Thursday, December 22, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS

It's been an awesome year. For all the folks that come back to this silly blog and read my stuff, I thank you very much. I hope you all have an awesome holiday and that your 2012 is better than your 2011.

Hit it, guys!

Friday, December 16, 2011

THE WWF NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: RAW REVIEW WEEK 25

7.12.1993

Wow, the 25th Raw. I'd like to thank all the folks who hit up my blog and tell their friends about it. If I hadn't received such positive feedback, I don't know if I would have made it this far. And it's not very far at all. So much more left to see, so let's get on it.

WWF TITLE MATCH
YOKOZUNA vs. CRUSH

The "USA USA" chant ain't nothing compared to the crowd spontaneously breaking into the National Anthem before the start of this match. The start of this was really hot with Crush blasting Yoko out of the ring and the crowd was eating it up. Eventually Yoko settled into control, and you could really see a lot of the problems that Crush has as a face. His selling is boring and uninspired and you could feel the crowd not really getting behind him until he finally made his comeback. Once he got some momentum Crush went up top for something high risk, but Fuji nailed him off the rope and Yoko took over again, eventually killing him dead with the Banzai splash.

After the match Yoko kept hitting his finish on Crush. After 3 times, Tatanka came out and he got chopped in the eyeball. After a FOURTH  some jabronies came out and Yoko made short work of them. Then Savage had enough and ran in pulled the big Hawaiian out, before Yoko could hit number five. Savage held Yoko off with a chair(no physical contact between the two at all) while the EMT's came out to get Crush. Bobby Heenan was AMAZING in this. He laid all this on Lex Luger, saying that Yoko is an unstoppable monster who will destroy everything and it's all because of Lex's "cheap shot" on the Intrepid. Really can't express how awesome Heenan was in his intensity and delivery. It's all about making the crowd believe and it's easier when the announcers sound like they believe it, and Heenan was doing just that.

THE HEADSHRINKERS vs AARON FERGUSON & PJ WALKER
Justin Credible gets MURDERED in this match, and maybe the worst part is that neither Vince or Heenan know who the hell he is. They keep calling him Ferguson.  First it started with ol' PJ not rotating enough on the back body drop and pretty much only being able to tuck his head in at the last second before crumpling on the mat. Then Samu drilled him with a clothesline that knocked him out. They just stared at him and rolled him out of the ring and told the real Ferguson to get his butt in the ring. Credible was pretty much dead on the apron for the rest of the match. The crowd loved every minute of it.
Not good.

TATANKA vs. BROOKLYN BRAWLER
These two had a longer match than I expected, about 8 minutes or so. Lots of Brawler being in control, which was kind of fun. He's not great but he's just goo enough to work a decent match and lose. The crowd was pretty hot for most of it too. I got distracted a lot by the commentary, because Macho had just gotten back and he and Vince were arguing with Heenan about Lex's culpability in the incident. Heenan had a great moment where he said to Vince "What do you care? You don't have any friends. It's just a business to you. They're all just pieces of meat." Crazy line there.

MR. HUGHES vs. A JABRONIE
Both guys were in the ring to start it off, and before they got going some guy came out and brought a black wreath and set it at ringside. It said "Rest In Peace" in the middle. Hughes decided to take out this message from Taker out on the poor jabronie. Hughes hit a hellacious dropkick on the kid before finishing him off. Okay squash.

ADAM BOMB vs. A DIFFERENT JABRONIE
Bomb added an abdomen claw to his move set, he should probably subtract it in the future. When things spilled to the outside, Bomb body slammed this poor kid with zero care at all. It just looked painful. The crowd was starting to get a little pro-Adam Bomb, and who wouldn't? He's cool looking and he's got some pretty sweet moves. Plus he's got Johnny Polo hanging with him for no reason. How awesome is that?

NEXT WEEK!
123 Kid will be in action, MOM make their RAW debut, and Jerry Lawler will chill out with Tiny Tim. AND we get the Jannetty/Michaels rematch for the IC title. Sounds like a fun show to me. Can't wait.

