It's mad hot in Chicago these days. My keyboard is dripping off my desk.
BRAWLIN' ON THE STREETS
Before the show, Shawn Michaels was outside the Manhattan Center, running his mouth about how he's going to beat Duggan tonight. Then Mr. Perfect shows up and they brawl into the street. Perfect even tosses him the Heart Break Kid, breaking the windshield.
Nice energetic way to start the show, very Attitude-y.
KING OF THE RING QUALIFIER
BAM BAM BIGELOW vs. TYPHOON
This had an ECW crowd kind of feeling. Lots of pro-Bam Bam chants, and I'm pretty positive there was a dueling chant at one point. There was at least one point where some guys were going "BAM BAM"(clap clap) and some kids would yell "SUCKS" while they were clapping. Pretty crazy.
This wasn't as good as some of their other matches. It unfortunately got hit by a commercial break and when it came back they just went to the finish. Bam Bam looked impressive taking his spot as one of the toughest big men in the company.
YOKOZUNA vs. PJ WALKER
Before the match, they hyped the title match between Yoko and Hogan. In reference to Yoko, Heenan says "I hate the way he got jobbed [at Wrestlemania]". Hilarious.
|What's an "Iron Mike"? Can I be "Iron Mike" Jae Renfrow?|
MR. PERFECT vs. "IRON" MIKE SHARPE
More crazy chants from the crowd that I can't even make out, this is definitely becoming a prototype for the typical indy show crowd. This match was pretty sweet, until they cut to Bobby Heenan changing channels, which I guess is supposed to prove this is live. Just as the match was heating up with some strike exchanges they cut to him doing that for a looooooooong time and then when they cut back it's Perfect Plex time. Lame. That's two matches that had the 3rd quarter cut out.
MR. HUGHES vs. THE CANNONBALL KID
Last week he was the Kamikaze Kid, this week he's the Cannonball Kid, both weeks he's worn tights with lighting bolts all over them. They actually bring it up that he had a different name last week and Macho says "It's not going to do him any better this week, Vince." Hughes, now employing Whippleman as his manager, dominates him. Waltman bumps great and Hughes looks impressive. That's pretty much it. One highlight is Heenan saying that Waltman should change his name to "The Heart Break Kid." Can you imagine?
LUMBER JACK MATCH FOR THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN vs. SHAWN MICHAELS (c)
Duggan immediately hits the ring and shoves Yoko, who's the only lumber jack not wearing a flannel shirt. Shawn comes out on crutches, selling the beat down from earlier, but Perfect comes down and tosses him in the ring. Shawn, beside himself, jumped around kicking the ropes, showing that he was obviously okay. The match is on!
There's so much to talk about.....
The Lumberjacks. So many amazing visuals. First off Mr. Perfect's Lumber Jack Shirty is tied in a knot at the bottom. It's hilarious. Mr. Hughes put his on OVER his shirt and tie. Bob Backlund's is so big that it looks like he's not wearing anything else but the shirt. And from the look of Tatanka's face, the irony of him dressing up like someone who makes a living cutting down trees did not pass him by.
|Perfect sets up Micheals for Bob Backlund's Sequoia Special|
The Crowd. It's insane. They're all over the place, but totally behind Duggan. Plenty of "Shawn is Gay" chants, and I'm pretty sure they did a Tomahawk chant at Tatanka for whatever reason.
The Ending. Duggan gets dropped to the outside on Yoko's side(he has his own side of the ring just for him and Fuji.) Yoko drops a massive leg drop on the floor and rolls him in. Shawn puts his foot on Duggan's chest but before Bill Alfonso can count to 3, Perfect storms the ring and clotheslines Shawn for the DQ win. This leads to a massive Lumberjack brawl with everyone in the ring. For some reason, Iron Mike Sharpe runs down and gets involved. Duggan grabs the 2X4 and clears the ring to end the show. It's actually a pretty sweet ending to the show.
A very interesting show from a quality and historical perspective. The crowds at the RAW shows have been interesting, but never this crazy. By this point, ECW was 8 episodes into its Hardcore TV run and I can't help but wonder if it was already an influence on this crowd.
The wrestling was solid, with a Yoko squash, a Perfect match, Waltman showing up again, and a pretty good Lumberjack Match.
The format of the show felt different. It had a strong story to it, starting with the HBK beatdown and tying together 3 feuds (Duggan/Yoko, Perfect/Shawn, Shawn/Duggan) through out a show. Definitely a RAW worth looking for.