Sunday, May 13, 2012

THE WWF NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUPERSTARS REVIEW 08/21/1993

Before the intro Jerry Lawler and a man in a pink Cadillac who could have been Elvis Presley told Bret he was was going to beat him up something good.

"I said, "I don't care how old you are, my hunka burnin' love is flarin'"
MARTY JANNETTY vs. BARRY HOROWITZ
This was nice and quick, with Horowitz getting outsmarted at every turn. Apparently Jannetty is booked to wrestle Ludvig Borga at SummerSlam, so they had an inset promo of Borga telling Marty that he's going to bring him "pain and pain and pain and it ain't going to go away." He looked so goofy saying it too. I wish I could just clip it out and post it for you, but that's more effort than I'm willing to give. Jannetty won with the top rope fist drop after hitting a super kick. EVERYONE is doing super kicks now.

THE QUEBECERS vs.DAN DUBIEL & SCOTT DESPRES
Hell, between Well Dunn and The Heavenly Bodies making their debut and all the other tag teams that have gotten time, I forgot about the Quebeccers. Jacques started this off by hitting a package piledriver on Jabroni #1 and then back body dropping Pierre on top of him. After the nasty Boston Crab Top Rope Legdrop Combo, Savage said "I officially retire from wrestling." You'd think it would be over but Jabroni #2 broke up the pin. Macho replied, "I'd be mad at my partner if he broke up that pin." Pierre was pretty upset and through Jabroni #1 to #2 and told him to get his ass in the ring. #2 didn't last long, and got murdered by a disgusting front flip off the top rope. These two may care less about their opponents than the Steiners. Awesome squash if you like watching Jabroni's get obliterated.

ADAM BOMB vs. MIKE MORALDO
Poor Mike Moraldo got tossed over the top rope, did a flip and cracked his back across the apron. It looked brutal and got a pretty concerned reaction from Vince. Kudos to him because he got back in the ring and took a another nasty bump off a flying clothesline where he rolled over on his neck.  One power bomb later and this one was over.

RAPPING RANDY & MEN ON A MISSION RAP ABOUT LEX LUGER
Just watch it.



MR. HUGHES vs. MIKE BUCCI
Another jobber who'd later become a famous ECW alumni. Bucci didn't get to do much and the announcers were more occupied talking about Jerry Lawler having to leave the booth to check on his Cadillac. This of course sets him up to do something ridiculous during Bret's interview segment NEXT! Bucci lost, by the way. I'm sure you were wondering. Thankfully for him he didn't experience anything like the last couple of jobbers.

BRET HART IN THE SUMMERSLAM
You know what I love about Bret Hart? A lot of things. But during all of his promos for Jerry Lawler he always says, "In the SummerSlam." As in, "Lawler, when I get a hold of you in the SummerSlam." I have no idea why he says it like that but he does. Lawler actually didn't come out during this, I guess he left so he wouldn't have to listen to the promo.

He can act like nothing's wrong, but we all know better.
BAM BAM BIGELOW vs. BOBBY WHO
Bobby Who looks like he might have a Hitler stache, but there's no hair in the middle. It's like two mini- Hitler staches. I can't even focus on the rest of the match. Bigelow made short work of him with the flying headbutt. That's about it.

MEN ON A MISSION vs. IRON MIKE SHARPE & JEFF LEAVITT
Mike Sharpe started off pushing Mo around forcing him to make a tag. Mabel got in and popped Sharpe a good one with that crazy wheel kick he does. Sharpe got the hell out of there, but poor Jeff wasn't such a hot back up plan. He got Double Choke Slammed and then squashed by Mabel's big splash. Crowd is really into the Men on a Mission. It helps that Oscar interacts with them and gets them excited.

OVERALL SHOW: 
Some brutal squashes, so it's memorable in that respect. It also featured a decent Bret Hart promo and an even better one from Macho Man hyping his tag match at Nasau Colliseum.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

RESISTANCE PRO: SMALL DEADLY SPACE LIVE EVENT REPORT

5.11.2012

First things first, it's a new venue and it's AWESOME. Nice space, good seating and no bad sight lines. While the Excalibur looks cool, in practice it's not the best place for wrestling fans. And I think based on the way this show turned out, the folks at Resistance Pro might want to think about booking this place again in the future. Crowd was hot all night.

