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WWWF at Madison Square Garden 6/27/77

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WWE Old School intro.

Announcer Vince McMahon introduces the show.

Howard Finkel, sporting a powder blue suit and a full head of hair, is the ring announcer.

Jan Nelson vs. Jose Gonzalez.  I assume this is the same Jose Gonzalez who would murder Bruiser Brody in a dirty bathroom 11 years later.  He’s a big babyface here in New York.  An “Old School Flashback” in the bottom right corner informs me that Kanye West was born this month, June 1977.  That’s unfortunate for the world.  But I digress.  Gonzalez is the more experienced grappler, while Vince touts Nelson as a future star.  I don’t know that Nelson ever lived up to that.  Gonzalez makes the heel Nelson look foolish, and you can hear Nelson Muntz guffaw in the crowd more than a decade before The Simpsons debuted.  Lots of good ol’ fashioned arm work in this match. as Nelson works an arm lock for several minutes.  Gonzalez fights back with some arm wrangling of his own.  Nelson quickly cuts him off and then beats him  up.  Gonzalez avoids a charge in the corner and makes his comeback.  Gonzalez hits four dropkicks and scores the pin in 9:46.  *3/4

Rocky Tomayo vs. Larry Zbyszko.  Holy crap, Larry is young here.  I’ve never heard of Rocky Tomayo.  More basic, old fashined grappling.  They actually do a bit of chain wrestling, which always makes me giddy.  This is actually kind of fun.  Larry is a fiery young babyface here, very quick to take Tomayo down and grab a hold.  Of course, this is Larry Zbyszko, so there is some stalling.  Tomayo endures a lot of trauma to his hamstrings.  Larry catches Tomayo with an inside cradle for the pin in 7:30.  Man, this referee counts slow.  **1/4

Tony Garea vs. George “The Animal” Steele.  Fiery young babyface Garea is ready to fight, which befuddles the Animal.  Steele stalls a bit, then gets the advantage on Garea by wrestling heelishly.  Garea makes a fiery comeback.  The referee DQ’s Steele in 7:22 for hitting Garea with a foreign object.  Steele continues to lay the beating on.  Garea rallies and runs the big man off.  **

2/3 Falls: Ken Patera & Nikolai Volkoff (w/ Captain Lou Albano) vs. Andre the Giant & Chief Jay Strongbow.  The babyfaces run Albano off during the introductions.  This seems to be a grudge match.  Patera stalls a long time before getting in the ring to start the match.  Vince calls Strongbow a “fired up redskin.”  The ’70s were a different time.  Strongbow gets Patera in his own hold, the full nelson.  Patera escapes.  Andre tags in and puts Patera in the full nelson.  Patera manages to make the ropes.  Volkoff tags in.  The heels try to cut off Andre in their corner, but Andre is a giant, so he’s like “fuck that.”  Strongbow comes in.  Volkoff puts a hurting on him briefly.  Andre tags in and bear hugs Volkoff.  Volkoff gets free, but Andre punches him the face.  Strongbow tags back in and gets caught on the wrong side of town.  Andre gets a hot tag at point, but the referee didn’t see it.  Heels continue getting the heat on Strongbow.  Andre finally gets the tag and runs… well, he doesn’t really run wild, but he wrecks shit like a destructive giant briefly.  Clusterfuck breaks out, largely involving Strongbow running into Andre, causing him to shoulder block both heels in the corner.  Andre goes for a big splash on Patera, but Patera avoids certain death and makes the tag.  Strongbow comes in with a big babyface flurry and locks Volkoff in a sleeper hold.  Patera saves, but gets his man DQ’d in 13:46.  My stream turns shitty, which is just lovely.  After I get it straightened out, Volkoff and Patera get into it at ringside.  Presumably, Volkoff is pissed that Patera cost them the fall.  Insta-commercials.  Strongbow and Volkoff start the second fall.  Andre hold Volkoff for Strongbow to hit him, which is illegal.  The heels are still not getting along.  Patera shoves Volkoff.  Volkoff takes a swing at him.  Volkoff goes to leave the ring, but Patera clubber his back from behind.  Patera leaves.  Andre gives Volkoff a big boot and a splash for the pin in a little over two minutes.  Finkel gives the total time as 16:25.  Fun match.  **3/4

Lenny Hurst vs. Stan “The Man” Stasiak.  This is Hurst’s MSG debut.  I wonder if he ever made it back.  Stasiak is a former WWWF Champion, and the father of a guy who would someday run into shit in backstage segments.  Stasiak is from Buzzard Creek, Oregon, which is a great name for a wrestling hometown.  Vince touts the 225 lb Hurst as the lightest wrestler in the WWWF.  I’ll bet he wishes that were still the case today.  Anyway, Stasiak is the ornery old heel, Hurst is the fiery young babyface, and they work the match accordingly.  Hurst delivers a dropkick that sends Stasiak to the apron.  Stasiak comes back in and puts a beating on the young man.  Hursts makes his comeback, then eats a boot to the face.  Stasiak lands the heart punch for the pin in 7:55.  **

Vince interviews WWWF Champion “Superstar” Billy Graham (w/ The Grand Wizard) in the ring prior to his match.  I’m almost certain I’ve seen this interview before.  “I am the man of the hour, the man with the power, the man too sweet to be sour.”

WWWF Heavyweight Championship Match: “Superstar” Billy Graham (c) (w/ The Grand Wizard) vs. Bruno Sammartino (w/ Arnold Skaaland).  Bruno has a mustache and a Jew fro here.  I think this is 2 months after Graham took the title from Bruno in Baltimore.  Graham taunts Bruno with the belt, and by god, Bruno wants that belt back.  The beauty of this is that Graham cheated Bruno out of his belt, so Bruno is PISSED OFF and wants it back.  He does not laugh it off and talk about how championships come and go.  Bruno attacks Graham to jumpstart the match and MSG comes UNGLUED.  Graham manages to subdue Bruno with a full nelson.  Vince notes that this hold is attacking Bruno’s neck, which was broken not all that long ago by Stan Hansen.  Bruno reverses it and almost puts the champ down with it.  Graham manages to avoid having his arm drop the third time and gets to his feet, but Bruno keeps the hold.  Graham finally manages to get free and takes a powder.  Graham comes back and manages to get the advantage, putting pressure on Bruno’s back and arms.  Bruno again reverses Graham’s hold and puts the pressure on him.  Graham manages to get some momentum going and puts the boots to Bruno.  They work a bear hug for a bit.  Bruno takes a spill to the outside, and Graham tries to keep him there.  Bruno gets back in and goes on the attack.  Graham begs off to no avail.  Graham rallies, but knocks down the referee in the process.  The guys brawl and the referee tries to break it up, only to get taken down repeatedly.  The ref finally calls for the bell in 18:15.  It’s a double DQ.  Fun strong guy match.  **3/4

Baron Von Raschke (w/ Freddie Blassie) vs. Ivan Putski.  Putski’s beer belly is a little bit less prominent here than on the last show I saw.  Raschke is announced as the “European Heavyweight Champion” 20 years before the WWF actually created a European Championship.  These two went to a 20 minute draw previously, so now we’ve got a 30 minute time limit.  Oh dear.  Blassie is taken to the back before the match starts, for some reason.  Raschke has a gimmick in his hand.  Putski informs the referee of such.  Raschke successfully conceals it on his person.  They finally lock up after a lot of stalling.  They also work the lockup for a long time.  This is going to be a long one.  Raschke with some desultory leg work.  Putski with a rear chin lock, then transitions into some kind of wonky head scissors hold.  Putski finally wakes up and shows some babyface fire.  They go back and forth a bit.  It goes to a 30 minute time limit draw in 19:13.  I don’t care if they lied about the time, I missed some editing, or what.  I don’t need to see these two wrestle for another minute ever.  Putski, that son of a bitch, calls for one more minute.  They brawl a bit.  Raschke takes a powder.  Long and boring.  *3/4

