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.
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.