Secondly, this show was taped for WCIU(THE U, baby!), and will air on June 10th. That's five days before the next live Resistance Pro show which will be back at the Excalibur. By the way, when they announced we'd be going back to the Excalibur the crowd booed.

Let's get on with it!

BONUS MATCH NUMERO UNO!
THUNDERKITTY vs. AIDA MARIE

Aida Marie had Vickie Guerrero's annoying voice down pat, and so it was really easy to hate on her. Thunderkitty.... oh man, Thunderkitty was awesome. She looks like an old time women's wrestler from the 50's, and even better, she can wrestle like it. It's kind of the perfect package, really and I think a lot of people dug it. The match was so so, but the crowd was having fun with it, and I popped huge when Thunderkitty won with a SLEEPER HOLD. So hells yeah, sign me up for the Thunderkitty fanclub.

BONUS MATCH NUMERO DOS!
CHRIS HALL vs. DACOBRA
Slightly bummed because this meant I wasn't going to get a Chris Hall/Vader interaction. Oh well. DACOBRA, is a Muay Thai master and has snake skin pants(OR IS THAT HIS ACTUAL SKIN?!) and some snake eyes. He also moves like a...um... snake. Rumor has it he's cold blooded and full of venomous fury. And I've also heard he beat the shit out of Rikki Tikki Tavi. So it was extra impressive when Chris Hall started manhandling him. Some big time power moves from Chris Hall like the ol' press power slam which got a nice reaction from the crowd

But fear not, future DACOBRA fans, he survived the onslaught and slithered his way into a comeback using his snappy kicks and slick acrobatics. Too bad for him and Chris Hall that Rhino showed up and Gore'd them all to hell. Hopefully we get a rematch in the future, both guys worked pretty well together.

Lou E. Dangerously came with Rhino and said they were going to win later in the cage, and thus concludes the Dark Match portion of our show.


KICK IT OFF WITH JAY BRADLEY
Jay Bradley hits the ring looking pretty nice in a suit. He says he's got a problem with the Baron Brothers and Billy Corgan - the three owners of the company. He's fine with Rhino and Harry beating the snot out of each other tonight, but he wants to know why he's not booked on such a big show. "You don't send your blue chipper to the bench," he says. The Barons agree and tell him it's time.... IT'S VADER TIME! So it'll be Jay Bradley vs. Vader later on the show.

6 WAY FOR THE RESISTANCE PRO WOMEN'S TITLE
MELANIE CRUISE(c) vs.SERENITY vs. SASSY STEPHIE vs. "THE MATRIX" TAYLOR MADE vs. NIKKI ST. JOHN vs. SHELLY MARTINEZ

So the rules are a little different. It's elimination but the first woman to eliminate some one gets to sit out the match until there's only one other woman left. It's a neat little benefit to get that first pin. Surprisingly, Nikki St. John, one of Melanie Cruise's entourage got the pin, defeating Sassy Stephie, so she got to chill out. Serenity was then eliminated by the other Cruise entourage member Taylor Made. The deck was stacked against Shelly Martinez and she only managed to eliminate Taylor(sporting a new top that doesn't need constant readjusting I noticed) before getting put down by the champ. This was all kind of uninteresting and may have only taken a little longer than it took me to write this paragraph.

So this left Nikki and Melanie. Melanie told her to lay down and Nikki refused and Melanie doesn't like being refused so she slapped her a good one. These two worked really well together and showed more of Melanie's strengths than the matches she's had in the past. I had no idea Nikki was any good, but she really came out tonight and I think folks really took to her. She survived some big moves from Melanie, but just couldn't get it done. Melanie retained and left with Taylor Made. Crowd politely clapped for Nikki as she made her way to the back. Looking forward to a possible Nikki's Revenge Storyline.

ACE HAWKINS vs. JOCEPHUS BRODY
I'll be honest, I kind of wasn't looking forward to a Bruiser Brody tribute act, but Jocephus was a lot of fun. He squashed poor little Ace Hawkins dead, and the crowd loved him for it. Just a typical squash match, which I've been watching a lot of for my WWF New Generation Era Project(see previous posts, do it). So if I were to compare it to one of those, it would be a step above a Ludvg Borga squash, but a few notches below a Bam Bam Bigelow. Fun stuff.
He's coming to take you to Hogwarts.

