Wednesday, July 13, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: RAW REVIEW WEEK 15

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INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH
SHAWN MICHAELS vs. HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN
Shawn cracks me up with some stalling. The crowd is chanting USA and he tells the ref to make them keep it down because he can't concentrate with all this noise. Another "Shawn is Gay" chant breaks out. Once he gets in he goes into bump mode eating clotheslines and punches. It kind of middling once Shawn takes over. It just never felt like it was going to get out of first gear. Eventually he makes a run for it when Hacksaw makes a come back. Duggan catches him but ends up clotheslining him over the barricade for a double count out.

After the match, Duggan gets on the mic and says this is garbage and demands the match be restarted. He then throws some chairs into the ring and has the first ever sit down strike on Raw. But unlike other strikes this one goes nowhere and after a commercial break Duggan is gone and Doink is on his way out.

DOINK THE CLOWN vs. KAMIKAZE KID
Oh shit I didn't know this was coming at all. Sean Waltman's first appearance on RAW. What a fantastic surprise. It's not much more than your basic squash, but it does have an awesome Belly to Belly suplex from Doink on the Kid. Doink finishes him off with the stump puller which looks a little worse than usual because he falls onto his back, while still keeping it locked on.

I'm so excited that Waltman is going to start showing up. It improves the undercard quite a bit.

BOB BACKLUND vs. DWAYNE GIL
And the hits keep on coming. They do Bob's deadlift spot and it still looks awesome. Backlund is so cheezy but there's something endearing about him, especially how badass he looks when he picks up dudes and out wrestles them.

After the match Duggan comes out for an interview and a rematch has been signed for next week, but this time Shawn can't run away. Jack Tunney has officially made it a Lumber Jack match. They plant the seed that Yoko might be among the men around the ring but Hacksaw isn't sweating it. Can't wait.

THE HEADSHRINKERS vs. JAY SLEDGE & JIM BELL
Before the match the one and only Capt. Lou Albano, makes his first WWF appearance in 6 years by coming out and doing guest commentary during the match. It's pretty awesome too as he's all over the place.

Mmmm tastes like HGH and horse tranquilizers
Jay Sledge gets eaten alive to start, beginning with a double flap jack. Albano says he wishes they'd stick to the rules and stop all this brutality. Jim Bell gets tagged in and he plays crash test dummy too. Fatu's top rope splash is one of the best ever. After the match they rip up Jim Bell's singlet. The atmosphere during this match is kind of crazy. Between Albano putting them over in his manic way, Afa dancing at ring side, and The Headhshrinkers killing jobbers, it feels like you're watching one of the baddest tag teams in the world. They should be tag champs now.

KAMALA vs. RICH MYERS
This isn't so bad. Slick isn't there, so Kamala wrestles a little differently. He's meaner and does some fun stuff like a couple of choke bombs. He actually chokes the guy a lot. It's kind of refreshing. He still does the pin a guy on his stomach stuff, but he doesn't waste a lot of time with it. Probably the best Kamala match since his stuff with Doink.

After the match we end the show with Heenan interviewing Shawn about the lumberjack match next week and how unfair it is. Shawn finds it ridiculous that Duggan can just call Jack Tunney whenever he wants but the IC Champion doesn't even have the president's home phone number. Shawn says that it's not all bad because he's got some friends of his own that might be there at ring side.

OVERALL SHOW:
Pretty damn good show. We got a decent title match, Waltman bumping for Doink, Backlund rasslin', the Headshrinkers whipping ass with Albano on commentary, and a non-shitty Kamala squash. One of the better shows from top to bottom of the year, I say.

2 comments:

  1. I really hate the HBK vs Hacksaw matches. This one is bad, but the lumberjack match is the worst, because all lumberjack matches are terrible.

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  2. I would have thought Shawn would have been a great opponent for Duggan at this point. The good stuff happens when Duggan is fired up and Shawn is bumping, but Shawn controls a good chunk of the match and it's mostly boring. It should have been like 7 minutes of Shawn bumping around and then running away. I would have been down for that.

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