Saturday, February 18, 2012

RESISTANCE PRO: VICIOUS CIRCLE 02/17/2012 REVIEW

Let's hop right on this crazy train.

MR. 450 vs. RICOCHET vs. MATT CROSS
There was an added stipulation in this match that whoever wins gets to take the last slot in the tag tournament AND pick their own partner. This would be extra beneficial to Mr. 450 who competed in it last time around and came up short. In that match 450 really made an impression on the fans with then partner Robert Anthony, and despite being in the ring with one former Tough Enough star and one of the best fliers in the world, he still managed to stand out and impress. This was a really good sprint, with 450 starting out as the lone heel until Matt Cross double crossed Ricochet gaining the ire of the fans in attendance. Matt played it up too, which added a fun twist in the story half way through the match.

The big moment in this match is probably a historic one for me. Some of you who have kept up with my blog know that I've seen Mr. 450 around town a lot. You also know that it's become a running joke that Mr. 450 NEVER does the 450 when I watch him. That changes ladies and gentlemen. I finally witnessed Mr. 450 perform his name sake in a match. I flipped out.

Finish came when Matt Cross capitalized on a Ricochet mistake and hit the Shooting Star Press for the win. After the match Matt Cross asked the fans who they wanted him to pick for his partner. Everyone chanted "Chet" for ring announcer and CHICAGO SPORTSCASTING LEGEND Chet Coppock, who is now surpassing Bryce Remsburg for biggest fan reactions for non-wrestlers. Cross picked.... MR. 450! I love this. I think Mr. 450 may be the person who has really made the most of their opportunity. I can see him getting a lot more work after these shows.

THE SHEIK vs. STEVEN WALTERS
The Sheik came out and his manager Rinaldo Piven ran down the fans and said that their was some racial prejudice going on and that the Sheik deserved to be in the title match tonight, not Rhino. They were then going to have The Sheik kiss the flag to show how much he loves America, but Walters came out to interrupt this horrific scene. Then they wrestled some uninteresting wrestling untill....

At some point Walters got his bell rung and turned into Hacksaw Jim Duggan. No joke. He fell out of the ring came up with a 2x4 and started yelling "HO!." When he got in the ring he kind of, I don't know, zonked out, and did the ol' Marx Bros. Mirror routine with Piven before The Sheik blindsided him. It was...strange. Sheik locked on the camel clutch but Walters made it to the ropes. Sheik wouldn't break the hold and got DQ'd. Then it got nasty. Sheik didn't want to stop beating on poor Walters so he too the guardrail I was leaning on and powerbombed Walters on to it. It was painful looking.

DARCY DYNASTY
Darcy came out and said she'd gotten a new trainer named Eric St. Vaughn to work with her Darcy Dynasty, which will rule the Resistance Pro roster. They then started to do some body builder poses until Robert Anthony came out. For those who don't remember Robert Anthony was the funny bastard that said he would "Punch you in the penis." He kicked them out of the ring because he had a match. The crowd loved him for this. I dig Darcy's act though. She's pretty confident on the mic, gets straight to the point, and can be a little entertaining. Hope this "Dynasty" that she's putting together is good group.

ROBERT ANTHONY vs. JOHN SKYLER
Now both of these guys, I guess are heels. And they both have some of the worst looking gear in wrestling. But none of that matters, because Robert Anthony was killing it all match. He kept pretending like he would got for a big move and then deliver a headlock instead. Then we all just started chanting for headlocks. Robert Anthony got the headlock over as a move to look forward to in 2012.

 The highlight would have to be Anthony's top rope hurricanrana which he does by running across the ring and leaping onto the guy's shoulders from the mat. It's pretty impressive and he should make more of a show of it. It happens so quick that I think some people don't realize how fucking awesome it was that he can do that. Kind of a dud, saved by Anthony's antics. Keep this guy.

TAG TOURNAMENT MATCH
SUGAR DUNKERTON & AARON EPIC vs. DANY ONLY & EDDIE GRAVES
You're probably going to hear quite a bit about this one. Sugar Dunkerton (who you guys probably know I'm a big fan of) and Aaron Epic started a new act and it's...a little different. Dunkerton and Epic are essentially prisoners. They're lead to the ring in shackles by a security guard and a Warden, unbind them and allow them to wrestle.. Read that again and think about it.