OVERALL SHOW
Crowd was hot and there was some cool action. The Yokozuna story was great and Macho being so upset about his friend being hurt and Heenan laying the blame on Luger made for an amazing dynamic. The rest of the squashes were fun, especially watching PJ Walker get decimated. Really good times, and I think it's an episode that commentators should probably listen to and learn from, because Heenan puts on a clinic the entire episode.

RANDOM QUESTION: Is Crush's gear in that match above completely horrendous or what?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

ANTONIO INOKI'S IGF "GENOME" 15 REVIEW

4.28.2011
TOKYO DOME CITY HALL(JCB HALL)
ATTENDANCE: 2,988 aka Super No Vacancy Full House

So this started with them showing Inoki visiting people you were devastated by the tsunami back in March. Several of them asked for him to slap them in the face. He did. Men and women, coz Inoki don't discriminate. Can you imagine if Stan Hansen went around lariat-o'ing everyone after 9/11? Imagine it now, then.

Let's roll.

HIDEKI SUZUKI & AKIRA JO vs. TAKA KUNOU & MUNENORI SAWA
Probably the greatest IGF match of all time. Suzuki and Jo didn't mess around at all and took it to Sawa in particular pretty hard. Kunou was KILLER with his judo stuff, and he looked really badass here. It almost erases my memories of Jon Andersen tossing him over the top rope like a dead infant. The takedowns in this match from everybody are really really slick, and the finish was a shocker for me. Hideki Suzuki and Akira Jo are pretty damn awesome together. Check this one out.

He's gonna slap her so damn hard. You can see it in his evil eyes.
ULTIMO DRAGON & TIGER MASK vs. GREAT SASUKE & MASKED GENOME JR.
Tiger Mask has gotten a lot cleaner since his initial return to the ring. He was swinging his kicks with a little more accuracy and with a little more power, though he doesn't seem to be getting any smaller. I can't imagine what would happen if he could drop 25 more pounds. 

Some decent work from everyone involved, Sasuke is still awesome to me, and he felt like a guy who was really holding it together. He and Ultimo always have pretty good chemistry together. Genome was fun, and had some great physical charisma. It's not a great match, it's a little sloppy and the finish felt really flat to me, but it's still fun to watch these four in the ring.

TATSUMI FUJINAMI vs. VADER
Fun bout. Some of it is probably the nostalgia factor, but I thought both guys worked a decent fight given their limitations in age and physicality. Vader is a little overweight(even for him) but I thought he still looked pretty intense and his Vader splash looked killer. After a bit you realize they're going to draw, so it detracts a little bit, but still it's great seeing two of my favorite wrestlers mix it up, even if they're past their prime.

YOSHIAKI FUJIWARA & MINORU vs. SHINJIRO OHTANI & DAICHI HASHIMOTO
Pretty rad stuff from everyone. Daichi fit in well with Fujiwara and Minoru, his intereatctions with them both were really well done. I really loved it when Minoru had Daichi in a single leg crab and Fujiwara came in and just started stomping the kid like a mean bastard while looking off at Ohtani. Ohtani's stuff with Minoru was pretty good too and I'd like to see a nifty little singles match out of them in the future maybe in a junior league for All-Japan or something. So far this card is beyond anything I could have hoped for. Solid match.

KICK BOXING MATCH
BOB SAPP vs. MASAYOSHI KAKUTANI
The say Kakutani weighs 115kg vs. Sapp's 145 kg for this "kickboxing match". At first it looks like it's not going to be good for the skinny guy, but Bob Sapp pulls something and his corner throws in the towel. UPSET OF THE CENTURY!

Ridiculous.

ASTUSHI SAWADA vs. RYUJI SAI
These two actually had a really strong match going on before it was cut off by some interference. The story is that Sawada has been feuding with the ZERO-1 folks, particularly Ryuji Sai. This fight was showing some great intensity and hate that a inter-promotional feud should have. Sadly some of the seconds got involved before this could really escalate into something cool, and we get these two brawling it out. I still like it, because it's a cool story and Sai and Sawada bring the heat in their interactions. Their ring work was solid enough that I'm totally clamoring for more.

