Sunday, August 25, 2013

DMC MIXTAPE VOL. 3

MIXTAPE TIME!
Tonight's card has a couple of nifty little reoccurring themes. This one runs a little long, for reasons you'll see later but we've got a good mix though, with matches spanning nearly forty years! Some high flying action, some crazy ass bloody brawls, some nifty joshi, and even a quicky tag match that features a Terry Funk run-in. Because you can't keep me away from Terry Funk.

As with all my mixtapes, I have the matches saved in a playlist form, so you can sit back and rock out the matches without having to do much of anything:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxXqKoWNIM4xG1DBvHo9U1cmZk5RrI2c4

Four title matches this week, none of which are the NWA Heavy, WCW World, or WWF title, which surprises me. Speaking of titles let's kick this mother off with STEVEN MOTHER F'N REGAL.

TELEVISION TITLE MATCH
LORD STEVEN REGAL(c) vs. "THE BRITISH BULLDOG" DAVEY BOY SMITH

Davey Boy brings the goods with the size and acrobatics. The early wristlock counter wrestling is so damn slick, and never boring. Davey Boy's acrobatic counters are still impressive for a guy as beefed up on natural supplements as he is. The fifteen minute time limit creates an interesting story, with Regal being in NO rush to finish the match. He's the champ, a draw is a win, and he's more than happy to sit on his submissions. Davey Boy, as a character, rarely feels like a smart wrestler. He gets by on his super human agility and power. It's not until the match hits the final four minutes that Davey realizes, "oh crap, I gotta do something". Check how he goes for the vertical suplex, and decides not to delay it like he usually does. THERE'S NO TIME. It's like a guy losing on points in a boxing match realizing they have to KO. Regal kicking out of the powerslam was huge. We all know that's Davey's preferred finish, but it's not treated like an automatic death move. And you can see him take that frustration out on the piledriver. That move looked violent as hell. Regal just tried to survive, and if you ask me this is a great way to keep a champion looking strong without putting him over the challenger. It's so much better than say having Randy Orton decide to just punch a guy in the nuts to end the match. Anyway, it's a good story watch it.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
TAKA MICHINOKU(c) vs. EL PANTERA 

Holy balls, this is nuts. The apron spot into the corner tope was mind blowing. But unlike a lot of spot fest type matches this one is actually worked really smart. Pantera is actually using his dives to work a body part, which I can't say I've seen much of ever. More flippy dudes should watch this match to learn how to build a story around their dives. Just so many good spots all built around breaking a guys back. Definitely watch this one.

DR DEATH STEVE WILLIAMS vs. SID VICIOUS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUvpC3db4cA
Hell's yeah, this one works fast with Sid and Steve Williams bringing the clubbing blows and power game. It's big man vs. big man game, and it feels like you're watching two superstars about to put on a classic battle for dominance. Sid actually plays it smart after the hot start trying to slow it down and work methodically, but Dr. Death is too much for that, he wants a bomb fest until someone can't stand. It's a damn shame we couldn't get a finish here, but what we do get is a nice teaser and pretty solid Skyscraper beatdown that ends with Norman trying to console Steve Williams with a teddy bear. So it's a must watch situation.

SMASH DIVA CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
KANA(c) vs. SYURI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF7kGW8MVrY
One of my favorite matches from last year, Shuri plays the first chunk like a woman with determination and confidence, and it works for a little bit. She seemingly has Kana's number with some nice kicks, using them to disrupt Kana's technical attack, but eventually it catches up to her. Kana does some cool ground work, trying to twist up Shuri's legs to make her think twice about using them. I also liked the German suplexes as a defense to keep Shuri disoriented. There's some really good strikes in this, with some cool kicks to the face that look brutal. There's one that Kana nails and she shows so much glee, thinking she'd knocked the challenger out. That's the moment where Kana gave up on her gameplan of twisting Shuri until an eventual submission and got stuck trying to land a knockout. FOOL. Love Shuri's clinch knees that transition into that weird hangman knee that really works for me. My favorite may be Shuri's pump knee to Kana's face that pretty much turned the tide in her favor. Anyway, there's plenty of good stuff, it doesn't overstay its welcome, and it shows there's some good ladies rasslin' out there.Check it out.

DUSTIN RHODES & RICKY STEAMBOAT vs. BUNKHOUSE BUCK & ARN ANDERSON
http://youtu.be/alVRjSMYeQo
Fun match that is a good lesson in ring dynamics when working tag matches. Buck and Arn do a great job of cutting the ring off down the diagnol, and Parker and Meng up the ante by not allowing Rhodes to run around the outside to break up any illegal shenanigans. The concept of just too many people gets built on especially well when Arn goes for a DDT, Ricky blocks it by hanging on the ropes, gets clotheslined by Buck, and harassed on the outside. The odds were just too great, and made even worse when Terry Funk skulks out there. My big dissapointment is that Dustin Rhodes lost the match on a TRIP. How lame is that? But otherwise a solid TV match to build the feud.