I'm not sure what I think and I don't think the crowd did either. Are they good? Are they bad? Why are they prisoners? So many questions. The match itself kind of suffered from it. It's such an over the top kind of thing that I think the crowd needed more to go on before they could get behind it. It wasn't a bad match by any means, Graves and Only are scuzzy guys and easy to hate. They're not incredible or anything but they don't have to be. Dunkerton worked hard and got the crowd firmly on his team's side, which one convincingly, and really his performance is what made the gimmick work after the match.

So they're celebrating and then the security guard comes in with the cuffs and the look on Sugar's face tells the audience the whole story and it's almost like you could hear it clicking into place for people(myself included). The Warden is using them to get the tag titles for his personal trophy case. They do the work he gets the glory. The only time they're free is in the ring but when that bell rings it's back in the chains. All it took was that look of total disappointment from Dunkerton at the end to make something kind of ridiculous... work. I don't know if this kind of gimmick has long legs, but I'm intrigued to see where it can possibly go from here, which is good enough for me.

RESISTANCE PRO WOMEN'S TITLE MATCH
MELANIE CRUISE vs. SASSY STEPHIE
If you remember Stephie beat Cheerleader Melissa to get in this match after Cruise intereferred in the match. Cruise played up a knee injury, saying she didn't want to wrestle but the ref made her anyway. This was... not so great. There was some sloppy work and the crowd didn't seem to really care one way or the other. there was some interesting moments, like when Serenity dove into the ring after sneaking in from the balcony to take stop some of Cruise's entourage from interfering, but for the most part it was kind of forgettable. Cruise won with Burning Hammer kind of move. I'm a little disappointed as I was hoping for the story with her and Mellisa to be furthered a little, but nothin'.

JAY BRADLEY vs. A COUPLE OF GUYS.
Jay Bradley came out and issued an open challenge. The first guy out was Chris. Chris was like a little Samoa Joe, but Latino and less scary looking. Basically if the Manny from Modern Family became a wrestler. This never even really started, as Bradley pretty much blasted him with a Lariat for the win right off the bat. After the match Jay berated the crowd and Billy Corgan for not giving him anything to do. He said he wanted another match. Out came this thick white guy in a poncho and sombrero. Chris said it was his uncle but I think he wasn't in the right mind to speak.

I wish I knew this guy's name because he gave Bradley a pretty good match. Easily the best performance for Bradley since this company started. It was just two dudes brawling around and being stiff as hell. It's totally worth looking for. Bradley's opponent kind of had this low-rent Hijo Del Vader thing going on that I LOVED. Lots of intensity between two heavyweights beating the snot out of each other. One of the better matches of the night that ended with Jay squeaking out the victory with a surprise Lariat..

THE ROCK N' ROLL EXPRESS vs. KENTUCKY FRIED BUFFET
THE MOTHER F'N ROCK N' ROLL EXPRESS, MAN! This match was awesome. The crowd was nuts the whole time and the guys in the ring deserved it. Ricky Morton can still bump and work a crowd, brother. It never slowed down, they did some really fun spots and the Kentucky guys were perfect foils for the older and wiser RnRs. I screamed like a mad man the whole match. I can't even believe they WON. Which means they're coming back for another match in the tournament. This one is worth looking for if you want to see a couple of legends who aren't embarrassing themselves when they step in the ring. Really fun.

RESISTANCE PRO HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH
HARRY SMITH vs. RHINO
Harry Smith is like the John Cena of R-Pro, except I think he's actually really good. But no matter what he does he can only get a certain section of fans to cheer him while the dudes cheer for whoever he's up against. They did it for Steen and they definitely did it for Rhino. This match was really good and didn't disappoint. Rhino looked to be in great shape and they cut a pretty decent pace for two bulkier heavyweights. It's been a while since I've seen Rhino wrestle but he can still go and honestly should still be on National TV. He was beaming with this bizarre intense charisma the whole match and a lot of the crowd was eating it up. There was no stopping him.

