an enziguiri puts Grunge down. Grunge quickly tags in Rocco before Diamond can get to his corner. Whip is reversed, blind tag for PE, Diamond dodges a charging Rocco and PE collides. Diamond gets the hot tag to Tanaka. Grunge is taken to the floor, and Badd Company hit the leapfrog guillotine on Rocco. Back suplex for Diamond, but the pin  is broken up by Grunge.  Diamond goes for another back suplex, but Rocco floats behind Diamond, runs him toward Grunge in the corner, but Diamond ducks and Grunge hits Rocco instead. Diamond rolls up Rocco…1….2….3! ***

WINNERS: Badd Company. Good match between these two teams. Standard tag formula applied here, and it was never dull.

“Daddy, we love you! We don’t need a TV star for a father…just you!” -Salvatore, Jr., Mario, Sofia and Antonino, the Bellomos. We see video of Salvatore Bellomo playing outside with his kids. The music is somber piano, while Sal appears to be very happy running and sliding and spinning and running some more. The dude shouldn’t run so much, as it appears that physics is working against him. Physics and biology. Physics, biology and sociology. We close with a get well wish from the ECW fans.

We come back with Jimmy Snuka getting introduced in the ring, and a plea to NOT call the ECW Hotline number, because if you call it, you will hear spoilers for every episode of Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper!

Match #2: Chad Austin vs. Jimmy Snuka.


Lock up, to the ropes and Snuka with a knee to the gut. Whip off the ropes, and Snuka lays in a chop that takes Austin down. Another whip, and a kick to the stomach. Head to the buckle a couple of times. Whip to the opposite corner. Snuka lays in a punch, then hits a power bomb where he quickly let go, almost dropping Austin on his neck. Whip and a thrust to the midsection. Slingshot suplex for Snuka. Foot on the chest…1…2…3. 1/2*

WINNER: Jimmy Snuka. Match was Snuka slowly squashing the guy. There’s the ECW Hotline again. DO NOT CALL! Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper was on for five years! The number is blurred out but Joey provides the number verbally because he’s a big Mark Curry fan.

From the ECW Newscenter it’s a Special Report, with Jay Sulli. Paul E. Dangerously has promised to unveil a new Dangerous Alliance. Joey Styles conducted the interview in the ring, as we cut to said interview. Dangerously has the ECW Heayweight Champion, Shane Douglas, with him. Paul names Sherri Martel as the Director of Covert Operations (like Madusa in the original Alliance). The newest member of the Dangerous Alliance is Sabu! Sabu is wheeled out strapped to the gurney, as Douglas doesn’t like this addition, and says that Sabu is not welcome. Sherri takes umbrage at Paul disagreeing with Shane. Sherri screams some stuff that gets bleeped, and Paul goes to leave with Sabu. We cut to the Matty Cam, courtesy of Matty in the House, and Willie Watts is trying to get the scoop outside the dressing room of the Dangerous Alliance. A lot of arguing going on behind that door. The line appears to be drawn with Shane and Sherri on one side, and Paul and Sabu on the other.

Matty in the House is backstage with Jason Knight, who prefers to be called just Jason. Matty wants to know who Jason is going to be managing in ECW. Jason keeps dodging the question and MATTY IS THE MOST ANNOYING BASTARD. Who the fuck was this guy?

Match #3: The Sandman and J.T. Smith vs. Tony Stetson and Johnny Hotbody (c) – ECW Tag Team Championship.


Terry Funk is in the corner of the challengers. The Sandman in his wetsuit starts off with Stetson. We hit the headlock! Stetson powers out, and he and Hotbody lay in the kicks on Sandman. Double whip off the ropes, and double back elbow. Another whip and Sandman with a crossbody on both guys. Sandman clears the ring. Smith gets tagged in, and Stetson kicks the wrapped knee of Smith. Now we go to the mat for some leg work. Stetson comes off the top with a legdrop on the injured knee. The champs turn their backs, allowing Smith to tag in Sandman. Stetson dumps Sandman over the top rope and on top of Funk outside. We get some weird edit that has Sandman back in the ring with a sleeper on Stetson. Funk gets in the ring with a chair and hits the referee and then hits The Sandman. That’s a DQ. *

WINNERS: And STILL ECW Tag Team Champions, Tony Stetson and Johnny Hotbody Not a good match, and some untimely cuts in the editing. Not long enough to be anything special. Funk is pissed with The Sandman while Smith wants to know “ooooooooweeee, what’s up with that, what’s up with that?”.

