Friday, January 18, 2013

WWF New Generation Era Project: RAW REVIEW 9.27.1993

New Haven Coliseum
New Haven, CT

Show kicked off with Jack Tunney telling the audience that Shawn Michaels has been no showing title defenses and as a result will be suspended. The Intercontinental Title will be vacated and next week a 20 man battle royal will be held to help determine a new champion. The final two participants in the battle royal will eventually face each other for the strap. Wonder what happened here.

TATANKA vs. RICK MARTEL
Vince sold Martel as "one of the all time greats" which was nice of him. Maybe that means we'll get some more Martel matches.

This was a little disappointing in the first half. Tatanka was really clumsy and his timing was off. At one point he went for a step up to the middle rope but missed the rope, got angry and went for it anyways. The spot called for him to do a crossbody on Martel, but Martel wisely ducked. It worked out okay, and the announcers were selling it as Tatanka being to intense, which worked for me.

The Mexican flag is being used as a blanket to keep Tunney's naked legs warm.
Martel was solid as per usual. Had some fun back and general torso work. Liked his abdominal stretch, and his back work late in the match, presumably to set up the Crab. Tatanka Hulked Up, but Martel was able to knock him out to the outside to stop it. Smart guy. They battled it out there until the Double Countout decision. So now I really hope that means more Martel. Tatanka is being built as undefeated so Martel getting to take him a draw does more good for him than Tatanka. It'd be neat if they were the last two in next week's battle royal.

LUDVIG BORGA vs. PHIL APOLLO
Ludvig threw Apollo outside at one point and found a fan who made a Helsinki Flag sign. Vince played it off by saying Ludvig had planted the fan there. Because who the hell would bring a Helsinki sign to a WWF event, right? Ludvig is almost a little too robotic in his movements, but I guess it works okay. I really love that he set up his torture rack finish by upper cutting the guy in the kidneys. More kidney shots, please.

"SUPERFLY" JIMMY SNUKA vs. PAUL VAN DALE
Last week the announced this as "one night only" but tonight they announced that Snuka would be in next week's battle royal. This was pretty uneventful for a squash. Superfly seemed to be filling time to stretch it out, and the crowd was pretty quiet through all of it. They livened up when he pointed to the sky, and Snuka went for the splash. He it it pretty much perfectly for the 1-2-3.

During the match they had Crush on the phone. Heenan asked if Crush was in the IC Battle Royal. Crush said he wasn't despite being in the best shape of his life and ready to go. Heenan mentioned that Randy Savage was and Crush got pissy, saying that this was typical politics from Savage. When Savage tried to debate him on it, Crush hung up. I love this angle.

PAGING MR. ROTUNDO
They cut to a satellite interview with IRS.Vince actually referred to him as Mr. Rotundo multiple times early on and then changed it to Mr. Schyster. Schyster, who lost to PJ Walker due to interference from Razor Ramon, hyped his feud with Razor and told him to stay out of his way at the Battle Royal next week. I can't believe Vince screwed this up.

BARRY HOROWITZ NEEDS A PARTNER
The Quebecers announced that they were going to go back on their word and not defend the titles against the Steiners, but they will defend the titles against a worth opponent. Out came Barry Horowitz. Heena was in the ring and asked Barry where his partner was. Barry said, Reno Riggins was at home sick with the flu and that if it was okay with Johnny Polo if he could get a suitable partner. Polo said it depended on who it was. Barry hardy picked the 1-2-3 KID!!!! Of course the Quebecers were more than confident about beating the Kid and Horowitz so the match was on.

WWF TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH
THE QUEBCERS vs. BARRY HOROWITZ & THE 1-2-3 KID
Barry and Kid cleaned house to kick the match off. Drop kicks all over the place. When it settled down, Pierre and Jacques beat the snot out of 123 Kid, which was decided the way to go. Kid was putting in some nasty bumps for the guys, and Vince sold it like no one could live through this. Eventually Kid started to make a come back and hit another spin kick on Jacques. This one sent Jacques to the outside to the floor. Polo got upset as it seemed that Jacqueshad been KTFO. He even called Pierre over to help revive him but it was no use.

123 Kid's educated feet had apparently taught Jacques a lesson in death.

The paramedics were called out and stretchered Jacques away from the ring. Finkel got on the mic and said the ref's decision was to allow the match to continue!!! EARL STRIKES AGAIN!

Back from commercial break Pierre is working over Barry Horowitz while Jacques is still dead in the back. Horowitz made a tag to Kid and Kid got worked over too - this is some Pierre is clearly superhuman. Kid started making another comeback but when he went for a flying wheel kick Pierre ducked and pulled the ropes down, causing Kid to fly over them to the outside. It was so awesome looking.

Polo rolled kid back into the ring and after a what felt like a decade, Pierre draped himself over the Kid for the 123. Horseshit. Barry Horowitz may not have been pinned but he still blew it. Break up the pin jackass.

BEFORE WE GO...
Razor Ramon came out to hype his appearance in the battle royal, and Vince mentioned that Savage was in it. Savage told Razor maybe you respect me, maybe I respect you, whatever whatever(he said this), but only the strong survive. And this is how the show ended. Man I'm pumped for this battle royal.