The finish was pretty nifty with Harry reversing a pin attempt into a Triangle Choke for the tap. It caught some folks off guard, and felt a little abrupt for my tastes. I think some of that feeling may come from the crowd not really feeling it for Harry's comes backs in general.

After the match, Rhino said that it was supposed to be 2 out of 3 falls and challenged Harry to keep going. Harry wasn't feeling it. Then Rhino challenged him with something near and dear to him, something he said meant more to him than life itself. His ECW HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE. Billy Corgan came down and made the match for next month Title vs. Title.

OVERALL SHOW: Easily the best show so far. Only a couple of matches were clunkers but there was a lot more quality than on past shows. R-Pro has a good mix of heavyweight guys and juniors, comedy and serious. And with this show it seemed like it was hitting on nearly every cylinder.

The tag tourney is really a highlight right now. We're getting a large variety of people that all seem like fun candidates to win and the matches are usually the best ones on the show. I wish they'd create a bracket or something for people to follow and get excited about, because right now it seems kind of made up on the fly, which hurts the stakes in a big way.

The title feud is really fun. Rhino is killing his promos and I feel like their first match delivered and I have high hopes for the second. Harry is a legit good wrestler. Great technique. Great pacing. Solid selling. I don't know what he has to do to get the crowd over to his side. Face the Sheik 1 on 1, I guess. No one wants to cheer that guy.

There's still some weirdness, but it's more apart of the midcard stuff than the main attractions, so it's easier to live with. The good news is that I think after three shows it's pretty clear what wrestlers they should keep around and which ones should be phased out.

If you're going to check out Resistance Pro, so far this would be the show I recommend you watch. This is the show where you can really see the potential for something awesome.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

TNA IMPACT REVIEW 2.09.2012

We're still in England and we're now adding a lot of Star Wars advertising to promote the 3-D re-releases of the movies.

BOBBY ROODE AND BULLY RAY TALK ANGRY WORDS OF ANGER
Bully calls out Bobby Roode wondering why Roode never has his back. Roode comes out and litterally says, "Hey let's get in the ring and talk." I feel like that's how most wrestling companies think when they're figuring out what to do for a show. After some bickering between the two buddies, Stinger comes out and says he's making himself a special enforcer for the championship 4 way at the PPV. He then books them into a tag match against James Storm and himself. I like that the ran through this relatively quickly. Starting off shows with talking has become so tiresome, but thankfully these guys just got right to the point and got the hell out.

CHRISTOPHER DANIELS vs. AJ STYLES
This started off pretty hot, but once it settled down it was pretty uninspired. the wear down stuff from Daniels was pretty boring and felt like filler to pad the time. This was more about the angle on whether Kazarian would hand over the foreign object to Daniels, which I guess is interesting. At least they have a story. They could just be trading wins for no rhyme or reason in the midcard.

MAGNUS & SAMOA JOE ARE AWESOME
Magnus and Joe hit the ring and Magnus cuts a great promo about their history and how well they're working together. He was absolutely solid in this and had the crowd hanging on to everything. Morgan and Crimson came out and attacked the challengers to end the segment. Pretty simple, no nonsense segment that was well executed.

DOUG WILLIAMS vs. ALEX SHELLY vs. AUSTIN AERIES
This was a blast. Pretty fast paced with no mucking around. Based off of two performances Austin Aeries is owning this show. Just the way he mugs on the crowd and the way he makes everything he does look like a big deal. Shelly was really charismatic but his selling is waaaaaay over the top, and kind of brought some of the stuff down. Doug Williams looked good, he should have a bigger part on the show.

WELL YA KNOW SOMETHIN' GARRETT
Hulkster said a lot of stuff, pretty much begging the fans to cheer for this Eric's son. Eric came out and told him to stay out of their family stuff. Hulkster said he got Stinger to book a match at the PPV between Gunner and Garrett. So we've got that to look forward to. Then the faces cleared the ring to the love and admiration of millions.

MICKIE JAMES vs. VELVET SKY
They were given what felt like a long time, and thee was some good stuff mired by some really sloppy execution. Velvet looked confused a couple of times as to what they were doing.