TAG TOURNAMENT QUARTER FINALS MATCH

DA SOUL TOUCHAZ vs. JUST ONE DAIVARI
So apparently Shawn Daivai couldn't make it, so this was a handicap match. I was disappointed with that, as I had really high hopes for this tag. Thankfully, they still managed to put on a fun show. Acid Jaz and Marshe Rocket won the rock, paper, scissors game, forcing Willie "Da Bomb" Richardson to cheerlead with C-Red and Dyamond.

First half of the match was a lot of underhanded tactics from the dastardly Soul Touchaz, with everyone getting involved. Arya Daivari(who shares the first name with the baddest little kid out of Winterfell) did a GREAT job selling and getting sympathy from the crowd. C-Red, was also great trying to get reactions from the crowd. He yelled at one kid to stop cheering behind me and the kid was ELATED that a wrestler called him out. C-Red is the best when it comes to that kind of stuff.

Arya made a big comeback, dodging some big dives from Marshe and Jaz, and even avoided a splash from a desperate Willie Richardson, before catching Jaz with a superkick for the fluke win. Crowd went nuts for it.

Obviously, since I'm the biggest Soul Touchaz fan in the world, I was a wee bit sad to see my guys go out to one guy. Still, I think everyone involved made some fans for their great performances(Acid Jaz in particular was an awesome cocky heel) and this was so much better than the disaster the Touchaz had at the last R-Pro show they wrestled.


HARVARD CHRIS UP IN THIS
Chris Nowinski came out and was introduced as the new head of Athletic Safety. He said that Billy Corgan is doing things the right way, to make sure the wrestlers are taken care of. He also said there would be a line the wrestlers could not cross, which included chair shots to the head. Out came D'Arcy Dixon and her stud, Eric St. Vaughn. She said she's been having head problems and wanted to get his expert opinion on it. Apparently it stems from a loose headboard. Then Rinaldo Piven came out and told Nowinski that the Sheik didn't give a crap about his rules and he and Nowinski left.

D'arcy was still wanting an answer to her head aches, when Mr. Ego Robert Anthony came out. He said that they always seem to be in his ring when he wants to come out. He then told them to leave before he kicked them both in the penis.

Before he could do so, D'arcy said her newest client to the D'arcy Dynasty was Anthony's opponent, Mr. 450.

MR. 450 vs. MR. EGO ROBERT ANTHONY
Anyone who's been reading my silly reviews, knows I think these two are the bees knees. Both guys, every time out, have really tried to stand out and make the most of their time. This match was no different. These two tore it down. They worked quick early on, with some fun counters and some deep ass armdrags. Very fluid and very crisp.

Lots of cool stuff, and I can see people calling this the match of the card. Mr. 450 hit the only big dive of the night, jumping through the ropes and taking out Anthony and maybe some folks in the front row. I want to point this out again: It was the only outside dive of the night. This made it feel so much more important than if every dude on the card was throwing suicide planchas. Just an observation.

Finish was screwy(in a good way for once) as 450 hit his namesake and D'Arcy got on the apron cheering, yelling "ONE MORE TIME!" This of course distracted the ref from the pin and allowed Anthony to catch his breath before nailing 450 with his finisher for the win. Great match.

Afterwards, 450 left with D'Arcy and St. Vaughn, a little confused and a little frustrated. I kind of like where this is going, if it's actually going anywhere.

VADER vs. LONESOME JAY BRADLEY
This match rocked. It was very different than anything else on the card. Vader looked even better than some of the recent Zero-1 footage I've seen of him. He was hammering Bradley something fierce and ended up cutting Jay's eye. Jay tweeted a picture, which can be seen here: http://t.co/Hn0DkWy4.

What I loved most of this match was the psychology of it. Vader dismantled Jay Bradley, first with strikes and then with arm holds. He picked apart Bradley's lariat arm, and the crowd got into it. The section I was in was chanting "BREAK HIS ARM!" I was really happy the crowd was as hot for this, which was a little slower paced and methodical as they were for the more spotty Anthony/450 match.

Eventually Bradley made a comeback and shocked the room when he hoisted Vader up for a bodyslam. Place went for bananas for this. Bradley sold it perfectly, holding his back and looking exhausted(I imagine he really was, that's a lot of man.) He then went for his lariat, but it didn't take the big Kodiak off his feet. Turns out Vader's plan worked and the arm wasn't going to be effective enough to help Jay out. Vader then got back in control and hit a nasty Vader Bomb for the win.

A very surprising result. Bradley was undefeated in the company AND the #1 contender and then Vader kicked his ass. There's no shame in that. He kicks everyone's ass. Maybe my favorite match of the card. Loved it.