Baron Mikel Scicluna vs. “High Chief” Peter Maivia.  Maivia is making his MSG debut.  His now-five year old grandson would later go on to some success in pro wrestling and Hollywood.  Scicluna gets the jump on him.  Maivia quickly rallies and kicks some ass.  Scicluna tries to use an object, but fails.  Maivia avoids Scicluna in the corner and pins him with a prawn hold in 1:08.  It’s announced at 2:09, which is a lie.  DUD

2/3 Falls: Dominic Denucci & Haystacks Calhoun vs. Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka.  Calhoun’s kayfabe hometown is Morgan’s Corner, Arkansas, which endears him to me.  I know of all of these guys, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen any of them wrestle.  Denucci and Tanaka brawl.  Denucci applies a full nelson and allows Calhoun to hit a lackadaisical punch.  Tanaka beats on Denucci a bit.  Denucci fires back with Mongolian chops.  Fuji tags in and hits a “Kamikazi Necktie” (think Sling Blade) for the pin in 3:06.  Denucci makes a comeback as the second fall starts.  Tanaka and Fuji double team Denucci in the corner.  Calhoun comes in to help out, but only distracts the referee.  We’ve got a curfew draw in 1:00 of the second fall!  Calhoun comes in to beat the heels up for a bit, having never actually tagged in to the match.  Fuji & Tanaka win the match, having won the only fall in a 2/3 falls match.  3/4*

And there’s another 1970s WWWF show from the Network.  There’s one more show from the 70s, then we’ll move into the 80s.

WWE Extreme Rules 2012

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WWE open, awesome PPV opening video, pryo and ballyhoo.  Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and Booker T are the announcers.  Justin Roberts is the first ring announcer.  Carlos Cabrera and Marcelo Rodriguez are the Spanish announcers.

They show the shenanigans leading up to Kane vs. Randy Orton involving their respective fathers, Paul Bearer and Bob Orton Jr.

Falls Count Anywhere Match: Kane vs. Randy Orton.  They brawl.  Orton gets punched off the top to the floor.  Cover on the floor gets 2.  Kane brings in a leg pipe.  Orton cuts him off and hits him with the pipe a few times, knocking him back to the floor on the last shot.  They fight in the crowd.  Orton knees Kane in the face for 2.  Kane slams Orton on the concrete for 2.  More crowd brawling.  They end up near the set.  Orton lands a dropkick for 2.  Kane blocks the RKO and boots Orton in the face for 2.  They brawl backstage.  They end up in a room with some geeks.  Zack Ryder attacks Kane, which only pisses him off.  Kane goozles Ryder, but Orton hits the 3.0 for 2.  Back into the hallway.  Kane throws something at Orton and covers for 2.  Back into the arena.  Back into the ring.  Orton drops Kane with a clothesline and hits a powerslam.  Orton retrieves a chair from underneath the ring and attacks Kane with it.  Back outside, where Orton clears off the announce table.  Kane goes for the chokeslam, but Orton prevents it.  Orton hits the DDT OF MURDER off the table to the floor!  Cover gets 2.  Kane blocks the RKO and sends Orton into the post.  Cover gets 2.  Back inside, Kane goes up top.  Orton crotches him and hits a superplex.  Cover gets 2.  Orton humps the mat.  Kane hits the chokeslam, but Orton kicks out!  Kane bitches at the referee.  Kane goes for the Tombstone on the chair.  Orton counts out and hits the RKO sort of on the chair for the pin in 16:45.  Fun match.

John Laurinaitis and Eve Torres are backstage with the Raw Roulette wheel.  Teddy Long brings in champagne.  He’s being humiliated after he lost his GM job at WrestleMania.  Laurinaitis gets a phone call from Triple H.

Chicago!

“The Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay (w/ Hornswoggle, Cameron, & Naomi) vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/ Vickie Guerrero & Jack Swagger).  They lock up.  Clay overpowers Ziggler.  Ziggler tries to take Clay down, but fails.  Swagger distracts Clay, allowing Ziggler to dropkick him out of the ring.  Ziggler distracts the referee while Swagger hits a shoulder block on the floor.  Back inside, Ziggler goes on the attack.  Clay goes for a knee lift, but Ziggler dropkicks his knee, then hits the Fameasser for 2.  Ziggler lands a dropkick for 1.  Ziggler applies a rear chin lock.  Clay fights out.  Ziggler stays on the attack.  He goes for a suplex, but fails.  Clay throws him with a front suplex and makes his comeback.  Clay knocks Swagger on the apron.  Ziggler goes for the sleeper, but fails.  Clay hits a headbutt and a big splash for the pin in 4:18.  It was fine for what it was.

Earlier in the day, The Big Show and Cody Rhodes played Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal to determine the stipulation for their Intercontinental title match tonight.  It’s a Tables Match.

Lillian Garcia is the other ring announcer.

The show highlights of Show’s title victory over Rhodes at WrestleMania XXVIII.

Tables Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship: The Big Show (c) vs. Cody Rhodes.  Show beats up Rhodes.  Rhodes bails after taking a big back body drop.  Show sets up a table on the outside and picks up Rhodes.  Rhodes slips off and chop blocks Show’s knee.  Show rallies and continues to beat and toss Rhodes around.  Show throws Rhodes and a table in the ring.  He throws Rhodes at the table in the corner, but Rhodes rebounds off of it and hits the Beautiful Disaster.  Rhodes charges, but Show shoulder blocks him.  Rhodes bails.  Show beats him up on the outside.  Show throws Rhodes back into the ring and gets in the apron.  Rhodes dropkicks Show, who steps through a table at ringside.  The referee rules Rhodes the winner in 4:35.  Stupid finish.  A pissed off Show drops Rhodes after the match, then chokeslams him through a table.  Crowd chants “One more time!”  Show press slams Rhodes out of the ring through another table.  Show leaves.  Rhodes is helped up and manages to hold up his belt while looking like he’s near tears.

Edge DVD plug.

Matt Striker interviews Daniel Bryan.  Will he become World Champion tonight?  YES!  YES!  YES!  Fun interview.  He walks away and they show AJ sulking in the background.

Sheamus/Bryan hype video.