OVERALL SHOW
The first and last matches got quite a bit of time, and both were a little underwhelming in a couple of areas. I liked both, but I wanted more. 123 Kid looked pretty badass despite his loss, since he can knock a dude out with his feet. And that last bump of the match was cool as hell. There was some good hype going into next week, which should be a pretty rad show. So as a set-up show this was pretty good. I'm really surprised at the lack of big stars on this show. Superfly might be the biggest name, but he hasn't been on for a while, and Tatanka and Kid were maybe the most over guys wrestling. Where's Bret? Where's Luger?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

WWF New Generation Project: SUPERSTARS 9.25.1993

We kick off the show with a recap of Shawn and Diesel's action from last week, when they beat up 1-2-3 Kid before his match. Perfect, if you remember, came in to even the odds. After the recap Perfect came on screen wearing some sweet sunglasses and told Diesel and Shawn through the camera that he'd be in The Kid's corner for today's show to even the odds.

ADAM BOMB vs. KEVIN KRUGER
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Bomb savaged Kevin Kruger. When Bomb went for the Atom Smasher Power Bomb he stuck the guy's head between his legs and started shaking - staring up at the heaven's. It looked...um..not scary. Anyway solid typical Adam Bomb squash with dirty tactics and such.

RAZOR RAMON vs. BRIAN COSTELLO
Costello is a really good job guy. He's blubbery and takes fun bumps. He bleached his hair and now he looks kinda like Guy Fieri. Crowd was hot for Razor, who changed up his formula just a little, so that Costello could get a little offense in. The difference between Heel Ramon and Face Ramon is that the bad guys do the eye poke to him. Crowd was hot for Razor, especially when he just started slapping Costello. Man, Scott Hall is just awesome at building anticipation. Him wondering around like an animal looking at the crowd before signaling for the Edge had me getting pumped up. Fun squash.

BASTION BOOGER vs. TODD BECKER
Booger has some new music that kicks off with "I'M THE BOOGERMAN" followed by noises of him blowing his nose and shit. Gross. Exchange of the show comes when Vince says something about Bastion just looking like he smells really bad. and Macho said "Some things are as they look like." but it sounded like he got lost in the sentence for a second but somehow pulled it off so that it made sense. It's one of those classic Macho deliveries.

For some crazy reason I enjoyed this. Booger is just gross and he plays it up really well. And while not all of his moves look super devastating(his power slam feels a little soft), he brawls relatively well. Also he does headbutts, and if you want to get on my goodside do some headbutts. LOVE THAT MOVE. Anyway Booger won with the Bastion Booger Teabag pin. After the match he told the fans in the aisle that they made him sick. Nice.
Some Ziggler fans look on as Cena shrugs off all of Dolph's shit again.

123 KID vs. JACK RENO
Holy cow, Kid went nuts with the kicks in this match. Just berserk with the combos and spin kicks. Crowd ate it all up cheering after everything. There's no one on the roster like Kid and he didn't even have to go to the top rope to get the crowd hyped up. After a whell kick in the corner he beat the larger Jack Reno with a La Magistral cradle, leveraging Reno's girth to hold him down. Fun quick match.

TATANKA vs. BARRY HOROWITZ
Tatanka and Barry work really well together and worked at a pretty fast pace here. Tatanka did a back body drop where he bent over and stuck Barry with his should before lifting him up and tossing him behind him. He should do that more often it looks really neat and feels like a power move. Howowitz took control and got a near fall off of a reverse DDT, which got a good reaction. Shortly after Tatanka hulked up and hit Horowitz with the Papoose(credit: Heenan) for the win. Really fun short match.

THE SMOKING GUNNS vs. DAN RUBINS & TOM STONE
These jobbers. Man. Brutal combo. Even Vince, as they were getting introduced, was like "Who the hell booked these guys?" Camera guy decided to take this moment to fit in shots of some attractive women in the audience and Macho Man almost went into the Danger Zone.

Rubins took most of the offense because he's so small his wrestling singlet hangs loose. Billy and Bart hit a bunch of nice double team offense including a suplex cross body combo. They finished it up with the back body drop piledriver combo. Loving the Smoking Gunns.

This looks like a fantasy from To Catch a Predator
NO CHALLENGERS ALIVE ARE WORTHY OF YOKOZUNA
Jim Cornette, Fuji, and THE CHAMP came out to state their thoughts on the World Title picture and their future challengers. Jim Cornette said Luger was done. The stipulation said if he didn't win the belt at SummerSlam that he couldn't get another one and it was AIR TIGHT. After him, as far as Yokozuna and his managing crew were concerned, there were no other challengers.

Then the lights go out. When they come back on The Dead Man is on the stage with Paul Bearer. Bearer explains that his Undertaker has a challenge. Yokozuna stared Taker down and yelled "Banzai!" The Dead Man responded by taking another step forward which got the crowd going. He took the mic and challenged Yokozuna to "Bring his belt and his soul and meet him on the dark side." Yokozuna's hard demeanor softened and he kind of stepped back a little, clearly freaked out. His belt came off his shoulder as he was readjusting it, and Vince pounced on it yelling "The Belt came down, did we see an OMEN!!!" which may be one of the coolest things Vince has done on commentary all year. Really fun show down, and feels like a huge clash of titans.