TATSUMI FUJINAMI vs. KEIJI MUTOH
http://youtu.be/23mWVQKyMwE
Two of my all-time favorite wrestlers putting on a great 14 minute match. Mutoh goes for instant kill in the opening minutes, and Fujinami counters with the intent to wear down the younger competitor with some tight headlock work. It works for a while, but Mutoh gets to show he's got some ground game with some toe lock stuff. The story here is that the longer this goes the more it favors Fujinami, who is more than happy to ground you and tortuously wear you down. Late in the match he decides the smart move is to go for the leg and just keep on that until eventually success. As soon as Mutoh gets an opening, he decides he has to go for broke again, because he can't win the ground war. Drop kicks, moonsaults, german suplex, he throws it all at the legend, but it doesn't keep him down. Last resort: FLASH PINS! I really love the inside cradle spamming. What makes it work is how fast Mutoh applies them. Fujinami has no room to get his bearing and is probably dizzy by the time the third one gets locked on. Great finish that really shows the "wrestling genius" of Keiji Mutoh.

L.A. PARK vs. DR. WAGNER JR.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v57-ppkdTN4
Gotta have a blood feud lookin' brawl among all these technical heavy matches. So I'm going with Park/Wagner from earlier this year. The first fall brawling is inspiring. Really dig it when Parka is guiding Wagner down the aisle with heabutts and then just decides to toss him off the ramp. I always get weary of matches with crowd brawls because some assholes just grab a guy by the back of his neck and walk around to whatever spot they want to do. This felt like a FIGHT! I also really dig the long camera angle shots slightly above the crowd, where it looks like someone caught this psychotic fight with their camera phone. Feels like chaos. And Parka taking Wagner's face and slamming it into the ring post while on the top rope and later slamming it into the mat is a thing of violent beauty. The finish is wonky in a funny way, but I don't feel like it ruins the madness that came before it. One of the best matches of the year.

VADER vs. PJ WALKER(Justin Credible)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otnYxw-0T5g
We gotta have a squash match, so I picked another Vader match because, duh, it's Vader AND it's Justin Credible being a jabronie! Vader lets PJ have his best shot before tossing him across the ring. Good times. We even get some good promo time after. Also, for those that follow my blog and my New Generation Era Project, you'll know this is one of many PJ Walker squashes I've covered. And if you aren't keeping up with my New Generation Era Project, get on the ball, Paul.

2 OUT OF 3 FALLS FOR THE NWF CHAMPIONSHIP
ANTONIO INOKI(c) vs. BILLY ROBINSON (1975)

I know, I know, I'm asking a lot. You're probably sitting there on your computer going, who possible has time for that. And even if you do have time for it, you might not even like it. I don't know if today's audiences can even deal with a match like this. But I love this match, it's my fucking mixtape, and let me tell you what's badass about this match.

For starters, these two WORK holds. They don't just go through moves, and do so just fit in more shit. Each hold becomes it's own segment. Take for example the opening headlock from Billy Robinson. He wrenches on that shit periodically to make sure he's doing damage. This sets the tone for the whole match, because this story is going to be about two masters of the craft trying to wear the other one down. It's a test of will and endurance. Maybe the best segment in the whole match revolves around Inoki trying to keep Robinson's head in a leg scissors. I've seen plenty of good head scissor bits, but this one may be the best on. It just lasts so long, and Robinson's struggle is so desperate that the crowd actually cheers when he escapes - in a match against King God Inoki. That's crazy. And Billy sells it like that whole section really took a toll on him, which helps deepen the story.

When things pick up from the holds it happens suddenly and violently. Like when Inoki did that kangaroo kick, or when Robinson gave him that nasty backbreaker. They do a good job of breaking up the mat wrestling, while at the same time showing desperation and frustration in the wrestlers.

You also get a really nice story of ring placement. A lot of the work jgets maneuvered to the sides so that the wrestlers, whenever they get a good advantage, are too close to the ropes to create any real damage. Sometimes you'll see Billy decide he'd rather escape a hold and maybe slap one on in the process than actually reach out for a rope break. As the match is winding down in time, you'll also see Robinson roll to the ring apron to stall for more time, and if you were paying attention to the first match of the mix, Regal does the exact same thing. Showing ring awareness, and using rules to your advantage is a great way to tell a strong story that makes the fictional play or pro-wrestling more three dimensional

The first fall doesn't even come until around 40 minutes in. Inoki sells it perfectly too. He looks legit pissed and he comes out swinging to make up for it. He knows it's going to take everything he has to just tie it up, let alone get two straight in the next 20 minutes. Billy, he don't give a shit, he's fired up but knows he's in control, and that if he just sticks to his guns Inoki will make a desperate mistake that Billy can capitalize on.