2/3 Falls Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Sheamus (c) vs. Daniel Bryan.  Sheamus is wearing a t-shirt with “18 seconds” written on it, the time in which he beat Bryan for the title at WrestleMania.  I timed it at 19 seconds, but that’s neither here nor there.  Sheamus grabs a headlock and lands a shoulder block.  They do a brief mat exchange.  Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick, but Bryan avoids it.  Sheamus taunts Bryan with how close that was.  They trade arm locks.  Sheamus hits a Finlay Roll for 2.  For some reason, I don’t know the proper name for that move.  Sheamus rolls through a sunset flip and locks Bryan in a Texas Cloverleaf.  Bryan gets the ropes.  Sheamus goes for it again, but Bryan gets an inside cradle for 2.  Sheamus beats up Bryan.  Bryan lands a lariat.  Sheamus rolls to the apron and Bryan dropkicks him to the floor.  Bryan dives off the apron, but Sheamus catches him and sends him into the barricade.  Back inside, Sheamus goes up top, but Bryan crotches him and goes on the attack.  Bryan goes to work on Sheamus’ shoulder.  They trade strikes.  Bryan gets a reverse cradle for 2.  More arm and shoulder torture inflicted by Bryan.  Sheamus makes his comeback and beats up Bryan.  Sheamus hits a fall away slam for 2.  Bryan gets a schoolboy for 2.  Bryan goes for a top rope Frankensteiner, but Sheamus holds on, then hits Bryan with a diving shoulder block for 2.  Sheamus tries to suplex Bryan in from the apron, but Bryan lands on his feet, then low bridges Sheamus out of the ring on the other side.  He goes for a dive, but Sheamus nails him.  Back inside, Sheamus goes for the Razor’s Edge.  Bryan turns it into a cradle for 2.  Bryan goes for the Yes Lock, but Sheamus counters out repeatedly.  Bryan sends Sheamus’ shoulder into the post repeatedly, then kicks the shit out of it while Sheamus is against the ropes.  This causes the referee to DQ Bryan, diving Sheamus the first fall at 14:30.  Bryan goes back on the attack and applies the Yes Lock.  Sheamus struggles, but goes out, and Bryan wins the second fall by referee stop at 16:39.  Bryan celebrates while the ringside doctor checks on Sheamus.  There are dueling “Yes!” and “No!” chants.  Sheamus tells the doctor he can continue.  Bryan charges Sheamus and eats a Brogue Kick.  Delayed cover gets 2.  They trade strikes.  Bryan lands a big kick to the head for 2.  Bryan goes up top.  Sheamus cuts him off and goes for a superplex.  Bryan fights him off  and goes for a diving headbutt.  Sheamus avoids it.  Sheamus avoids Bryan in the corner and makes his comeback.  Sheamus lands another Brogue Kick for the pin in 22:55.  Very good match.

WWE YouTube channel plug.

Over the Limit commercial featuring Randy Orton.

Chicago!

Santino Marella is watching the monitor backstage.  2 jobbers are in the ring.  Great Khali comes over to watch too.

The jobbers are named Aaron Relic and Jay Hatton.  They cut a stupid promo about 2 being greater than one.

Handicap Match: Aaron Relic & Jay Hatton vs. Ryback.  There’s a smattering of “Goldberg!” chants.  The jobber with the ridiculous pants attacks Ryback to no avail.  Ryback kills him.  He orders the other jobber to tag in.  The fellow wisely demurs.  Ryback tosses him in anyway and kills him.  Ryback hits the second jobber with a backpack stunner.  Crowd chants “Finish him.”  Ryback kills ridiculous pants with sort of a Fisherman buster Samoan drop, then pins them both in 1:50.  Santino and Khali are impressed.

Matt Striker interviews WWE Champion CM Punk.  Tonight he faces Chris Jericho, who has been insulting his family, in a Chicago Street Fight.

Plug for the PPV theme song.

Punk/Jericho hype video.

Chicago Street Fight for the WWE Championship: CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho.  This is Punk’s hometown, and members of his family are in the front row.  They brawl, because this is a street fight, see.  Punk throws some plunder into the ring.  He whacks Jericho with a Singapore cane.  Jericho drops Punk with a dropkick and gets hold of the cane.  He whacks Punk, then hits his trademark springboard dropkick to the apron, sending Punk to the floor.  Jericho beats up Punk on the outside.  Back inside, Jericho exposes a turnbuckle.  Punk fires back with chops.  Jericho avoids the running knee to the corner and Punk takes another spill outside.  Jericho beats up Punk right in front of his family.  He gets in Punk’s sister’s face and gets slapped.  Jericho lunges for her and Punk kicks his ass.  Punk slams Jericho through the announce table cover.  Punk goes for a piledriver, but Jericho back body drops him, then hits him with a monitor.  Jericho breaks the other announce table cover over Punk’s back.  Back inside, Jericho covers for 2.  Jericho applies a rear chin lock.  Punk escapes with a backdrop suplex.  Punk pulls Jericho’s throat over the top rope and goes for his springboard lariat, but trips.  Jericho wails on him with the Singapore cane.  Jericho taunts Punk and gets caught with an inside cradle for 2.  Jericho responds with something that gets 2.  Jericho brings in a can of beer, which he pours on Punk.  He brings in another beer and starts drinking it.  Punk, meanwhile, starts kicking his ass.  Punk hits the running knee to the corner and the bulldog headlock, then pulls the Singapore cane into Jericho’s balls and signals for the Go 2 Sleep.  He goes for it, but Jericho counters and goes for the Walls of Jericho.  Punk counters and hits a powerslam for 2.  Punk goes up top, but Jericho crotches him.  They fight on the top rope.  Punk sends Jericho to the mat with a Mongolian chop, then hits the diving elbow drop for 2.  Jericho counts the Go 2 Sleep again and hits a bulldog.  He goes for the Lionsault, but Punk catches him, picks him up on h is shoulders, and goes for the Go 2 Sleep.  Jericho counters again and throws Punk into a chair wedged between the turnbuckles.  Jericho gets a schoolboy for 2.  Jericho catches Punk with the Codebreaker and locks in the Walls of Jericho.  Punk manages to reach the ropes.  It’s a street fight, so the referee can’t force a break.  Punk somehow gets hold of a fire extinguisher and sprays Jericho with it to escape the hold.  Punk hits Jericho in the stomach with it and sends him to the floor.  Another shot to the gut followed by a kick to the head by Punk.  Jericho is on top of the Spanish announce table.  Punk goes to the top rope and hits the diving elbow through the table.  Punk throws Jericho back into the ring and covers for 2.  Punk locks in the Anaconda Vice.  Jericho whacks Punk with the Singapore cane to escape.  Punk hits Jericho with a chair.  Jericho catches him with a Codebreaker into the chair.  Cover only gets 2.  Jericho is getting frustrated.  He beats on Punk some more.  Jericho tries to give Punk the Go 2 Sleep, just to be a dick.  Punk catches Jericho’s leg and catapults  him into the exposed turnbuckle, then hits the Go 2 Sleep for the pin in 25:14.  This turned out to be a hell of a match.  Punk celebrates with his friends and family.

Don’t try this at home!

Earlier tonight on the pre-show, Santino Marella defeated The Miz with the Cobra to retain the United States Championship.

The Bella Twins and Beth Phoenix bicker backstage.  Eve Torres says Beth isn’t cleared to wrestle.  Whichever Bella is champion will now defend the title against a surprise opponent who isn’t Kharma.

The show Nikki Bella beating Beth for the Divas title last week on Raw after Beth injured her ankle.  The Bellas cut a promo.  The opponent is the returning Layla.

WWE Divas Championship Match: Nikki Bella (c) (w/ Brie Bella) vs. Layla.  They lock up.  Lots of movement from Layla.  Brie trips Layla behind the ref’s back, allowing Nikki to get the advantage.  She DDTs Layla’s foot for 2.  I fucking hate that spot.  Layla gets an inside cradle for 1.  Nikki does whatever.  Layla hits a springboard cross body for 1, then knocks the other Bella off the apron.  Nikki gets the advantage.  Layla gets a wonky cradle.  Nikki counters.  The twins pull the switcheroo.  Brie goes for a facebuster, but Layla turns it into a hangman’s neckbreaker for the pin to win the title in 2:28.  This sucked.

Matt Striker asks John Laurinaitis what he and Triple H were talking about.  Johnny doesn’t tell him.

Chicago!

Lesnar/Cena hype video.

