A surprisingly advanced and playable Intellivision wrestling game.
August 22, 2013
Location: Constant Center, Norfolk,
Commentators: Tazz, Mike Tenay
still in Virginia for the other main event from Hardcore Justice.
Tonight’s main event is the Mafia vs. the Aces in a big ten man brawl
with the person taking the fall being banished from Impact Wrestling
forever. Other than that we’ve got another four way match for twenty
points in the BFG Series. We’ve got about a month left in the entire
Series so points are becoming more and more important. Let’s get to
open with the Aces and 8’s in the back. Ray and Anderson get in an
argument over whose corner Tito Ortiz will be in tonight. The world
champion tells Anderson to worry about his own business.
are Roode, Daniels and Kaz to open us up in the arena. Roode
congratulates Ray on becoming a two time world champion by screwing
the system. Now it’s Ray with the target on his chest and it’s going
to be one of them that will take the title from him. Roode talks
about setting the tables for 20 points in the Series last week and
Kaz says he did the same. Tonight Daniels will complete the sweep
for the Extraordinary Gentlemen’s Organization because he’s the best
street fighter in TNA.
says they’re 25% of the BFG Series but they should be 1/3. They want
to add Austin Aries to the group because it’s the best chance Aries
has at becoming the world champion. Instead they get Storm and
Gunner, who are tag champions in case you had forgotten. Storm
doesn’t like hearing Roode talk about trust because it’s only a
matter of time before Roode turns on Daniels and Kaz. James takes
off his shirt and is ready to fight, with the tag champions clearing
the ring. Apparently this is going to be a tag match.
Storm/Gunner vs. Kazarian/Bobby Roode
It’s a brawl to start with the champions in control as we go to an
early break. Back with Roode sending Gunner into the corner and
chopping away before Gunner comes back with forearms of his own. Kaz
comes in with a spinwheel kick for two as Storm makes the save.
Everyone is in jeans here to give it more of a street fight feel.
Roode comes back in for some shots of his own before Kaz gets two off
no sells a kick to the chest and hits an Irish Curse to allow for the
double tag. Off to Roode vs. Storm with James cleaning house. The
corner enziguri drops Kaz and a top rope elbow gets two on Roode.
Everything breaks down and Storm hits the Closing Time to put Roode
down. Roode pulls the referee in the way of the Last Call, so Kaz
takes the kick instead. A low blow from Bobby is enough for the pin
on Storm at 9:45.
C. These four guys and Daniels
have been stuck in midcard limbo for a good while now and it’s sad to
see them not move up at all. Storm had so much going for him last
year but it was all thrown away and has never come back. It’s a
shame too as he could have been a huge deal for the company. The
match was just ok and didn’t have time to go anywhere given the
thinks he has a lot of offers on the table and has an idea.
Dutt vs. Manik
Sonjay tries to dive onto the champion during the entrance but Manik
dives to safety. Manik hooks a quick Black Widow submission hold but
Sonjay rolls out. They’ve moving very fast out there. Dutt misses a
big kick to the head but hits a standing moonsault for two. Sonjay
puts on a modified Octopus Hold before shifting to a double arm
up and Manik does his land in the ropes spot and avoids a charging
Dutt to send him to the floor. A slingshot dropkick gets two for
Manik and he counters a Rocker Dropper into a sitout powerbomb for
two. Manik charges into a boot in the corner and hits a running boot
of his own, setting up a springboard splash for two. The moonsault
double stomp doesn’t connect and Manik hits his wheelbarrow gutbuster
for the pin at 4:26.
C. Standard flippy match here
and if you’re into that style, you would have liked this. There was
nothing special to see here as I’m not huge on Manik for the most
part. He’s just another guy in the division and happens to be the
flavor of the month with the title. Nothing to see here, as usual
once Destination X is over.
Anderson gives the bikers a pep talk.
and the Mafia huddle.
For Glory Series: Hernandez vs. Joseph Park vs. Christopher Daniels
vs. Jay Bradley
is a street fight for twenty points. It’s a big brawl to start with
SuperMex clotheslining Bradley to the floor so Daniels can get two
off a rollup. Eric Young is in Park’s corner because TNA loves their
wacky pairings. Bradley breaks up a cover by Hernandez with a chair
to the back before wrapping the chair around Hernandez’s neck to ram
it into the corner. Park is back up and helps SuperMex double team
the other guys while doing his “Who me?” schtick. Bradley and
Daniels are both splashed in the corner and we take a break.
with Hernandez cracking Daniels in the back with a kendo stick but
Daniels backdrops him on the stage. Back in the ring and park avoids
a big boot from Bradley in the corner but Bradley gets in a shot to
stop his momentum. Park takes Bradley down to avoid a chair shot but
his Boston crab is broken up by a Roode/Kaz distraction. Eric Young
tries to make the save but gets beaten down as well. Bradley is back
up to beat on Daniels in the ring. A big boot sets up a chair shot
to the back followed by a suplex onto the chair.
breaks up the Boom Stick as Hernandez hits the charge from the ramp
over the ropes to take Daniels down. Daniels escapes the Border Toss
and Austin Aries is here. His distraction allows Daniels to hit a
running STO on Hernandez, but after high fiving Roode, Aries lays out
Daniels with the brainbuster. Bradley knocks out Park with brass
knuckles but they bust Park open, meaning it’s Abyss mode. The Black
Hole Slam is good for the pin on Bradley at 12:20.