During the post match shenanigans Chono came in and slapped Sawada in the face trying to get these kids to straighten up, but hotter heads prevailed.

IGF TITLE TOURNAMENT ROUND 1 MATCH
BOBBY LASHLEY vs. LUKE GALLOWS
Pretty decent work from Luke Gallows, who pretty much controlled the fight the whole time. I really loved his work when he was in the WWE, especially as Festus, which I think more people should check out. He actually had a fun and unique brawling style that made him really stand out. Here, now that he has freedom to do whatever, he feels kind of like a gaijin appreciation act. He came out acting like Stan Hansen(he was even going by "Keith Hanson") and was doing the Vader splash in the corner, the lariat and Giant Bernard's pump kick. It's kind of cool but it also hides some of that great personality and uniqueness that he had in the WWE.

Bobby Lashley is insane looking. Just a physical beast, that should probably be main eventing PPVs and making Vince stupid amounts money. I actually think he's good enough to be a big time wrestler(which means just good enough to not fuck up and let better wrestlers make you look better) and watching this match made me kind of wish he was on Smackdown again. Weird. I never thought I'd say that.

Well at least he has a cool back tattoo. 
IGF TITLE TOURNAMENT ROUND 1 MATCH
JEROME LE BANNER vs. SHINICHI SUZUKAWA
At first I was like, "Why does Jerome wear boxing gloves and Suzukawa doesn't?" Then I realized it was to save Suzukawa's face from total obliteration.... or Le Banner's hands. He pummeled this kids face and smashed his nose flat. Brutal. Part of me wonders what the point of it is. Having this worked shoot kind of fight in the midst of very obvious pro-wrestling, but really it just fits in. There's something about the ridiculousness of sending this poor kid to get his face rearranged that feels very pro-wrestling, even though it flies in the face of the philosophy of the art of wrestling. I can't really explain it. This isn't a very good fight or match or whatever, but it was still morbidly entertaining.

Also, Shinichi Suzukawa just won the Rookie of the Year award from Tokyo Sports. So I guess I have a lot more to see from the guy as I check out more 2011 IGF shows.

OVERALL SHOW
Best IGF show ever? At least it's the best one I've seen so far and I've seen my share. The opener was the best match, and everything after was at least entertaining in one way or another. If you're wondering about IGF you should at least check this one out as I think there's a lot of good to latch on to, which you couldn't say for the first year or so of their existence.

Here's that opening tag match, check it out!



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

THE WWF NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUPERSTARS 07/10/1993REVIEW

I'm not going to go over it again, since it was covered on my last Raw Review, but Superstars kicked off with the same Stars and Stripes Challenge footage from RAW.

THE SMOKING GUNNS vs. ROCK WARNER & WT JONES
Gunns are still putting together fun squashes and the crowds are really getting behind them. There's a moment before the match that is totally hilarious where Billy and Bart are taking their shirts off and the camera cuts to a young lady and then zooms in on her face. The look on her face can only be described as "eye rape".

CRUSH vs. DOINK THE CLOWN
"Please, I can't carry him anymore."
I just don't think these two have very good chemistry. Doink can obviously have great matches but Crush is incredibly inconsistent, and very poor face. In this match he looked very lost through the first half, and his selling was non-existent. He just kind of laid around. Doink pretty much walked him through an okay lay out, but you could kind of tell he was taking advantage of Crush's timidness. You'd see Crush make a very timid comeback and then Doink would shrug it off and cut him back down again. Even though Crush won, via count out, you still kind of felt like Doink was the tougher and more dangerous competitor, which is ridiculous considering we're talking about a Clown and a monster power wrestler. It makes me wonder how Crush is going to fare in the Yokozuna title match on RAW.

After the match a second Doink came out and cracked Crush in the back with a stick and the original hit the ring to join in on the beatdown. You tell me who really won this feud.

SHAWN MICHAELS vs. KEVIN KRUGER
Shawn was in douche overdrive here, tooling Kevin Kruger with single leg takedowns and walking on his back, or just pushing him to the ground like he was a 4 year old. He's kind of like the Steiners the way he takes advantage of his jobbers, but it's not in a physical/painful way. He just castrates them the second the bell ring, and then dances on their testicles. Crush could learn a thing or two from him.