The ending is intense, and satisfying, and the match as a whole is one of the best 60 minute showdowns you're going to see. Get a glass of wine(may I suggest Dexter Lake 2010 if you can find it, OR Dr Hermann if you want a Riesling done right), maybe put on a favorite album, and chow down on this one, because it's worth the time.

And after you watch tell post a comment about what you liked about the match. Wear your experience as a badge of honor among your fellow wrestling nerds.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: WWF Superstars 10.09.1993

Grand Center Welch Auditorium
Grand Rapids, MI

MEN ON A MISSION vs. DAMIEN DEMENTO & ROCK WERNER
This match is worth watching just for MOM's entrance and watching all these people in the audience waving their hands. Damien Demento is tagged up with a cat named Rock Werner. I wish I could have seen how those two ended up together. After some back and forth between Mo and Demento, Mabel got tagged in and scared off Demento. Damien had perhaps his greatest moment EVER when he just ran over to Rock Werner and threw him into the ring. Crowd was crazy hot for MOM and their beat down of Werner. They've got a cool reverse irish whip splash in the corner that works for me, and Mabel's DDT seems like an instant death move. Think about all that weight pulling your head to the mat, bro, think about it. Also, someone needs to reuse Rock Werner's name. That's a good name.

ADAM BOMB vs. MITCH BISHOP
Mitch Bishop look frustratingly disinterested during his introduction. He just sat there chewing his gum like an asshole and then gave a weak fist pump and wink when they called his name. I like my jobbers to atleast pretend they matter. Adam Bomb gave some really nice Vader Hammers, and threw a great dropkick that sent Mitch to the floor. Bomb won the match with the slingshot clothesline, and after the match hit his powerbomb. Johnny Polo then counted another three to keep getting over Bomb's Atom Smasher. I really like the idea of wrestlers having a secondary finish that they beat jobbers with, and then having the big one that they use on superstars.


FACE TO FACE LUGER vs. BORGA
I'm only mentioning this because smiley happy Lex Luger, flexing his tits, and talking about USA this and that, is super annoying. I'm so pissed he went from The Narcissist gimmick, which was great, to this cornball shit.

MR. PERFECT vs. RED TYLER
Oh man, this match is hilarious. Red Tyler, who looks like serious business with his long, flowing red locks gets tossed back into the ring by Perfect after some scuffle on the outside. When Perfect tosses him back in he gives Red a super wedgie, which remains stuck up Red's ass for a long time. you can't even take the cool spinning right hand offense that he pulls out seriously. Eventually Vince picks up on it going "Oh my goodness, it seems as though Mr. Tyler is gaving a problem with his tights." At this point Mr. Perfect is seeing this, and he decides to make it even worse by picking Tyler up by his tights before giving him an atomic drop. Next thing you know you've got Savage, McMahon, and Jerry Lawler making wise cracks. Poor Ret Tyler. Funniest squash I've seen in a while. 


Simply Perfect
BONNIE BLACKSTONE INTERVIEWS BAM BAM BIGELOW
Bigelow gives a great bully promo, recapping all the events between him and Doink over the last few weeks. I like his little troll bait line "Doink. Just hearing that name drives me crazy." Which got the crowd riled up. Luna's outfit is off the charts awesome during this segment. She has cooler stuff any anyone on the roster, and she's so crazy that I can't imagine what real Luna Vachon would be like without all the makeup and crazy voice.

WELL DUNN vs. VIRGIL & JERRY FOX
Virgil started out pretty hot on Steven Dunn doing some okay looking headlock work. Much like the Men On a Mission match it all goes to hell when the jabroni gets tagged in. Jerry Fox is magnificent though. He looks like a meth'd up Young Buck. His tights are white with black ziggzags with weird bits of rainbow pattern on them. He takes a good beating, but Well Dunn really don't have particularly interesting offense. Man I want Red Tyler and Jerry Fox to make a tag team called Red Fox, that just dominates the indies. Oh and it should be noted Harvey Whippleman has joined up with Well Dunn. He added nothing.

THE UNDERTAKER vs. ROB BELL
Kind of like Adam Bomb, Undertaker finished this one off with the chokeslam. But no post match Tombstone because he's got nothing to prove on this jabronie. Pretty nothing match. Rob Bell couldn't get up very much for some of the offense so it didn't look all that great.