STING & JAMES STORM vs. BULLY RAY & BOBBY ROODE

I liked this match. Sting worked well, and Bully Ray was still doing a great job with his control segments. I'll probably harp on it forever, but he along with Sting and Austin Aeries do a great job at making what they do seem important. It's not what they do but how they do it.

I still felt James Storm was the weakest link in the match, but he didn't really drag it, he just didn't really add to it. I really liked the finish because I don't feel like it killed Bobby Roode. He's still a tough competitor but his partner bailed on him, leaving him no other choice but to tap to one of the more important submissions in wrestling: Sting's Scorpion Deathlock

OVERALL SHOW: Actually a decent show. I didn't feel like I was talked down to, so much, and some of the action really delivered. There's more positives than negatives at this point which I can't say has been the case for TNA very often.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

THE WWF NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUPERSTARS REVIEW 7/31/1993

MEN ON A MISSION vs. BROOKLYN BRAWLER & BRIAN COSTELLO
Mo was not too shabby, rocking some armdrags and getting the crowd hyped. Mabel finished things off with his wheel kick that perfectly nailed Costellow in the face. Vince was ridiculous trying to sound hip with stuff like "Mabel is so big he's...DA WHOLE HOOD!"

Lawler likens Mabel to a certain whale from Seaworld
ADAM BOMB vs. TONY DEVITO
Total destruction. Adam Bomb has a weird power bomb. He gets them up over his right shoulder and just lets them slip off the side as he comes to his knee. It looks like the total distance the victim is falling is really small.

MR. HUGHES vs. JASON HEADINGS
I don't think I've seen Headings before. He bumped pretty well for Hughes, and made his sidewalk slam/chokelsam move look extra impressive. Once again the Undertaker has someone bring out a wreath and Hughes rips it apart. This has happened six billion times. I'm ready for these two to mix it up already.

After the match we get a clip from Wrestle Challenge where Jerry Lawler interviews The Undertaker. Taker takes the mic and basically says "If you bring me the urn now I'll bring you to your demise quickly. Otherwise it's going to be a long and agonizing death." 

Because he literally kills people.

THE HEADSHRINKERS vs. DAVE THORNBERG & BRET TYLER
This was great. Headshinkers murder Tyler with a double clothesline that knocks him out. They act confused, trying to wake him up. Then they roll him to the corner and lift his hand so he can tag in the other jabronie so they can wrestle more. After beating on Thornberg they knock him out with a sick power bomb. They look confused again, and with no other option they start fighting each other. Afa tells them to cool it and just finish the match. Fatu ends it with a big splash off the top rope. GREATNESS.

MR. PERFECT vs. GLEN RUTH
Nothing says, "America" like making your pecs ripple with Regis.
Perfect spit his gum out of his mouth and slapped it into the crowd. Some guy caught it and was celebrating like he was Wrigley and caught a home run. Perfect hasn't been up to much since his King of the Ring match, but he looks ready to rock here. At one point he was going to roll Ruth back into the ring and then got the bright idea to throw the guy into the steps. The crowd was hot for it too. It felt like this organic moment that he did specifically to get them going and they knew it. I can't explain it, but him and the crowd were on the same wave length during this one.

SHERRI vs. LUNA VACHON
Bigelow comes down and starts intimidating Sherri on the mic. Sherri ain't scared of nothing and slaps the Beast from the East in the face. Bigelow doesn't like that and backs Sherri into the corner. Luna sneaks behind her and chokes her from the apron. TATANKA saves the day and clears the house with some tomahawk chops. This storyline seems to have taken FOREVER. Bigelow and Tatanka have been sort of feuding  since February I think.

OVERALL SHOW: Nothing to write home about other than two really fun squashes. It's kind of a let down after the last two weeks of Steiners/Money Inc. matches. But there is a lot of story progression going on with feuds between Lawler/Hart, Undertaker/Hughes, Yokozuna/Luger and now Tatanka/Bigelow being apart of the show.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

THE WWF NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: RAW REVIEW WEEK 27

07.26.1993

Doink kicks this mother off talking about the Macho Man. He's pissed that a few weeks ago Savage interfered in his match with Crush. It was the big RAW match where Savage pulled the real Doink out from under the ring. Doink said that if Savage was a good "Macho Boy" he might get a special surprise tonight. DIG IT.