Extreme Rules Match: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena.  Lesnar takes Cena down and mauls him, then kills him with a lariat.  Cena is cut already.  The stop the match to check the cut.  I hate that shit, but I guess Brock is used to it now.  Cena charges Brock and gets taken down and mauled again.  Cena is sent outside.  He’s bleeding pretty bad.  Cena fights back as goes for the Attitude Adjustment.  Brock will have none of that and gives him a couple of German suplexes.  Cena hits a shoulder block and knocks Brock into the referee.  The ref is dead, and Brock kills Cena some more.  Brock torments Cena’s arm with a Kimura, then tosses him from the ring again.  Brock follows Cena out and tortures his arm some more.  Back inside, Brock brings in Cena’s chain, then throws it aside because he’s Brock Lesnar and doesn’t need it.  He thinks again and uses it to chain Cena’s legs together.  Brock hangs Cena from the turnbuckle and massacres him for a while.  Cena gets loose and fights back until he’s thrown into the steps.  Brock throws the referee back into the ring and wakes him up.  Cena has the chain his hand, but Brock steps on it and takes it away.  Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment.  Brock counters and hits the F-5, but kills the referee again in the process.  Another referee runs out, but the delay allows Cena to kick out.  Brock clotheslines the new referee.  Brock brings the steps into the ring.  Cena does his “you can’t see me” and first back.  Brock locks in a Kimura on top of the steps.  Cena manages to pick Brock up and slam him on the steps.  Cena goes for the diving Fameasser, but Brock avoids it.  Brock prances on top of the steps while Cena struggles his way back into the ring.  Cena makes it onto the apron and Brock launches himself at Cena, taking a bad tumble and injuring his knee in the process.  Brock gets up and laughs it off.  He charges Cena again, but Cena punches him with the chain.  Brock is bleeding now.  Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on the steps for the pin in 17:42.  Aside from the stupidity of putting Cena over in Brock’s first match back, this was awesome.

Cena takes the mic after the match and cuts a promo putting over Chicago.  He says he’s going home, which is a lie.

Good show.  There were a few really good matches.  The main event is soured by the stupidity of Brock losing so quickly.

NWA Clash of the Champions VI: Ragin’ Cajun

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This is my first review in nearly 11 months.  I hope I’ve still got it.

Jim Ross and Michael Hayes introduce the show.  Apparently it’s some kind of legends night.  The show Terry Funk, Lou Thesz, Gene Kiniski, Sam Muchnick, and Pat O’Connor arriving.  They had dinner with NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ricky Steamboat had dinner with them.  Buddy Rogers, Dory Funk Jr., and Harley Race are also there.  Jim Herd says some kind words about them.

Opening video.

They play the national anthem.  Pyro and ballyhoo.

Commercials.  There’s a plug for the Wrestling Hotline.  1-900-909-9900.  Not that I recommend trying that number in 2012.

Gary Michael Cappetta is the ring announcer.

The Samoan Swat Team (w/ Paul E. Dangerously) vs. The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette).  Samu beats up Lane to start.  Lane scores a shoulder block.  They do some drop down and leap overs.  Lane ends up getting a cross body for a 1 count.  Samu accidentally knocks Fatu off the apron.  Fatu recovers quickly and tags in to put a hurting on Lane.  Lane is having none of that and tags in Eaton.  Eaton hits a diving dropkick.  I’m not going to dignify it with the name of missile dropkick.  MX make quick tags and work over Fatu.  Cornette hits Samu with the tennis racket on the outside, which pisses Samu off.  MX continue working over Fatu.  Fatu chops Lane in the throat and tags out.  Lane gets a sunset flip on Samu for 2.  The Samoans try to double team Lane in the corner, but Samu ends up accidentally decking Fatu again.  Hayes on commentary calls this “a main event in any arena.”  He must have hit the nose candy before they went on the air.  MX work over Samu.  The Samoans cut Lane off briefly, but Eaton gets the tag and cleans house.  MX switch behind the referee’s back without making a tag, but they’re babyfaces so it’s okay.  The match continues to drag.  Lane gets a near fall off a jackknife hold.  The referee took a while to count because everyone was in the ring.  Samoans get the heat on Eaton.  Lane gets the hot tag and runs wild.  The Samoans conk heads, which we know has no effect on Samoans.  Paul E. trips Lane.  Cornette hits Fatu with the tennis racket.  Samu kicks Lane.  Fatu covers for 2.  Fatu beats up Lane for a while.  Fatu knocks Eaton off the apron.  This pisses Eaton off, so he comes in to distract Tommy Young while the Samoans double team Lane.  Fatu goes for a diving headbutt, but Lane avoids it.  Samu and Eaton tag in.  Eaton runs wild.  He bonks the Samoans’ heads together.  They shrug it off and headbutt him.  One of the Samoans accidentally hits the other when Eaton moves.  Clusterfuck ensues.  MX hit the Rocket Laucher while Cornette decks Paul E.  Fatu hits Eaton with Paul E’s cell phone and puts Samu on top.  Samu pins Eaton in 20:33.  Solid formulaic tag match, but felt long.

Next, The Great Muta!

Great Muta (w/ Gary Hart) vs. Steve Casey.  Man, Muta is young here.  He meditates, then blows mist into the air, the blows mist into Casey’s face and kicks his ass.  Muta hits a handspring elbow to the corner, then hits a snapmare and clamps on a rear chin lock.  Casey manages to hit an arm drag and works Muta’s arm a bit.  Muta hits a nifty dropkick in the corner, then sends Casey outside and teases a dive.  Hart throws Casey back into the ring and Muta hits a diving dropkick.  Muta rakes Casey’s eyes and continues beating on him.  Casey works Muta’s arm a bit more.  Muta flips around and works on Casey’s leg.  Muta drops Casey with a sweet roundhouse kick, then puts a claw on his armpit.  Not a typo.  Casey makes his comeback and runs wild briefly.  Muta avoids a dropkick and sends Casey out of the ring with the kick that Shelton Benjamin would call the Dragon Whip 15 years later.  Muta then wipes Casey out with a cross body to floor and throws him into the barricade.  Back inside, Muta hits a backbreaker and finishes Casey with the moonsault press in 8:12.  Fine little showcase for Muta.  I love Muta, I love moonsaults, and I love Muta’s moonsaults.

Junkyard Dog comes out with a New Orleans marching band.

Junkyard Dog vs. “Hacksaw” Butch Reed (w/ Hiro Matsuda).  Ross puts over that these two are old rivals from the Mid-South territory, appropriate since we’re in the Superdome in New Orleans.  JYD lands a punc and Reed bails for a moment.  They want to fight, but Teddy Long insists that they open up the hands.  JYD grabs a side headlock, then some shoulder blocks.  He does the doggie headbutting deal and sends Reed outside again.  Reed dicks around for a bitm then comes back in.  JYD works Reed’s arm some.  JYD hits a hip toss and a body slam and continues to beat up Reed.  Reed finally gets the advantage and beats up JYD.  Reed drops some elbows for 2, then clamps on a chin lock.  JYD almost goes down, but rallies and makes his comeback.  BIG back body drop by JYD gets 2.  Double clothesline spot.  Reed hits  a diving shoulder block and covers, but JYD gets his foot on the ropes.  Reed stupidly celebrates.  Matsuda distracts the ref.  Reed collides with Matsuda.  For some reason, this knocks Reed out and allows JYD to get the pin in 8:54.  It wasn’t completely horrible.

