Thursday, December 22, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS

It's been an awesome year. For all the folks that come back to this silly blog and read my stuff, I thank you very much. I hope you all have an awesome holiday and that your 2012 is better than your 2011.

Hit it, guys!

Friday, December 16, 2011

THE WWF NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: RAW REVIEW WEEK 25

7.12.1993

Wow, the 25th Raw. I'd like to thank all the folks who hit up my blog and tell their friends about it. If I hadn't received such positive feedback, I don't know if I would have made it this far. And it's not very far at all. So much more left to see, so let's get on it.

WWF TITLE MATCH
YOKOZUNA vs. CRUSH

The "USA USA" chant ain't nothing compared to the crowd spontaneously breaking into the National Anthem before the start of this match. The start of this was really hot with Crush blasting Yoko out of the ring and the crowd was eating it up. Eventually Yoko settled into control, and you could really see a lot of the problems that Crush has as a face. His selling is boring and uninspired and you could feel the crowd not really getting behind him until he finally made his comeback. Once he got some momentum Crush went up top for something high risk, but Fuji nailed him off the rope and Yoko took over again, eventually killing him dead with the Banzai splash.

After the match Yoko kept hitting his finish on Crush. After 3 times, Tatanka came out and he got chopped in the eyeball. After a FOURTH  some jabronies came out and Yoko made short work of them. Then Savage had enough and ran in pulled the big Hawaiian out, before Yoko could hit number five. Savage held Yoko off with a chair(no physical contact between the two at all) while the EMT's came out to get Crush. Bobby Heenan was AMAZING in this. He laid all this on Lex Luger, saying that Yoko is an unstoppable monster who will destroy everything and it's all because of Lex's "cheap shot" on the Intrepid. Really can't express how awesome Heenan was in his intensity and delivery. It's all about making the crowd believe and it's easier when the announcers sound like they believe it, and Heenan was doing just that.

THE HEADSHRINKERS vs AARON FERGUSON & PJ WALKER
Justin Credible gets MURDERED in this match, and maybe the worst part is that neither Vince or Heenan know who the hell he is. They keep calling him Ferguson.  First it started with ol' PJ not rotating enough on the back body drop and pretty much only being able to tuck his head in at the last second before crumpling on the mat. Then Samu drilled him with a clothesline that knocked him out. They just stared at him and rolled him out of the ring and told the real Ferguson to get his butt in the ring. Credible was pretty much dead on the apron for the rest of the match. The crowd loved every minute of it.
Not good.

TATANKA vs. BROOKLYN BRAWLER
These two had a longer match than I expected, about 8 minutes or so. Lots of Brawler being in control, which was kind of fun. He's not great but he's just goo enough to work a decent match and lose. The crowd was pretty hot for most of it too. I got distracted a lot by the commentary, because Macho had just gotten back and he and Vince were arguing with Heenan about Lex's culpability in the incident. Heenan had a great moment where he said to Vince "What do you care? You don't have any friends. It's just a business to you. They're all just pieces of meat." Crazy line there.

MR. HUGHES vs. A JABRONIE
Both guys were in the ring to start it off, and before they got going some guy came out and brought a black wreath and set it at ringside. It said "Rest In Peace" in the middle. Hughes decided to take out this message from Taker out on the poor jabronie. Hughes hit a hellacious dropkick on the kid before finishing him off. Okay squash.

ADAM BOMB vs. A DIFFERENT JABRONIE
Bomb added an abdomen claw to his move set, he should probably subtract it in the future. When things spilled to the outside, Bomb body slammed this poor kid with zero care at all. It just looked painful. The crowd was starting to get a little pro-Adam Bomb, and who wouldn't? He's cool looking and he's got some pretty sweet moves. Plus he's got Johnny Polo hanging with him for no reason. How awesome is that?

NEXT WEEK!
123 Kid will be in action, MOM make their RAW debut, and Jerry Lawler will chill out with Tiny Tim. AND we get the Jannetty/Michaels rematch for the IC title. Sounds like a fun show to me. Can't wait.

OVERALL SHOW
Crowd was hot and there was some cool action. The Yokozuna story was great and Macho being so upset about his friend being hurt and Heenan laying the blame on Luger made for an amazing dynamic. The rest of the squashes were fun, especially watching PJ Walker get decimated. Really good times, and I think it's an episode that commentators should probably listen to and learn from, because Heenan puts on a clinic the entire episode.

RANDOM QUESTION: Is Crush's gear in that match above completely horrendous or what?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

ANTONIO INOKI'S IGF "GENOME" 15 REVIEW

4.28.2011
TOKYO DOME CITY HALL(JCB HALL)
ATTENDANCE: 2,988 aka Super No Vacancy Full House

So this started with them showing Inoki visiting people you were devastated by the tsunami back in March. Several of them asked for him to slap them in the face. He did. Men and women, coz Inoki don't discriminate. Can you imagine if Stan Hansen went around lariat-o'ing everyone after 9/11? Imagine it now, then.

Let's roll.

HIDEKI SUZUKI & AKIRA JO vs. TAKA KUNOU & MUNENORI SAWA
Probably the greatest IGF match of all time. Suzuki and Jo didn't mess around at all and took it to Sawa in particular pretty hard. Kunou was KILLER with his judo stuff, and he looked really badass here. It almost erases my memories of Jon Andersen tossing him over the top rope like a dead infant. The takedowns in this match from everybody are really really slick, and the finish was a shocker for me. Hideki Suzuki and Akira Jo are pretty damn awesome together. Check this one out.

He's gonna slap her so damn hard. You can see it in his evil eyes.
ULTIMO DRAGON & TIGER MASK vs. GREAT SASUKE & MASKED GENOME JR.
Tiger Mask has gotten a lot cleaner since his initial return to the ring. He was swinging his kicks with a little more accuracy and with a little more power, though he doesn't seem to be getting any smaller. I can't imagine what would happen if he could drop 25 more pounds. 

Some decent work from everyone involved, Sasuke is still awesome to me, and he felt like a guy who was really holding it together. He and Ultimo always have pretty good chemistry together. Genome was fun, and had some great physical charisma. It's not a great match, it's a little sloppy and the finish felt really flat to me, but it's still fun to watch these four in the ring.

TATSUMI FUJINAMI vs. VADER
Fun bout. Some of it is probably the nostalgia factor, but I thought both guys worked a decent fight given their limitations in age and physicality. Vader is a little overweight(even for him) but I thought he still looked pretty intense and his Vader splash looked killer. After a bit you realize they're going to draw, so it detracts a little bit, but still it's great seeing two of my favorite wrestlers mix it up, even if they're past their prime.

YOSHIAKI FUJIWARA & MINORU vs. SHINJIRO OHTANI & DAICHI HASHIMOTO
Pretty rad stuff from everyone. Daichi fit in well with Fujiwara and Minoru, his intereatctions with them both were really well done. I really loved it when Minoru had Daichi in a single leg crab and Fujiwara came in and just started stomping the kid like a mean bastard while looking off at Ohtani. Ohtani's stuff with Minoru was pretty good too and I'd like to see a nifty little singles match out of them in the future maybe in a junior league for All-Japan or something. So far this card is beyond anything I could have hoped for. Solid match.

KICK BOXING MATCH
BOB SAPP vs. MASAYOSHI KAKUTANI
The say Kakutani weighs 115kg vs. Sapp's 145 kg for this "kickboxing match". At first it looks like it's not going to be good for the skinny guy, but Bob Sapp pulls something and his corner throws in the towel. UPSET OF THE CENTURY!

Ridiculous.

ASTUSHI SAWADA vs. RYUJI SAI
These two actually had a really strong match going on before it was cut off by some interference. The story is that Sawada has been feuding with the ZERO-1 folks, particularly Ryuji Sai. This fight was showing some great intensity and hate that a inter-promotional feud should have. Sadly some of the seconds got involved before this could really escalate into something cool, and we get these two brawling it out. I still like it, because it's a cool story and Sai and Sawada bring the heat in their interactions. Their ring work was solid enough that I'm totally clamoring for more.

During the post match shenanigans Chono came in and slapped Sawada in the face trying to get these kids to straighten up, but hotter heads prevailed.

IGF TITLE TOURNAMENT ROUND 1 MATCH
BOBBY LASHLEY vs. LUKE GALLOWS
Pretty decent work from Luke Gallows, who pretty much controlled the fight the whole time. I really loved his work when he was in the WWE, especially as Festus, which I think more people should check out. He actually had a fun and unique brawling style that made him really stand out. Here, now that he has freedom to do whatever, he feels kind of like a gaijin appreciation act. He came out acting like Stan Hansen(he was even going by "Keith Hanson") and was doing the Vader splash in the corner, the lariat and Giant Bernard's pump kick. It's kind of cool but it also hides some of that great personality and uniqueness that he had in the WWE.