THE SHEIK & STEVEN WALTERS vs. JOHN SKYLER & CEDRIC ALEXANDER
This match had a tough spot as it came after two huge matches, but I think everyone involved did incredibly well. It was well paced and never dragged, and even though the crowd was a little drained from Vader, they managed to keep everyone in it. Skyler was a solid face in peril, and Walters and Sheik work incredibly well for a team. Lots of quick tags.

Nowinski was at ringside for this, and let his presence be known when things started to get out of hand. Sheik took a steel chair and tossed it in the ring. He picked it up to use on poor John Skyler, but before he could crush the guy's skull, Chris Nowinski, and I'm not making this up, BLEW A WHISTLE. Sheik turned around with the best "Wut in da hale?" look of the night allowing Skyler to roll out for the hot tag.

While Cedric Alexander cleaned house, Nowinski and Piven got into it on the outside, and Nowinski decked him with a punch. It's crazy, but Nowinski kind of looks like a bad ass when he turns it on. Crowd loved it. I actually can't remember what happened, but during all the shenanigans, the bad guys cheated and won. I'm a bad reviewer. It was still a really good match, maybe the best tag match they've had yet, and it's not even apart of the tourney! I really hope they use Skyler and Alexander more. They're a fun babyface team that do a great job at making their opponents look good.

I'm a little weary of making a storyline out of wrestler safety, but it's too early for me to say if it's bad or good. I can say that Nowinski did a really great job on the mic, and I'd like to see more of him. My favorite line of the night, may have been his when he said, "Some of you may remember me as the guy who should have won Tough Enough."

STEEL CAGE MATCH FOR THE RESISTANCE PRO TITLE w/ guest referee RAVEN
HARRY SMITH(c) vs. RHINO
Jeremy Borash from TNA came out to announce the main event. He put over the show and said he was scouting for talent. Apparently he made a phone call and got Jay Bradley a tryout at Impact in 2 weeks. Interesting.

Crowd was a little more split than in the past. Lots of "Detroit Sucks" chants. I don't think this was as good as their last match, but it was still really fun. These two just work really really well together. Rhino just brings out a very competitive side to Harry Smith that I most folks don't see from him. Both guys look very comfortable kicking each other's ass and it translates to the fans. When they hook up, it actually feels like a fight.

Weird Rhino Spot Of The Night: Rhino yells "WOAH!", stopping Harry from punching him. Rhino then locked on a very loving hug. After an awkward beat, Rhino then started to caress Harry, obviously crossing Smith's line of acceptable contact.

My one complaint was the cage didn't feel like as big a deal as I had hoped it would be. they smashed each other into it a couple of times and that was about it. It kind of felt like their other matches, but with a steel cage window dressing. And the finish, made the cage even more useless.

THE FINISH
Rhino hit the gore, Raven counted a near fall that looked.... a little suspicious. Everyone thought it was a three, and it actually looked like Raven stopped before Harry lifted his shoulder. Then Lou E. Dangerously, just waltzed into the cage. A guy next to me said, "Well what the hell is it there for if anyone can just get in?" Dangerously, carrying the ECW title told Rhino that he had his back. Raven came over to confer with them and it looked like poor Harry was about to get screwed.

Then Raven grabbed the title and knocked Rhino out. Harry made the cover and Raven counted to three to end the match.

THE AFTERMATH
Lou E. took the ECW title and strapped it around Raven's waist while Harry was awarded his Resistance Pro title. Raven then took the mic, and in a long rambling promo, told the crowd about why he and Harry are now buddies and why Raven would screw Rhino. For one, he says everyone thinks Harry is a good little boy, but it's all an act. He just does it because his mother asked him to. He's really kind of sadistic, a trait he got from his grandfather, Stu. And as for Rhino, Raven said it was BS that Rhino even had the belt, because everyone knows Raven is the most famous of all the ECW champions. So now he was taking the belt back.

He finished it off by saying he was now Harry's new manager, and they did the Raven arm pose to end the show.

The execution of the turn wasn't great, but I think it was the right thing to do. Harry doesn't get very warm reactions, and I think making him a heel champion is something the crowds can get behind. It also allows for someone to chase him, which is part of the fun of wrestling - good guys chasing bad guys for titles. And based on how he works in the ring, I think this meaner Harry Smith will work out great. My one big problem was that Raven did a lot of the talking, and it felt like a lot of the stuff he was saying about Harry, should have been said by Harry. It felt like he was pitching this idea for a new Harry Smith character to the audience. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a fitting character idea, but I'd rather have it shown to me, than told to me.