Also Stu and Helen Hart are in the crowd.

BAM BAM BIGELOW vs. BRET "HITMAN" HART
This one started off great with Bret taking it to Bammer in a big way. Then Bret went up top and did what looked like a flying Thesz Press, but his legs were extended and the left one bent sideways under Bigelow's back. It was pretty bad because Bret had to take the whole commercial break to get over it. Bigelow was tremendous during this, doing cartwheel's and taunting the crowd while Bret recuperated. Bret eventually got his legs back under him and the match really started to come together in the second half. Then Jerry Lawler came out.

Lawler came out and started harassing Stu and Helen in the upper deck. He was cracking some great one liners that only Lawler can deliver. Eventually Bret had enough and left the ring to get to Lawler. This meant he was counted out and Bammer won. It's too bad this match had a rough start and a rough ending because Bigelow and Hart really work well together.

MR. HUGHES vs.ROSS MOTHER F'N GREENBERG
YES. Greenberg is back and is selling is still ridiculous. Early on it looked like Hughes was just holding his head, preparing to headbutt him, and Greenberg just started selling his head like he was under a psychic attack from Jean Grey. Every squash is better with Ross Greenberg involved
Legend.

THE SMOKING GUNNS vs. DUANE GILL & GLEN RUTH
Man it's like the Jobber All-Stars tonight. First Greenberg and now Gill and Ruth. This match actually runs a little too long for what they did. Gunns never looked in danger and anything longer than 3 minutes is kind of too much for that kind of match.

LEX WILL ANSWER YOU RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES
Lex Luger had a quiet sitdown with Vince McMahon and gave a nice quiet interview with Vicne. One of the keys was that he didn't care about the stipulation calling for him to pad his elbow, he just was happy to have the match. They kind of had this poilitcal candidate feel, with Vince asking if Luger was prepared to tell the fans about who he is and what he stands for. It makes me wish him and Yoko had a townhall style debate leading up to the match. It's actually a neat interview and Luger came across very honest and genuine in it. It's a nice contrast to the regular loud and intense promos you get from most wrestlers.

DOINK THE CLOWN vs. PHIL APOLLO
Pretty good Doink squash match, but that's no surprise. He tooled this guy on the mat and busted out a nice fireman's carry take down and a solid belly to belly suplex. After he finished off Apollo with a nasty Whoopie Cushion, he got on the mic to have a talk with Savage.

Looks like Linda is hanging in the the White Collar Douchebag section.
Doink challenged Savage to a match next week and told him that he wouldn't be seeing double, he'd be seeing triple vision. Then a second Doink popped up in the ring and a third popped up in the stands. Savage said "If next week is the official reentering of the Macho Man into the ring, that's cool, that's hip, that's an 'oh yeah' right there." I love that man.

OVERALL SHOW
Really solid show with a couple of decent squashes against some great jobbers. The Bigelow/Hart match could have been a lot better but there was some flashes of greatness here and there so it's not a total wash. Really like the build of the Lawler/Hart angle, even though I don't buy Lawler as a legit threat to anyone in this company, despite my USWA upbringing would have me believe otherwise.

The best news is that next week we get my favorite wrestler vs. Doink the Clown. Hopefully it doesn't disappoint.

Friday, February 3, 2012

TNA IMPACT 2/02/2012 REVIEW

Here we go. It's been many months since I've watched Impact and I've decided to check in so I know what the product is like that I'm bashing all the time. And who knows, maybe it'll be good. The odds are not in my favor, I know that.

BOBBY ROODE AND BULLY RAY TALK WORDS
Roode and Bully hit the ring and start talking smack on the fans and Jeff Hardy, who they say they've eliminated from competition with a power bomb through the table. Bully is a great talker but I was surprised about how much I dug Roode. I don't remember him being particularly interesting, but he had this Shane Douglas "Franchise" thing going on that I really loved. 