Bob Orton Jr. (w/ Gary Hart) vs. “Captain Redneck” Dick Murdoch.  Lock up.  Orton hits a couple of fireman’s carrys.  Spell check doesn’t like that word.  Murdoch hits a fireman’s carry of his own.  They trade arm wringers.  I approve.  The work around arm locks for some time, and I’m perfectly fine with that.  Murdoch escapes a rough spot and they lock up again.  Orton puts a hurting on the back of Murdoch’s head.  Murdoch fights back on spaghetti legs (term stolen from Jim Ross).  Murdoch lands a dropkick and Orton takes a front bump into the turnbuckles.  Murdoch drops Orton with a BIG right hand.  Murdoch rolls to the floor and beats up Orton on the apron.  Orton rallies and goes for the superplex.  Murdoch fights him off and lands some blows.  Orton rakes the eyes.  Murdoch catches Orton coming into the corner and drops him.  Murdoch goes for the brainbuster, but Hart trips him and Orton lands on top for the pin in 9:47.  I dug the hell out of this.

NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: The Road Warriors (c) (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. Mike Rotunda & “Dr. Death” Steve Williams of The Varsity Club (w/ Kevin Sullivan).  Hawk and Rotunda start.  Hawk gets the better of it and Rotunda bails.  Hawk gives chased, but is blocked by referee Teddy Long.  Animal tags in.  He gets whipped towards the enemy corner and drops Doc with an elbow smash.  Animal press slams Rotunda.  Doc runs in and gets the same treatment.  Hawk and Doc tag in and brawl.  Hawk hits an atomic drop and a clothesline.  Cover, but Rotunda pulls him off.  Doc hits a clothesline and taunts Animal.  Rotunda tags in and hits an elbow drop for 2.  Hawk kicks out with authority.  Animal tags in and grabs a headlock.  Doc tags in and Animal gabs him too.  They go for a backdrop suplex, but Animal flips out and dropkicks them, then hits a double clothesline.  Animal gets low bridged out of the ring.  Doc drops him in the hard floor.  Back inside, the heels get the heat on Animal.  Hawk gets the tag, but the referee didn’t see it.  Animal continues to play face in peril.  He eventually drops Rotunda with a lariat.  Doc prevents him from making the tag.  Animal clotheslines Doc.  Hawk gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Animal shoves the ref.  Doomsday Device on Rotunda.  Sullivan and Ellering brawl on the floor.  Long refuses to count for the Road Warriors.  Doc schoolboys Hawk and Long makes a fast count to give the Varsity Club the titles in 11:37.  Okay match.  This must be the beginning of Teddy’s heel turn and becoming a manager.

Jim Ross interviews some pissed off Road Warriors and Paul Ellering at ringside.

Ranger Ross vs. The Iron Sheik (w/ Rip Morgan).  America vs. Iran.  Sheik sings the Iranian national anthem, then jumps Ross and chokes him with his robe.  Sheik hits a side suplex, then chokes Ross with his own shirt.  Ross hits a suplex for 1.  Rosss beats up Sheik.  Sheik applies an abdominal stretch.  Ross rallies and kicks Sheik in the head.  Cover.  Morgan hits Ross with the flag to cause the DQ in 1:55.  Sheik and Morgan attack Ross.  Junkyard Dog makes the save.

Bob Caudle interviews Ric Flair, who is going for his 6th World Championship tonight.

NWA United States Tag Team Championship Match: Rick Steiner & Eddie Gilbert (c) of The First Family (w/ Missy Hyatt) vs. Kevin Sullivan & Dan Spivey of The Varsity Club.  The heels attack the champs before the bell and get the jump on them.  The much larger Spivey beats up Gilbert.  The much shorter Sullivan tags in and provokes Steiner, who kindly distracts referee Tommy Young so Spivey can beat up Gilbert on the outside.  Gilbert continues to take abuse from the Varsity Club.  Steiner gets the tag and runs wild on Spivey.  Powerslam gets 2.  Steiner hits a belly to belly.  Sullivan breaks the cover.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Steiner clotheslines Spivey and both tumble out of the ring.  Gilbert nails Sullivan with Hyatt’s Gucci bag and cradles him for the pin in 3:51, even though neither were legal.  The Varsity Club beat up Gilbert, but Steiner makes the save with a chair.  It was short.

Wrestling Hotline!

2/3 Falls Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat (c) (w/ Bonnie & Richie Steamboat) vs. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.  Terry Funk has joined Jim Ross for commentary on this match.  Flair and Steamboat lock up.  Steamboat pushes Flair into the corner and slaps him.  They trade holds and do some amateur-type stuff o the mat.  Steamboat slaps the piss out of Flair again, then wins a power arm lock contest.  Flair gets the ropes to break and bails.  They lock up again.  Steamboat hits a hip toss and gets a side headlock takeover.  They work around the headlock for a bit.  I always enjoy that.  They trade chops.  Back to the headlock.  Flair forces Steamboat into the corner and chops him.  Steamboat replies with a chop that knocks Flair off his feet.  Steamboat hits a big back body drop.  Flair lands a closed fist punch.  Steamboat gets a reverse cradle for 2, then hits a clothesline and goes back to the headlock.  Steamboat beats up Flair a bit.  Flair face plants and Steamboat covers for 2.  Flair hits an inverted atomic drop.  Steamboat drops Flair with another chop for 2.  Steamboat hits a shoulder block for 2.  Another chop gets 2 for Steamboat.  Flair bails and face plants at ringside.  Back inside, Flair lands some chops.  Steamboat responds in kind.  Steamboat gets another near fall.  Steamboat hits a vertical suplex and goes for a splash, but Flair gets his knees up.  Flair goes to work on Steamboat.  Flair hits a butterfly suplex and tries to hold Steamboat down, but gets only a series of 2 counts.  Steamboat fires back, but whiffs a dropkick.  Flair goes for the figure-four, but Steamboat cradles him ala Chi-Town Rumble.  Flair cuts back the cradle and pins Steamboat to win the first fall in 19:35.  Commercials.  They go at it again.  Steamboat hits a diving chop for 2.  Flair hits a backdrop suplex and a knee drop.  He misses a second knee drop and Steamboat attacks his leg.  Steamboat locks in the figure-four.  Flair suffers for a moment, but gets the ropes.  Steamboat locks on a crab hold.  Flair gets another rope break and hides out in the corner.  Steamboat goes back on the attack anyway.  They do some more sweet mat wrestling, then end up outside.  Flair sends Steamboat into the barricade and slams him on the floor.  Coming back inside, Flair jerks Steamboat’s neck down across the ropes.  Flair suplexes Steamboat back inside for 2.  Flair applies an abdominal stretch and turns it into a ground Cobra Twist for 2.  Flair tries to pin Steamboat with his feet on the ropes, but fails.  Steamboat gets a reverse cradle for 2, then a jackknife hold for 2.  Flair goes back on the offensive.  He goes up top, but Steamboat cuts him off and hits a superplex.  Steamboat applies a double chickenwing armlock and Flair submits to give Steamboat the second fall in 35:03.  Insta-commercials.  They keep going hard at it.  Flair hits a shin breaker and applies the figure-four.  Steamboat quickly gets the ropes.  Flair argues with the referee.  They do some stuff.  Flair does the Flair flip in the corner and runs into a chop from Steamboat on the apron.  Flair begs off, then trips up Steamboat and goes for the Flair pin in the corner, but only gets 2.  Steamboat misses Flair in the corner and gets hung their briefly, injuring his knee.  Flair goes to work on the leg and reapplies the figure-four.  Steamboat suffers for a while, but finally roles into the ropes.  Flair sends Steamboat’s bad leg into the apron.  Flair hits a diving cross body for 2.  Steamboat goes for a slam, but his leg gives out and Flair gets another 2 count.  Steamboat hits a flying headbutt and a chop, then comes off the top with the diving cross body for 2.  Steamboat hits a swinging neckbreaker for 2.  Steamboat goes for a springboard sunset flip.  Flair fights it, but Steamboat gets him over for 2.  Flair clamps on a sleeper hold.  Steamboat nearly goes out, but rallies and manages to send Flair outside.  Back inside, Steamboat lands an enzuigiri for 2.  Steamboat comes off the top rope, but Flair avoids it and goes back to work on Steamboat’s leg.  They trade chops.  Steamboat wins the exchange and beats up Flair int he corner.  Flair goes for an inverted atomic drop, but Steamboat blocks it and chops him.  Cover, but Flair gets his foot on the rope.  Flair elbows Steamboat on the head and hits a backdrop suplex.  Flair goes up top again.  Steamboat throws him off.  Steamboat gets the chickenwing armlock again.  Steamboat’s leg gives out and they fall back, putting both mens’ shoulders on the mat.  Steamboat lifts his at the last second and gets the pin in 55:30, even though Flair’s foot is under the rope.  Steamboat retains the title.  Great match, but I disagree with those who say this is better than Chi-Town Rumble.  Insta-commercials.