OVERALL SHOW:
My only real complaint was Raven's promo and the use of the cage, and those are only slight misses. More like glancing blows, really. Other than that, this show was a resounding success. Some great wrestling from lots of talented people. Everyone busted their ass, and for the first time none of the booking hampered anyone.



In my interview with Gabriel Baron forever ago, he said he wanted the company to feel like ECW where you could see anything. Not just one style of wrestling, but a melting pot of different wrestlers busting their ass and putting on a good show. I think they finally captured that feeling tonight. It has nothing to do with Raven or Lou E. Dangerously or the ECW title. It has to do with a strong variety of wrestlers, new and old, performing as hard as they can and having FUN. Rhino/Harry Smith, Mr. 450/Robert Anthony and Vader/Jay Bradley were three good but very different matches wrestled by 6 very different people. What they all had in common was that they wrestled smart and left it all out there.

I'm not saying this is as good as ECW or that it should even be compared to ECW. What I'm saying is that for the first time since they've started, they've actually done what they set out to do in the first place and that gives me a lot of hope for the future.


... Oh. And one more thing.

DACOBRA!

Friday, May 11, 2012

THE WWF NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: RAW REVIEW WEEK 30

08.16.1993

 Technically this is the last Raw of August as next week will be the SummerSlam spectacular. No idea what to do with my title numbering. No idea why number the weeks anyway. What was I thinking?

TED DIBIASE vs. 123 KID
This was pretty solid stuff with DiBiase in control for most of it and Waltman bumping like crazy. The hope spots were perfectly executed and DiBiase was very curt and stiff when it came time to shut him down. It's too bad it ended in a DQ with IRS coming in to interfere.

After the match the Steiners came in to clear house and help Waltman out, which sets up a cage match between the two at the SummerSlam Spectacular, next Monday.

THE HEADSHRINKERS vs. MIKE KHOURY & DAVE MORALDO
Dave Moraldo continues the long jobber tradition of wearing a generic striped singlet. That singlet was always an instant skip when making a wrestler on Smackdown. Terrible.

Samu KO's Moraldo instantly with a super kick and then rolls him to the corner and pulls Khoury in by his head. Brilliant. They beat on Khoury and set him up for Fatu's splash, by doing a kind of Alley-Oop Hot Shot. Samu tosses him up and Fatu drives the guy across the ropes from the apron. Some tag team should steal that. Probably one involving Sugar Dunkerton. Call it Lob City. Anyway, it's a fun squash as always from the Samoans. The tag team scene is crazy good during this period.

MARTY JANNETTY vs. BASTION BOOGER
This isn't a bad match at all. Marty starts it of hot and heavy using speed to shut down the rotund Booger. His high risks pay off until he ends up eating a ring post on the outside. Booger follows it up by squashing him against the same post. The finish had Jannetty winning with a flash pin counter, that required him to kind of no sell getting pancaked by Booger's fatass. Still, I think you can point to this to being one of the best Bastion Booger matches, so...it's got that going for it.

On the replay, you can tell Jannetty is cracking up because his face is all up in Booger's junk FOR THE WIN!

Is it really a win though?
I've decided, wrestling Bastion Booger is the equivalent of Jennifer Connelly's character having to go ass-to-ass for some heroin in Requiem For a Dream.

MEN ON A MISSION vs. IRON MIKE SHARPE & BARRY HOROWITZ
Horowitz has these crazy neon green and black tights that have little hand prints on them that are giving MoM's gear a run for their money. Nothing to special about this one other than the crazy gear. MoM win with that splash where Mo jumps from the top onto Mabel's back and they both come down on the opponent. It's not the best looking finish, but you know it would make you poop your pants if they hit it on you, so it works.

BAM BAM BIGELOW vs. RICH MEYERS
Bigelow treats this guy like crap. The best part he held up Rich for a vertical suplex and started jawing with some fans he'd been yelling at earlier. While he was yelling at him, he just let go of Rich who fell right on his coccyx. Brutal.


SEND EM HOME HAPPY I GUESS
The Macho Midget just walked out with four hot chicks and waved at everyone. That's it. No angle. No nothing. Just came out and waved. Awesome. THE END.