C. I know I’ve used that rating
a lot tonight but that’s the case with almost everything tonight.
It’s just ok with none of the matches standing out. That’s the case
here again: Hernandez does his power stuff, EGO does their stuff,
Bradley is in way over his head and Park is very cautious until he
bleeds and then he snaps for the win. It’s not a bad or boring match
but it’s like a ham sandwich: it’ll get you through the day but it’s
nothing you’ll remember in about an hour.
recap the far too long Brooke Hogan/Bully Ray saga.
the new world champion, flanked by Tito Ortiz, for his championship
celebration. Ray asks how it feels to have the wool pulled over your
eyes again. Do you know who he is? He’s Bully Ray, the world
champion. Notice that he didn’t say the two time world champion,
because he doesn’t count Sabin’s fluke win. This brings him to his
new best friend: Tito Ortiz. Tito says he’ll knock Rampage out again
on November 2nd.
says if you thought that was a surprise, there’s an even bigger
shock. This one is about Ray and his woman. It’s time for the world
to know about them. He tells Brooke to come out here but it’s Brooke
Tessmacher instead of Hogan. They kiss in the ring and Ray says now
he has the hot Brooke. Ray brags about being unstoppable and says
there’s only one thing left to do. Brooke bites his ring off and
spits it out, which I guess is writing Brooke Hogan off TV. I think
this was supposed to be some big surprise but no one seemed to care.
vs. Gail Kim
shoves her around to start and rams Gail face first into the buckle.
Gail heads to the floor for a breather as ODB rubs her own body in
the ring. Back in and Gail takes her down by the arm and sends it
into the buckle. ODB is put on the top rope and taken down by a
shoulder breaker for two before Gail hooks a hammerlock.
goes to snap the arm over the ropes but gets hit low to give ODB a
breather. Back to the corner for ODB’s crotch rams (don’t ask if you
don’t know) followed by the middle rope Thesz Press for two. A
superplex puts Gail down but it hurts ODB’s shoulder again, meaning
it’s only good for two. Gail pops back up with a crucifix for the
pin at 6:42.
D. There was no heat to this
match at all and it didn’t seem like the wrestlers cared either.
ODB’s one joke has been played out for years now and for the life of
me I don’t get why the fans cheer for her so much. This was a very
dull match as the show continues to just fill in time until the main
Hardy talks about what winning the Bound For Glory Series means.
Aries says he’s going to win the world title with his own skills
Hogan will be back next week after meeting with lawyers.
Sabin says it sucks that Aces and 8’s keep interfering. Rampage had
his back and Sabin will get his revenge.
and 8’s vs. Main Event Mafia
and 8’s: Wes Brisco, Garrett Bischoff, Knux, D-Von, Mr. Anderson
Event Mafia: Sting, Samoa Joe, Rampage Jackson, Magnus
loser of the fall is gone from TNA forever and the Mafia comes in
down a man due to Angle going to rehab. Before the bell Anderson
calls out Ray to sit on the stage and watch. Anderson goes on to say
that the Mafia can pick someone to lay down without a fight. Sting
says no way because they want to fight. There go the lights for some
reason and here’s AJ Styles. He throws the hood back and the music
changes to Get Ready To Fly, meaning the Phenomenal One is back and
part of the Mafia tonight.
a huge brawl to start until we finally get down to Magnus vs. Wes to
start. Magnus throws him into the corner and brings in Joe to pound
Brisco down. Joe hits the enziguri in the corner for two before it’s
off to Garrett. AJ comes in for the fireman’s carry flip into a
backbreaker as we take a break. Back with Magnus in trouble in the
Aces corner. The bikers take turns on the Brit with everyone getting
gets two off a clothesline as the fans chant YES. Anderson comes in
for a suplex before it’s back to D-Von for a neck crank. The fans
tell him he sucks and Taz rants about Hogan a bit. The back elbow
puts Magnus down again and D-Von Spinaroonis up. Back to Knux for
some choking but Magnus scores with a quick DDT for a breather.
There’s the hot tag to Sting and everything breaks down. Jackson
starts cleaning house but Knux gets in a cheap shot.
takes Knux down with the Death Drop and puts on the Deathlock but
D-Von makes the save. Knux can only get two though and things settle
down again. AJ gets the hot tag and hits the springboard forearm to
D-Von. A backfist and a standing enziguri get two for Styles but
everything breaks down again. Styles loads up the Clash on D-Von but
has to hit the Pele on Anderson. D-Von spears Styles down but AJ
comes right back with the Clash to get rid of D-Von at 16:16.