Bobby Lashley is insane looking. Just a physical beast, that should probably be main eventing PPVs and making Vince stupid amounts money. I actually think he's good enough to be a big time wrestler(which means just good enough to not fuck up and let better wrestlers make you look better) and watching this match made me kind of wish he was on Smackdown again. Weird. I never thought I'd say that.

Well at least he has a cool back tattoo. 
IGF TITLE TOURNAMENT ROUND 1 MATCH
JEROME LE BANNER vs. SHINICHI SUZUKAWA
At first I was like, "Why does Jerome wear boxing gloves and Suzukawa doesn't?" Then I realized it was to save Suzukawa's face from total obliteration.... or Le Banner's hands. He pummeled this kids face and smashed his nose flat. Brutal. Part of me wonders what the point of it is. Having this worked shoot kind of fight in the midst of very obvious pro-wrestling, but really it just fits in. There's something about the ridiculousness of sending this poor kid to get his face rearranged that feels very pro-wrestling, even though it flies in the face of the philosophy of the art of wrestling. I can't really explain it. This isn't a very good fight or match or whatever, but it was still morbidly entertaining.

Also, Shinichi Suzukawa just won the Rookie of the Year award from Tokyo Sports. So I guess I have a lot more to see from the guy as I check out more 2011 IGF shows.

OVERALL SHOW
Best IGF show ever? At least it's the best one I've seen so far and I've seen my share. The opener was the best match, and everything after was at least entertaining in one way or another. If you're wondering about IGF you should at least check this one out as I think there's a lot of good to latch on to, which you couldn't say for the first year or so of their existence.

Here's that opening tag match, check it out!



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

THE WWF NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUPERSTARS 07/10/1993REVIEW

I'm not going to go over it again, since it was covered on my last Raw Review, but Superstars kicked off with the same Stars and Stripes Challenge footage from RAW.

THE SMOKING GUNNS vs. ROCK WARNER & WT JONES
Gunns are still putting together fun squashes and the crowds are really getting behind them. There's a moment before the match that is totally hilarious where Billy and Bart are taking their shirts off and the camera cuts to a young lady and then zooms in on her face. The look on her face can only be described as "eye rape".

CRUSH vs. DOINK THE CLOWN
"Please, I can't carry him anymore."
I just don't think these two have very good chemistry. Doink can obviously have great matches but Crush is incredibly inconsistent, and very poor face. In this match he looked very lost through the first half, and his selling was non-existent. He just kind of laid around. Doink pretty much walked him through an okay lay out, but you could kind of tell he was taking advantage of Crush's timidness. You'd see Crush make a very timid comeback and then Doink would shrug it off and cut him back down again. Even though Crush won, via count out, you still kind of felt like Doink was the tougher and more dangerous competitor, which is ridiculous considering we're talking about a Clown and a monster power wrestler. It makes me wonder how Crush is going to fare in the Yokozuna title match on RAW.

After the match a second Doink came out and cracked Crush in the back with a stick and the original hit the ring to join in on the beatdown. You tell me who really won this feud.

SHAWN MICHAELS vs. KEVIN KRUGER
Shawn was in douche overdrive here, tooling Kevin Kruger with single leg takedowns and walking on his back, or just pushing him to the ground like he was a 4 year old. He's kind of like the Steiners the way he takes advantage of his jobbers, but it's not in a physical/painful way. He just castrates them the second the bell ring, and then dances on their testicles. Crush could learn a thing or two from him.

Mabel's pants also double as a body bag for his victims.
THE DEBUTING MEN ON A MISSION vs. CHAD MILLER & MITCH BISHOP
Is a group called MOM, kind of goofy? Are their outfits ridiculous looking? Oh yeah, definitely. But more importantly Mabel made a huge impression. He's massive, he's mean, and he can do a drop kick. Mo wasn't very good and didn't add much of anything to the match, but when Mabel hit the ring, the dynamic changed. Besides the dropkick, he nailed a slick wheel kick, and for the finish he did a second rope leg drop that really had the crowd going. It's another example of bigger guys needing to do more to stay relevant in this new WWF. Undertaker, as we saw on RAW, was starting to evolve his work style and here's Mabel, who could have gotten away with clubbing blows back in '86, doing lightweight moves.

OVERALL SHOW
Crush and Doink probably had their best match, but it's still not very good. The Gunns and HBK had good squashes, and MOM, or more importantly, the future King Mabel made a decent debut. Not a great show, but there was still some interesting things going on.

For next week they plugged Lex Luger wrestling on Superstars, and Vince hyped him by saying "He may love himself, but he loves his country too." which is interesting to say the least. I wonder if they taped another Narcissist match that'll still air after Luger has already turned. How confusing.

Let me know what you think of the debut of Men On a Mission:


Monday, December 12, 2011

THE WWF NEWGENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUPERSTARS 07/03/1993

MARTY JANNETTY vs. TOM STONE
Jannetty was on point for this one and the crowd was pretty hot for him. There was a slick as hell spot that he did where Stone back body dropped him, but Marty landed on his feet and superkicked Stone when he turned around. Loved that.

THE NARCISSIST LEX LUGER vs. RICH MEYERS
As you may have noticed from the date, this show is airing the day before Luger turns and slams Yokozuna. I wonder how far in advance Vince knew Luger was going to be the one to slam Yoko. Luger is totally awesome here. Rich starts it off hot countering Luger and going for quick pins. Luger eventually loses his shit and clotheslines Meyers out of his boots. Luger was mad as hell at Rich thinking he could get one over on him and finished the kid off with the awesome Knockout Forearm. Nice squash.

Being "The Jannetty" isn't so bad with fans like these.
THE STEINERS vs.BARRY HOROWITZ & BRIAN COSTELLO
You can tell the Steiners like Horowitz because they let him go early and focus on Costello. Rick gave him a a belly to belly off the top to warm things up before letting Scott work him over. A Steinerline later and it was all she wrote. Not really a brutal match, by Steiner standards. They seemed more content with doing headlocks and crossfaces, which, honestly look just as painful.

THE 1-2-3 KID vs. RENO RIGGINS
Really nice match from Kid. Within a handful of matches, Waltman is becoming one of the very best workers in the company. He's such a great underdog and his come back spots are explosive and dynamic, and very unlike anything anyone was doing at the time. No moonsault this time, but we did get a great tornado DDT for the finish.

BAM BAM BIGELOW vs. RUDY GONZALEZ
Bammer just dominated. He was really well protected in his loss to Bret, and ever since then they've just had him go out and murder guys left and right. He certainly looks like one of the most dominant wrestlers in the WWF, and unlike someone like Giant Gonzalez, you really believe in it.

BRET HART  GETS AN INTERVIEW 
In a rare TV appearance, Bret gets some time to talk about the Yoko challenge and his King of the Ring win. When asked about whether he could body slam Yokozuna, Bret said he wasn't worried about that, and reminded the audience that he had Yoko totally beat at Wrestlemania before Fuji got involved and that he could beat him for his title in the future. When talk moved to Jerry Lawler, Bret got pretty heated and delivered a very passionate speech about wiping Lawler out of existence. Bret brought the crazy fire hear, and looked scary pissed.

ADAM BOMB vs. JAY SLEDGE
Another Jerry Lawler original.
Total domination. Sledge looked like a crash test dummy flipping and floppy around. Bomb is doing a great job of using his squash matches of showing how dynamic he is as a big man. After every match of his so far, you can't help but be amazed at how agile and powerful he is. He's one of those examples you use in kind of wishing they still had squash matches on WWE programming. I'm not saying every match should be a squash match, but I think when they bring in someone new, he should come in and wrestle 1 month of squashes against nobodies. That way if he doesn't get over, you don't sacrifice anyone's momentum to putting him over.

OVERALL SHOW
A solid set of squash matches. Nothing worth going out of your way for, but nothing really dragged, and each squash was entertaining in some form or another. Next week we get HBK, the debut of Men On a Mission, and what is being billed as the conclusion of the Crush vs. Doink feud. Should be interesting to say the least.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

APACHE ARMY 1.28.2011 SHOW REVIEW

Shin-kiba 1st RING
Attendance: 238


KINTARO KANEMURA vs. YUKI SATO
What a weird start to this. Sato did a top rope dropkick to the back of Kanemura, sending Mr. Grabby hands to the outside. Sato then did a front flip over the top rope to the floor onto Kanemura, and followed it up by  running off the apron and hitting a hurricanrana on the outside. Kanemura sells this by getting up and taking control of the match immediately. LAME. He acts like he physically can't do anything when Sato is on offense, but he looks more than capable when he's hitting his stuff. Lazy match that was made watchable by Sato's bumping.

