Friday, August 17, 2012

THE WWF NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUPERSTARS REVIEW 09/11/1993

After a brand new opening montage featuring less Hulk Hogan and more Doink, Vince and Jerry Lawler told me through the video screen the line up for this week's Superstars and it just might be one for the ages.

Let's start it with a bang!

THE HEADSHRINKERS vs. VIRGIL & MARTY JANNETTY
You know why the Headshrinkers are a great tag team? Because when they double team someone, you actually fear for the other guys life. When they were just punching on Marty it looked brutal, but when they started choking him with the tag rope...I thought he was going to die. And Mart certainly helps. He did a great job getting his ass handed to him, and this may have been the hottest tag of Virgil's life, probably the most excited anyone's been to see him hit the ring a house of fire since his match with DiBiase. He didn't really disappoint either. He even got to look pretty strong, having one of the Samoan's down for the count after the Russian Leg Sweep. Of course he got drilled with a flying headbutt while the ref was turned around and lost the match, but he looked good there for a minute. Solid TV match.

IRWIN R. SCHYSTER vs. JEFF LIBOLT
They had Undertaker Urn Toys? Way cooler than my coffee can...
The match wasn't interesting, but the commentary was. First Jerry started talking about how everyone sings the praises of the 123 Kid when he's winning, but no one wants to talk about it when he gets destroyed, like he did against IRS at SummerSlam. Vince then says Schyster's technical ability rivals that off Bret Hart. Then he said Money Inc. broke up. Wut in da hale? IRS won with the Write Off, if you were wondering how Libolt fared. I'm more interested in this crazy rebuilding of IRS as this amazing wrestler.

TATANKA vs. DAMIEN DEMENTO
Highlight of this match was Damien Demento making a comeback on Tatanka and then talking to the voices and Vince got that far away sound his voice yelling "He's hearing the voices. He might be hearing Macho Man Randy Savage! Speak from the Heart! Off of Wrestlemania The Album!" Tremendous. Tatanka did a horrible running cross body in this, but thankfully he toss in a great powerslam to make up for it. Between this and the last match there are a TON of elbow drops on this show. Tatanka wins with the top rope tomahawk chop.

1-2-3 KID vs. BASTION BOOGER
Best Bastion Booger match! He looked like a killer crushing Kid through out the match. Kid pulled out all the stops doing his front flip from the top to the outside, and then following that up with another plancha. Tim White, the referee kept throwing his hands up like he was counting, but he was stuck on 8 FOREVER. Booger eventually lost when he missed a splash on the ring post and Kid rolled in just as Tim White remembered 9 and 10. Fun fun match. That's two in a row from Booger.

ADAM BOMB vs. RON NEAL
Adam Bomb seemed a little more livelier and nastier than usual. Nothing big, he just seemed more active, like when he was throwing punches or trying to rip Ron Neal's face off. I'm still trying to figure out why Johnny Polo is with Adam Bomb. They look so stupid together.

OVERALL SHOW
Tag match was really good and Bastion Booger having a fun match with 123 Kid make this worth hitting up. Some of the storyline angles were interesting, like Jerry Lawler turning on Doink for not winning, and Vince building IRS back up as a lethal singles competitor. Another interesting promo was Shawn Michaels talking about 123 Kid in the build up for their MSG match. He put Kid over BIG TIME saying that he even respected him, which Shawn's character hasn't done for anyone. When I was a kid, I didn't really know the Kliq existed until it was over, so it's interesting to see how they interact knowing how powerful they'd become.

Next week's Superstars has all the work horses: Kid, HBK, Mr. Perfect, and Bret Hart! Should be awesome, can't wait.

Monday, August 13, 2012

THE WWF NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUPERSTARS REVIEW 09/04/1993

Jim Cornette kicks the show off with Fuji and Yokozuna and lays into Lex Luger for being an imbecile.He reiterates that Luger only had one shot to get the title and he failed and now he'll never get a shot again. After ripping into Lex something nasty, Corny put over Luger as a legit threat that performed at a level that they didn't expect him to at SummerSlam and they're glad they won't have to deal with him again. Really well done.