James Storm came out to answer the heels. I really hate the way he says "Sorry about your damn luck" catch phrase entrance. The emphasis on "damn" throws it off and makes it sound extra cheesy. Before he can say anything Stinger comes out to lay down some law. He says Against All Odds is now a four way for the title between Jeff, Storm, Roode, and Bully. Then Storm gets his wish and is booked in TWO matches one against the champ and the second against Bully. Weird.

BUCKING HAM BRAWL NON TITLE MATCH
MAGNUS & SAMOA JOE vs. CRIMSON & MATT MORGAN(c)
So the rules are one team gets to have both guys in while the other must tag in and out. The faces, I guess they're the faces, of Joe and Magnus get to double up on Crimson. Joe and Magnus actually work really well together in a way I didn't expect. Crimson didn't seem to have much of a personality at all but he took an alright beating from Joe and Magnus. Morgan has some horrible clothesline and should not do them ever again. He's got to be one of the least intimidating big men in wrestling right now. Joe and Magnus capitalize on their advantage and score a win on the champs which I would imagine sets them up for a title match. Okay match.

THE BISCHOFF & HIS SON LIKE TO STAND IN THE RING AND TALK SHOW
Looks like El Hijo Del Honky Tonk Man to me.
Bear with me, as I haven't been keeping up with this. Easy E's son Garrett has become a wrestler and E thinks it's stupid. Garrett also apparently has a secret trainer that they know but they won't say who he is. So that they can make it a surprise for later. Garrett has sideburns like one of the Young Bucks which automatically makes him no good to me. This trainer better be Doink or this angle will have been a waste of time.

X DIVISION MATCH
MARK HASKINS vs. AUSTIN AERIES
Austin Aeries is killer in this match. He doesn't do a lot but everything he does has so much show to it that he makes it look important. He feeds great for Haskins too, letting the kid get as much shine as he can, before putting him down. I feel bad for Haskins though. How bad is it that you're hyped up as the home town guy and the crowd chants for your opponent the whole match? But worse than that was the landing on his Shooting Star Press attempt. Could have ended really badly for that guy. Not a great match or anything, but I really enjoyed Aeries' performance.

BOBBY ROODE vs. JAMES STORM
It's a little bit of a mixed bag. There's some good work here to be sure, and the guys cut a pretty good back forth pace. One problem I have is that neither guy seems to use moves as an extension of their character. They both just have a collection of cool things and use them without any real build or motive. And some of the moves they do they just should do. James Storm's back cracker, hurricanrana off the top, and knee drop should all be cut. Roode's spear is another awful one and that's the one that won the match. Both of these guys seem to have a good work ethic but they need to refine what their story is when they're wrestling. Right now it's just "do stuff until one of us wins."

NON-TITLE MATCH
GAIL KIM vs. TARA
Some pretty decent work from both of ladies. Gail Kim could probably stand to tighten it up a little bit, especially if she's going to be throwing forearms, but it's a small nitpick. I was actually impressed by Tara who looks a lot more motivated than the last time I saw her in TNA. I think it's a little odd that the tag champs, the women's champ, and the world champ all wrestled non-title matches against people they're going to be competing against at the PPV. You'd think they'd book some tag matches or something.

BISCHOFF'S KID AGAIN
So Bischoff, Gunner and Garrett are in the ring again and Bischoff says he and his spies(he's got spies Game of Thrones style) haven't seen this mystery trainer in the building so it's time to cut this charade and go home. Then Hulk Hogan comes out and punches Gunner in the face. Apparently he's the trainer. That's weird that Bischoff didn't know Hogan was there, considering Mike Tenay had been hyping the return of Hogan the whole show. 

JAMES STORM vs. BULLY RAY
Storm has some injured ribs from the last match, which means Ray has a nice big target to work on. Bully does a great job at it too, coming up with all kinds of different ways to crush Storm's torso. Storm gives another mediocre performance, with some weak comebacks and some suspect selling. He also has a pretty weak ass superkick for a finisher. What's going on with this guy? I don't get him at all. He's thick, he's got a beard, he should be punching guys in the face not doing back crackers and superkicks. He was even going to do that Kofi Kingston/Christian corner kick counter, except Bully stopped him. His look, character, and ring work don't mix at all. 
He just walked in on Brooke in the shower. YAPPAPI~!