C+. The match was ok because it
actually got some time. The fans were pleased for AJ’s return to
form which has been needed for a long time. Getting rid of D-Von is
fine as he doesn’t really do anything other than say TESTIFY.
Hopefully it leads to the end of the Aces as they’re so far past
their expiration date it’s unreal.
is furious to end the show.
Rating: C-. The main event was
pretty good but it doesn’t safe a very dull show up to that point.
I’m glad to see AJ back in his old form but I can’t stand it when a
story is just dropped like that. The Aces stuff is beyond boring at
this point but them losing a member is a good sign as hopefully
they’re gone soon after Bound For Glory. Boring show but helped by a
decent main event though.
Roode b. James Storm/Gunner – Low Blow to Storm
b. Sonjay Dutt – Wheelbarrow gutbuster
Park b. Jay Bradley, Christopher Daniels and Hernandez – Black Hole
Slam to Bradley
Kim b. ODB – Crucifix
Event Mafia b. Aces and 8’s – Styles Clash to D-Von
August 15, 2013
Constant Center, Norfolk, Virginia
Tazz, Mike Tenay
is another special episode with Hardcore Justice. The main event
tonight is Bully Ray vs. Chris Sabin for Sabin’s world title inside a
cage. We were also supposed to get the Main Event Mafia vs. Aces and
8’s in a loser (of the fall) leaves town match but it was postponed
to next week due to “unforeseen circumstances”, whatever that may
mean. The show should be fun tonight so let’s get to it.
For Glory Series: Austin Aries vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Kazarian vs. AJ
is for 20 points and it’s a ladder match. The clipboard hanging
above the ring has a piece of paper with the number 20 on it.
Keeping it simple I guess. Kaz goes to the floor to get the first
ladder but the other three block him from coming back in. Aries and
Kaz fight for the ladder on the ramp with Austin letting go of the
ladder to send Kaz to the floor. A top rope ax handle puts Kaz down
but AJ knocks Hardy to the floor as well. AJ dives onto Hardy to
take him down again and leave Styles as the only man standing.
gets in a ladder shot to put AJ down before climbing the ladder.
Aries comes back in and crotches Kaz against the ladder, leaving
Austin vs. Jeff in the ring. Jeff sends him to the floor but AJ
pulls the ladder away for a showdown. Hardy tries a quick Twist of
Fate but gets shoved off and sent to the announce table on the floor.
Kaz comes back in with a slingshot DDT to AJ but has to have a
forearm duel with Aries. Styles dropkicks the ladder into the back
of Kaz’s head but Aries backdrops AJ to the floor. The company is
living up to its name for a change as this has been nonstop action
since the bell.
runs interference to stop Jeff and AJ from going up the ladder before
sending Kaz head first into the post. Austin tries a climb but gets
pulled down by Hardy and Jeff knocks down the other two as well.
Jeff and Austin both go up but Kaz and AJ make the save, sending all
four guys down as we take a break. Back with Aries going up but
being pulled down by Kaz before he gets too far. AJ stops both of
them and hits the springboard forearm to send Austin to the ramp.
The ladder appears to be bent or broken.
brings in another ladder to clean house but can’t climb up fast
enough. All four guys go up at the same time and AJ gets his fingers
on the contract but Aries shakes everything up with a sunset bomb to
Hardy. Kaz and AJ are left alone on the ladder and they fight over a
suplex off the ladder. Kaz rakes AJ’s eyes to put him down but
Styles shoves the ladder over, putting everyone down again.
hits his running dropkick in the corner on Styles and goes up but
Hardy makes another save. Styles pulls Aries off the ladder and
loads up the Styles Clash but Kaz pulls in a downward spiral on AJ at
the same time. Kaz goes up but it’s Jeff making another save. Aries
comes out of the corner with a missile dropkick to take them both
down and goes up as well, but here are Roode and Daniels for a
plays Shelton Benjamin by springboarding up to the ladder but Hardy
shoves the ladder over, sending both guys to the floor. Roode pulls
Hardy down as Daniels distracts the referee but Jeff kicks him off.
Daniels slips the appletini to Kaz and Jeff gets blinded, allowing
Kaz to get the win at 17:35.
A-. This was the simple formula
of take four guys and let them dive off stuff for fifteen minutes or
so. I’m not big on another faction in TNA because they’re already on
overload with them, but at least they’re not involved with the other
two. The action here was great though and they couldn’t have picked
a better opener.
Sabin talks about enjoying watching Team 3D put people through
tables. Tonight though, he’s going to be 3-0 against Bully Ray.
Carter is in the ring with the Main Event Mafia. She talks about
Angle being in rehab and how he’ll be there for an indefinite amount
of time. Here are the Aces minus Bully before she can get too far
into things though. Anderson talks about how the team only has a
week to find a replacement. He talks about how Magnus could be
leaving and says Magnus used to be the future.
says they only have a week to find someone new but they might just
pull someone out of the audience. Anderson says tonight is the start
of a new era for Aces and 8’s and the brawl is on. The Aces beat the
Mafia down with ease and stand tall. That’s rather impressive when
you have guys like Brisco and Bischoff on one side and a former MMA
world champion on another.