Mabel's pants also double as a body bag for his victims.
THE DEBUTING MEN ON A MISSION vs. CHAD MILLER & MITCH BISHOP
Is a group called MOM, kind of goofy? Are their outfits ridiculous looking? Oh yeah, definitely. But more importantly Mabel made a huge impression. He's massive, he's mean, and he can do a drop kick. Mo wasn't very good and didn't add much of anything to the match, but when Mabel hit the ring, the dynamic changed. Besides the dropkick, he nailed a slick wheel kick, and for the finish he did a second rope leg drop that really had the crowd going. It's another example of bigger guys needing to do more to stay relevant in this new WWF. Undertaker, as we saw on RAW, was starting to evolve his work style and here's Mabel, who could have gotten away with clubbing blows back in '86, doing lightweight moves.

OVERALL SHOW
Crush and Doink probably had their best match, but it's still not very good. The Gunns and HBK had good squashes, and MOM, or more importantly, the future King Mabel made a decent debut. Not a great show, but there was still some interesting things going on.

For next week they plugged Lex Luger wrestling on Superstars, and Vince hyped him by saying "He may love himself, but he loves his country too." which is interesting to say the least. I wonder if they taped another Narcissist match that'll still air after Luger has already turned. How confusing.

Let me know what you think of the debut of Men On a Mission:


Monday, December 12, 2011

THE WWF NEWGENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUPERSTARS 07/03/1993

MARTY JANNETTY vs. TOM STONE
Jannetty was on point for this one and the crowd was pretty hot for him. There was a slick as hell spot that he did where Stone back body dropped him, but Marty landed on his feet and superkicked Stone when he turned around. Loved that.

THE NARCISSIST LEX LUGER vs. RICH MEYERS
As you may have noticed from the date, this show is airing the day before Luger turns and slams Yokozuna. I wonder how far in advance Vince knew Luger was going to be the one to slam Yoko. Luger is totally awesome here. Rich starts it off hot countering Luger and going for quick pins. Luger eventually loses his shit and clotheslines Meyers out of his boots. Luger was mad as hell at Rich thinking he could get one over on him and finished the kid off with the awesome Knockout Forearm. Nice squash.

Being "The Jannetty" isn't so bad with fans like these.
THE STEINERS vs.BARRY HOROWITZ & BRIAN COSTELLO
You can tell the Steiners like Horowitz because they let him go early and focus on Costello. Rick gave him a a belly to belly off the top to warm things up before letting Scott work him over. A Steinerline later and it was all she wrote. Not really a brutal match, by Steiner standards. They seemed more content with doing headlocks and crossfaces, which, honestly look just as painful.

THE 1-2-3 KID vs. RENO RIGGINS
Really nice match from Kid. Within a handful of matches, Waltman is becoming one of the very best workers in the company. He's such a great underdog and his come back spots are explosive and dynamic, and very unlike anything anyone was doing at the time. No moonsault this time, but we did get a great tornado DDT for the finish.

BAM BAM BIGELOW vs. RUDY GONZALEZ
Bammer just dominated. He was really well protected in his loss to Bret, and ever since then they've just had him go out and murder guys left and right. He certainly looks like one of the most dominant wrestlers in the WWF, and unlike someone like Giant Gonzalez, you really believe in it.

BRET HART  GETS AN INTERVIEW 
In a rare TV appearance, Bret gets some time to talk about the Yoko challenge and his King of the Ring win. When asked about whether he could body slam Yokozuna, Bret said he wasn't worried about that, and reminded the audience that he had Yoko totally beat at Wrestlemania before Fuji got involved and that he could beat him for his title in the future. When talk moved to Jerry Lawler, Bret got pretty heated and delivered a very passionate speech about wiping Lawler out of existence. Bret brought the crazy fire hear, and looked scary pissed.

