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!

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