ARASHI & APACHE OZAKI vs.TOMOHIKIO HASHIMOTO & TOMOHIRO WAKI
"Is there a doctor in the house? I think this show is flat-lining."
Sooooo bad. Waki had like 4 guys in the crowd that were fans and they kept trying to rally the crowd around him, but he stunk. It felt like people pretending to be WWE wrestlers with no context to why they do certain things, they just do them.

ROCKY TITLE MATCH
SHINJUKU SHARK vs. KIKUTARO
Pretty aimless comedy match. Kikutaro didn't even seem to be trying, even though he still got some laughs. This crowd is pretty dead.

TOMOHIKO HASHIMOTO &APACHE KOZAKI  vs.KOHEI SATO & KENICHI YAMAMOTO
Kohei Sato would come in for a minute, kick the crap out of someone and then leave. Then we're left with Yamamato teabagging Kozaki and slapping him in the face. And poor Kozaki. I guess his job is to just stay in the ring and let these guys look tough and never tag out, while fat Hashimoto stands on the apron in his sleaveless shirt farting around. They can't build any heat to get Kozaki out of the ring because he has ample opportunity to get out, he just doesn't. And the plants in the crowd trying to cheer on Kozaki like he's a face in peril only further illustrate how poorly this match is executed. Sato was completely wasted in this and he wrestled like he knew that. Wouldn't mind seeing Kozaki wrestle anywhere else against anybody else, though.

MASATO TANAKA vs.TETSUHIRO KURODA
The first half was Tanaka totally owning Kuroda's leg. I really liked it because he was ruthless in it. But what drives me nuts is that it meant absolutely nothing. It was just padding to stretch this match out to 16 minutes. The last 5-6 minutes were fine, but the crowd didn't seem to care and neither did I. I couldn't get behind the nearfalls because none of them fooled me. Just a weak performance here.

OVERALL SHOW THOUGHTS
This stunk.

Friday, December 9, 2011

JWP "JWP MANIA-X 2011 ~ 20TH ANNIVERSARY" 04.03.2011 REVIEW

Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 852
I don't watch much joshi, but I plan on getting the JoshiMania shows from CHIKARA so I figured I'd watch some to see what's good and what stinks. Let's hope this is the good  stuff. KICK IT.

DASH CHISAKO vs. MANAMI KATSU
Katsu's depressing the crap out of me. 
This is Katsu's debut match, and you can tell. She hasn't quite figured out how to hold herself to look, you know, athletic. I do like that she started the match backing Dash up into the ropes and instead of giving a clean break she just started bringing the forearms. Might as well go for the "W" in your first match. She actually shows some decent execution and fire, but those moments in between delivering the moves or holds are where she loses it. It's kind of like she's a wrestler when she gives a body slam, but she stops being a wrestler when she's walking a or running the ropes. 

Even with all that, it's still a decent match as far as debut matches go. Katsu stays competitive the whole way through, and it helped in making you believe that just maybe she could get the win. You rarely get that much suspense in a wrestler's first match. She could be pretty good someday, but she's got a lot of performance issues she needs to clean up.

JWP JR. TITLE & POP TITLE MATCH(I don't know anything about the Pop title.)
KAGETSU vs AO YAGAMI.
Ao Yagami was fun trying to go for arm bars, and Kagetsu was good at doing some nifty holds. Pretty short match but they kept a quick and fun pace. Yagami delivered possibly the worst 619 I've ever seen, so it's also got that going for it.

JAQUAR YAKOTA & SACHIE ABE vs. KAZUKI & MISAKI OHATA
There's some really rad stuff here. Abe and Ohata worked really well together and brought some real spiffy moves. Really dug the weird submission from the La Magistral. I got no idea what to call it, but it was pretty cool. They also had some fun spots like bridging Jaguar across the bottom ropes at the turnbuckle, Abe across the middle, and Kazuki doing a double knee off the top on them. The finish felt a little abrupt, since they'd been hitting some big stuff, and it just ended off an elbow, but they did put together some nice nearfalls. Fun match.

DYNAMITE KANSAI, COMMANDO BOLSHOI, CARLOS AMANO & masu-me 
VS.
MAYUMI OZAKI, RAN YU-YU, HANAKO NAKAMORI & TOMOKO MORII
Comedy match, that didn't have a whole lot of good comedy spots. Nothing all that interesting, just some fun stuff for the crowd before the final two matches.

JWP TAG TEAM TITLE & DAILY SPORTS WOMEN'S TAG TITLE MATCH
KAYAKO HARUYAMA & TSUBASA KURAGAKI vs. AJA KONG & HAILEY HATRED
Pretty much a fast paced bomb match with both sides just throwing everything they had at each other. Some of it is really good and some of it looks really lazy. I hate it when people don't actually whip a person when they do an irish whip. It's like they just hold their hands and say "Will you run that way for me?" and the person goes "YEAH I LIKE TO RUN!" And that's how it works. Lots of weak clotheslines to. Some of it looks like they're just patting people with their wrists. There is some fun stuff moves and sequences, but really it feels too "my turn your turn" to build any strong emotions.


JWP OPEN WEIGHT TITLE vs. HIGH SPEED TITLE
LEON vs. KAORI YONEYAMA
So shiny. 
This match is pretty damn sweet. Early on I thought it might get pretty bad, as Leon had two botches on the ropes, but both women recovered from them and made them work. Sometimes someone will botch and you'll see their opponent get confused or the the botcher won't let it go, and makes the match slow down and look kind of lame. But not these two, and because of how they handled it, it added to the match. Both of these gals throw some nasty knees and kicks to the brain, and you know I dig that, sucka. I don't know much about most of these girls(I know Aja and Carlos Amano and maybe a couple others) but these two really stuck out and made me fans of their work. They wrestled hard, had a fun match, and did some cool stuff, which is the very least that I can ask of any wrestler.

OVERALL SHOW THOUGHTS
Every match seemed to have some neat stuff, but some heavy negatives. For every cool spot there was some sloppy execution or poor storytelling. The main event is absolutely worth finding if you can. It's the best complete match of the show, and features some very cool stuff. Skip the rest unless you're a crazy completest like me.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: RAW REVIEW WEEK 24

July, 5th 1993

THE DAY THE NARCISSIST LOOKED IN THE MIRROR AND SAW AMERICA
This seems like would have been a lot of fun to attend. I didn't realize Scott Steiner was one of the guys to fail. Crush actually got him up above his shoulder but his back gave out. Once it looked like no one could do it, the helicopter from heaven floated down and an angel emerged. Was it Hulk Hogan? Nay. Was it The Ultimate Warrior? Nay. It was a man so proud of himself that every week he stared at himself in the mirror before his matches in sheer awe of of his physical gifts. A man with an unfair advantage built into his elbow that he uses any time he can use to defeat opponents. Yes, there is only one man in the WWF that can truly encapsulate the American Dream and carry it's hopes on his shoulders in to battle against the evil foreigners and his name... is Lex Luger.

The crowd, once Luger started talking about his foreign adversaries as blood sucking leaches sucking off the American goodwill, got rabidly behind him. And once he hit the body slam, he was the nation's greatest hero immediately. This may be the greatest example of the WWE "Men in Blacking" an audience so successfully.

BLAKE BEVERLY vs. 123 KID

Blake shaved off his little stash and looked pretty much like a bloated Dolph Ziggler. It's pretty crazy. Last time we saw Kid he stole Razor's money and ran away. Apparently he went out and bought himself some new tights. No more "L. Kid" business. Kid started it off hard and fast and the crowd was rocking for it. Bobby Heenan put the kid over amazingly, saying "I know how you beat the kid. You can't make mistake. You have to be perfect. He tries to make you lose your composure and then you're all his." Heel commentators could take note. About the time he said that Blake took over with a nice power slam, and began to get to work.

Blake actually did a pretty cool spot where he suplexed Kid into the corner so that Kid's lower back landed on the top turnbuckle. I don't think I've seen anyone do that before. Some one should probably ape that. Actually Blake in general did a great job working over Kid. He brought an interesting array of offense and was showing a lot more individual personality. Really dig it.

Kid made his come back with the flip off the top to the outside and was able to hang on until hitting the Top Rope Leg Drop for the win. Great match. Never dragged, both guys looked great, with Blake still being memorable despite losing. Once again, listen to Heenan and how he puts over the Kid, while still being totally unlikable.

BAM BAM BIGELOW vs. JOEY MAGGS
Bammer didn't even give this guy anything special. He just beat him with a splash in the corner. I kind of like that. He just comes in and kills a guy quick and fast with what could be considered a minor move and walks off. A real badass

SAMU vs. THE UNDERTAKER
I actually can't remember the last time The Undertaker wrestled on RAW. This may be his first time since the first episode. This is his return match to the WWF, now without the urn. Early on Taker started doing some new stuff like a drop down/leap frog combo(that he botched), a drop toe hold, and a drop kick. Macho was talking about how he'd never seen Taker do anything like that before. I think it's interesting to note, because Undertaker seems like a guy who has always evolved depending on how the company changed. Before, he needed to be big and stiff to play monster to Hogan. Now that the roster is becoming more agile and technically savvy, Taker is doing the same. Later, he'd ramp it up again, adding his MMA stuff.
Yoko watches a clip of Hulk Hogan and the Yeti. 

