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.

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