Jim Ross interviews NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ricky Steamboat.  He’s ready to move on from Ric Flair.  They examine the video and see that Flair’s foot was on the bottom rope.  Steamboat agrees that Flair deserves another shot.

Enjoyable show.  Flair/Steamboat is a classic and I really dug the Orton/Murdoch match and the Muta showcase.

WWE Friday Night Smackdown! 1/7/11

Posted in WWE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2011 by Grappleholic

WWE open, hype video for tonight’s matches, Smackdown open.  Josh Matthews, Matt Striker, and Michael Cole are the announcers.  Tony Chimel is the ring announcer.

Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Edge (c) vs. Kane.  They brawl.  They both take some moves and get up early in the count.  Edge low bridges Kane out of the ring, then knocks him into the barricade.  They brawl outside and backstage.  They end up the stands.  Kane goes for a chokeslam, but it doesn’t happen.  They brawl in the concession area.  Kane steals a wheelchair from a crippled guy and tries to push Edge down some stairs.  Edge bails out of the chair at the last second and boots Kane in the face.  They brawl some more.  Commercials.  They brawl back to ringside.  Kane clears off the announce table.  Edge sends Kane into the steps for a near fall.  Back in the ring, Kane catches Edge coming off the top with a thrust punch.  Edge gets up at around 8.  Kane slams him, then goes up top.  Edge avoids the diving lariat and hits the Implant DDT.  They get up slowly.  Edge goes for the spear, but Kane hits the chokeslam.  Edge makes it up and stumbles out of the ring.  Kane follows.  Kane goes for a Tombstone on the steps, but Edge sort of counters it into the Edge-O-Matic.  Kane barely makes it up in time.  Edge goes for the spear, but Kane boots him in the face.  Kane chokeslams Edge through the announce table.  Edge uses Matt Striker to get up just in time.  Back inside, Kane brings in some chairs and goes up top.  Edge throws a chair at his head.  Edge beats on Kane’s leg with a chair, then hits the spear.  Edge hits a con-chair-to to Kane’s knee.  Kane is unable to answer the count, so Edge wins in 20:15.  Man, this was long and uninteresting.  Commercials.

WWE.com plug.

The announce table is destroyed~!

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Dolph Ziggler (c) (w/ Vickie Guerrero) vs. Kofi Kingston.  They show Kofi getting screwed out of the title in the Triple Threat Match last week.  Kofi is good and pissed off and beats up Ziggler.  Ziggler catches him with a boot to the face and beats him up.  Kofi hits the pendulum kick.  Ziggler avoids the diving cross body and beats on Kofi for a while.  Kofi rallies and lands some of his silly chops and a dropkick.  Ziggler counters the S.O.S. and gets a schoolboy for nothing.  Kofi comes back and hits the Boom Drop.  Kofi goes for the Trouble In Paradise.  Ziggler ducks and clamps on the sleeper hold.  Kofi breaks free and hits the S.O.S. for 2.  Kofi goes up top.  Ziggler cuts him off and goes for a superplex.  Kofi turns it into a front suplex, then hits the diving cross body for the pin in 5:29.  Ziggler blind sides Kofi and hits the Zig Zag.  Vickie obnoxiously screams that since Teddy Long isn’t here, she’s in charge, and as such, Ziggler gets a rematch RIGHT NOW!

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/ Vickie Guerrero).  Ziggler beats the piss out of Kofi.  Kofi MANS UP and hits the Trouble In Paradise for the pin in 45 seconds.  As jae would say, Kofi succeeds in V1.

Tonight, Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio in a 2/3 Falls Match!  Commercials!

WWE bullshit fact of the night.

Dolph Ziggler bitches at Vickie Guerrero backstage.  They argue and break up.  Vickie screams like a banshee.

Raw Rebound.

Drew McIntyre hits on Kelly Kelly backstage.

Next, Cody Rhodes vs. Big Show vs. Drew McIntyre in a #1 Contender Match!  Commercials!

Show, Rhodes, and McIntyre come out for the Triple Threat Match.  Vickie comes out and makes horrible noises that mean Ziggler is in the match too.

Fatal Four-Way Match to determine the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship: The Big Show vs. “Dashing” Cody Rhodes vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/ Vickie Guerrero).  Everyone tries to gang up on Show, but he kicks their asses.  He deals out the big chops generously.  He rids the ring of McIntyre and Ziggler so he can beat up Rhodes.  Show gets some covers, but Ziggler saves.  Show beats up Ziggler and covers him instead, but McIntyre saves.  Show throws him out of the ring again.  Show gives Rhodes the stink face, then chops him.  I’d be dead at this point.  Show hits the Hog Log on Ziggler, but Rhodes sucks it up and saves.  Rhodes tries to beat up Show and fails hilariously.  McIntyre still can’t get into the mix.  Ziggler ducks a big chop.  Ziggler and Rhodes try to double team Show, but Show throws them both outside.  Show goes outside and beats up McIntyre.  McIntyre slips off of Show’s back and sends his head into the post.  The 3 smaller guys send Show through the barricade.  Commercials.  Rhodes gets a 2 count on Ziggler.  Rhodes goes up for a moonsault!  That bastard McIntyre throws him to the floor on top of Big Show.  McIntyre beats up Ziggler.  Rhodes come back in and brawls with Ziggler.  McIntyre comes back in and clocks them both.  Big Show wakes up.  McIntyre goes after him, but gets dropped.  Show makes it back in and runs wild on Rhodes and Ziggler.  Wade Barrett appears and attacks Show for some reason.  Barrett gives Show a diving elbow drop and leaves.  Rhodes hits Show with the Beautiful Disaster for 2.  Ziggler scampers in and hits the Zig Zag on Show for the pi… no~!  Show kicks out.  McIntyre gives Show the Future Shock for 2.  2!  Show is a beast!  McIntyre comes off the top, but Show catches him and throws him out of the ring again.  Ziggler convinces Rhodes to team up with him, then immediately turns traitor and hits Rhodes with the Zig Zag for the pin in 13:54.  Really fun match.  Ziggler kisses Vickie.  Gross.

Tonight, Del Rio vs. Mysterio 2/3 Falls!  Commercials!

