Thursday, March 17, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: RAW REVIEW WEEK 9

March 15th, 1993
Hudson Civic Arena
Poughkeepsie, New York
Special note: This is the FIRST Raw to take place outside of the Grand Ballroom in Manhattan.

Tonight we have Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Rob Bartlett who is doing a Vince McMahon impersonation. It appears that the Blizzard of '93 has altered their plans and some wrestlers aren't in attendance. This may also explain the different venue.

RAZOR RAMON vs. RUSS GREENBERG
Russ Greenberg's flat top is strong. His rattail is stronger.
Razor goes through his move set. We get his very cool Abdominal Stretch variation, a chokeslam, and a back body drop off the top to set up the Razor's Edge. Russ doesn't get anything in and it's probably for the best. His selling is a little too goofy looking for me. He does those aftershock flops that don't look so hot. Well, at least this was quick.

TYPHOON vs. L.A. GORE
L.A. Gore has a cool ass name. I'm assuming it's a play on that guy who invented the internet's name. Doesn't matter, it still sounds awesome. He kind of looks like John Holmes, which then makes me think L.A. Gore means something else. I have no idea how I got there, but I hope I'm right. This match is a good example of Typhoon kicking ass. He snaps off a suplex that feels painful. And sweet Jesus he rips off a powerslam that was about an inch away from breaking Gore's neck on the rotation. Just domination. Typhoon's big smiles and high impact style makes me kind of wish he was a bad guy. Pretty nice squash, and I hope there's more L.A. Gore in my future.

HEENAN INTERVIEWS HARVEY AND THE GIANT GONZALEZ
Whippleman is perfect to be next to Giant Gonzalez. He's so goddamn monstrous looking. The costume is so weird though. He actually gets a line in and he says, "Undertaker, I've got a Giant Surprise for you." Hilarious.  First thing I've heard him say since he'd come into the WWF and that's the line he gives us.

PAPA SHANGO vs. BOB BACKLUND
They reference Backlund holding the title for five years and how impressive that is. Backlund is pretty awesome at getting beat up. Papa Shango just isn't particularly fun to watch in control. He's not really vicious, or creepy, he's really just a generic wrestler. Backlund makes him look a lot cooler than he is. After a lot of mediocre control work Backlund sneaks a small package for the pin and win. It's a bit of a let down, and a lot of it is on Papa Shango.

NASTY BOYS vs. THE HEADSHRINKERS
This was pretty fun for the most part. Crowd was hot and the Headshrinkers offense was looking vicious. Eventually the action spills to the floor and the four guys make their way back to the concessions table where they proceed to make a mess. Saggs nails Samu with a bucket about four times and Samu no sells it because they were all head shots. Saggs counters this with mustard to the face. Apparently yellow mustard is like green kryptonite to a Samoan. Cutesy way to end the show, but I could have used more violence and less ketchup.

Can you imagine if concessions was next to the entrance now?
OVERALL SHOW:

A lot better than last week, but nothing very exceptional. I'm getting pretty down on Papa Shango. His gimmick is amazing and he looks awesome but his in ring work is so boring. I hope Headshrinkers and the Steiners are going to be hooking it up soon. their stuff with the Nasties was fine, but it didn't scratch that itch I had. Oh and I can't wait until Rob Bartlett is fired. He was terrible. Again.

1 comment:

  1. L.A. Gore was a play on words. L.A. Gear, a shoe company based out of L.A., was extremely (though briefly) popular in the early '90s. The first time I saw that guy's name (probably in PWI's Arena Reports), I remember thinking "how lame, dude names himself after a shoe endorsed by Paula Abdul". But yeah, stripped of its context, L.A. Gore does sound pretty bad-ass.

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