Ortiz is here.
James vs. ODB vs. Gail Kim
is a hardcore match and not for Mickie’s title. ODB runs them over
to start and hits her chest grabbing splashes on both girls in the
corner. Mickie pulls her out of the corner but Gail isn’t interested
in an alliance. Gail pounds on ODB as Mickie wedges a chair into the
corner. ODB is whipped into said chair and the other girls get a
stereo two count. Mickie rolls up Gail for two and they slug it out
with until Gail is sent to the floor. Kim sends ODB back inside and
goes to look for a weapon but gets a knee from Mickie instead.
finds a kendo stick from somewhere and cracks ODB over the back
before choking Gail with it. ODB comes back in and pounds on them
with the stick before pulling one of her two bras out of the top to
choke both girls with it. Mickie gets in a shot and puts on the
figure four around the post as Gail chokes away but they can’t get
along again. ODB gets a shot from the flask and sprays Mickie in the
face but Gail breaks up the Bam. Another stick shot misses and ODB
hits the Bam on Gail on the chair for the pin at 6:48.
D+. Did you know ODB was
uncouth and does stuff that isn’t proper or whatever you call it?
Don’t worry if you don’t because TNA will beat it over your head
until you get the idea. The match was nothing special and felt more
like a WWE style street fight with the really basic weapons and
yells at the Mafia and suggests Aries as a replacement.
pitches Aries a spot in the Mafia but doesn’t get an answer. Aries
does seem intrigued though.
says his plan is coming together.
tells the Mafia that Aries said no. Rampage has an idea and will
address it in the ring. Joe goes with him and Magnus has an idea for
recap Ray vs. Sabin in a nice, comprehensive video. To be fair
though there isn’t much to recap.
is on the phone with someone he calls honey and says this hasn’t been
a normal relationship. Tonight is about Ray but next week is about
the two of them. “I love you too Brooke.”
are Jackson and Joe with something to say. Jackson talks about MMA
fans calling him a sellout for coming to wrestling. However now that
he’s in the Mafia, he feels like he’s in a family. He didn’t come
here to get beaten up though, so now he needs to ask an old training
partner for his help. Jackson calls out Tito Ortiz and plugs the
Bellator PPV several times. Rampage offers Tito the spot on the
Mafia team next week but Ray interrupts (to the wrong music) before
we can get an answer. Ray says he’d come in there right now if he
didn’t have a title match later tonight. Ray threatens them, Ortiz
is held back, that’s about it.
For Glory Series: Magnus vs. Samoa Joe vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Bobby
is a tables match with the first person to drive someone else through
a table getting 20 points. Magnus jumps Roode during his entrance
and we start fast. They head inside as Joe and Anderson brawl on the
floor with no tables brought in yet. Joe throws the first one in
before taking Roode down with a powerslam. Anderson tries the
rolling senton on Anderson but Magnus makes the save. The Mafia
teams up to clean house but both of them try powerbombs through the
table at the same time. Anderson and Roode fight out and turn the
table over as we get a makeshift tag match.
heads to the floor and Joe rings the bell on top of Roode’s crotch.
Anderson tries a Mic Check off the ramp through a table but Magnus
counters into a failed powerbomb bid. A low blow puts the Brit down
and Joe rings the bell again. The pairings switch off and Joe hits
the Ole kick minus the Ole on Anderson. Back inside Magnus’
powerslam through the table is escaped and he walks into the Roode
spinebuster. Everyone is back inside now and the Mafia is in
trouble. Joe is whipped into Roode for a clothesline, sending Bobby
to the outside.
hits the suicide dive to take Roode out and Anderson gets caught in a
bad looking Snow Plow. The table is set again but Anderson takes
Magnus down with the Mic Check. Joe comes back in to chop Anderson
and loads up the Muscle Buster but Roode moves the table. Roode
sends Joe to the floor and puts Magnus on the table, only to get
crotched on the top by the Samoan. Cue Kazarian to distract Joe,
allowing Daniels to throw the appletini into Magnus’ face. Roode
powerbombs Magnus through the table for the 20 points at 10:20.
C+. This was fun but ran a bit
long. The ending being the same as the first one was fine but it
didn’t really surprise anyone. I’m not a fan of the 20 points thing
here because it sent Kaz and now Roode from the bottom to the top in
one night, basically making whole months worthless.
and Ray get in an argument over Anderson costing Ray the title. Ray
doesn’t know if he can win and Anderson says the club is here to help
him. Anderson says he isn’t an enemy but Ray says he doesn’t seem
like an ally.
week it’s Jay Bradley vs. Hernandez vs. Daniels vs. Joseph Park in a
20 point street fight.
World Title: Bully Ray vs. Chris Sabin
a cage with Sabin defending and if Ray loses, he never gets another
shot at the gold. After the big match intros we’re ready to go. I
think it’s pin/submission/escape here but the announcers don’t make
it clear. Ray scores a quick slam but Sabin pops right back up.
Another slam puts Sabin down even harder but he shoves Ray back.
