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:


3 comments:

  1. Mabel certainly looked like he wanted to have nothing to do with his fellow men on a mission. Mo was actually better then expected, he was certainly fired up to be there. Vince's announcing pretty much made it clear that Mabel was the star though.

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  2. Well then JaeDMC, I can tell that Doink was the true winner in his feud against Crush. That feud always gets a bad rap, but Doink was a pretty over heel (mostly because the whole double Doink thing actually added to the character's depth and trickery) and Crush did have some decent fan support at the time. I personally loved the heel Doink, and thought he turned face too soon.

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  3. I'm dreading the face turn of Doink, which will also signal the end of Matt Borne as Doink as well. He's so crazy good. One of the most consistently fun wrestlers in the company at this point in history.

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