Ezekiel Jackson hype video.  He returns to Smackdown SOON!

Michelle McCool (w/ Layla) vs. Kelly Kelly.  They lock  up.  McCool beats up Kelly.  Kelly does a headscissors tarantula deal, then shoves Layla at ringside.  McCool beats up Kelly again.  Kelly makes her comeback and goes for the K2.  Layla distracts her.  McCool hits the Styles Clash for the pin in 1:39.  At least it was quick and painless.  LayCool give Kelly a double Stroke.  I’ll keep my dirty thoughts to myself.  Drew McIntyre comes out and orders LayCool to leave, then tends to Kelly.

The main event is NEXT!  Commercials!

Tony Chimel introduces Ricardo Rodriguez, who introduces Alberto Del Rio.  Del Rio cuts a promo.  The match is next for real this time!  Commercials!

2/3 Falls Match: Alberto Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.  Del Rio takes the early advantage and puts a beating on Mysterio.  Mysterio rallies and goes for an early 619.  Del Rio avoids it and hits the Minoru Special for the submission in 1:31!  Commercials!  Del Rio continues working on Mysterio’s arm.  Del Rio throws Mysterio, who does his sliding bump to the floor.  Mysterio comes back and hits a springboard rana!  Mysterio fails some wonky thing.  Del Rio hits the Minoru Special again.  Mysterio turns it into a cradle for 2.  Mysterio goes for the 619 again, fails, but gets a la magistral for the pin in 7:27.  It’s all tied up!  Commercials!  Del Rio is back to working the arm.  They fight on the top rope.  Mysterio fights him off, then jumps off and headbutts him!  Cover gets 2.  Mysterio hits something else for 2.  I looked away for half a second and missed it.  Del Rio hits a Codebreaker to the arm for 2.  Mysterio hits a sweet flippy DDT for 2.  Mysterio goes up top, but Del Rio chop blocks him.  Mysterio hangs from the tree of woe.  Del Rio dropkicks him.  They fight on top.  Del Rio pulls Mysterio’s injured arm down across the top rope.  Mysterio rallies and hits a modified 619 that knocks Del Rio off the apron to the floor.  Rodriguez helps Del Rio up.  Mysterio comes off the top rope and wipes out both of them.  Mysterio rolls Del Rio back into the ring.  Rodriguez grabs Mysterio’s foot, causing him to get counted out in 17:01.  Del Rio wins!  Pretty good match.  Del Rio’s heel act is so great.  Mysterio kicks Rodriguez’s ass after the match and gives him the 619.

They show highlights of the earlier Four-Way Match.  Next week, Big Show vs. Wade Barrett!

Mysterio celebrates his moral victory as the show closes.

This was a pretty fun and eventful show.

Terry Funk vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, AJPW 6/11/76

Posted in AJPW with tags , , , , on September 27, 2010 by Grappleholic

2/3 Falls Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Terry Funk (c) vs. Jumbo Tsuruta.  Elaborate pre-match ceremonies.  They shake hands and lock up.  Funk tries to take Jumbo to the mat, but Jumbo avoids that.  They lock up again.  It’s a struggle as Funk tries to get Jumbo down.  Jumbo backs Funk into the ropes.  Funk switches it around and gives a clean break.  Funk takes over, cranking on Jumbo’s arm.  Funk drives elbows into Jumbo’s arm, then his face.  Jumbo gets Terry up in a fireman carry and sets him on the top rope.  The referee forces a break.  Terry goes back to working Jumbo’s arm.  Jumbo does a back bridge and powers his way back up, then drops Terry to the mat.  Terry keeps hold of his arm and punishes it on the ground again.  Jumbo struggles to reverse a double wrist lock.  Terry stops him and headbutts him in the back to drop Jumbo to a knee.  Jumbo struggles to reverse it again and succeeds this time.  Terry is forced to his knees.  Jumbo switches to an arm lock and cranks on Terry’s arm.  Terry lands some chops, then hits a hop toss to escape.  Jumbo gets a backslide for 2.  Jumbo keeps working Terry’s arm and folds him up like an accordion on the mat.  Terry’s shoulders are forced down for 1.  Terry pushes Jumbo into the corner and hits him with punches and chops.  Jumbo whips Terry into the opposite corner, then hits a hip toss back into his arm hold.  Terry throws Jumbo out of the ring, but Jumbo keeps hold of Terry’s arm, pulls him out of the ring, pulls him back in, hits another arm drag, and keeps working Terry’s arm.  That was fucking amazing.  Terry hits an atomic drop, then misses an elbow drop.  Jumbo arm drags him back into his arm lock.  Terry breaks free and hits a shoulder block, then a double arm suplex for 2, as Jumbo gets his foot on the bottom rope.  They leapfrog each other.  Jumbo gets a reverse cradle for 2, then a sunset flip for the pin to win the first fall in 15:47.  Fucking amazing so far.  There’s a rest period between falls.  Terry paces outside to collect himself.  The second fall begins and they shake hands.  They tease a knuckle lock, but Terry slaps Jumbo’s head.  Repeat.  They lock up and Jumbo lands a couple of clubbing blows.  They trade chops.  Terry headbutts Jumbo and hits a swinging neckbreaker for 2.  Terry drives an elbow into the back of Jumbo’s neck for 2.  Terry hits a piledriver for 2.  Terry takes Jumbo outside and snapmares him on the floor.  Funk lands a dropkick, then heads back inside.  Jumbo makes it back to the apron, but Terry runs him into the post.  Back inside, Terry snapmares Jumbo and clamps on a rear chin lock.  Jumbo fights out and fights back.  He throws Terry into the corner, then lands an elbow smash that sends Terry over the top rope to the floor.  Jumbo suplexes Terry in from the apron for 2.  Jumbo goes for an abdominal stretch, but Terry gets a FUCKING ROLLING GROUND COBRA TWIST for the pin to win the second fall in 23:37.  Inter-fall rest period.  Terry slams Jumbo to start the third fall.  Jumbo locks Terry in an abdominal stretch.  Terry’s second (I can’t tell who it is, some bald dude) distracts the ref briefly.  Terry manages to hip toss Jumbo out of the ring.  Terry’s second takes a cheap shot at Jumbo.  Back inside, Terry hits a side suplex for 2.  Jumbo hits a side suplex for 2.  Jumbo stops Terry, then clamps on a chin lock.  Terry punches him in the face.  Jumbo hits a double arm suplex for 2.  Terry hits a backdrop suplex, then a reverse cradle.  Jumbo reverses it for 2.  Jumbo goes for the double arm again, but Terry backs into the corner.  Jumbo throws him into the opposite corner, then hits a backbreaker for 2.  Jumbo hits a German suplex for 2.  Terry leapfrogs Jumbo and hot shots him into the ropes for the pin in 30:36.  This match was fucking amazing, a true masterpiece of professional wrestling.  Terry gets a huge ass trophy.  They shake hands.

This is such a wonderful match.  It made me remember why I love wrestling.  It was just the pick me up I needed after I became horribly depressed watching NXT.

TNA iMPACT! 8/12/10: The Whole F’N Show

Posted in TNA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2010 by Grappleholic

Tonight, it’s the Whole F’N Show!  PPV quality matches, because they acknowledge that this show normally sucks ass!  Hulk Hogan will announce some shit tonight.  Mike Tenay and Taz are the announcers.  Jeremy Borash is the ring announcer.