There’s a third hard slam but Sabin comes back with some armdrags and
a dropkick to send Ray into the corner. Some forearms in the corner
set up a delayed dropkick but Ray sends him onto the top rope. The
champion comes off with a cross body for two and dropkicks Ray’s leg
goes up but gets crotched and LAUNCHED into the cage with authority.
I’m guessing Bully’s authority but it isn’t really clear. Back from
a break with Ray in full control and getting two off a big elbow
drop. He shouts at Sabin to hit him in the face and the champion
does just that, coming out of the corner with forearms to the face.
Ray gets caught in a backslide for two but takes Sabin’s head off to
regain control. Bully loads up a huge powerbomb but Sabin slips down
into a sleeper, only to have Ray ram him into the cage for the break.
comes out of the corner with a nice tornado DDT but can’t immediately
follow up. They slug it out and the champion gets all fired up by
chopping Ray down. He actually hits a Death Valley Driver on the big
man but doesn’t cover. Sabin takes Ray’s Aces cut off and whips Ray
across the back with it, only to get kicked in the face for two. A
Samoan drop gets two on Sabin but Ray gets caught while climbing.
Sabin tries a rana out of the corner but drops Ray down on his
shoulder, sending Ray across the mat, clutching his shoulder and
screaming in pain.
Sabin is countered into a suplex and Ray wants the door open. Sabin
tries to slide past Ray but gets pulled back in. Ray misses a charge
and sends the referee into the cage, knocking him out cold. Sabin
hits a missile dropkick on Ray but there’s no referee to count the
pin. Anderson slams the cage door against Sabin’s shoulder but Sabin
pops right back up. Anderson: “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!” Cue the
Mafia for the save but Ortiz hits Rampage with the hammer, allowing
Ray to kill Sabin with the powerbomb for the pin and the title at
C+. Good cage match here but
you knew the swerve was coming. Ortiz turning (was that a turn? I
don’t think he was ever a face to begin with) isn’t really a surprise
and it was pretty obvious that Ray was walking out with the gold.
It’s a good cage match but the lack of any drama really didn’t help
Rating: B. This was a really
solid show and with the extra matches that are scheduled for next
week it would have been even better. If only there was a way to have
all the stuff you get on TV plus a bit more, say on a different night
of the week to make it feel special…..nah that would never work.
Anyway this was the usual good stuff from TNA when they try and have
no Hogans dragging them to a grinding halt. The problem I see for
TNA though is they pretty much have three stories going: Ray’s
ongoing story, the Series and the Mafia vs. the Aces and 8’s. If you
don’t like those, you’re out of luck. Good show tonight.
b. AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy and Austin Aries – Kazarian pulled down
b. Gail Kim and Mickie James – Bam on a chair to Kim
Roode b. Magnus, Samoa Joe and Mr. Anderson – Roode powerbombed
Magnus through a table
Ray b. Chris Sabin – Powerbomb
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> Enjoy. Oh, Irish whip, how I hate you. JUST STOP RUNNING.
If you were going away somewhere and had to pick the Oeuvre of 5 wrestlers total (Oeuvre means the works of a painter, composer, or author regarded collectively: “the complete oeuvre of Mozart”.)
Which 5 wrestlers do you take?
You can take every match they had, every promo or angle leading up to their matches but it’s only those 5 wrestler’s career. Nothing else.
Thank you. I look forward to your answer.
Pretty interesting question. I’d have to go with….
Oh, and after you’ve been on the island for a while you discover on the other side there’s a Beach Boys concert going on.
Interesting note for the blog discussion — Mark says the following: "Vince doesn't want to get behind small guys — but he'll give you a shot."
is the debut episode of Primetime Wrestling. For those who are not familiar
with this show, it featured a lot of house show matches, especially for the
first few months. Over time, they incorporated studio interviews and even
filmed exclusive matches at the television tapings. Although Gorilla Monsoon
and Bobby Heenan are remembered the most, they were not the original hosts.
That honor belongs to Jack Reynolds and Jesse Ventura. Anyway, I will
occasionally review this show over time.
hosts are Jesse Ventura and Jack Reynolds
show starts with Reynolds and Ventura welcoming the viewers. Reynolds seems
really uncomfortable and glued to the cue cards. Ventura informs us that TNT
has been moved to Friday nights. He also says that despite having blood clots a
few months ago, he is training and promises that 1985 will be his year. Not a
lot of chemistry at all between these two.
to let everyone know, all of the matches and interviews on this show were from
the 10/22/84 house show at MSG.
Salvatore Bellomo vs. “Dr. D” David
starts with a few arm wringers but Schultz is able to duck between the ropes.
Bellomo grabs a hammerlock and Schultz ducks out again as the crowd boos.
Bellomo grounds him with a headscissors for a bit. Schultz escapes and knees
Bellomo, then goes to work. He catches him with a back elbow smash then chokes
him out in the corner. Schultz gets a slam then drops the elbow from the second
rope but Bellomo kicks out. Schultz is pissed then roughs him up in the corner
before putting him away with a suplex (4:02) *.