HEADSHRINKERS vs. STEVE NIXON & TONY BITHERA
Samu hit a great brainbuster that KO'd Nixon. He rolled him over to Bithera and just dragged Bithera into the ring. That stuff NEVER gets old. The tag team division is incredibly fun. Steiners, Quebecers, MOM, Heavenly Bodies, Smoking Gunns and the Headshrinkers is a solid group. Really want to see more interaction between these teams. Headshrinkers in particular seem to just being a holding pattern. 

OVERALL SHOW THOUGHTS
A great show if you want to see some goofy as hell jobbers. The matches weren't that great and the Mr. Perfect one is the only one that's really memorable for ridiculous reasons. 

NEXT WEEK!
We get 123 Kid vs. Pat Tanaka, hell yeah. But before we get there it's Monday Night RAW, which will have Razor vs. Martel for the Intercontinental Title. CAN'T WAIT!


Luna's reaction to the Red Tyler match.

Monday, August 19, 2013

WWE SUMMERSLAM 2013

UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
DEAN AMBROSE(c) vs. ROB VAN DAM

The opening stuff with Dean Ambrose and RVD looked terrible. Especially Ambrose's technical stuff. He doesn't work anything anything and he just moves in and out of holds really lose and lazy like. He's better off just brawling and acting crazy. The second half of the match was much better, but it never felt like it went out of second gear. RVD fit in most of his stuff, but, much like in TNA, there's no thread to connect it all to a bigger story. I think the DQ ending was pretty lame.

RING OF FIRE MATCH
KANE vs. BRAY WYATT
It's a decent brawl and the fire bits were cool looking. I thought the Family making it in killed the gimmick though. The after match beat down was kind of dumb too, because the stairs are pretty clearly not hitting Kane.

DAMIAN SANDOW vs. CODY RHODES
Cody Rhodes was fired up like crazy and I love it. He operated like a guy trying to prove something and earn a title shot, trying to kill Sandow as quick as possible. And his offense looks really nice. He's one of my favorite guys on the roster and I think his transition to face, at least in ring wise, has been pretty successful. He doesn't try to act cool, he acts like this is the most important thing in his life, and the genuineness is connecting to the crowd, at least it is in LA.

This kid wins at life.
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
ALBERTO DEL RIO (c) vs. CHRISTIAN
GAMEPLAN WRESTLING. I love it. Del Rio comes in with a game plan, and sticks to it. Compare this to any of the matches before, and you'll see a deeper story with a sense of continuity. Del Rio is maybe the best heel in wrestling, he has good looking offense, he works over guys so they can get sympathy, and he shows his ass, so people don't think he's cool enough to cheer. Check out his miss on the rope assisted enzigiri. It's so showy so that everyone in the building can see him fail spectacularly. Christan does a great job as usual, and made some nice comebacks. The finish with the arm breaker was so well worked by both guys. Great match, go watch it.

NATALYA vs. BRIE BELLA
This was pretty well worked by both ladies. Loved the slap fest and the apron bump by Natalya. The camera guy missed a couple of spots because they were cutting to Divas around ring side, but it didn't ruin anything. Brie is a pretty good heel and I liked some of her choices for offense, like the running knee on Natalya while she was in the ropes. Natalya didn't show enough fire for me until the very end, which was pretty good. It made me wish I saw more of that in the match.

BROCK LESNAR vs. CM PUNK
Brock came through as always, being the baddest ass kicker in the WWE, and CM Punk took about the best beating possible. That toss into the announce table looked so haphazard and dangerous, and that's pretty much the match in the nutshell when it came to Brock eating Punk alive. Punk's comebacks were well placed, and they made sense in terms of what moves he went for. He had to go up top because he needed the rewards that come with the high risk, and unfortunately it didn't always pay off because he was selling the body work so well. They had to let Lesnar get a win, and this was about the best way possible to protect Punk. It's a Mick Foley formula, where you get the shit beat out of you but you try to look as crazy and dangerous as you can. I think it worked pretty well here.

DOLPH ZIGGLER & KAITLYN vs. BIG E. LANGSTON & AJ
DOLPH ZIGGLER WON A MATCH WITH HIS FINISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PANTS ARE OFF!!!!!!!

WWE TITLE MATCH
JOHN CENA(c) vs. DANIEL BRYAN
John Cena had a solid night here, with how he played his character. He was like a jolly giant who was regretful that he had to beat the shit out of the lovable scamp known as Daniel Bryan. But when push came to shove, Cena brought the power, because that was his great advantage and no way was he going to let this little dude take the title. Bryan was the man as usual. Both guys knew how to make a show of most of the segments like the bridge stuff and the STF spots. Bryan's sit up in the corner was the best possible way of milking something and the crowd responded much the same way. There's something very Ultimate Warrior about Daniel Bryan, in the way he tries to draw in the crowd to back him up, and it's very different than any of the faces working right now. I do wish the arm work was built up a little more. When Bryan started working it, it was great, but it didn't really seem to give him an advantage in the end. They did so well building it up too, with the doctor at ringside who was worried about the arm, and Cena saying it's okay, but it's really not. It's truly a shame that didn't have a good pay off. But hey, I guess I'll just have to settle with Daniel Bryan getting a clean pinfall victory over the biggest star in wrestling. I think I can live with that.

