THE NEW INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION...AND HIS NEW BODYGUARD
So one June 6th, the night before Raw, Shawn Michaels, with the help of the debuting Kevin Nash, defeated Marty Jannetty for the belt at a house show. Diesel, at this point, had no name, other than "Shawn's Insurance Policy"
|Yeah. Reeeeal cool, Big Daddy.|
SHAWN MICHAELS vs. ROSS GREENBERG
Shawn was really hyped up. The crowd was even into him, starting a "Let's Go Shawn" chant. It was small, but audible, and very different than the "Shawn is Gay" chants we've been getting for weeks. He decimated Greenberg, doing his arrogant act to the nines. Shawn was posing and strutting and just felt so amp'd up to be there. It's easy to see why he was getting so much TV time. He finished the match with a piledriver, which is one of his best looking moves, I think.
ADAM BOMB vs. TITO SANTANA
Tito put together a good match for Bomb here. He gave him plenty of room to dominate and the hope spots were good. He even let Bomb kick out of the Flying Forearm. The only problem is Bomb has some crummy looking offense. There's no snap to anything and he looks like he's pulling back to much. He'll throw something out there that looks neat every once and again, like his power slam, but for the most part he looks a little uncoordinated. His finish was a catapulting clothesline to the back of Tito's head, which caught everyone by surprise. It's not great looking, but it looked impressive just because it's 6'6" guy jumping over the top rope into the ring. Bomb isn't awful, as you can clearly see the potential, he's just green.
I kind of felt bad for Tito, even though, I don't know how else he should be used. You could tell Savage felt a little bad for him to, as he was putting over Tito the whole match.
TATANKA vs. PETER WEEKS
Tatanka had a dominated the tubby Peter Weeks. I think he got three "what-a-maneuvers!" out of Vince McMahon. The crowd was doing the Indian chants and it was fun to see Tatanka feed off of it and interact with it. Really good squash for him.
|Drink it up.|
Lawler comes out rocking the Pink and Black, which I don't think was a coincidence. He throws in some classic zingers on the New York crowd. The best being: "You paint your trash cans Red and Gold so your kids think they're eating at McDonald's."
He also explains that the King of the Ring doesn't matter because whoever wins will just be an impostor. The real deal is the future WWF Champion, Yokozuna.
This segment is kind of brilliant in that you get the combination of Fuji and Lawler talking smack on Hogan and getting that heat on to Yokozuna. Both of them take turns talking about all the horrible things Yoko is going to do to the Hulkster when he wins the title. Fun stuff.
BILLY GUNN & RICK STEINER vs. FATU & I.R.S.
The Gunns and the Steiners are facing Headshrinkers and Money Inc in an 8 man at KoTR so they've switched partners for a tag match to build it up. To make things more volatile their regular partners are at ring side.
This was a fun bout stuff. Rick played face in peril, getting beat down by everybody and he did a great job at it. You forget it's possible for the Steiners to show weakness after all the squash matches, but then Rick will remind you that he can bump and sell pretty well. Billy, who you'd think would be the weakest guy in the match, fit right in. He got the hot tag and he was really fired up. The place was going nuts for him, and he got to show off some of the crazy athleticism he's got. Just a couple of matches into his WWF run and it's pretty clear that he's a star. Really fun match.
RAZOR RAMON HAS A LOT ON HIS PLATE
Razor has to promote two matches, one against 1-2-3 Kid for $7,500 next week on Raw, and the other against Bret at King of The Ring. He does throw in a good line about The Nutter Center(where the PPV will take place) being an appropriate name. Because after he's done with The Hitman, he's be "just anutter loser, just anutter grease stain on the mat." That sounds like it came from the Jerry Lawler joke book. Either way it looks like Razor has a lot going on, which is good for everybody.
|Tastes like spice and excitement.|
Decent show. The squashes were good. Tito had a decent match with Adam Bomb and the main event was pretty fun. The promos were solid, with HBK, Razor, Lawler, Yoko, and Fuji all getting to say a thing or two. It's also very very clear that they have moved on from Hogan before the King of the Ring. Shawn Michaels feels more like the top champion than Hulk at this point. And the young new wrestlers are making a fast impression with their style. I can't wait for King of The Ring.