Really great job from both guys, with Taker refining his "face style" showing more vulnerability and trying to keep up with the new style that's about to take over the company.

YOKOZUNA WAS HIPTOSSED, MAaaaaaaN
Fuji comes out and says it was no body slam, and that Luger was a cheater, using his forearm to gain an advantage. Vince wants to know why Yoko doesn't start lining up challengers like Bret, Macho, and The Hulkster, so I guess Hogan isn't totally out yet. Fuji issues an open contract and Crush walks out to accept the challenge for next week.

MR. PERFECT vs. BRIAN COSTELLO
Perfect, much like Bammer came in to the match in "death mode". He came in nailed this goober with a couple of nasty sounding shops and then a Perfect Plex. Like Bigelow, Perfect came in with high intensity and took care of business. It's a fun dichotomy between the longer matches with Taker and Kid.

OVERALL SHOW
Man, that Blake/123 Kid match is pretty awesome, and I didn't expect it to be. Blake really stepped up. We also got two quick and painless job matches between two legends, and a solid match from Taker/Samu. balance that with the Luger/Yoko stuff and you've got a really great episode of RAW.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: THE EXCLUSIVES PART 2

If you guys missed Part 1, I'm going tying up some loose ends by reviewing the exclusive matches that aired on WWF All-American and WWF Mania. On top of that I'm going to have a little bonus fan cam at the end. Let's rock and roll.

TATANKA vs. BLAKE BEVERLY (ALL AMERICAN 3/21/1993)
Pretty decent match. I've got no idea what you do with Blake Beverly by himself. He doesn't really work without Beau. That's not to say he's bad, he's totally solid, and and a good tag wrestler. In this match he does some nifty little things that get lost, like incidentally putting his shin across Tatanka's throat while pleading to the ref that he's doing nothing wrong. And his power slam is good. Some people have a lame powerslam off the ropes where it looks very cooperative. Blake is one of those guys that looks like he's doing all the work, which is pretty impressive looking.

They told a pretty good story with Tatanka continually trying to make a come back, but always getting cut off.. Eventually he hits his samoan drop finish out of desperation and it's just enough to keep him undefeated. Good stuff.

MR. PERFECT vs. PAPA SHANGO (MANIA 3/27/1993)
I love Gorilla Monsoon. Shango applies a chinlock and starts putting his foot on the ropes for "leverage"(Which has to be one of the lamest moves to combine with the "ropes for leverage" spot) and Gorilla is livid at Hebner's inability to realize the ropes are shaking for a reason. "Whatya think? We had an earthquake? WAKE UP?"

Match isn't anything write home about. Perfect was good as usual. The set up to the Perfect Plex was funny. Perfect was on his back and Shango was going to head butt him in the...nuts...abdomen... something... and Perfect just rolled away. Shango fell on his face and bounced up, only to get hooked in a Perfect Plex.

TYPHOON vs. YOKOZUNA (MANIA 4/17/1993)
The Gorilla Monsoon Comedy Tour rolls on, as he refers to Yokozuna's pre-match ritual as "The Dreaded Salt Ceremony."

Pretty quick match. Yoko's belly to belly on Typhoon was SCARY. And it gave Sir Alfred Hayes a "POWAH" boner. Dude was in awe. That belly to belly pretty much ended the match for poor Typhoon because he had nothing left after that and was eventually a victim to the Banzai Drop. Good while it lasted though, just for Yoko being so dominant.

JIM DUGGAN vs. DAMIAN DEMENTO (ALL AMERICAN 4/18/1993)
Damian, at one point early on, rolled out of the ring to avoid the shoulder tackle. Hacksaw followed him around with out a sense of urgency. Then Damian rolled into the ring, walked across it and rolled out the other side. Hacksaw followed. That was this match. Don't ask me to talk about it any more.

KAMALA vs. PAPA SHANGO (ALL AMERICAN 4/25/1993)
They farted around for about three minutes. Then they just said "forget it" and both of them just walked to the back. No kidding. That's what this was. I will say I appreciate them knowing when to just call it a day. Though I do have to wonder why this would be worth marketing as an exclusive match. Then again, I doubt anyone tuned into All American just because they heard these two were going to rassle.

So.... I dunno about you guys, but I need a pallet cleanser. Since I'm finishing up June(Finally) I've got one more match I need to watch, and I've been saving it for a rainy day. Or a day when I have to watch Jim Duggan wrestle Damian Demento.

BRET HART vs. BOB BACKLUND (MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 6/12/1993)


The first few minutes would actually be more interesting if that guy's head wasn't in the way. That was crazy frustrating. the holds were fine and I felt like they gave the audience just enough anytime they started to get restless without blowing up. I think it's a masterful way of telling the audience "We are in control." I loved the tease for Bob Backlund's dead lift spot. He's done it without much thought on lots of guys, but it felt like all of Bret's arm work may have weakened him too much to do it. By the time he finally does pick the Hitman up, you wonder if it was worth it, as it may have taken too much out of him.

I also liked hearing the guys talking about Misawa and Kobashi and how "the real name of the move is the Scorpion Death Lock" but they were still popping for the 2nd rope elbow drop near fall. I mean... c'mon guys, when has that ever ended a match?

Definitely worth checking out for historical purposes, and it's certainly a totally different style of match than what we were getting on TV at the time. I wouldn't say it was Bret or Bob's best match of the year, but these two will do much better later. It's still a solid match between two awesome rasslers.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

RESISTANCE PRO 11/25/2011 LIVE SHOW REPORT

What a weird and crazy day this was. Started with me meeting a girl who lost her shoes in a Macy's Black Friday Mob and ended with former WWE Diva Victoria making the googley eyes at me. Don't think I didn't notice Victoria. But I'll get to that later.

ARRIVAL
The Excalibur is a club in downtown Chicago. It's down the street from the Hard Rock Cafe, where I auditioned to be on that game show IDENTITY once. Remember that show? With Penn from Penn and Teller. I think it was canceled before my audition was over.

Anyway, the club kind of looks like a castle if Bam Margera built his own castle. The inside is pretty nice with plenty of space to move around in. The actually area where the wrestling was held.... was crazy. Think of a prison movie. On the first floor is the ring and a stage that leads right up to it. From there you take the stairs and can go up to a second or third floor to watch the show OR just stand around on the first. Your call. 

I went all the way up to the top. The problem? I was literally leaning over a rail and watching the show from over head. You know that Ladder Match Camera they use for replays when Jeff Hardy does something ridiculous? That was how I watched the whole show. Which had pros and cons that I'll cover as I get to them.

LET'S START THIS MOTHER
The show kicked off with a ring announcer guy who was eventually interrupted by Joel Gertner. Gertner did his Joel "Jizz Rhymes" Gertner schtick which was.... cute? I dunno what to call it really. Then they brought out the four men who'd be participating in the tournament for the Resistance Pro Heavyweight title, Kevin Steen, El Generico, The Sheik, and Harry Smith. Each wrestler actually walked behind me(I gave Harry Smith and El Generico high fives, man) and then walked around a spiral staircase to the first floor to enter the ring. 

The Sheik was accompanied by Rinaldo Piven, who played his annoying mouth piece. It was declared that Generico would be facing Sheik, in the first match, while Smith and Steen would fight later. YAY WRESTLING.

SEMI-FINAL MATCH FOR THE RESISTANCE PRO TITLE
EL GENERICO vs. THE SHEIK
Fact: Generico is crazy good. He's a brilliant face. Like a modern day Ricky Steamboat... or more aptly, Tito Santana. I think he was the perfect guy to pair with The Sheik, who I think they're trying to position as their top heel. They put on maybe my favorite match of the night, with some solid pacing and crisp work. I think my one gripe about the Sheik is that he feels kind of phony. Sabu and The Original Sheik both had an aura that made you believe they practically other worldly. This new Sheik, sadly, comes off like a guy play acting a Sheik character. He's not bad, he's just kind of mediocre. 

The finish here was creative, as The Sheik pulled out a spike from his boot and applied what looked like a cobra clutch, driving the spike into Generico's throat. It was so well hidden that the ref couldn't see it and thought it was just a regular old hold. Generico eventually tapped out to a spike to the throat and The Sheik was advanced on.

A bit of a downer to start the show... but we've only just begun.