WWE TITLE MATCH
DANIEL BRYAN(c) vs. RANDY ORTON
I like this ending. I feel like Cena is going to take a medical break and then the WWE can get a real feel if Daniel Bryan can be top face. Now they can test out whether people will buy into watching Bryan chase the title from a top heel.
It's like someone photoshop'd Triple H's head onto Paul Giamatti's body.

OVERALL SHOW THOUGHTS
Pretty great show. You get three pretty great matches for three totally different reasons in the World title, WWE title and the Brock/Punk match. You also get a really good Cody Rhodes performance, some decent Dive action and Dolph Ziggler winning a match clean. Definitely recommended viewing, and one of the better PPVs of the year.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: RAW REVIEW 10.04.1993

20 MAN BATTLE ROYAL- FINAL TWO WRESTLE FOR THE IC TITLE.
Some guys were already in the ring at the start, Tatanka's intro kicked off the show. During the intros(Razor Ramon, Quebecers, and some others) Vince and Bobby were selling the Battle Royal concept and Heenan was in full hype mode. It was that kind of exasperated fascination with the battle royal concept that reminded me of his legendary call of the 1992 Royal Rumble. I think Heenan just loves Battle Royal matches. Macho Man got the final introduction and he immediately went up top and started dropping axe handles on Giant Gonzalez. Everyone else joined in on him to eliminate Gonzalez first. It was pretty neat with bad guys and good guys joining forces because no one wanted to deal with that big nakey son of a gun for very long. Vinnce cracked me up when asked "Who is that in there?" and he was referring to MVP(later to be Abe Knuckleball Schwartz). It didn't feel like a clever introduction it legit felt like he had no earthly idea who the hell that guy was. When Heenan told him, Vince was just like "Huh. How about that."

UNLEASHED!
Mabel was pretty nasty, clawing Tatanka's eyes out while yelling "EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF" at the
camera. It was kind of sad to see this lovable big dude, just lose his shit when faced with this dystopian last man standing type gimmick. Mo wasn't around and I wondered if maybe they had an argument before the match, making him feel cornered and alone. I'm crying for Mabel right now. Sadly Mabel was eliminated by Diesel not long after all this, which was a pretty crazy feat for the big man. It made Mr. Perfect look even better when he dumped Diesel a couple minutes later.

Bastion Booger eliminated 123 Kid. Yeah. I know.

Marty Jannetty had this funny story where he'd help Randy Savage out of tight spots and Savage wouldn't even say anything to him, he'd just go off and hit someone else. Marty would just look kind of dissappointed, as it seemed clear he was trying to make a friend. Poor guy,

Eventually it got down to the Quebecers, Rick Martel, and Adam Bomb hooking up to focus on Randy Savage and Razor Ramon. Savage and Razor looked at each other like "We gonna work together?" and the crowd was going APE SHIT. It's that kind of cheering where the camera is shaking, and it was all just because the crowd wanted to see Razor and Savage whip some ass. So damn awesome.

Savage eliminated Adam Bomb and the Quebecers w/ Martel dumped him leaving Razor alone to face the Canadians.The 3 on 1 beat down here is really great with the trio just hammering Ramon, and the crowd stayed hot as hell for all of his come backs. This feels like the moment that Razor Ramon became a super over babyface. Once he's able to eliminate The Quebecers the crowd loses their shit. The rules of the match state that the final two face each other in a match next week so we get Rick Martel and Ramon, which sounds awesome. I really can't say how over Ramon got in this match. In the post match stare down he had the crowd totally in his pocket. Great match and a great hype for next week's show. I can't wait to see what happens next.

HEAVENLY BODIES vs. MARK TAYLOR & SCOTT THOMAS
Heavenly Bodies do all kinds of wild shit, like Pritchard slinging Del Rey into the ring for a flying clothesline,
or Pritchard flipping Del Rey over his shoulder onto one of the jabronies. Midway through Pritchard nailed a top rop spine buster because why the fuck not. These dudes are ridiculous. During the match Heenan said this Sunday we'll see the debut of a NEW TAG TEAM.... The Rock N' Roll Express. Oh yeah, that's the stuff. Anyway, Heavenly Bodies are filling the void Doink is leaving as best squash match wrestlers.

And as I say that...