Footage from later that week: J.T. Smith had a title match with Shane Douglas. Douglas gets a figure four on Smith with his injured knee. Funk was in Smith’s corner and threw in the towel, ending the match. Smith threw the towel back at Funk’s face, and Funk turns on Smith and proceeded to beat the tar out of him. So, basically, Funk had turned on two babyfaces in a week.

Match #4: Tommy Dreamer vs. The Tazmaniac. 


Early look for Dreamer with the suspenders. Taz still in caveman mode at this point. A body slam for Dreamer and a clothesline puts Taz outside. Dreamer brings Taz back in and hits a back elbow off a whip. Dreamer splashes the arm a couple of times, then hits the armbar. Whip by Dreamer, but Taz catches Dreamer in a sweet looking suplex. Taz hits the rear chinlock. Dreamer elbows out, and gets a sunset flip for 2. Taz with a big clothesline coming back, and another chinlock. Taz hits a powerslam off a whip for 2. Bodyslam for Taz, and another chinlock. Whip off the ropes, and Dreamer hits a corossbody for 2. Dreamer going for a suplex, but Taz another nice suplex. Taz misses the diving headbutt. Flying shoulderblock for Dreamer. Bulldog for Dreamer, but he misses an elbowdrop. Taz dumps Dreamer outside, and whips him into a post. Now a chairshot. Dreamer grabs the chair and wraps the chair around Taz’s head, then hits a DDT on the floor. Back in the ring, Dreamer with an enziguiri for 2. Body slam for Dreamer, and he goes up top. Taz crotches him, and climbs up for a northern lights suplex! Damn! Taz gets the 3! ***

WINNER: The Tazmaniac. Both guys with some nice offense. Tommy was still a little green here, but still made a good showing and Tazmaniac showing the various suplexes that everyone loves.

Tommy leaves to applause from the mutants, with Joey acting incredulous at that showing. And we’re out.

The Post-Game Opinion: A couple of good matches on this show make it an easy thumbs up. Badd Company was a team that was undervalued after their AWA run, as so far in ECW, they have looked pretty good. The Dangerous Alliance unveiling went awry, but it’s leading to a Shane Douglas-Sabu feud for the ECW Heayweight title, as Sabu gets the rocket push from day one. Tommy Dreamer’s debut looked good, and I have never seen the “pretty boy” gimmick before now. These early shows have definitely given me reason to backtrack a little on my overall feelings about the company. Thanks for reading.

Impact Wrestling – April 10, 2014

Impact
Wrestling
Date: April 10, 2014
Location: Impact Zone,
Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike
Tenay, Tazz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Dixie Carter is back
tonight. Let’s all just take a minute to prepare ourselves for this.
You can almost feel the power struggle starting from here.
Officially she still has some power in TNA as she runs the behind the
scenes stuff as opposed to MVP running the on camera stuff. Tonight
is all about her wrath, which means it’s time for some bad acting.
Let’s get to it.