Stacking dudes and holding hands since '93.
QUEBECERS vs.  MIKE KHOURY & AARON FEGUSON
Les Québécois sont une équipe dévastatrice. Ils ont enseigné Khoury et Ferguson une leçon qu'ils n'oublieront jamais. Ils étaient vicieux et a montré la ruse que d'autres équipes ne peuvent que rêver.

They beat the snot out of these jabronies and then stacked them up and pinned them at the same time. Cuz that's legal. I love this team. I want to see them try this shit with the Steiners.

MIKE MORALDO vs. DOINK THE CLOWN

Doink felt really spunky today, tossing Moraldo around with a belly to belly and later a German Suplex. He also did some brief but fun work on Mike's shoulder. Mike was really a perfect crash test dummy, as he never really seemed lost and made everything Doink did to him look devastating. Good jobber. Doink wins with the Whoopie Cushion.

MEN ON A MISSION vs. A COUPLE OF JABRONIES
Some cool team work in this. I love Mo and Mabel doing a reverse whip that sends Mabel into the corner for a splash. Mo was actually in the ring a little more and he looked pretty good with his arm drags and a nice fireman's carry. I'm a sucker for a good fireman's carry take over, by the way. Mabel finished the match with that crazy wheel kick he does, which seems about as good a finish as any other considering it's 500 pound monster rotating in the air.


BASTION BOOGER vs. RALPH MOSCA
Booger stole a kid's WWF Ice Cream Bar™ and rubbed it on his face. He then kept it in the corner and snacked on it through out the match. At one point he shoved it in Mosca's face. The bar remained surprisingly solid under the bright lights of the squared circle, it is clearly made of an ice cream of superior quality. I actually kind of dug this. I know I've said some bad stuff about Bastion Booger, but this was kind of a fun brawl, and Booger was a extra dicky to the crowd. I can get behind that. During the match Vince mentioned that Ralph Mosca was the sun of Angelo Mosca. He's not. BUT he is actually credited as a promoter for FCW, at least back in 2008. So there you go.

RAZOR RAMON vs. RENO RIGGINS
No one will take you seriously if you don't shave them pits, Moraldo.
Pretty much like every Razor Ramon squash ever. The only difference is that he's a little more excited and the crowd cheers for everything he does. I gotta say, Razor Ramon working the same squash formula on every jobber may be one of the biggest disappointments of this project.

LUDVIG BORGA CUTS ANOTHER PROMO
They put Ludvig Borga in some slummy part of the city and had him talk smack about Lex Luger and the patriotic WWF fans. He said all this garbage is what Lex Luger is fighting to protect. The only reason I mention it is because Borga said the line "Have a happy Labor Day...and choke on it." And I couldn't stop laughing. Sigh.... it's not as funny when I type it. Yeah. I probably could have left all this out.

AND CHOKE ON IT.

THE STEINERS vs. FRED WILLIAMS & THE BROOKLYN BRAWLER
Brooklyn took a belly to belly suplex and got the hell out. Fred ate a beefy clothesline from Rick before being murdered by a Doomsday DDT. Macho said poor Fred Williams' career was over after that. They also mentioned during the match that The Quebecers would be facing The Steiners on RAW!!!!  Saperlipopette!

OVERALL SHOW
Some fun squashes and some good promo work. Nothing that you've gotta see, but I'm interested in seeing them begin to build for something else. The Madison Square Garden Super Show they're advertising sounds awesome, with 123 Kid vs. Shawn Michaels and M.O.M. vs. Well Dunn. YEAH.

Friday, August 10, 2012

YOUTUBE WRESTLING SUPER GLORIOUS ENJOYMENT TIME

STARRING GREG VALENTINE

I'm trying to make this into a regular section, where I just randomly pick a dude and then watch some matches of him. If any of you have any suggestions for future wrestlers, you can leave a comment or hit me up on Twitter with a suggestion. They can be classic big names or little indy guys only 10 people have heard of, I don't care. My only criteria is that they have to have matches for me to watch on the youtube. Because, duh, it's the

YOUTUBE WRESTLING SUPER GLORIOUS ENJOYMENT TIME.