The commercial may be bad, but the shot composition is really nice.
DOINK vs. CORY STUDENT
Doink threw a nice drop kick and a good belly to belly before hoping on Cory's back and rubbing his face into the mat. Vince put him over as one of the best technicians in the WWF, which makes me wonder if he would have lost his mind should Doink wrestle IRS. After a nice powerslam Doink nailed a Whoopie Cushion for the win. After the match Bigelow came out to talk some shit and pop some balloons. Staff came out to keep the two separated. Really nice bit where Bigelow picks up a red wagon and punches the hell out of it before tossing it in the ring. I thought he was going to break it in half with his fists. Man do I want to see these two wrestle.

OVERALL SHOW
Hella good show with a really good battle royal in front of a super hot crowd. Follow that up with a couple of my favorite acts in the Heavenly Bodies and Doink The Clown, and you get a pretty memorable Raw for me. Really can't wait to see the title match next week. WWE should really book more stories today that create bookings for the following week. It always feels like you have no idea who's wrestling that night until you get there, with PPVs being the exceptions.


Monday, August 12, 2013

The WWF New Generation Era Project: SUPERSTARS 10.2.1993

Oh man, I'm back. It's going to take me thirty years to finish this project.

THE STEINERS vs. CHAD MILLER & TOM BENNET
Rick has this move where he picks up a guy and rams him gut first into the top turnbuckle. One time he rammed some dude's dong and dings into it, it was sad. This time the Tom Bennet got his neck rammed into the middle turnbuckle. Poor bastard. Then Scotty gave him a belly to belly and he landed on his neck again. I don't know what these cats did, but Steiners were extra shitty to them, which is fun if you like Steiners beating up dudes.

LUDVIG BORGA vs. SONNY ROGERS

Borga got busted open without even getting hit. That would drive me nuts if I was him or Vince. I don't even
"There's no hope in dope"
know how it happened he, just started bleeding down his face. He handled it pretty cool though, wiping it off and flicking it at the fans. Nothing special, besides the blood showing up.

I.R.S. vs. GARY JACKSON
You can't make this shit up. In the middle of this match Vince starts promoting their first ever tour in Israel. During a match in which a man wrestling is named Irwin R. Shyster. Anyway, nothing much going on here, other than Vince continuing to put over IRS as the #1 technical wrestler in the WWF. He doesn't do much other than a toe hold and the Write Off. Gary Jackson was pretty disappointing. His selling had no life to it. Slightly less energetic than a dead body being electrocuted.

BAM BAM BIGELOW vs. ROD BELL
Not one of Bammer's best squashes. He did bust out the enzigiri to set up the flying headbutt. Other than that it was a lot of stomping. But this was less about the match and more about a set up between Bigelow and Doink.

DOINK CLOWNS BIGELOW AND LUNA
As Bammer was making his way back up the aisle, Doink made his way down for the match and threatened them with a bucket of water. After a tease, Doink dumped confetti on Bigelow, who threatened to rip his head off. Luna continued to talk shit and Doink dumped water on her. Her reaction was freaking awesome too, like she was the Wicked Witch melting in the Wizard of Oz. Bam Bam tried to chase down Doink, which lead to some under the ring hijinks. Eventually Bigelow gets pissed at the jobber and beats him up. While he's doing that Doink, and I'm not joking here, ties a string between the guard rails and taunts Bigelow. When Bigelow gives chase he trips over the wire. Vince has a coronary from laughter.
Luna just found out El Gigante doesn't actually wear tights.

MARTY JANNETTY vs. STEVE MOORE
If you didn't know, Steve Moore is Al Snow, and can be added to the list of future ECW stars that were jobbers in the WWF. Al is his mugging goofy self here. He's a little soft and lanky looking, with some Roddy Piper blue tights. What really cracks me up is it looks like his torso is tan while his legs are pale. Other than Al actually looked pretty good. He didn't do a whole hell of a lot, but he showed a modicum more personality than any of the other jobbers. Jannetty didn't seem to give much of a shit. Set up his rocker dropper with a punch to the gut, which was pretty lame.

THE HEAVENLY BODIES vs. JOHN PAUL & RENO RIGGINS
Reno Riggins and Del REy start it off with some rad counter move wrestling that leads to Riggins almost scoring an upset victory off of an inside cradle. Things go down hill once he tags in John Paul who's making his TV debut with the WWF. John Paul isn't too shabby either, but spends his time getting worked over pretty good by Dr. Tom Pritchard. The crowd actually got behind him and Riggins here, and gave a pretty good pop for the hot tag. The finish was quite nice with Riggins getting caught with a super kick after ducking under a Leap Frog. Del Rey wrapped it up with a standing moonsault that was about the prettiest one I've seen him do so far. Pretty fun match over all, and worth checking out.