ADAM BOMB vs. JAY SLEDGE
Another Jerry Lawler original.
Total domination. Sledge looked like a crash test dummy flipping and floppy around. Bomb is doing a great job of using his squash matches of showing how dynamic he is as a big man. After every match of his so far, you can't help but be amazed at how agile and powerful he is. He's one of those examples you use in kind of wishing they still had squash matches on WWE programming. I'm not saying every match should be a squash match, but I think when they bring in someone new, he should come in and wrestle 1 month of squashes against nobodies. That way if he doesn't get over, you don't sacrifice anyone's momentum to putting him over.

OVERALL SHOW
A solid set of squash matches. Nothing worth going out of your way for, but nothing really dragged, and each squash was entertaining in some form or another. Next week we get HBK, the debut of Men On a Mission, and what is being billed as the conclusion of the Crush vs. Doink feud. Should be interesting to say the least.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

APACHE ARMY 1.28.2011 SHOW REVIEW

Shin-kiba 1st RING
Attendance: 238


KINTARO KANEMURA vs. YUKI SATO
What a weird start to this. Sato did a top rope dropkick to the back of Kanemura, sending Mr. Grabby hands to the outside. Sato then did a front flip over the top rope to the floor onto Kanemura, and followed it up by  running off the apron and hitting a hurricanrana on the outside. Kanemura sells this by getting up and taking control of the match immediately. LAME. He acts like he physically can't do anything when Sato is on offense, but he looks more than capable when he's hitting his stuff. Lazy match that was made watchable by Sato's bumping.

ARASHI & APACHE OZAKI vs.TOMOHIKIO HASHIMOTO & TOMOHIRO WAKI
"Is there a doctor in the house? I think this show is flat-lining."
Sooooo bad. Waki had like 4 guys in the crowd that were fans and they kept trying to rally the crowd around him, but he stunk. It felt like people pretending to be WWE wrestlers with no context to why they do certain things, they just do them.

ROCKY TITLE MATCH
SHINJUKU SHARK vs. KIKUTARO
Pretty aimless comedy match. Kikutaro didn't even seem to be trying, even though he still got some laughs. This crowd is pretty dead.

TOMOHIKO HASHIMOTO &APACHE KOZAKI  vs.KOHEI SATO & KENICHI YAMAMOTO
Kohei Sato would come in for a minute, kick the crap out of someone and then leave. Then we're left with Yamamato teabagging Kozaki and slapping him in the face. And poor Kozaki. I guess his job is to just stay in the ring and let these guys look tough and never tag out, while fat Hashimoto stands on the apron in his sleaveless shirt farting around. They can't build any heat to get Kozaki out of the ring because he has ample opportunity to get out, he just doesn't. And the plants in the crowd trying to cheer on Kozaki like he's a face in peril only further illustrate how poorly this match is executed. Sato was completely wasted in this and he wrestled like he knew that. Wouldn't mind seeing Kozaki wrestle anywhere else against anybody else, though.

MASATO TANAKA vs.TETSUHIRO KURODA
The first half was Tanaka totally owning Kuroda's leg. I really liked it because he was ruthless in it. But what drives me nuts is that it meant absolutely nothing. It was just padding to stretch this match out to 16 minutes. The last 5-6 minutes were fine, but the crowd didn't seem to care and neither did I. I couldn't get behind the nearfalls because none of them fooled me. Just a weak performance here.

OVERALL SHOW THOUGHTS
This stunk.

Friday, December 9, 2011

JWP "JWP MANIA-X 2011 ~ 20TH ANNIVERSARY" 04.03.2011 REVIEW

Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 852
I don't watch much joshi, but I plan on getting the JoshiMania shows from CHIKARA so I figured I'd watch some to see what's good and what stinks. Let's hope this is the good  stuff. KICK IT.

DASH CHISAKO vs. MANAMI KATSU
Katsu's depressing the crap out of me. 
This is Katsu's debut match, and you can tell. She hasn't quite figured out how to hold herself to look, you know, athletic. I do like that she started the match backing Dash up into the ropes and instead of giving a clean break she just started bringing the forearms. Might as well go for the "W" in your first match. She actually shows some decent execution and fire, but those moments in between delivering the moves or holds are where she loses it. It's kind of like she's a wrestler when she gives a body slam, but she stops being a wrestler when she's walking a or running the ropes. 