OVERALL SHOW
Fun show, with some fun squahs matches. The most of the jobbers were top level jabronies and the superstars brought some good shit, especially The Kid, who might become the best squash match guy now that Matt Borne is gone. And holy crap I may have turned the corner on Bastion Booger. MARK IT DOWN.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: THE EXCLUSIVES PART 4

This is where I go over the exclusive matches that aired on All-American or WWF Mania. You can check out the previous parts by clicking on the links provided here:

PART 1
PART 2
PART 3

TITO SANTANA vs. FATU (Mania 06/05/1993)
Tito was using his brains and countering Fatu pretty well early on, but made a fatal mistake by trying to slam Fatu's head to the mat. Fatu powered up and super kicked him to take over. It didn't last long as he made a pretty hot come back that had the crowd rocking. He hit the flying forearm but before we could see if it was enough to finish off Fatu, Samu interfered for the DQ. After a big beat down, Tito made another come back and cleared them from the ring with a double flying clothesline. Fun, brief match. The post-match stuff made Tito seem like a badass since he came back against two Samoans. That's some John Cena shit right there.

CRUSH vs. RAZOR RAMON (All-American 06/06/1993)
Razor is really awesome at looking weak for Crush. They start with a shoving competition - Razor pushed Crush first, and the big Hawaian barely flinched. Crush pushed Razor back and the Bad Guy went sailing out of the ropes. There's also a really fun bit with a full-nelson. Crush locks it in and Razor gets his leg in the rope, but Crush just lifts him up and takes him to the center of the ring. Razor goes to the other side of the ring and they do the same thing. Finally Razor goes to ropes closest to the camera and puts both of his feet on the top rope, telling the ref you gotta break this hold. So Crush just lets go and Razor falls on his back. Someone should really lift this bit.

Gorilla had some neat commentary bits, talking about why these guys would even take a match like this before the King of the Ring, and then wondering about how they should be wrestling smaller guys to prepare for their future opponents Bret and Shawn. It's cool shit like that that draws you into the world and makes you believe just a little bit more that what's going on is legit.

I'm really surprised Crush got to kick out of the Razor's Edge, especially if the finish was going to be a draw. Fun match though and worth checking out.

TATANKA vs. MR. HUGHES (Mania 06/12/1993)
It was mostly a standard Tatanka match, where he gets beat down and makes a Hulkster comeback. Hughes was fine as the lumbering beast, though he didn't offense to keep things interesting. Really liked him grabbing the mullet of Tatanka as the Undefeated Native American was running by, and the following it up with a big kick to the back.

For the finish, Tatanka and Hughes just started trading punches and the ref tried to break it up, insisting on a clean fight. Then they kind of just turned on the ref, Tatanka pushed him and then Hughes punched him so it was Double DQ time. Kind of funny finish, but nothing special otherwise.

TWO OUT OF THREE FALLS MATCH
TATANKA & THE STEINERS vs. DOINK & MONEY INC(06/13/1993)
Watch it here at WWE.com

Dibiase get pinned in the first minute, after catching a middle rope clothesline from Scott. It was one of those blindside kind of deals so it worked. The second fall was belt around them isolating Rick Steiner which was great. They kept beating on him, and he just couldn't find his way out. Eventually Ted DiBiase stuck him with a nasty piledriver that looked liked it killed Rick dead for the 1-2-3. I really liked this because it really emphasized tactics and "wrestling logic". A guy can't win against three guys and if you can keep him from tagging out, you got him dead to rights.

Eventually we got our hot tag in the third fall. It was really cool too because it came after a clothesline on Doink, who sold it like a million bucks. He sat up and just looked confused, reaching to Scott and Tatanka, before passing out again.. Rick finally tagged in Scott and all hell broke loose as everyone paired off and the ref lost control. During the melee, Rick ran at DiBiase and lifted him with a power slam(which was awesome) and got the win. Jim Ross pointed out that Rick wasn't the legal guy, but the win was in the books none the less. Rad match, find it.

EL MATADOR & BOB BACKLUND vs. THE HEADSHRINKERS(06/19/1993)
So this is a continuation of the Tito/Headshrinker feud from the match at the top of the post. This time Tito called in back up. Like the 6 man above, this one has some nice tag tactics with Samu trying to lure Backlund into the Headhsrinker corner, and Backlund telling him to come and get it in the center of the ring. It wasn't a long match, but it featured some cool heel tricks from the Samoans. The finish was Samu rolling Fatu out behind the ref's back and making the illegal pin.

This brought the STEINERS out who told the ref what really happened, and Earl Hebner came out to back him up. Referee Danny Davis, instead of restarting the match, reversed the decision into a DQ giving Tito and Backlund the win. Those Steiners are kind of dicks. The Headshrinkers didn't come in and bust up their victory in the trios match did they? No. Coz they got class.