OVERALL SHOW
A little weak to return with this kind of show. It was fun seeing early Al Snow, Steiners killed some jobbers in Michigan, and the Heavenly Bodies are still pretty sweet. Really disappointed with Bigelow's squash, but I guess he was saving his energy for the shenanigans with Doink. Oh well, we've got a special RAW coming up with a Battle Royal, so let's just look forward to that.

NEXT WEEK
The Undertaker, Adam Bomb, Mr. Perfect, and Men on a Mission. Sounds like a good lineup to me.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

DMC MIXTAPE VOL. 2

MIXTAPE TIME!
Yes I'm still crazy busy, but by golly Google has money waiting for me, and I gotta get it. FIVE TITLE MATCHES in today's mix, with the WWF and NWA titles both being defended. We also have a debut of Mastadon-ian Proportions. And in honor of the G1 Climax finishing up, our main event is a classic final between Rick Rude and Masahiro Chono. So pick your way through, hopefully you find something of value.

EDIT: I'm making playlists on you tube of mixtapes, so you can watch them here if you want: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxXqKoWNIM4w1vbF-NnCb1mx3DJxcpwuB

J-CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
ULTIMO DRAGON vs. REY MYSTERIO JR.

Gotta open with juniors getting sprinty and who better than Rey Mysterio and Ultimo Dragon in 1996?  One element in this juniors match was the struggle for dives. For example Rey hit a hurricanrana that usually sends a guy sliding out to the floor, but Ultimo stopped himself and got up to counter with a german suplex. And later Ultimo was gunning for an Asai Moonsault or anything really, but had to settle for a running clothesline. It's moments like those that make the parts where they do hit the dives even more important. 95% of guys wrestling today DO NOT GET THAT. Usually it's throw them to the outside and everyone hit their big fuckin' dive and it gets a little old. But if they made it seem like a struggle to finally connect it, they'd get an even deeper reaction from the fans. But why bother with all that work, right? Anyway, match was tons of fun and the finish is sick. Someone should steal that slingshot powerbomb deal.

NEGRO CASAS, AVERNO, y REY ESCORPION vs. SUPER PORKY, BLUE PANTHER, y RUSH
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-d1xpKefcw
This is pretty fun with the highlights being Rush and Negro Casas being total assholes to each other. I love it when two wrestlers just look like they do not like eachother. Rush ending the first round by powerbombing Casas to hell worked really well me. Too often in Lucha matches am I disappointed in the the first two falls becasue they feel like throwaways. This fall felt like Rush just happened to kill a dude. Casas coming back later just to stomp on Rush's head was so cool. It's the kind of stuff that makes it feel personal. He's not just working a guy over for the audience he's wanting to jack him up. their action is broken up with some fun bits between guys like Super Porky and Rey Escorpion. They bring in some fun energy that plays a good contrast to the hate developing between Rush and Casas. The DQ finish may not be conducive to a satisfactory experience, but I'm so ready to see more, so be prapared for more Casas/Rush stuff in future mixes.

NWA TAG TITLE MATCH
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS(c) vs. THE ROAD WARRIORS
http://youtu.be/In_m0DDNghg
Stan Lane is in white Masaaki Mochizuki mode, deciding he is going to try and kick the hell out the Road Warriors. Loved when he realized he was out numbered and hit the outside to try and run Hawk off of a bloodied Bobby Eaton. Bobby Eaton's selling was pretty fantastic, the best part being when he finally got on the apron and just fell off. The finish was pretty slick, with Eaton suffering just too much from blood loss and eating a pretty nice lariat from Animal for the title change. It's quick but it's pretty fun and did a lot to keep the Midnight Express looking tough in a short bout.


STING & STEVE WILLIAMS vs. TERRY FUNK & TERRY GORDY
http://youtu.be/9ZzCweNuaag
This is slightly disappointing because of who's in it, but it's a pretty awesome TV tag match. There's a really cool bit of psychology with Funk and Gordy trying to toss Sting to the outside so they can isolate him and use the environment to their advantage. Sting is just to agile and quick for that, and everytime they toss him out he lands on his feet and gets right back in. He wants to avoid Funk's wild brawl game because he can't win that way. Gary Hart is really good in this section because he continues to support them in this gameplan, and wrestling is at it's best when the competitors look like they have a gameplan. It pans out when Dr. Death gets tagged because he's not as quick or agile as Sting and Terry is able to beat him down on the guardrail. While the match gets a little messy after this part, it's always interesting to watch. Funk is one of my all time favorites and it's because of this strange unpredictability he adds to his bouts. It feels less like a dance and more like a messy fight. Really worth watching, to see some good tag team strategy.