OVERALL SHOW
Hey, this show didn't suck! Some decent wrestling and I got to see some dudes that I'd like to see in the future. I really dug the Joe/Magnus team. Aeries and Bully were MVPs and I'm hoping to see Roode work with some different opponents. 

It also can't be said enough, but holy crap does a good crowd change TNA completely. That London crowd made this highly enjoyable, and is so much better than watching a show that takes place in the Impact Zone. I never want to see that place again. 

There were some flaws, but nothing ridiculously stupid as has been the case in the past. Really the worst part of the show was the Garrett Bischoff stuff and really that stuff wasn't that bad, it just seems like a bit of a waste of a good angle. Seems like they could use that spot for a wrestler that actually has potential to be something great. Unless Garrett has some kind Bret Hart level skills, I can't see his goofy sideburns amounting to much. 

Finally, and this is kind of a biggie, I don't really have a hook to watch for next week. All the faces won, I think, and there wasn't really a question posed to me that makes me want to tune in next week. It's a problem that both RAW and TNA have in that they take for granted that you're just going to watch next week because you're a fan and you've got nothing else better to do.

I guess I'm going to keep going until at least Against All Odds. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

THE WWF NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUPERSTARS 7/24/1993 REVIEW

Lots of stuff going on this week. Hyping whether or not Yokozuna accepts the challenge of Luger for Summerslam, debut of Ludvig Borga, the Quebeccers, and the rematch for the tag titles between Money Inc. and The Steiners. Let's kick this beast off with....HOooooooooooo!

HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN vs. DUANE GILL
Hacksaw gets on the mic and talks about how proud he is to be an American and how proud he is of Lex Luger. There has to be a Luger/Hacksaw USA tag match, right? You'd have to be insane to pass that up, right?

I may not be a big fan of this era of Duggan's career but that guy can work the crowd like a madman. They never shut up once. He didn't do a whole lot accept knock Duane around with some clubbing blows, but why would he when the crowd was this hot?

JACK TUNNEY MAKES THE MATCH
Tunney via phone says that he's never seen this much support for a wrestler ever and that he'll be sanctioning a title match at SummerSlam between Luger and Yokozuna. However Fuji has insisted that a stipulation that Luger will have to wear a protective padding on his forearm due to having that steel plate. After a brief Luger interview we cut back to the arena where Vince McMahon says that Luger having to wear a forearm cover is a bit unfair.

Wut in da hale?

A couple of weeks ago Lex Luger was knocking guys out with that forearm and everyone was whining how unfair it was. Slap an American  flag on him and all of a sudden it's a disadvantage that he can't swing his bionic forearm around freely on these foreign pieces of garbage. No wonder I hated Lex Luger for so many years. This entire angle and character made me think Lex Luger was the biggest piece of crap, and it wasn't until a few years ago when I went back and watched his older stuff that I realized how good he was.

LUDVIG BORGA vs. TONY DIMAURO

Ludvig is an impressive looking guy but he doesn't do much of anything in this match. Seems very stiff in terms of movement. He does however bust out a nasty flying clothesline that nails Tony right in the face for the finish.  Actually the best part of this match was how crazy Tony DiMauro(who's name is spelled 4 different ways all over the web) got when he tried to make his comeback. Guy exploded and nailed a nice clothesline and looked like he was about to pop out of his skin when he was posing for the crowd. Really by the end of the match I remembered DiMauro more than Borga, so I'm sure Tony was promptly fired forever.

WWF TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH
THE STEINERS vs. MONEY INC.
This isn't as good as their first match, but they do try to do some different things. For one we start with Irwin actually one upping Scotty a couple of times as opposed to the other way around. For another, Rick plays face in peril with Money Inc utilizing some different heel tactics to control him, like an assisted abdominal stretch.

Scotty is a great hot tag, and busts out some great stuff like the Tiger Driver. the finish was a little weird, but hopefully it means one more match. Schyster and Scotty were battling on the apron and Irwin suplexed Scott from the apron into the ring as the ref counted to 10. So technically the Steiners won by count out. It was a creative finish but I'd hate for that to be the blow off match to the feud.