vs. KERRY VON ERICH
http://youtu.be/tdWgXZjjSQo
Short match, but I love the interactions. It's weird seeing Kerry in a territory that isn't Texas. I like the toe hold work at the beginning. It's nothing crazy or anything, but it's a simple wrestling hold that allowed Greg to either drive some knees into Kerry's side or turn it into a single leg crab. Valentine's selling of punches and kicks is frustrating in the short term, but make sense in the long term. Kerry would pop him and Greg wouldn't even flinch for it. Then later when Kerry would connect with some hay makers you'd see Valentine start reeling, and it meant something, you know? It's like, "Oh now he's really nailing him!" Anyway, fun match with some good brawling that made me want to see more between the two. I hope there's more out there...

vs. THE BLUE BLAZER

Odd match. They actually work really well together the whole match. I love Owen's arm work stuff early on, and I always dig the way Valentine hammers on a dude's leg in the corner. But they didn't really have any long term selling of any damage. Even Alfred Hayes was like, "Oh, I guess he's okay...." when Valentine shrugged off being kicked to the outside and came back by going to the top rope. And that finish was laaaaaaaaaaaame. He beat Owen with a body slam. Yeah it was impressive that he caught him, but... it's still just a body slam. But as weak as that was, and the problematic selling, I still enjoyed the way these two fit their styles together.

vs. RUGGED RONNIE GARVIN
PART 1: http://youtu.be/LbQJmXKL2Vs
PART 2: http://youtu.be/bUz1twl0qy8
Awwww hell yeah, this match rocks. It's just two beefy dudes slugging at each other for like 18 minutes. Valentine is awesome, at begging off and letting Garvin get the upper-hand in a lot of the early encounters.  I really loved the chinlock work, with Garvin finding away out through a wrist lock, but Valentine using a shortcut to get the upperhand. I love that kind of work, and you just don't see it enough these days.

Easily one of my favorite Greg Valentine matches, and it's the kind of bout where you feel like the two guys had actually been through a fight. You should absolutely watch this match.

vs. TITO SANTANA  (03/31/84)

PART 2:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8z6CA6a2wQ
I think this is the first big match of their feud. They'd wrestled before, but it was years ago. I really like this match. Love Greg Valentine's work on the leg. Valentine stretching the legs out and slamming them on the apron, are simple but incredibly effective ways of setting up the figure four later. All of that wouldn't meant anything if it weren't for Tito who took the beating and sold it like torture. Gorilla Monsoon was solid on commentary as well, and I loved him complaining about the bullshit time limit on an Intercontinental title fight. 20 minutes? Preposterous. 

This match and the Blazer match really made me realize how down Valentine was for running with these little guys. He rarely felt like a super mobile guy, because his style is so methodical, but in both of these matches he was more than cool with running the ropes and taking hiptosses.


Another little something I just wanted to point out was Tito's side headlock. That shit looked air tight, man. If you can do the little things really well, you don't have to do a lot, and Tito's one of those dudes who does the little stuff pretty well. Fun match, WATCH IT.

vs. BILLY KIDMAN (3/29/97)
http://youtu.be/jBDocsDKE-o
I just posted this because I loved hearing Dusty say: "He didn't get his name Hammer by not being able to Hammer." Also he beats Billy Kidman with his elbow drop. LOL BILLY KIDMAN.

vs. HUGH MORRUS
http://youtu.be/96Yf0ticGes
You tell me he didn't shoot elbow Hugh Morrus in the dick at 2:36. Anyway, I know these last two matches aren't nearly as good as the earlier stuff I posted, but it's interesting to compare Valentine to how he wrestled with Tito Santana and how he wrestled over a decade later. Not really a whole lot has changed. He's a little slower, maybe a little bigger, but he still hits hard and has the same game plan. He even livened this match up by dropping the elbow on the floor.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

WWF NEW GENERATION PROJECT: UK RAMPAGE 1993

04/11/1993
Sheffield, England

FATU vs. BRIAN KNOBBS
I cannot remember the last time I ever saw either Nasty Boy in a singles match so I wasn't sure what the hell I was going to get going in. Heenan was fantastic on commentary for this. Talking about fans not understanding that when a wrestler bails to the outside it's no different than a football player running out of bounds. It's a smart move, not one of cowardice. Later in the match he commented about Knobbs crawling to the corner looking for a tag, but there was none. I don't think Knobbs was even playing for that, but Heenan through it in anyway, and it made the match better. That's how brilliant he was as on commentary.