MATT CLASSIC & HALLOWICKED vs. TEAM AMBITION(Tony Kozina & Kyle O'Reilly)
Originally Hallowicked was going to team with his buddy Frightmare. I'm not sure what happened and I don't think anyone told us. This was essentially a handicap match, with Matt Classic doing his schtick on the apron while Hallowicked got his ass beat.

I was getting pretty irate at the ref at this point. He was just letting Kozina and O'Reilly run a train on the poor guy. I mean, what are the rules here, man. 

Also this was the first match that really exposed the flaw with the upperdeck seats. Some of the guys really need to work tighter. It may look good to the people on the floor, but I was seeing so much daylight in just about every strike delivered in this match. It was really distracting. I didn't remember having this problem in the first match, but it started to happen here, and through out the show I saw more and more of it from some of the weaker roster members.

Hallowicked, of course, lost the match, because he was pretty much by himself. Another downer, and a forgettable match, sadly.

JAY BRADLEY vs. ICARUS
Forget the match, this was the battle of two of the WORST TATTOOS EVER. I couldn't even pay attention to what was going on they were so bad. Thankfully it didn't last long, because Jay killed Icarus dead with a lariat-o. Poor Icarus stayed folded up with his asshole pointed right at me, for the entire post match promo with Jay. It was uncomfortable.

DEM BRISCOES vs. TEDDY HART & GRAN AKUMA
Before the match, some lady came out as their manager and talked. No one could understand her. She was booed heavily, and then the Briscoes came out and got a great reaction. Why these people are together, I don't know. What I do know is that Mike Fucking Adamle was in the VIP section for this one. MIKE. ADAMLE.

So this match is probably the match you're going to hear about. It was pretty much a spot fest with all kinds of crazy ass moves. Teddy does a moonsault off the balcony to the floor. It was insane. I saw about a dozen or so moves that should really just kill people dead, but are really only used to stun people in these kinds of matches. 

I'm not a fan of the Briscoes and they didn't change that here. I still can't get into their matches, which feel like just a bunch of stuff. And while I give props to Teddy for doing what he did, it all came at the wrong time. He took a suplex off the top of the balcony about half way through the match, and was later hot tagged by Akuma and cleaned house. Where do you go from coming back from a Balcony Suplex? What can actually when a match at this point? After the insane moonsault he was selling his knee pretty hard like he blew it out and he vomited while Akuma got pinned by the Briscoes.

It looked pretty damn gross. The Briscoes manager almost stepped in it. 

VICTORIA WANTS MY BODY. OR NOT. PROBABLY NOT.
But none of that mattered because this was the match that Victoria was making the googley eyes at me. She was trying her ass off to get a Teddy chant going and was failing miserably. She actually looked to me for support, but in the end it was maybe five people chanting "Teddy" against 50 chanting "BRISCOES". We lost. I laughed at her. She laughed at me. We had a moment. A connection if you wheeeeeeel. But I am a married man, and I'm a little wigged out by tarantulas.

THE WOMEN'S GAUNTLET FOR THE TITLE
STARRING: CHEERLEADER MELLISSA AND OTHERS
Oh my, this match. THIS MATCH. So, I had no idea what the rules were, but all the women, and one guy in a cheerleader outfit, stood on the stage and entered ever...I dunno.... couple of minutes. I think you could get eliminated by getting thrown over the top rope. BUT you could also pin people. But if you pinned one person, you won the match. So you didn't want to let anyone pin people. I THINK. 

Anyway, the only person people knew was Cheerleader Mellissa and a girl named Serenity. She was smart and put her name on the ass of her tights. The other's should have thought about that. I actually started to dig Serenity, who was anything but serene, but it may be because I at least knew what to call her.

Oh and there was a dude in this. He had a misshapen balloon titty. He came in and asked for a circle jerk. The women thought about it and opted to beat the crap out of him instead. 

This match went on. FOR. EV. ER. Which meant a lot of the crowd reaction  was people trying to amuse themselves, like by looking down their cleavage. Not that I know anything about that. I was watching some wrestling.Women wrestling, you know what I'm sayin'.

Anyway, it ends with Melissa and Serenity, who started this thing, and just when it looked like Melissa was going to win Melanie Cruz just strolled in and pinned her to take the title. What kind of rules are these? 

THE KING OF THE NIGHT TIME MATCH
COLT CABANA vs. THE CANADIAN DESTROYER vs. NECRO BUTCHER
Just go listen to this guy's podcast instead.
It is never once explained what the hell a King of the Night Time is, or what this person is to do with their crown. Petey Williams was playing like he wasn't Petey Williams the whole night. He was this masked man known as the Canadian Destroyer, and he had aligned himself with Team Ambition. When people would chant Petey, he'd respond, "I'm not Petey!" Colt Cabana responded, "Right, you're not Petey Wiliiams like I'm not Matt Classic."

Really fun stuff in the opening minutes with Cabana being utterly bewildered by Butcher not wearing any boots and him trying to avoid getting punched in the face. Really funny bits, that really showcased why Colt Cabana should be a star. For real. 

Necro took a nasty little bump when he over turned the guardrail and attempted to suplex Petey onto it from the apron. Petey reversed it and did a sunset flip power bomb on to the fallen guardrail. It didn't look pleasant. Colt eventually had Petey locked up for a submission but Kyle O'Reilly hit him with a metal bucket, setting up Petey for the win.

Then things got funky. Petey, realized that Team Ambition helped him win. He then beat them up for doing that, as he didn't want to win that way. Then Colt Cabana smacked around Petey for being a cheater, to which Petey replied "I won fair and square" even though he just broke up with his buddies after finding out the opposite of that. I don't fucking get it. Alls I know is that the biggest name on the card jobbed to Petey Williams in his home town. And it doesn't stop there.

SEMI FINAL MATCH FOR THE RESISTANCE PRO TITLE
HARRY SMITH vs. KEVIN STEEN
Most of this match was Steen jawing with Victoria who was trying to get a "Harry" chant started. This was mostly Steen goofing off for 20 minutes. Then the bell rang. And they said, "20 minutes up, it's a draw." Crowd was pissed, I didn't even know there was a time limit. The announcer heard word from the back that they were getting FIVE MORE MINUTES. They wrestled for five more minutes and still no winner. Then the announcer said the owners would make this a "No Time Limit" match. Steen responded with, "Fuck this I wrestled my match, get Billy out here and pay me more if he wants more." This got a "Billy Corgan" chant.

So how to resolve this? 

3 Way Dance at the next show for the title, Sheik vs. Harry Smith vs. Kevin Steen. That's right, Kevin Steen, who literally QUIT the match, gets to be in the title match at the next show. The Sheik came out irate and he and Steen beat down Harry who then whipped both their asses to... I don't know. Send everyone home happy? I guess. And with the heels high tailing it, Harry stood triumphantly with the crowd chanting "COLT CABANA." No I'm not kidding. It was ridiculous.

OVERALL SHOW THOUGHTS
Yikes. Not a good first start. What are the positives? What were the feel good moments? Generico lost to start it off. Hallowicked and Matt Classic lose. The one woman that could get any reaction lost in a dumb finish. Colt Cabana was pinned by Petey Williams. And we got a non-finish in our first ever main event. 

Nobody I wanted to win won. And some of it was over so much dumb stuff, that I don't care if they ever get their win back. I'm not looking at January 13th thinking, "Man, I hope Colt comes back to face Petey Williams. I'll pay to see that." or " I hope Cheerleader Melissa gets to fight that Melanie Cruz" because I don't care.

This show took people we all know(Briscoes, Cabana, Generico, Steen) and put none of them in situations that were new or interesting. They said they were going to give us something that no one else is giving us, but they failed. Nothing differentiates this company from any other Indy. Same talent. Same matches.The only thing different was the venue, and really, I don't have a desire to lean over a railing for two and half hours watching Kyle O'Reilly not actually hit people with a fucking forearm.

I did have some fun, and the atmosphere is really something else. But if you look back over this roster, and the results given, you can't really come to a conclusion other than Resistance Pro's first show was an egregious mishandling of talent and resources. I'm still going to go to the next show, just because I'm optimistic that they can learn from their mistakes(Book Colt better next time, for one). But without some major changes, it'll be hard for me to even justify parting with 20 bucks.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

SMACKDOWN REVIEW 11:18:2011

MARK HENRY AIN'T DONE
I feel like this was a response to Daniel Bryan not getting totally squashed last week. They were like, "you looked too strong, we have to kill you this week to start the show."

Objections to Daniel Bryan's treatment aside, Mark Henry still looks great, he's still the scariest guy on the roster, and this was actually a strong way to set the tone. Part of the benefit of Mark Henry as champion, is that he's good on the mic, but because he keeps things simple. His character is not one carry on for 30 minutes. He distills his passion into a 1 minute sound bite, barks it and moves on to kick more ass. Right now that's significantly more appealing than the normal Triple H/CM Punk/John Cena/Randy Orton coming out and filling 15-20 minutes of time by chatting everybody up.