123 KID vs. BARRY HOROWITZ
I think someone ribbed the Kid because he's got no eyebrows. It's weird looking. Kid still busted out some nice stuff, including his nasty corner bump where he hits the turnbuckle ass first and basically powerbombs himself. Nothing particularly great but just a nice squash for the Kid.

THE QUEBECCERS vs. RICH MEYERS & TONY WEBB

Oh man they abuse these guys. When the first move of the match is a package piledriver you know you're in trouble. They do some crazy double teams like a weird Hart Attack/Whoopie Cushion thingy and a nasty leg sweep clothesline clombo that looked like it really messed Meyers up. I totally want to see these guys wrestle the Steiners now. Bring that stuff on.

OVERALL SHOW: The Steiner match wasn't as good as the previous one but it was still pretty decent. We also got some interesting debuts, in particular The Quebeccers who have some of the best double team moves  you'll get to see. the tag scene is really blowing up with The Steiners, Money Inc. The Gunns, M.O.M, The Quebeccers, and the Headshrinkers all being pretty solid teams.


NEXT WEEK: Next week we get to see Sherri vs. Luna Vachon for the first time. Hopefully we get more Luna promos because she's one of the best talkers in the whole damn company at this point.

Sherri looks on as Zack Ryder attempts to change a tire.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

THE WWF NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUPERSTARS 07/17/1993 REVIEW

CIVIC CENTER
HUNTINGTON, WV

TATANKA vs. BRIAN COSTELLO

Tatanka wasn't messing around with this jabronie. Peppered him up with chops and hitting him with some meaty clotheslines. All Costello got in was a head slam into the turnbuckle, which was immediately shrugged off so Tatanka could Hulk up and whip his ass some more. I love seeing Tatanka fired up and taking advantage of jobbers.

ADAM BOMB vs. RICH MEYERS
Costello posing during his introduction. He's kind of a big deal.
Johnny Polo kept yelling "CAN I GET A WITNESS!?!" on the outside. Not much to this badboy as poor Rich just took a beating. Bomb looked good showing his power and agility. His slingshot clothesline is looking more impressive. While watching this match, I think I realized Sheamus might be everything I wish Adam Bomb was.

MACHO MAN IS DESTINED FOR THE HALL OF FAME
So they're building up the card for the next MSG show which features 123 Kid making his MSG debut against Doink, Jerry Lawler vs. Macho Man, and Bret vs Yoko in a steel cage match. After the report Vince says something about how Madison Square Garden has a Hall of Fame and that Jerry Lawler will be facing "A man, in my opinion, destined to be in the WWF HALL OF FAME, Macho Man Randy Savage."

I got kind of sad, thinking about how big an ass Vince is, but then Macho Man told Jerry Lawler, in regards to their meeting at MSG, "Don't buy any ripe bananas because you're not going to be around at all."

So yeah, that made me happy again.

WWF TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH
THE STEINERS vs. MONEY INC
Let's watch it:

Great stuff here. IRS and Scott work really well together, and their early stuff with Irwin getting out wrestled  and having to get a rope break is really fun to watch. IRS and DiBiase both really brought it, looking more athletic than they have since I started this project. And really this is worth checking out to see how great Ted and Schyster are at working the crowd, because they had that place rocking by the time The Steiners were ready for a come back. Lots of fun sneaky heel tactics. The finish saw IRS nailing Scott with a briefcase after Scott hit his Frankensteiner and putting DiBiase on top for a pin. The ref counted a 3 in favor of Money Inc but a second ref came down and said there was some shenanigans and DQ'd them.

After the match Money Inc were livid saying that this wouldn't have happened to Bret Hart or Hulk Hogan. They challenged the Steiners to another bout next week on Superstars.  Backstage the Steiners agreed but said this would be their last shot. Can't wait for the rematch.

MR. HUGHES vs. SONNY ROGERS
Mr. Hughes whipped this guys ass and then tore up another wreath at ringside. Undertaker is going to be so upset.

OVERALL SHOW: Really a one match show with some decent squashes, and I don't mind that, especially with such a solid tag match. I can't wait to see the rematch. It really gave me more respect for the Steiners, who worked really well in a very different style of match than they're used to having.