Saturday, October 29, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUPERSTARS REVIEW 06:12:1993

METRO CENTER
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA

Macho Man was all over the place in the opening, hyping the King of The Ring. He says he might not be able to contain himself and he might just jump over the top rope and congratulate the new King and then beat him down and challenge him.

I wish that's what happened.

THE STEINERS vs. "IRON" MIKE SHARPE & RALPH LARUE
Iron Mike takes a couple of lumps early on and tags out so the young and impressionable Larue can eat the big stuff. Dragon Suplexes and nasty SteinerLines. It actually seems okay compared to some of the beat downs they've handed out to some jobbers in the past.....until the finish. They don't go for the Top Rope Bulldog. Instead Rick puts Larue on his shoulders and backs into the corner that Scotty is standing on top of.... and Scott DDT's Larue off Rick's Shoulders. It's awful.

I hope he got enough from catering. It'll be a while before he eats solids.
RAZOR RAMON vs. BURT CENTENO
Before the match, Bret gets on the TV and tells Razor he doesn't have a chance at winning the King of The Ring if he can't beat a Kid. He then gets the crowd to chant "1-2-3." Between Bret and Macho Man getting over the chant and The Kid, this has really played out perfectly. I feel like it should be looked at as a text book way to get a new character over.

Razor answers the challenge by making quick work of Centeno. Nothing special, but the Razor's Edge is still fun to watch.

"HACKSAW" JIM DUGGAN vs. MIKE BELL
I turned my head and the match was over. Hacksaw just came in and knocked this guy around for MAYBE 30 seconds before pinning him. Still better than watching Kamala roll a guy around.

THE UNDERTAKER vs.PJ WALKER
I actually covered this on a RAW Review, but this is the angle where Mr. Hughes and Giant Gonzalez take out The Undertaker and steal his urn.

MEN ON A MISSION ARE COMING
We get our first glimpse of M.O.M. as they do a little rap. I'm so excited, as I honestly can't remember anything about their matches. I remember them rapping, I remember them coming to the ring, but I must have blocked out their matches. Not a good sign, but we'll see.

MO IS GOING TO KILL YOU.
MONEY INC vs. TONY RAY & BUDDY LANE
Money Inc. moves quicker than usual. Schyster, in particular looked to be running a little faster and moving a lot snappier than he has in the past. Ted wins with the Million Dollar Dream. As they're winning Rick and Scott Steiner come out to a great reaction. Rick gets on the mic and requests a title shot "RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW". To which Jerry Lawler replied "They're trying the old Hulk Hogan Swerve." Hilarious.

Steiners get in the ring and Money Inc. act like they might do it, but roll out instead.

OVERALL SHOW:
Not as good as last weeks, which anchored by a more competitive match in Bret/Papa Shango. This week's was mostly squashes of varying caliber. If you dig watching Steiners violate wimpies, then you get a pretty good dose of that. Most of the orther squashes amounted to guys kicking a guy and hitting their finish.

I didn't mention it, but this week's and last week's have featured some GREAT Hogan promos. They're so good that I honestly wouldn't have believed he was going to lose going in. He talks a lot about this match being the deciding factor in whether Hulkamania lives on forever or dies brutally. Hell, he even mentioned that he was in the "twilight" of his career. In 1993. Funny.

Anyway, not really anything to go out of your way for.

Friday, October 28, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUPERSTARS REVIEW 06:05:1993

So this mob boss that I kind of screwed over caught up to me while I was helping some friends and I'll be damned if that fat bastard didn't freeze me in carbonite. But it's all good, I'm out now.

Let's KICK THIS MOTHER OFF RIGHT.

PAPA SHANGO vs. BRET "HITMAN" HART
Something about Bret Hart makes dudes bring their workin' boots. It's gotta be the best Papa Shango match I've ever seen. It never really felt like it dragged, even during the chin lock sections. The finish was interesting because Shango totally hit his Shoulder Breaker finish, but opted for an ill-timed leg drop instead of going for the pin. The highlight may be Bret hitting what looks like a version of KENTA's Busaiku Knee Kick thingy.

Headshrinker in training.
THE HEADSHRINKERS vs. TIM MCNEANY & SCOTT TAYLOR
That guy's name is McNeany. I've never ever ever never ever heard of such a name. From a distance he kind of looks like Ray Liotta. Anyway.....McNeany gets slapped a lot before Fatu splashes him. Then after it's over with the Headshrinkers beat them up with a PINEAPPLE. Yep.

KAMALA vs. PHIL APOLLO
Crap. Kamala time. I'm pretty sure Kamala applied what can only be described as an ARMPIT CLAW. So... at least I saw that. Tim White looking so tired and piteous trying to explain to Kamala how to pin a fucking guy for the bajillionth time cracked me up pretty good.

LEX LUGER vs. JASON KNIGHT
I feel like I've seen this before. Jason has bulked up a little since January, which makes Luger look even more impressive. He's just plain small compared to The Narcissist. the match isn't much, but holy crap is Lex's running forearm awesome. He nails it like a Pounce and his reaction afterwards was tremendous. I can only describe it as him acting like an anvil or something must have come out of the sky and landed on Jason. 

MR. HUGHES vs. RUSS GREENBERG
AWWWwwwww YEAH RUSS GREENBERG IS BACK! 

This guy. Jesus, this guy. Everyone should have the pleasure of watching Russ Greenberg exist. Remember when Earthquake squashed hulk Hogan and he was convulsing and you thought the Hulkster was dying? Russ Greenberg kind sells like that for everything. But it's like a half-assed impression. Couple that with his mullet and Russ Greenberg is one of the most hilarious pro wrestler to watch.