SIN CARA vs. DOLPH ZIGGLER
That face says, "What am I doing here?"
You don't know how excited I was when they said Dolph was wrestling. My heart has had a hole in it since he moved to RAW. Then he came out and they turned on the shitty Sin Cara lights. I didn't think it was possible, but Ziggler has gotten better and he's figured something out with who his character is. One or the few drawbacks to Dolph Ziggler is that he didn't exactly have a striking personality. He's starting to carry himself as a bigger deal and he feels larger than life. The best part is that he hasn't sacrificed all the things that make him great to achieve that.  Decent match from both guys. Those lights have to go.

JACK SWAGGER vs. MASON RYAN
What the hell is this doing here? Oh because they're in the Orton/Barrett Survivor Series Match. Wait... why is Mason Ryan in that match? This isn't as bad as those Kane matches from a while back, but the fact remains: Mason Ryan is not very good. He's not in the moment. He's not selling, he's thinking about what comes next. It's just poor wrestling, and I don't know what you do with him.

CHRISTIAN IS A MAN NOT MEAT
Really good promo from Christian talking about his recent injuries. Christian is still one of the best personalities and ankle sprain or no, you really need to utilize him in some capacity. It looks like they may escalate his issues with Teddy Long, which could be a fun way to use him while he's out.

TED DIBIASE JR. vs. DERRICK BATEMAN
Bateman isn't exactly a great personality but it's interesting how he loses any aura he has on NXT when he gets on the Smackdown. DiBiase put in another solid quick squash. It's a good way to get the crowd used to him being a threat to people. Hopefully they come up with some type of story for him that can develop a personality that people can latch on to.

BIG SHOW IS PUMPED UP
Pretty good go home promo from Big Show, but it's nothing really new. Henry broke his leg, Big Show wants his title. Still he's better at delivering his words than 75% of the roster so I'd rather it be him than Mason Ryan or Zeke Jackson.

KOFI KINGSTON vs. HUNICO
Hunico is good stuff. He does some interesting work on Kofi's midsection that I really appreciated. I think he needs to figure out how to take some of those more complex moves and make them more into a show so that the crowd can understand what's going on. Something else he'll need to figure out is how to make himself feel biger than he is. He cuts a good pace, and his work is solid, he just needs to fill up the room with his character to take it to the next level. There's definitely some potential for him and his character.

Kofi really was kind of forgettable. He gave Hunico a lot and managed to make him look strong even while defeating him, but like much of his Smackdown run, he feels like he's going through the motions.

GROSS....But kind of hot.
AJ & KAITLYN vs. NATALYA & BETH PHOENIX
One of the better Diva matches you'll get. AJ is a strong personality that I feel is being underutilized. She's one of the handful of Divas that actually looks like she's having fun out there. And better yet, she can actually work. Beth and Natalya are both great, but really they feel like they're holding back to work with the less experienced Kaitlyn, who took up the bulk of the match. That Sharpshooter on AJ was sick.

SHEAMUS & RANDY ORTON vs. WADE BARRETT & CODY RHODES
I kind of miss Cody Rhodes in the mask, but it looks like he's moving into a more Patrick Bateman American Psycho kind of character, which I think will work as he continues to move up the roster.

Wade Barrett has really come along. When he came on NXT he had a great personality and strong confidence. He felt like a main event guy. The only problem was that his wrestling skills weren't up to that level. He was mediocre. Now it looks like he's putting it together and I'm kind of excited for his future. He comes off very old school in the way he presents his work, the way he shows his punches for example. I dig it.

The match isn't anything more than a teaser for Survivor Series, but with everyone putting in solid, clean work, it does its job in getting me excited for the people involved.

So here's to all the survivors out there.


Have an awesome weekend. Kick some ass.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT RAW REVIEW WEEK 23

6.28.1993


INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH
SHAWN MICHAELS vs. KAMALA
Need Kamala to look awesome? Put him in the ring with Shawn Michaels. HBK keeps the pace up and Kamala keeps up which looks really impressive. They have a smart story with Kamala banging up his knee and Shawn being able to control him now that he has a bum wheel. They do some really neat stuff where Shawn does fine when he's stomping the leg, but when he goes for a toe hold or a figure four Kamala pops him in the face. It's really funny.

Kamala actually nearly gets the win, but of course pins Shawn wrong. Then Diesel gets on the apron leading to Kamala getting distracted. Shawn nails him with the superkick right in the back of the head for the win. This has to be the very best Kamala as a face match ever. Check it out.



VINCE MCMAHON XENOPHOBIA HAPPY FUN TIME
Vince brings out Fuji and Yokozuna and talks about the Body Slam Challenge coming up on July 4th.  Vince actually gets really heated here and tells Fuji that when you back America into a corner someone is going to stand up and someone is going to hit a HOME RUN. He even leads the crowd in a USA chant. Hulkamania is mentioned and you can tell they're building up this idea that Hogan is going to show up and save the day.

THE SMOKING GUNNS vs. IRON MIKE SHARPE & BARRY HOROWITZ
What a tremendous jobber team this is. Barry takes some of the best armdrags and hiptosses. He just snaps into it and makes them look devastating. Horowitz and Sharpe actually were in control for a little bit, which is surprising sense the Gunns have been so dominant. I actually wouldn't mind seeing Horowitz and Sharpe always be a team going forward. Gunns did a different finish this time. Instead of the back body drop into a pile driver, Bart picked up Barry in an Argentinian Backbreaker position, and Billy elbow dropped him to the ground from the top rope. It was kind of neat looking.

TURNING RAZOR RAMON FACE
Money Inc comes out and talks with Vince McMahon. They talk about the Steiners and how they'll get the belts back. What's interesting is that they bring up Razor Ramon and how dumb he was for putting that 10,000 dollars up. They rip into him, and tell him he should go back to school, maybe that simpleton college known as Michigan University. Eventually the crowd starts chanting for Razor. Easy as that.

ADAM BOMB vs. PJ WALKER
Giants Running Back Joe Morrison plans on slamming Yokozuna DIG IT
It's funny watching Raven playing Johnny Polo and Justin Credible being the jobber in fake Rocker tights. Adam Bomb dominates him and PJ bumps really well for him. Nothing all that special, just another match to show how impressive he is.

BASTION BOOGER vs. CRUSH
Because I haven't seen enough Bastion Booger this week.
This isn't very good, but the crowd is really Pro-Crush. It's fun when WWF runs towns that have these crazy high strung Crush fans. He may not have been over everywhere, but there were places where he was getting some of the biggest reactions on the show.

The big story is actually about Crush and how he's planning on slamming Yokozuna. He struggles early on trying to lift the massive Booger, but in his big come back he manages a sloppy suplex followed by three big bodyslams for the win. The crowd understood what the bodyslams meant, thanks to the Fuji/Vince exchange earlier, so each one was getting big pops. You could feel them putting their hopes on Crush to do the thing on July 4th.

OVERALL SHOW THOUGHTS:
A really good Kamala vs. HBK match, a decent Smoking Gunns match, and some interesting interviews. This felt like the modern format of RAW we're used to, with more in-ring interview time to push angles, as opposed to backstage promos in front of a back drop.

What I find interesting is that they're about to turn Lex Luger out of the blue AND they're turning Razor Ramon. Their heel roster was looking great, with a lot of variety. I understand that with Hogan leaving, they're looking for that next great face(because I've always contended that Bret is always the last guy Vince wants as champion), but I think it's kind of dumb to turn Lex Luger who has become one of the most over heels in the company almost immediately and can actually work. Razor, actually makes a little sense because the crowd has been wanting to cheer him for a while now.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUPERSTARS REVIEW 06:26:1993

MR. HUGHES vs. EL MATADOR TITO SANTANA
I love that Hughes has pretty much replaced Giant Gonzalez as the guy who's beating up the Undertaker. It's the right move, as Gonzalez is really hard to watch. Both guys competitors brought the goods here. Hughes can really get off his feet. He FLIES into Tito's arm drags. Tito is solid as usual, taking a beating and keeping the crowd hot. The highlight has to be Hughes crotching himself on the ropes. The way he sells it is to die for. One of the greatest nut shot sells I've ever seen.

THIS TAG TITLE SITUATION IS DUMB
Monsoon tells us that the Steiners have won back the tag titles. That's right, they won the tag titles twice in one week. This has been handled poorly.

CREE PEE
DOINK THE CLOWN vs. SCOTT DANE
YES. Doink kills this guy. He throws a great over the head belly to belly suplex, and finishes off Scott with the stump puller.  But the weirdest shit is that before the match Doink does this hand wave to the camera. First the left, then the right. Then he grabs his head in surprise, laughs and turns on the evil face. It's creepy. But it gets worse. After the match, when Doink is walking back down the aisle, they replay Doink's mime act on the video wall. So Doink start's mimicking what he just did earlier. Then he turns around and busts out laughing while the camera zooms in so that we get essentially a split shot of the two sides of Doink.

