North Charleston Coliseum
North Charleston, SC
HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN vs. BARRY HOROWITZ
This is Hacksaw's return, after getting his chest caved in by Yokozuna. He starts off wild and crazy tossing chairs into the match before the bell. I LIKE THAT. Duggan hits a suplex and starts yelling "Yokozuna" and shaking the ropes. I LIKE THAT. He follows Horowitz and starts pushing the steel steps around like a madman. I LIKE THAT. Barry gets finished off with a three point stance and this bad boy is over. I can't remember enjoying WWF Jim Duggan as much as I did in this.
JACK TUNNEY LAYS DOWN THE LAW
The big controversy from Wrestlemania was that Yoko and Fuji claim that the Hogan match wasn't official as there was no contract. Tunney nips that in the bud saying that there was an oral contract(Fuji challenged, Hogan accepted) and a WWF official was present. So Hogan is officially the champion. I love this stuff. It feels so official like. Sometimes Bischoff tries to fit this kind of stuff into TNA and I love it when he does that. Then everything else in TNA happens and it looks like poop.
PAPA SHANGO vs. DAVID CLEMENTS
Clements sells forearms to the chest like Red Foxx sells a heart attack on Sanford & Son. Actually he sells everything like that. Skidmarks from this season's Tough Enough could try to be more like David Clements. Papa Shango's offense was really good here. Just tossed the dude around. I like his suplex face buster deal, and his back body drop was nasty looking. One of his better outings so far.
EL MATADOR vs. BROOKLYN BRAWLER
These guys go soft as hell. Tito is hardly connecting with anything and Brawler's punches STINK. Can't take it. And the flying forearm doesn't work for me when the guy is bent over like a Booker T Axe Kick. You disappointed me TITO AND BRAWLER.
But a true highlight came when Jerry Lawler got to draw something on the screen with his "Magistrator." He's got Tito dancing with Chiquita Banana.
|I think Earl wants to cut in.|
Gene interviews Yokozuna.and Fuji and they're ready to beat up Hacksaw Jim Duggan, before getting back to Hogan. He moves on and Shawn Michaels comes on to talk trash about Mr. Perfect(who he dumped a trash can on at Wrestlemania 9). He says the following:
HBK: Did you see Mr. Perfect with his head sticking out of that trash can? You know what he reminded me of? Grover. From Sesame Street.
Well....there you have it folks.
LEX LUGER vs. DALE WOLFE
They're pushing the idea that Luger can knock out anyone. Vince even blames Bret's loss to Yoko on account of him getting KO'd by Luger at a brunch that weekend. Luger is a total a-hole in this and he sits up his KO Elbow like a Pounce. After he hit it, he shrugged his shoulders and said "It's Over." It was like Erkel saying "Did I do that?"
So...yeah. Luger is awesome. I hope he never changes gimmicks.
KAMALA vs. DWAYNE GILL
Damn, how much longer is Kamala going to be employed with this company? Gill's back bumps are crazy. They're almost Ziggler-esque. Kamala keeps trying to pin Gill on his back. Because that's apparently still funny. Slick should teach him how to do a submission instead. Like an STF or a Bow and Arrow. That way we don't have to see this same crap OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER.
I AM A MAN!
MR. HUGHES vs.JD STRIKER
This is Mr. Hughes debut from Wrestle Challenge. Some good power man work. He gives a good back breaker that looked almost legit the way Striker bent over his knee. Ouch. His power slam looks awesome until impact, then it feels light as a feather. May need to mean that up a touch, what with Rick Steiner bringing the thunder with his. Hughes does a kind of Sky High/Boss Man Slam thing for a finish and I really like that.
Overall he's a 5 on the Mark Henry Scale, but he has room to improve.
BOB BACKLUND vs. ANTHONY HOWARD
Bob schools Howard on the mat and rolls him up in a minute. After the match Backlund gives the kid a little pep talk and walks him to the back. That's so nice. Other than that piece of business there's nothing special here.
Better than the last Superstars. Hughes and Hacksaw both looked pretty good. And Luger was still awesome with his character. Still, nothing really standing out here as "must see". Needed more Doink.