We open with an In
Memory graphic for Warrior.
Dixie Carter arrives
and has something planned for tonight.
There’s a ten man
gauntlet tonight for the title shot at Sacrifice.
MVP says Magnus
successfully defended his title against three men last week but
tonight he finds out his next challenger. Samoa Joe won’t be one of
the entrants because he’s “not available.”
Gauntlet
Match
It’s basically a ten
man Royal Rumble. James Storm is #1 and Gunner is #2 and of course
the brawl is on in the aisle. They get inside with Gunner avoiding a
middle rope ax handle and taking him into the corner for a stomping.
Storm is in even more trouble until Bobby Roode comes in at #3 to
give him a breather. Beer Money reunites for a bit but Gunner shrugs
off the ten rams into the top turnbuckle. Bully Ray is #4 and cleans
house as you would expect him to. A double suplex has no effect
though and he clotheslines Beer Money down.
Gunner and Ray load up
What’s Up to Storm but Roode makes the save Ethan Carter III comes in
at #5 to give the heels an advantage. Ray shrugs everything off and
chops away but Roode punches him down in the corner. No one has been
eliminated yet. Carter and Roode try to toss Ray until Bobby Lashley
is in at #6. The big man cleans house and hammers on all the heels
until Gunner, Ray and Bobby have a three way standoff. That goes
nowhere and they keep beating up the villains.
Abyss is #7 and cleans
house but Ray tries to toss him. Magnus comes out for commentary as
we take a break. Back with Sanada having entered and Eric Young
entering at I believe #9. No eliminations yet. Everyone fights
against the ropes and teases a few eliminations but no one is really
close. Willow is #10 and we get a showdown with Carter. A Twisting
Stunner has Carter in trouble as Spud wheelchairs down to ringside,
only to pop up and pull Willow down for the elimination.
Abyss chokeslams Sanada
and throws him out but walks into a spear from Lashley. Roode throws
the bald Bobby out though, only to get tossed by Ray. We’re down to
Ray, Gunner, Storm, Carter, Abyss and Young. Ray is about to go off
on Carter but Roode trips him up, allowing Carter to throw him out
and get us down to five. Storm nails a superkick to Gunner and
easily throws him out.
The three heels team up
on Young but he skins the cat and eliminates Carter on the way back
in. Abyss lays him out again though and the double teaming
continues. Eric trips both of them up though and actually hits the
top rope elbow on Abyss. Storm takes him right back down with the
Backstabber though, followed by an Orton Elevated DDT. The Last Call
misses though and Young throws him out. Abyss hits Shock Treatment
on Eric but can’t get him out. Young fights back with some right
hands and an ax handle, followed by a clothesline for the win and
title shot at 26:21.
Rating:
D+. ERIC YOUNG? This is the
guy they’re giving a title match to? Not Gunner, Ray, Joe, or ANYONE
ELSE??? They have like five PPVs a year and the guy who was doing a
Dr. Frankenstein gimmick earlier in the year is getting one of the
main event slots? He’s more bearable when he’s serious but my
goodness this matches my head hurt.
Eric calls out MVP post
match. The boss comes out after a break and Eric says he does a
great job. Young isn’t a doctor but since this is live TV, anything
can happen. What MVP just saw was Eric earning a title shot. This
is live TV though and Eric is feeling crazy. He wants his title shot
TONIGHT. MVP asks if he’s sure and says it’s on. Magnus says that’s
fine because everything abides by his rules. MVP says there are no
Magnus Rules in effect, meaning the title changes hands on a countout
or DQ and Abyss is banned from ringside. If anyone interferes,
they’re fired on the spot.
Spud, in a jacket that
looks like it was involved in an explosion at a paint factory, has a
surprise party for Dixie. She tells him to tone it down and accuses
Spud of selling her down the river. Dixie leaves but as Spud follows
her out, Willow invades the room and cleans house.
Angelina
Love vs. ODB vs. Gail Kim vs. Brittany
The winner gets Madison
at Sacrifice for the title. It’s a brawl to start with the girls
pairing off in the corners. Gail and Angelina start double teaming
Brittany but get in an argument over who gets the pin. Brittany
fights back and cleans house until ODB comes back in and runs
everyone over. Angelina takes a Bronco Buster but Gail kicks ODB
down. Brittany hits a handspring moonsault for no cover on ODB but
walks into a Downward Spiral from Love. Eat Defeat doesn’t work and
Velvet sprays hairspray in Gail’s eyes, setting up a Brogue Kick from
Angelina for the pin at 4:37.
Rating:
D+. Well that was….obvious.
Angelina has been feuding with Madison for weeks now so the match at
the PPV is the logical progression of the story. It wasn’t anything
to see but Brittany got to show off a little bit. I’m still not wild
on the Beautiful People reunion as we’ve covered just about
everything they can do.
Dixie
comes in to see MVP and mocks some of the stuff he’s done lately.
Apparently MVP stands for Massive Violation of Power. She says all
of this is because of one disgruntled wrestler and she’ll take care
of him tonight. Dixie wants him in the front row for her moment
tonight.
Robbie E.’s flight is
canceled but MVP thinks Jesse and Zema should defend the titles
against the Wolves tonight unless Robbie can make it here by bell
time.
We recap Eric getting a
title shot tonight.
Magnus thinks Eric is
making a huge mistake.
Here’s Dixie for her
big moment. She immediately calls out Bully, drawing a WE DON’T LIKE
YOU chant. Ray comes out and the fans want him to put Dixie through
a table. He thanks her for being around this week but Dixie talks