I have no idea why Bellomo kicked out of Schultz’s finishing move. The guy was
a scrub. Pretty much a squash for Schultz, which it should have been.
the match, the hosts give their thoughts. They put over Bellomo as being a
fighter but state he was no match for Schultz.
puts down the Samoans, saying they should not be able to wrestle as they cannot
read or write, which he states should be a prerequisite.
match is joined in progress with Afa chopping Murdoch. Afa no sells a
turnbuckle smash then and does the same to Murdoch, who comically oversells the
move by stumbing all over the place before falling through the ropes. Afa works
the arm, using headbutts, then knocks Murdoch down. Afa goes for a chinlock but
Murdoch rakes the eyes then tries to one-up Afa by ramming his own head into
the turnbuckle repeatedly but just stumbles around and falls over. The crowd is
eating up the comical overselling from Murdoch. Afa covers and gets two as
Murdoch struggles to get up. The Hillbilly is shown at ringside as Murdoch
knocks Afa to the floor. He goes out and chokes Afa with a cord. Murdoch kicks
him from the apron then chokes him by using the ropes. He unties the tag rope
and chokes out Afa but the ref is able to intervene. Afa finally makes it back
into the ring and no sells a ton of shots to the head. Afa fights back and
catches him with a chop. He bites Murdoch then hits him with a pair of atomic
drops. Falling headbutt gets two. Mrudoch oversells everything as Afa gets a
few nearfalls. Murdoch goes outside then puls out a paperbag that appears to
have a bottle inside and hits Afa. He drops a few elbows to the throat of Afa,
who is laying underneath the ropes. Murdoch goes to work but both men collide
and are down. Afa headbutts Murdoch down from his knees and gets two. Murdoch
tries a slam but Afa falls on top and gets two. Afa slams Mrudoch down on the
mat. Afa plays to the crowd then hits another headbutt and goes for the cover
but the bell rings, signaling they reached the twenty minute time limit. About
twelve minutes of this was shown. After the match, Murdoch challenges Afa for
five more minutes but gets destroyed shortly afterwards.
Fine for what it was. Afa was in a ton of pain at this time and couldn’t do
much and they worked around that by having Murdoch do a lot of comedy spots.
Monsoon interviews Mad Dog Vachon in the locker room. Mad Dog says no one will
stop him. That was basically all he said.
is also from the October show at MSG. Vachon
backs McGraw into the ropes and breaks cleanly. He takes McGraw down with an
armdrag and puts on a headlock as Okerlund makes a joke about losing his dog
this weekend. McGraw eventually escapes and manages to ground Vachon with a
headlock of his own. Vachon escapes then bites McGraw. He rakes the back and
chokes him out, then goes back to biting. McGraw fights back and gets two off a
snapmare. Vachon chokes out McGraw but gets dropkicked. Vachon misses a charge
in the corner and McGraw covers for two. Dropkick gets two. Scoop slam gets
two. Vachon dodges a dropkick and chokes out McGraw with the ropes then hits a
terrible looking piledriver for the win (7:04) DUD.
Vachon was of no use to this company. His antics did not fit in with the WWF at
this time. He fit in a decade earlier. McGraw was alright but these two did not
work well together.
promises that David Sammartino will be a superstar as Jesse calls him a
“beer-bellied punk.” They show Monsoon interviewing him at MSG. He is vanilla
and they were calling him David Bruno Sammartino at this time, which was an
attempt to get him over. The poor guy tried but didn’t have any star qualities
is joined in progress. Sammartino catches Spot with a shoulder block and goes
to work on the arm. Sammartino ducks a clothesline and knocks Spot down. He
catches him with an armdrag and goes back to the arm. Sammartino charges but
runs into a superkick. Spot kicks him again then rams him into the corner. Slam
gets two. Spot sends him down with a kneelift as Sammartino eggs him on. He
fights back but Spot gets an eye rake. Sammartino gets two off a sunset flip but
Spot hits him with a forearm smash from the second rope. He grabs a chinlock
but Sammartino escapes. He sends Spot down with a shoulder block but misses an
elbow drop. Spot gets two off a backbreaker the fires away. Sammartino fights
back as Spot begs for mercy. They trade shots and Sammartino tries to fire up
the crowd. Kneedrop gets two. Suplex gets two. Spot catches him with a knee on
a backdrop attempt then picks him up for a
slam but Sammartino countered with a small package, which looked
terrible, for the win. About eight
minutes shown of this match, which went 12:23. After the match Spot jumps
Sammartino then grabs the bone but Sammartino fights back and the bone falls.
He grabs the bone from the ref, and the crowd goes nuts. Spot bails afterwards.
Good action. The Sammartino push did not work as he lacked charisma and looked
like a bloated Rick McGraw but he really wasn’t that bad in the ring. Spot, who
was underrated, did a fine job.
hosts talk about Tito Santana, with Jesse referring to him as “Chico,” for what
I believe was the first time. He says that being the Intercontinental Champ was
a big jump from him selling tacos in Tijuana.
interviews Tito. He promises to get the IC belt back from Greg Valentine and
says that he will make him pay for every night he spent thinking about him. A
good, intense promo from Tito.