Even with all that, it's still a decent match as far as debut matches go. Katsu stays competitive the whole way through, and it helped in making you believe that just maybe she could get the win. You rarely get that much suspense in a wrestler's first match. She could be pretty good someday, but she's got a lot of performance issues she needs to clean up.

JWP JR. TITLE & POP TITLE MATCH(I don't know anything about the Pop title.)
KAGETSU vs AO YAGAMI.
Ao Yagami was fun trying to go for arm bars, and Kagetsu was good at doing some nifty holds. Pretty short match but they kept a quick and fun pace. Yagami delivered possibly the worst 619 I've ever seen, so it's also got that going for it.

JAQUAR YAKOTA & SACHIE ABE vs. KAZUKI & MISAKI OHATA
There's some really rad stuff here. Abe and Ohata worked really well together and brought some real spiffy moves. Really dug the weird submission from the La Magistral. I got no idea what to call it, but it was pretty cool. They also had some fun spots like bridging Jaguar across the bottom ropes at the turnbuckle, Abe across the middle, and Kazuki doing a double knee off the top on them. The finish felt a little abrupt, since they'd been hitting some big stuff, and it just ended off an elbow, but they did put together some nice nearfalls. Fun match.

DYNAMITE KANSAI, COMMANDO BOLSHOI, CARLOS AMANO & masu-me 
VS.
MAYUMI OZAKI, RAN YU-YU, HANAKO NAKAMORI & TOMOKO MORII
Comedy match, that didn't have a whole lot of good comedy spots. Nothing all that interesting, just some fun stuff for the crowd before the final two matches.

JWP TAG TEAM TITLE & DAILY SPORTS WOMEN'S TAG TITLE MATCH
KAYAKO HARUYAMA & TSUBASA KURAGAKI vs. AJA KONG & HAILEY HATRED
Pretty much a fast paced bomb match with both sides just throwing everything they had at each other. Some of it is really good and some of it looks really lazy. I hate it when people don't actually whip a person when they do an irish whip. It's like they just hold their hands and say "Will you run that way for me?" and the person goes "YEAH I LIKE TO RUN!" And that's how it works. Lots of weak clotheslines to. Some of it looks like they're just patting people with their wrists. There is some fun stuff moves and sequences, but really it feels too "my turn your turn" to build any strong emotions.


JWP OPEN WEIGHT TITLE vs. HIGH SPEED TITLE
LEON vs. KAORI YONEYAMA
So shiny. 
This match is pretty damn sweet. Early on I thought it might get pretty bad, as Leon had two botches on the ropes, but both women recovered from them and made them work. Sometimes someone will botch and you'll see their opponent get confused or the the botcher won't let it go, and makes the match slow down and look kind of lame. But not these two, and because of how they handled it, it added to the match. Both of these gals throw some nasty knees and kicks to the brain, and you know I dig that, sucka. I don't know much about most of these girls(I know Aja and Carlos Amano and maybe a couple others) but these two really stuck out and made me fans of their work. They wrestled hard, had a fun match, and did some cool stuff, which is the very least that I can ask of any wrestler.

OVERALL SHOW THOUGHTS
Every match seemed to have some neat stuff, but some heavy negatives. For every cool spot there was some sloppy execution or poor storytelling. The main event is absolutely worth finding if you can. It's the best complete match of the show, and features some very cool stuff. Skip the rest unless you're a crazy completest like me.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: RAW REVIEW WEEK 24

July, 5th 1993

THE DAY THE NARCISSIST LOOKED IN THE MIRROR AND SAW AMERICA
This seems like would have been a lot of fun to attend. I didn't realize Scott Steiner was one of the guys to fail. Crush actually got him up above his shoulder but his back gave out. Once it looked like no one could do it, the helicopter from heaven floated down and an angel emerged. Was it Hulk Hogan? Nay. Was it The Ultimate Warrior? Nay. It was a man so proud of himself that every week he stared at himself in the mirror before his matches in sheer awe of of his physical gifts. A man with an unfair advantage built into his elbow that he uses any time he can use to defeat opponents. Yes, there is only one man in the WWF that can truly encapsulate the American Dream and carry it's hopes on his shoulders in to battle against the evil foreigners and his name... is Lex Luger.