NEXT WEEK
Instead of Monday Night Raw we get the "SummerSlam Spectacular", which is a kind of super card to hype up the PPV that Sunday. So we get Shawn Michaels vs. Bob Backlund, Steiners vs. Money Inc in a cage, and Jim Duggan vs. Yokozuna.


OVERALL SHOW: Every match had some cool moments, but there's not really a complete match worth grabbing. The interactions between Kid and DiBiase looked great, and I'd love to see them go even longer. Getting pretty psyched for SummerSlam. I've actually never seen it, so it'll be a completely brand new experience.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

THE WWF NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUPERSTARS REVIEW 08/14/1993

Utica Memorial Auditorium
Utica, NY

RAZOR RAMON vs. DUANE GILL
It's funny, the only difference between a face Razor Ramon squash match and a heel one is the crowd cheering or booing. He does pretty much the exact same moves in the same order, with the top rope back body drop setting up his Razor's Edge. It's not that I mind. I like that he's pretty much the same guy. I hate it when guys turn face and change their whole act to something more lame. Lookin' at you John Morrison.


LUDVIG BORGA vs. MIKE CURRY
THE POWER.
I really dig the way Borga bulldozes over people. He just maul's Mike Curry, refusing to pin him when the guy was totally out. I think my one complaint was that he finished the match with a flying clothesline that looked pretty terrible, especially compared to some of the stuff he did earlier.


THE STEINERS vs. MIKE BELL & GLENN RUTH
Poor Glenn Ruth, they must have it in for him, because he gets put in with the Steiners more than anyone, I think. And Scott kills him dead with the big guns. I'm talking a T-Bone Suplex, a Dragon Suplex and then he drilled him with a Steiner Screw Driver. Jeeze. Lawler saw it and immediately said, "That should be outlawed."

SHAWN MICHAELS vs. DARREN TRUJILLO
Shawn is so great at utilizing his squash matches to get over his personality. He actually let's Darren get in some offense just so he can make a comeback and look bored doing it. Such an arrogant douche - I love it. He actually finished off Darren with the SuperKick, but it didn't have much build up. He's been playing with the idea of just transitioning to that and I think here's the match where he's adopted it as his finisher. It really doesn't look like much now, so it's crazy to think how over this move is going to get.

TATANKA vs. FRED WILLIAMS
I have no idea who Fred Williams, but he's got potential. He wrestles barefoot so I kind of assume he's got some Samoan lineage going. I can't seem to find anything about him, so if any one knows his story, share it. He looks like he have a cool look if they Umaga'd him up a bit. And he can move pretty decent for heavy. He might be a little short though. Anyway, typical Tatanka squash, but made better with an interesting guy to squash.

HEAVENLY BODIES vs.BERT CENTENO & RICH MEYERS


Two matches in to their WWF career and I love the Heavenly Bodies. First off, they look like sleazy old school porn stars and Jimmy Del Rey does this gross ass dance after the match where he's gyrating his hips that is just tremendous. And not only are they totally douchey heels, but they've got some pretty sweet offense, like Pritchard's top rope powerslam and Del Rey's top rope moonsault. I'm really looking forward to them vs. the Steiners. If the Steiners actually let the Bodies control them for a bit, it might be a blast.


OVERALL SHOW:
Some fun stuff Obviously the Heavenly Bodies are awesome. Ludvig Borga is growing on me, but he's missing something. There's nothing really competitive here, so it's not anything worth tracking down, but it is fun if you like a good jobber killin'.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

THE WWF NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: MSG FANCAM 08/13/1993

Awwwwwww yeah!

It's been a while, but I've finally gotten some time to watch some wrestling, and what better way to get back into the groove than to watch a fancam of a Madison Square Garden event. Let's do it to it.


DOINK THE CLOWN vs. 123 KID


Very cool match. Kid goes for broke fast hitting his moonsault early but Doink survives and rolls out for a breather. To me, that set up a lot of doubt as to whether the Kid would win this match. He came out with his best stuff and it wasn't enough. Once Doink took over, he did some nice stuff, tossing Kid around. I love how he just runs Waltman into the turnbuckles and just dumps him like a piece of garbage.

The finish is one that I thought was really creative and I'd never seen it before. Doink goes to catapult Kid back into the ring but Waltman lands on his feet, swivels around and does a roll up for the flash pin. MSG went bananas for it. Really cool finish that Trent Barreta should steal next time he ever gets to win a match.