It's kind of genius if you ever see it.

THE HEADSHRINKERS vs. MIKE DAVIS & BUDDY LANE
It's always fun to watch the Headshrinkers beat up jabronies, but they seem a little bored here. Nothing really of note, other than Vince hyping up the tag division and all the possible teams that could challenge The Steiners. It made me laugh considering the way tag teams are booked now.

BASTION BOOGER vs. VIRGIL
I'm just going to use quotes from commentary during this match to explain it to you.

MACHO MAN: Virgil seems confused on what to do right now.
VINCE: This is an awful looking sight, isn't it?
VINCE: I mean, look at Booger.
VINCE: What's this now?
VINCE: Oh no.
VINCE: I've not seen anything like that.
VINCE: As far as I'm concerned Bastion Booger is the quintessential endomorph.
This happened.


BAM BAM BIGELOW HAS SENSITIVITY
Bammer comes out and tells everyone that people thinks he's such a bad guy, but there's another side to Bam Bam Bigelow. A sensitive side. In short, Bam Bam Bigelow is in love. Then he introduces his love, Luna Vachon. Luna compares tells Arnold Schwarzenneger to eat his heart out and for Mel Gibson to get out of the way. I love this pairing. It's so perfect.

MR. PERFECT vs. BERT CENTENO 
I don't see how you follow up Virgil/Bastion Booger, but Perfect gives it a shot. He fits in a few of his spots and looked more worked up than usual. Still it's nothing you haven't seen before.

HOW DO YOU END A SHOW LIKE THIS
Oh, I know. With THIS

OVERALL SHOW THOUGHTS
Tito/Hughes was good. Doink scared me. Luna hooked up with Bam Bam Bigelow. And Virgil put his head on Bastion Booger's genitals. To top it off, Hacksaw Jim Duggan The Remix capped it off. This is absolutely the reason why I started this project.


Monday, November 14, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: THE EXCLUSIVES PART 1

So WWF MANIA and WWF ALL-AMERICAN usually each had their own exclusive match, while replaying events that happened on other shows. I got a collection of all the exclusives, so I'm going to go ahead and clean that up in a series of reviews. Today we have five.

KOKO B. WARE vs. THE REPO MAN (MANIA 02/06/1993)
I want to see more choking people like this. Someone steal this.
Some solid work from both guys. They really had the crowd going. Repo was flopping around like a fish on all of his bumps and Koko was dancin' and having a good time. Weird ending though which saw Repo getting DQ/d for choking Koko on the bottom rope. I have no idea what that was about. Highlight would be Koko doing a top rope missle dropkick and landing on his feet.

EL MATADOR & VIRGIL vs. THE BEVERLY BROTHERS (MAINIA 02/20/1993)
Maybe one of the greatest performances by Virgil ever, which was a dead give away that his team was going over. The only problem for Virgil is that even his best work is only mediocre, and his partner is a guy who can do all of his stuff but  waaaaaaay better. The hot tag to Tito was pretty awesome with him cleaning house in a big way. The finish was fun too. really good tag action from both sides.

TYPHOON vs. PAPA SHANGO (MANIA 02/27/1993)
Decent stuff from Typhoon, who was moving like a mack truck all over the ring. He's not great, but anytime ge gets to movin' he always looks impressive. Shango was Shango. Nothing really good nothing really bad. He shot sparkler stick ar Typhoon right in front of the referee to get DQ'd. Then got his ass whipped some more. Not worth finding, really.


CRUSH vs. DAMIEN DEMENTO (MANIA 03/13/1993)
Yeah, I was pretty scared of this one going in. Crush still wasn't putting in good face work in the early part of '93 and Demento was awful. Crush was trying some different stuff, but not quite being showy enough to be a face. Demento's control segment started out okay when he was thumbing Crush in the throat and trying to rip his mouth apart. Then he settled into one of the longest chinlocks ever. I think Crush fell asleep in it for real. Crush made a decent comeback with the rolling solebutt and the Cranium Crusher. This just went tooooo long for these guys.

EL MATADOR vs. LEX LUGER (MANIA 03/20/1993)
A really great TV match with Tio bringing it BIG TIME on Lex Luger. He was hot and riled up and was moving with a purpose. Luger was great walking the line between loud and goofy selling early on to being an intense bad ass in the end. A really good flow with not much if any downtime. This one is worth seeking out if you can find it.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

NXT & SUPERSTARS RUN DOWN

WWE SUPERSTARS



JUSTIN GABRIEL vs. CURT HAWKINS
Decent match. Curt Hawkins came to the ring with a cane and never used for anything other than twirling. Supposedly he has an injured foot. I think Teddy Long needs to look into this. Curt's just not very interesting no matter what he tries. His wrestling isn't good enough to get him anywhere, his look isn't particularly interesting, and no matter who or what they pair him with, he can't seem to make it work. He's not bad, he's just...not anything. Gabriel did some solid stuff, selling the leg and trying to shake it off for the 450. I don't know what to do with him as a character. I feel like there's money to be made off of him, but I can't quite figure out how. I say have him, Evan Bourne, and Sin Cara wrestle Epico, Hunico, and Primo in six-mans until they figure it out.

ALEX RILEY vs.MICHAEL MCGILLICUTTY
The battle for who's the bigger dingus. This stunk. I don't care how hard these two yell at the crowd, they're not going to make this any interesting. Just listless filler wrestling. It's like you can tell that they want to make this look good, but they have no idea how they actually look. It's like play acting good wrestlers. It feels empty and lifeless.

DANIEL BRYAN vs. WILLIAM REGAL
This is about as solid a 15 minute TV match as you'll get all year. Two pros feeling it out and WORKING. It feels organic, like they're actually feeling out the mood of the crowd. It may not be the best match you'll see all year, as it doesn't have the greatest finishing stretch, but it is some of the hands down best in ring work you're going to see. It's something to watch and study, for wrestlers and fans alike.

Movin on movin on

WWE NXT

PEOPLE TALKING
The opening segment got better when Johnny Curtis hit the ring. He's a decent talker and looks very comfortable dealing with a live crowd. I wish he had something else to talk about though. Wouldn't mind seeing him work with Yoshi Tatsu or Justin Gabriel. Him being able to talk would give those two faces something to work against.


TYSON KIDD vs. TRENT BARRETA
These two rarely put together bad matches and that's still the case. Tyson is so underutilized it's disturbing. The crowd doesn't seem hot for it, which is usually the case for most of these matches, and they kind of lose their steam around the 3/4 mark, but they eventually start getting some crowd support after Trent does a sick dive off of the barricade. Worth checking out if you haven't seen them before, but not their best work from this year.

JIMMY USO vs. JTG
JTG isn't all that great on his own. He's fantastic playing a face in peril like he did with Shad, or as a sneak bastard like he was doing with Darren Young, but you put him by himself and he doesn't have the tools to really carry a one on one match-up. Jimmy isn't bad but he lacks the charisma that Jey has. Still, much like JTG, he's better off in a tag team setting. So take two guys who are better tag workers, put them in a singles match, in front of a crowd who has no idea who they are and this is what you'll get.

JOHNNY CURTIS & DERRICK BATEMAN vs. TITUS O'NEIL & PERCY WATSON
Watson had some decent moments, and looked very fluid. Curtis is a decent bump and made the faces look pretty good. As hard as they try, I still can't get into the Titus/Percy team. Percy should probably be wrestling singles and Titus is still kind of rigid when he gets in the ring. He's trying really really hard, so I'll give him credit for that. But he's got a ways to go before he's a valuable part of the roster.

Decent finish though I don't know how good a feuding partners story line can be with two heels, but they play off each other okay, and they are pretty decent as a team.

OVERALL THOUGHTS
That episode of Superstars is a must see just for the Bryan/Regal match. Everything else ranges from skipable to okay. Like I said, if you haven't seen much Tyson Kidd, give NXT a shot, their match is first and you can drop the rest. A weak week overall, but you still get one heck of a solid bout from two absolute PROS.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

SMACKDOWN REVIEW 11.11.11



OPENING TALKING 
Would have been better if Orton talked about his team kicking ass, and let Barrett give the history lesson on why Orton is a sucky teammate and Barrett is a leader. Instead these two basically said the same thing to each other. Christian's stuff was solid since he furthered a story and helped put over Barrett's character. But this was overall pretty boring.

SHEAMUS vs. CHRISTIAN
Sheamus' face act has come a long way from his first month. He's really got it going on. His selling is sympathetic without losing his terminator aura and he's figured out how to string together some fun moves that get a decent pop. Christian was solid at bumping and structuring the pace. Sheamus has a problem with rushing his work, and he needs to slow some stuff down so the audience can have a second to get behind the actions. It's a really fun match though and worth seeking out.