The crowd, once Luger started talking about his foreign adversaries as blood sucking leaches sucking off the American goodwill, got rabidly behind him. And once he hit the body slam, he was the nation's greatest hero immediately. This may be the greatest example of the WWE "Men in Blacking" an audience so successfully.

BLAKE BEVERLY vs. 123 KID

Blake shaved off his little stash and looked pretty much like a bloated Dolph Ziggler. It's pretty crazy. Last time we saw Kid he stole Razor's money and ran away. Apparently he went out and bought himself some new tights. No more "L. Kid" business. Kid started it off hard and fast and the crowd was rocking for it. Bobby Heenan put the kid over amazingly, saying "I know how you beat the kid. You can't make mistake. You have to be perfect. He tries to make you lose your composure and then you're all his." Heel commentators could take note. About the time he said that Blake took over with a nice power slam, and began to get to work.

Blake actually did a pretty cool spot where he suplexed Kid into the corner so that Kid's lower back landed on the top turnbuckle. I don't think I've seen anyone do that before. Some one should probably ape that. Actually Blake in general did a great job working over Kid. He brought an interesting array of offense and was showing a lot more individual personality. Really dig it.

Kid made his come back with the flip off the top to the outside and was able to hang on until hitting the Top Rope Leg Drop for the win. Great match. Never dragged, both guys looked great, with Blake still being memorable despite losing. Once again, listen to Heenan and how he puts over the Kid, while still being totally unlikable.

BAM BAM BIGELOW vs. JOEY MAGGS
Bammer didn't even give this guy anything special. He just beat him with a splash in the corner. I kind of like that. He just comes in and kills a guy quick and fast with what could be considered a minor move and walks off. A real badass

SAMU vs. THE UNDERTAKER
I actually can't remember the last time The Undertaker wrestled on RAW. This may be his first time since the first episode. This is his return match to the WWF, now without the urn. Early on Taker started doing some new stuff like a drop down/leap frog combo(that he botched), a drop toe hold, and a drop kick. Macho was talking about how he'd never seen Taker do anything like that before. I think it's interesting to note, because Undertaker seems like a guy who has always evolved depending on how the company changed. Before, he needed to be big and stiff to play monster to Hogan. Now that the roster is becoming more agile and technically savvy, Taker is doing the same. Later, he'd ramp it up again, adding his MMA stuff.
Yoko watches a clip of Hulk Hogan and the Yeti. 

Really great job from both guys, with Taker refining his "face style" showing more vulnerability and trying to keep up with the new style that's about to take over the company.

YOKOZUNA WAS HIPTOSSED, MAaaaaaaN
Fuji comes out and says it was no body slam, and that Luger was a cheater, using his forearm to gain an advantage. Vince wants to know why Yoko doesn't start lining up challengers like Bret, Macho, and The Hulkster, so I guess Hogan isn't totally out yet. Fuji issues an open contract and Crush walks out to accept the challenge for next week.

MR. PERFECT vs. BRIAN COSTELLO
Perfect, much like Bammer came in to the match in "death mode". He came in nailed this goober with a couple of nasty sounding shops and then a Perfect Plex. Like Bigelow, Perfect came in with high intensity and took care of business. It's a fun dichotomy between the longer matches with Taker and Kid.

OVERALL SHOW
Man, that Blake/123 Kid match is pretty awesome, and I didn't expect it to be. Blake really stepped up. We also got two quick and painless job matches between two legends, and a solid match from Taker/Samu. balance that with the Luger/Yoko stuff and you've got a really great episode of RAW.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: THE EXCLUSIVES PART 2

If you guys missed Part 1, I'm going tying up some loose ends by reviewing the exclusive matches that aired on WWF All-American and WWF Mania. On top of that I'm going to have a little bonus fan cam at the end. Let's rock and roll.