Albano vs. Tito Santana
crowd goes nuts for Tito. He goes right after Valentine, who is still wearing
the belt. He takes it off and tries to use it but Tito knocks him down. He
continues his assault as the crowd is going nuts. Valentine grabs a hold of
Tito’s leg but gets knocked back down. Valentine fight back then they trade
shots. Tito knocks Valentine to the floor with a forearm smash. Back in the
ring, they trade shots with Valentine winning that battle. He punches Tito, who
turns him around and starts hammering away. Valentine hits a few forearms then
an atomic drop. Tito fights back but Valentine rakes the eyes. He kicks Tito
the floor and gets booted by Albano. Tito drags Valentine out of the ring and
they fire away. Valentine gets an eye rake and grabs a chair but Tito ducks and
fires away. In the ring, Tito whacks Valentine with a chair and Tito fires
away. Valentine is busted open and Tito opens him up some more. The ref tries
to intervene but Tito shoves him away and the ref rings the bell for the DQ (5:52)
***. Albano runs in the ring but Tito knocks him down and he and Valentine
Great stuff. Although short, this was all action and these guys really laid
into each other. I loved this feud, as these two just hated each other.
in the studio, Jesse calls Tito a disgrace to wrestling as he cheated the
works the arm for a bit until Adonis bails. Back in the ring, Sika goes back to
the arm for a long time. Adonis eludes Sika with a cartwheel but gets caught
with a slam. Sika works a nerve hold for a bit. Adonis manages to catch Sika
with a clothesline then takes control. Adonis climbs up top but Sika knocks him
down then hammers away. Adonis reaches into his tights for a glove but Sika
moves and he accidentally hits the ref, who calls for the bell (9:29) ¼*. Sika
grabs the glove but Adonis is able to escape. Howard Finkel informs us that
Sika has won by DQ.
Bad match with a shitty finish. The tag
team division really stunk at this time. Luckily, 1985 brought some new tag-teams
to the WWF.
w/Luscious Johnny Valiant
starts things off by strutting around. Garea ducks under Beefcake but gets
trapped in the corner. Garea reverses a whip in the corner then takes him down
with a side headlock. He does it again as the crowd doesn’t care. He gets two
off a crossbody then takes him down with yet another side headlock. Beefcake
takes control and connects on several forearm smashes. He chokes him out in the
corner but misses an elbow smash. Garea punches away then dropkicks Beefcake to
the floor. He chases him around and gets two off a reverse rollup. They do an
Irish whip spot and Beefcake connects with a jumping knee smash for the win
Another dull match, which is no surprise with these two. Garea is one of my
least favorite wrestlers of all-time. He is awful in the ring and on the mic.
Beefcake still cannot get over, despite his push and new manager.
ducks outside and when he comes back in, Hogan spits at him. Hogan fires away
and Studd ducks out again but Hogan chases after him. Studd fights back and
sends Hogan into the post. Back in the ring, Studd hits Hogan with an elbow
smash. He grabs a chinlock and Hogan tries to escape but Studd knees him down.
He hits Hogan with a forearm smash from the second rope then grabs another
chinlock. Studd knees him down again then drops him throat-first on the top
rope. Studd roughs up Hogan outside of the ring, who barely makes it in before
the ten count. Hogan blocks a slam attempt and fires away. Hogan then ducks an
attack and hits Studd with a lariat for the win (7:38) *1/4.
Decent enough, considering Studd was in the match. It was pretty cool to see a
World Title match on TV, even if it was over two months old.
refuses to comment on the Hogan match when asked by Reynolds. When they come
back from break, Jesse rips off his jacket and flexes while yelling about
Hogan. Reynolds runs down next week’s show, which features the Tonga Kid vs.
Roddy Piper match from the November MSG show.
see not only an Intercontinental Title match, but a Heavyweight Title Match on
television. The show was long and the hosts had no chemistry but it was a new
format that featured competitive matches, which was uncommon at that time. It
was especially cool to see footage from house shows that most across the
country were not able to see. The debut show was okay but some felt at that
time that it was overexposure on the WWF’s part as they had several other
weekly shows at this time.
Of all the books on Benoit….this was the first…
Being the first book on a subject does not always coincide with it being the best book on the subject. “Benoit” proves that point nicely. While it is not actively horrible or anything, it is a very, VERY short read. It isn’t so much a book as a collection of five essays written by four authors: Steven Johnson (co-author of “The Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams”); Heath McCoy (“Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling”); Greg Oliver (SLAM! Wrestling); and last, but certainly not least, Irv Muschnick.
Each of the essays tackles a different portion of Benoit’s life. The first chapter, by Greg Oliver, just gives a loose description of Benoit’s remarkable in-ring career. It is nothing mindblowing, nothing that you haven’t read on countless websites or other books on Benoit. It is short, to the point, with a minimum of commentary. Oliver also writes the follow up chapter, which isn’t necessarily a chapter or essay, but rather a list of the titles and accolades Benoit received throughout his 20 year career. Simple stuff, to be sure, and a relative easy read free of pretension.