Knobbs had a great come back but got caught by a nasty superkick and couldn't kick out by three, though Fatu having his feet on the ropes may have attributed to that. Solid match.


DOINK THE CLOWN vs. KAMALA
Ahhhh this takes me back to those days when I started this project. Doink tooling guys and Kamala being a horrible face. This was pretty typical of their other matches I've reviewed. One twist was Doink purposely rolling to his stomach when Kamala was trying to correct his pin. When Kamala finally got upset and complained to the ref about not knowing what the hell he's supposed to do, Doink rolled him up with a school boy for the 1-2-3.

MR. PERFECT vs. SAMU
(oddly enough this has different commentary than the one I watched. Mine didn't have Macho Man on it.)

The opening sequence at the beginning of this match was SO RAD. At first I thought it was going to be the Perfect Spot where he leaps over a guy doing a back body drop and rebounds with a drop kick, but it was longer and much cooler. Samu then suckered Perfect by letting him leapfrog another back body drop and then catching him with a clothesline to take over. This came right after Samu challenged Perfect to a test of strength, and Perfect was like "Eff that noise, I'm not stupid".

The rest of the match was solid control work from Samu, with Mr. Perfect trying to figure out how to make a comeback. He tried to slug his way back and failed. He tried a flash pin off a school boy and failed. But it was him going for broke with his Perfect Plex after Samu missed a top rope headbutt that finally got him the win. I love that kind of desperation. You just know that if he doesn't pull off that move, if he doesn't "lock the fingers" he's going to get killed. One of the best Mr. Perfect performances of the year, a tier below his Bret Hart work. Look for this one.

DAMIEN DEMENTO vs. BOB BACKLUND
For a big crazy son of a bitch, you'd think Demento wouldn't bump and sell for Bob Backlund like a Barry Hardy. Gotta love Bob Backlund doing all the work while Demento applied a chin lock loser than John Cena's STF. Heenan was just cracking jokes trying to mess with Jim Ross, who's new to the company at this point. This stunk.

BROOKLYN BRAWLER vs. TYPHOON
Not a very good match, but Typhoon threw a drop kick so that's something. I would shit myself if a guy as big as Fred Ottmon threw a dropkick at me. Even if he missed. Bobby Heenan, manager extraordinaire, made the comment that he could make a ton of money off of a guy like Typhoon. When asked how, he responded, "I'd take him to every shopping mall and grocery store and charge kids money to ride him." That's about the only highlights of this match, which was waaaaaaaaaaay too long. Typhoon picked up the V after a really nice looking powerslam.

SHAWN MICHAELS vs. CRUSH
Really good match between these two. Crush looked like a beast with his early offense, and the crowd was crazy for him. Loved the section with him threatening to toss Shawn from the ring into the crowd. Shawn taking over was well done, with Crush always on the verge of coming back. There's a neat sequence where Shawn just keep drilling him with double axe handles but Crush keeps rising up. Crush's eventual comeback was probably the hottest one he's ever put together. Sadly the match came to an end when Crush called for the Cranium Crush and Shawn high-tailed it out of there for a count out loss. Crush dragged him back to the ring and applied the hold much to the crowd's delight, but HBK retained his title regardless.

HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN vs. LEX LUGER
Luger and Duggan have peculiar chemistry. I liked the match more when Luger took over. Him cutting off Duggan's comebacks were well done. Eventually he tossed Duggan to the outside to get squashed by Yokozuna, who was watching at ringside. When Duggan got rolled in, Luger hit him with his loaded forearm, but before he could pick up the win, Perfect hit the ring to break the count. This of course ended the match in a Disqualification in favor of Luger, but it's better than him winning with a pinfall, if you think about it. The show ended with Perfect and Duggan clearing the ring of their respective foes.

OVERALL SHOW THOUGHTS
Some really fun matches on this show. Loved Perfect/Samu and Crush/Shawn Michaels may be my new favorite face Crush match so far.