So I'm going backwards just a hair as this aired the day before Wrestlemania. But it's got some interesting matches on it so I had to watch it. DEAL WITH IT.
MR. PERFECT vs. DWAYNE GILL
Gill is so good at throwing his body with everything he's got when he bumps. He just launches himself into it. Pretty elementary squash, though I do have to say that both guys looked totally excited to be doing it. Some wrestlers go through the motions in their squashes, and Perfect was in high gear here.
This promo is freaking long and boring. But then Hogan starts talking about how they tested Beefcake's facial durability and he says ..."and after that, I finished tearing down what was left of the Twin Towers and the only thing I couldn't bust up was Brutus' mug." ...Hulkster is all class.
Coincidentally I'm watching this after hearing about Osama Bin Laden's death. Crazy how that shit happens.
BAM BAM BIGELOW vs. GLEN RUTH
|Maybe the Attitude Era began here.|
After the match we cut to HBK chilling poolside in Vegas. Nothing much to say about that...
TATANKA vs. BARRY HARDY
Barry was a tag partner to Dwayne Gill in another show I watched. They have, hands down, the worst hair in wrestling.
Tatanka's "Hulking Up" is almost as good as Hulk Hogan's "Hulking Up." I find it totally strange that he still does it with Hogan being back, but it makes me love him even more. If this was WCW, Hogan would just send Kevin Nash in there to kill Tatanka during this spot.
DOINK vs. DALE WOLFE
Doink ain't messin' around here. We just get a Side Belly to Belly Suplex(which is actually one of my favorite moves) and then, after having a little fun riding Wolfe's back, takes him out with the Stump Puller. After the match Dale gets a pie to the face.
Bobby Heenan is solid here, trying to figure out who the hell Doink is. They plant the idea that he's a schizophrenic nut job, who slips into different personalities. This would have been so cool if they built off of that. We could have had something like the Three Faces of Doink.
VIRGIL vs. GIANT GONZALEZ
The coolest thing about this match is Virgil going to the top rope during the "Test of Strength Spot" and Gonzalez dominating him back to the mat. It's a neat visual and I feel like Rey should have done this with Khali.
The choke slam in this match is terrible. No height from Virgil and Gonzalez looks like he's struggling. WEAK.
|For once, Virgil feels like a big man.|
THE STEINERS vs. TWO GUYS
Your usual Steiner squash stuff. Belly to Belly? Check. Tilt-a-whirl-slam? Check. Awesome Rick Steiner Power Slam? Check
BRET HART NEEDS SOME R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Show ends with a music video showing Bret Hart kicking ass to Aretha Franklin's "Respect". And hey, thanks guy on youtube for uploading it:
....now that's how you hype a PPV.
OVERALL SHOW: Whatever man. The stuff I wanted to see was too short, and the stuff I didn't want to see was too long.