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.

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