Oliver also handles the second full essay, which is a biography of Nancy Toffolini. Again, its pretty bare bones, stating facts once again that most knowledgeable fans already have boned up on. It is fairly straightforward, as it recounts Nancy’s time as Kevin Sullivan’s valet, her WCW and ECW runs, and her marriage to Benoit. What it does leave out is any sort of detail surrounding her divorce of Sullivan and the start of her relationship with Benoit (offering only the vaguest explanation in almost a throw away paragraph). Don’t look for any juicy disclosures here. All these chapters are doing are trying to explain who these people were. Its pure exposition, and there is nothing wrong with that.
The third essay, by Heath McCoy, describes Benoit’s time in Stampede wrestling a little more thoroughly than the first chapter. It mentions almost all the stuff we already knew. Benoit idolized Dynamite Kid. He was a fan of Bret Hart. He would do anything to get his foot in the door of the business, and did. This chapter is where we finally start to hit some of the jucier (pun intended) stuff, namely steroids. Everyone brings up Benoit’s steroid use here- Bret, Ross, and Bruce Hart in particular. It also brings up, much like in “Ring of Hell”, the nickname bestowed upon Benoit and tag team partner Biff Wellington: The Mega Doses, named such because of their prodigious steroid intake. As corroborated in most of the other works on Benoit, he was shooting up pretty much from the time he was a teenager, and it continued, in incredibly high doses, until his demise in 2007.
Along with the steroid issues, the chapter also talks with some former Stampede colleagues of Benoit to try to paint a picture of the man. To a man, they all say he was quiet, polite, and respectful. He never drank much, never did much in the way of narcotics or pain pills, never partook in any of the carnal pleasures offered by ring rats. There is talk of the legendary ribs the Stampede boys inflicted on unsuspecting wrestlers. Benoit would get a chuckle out of these, but for the most part kept his nose to the grindstone.
The chapter, as with chapter 1, describes Benoit’s rise to fame in Japan, ECW, WCW, and ultimately WWE. Where the chapter differs, though, is it gives the Hart family reactions to the horrific tragedies of the weekend of June 25, 2007. To a man, they were all shocked, as most of Alberta was. Here was a local boy, a man who had a day in his honor in his native Edmonton in 2004, who by most accounts was just a hard working, blue collar salt of the earth type of guy, and he suddenly just snaps one weekend and wipes out his entire family and his entire legacy in one fell swoop. Well, almost all the Hart brothers were shocked and saddened by the whole sordid affair. Always tactful Bruce Hart derided Benoit as a “Delusional juice freak.” Which, in light of everything that has come through the pipeline regarding Benoit’s last year or so, may not be too far from the truth.
Steven Johnson blesses the book with its fourth, and by far best, essay. It regards the media frenzy surrounding the Benoit case. The manor in which the media took the case and ran with it simply to garner all important ratings was shameless. (I know, probably hypocritical as someone who follows a business that has long been slave to the almighty Neilsens.) I am not going to delve into this chapter too much, but suffice to say, if you have not read this book, this should be the first chapter you read. It is comprehensive, with graphs and statistics to help bolster the author’s point. The worst example of “journalism” in the matter was the slapdash way a woman’s hearsay conversation with her deceased husband a few years earlier was corroborated into “Daniel had Fragile-X syndrome.” EVERY news outlet ran with that unsubstantiated load of crap and deemed it utterly true. Even WWE was complicit, as Linda McMahon took the allegation and spread it to the media as gospel truth. No one in this matter came out of it with clean hands, and it was just such a sorry spectacle to witness as it was happening in 2007.
Now, regarding the final chapter. I think I have plainly stated in the past that I am not a fan of Irv Muschnick. He has always seemed to me to be a self serving piece of crap who is a attention whore and who’s sole purpose is to get his ugly mug on screen. He comes across as smug and a know it all about all aspects of the business. That aside, no one is arguing how knowledgeable he is. His chapter deals with, what else, the staggering number of deaths in wrestling. As much as I despise him, you can not argue his points too much, as he is usually within the ballpark, so to speak, of the truth. Sometimes he twists and distorts it to reach his own conclusion, but I will leave it to you, the discerning wrestling fan, to read what he writes and come to your own conclusion. It is not a bad chapter, but its more or less the same stuff Irv has been writing for years, and he did a better, more thorough job in “Chris and Nancy”. (That’s right, Irv is a man of such moral conviction that he used the tragedy to produce TWO books on the matter!)
All in all, “Benoit” strikes me as a book that was just rushed through production to get something on the shelves regarding the Benoit tragedy. That is not to say its bad. But it certainly isn’t a must read of any sort, except for Steven Johnson’s chapter. Otherwise, I would recommend you stay away from this book, and read any of the other three books on the matter.
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if you just need your Hennig fix.
Poor Curt must have been REALLY hard up for cash at the time…
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Never even heard of this one before. For good reason apparently.