THE SMOKING GUNNS vs. THE HEADSHRINKERS
Link: http://youtu.be/4lcFfa_VWTM

 There's an interesting story here. Bart seems to always be a step behind the Headshrinkers. There's a point where he leapfrogs Samu(I think) and doesn't know what to do, so he just turns around and gets clotheslined. Later he gets in a desperation big boot, but is so worn out he can't find the right corner. I could just hear Bobby Heenan going "Wrong way dummy!" and Gorilla following it with, "Bart Gunn is on dream street, Brain!"

But on the other hand we have Billy who in the first half, knew what was up. Like when he knew Samu(could have been) was going to sneak attack him from the top, and countered it with a crazy armdrag. Or later when he was doing the 10 count punches and knew one of the Headshrinkers was behind him and he surprised them with a flying fist to the face.

The finish was an interesting play on that, as both Gunns, newcomers to the World Wrestling Federation went for a maneuver that involved bashing to Samoan's heads together. Fools. Thankfully during the melee, Billy was able to get a flash pin off a sunset flip to end the match. It's a solid bout worth watching.


JERRY LAWLER vs. RANDY SAVAGE
Link: http://youtu.be/DQWHxLqRYIA
This was kind of a let down. The brawling was fine, and Lawler was killing it with the Madison Square Garden crowd, but this was never going to be a serious bout. Bret came out and ended up jawing with Lawler, then Lawler spit on him. This of course set Bret off, who charged the ring and beat on Lawler, getting Randy Savage DQ'd.

The aftermath was interesting with Savage being pissed off(no winner's purse for him) and shoving the Hitman. After a long tease, they shook hands and got over it. Crowd wanted a throwdown, for sure.

STEEL CAGE FOR THE WWF TITLE
YOKOZUNA(c) vs. BRET "HITMAN" HART


Pretty solid match. Crowd was hot the whole time, and the drama was high. One of the benefits to a Yokozuna in a Steel Cage match is that it's conceivable it would take him ages to get his big tired ass out of a cage.

There's a fun spot where Yoko goes up for the Banzai Drop in the corner where the cage door is, and Bret rolls to get out. Fuji tries to keep the door closed but Bret kicks it open, smashing Fuji's face. Yoko, of course, catches up with him. Bret was actually a cheating son of a bitch in this match. He gave Yoko a nut shot that Yoko sold HILARIOUSLY. And when Lawler, who came down to muck with the match, tossed in his crown, Bret took it and did some damage.

The nearfall was huge. Almost every person in that building thought it was over and they went bananas for it. It's too bad they've got to wait until the next Wrestlemania to have that moment.

BASTION BOOGER vs. BROOKLYN BRAWLER
Link: http://youtu.be/2slyMvhINuE
Son of a bitch.

MAIN EVENT 
ELIMINATION MATCH
TATANKA, MARTY JANNETTY & MR. PERFECT vs. BAM BAM BIGELOW, SHAWN MICHAELS & DIESEL

This match was awesome. Everything up until the first elimination was crazy good, with Shawn, Perfect, Jannetty, and Bigelow bumping around like crazy. I think this is the first time I've seen(in terms of this project) Diesel wrestle and he moved really well and fit right in with everyone. And really everyone had their working boots on. Bigelow did this crazy move where he jumps up and brings his feet together on Tatanka's temple that blew my mind. I love that guy.

Once Jannetty got eliminated things kind of slowed a little, but it made sense to bring it back a little and build it back up. The double elimination of Tatanka and Bigelow was a perfect way to get things down to 1 on 2 without hurting either guy. The finish was crazy, with Perfect actually beating Shawn but getting dropped immediately with Diesel's punch to the brain stem. I couldn't believe it. One I couldn't believe Diesel is using a punch to the back of a guy's head as a finish, and two, I couldn't believe that in his MSG debut he eliminated 2 guys with it and was the sole survivor. Seems pretty obvious they've got big plans for him, even at this stage of his career. Great match, definitely watch it.

OVERALL SHOW:
Solid card with 4 pretty good matches. The Lawler/Savage match was a let down but had a great atmosphere to it, and the Booger/Brawler match.... happened, but otherwise this is one of the best cards of the year. One surprise was that they let the heels win all the big matches. Lawler, Yoko, and the mainevent all went to the heels. I thought for sure that elimination tag was in the main event slot to send the crowd home happy, but boy was I wrong.