WWF CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH]
HULK HOGAN vs. GREG "THE HAMMER" VALENTINE

I could watch Greg Valentine elbow drop the hell out of Hulk Hogan all day. Valentine works over Hogan big time and it's pretty much all awesome on his part. Hogan's first couple of comebacks didn't have enough selling, but he did better late in the game, especially calling back to his leg. Loved that part when he sold it and Valentine, who'd just been tossed off the top, went after it and then had to keep selling his back. Pretty sweet. The finish was a little out of nowhere, but, you know, how much longer are we going to let Valentine beat the crap out of Hogan? I really didn't like the Leg Drop Instant Death, but he really shouldn't have been counted down because Hogan's crappy pin lifted The Hammer's shoulder up, so I can probably sleep at night knowing Valentine was the man.

VADER vs. Z-MAN
http://youtu.be/TQYKQjzouYs
No Mix Tape would be complete without a squash match, so I'm going historic here with Vader's first match in WCW against Tom The Whole F'n Zenk. Vader makes a badass entrance and then looks like a beast. That military slam he hit was some beast mode shit. It looked no problem whatsoever and you know Zenk weighed 251 as Jim Ross pointed out. Anyway, watch this and check out how much Vader throws his body into that splash at the in. That's the kind of stuff that makes a man poo his pants. VADER TIME.


NWA TITLE MATCH
RIC FLAIR(c) vs. BRETT SAWYER

PART 2: http://youtu.be/vmpi0JFVE3E
PART 3: http://youtu.be/Ads-E8_HN0g
PART 4: http://youtu.be/TbOaZKQDGaE

Really fun two out of three falls match. Sometimes you just take for granted how great Flair was. His selling of the Figure Four in the second fall was beautiful and put Brett Sawyer over big time. Sawyer's celebration was pitch perfect as well. Regardless of how this would end, he and the crowd would have the satisfaction of knowing he made the biggest champion in the world submit. Flair's punches to Sawyer's nose are measured and harsh looking. Each one felt like it was mashing the poor guy's beak.

One specific element that makes this really fun is Flair being bigger than Sawyer. I can't think of many times where guys were so much smaller than Flair, and he actually worked the match like a bully. This is a slight deviation from his usual act of using wily veteran moves, cheap shots, and general wrestling skill. There were moments here where Flair was just imposing himself on Sawyer with power. It was pretty refreshing. Definitely hit this up if you're a Flair fan, and you want to see something a little different. Sawyer is tons of fun too, and if you're like me and don't know much about him, this is a pretty good way to start.

STAN HANSEN vs. TOSHIAKI KAWADA (04.06.1992)
http://youtu.be/cFY3o3AOGEI

Oh hell yeah, two dudes knocking the piss out of each other. Kawada comes in with a pretty good plan, which is take out one of Hansen's legs. It works pretty well at first. Love it when Hansen tosses Kawada to the outside but falls down when he tries to put weight on the leg. Very cool selling there. If you're a wrestler you absolutely have to pay attention around the 8 minute mark at how Kawada and Hansen work the leg hold. Kawada has it locked up, and the two trade off some kicks to the face. It makes what could have been just a "rest hold" in the hands of some jabroni joe, into another competitive section of the match. Working the leg and working for position. It's little moments like that, that takes away the disbelief and inserts the audience into a competitive bout.
Hansen, is a lot like Funk in that everything he does looks messy, unpredictable, and very much like a fight. Dig the way he dumps Kawada off on the table, or the way he comes back with kicks while Kawada is down. It feels very sudden like he's working off of impulses and not just some pre-planned script. Kawada does really well as the underdog trying to scrap and his comeback kicks are timed so perfectly, that you think he might be able to sneak a win. He's slowed the beast down, after all, he just needs the knock out. The crowd here is crazy hot, and the action lives up to it. Watch this.

G1 CLIMAX FINALS 1992
RICK RUDE vs. MASAHIRO CHONO

This crowd was hot as hell. This is a battle of endurance, with all the mat work being used to wear down the other guy. Rude has this tremendous physical charisma that plays really well to the back of the house. Watch how he flails when Chono is trying to pop his shoulder out of place. It may look a little cartoonish, but to a live audience that's something that connects to the very back row, and it's stuff like that that keeps the crowd engaged through out. Rude also has some of the best near fall reactions starting around the time he does the top rope drop kick. He just doesn't know what the hell he's supposed to do with this punk. Chono is technically sound in the beginning, but doesn't really start showing the fire until the last bit when he starts getting closer to winning starting after the first STF when Rude rolled out to the floor. It felt like Chono and the crowd both knew he had this one in the bag. The reaction of the crowd when Chono just rolled Rude's body back in the ring was hot and it was even hotter when Chono pulled him to the center for another STF. Rude tossing Chono out of the ring felt like he knew he was done and was just buying time, which fired Chono up even more to close it out with the flying shoulder tackle. It's a really good story and a heck of a match, make sure to check it out.