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.

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