TATANKA vs. BLAKE BEVERLY (ALL AMERICAN 3/21/1993)
Pretty decent match. I've got no idea what you do with Blake Beverly by himself. He doesn't really work without Beau. That's not to say he's bad, he's totally solid, and and a good tag wrestler. In this match he does some nifty little things that get lost, like incidentally putting his shin across Tatanka's throat while pleading to the ref that he's doing nothing wrong. And his power slam is good. Some people have a lame powerslam off the ropes where it looks very cooperative. Blake is one of those guys that looks like he's doing all the work, which is pretty impressive looking.

They told a pretty good story with Tatanka continually trying to make a come back, but always getting cut off.. Eventually he hits his samoan drop finish out of desperation and it's just enough to keep him undefeated. Good stuff.

MR. PERFECT vs. PAPA SHANGO (MANIA 3/27/1993)
I love Gorilla Monsoon. Shango applies a chinlock and starts putting his foot on the ropes for "leverage"(Which has to be one of the lamest moves to combine with the "ropes for leverage" spot) and Gorilla is livid at Hebner's inability to realize the ropes are shaking for a reason. "Whatya think? We had an earthquake? WAKE UP?"

Match isn't anything write home about. Perfect was good as usual. The set up to the Perfect Plex was funny. Perfect was on his back and Shango was going to head butt him in the...nuts...abdomen... something... and Perfect just rolled away. Shango fell on his face and bounced up, only to get hooked in a Perfect Plex.

TYPHOON vs. YOKOZUNA (MANIA 4/17/1993)
The Gorilla Monsoon Comedy Tour rolls on, as he refers to Yokozuna's pre-match ritual as "The Dreaded Salt Ceremony."

Pretty quick match. Yoko's belly to belly on Typhoon was SCARY. And it gave Sir Alfred Hayes a "POWAH" boner. Dude was in awe. That belly to belly pretty much ended the match for poor Typhoon because he had nothing left after that and was eventually a victim to the Banzai Drop. Good while it lasted though, just for Yoko being so dominant.

JIM DUGGAN vs. DAMIAN DEMENTO (ALL AMERICAN 4/18/1993)
Damian, at one point early on, rolled out of the ring to avoid the shoulder tackle. Hacksaw followed him around with out a sense of urgency. Then Damian rolled into the ring, walked across it and rolled out the other side. Hacksaw followed. That was this match. Don't ask me to talk about it any more.

KAMALA vs. PAPA SHANGO (ALL AMERICAN 4/25/1993)
They farted around for about three minutes. Then they just said "forget it" and both of them just walked to the back. No kidding. That's what this was. I will say I appreciate them knowing when to just call it a day. Though I do have to wonder why this would be worth marketing as an exclusive match. Then again, I doubt anyone tuned into All American just because they heard these two were going to rassle.

So.... I dunno about you guys, but I need a pallet cleanser. Since I'm finishing up June(Finally) I've got one more match I need to watch, and I've been saving it for a rainy day. Or a day when I have to watch Jim Duggan wrestle Damian Demento.

BRET HART vs. BOB BACKLUND (MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 6/12/1993)


The first few minutes would actually be more interesting if that guy's head wasn't in the way. That was crazy frustrating. the holds were fine and I felt like they gave the audience just enough anytime they started to get restless without blowing up. I think it's a masterful way of telling the audience "We are in control." I loved the tease for Bob Backlund's dead lift spot. He's done it without much thought on lots of guys, but it felt like all of Bret's arm work may have weakened him too much to do it. By the time he finally does pick the Hitman up, you wonder if it was worth it, as it may have taken too much out of him.

I also liked hearing the guys talking about Misawa and Kobashi and how "the real name of the move is the Scorpion Death Lock" but they were still popping for the 2nd rope elbow drop near fall. I mean... c'mon guys, when has that ever ended a match?

Definitely worth checking out for historical purposes, and it's certainly a totally different style of match than what we were getting on TV at the time. I wouldn't say it was Bret or Bob's best match of the year, but these two will do much better later. It's still a solid match between two awesome rasslers.