TED DIBIASE vs. JINDER MAHAL
It's too bad that Dibiase's character has gone through so many muddling changes because he's actually starting to wrestle better. You can see he incorporates some Japanese stuff and he does it really well. He feels a lot more fluid and comfortable moving around. It's hilarious that Jinder Mahal is a nobody now. It's too bad Yoshi Tatsu was still jobbing to him not long ago.

DANIEL BRYAN vs. MARK HENRY
These two work amazingly well together, which isn't surprising, Daniel Bryan works well with anyone. It's unfortunate that DB had to get killed, but Mark Henry gave him quite a bit and they did enough to convey some sympathy and respect for his character. The post match stuff was well done, as Bryan still almost managed to mount a come back, which I don't remember anyone trying to do. At the end of the day he's still not on the level as Mark Henry or Big Show, which is fine for now. Hopefully they start to change that perception before long, or else he'll just be Santino. Entertaining guy that you care about but know will never be important.

BIG SHOW vs. 3 JABRONIES
This was fun, as Big Show squashing clowns usually is. I love the intensity between him and Big Show. It's not  as awesome as Sheamus/Henry, but it's a decent substitute for now.

TAMINA vs. ALICIA FOX
This happened.

HUNICO & EPICO vs. THE USOS
Primo thought it was just going to be a little gas, but it was more.
I've been loving the Usos on NXT and I'm so glad they started getting a little pyro for their entrance. This was a fun match, both teams worked well with their partners and with each other. Jey continues to stand out and he provided the best action of the match. I really believe Jey's going to be huge eventually. I thought it was crazy seeing the Los Borricuas II using old WWE star moves like the Swanton, Olympic Slam and the Code Breaker. Might as well start handing those moves out, I say.

RANDY ORTON vs. WADE BARRETT
The early work with Randy Orton was a little boring. Barrett did something right, because his control section was a high point in the match. He likes working the back, and I think he needs to make more of a show of it. It's like subscribes to Fit Finlay's philosophy on body part work, but he can't execute it as well. Still the intentions are there, and I like it. Orton still has tremendous body language and he's got comebacks down like a clown Charlie Brown. I like that Wade didn't roll out to the apron and that Randy just tossed him out there so he could do the move. Ever since coming to Smackdown, Randy and whoever he's working with have come up with great ways to set that move up. Barrett winning off a thumb to the eye was hilarious and awesome. I don't know if I buy him as a top guy, but he's better than he was say three months ago, so it's a start.

OVERALL SHOW:
Some solid work here with a couple of interesting stories to follow. Back when I was reviewing Smackdown more regularly, my big complaint was that they basically had ONE story worth following with all the other characters kind of trading wins and losses. Now we've got Orton/Barrett and their Survivor Series team battle, Big Show and Mark Henry and their kaijuu big batel, and we even have some character development from guys like Sheamus and Daniel Bryan. It feels like they have a little more direction for people and that's a lot better than where they were a month or so ago. It's one of the benefits to having Mark Henry as champ, I say.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: RAW REVIEW WEEK 22

Must... keep... going. So... far ...behind. Doink, give me the power I beg of you....

THE STEINERS vs. BARRY HARDY & RENO RIGGINS
Scott did some wrestling to start it off. Not just throws. He was picking legs and doing toe holds. Then he thought, "I'M SCOTT STEINER." and killed Reno Riggins with one of the fastest, sickest T-Bone's I've ever seen. There was a moment just before he snapped Barry over with a belly to belly where Barry Hardy makes this pitiful face like "Just take my balls while you're at it." and then he gets tossed. I imagine it's how every team feels when it sees they're working the Steiners.

This match also featured one of the worst Frankensteiners I've ever seen. Reno just started doing a front flip before Scott even jumped it was messed up.

2 OUT OF 3 FALLS
MARTY JANNETTY vs. DOINK THE CLOWN 
AMAZING. Great match. There's too much to talk about so you just have to watch it.

The opening fall is just brilliant. Doink being creepy and trying to get Marty to come to him in the corner. The monkey flip criss cross stuff. Just well paced well worked wrestling. Marty even through in a really fun arm drag set up that some one needs to steal PRONTO.

The twin magic ending was well done and the twist with Macho Man coming in was fine, as it was about time Doink got caught. Most of all it made me want a Doink vs. Macho Man feud to result from his interference.

MR. HUGHES vs. BOBBY WHO
Bobby Who got bombed into oblivion. Hughes was just filling time in between the previous barn burner and the Kid/Razor rematch which is next.

1-2-3 KID vs. RAZOR RAMON
This match is mostly pretty awesome. It started off hot with Kid going for near falls and the crowd buying all of them. Once Razor got control, he was relentless. There is one of the nastiest chokeslams I've ever seen. It felt real and it looked more devastating than the ones Kane and Big Show do.

My only complaint is the ending with Kid just saying saying "forget it" and grabbing the money and running. The crowd cheered it later as Vince and Razor tried to make it sound like the cool thing to do, but in reality it felt pretty lame.

Still this whole angle is hella fun, with great characters and great in ring action. Certainly an early highlight of the era.

NEXT WEEK: Vince gives me a heart attack by hyping Shawn Michaels vs. Kamala. NOT EXCITED.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: One of the best RAWs so far. The Doink/Jannetty match is going into my TOP 10 for the year. The rematch between Kid/Ramon is better than the last and still fun. You can't go wrong with this show. I mean, you even get to see the Steiners beating up guys. It's about as good an hour of wrestling as you can get.
Why do these tights exist on Rick Steiner?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUPERSTARS REVIEW 6:19:1993

THE SMOKING GUNNS vs. RENO RIGGINS & SCOTT TAYLOR
Before the match started, Vince informed us that The Steiners won the tag titles and then lost them at a house show. What a bunch of shit.

This match is another solid outing for the Gunns, who are just killing it in their first month as WWF Superstars. They're fun, exciting, and energetic. Taylor is probably one of the best job guys in the company right during this time so it was a perfect storm as far as squash matches go. I'm excited to see the Gunns take on more competitive opponents.

BASTION BOOGER (TV Debut) vs. VIRGIL
I was pretty scared, but Virgil looked motivated and did mess anything up. Apparently it's because he found out he was going to win. I'm trying to figure out how obth of these guys have jobs. The best part of this match was afterwards when Jerry Lawler said Booger reminded him of some one. He then took his ""Magistrator" and showed us what he was talking about:

The Macho Booger
So there's that.

TATANKA vs. MIKE BELL
This is a truncated version of Tatanka's usual squash formula. He doesn't really allow Bell much offense, so his come back doesn't seem all that hot, but he makes it work okay. Not his best outing. I hate that his big push has stalled out. Even his story with Bam Bam, which they mentioned, has been cooled off sense it's hot start a while back.

LEX LUGER vs. PHIL APOLLO
This is kind of crazy. They start off with Phil getting the best of Luger at every turn. They do a hammerlock exchange and some head lock head scissor stuff that I don't normally associate with Luger, especially in his squash matches. Most of them have either been him wrecking a guy quick, or him toying with a dude for a couple of minutes. So this was pretty refreshing. It also features his awesome Pounce Forearm that some one should steal pronto.

CRUSH vs. JOEY TEMPEST
A pretty solid outing from Crush. A lot of his squash matches have been lacking in the kind of explosion a guy of his size should have, but he was busting out some pretty neat stuff. I really dug his tilt-a-whirl back breaker. The crowd was into it from start to finish, which isn't always the case for Crush's matches. He seems to have pockets of fans all over the United States, they're just not at every TV taping.

MORE MEN ON A MISSION
How can this not get you excited for a tag team:


ADAM BOMB vs. GARY SEAVY
Oh shit I forgot about Adam Bomb's cool ass contact lenses. I really can't figure out why Bomb and Johnny Polo are together. It doesn't make much sense at all.

Decent squash for bomb who busted out some cool stuff like a top rope back elbow that he should definitely use more often. He also draped Seavy over the top rope so hard that Seavy's gut almost touched the mat. The crowd was groaning and I'm positive that Seavy shat his tights.

IT'S NOT OVER. IT'S NEVER OVER.
At the end they tell us that next week we get a rematch between Booger and Virgil. I personally feel that I haven't fully recovered from their first bout to be in a position to want a second. Then Bastion cut a promo. He says things like "Do you feel good about yourself?" like he was a parent admonishing a kid and "You may not survive." like he read about it in a horoscope.

OVERALL SHOW:
Some interesting stuff, like Luger changing things up for his squash and Crush bringing the goods in his. The Gunns looked good as usual and Adam Bomb is developing a nice set of moves. Decent show.