The Tim Tebow of Wrestling
THE SMOKING GUNNS vs. DALE WOLF & GUS KANTARAKIS
Billy Gunn is so energetic. He has to be one of the most high energy guys in wrestling. Everything he does he with such gusto. His drop kicks, his Russian leg sweeps, his power slams, all that stuff looks great when he does it. Pretty decent squash mostly because of how fast paced it was, and it also because it features that back body drop pile driver thingy. 

UNDERTAKER WILL MESS YOU UP
I only wanted to mention this, because it sounded so amazing. Mean Gene is doing his "Face To Face" segment and it's Whippleman and Gonzalez on one screen and Undertaker and Paul Bearer on the other(It's not really face to face). Whippleman spouts off some garbage about ending Undertaker's career and Gene asks Paul Bearer for a response. Paul Bearer says the following:

....My Undertaker will reach into his head and pull out his eyeballs and spit into the open sockets of his dead skull....
So yeah. That's awesome.

OVERALL SHOW
Pretty decent Shango/Hitman match and some decent squashes. The only down side was the Kamala match.
Plus we got GREENBERG'D. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: RAW REVIEW WEEK 21

YOKOZUNA AND FUJI ARE PLANNING A PARTY. AN EVIL PARTY
Show kicks off with footage from King of the Ring and Yokozuna winning the title. Then they cut to a post match interview with Mean Gene. They say they're planning a celebration here in America on July 4th. Okerland is finds this dubious since that's an American holiday and we can't have non-American's doing stuff on July 4th besides fellating the bald eagles and stuff. Fuji adds fuel to the fire by saying it'll be on a great American historical landmark, in which Mean Gene decides these evil foreigners are planning on desecrating Independence Day. Only if Will Smith crashes into Yokozuna and says "Welcome to Earf."

As a young partially Japanese youth growing up in rural America, I, of course, sided with Fuji and Yokozuna. Alls they want to do is party, and I'm pretty sure that's the whole damn reason we started this country. They're just keeping it real.

MR. PERFECT vs. L.A. GORE
I was pretty excited for this as Gore has become one of my favorite job guys. Not that he does anything special, it's just his look more than anything. At one point he was trying to do some knife edge chops and they were so bad looking I thought he was doing it on purpose so that Perfect's would look that much better, and he drills him with a couple. Perfect seemed like he was still feeling his match with Bret and he kind of walked through this one, using his same backbody drop counter into a Perfect Plex that he's busted out plenty of times this year.

RAZOR RAMON RAISES THE STAKES
Razor came out raised his offer to $10,000 to fight the 123 Kid again. Razor was cracking me up with his promo. But the icing on the cake was his cartoon money bag with dollar signs on it. The build for this has been fun, and I'm soooooo ready for it to happen.

DOINK THE CLOWN vs. MARTY JANNETTY
Doink, your wrestling god.
Shocker this was great. They start it off pretty hot and then settle into wearing each other down. Doink owns Marty with a Crossface Chickenwing and a little amateur-style grappling. Hell he even tosses in the WHOOPIE CUSHION, before it had a name. Really great work that gets amplified by some hot commentary from Macho/Vince/Heenan. It's unfortunate that it ends in a count out, but they both make it seem wild and crazy with Marty doing a hurricanrana on the floor and diving off the apron. Solid match and I'm ready for more.

OWEN HART vs. DAN DUBIEL
During the match, they get 123 Kid on the phone, who's in Osaka, Japan enjoying the success that his win over Razor Ramon has yielded him. He put over how big Yokozuna's win was in Japan. Vince told him about the 10,000 dollar offer from Ramon, and the Kid says he can't pass it up. So we get the rematch next week. SWEET.

So while all this is going on, Owen Hart is killing it in the ring. He's not even really doing a whole lot of work, but he's got the crowd in the palm of his hands as works over Dan Dubiel. He keeps it light with some counter hold stuff to show off some of his agility. Then he heats it up with a huge missle dropkick that Dubiel sold like a champ before finishing it off with a Northern Lights Suplex. Solid solid work, that was mildly hurt by the more important developments happening on commentary.

Highlight of the match may have been Owen Hart yelling "LET'S GET BIZ-AY!" I almost peed my pants.

REPLAY: UNDERTAKER vs. PJ WALKER
They go to a replay from Superstars of The Undertaker vs. the future Justin Credible, not because the match is actually important, it's the aftermath. After Taker dominated PJ, Giant Gonzalez hit the ring. The two battled it out while Whippleman leads Mr. Hughes to the ring, who beats up Paul Bearer and takes the urn. Hughes beats Bearer and Taker down with the urn and walks off. The crowd was left speechless watching the Undertaker lay lifeless in the ring.
He's kinda cute when he's sleepin' like that. For a reaper of souls, that is.

JERRY LAWLER vs. MARK THOMAS
Not really a good match, it was more about how much Jerry Lawler could piss off the crowd. The heat was fantastic, but the wrestling content was pretty weak.

During the match, Heenan said he just got word from Fuji that he'll be celebrating the 4th of July by holding an open contest to see who can bodyslam Yokozuna. As much as I don't like the turning of Lex Luger, I'm pretty excited to relive this angle.

OVERALL SHOW: Look at the roster. Doink, Jannetty, Owen Hart, Jerry Lawler, and Mr. Perfect. All of them are smaller wrestlers and with the exception of Lawler, they're quick, agile and athletic. It's truly a different scene now. The overall wrestling was pretty good, definetly worth checking out, and they built up two good angles, the Kid/Ramon stuff and the eventual bodyslam competition of Yoko. They ripped a lot on Hogan, and you can tell they've officially moved on from the Hulkamania Era. Very exciting time, if you ask me.

NEXT WEEK: Holy crap. 2 out of 3 Falls Jannetty vs. Doink and the 123 Kid/Razor rematch. CAN'T WAIT!