about Roode suckering him into an attack a few weeks ago. Dixie rubs
it in that Roode put Ray through three tables last week before
ranting about him costing her the company.
Ray says this is the
fans’ company and the wrestlers’ company but never Dixie’s company.
They talk over each other a lot until Dixie says she wants her money
back for Ray not doing his job. Ray says he’s spent it on a new car
and at Rick’s Cabaret in New York. “You’d like it. They’ve got a
lot of wine, women and song. A lot of women actually.”
Ray loads up his
catchphrase but Dixie slaps the mic out of his hand. She’s from
DALLAS, TEXAS and is responsible for every check that comes out of
the company. Dixie slaps him in the face but Roode jumps Ray from
behind. They load up a table but Ray fights back, only to have Roode
bail from a powerbomb. Ray stares Dixie down and we take a break.
Post break Magnus wants
to know what Dixie is doing. She says she’s going to her hotel,
having a glass of wine and going to bed. Magnus calls her a typical
woman and Dixie yells about him having an insurance policy before
leaving.
Tag
Team Titles: Wolves vs. Zema Ion/Jesse Godderz
The Wolves are
challenging. Eddie chops Jesse to start but Davey (now with a blond
mohawk on top of his regular hair) makes a blind tag and double teams
Jesse down. Zema snaps Davey’s throat across the top rope to give
the champions control. The Wolves send the champions outside and hit
stereo suicide dives to take them down again.
Back inside and Jesse
slips in a knee from the apron to stagger Eddie, only to have him
catch both of them in a hurricanrana at the same time. Hot tag
brings in Davey to clean house with kicks and suplexes. A missile
dropkick gets two on Godderz and the toss into the kick looks to get
the pin, but Robbie E. runs in for the DQ at 3:43.
Rating:
C-. Not bad here but this time
the ending was somewhat in doubt. I actually thought they might
change the titles here, which would have been a
bit too early with the PPV coming up in a few weeks. The Wolves are
the best team in the company and having them chase the titles for a
few months is a good idea.
Christy
is going to shock us with something about Samuel Shaw tonight. She
wants to talk to him in the ring about commitment.
Here’s
Christy to the ring to invite Samuel for a chat. She
insists that he’s not creepy and says this whole thing is
complicated. Shaw says he’s the love of her life and she agrees.
Christy asks if he trusts her and she rubs her hands over his face.
She wants to know if Shaw would go anywhere she asks him to go but he
just slowly rips off his glove. Christy makes some rather suggestive
noises and tells him to close his eyes.
A
van with the words Psychiatric Services shows up on screen and of
course Anderson pops out. He comes into the arena and rubs his hands
behind Shaw’s back before laying him out with a Mic Check. The fans
chant funny farm and Anderson chucks him over the top. He crawls
towards Christy but Anderson chucks him into the van in the back.
Shaw pops out and runs away though, making this whole segment pretty
worthless.
Willow
blames Carter and Spud for costing him the gauntlet match and wants a
handicap match next week.
Impact
is coming to New York City in June.
TNA
World Title: Eric Young vs. Magnus
Eh
why not. It worked at Wrestlemania XXX. Young scores with a quick
dropkick and flips over the corner before strutting down the apron.
Apparently Young has a bad arm coming into this to really hammer in
the similarities. Magnus avoids a charge into the corner and sends
Eric out to the floor with a big running knee. Back in and Eric
sends Magnus to the floor, only to get nailed as he tries a suicide
dive.
Magnus
sends him into the steps and we take a break. Back with the champion
getting two off a gutwrench suplex and we hit a sleeper on Young.
Eric is quickly out of the
hold but gets caught in a camel clutch to work on the back as well as
the bad arm. Young powers
up into an electric chair and both guys are down. Back up and some
forearms and a clothesline drop Magnus. The arm seems fine at the
moment. Eric tries a wheelbarrow slam into a neckbreaker but mostly
drops Magnus on the way down.
The
top rope elbow gets two and Magnus nails the Michinoku Driver for the
same. He brings the belt into the ring but the referee takes it
away. Young loads up a Death Valley Driver but gets hit low for two.
Magnus is livid and gets caught in a crucifix for two. Eric comes
back with a piledriver for the pin and the title at 13:05.
Rating:
C. Eric Young is the TNA World
Champion. Yes it’s a blatant ripoff of Daniel Bryan on Sunday, but
Eric Young hasn’t earned the spot like Bryan has. He’s a comedy guy
that has kept a job for a long time. That doesn’t mean he should be
the World Champion. I’m assuming this doesn’t make it past
Sacrifice, but I’ve only been able to tolerate Young for this many
years. Having him as World Champion is too far for me.
Overall
Rating:
C. The ending just
doesn’t do it for me as I’ve already explained. The rest of the show
wasn’t bad, but this is the kind of show you need to build up to. I
get that they needed to do everything in one night, but let us know
in advance that this is coming. The Dixie stuff didn’t do anything
for me but it’s probably continuing over the next few weeks. The
wrestling was ok tonight but this is a very questionable way to use a
story like this.
Results
Eric Young won a
gauntlet match last eliminating Abyss
Angelina Love b.
Brittany, ODB and Gail Kim – Bicycle kick to Kim
Wolves b. Zema
Ion/Jesse Godderz via DQ when Robbie E. interfered
Eric Young b. Magnus –
Piledriver

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