Non-Title: Kurt Angle vs. TNA World Television Champion AJ Styles.  Styles jumps Angle before the bell and puts the boots to him, then throws him out of the ring.  Styles beats up Angle on the outside.  He now has a crappy “AJ” tattoo on his side with the birth dates of his kids.  Angle hits a belly to belly suplex on the floor.  Back inside, Angle hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2.  Styles throws Angle’s shoulder into the post, then hits a slingshot double axe handle to the outside.  Back inside, Styles leapfrogs Angle, then lands on his feet from a German attempt.  Styles hits a dropkick for 0, then applies a rear chin lock.  Angle goes for the ankle lock, but Styles escapes.  Angle hits a backdrop suplex and some clotheslines.  Styles boots Angle in the corner.  Angle hits a belly to belly overhead suplex for 2.  Angle hits the rolling Germans for 2.  Angle goes for the ankle lock, but Styles escapes again.  Obnoxious alternating “This is Awesome!” and “This is Wrestling!” chants from the mutants.  Styles hits a diving forearm smash for 2.  Styles goes for the Styles Clash, but Angle backdrops him and goes for the Angle Slam.  Styles avoids it and hits the Pele kick for 2.  Angle avoids a dive and hits a moonsault body block for 2.  Angle locks in the ankle lock, but Styles counters out.  Styles tries to springboard, but Angle cuts him off and tries to suplex him in the from the apron.  Styles counters and hits the Phenomenon for 2.  Styles argues with the referee.  Angle hits the Angle Slam for 2.  Angle goes for a German.  Styles tries to kick him in the balls, but Angle catches his leg and locks in the ankle lock for the win in 8:19.  Really good match.

Up next, Madison Rayne defends the TNA Knockouts Championship against Angelina Love!  Commercials.

TNA Knockouts Championship Match: Madison Rayne (c) vs. Angelina Love.  Rayne hides behind the referee, then gets in a cheap shot to get the advantage.  Rayne bounces Love’s head against the mat because that’s all women know how to do.  How about you try a fucking armbar or something, bitch?  Rayne puts Love’s head between her legs and humps the mat.  Cover gets 2.  Love hits a chin breaker and makes her comeback, taking Rayne down by the hair repeatedly.  Love hits a pump kick.  The biker chick rides into the arena to distract the referee.  Velvet Sky hits her with a chair from behind and takes her helmet off, but she has a mask on.  Meanwhile, Rayne hits Love with the belt for 2.  Biker chick runs away.  Love hits the Flatliner for the pin in 3:44 to regain the title.  I’m so sick of this stupid TNA women’s saga.

Still to come, Hulk Hogan’s surprise.  Who gives a fuck?

Mr. Anderson vs. Morgan vs. The Pope is next!  Commercials.

Three-Way Match: Ken Anderson vs. Matt Morgan vs. “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero.  Anderson is the only one to get a ring entrance, and of course he does his whole 2 minute spiel.  Crowd chants “YOU STILL SUCK.”  At who>  Anderson and Pope work together to beat up Morgan.  They start fighting over who is going to get the cover.  Morgan tries a double chokeslam, fails, but drops them both with a double clothesline.  Morgan goes for the Carbon Footprint on Pope and crotches himself on the top rope.  Pope accidentally clocks Anderson with an elbow, then dropkicks Morgan to the floor.  Anderson and Pope brawl.  Anderson hits an elbow drop for 2.  Morgan sits on the floor and watches.  Anderson counters the Codebreaker.  Anderson hits the Mic Check.  Morgan runs in and boots Anderson, then steals the pin in Pope in 3:54.  Whatever.

ShopTNA.com!

Jeff Hardy vs. Shannon Moore.  Moore accepts the open challenge.  That’s a letdown.  They shake hands and lock up.  They trade arm locks.  Moore applies a side headlock, then scores a knockdown with a shoulder block.  Moore hits some arm drags.  Stalemate, applause.  They lock up again.  Moore works over Hardy in the corner.  Hardy hits a hip toss and a flippy kick, then chases Moore around the ring, hits his head on turnbuckles, and slides out of the ring.  Back inside, Moore hits a moonsault body block for 2.  Moore hits a suplex for 2.  Moore tries a sunset flip to the floor and ends up tripping Hardy, who hits his face on the apron.  Moore hits a headscissors on the floor.  Back inside, cover gets 2.  Hardy makes his comeback with weak ass clotheslines.  Hardy hits the Whisper In The Wind for 2.  Hardy hits the Twist of Fate and goes for the Swanton Bomb, but Moore gets his knees up.  Cover gets 2.  Moore goes for a Frankensteiner off the top, but Hardy holds on to the ropes to avoid it and hits the Swanton Bomb for the pin in 6:46.  Pretty good match considering I hate TNA Hardy and everything associated with Shannon Moore.

Still to come, RVD vs. Abyss and Hulk Hogan’s letdown!  Commercials.

TNA World Tag Team Championship Best of 5 Series 5th – 2/3 Falls Match: The Motor City Machine Guns (c) vs. Beer Money.  Sabin and Storm start.  Storm pokes Sabin in the eye.  They have a good, fast pace wrestling exchange.  The grab each others’ leg and are forced to admit a stalemate.  Shelley and Roode tag in, lock up, then trade chops.  Shelley blocks a cradle attempt and scores a knockdown.  Shelley hits a headscissors.  Roode hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2.  Sabin makes the blind tag and bulldogs Roode.  Guns double team Beer Money.  Sabin covers Roode for 2.  Storm tags in.  Roode trips Sabin from the outside.  Storm nails Sabin with a boot on the apron.  Beer Money work over Sabin.  Roode hits a knee drop on Sabin for 2.  Sabin fights back, drops Roode with an enzuigiri, and makes the tag to Shelley.  Shelley runs wild on Beer Money.  Beer Money go for the catapult DDT, but Shelley avoids it.  Sabin dropkicks Beer Money into a DDT/Complete Shot from Shelley.  Shelley hits Storm with a stomp to the apron.  Roode hits a boot on Shelley.  Sabin springboards from Shelley’s back and dropkicks Roode to the floor.  Guns hit dives onto Beer Money on the floor.  Storm hits Sabin with a DDT OF MURDER on the ap ron.  Shelley goes up top, but Roode cuts him off.  Shelley pushes him down and goes for a double stomp, but Roode avoids it.  Beer Money double team Shelley.  DWI.  Roode pins Shelley in 7:59.  Beer Money continue working on Shelley.  Beer Money hit a double suplex on Shelley.  BEER!  MONEY!  Sabin tags in and hits them with a missile dropkick.  Sabin throws Storm out of the ring.  Double kicks on Roode.  Tag to Shelley.  Guns hit the neckbreaker/diving cross body combo.  Shelley pins Roode in 9:46.  1-1 now.  Roode backdrops Storm outside onto Sabin.  Shelley hits a tope suicida on Storm.  Roode hits a dive onto all 3 of them.  Commercials!  Roode hits a 360 lariat on Sabin.  Beer Money hit a double team move on Shelley for 2.  Beer Money continue working over Shelley.  Storm avoids a Ghetto Stomp from Shelley while tied to the tree of woe.  Sabin and Roode tag in.  Sabin runs wild.  Sabin plants Roode with a springboard tornado DDT for 2.  Storm tags in.  Sabin avoids being double teamed.  Guns hit the Magic Killer on Storm.  Sabin covers for 2.  “THIS IS AWESOME!” chant, and it actually is.  Guns trade superkicks with Storm.  Roode hits a spinebuster on Sabin.  Beer Money hit the catapult DDT.  Shelley goes for the Shiranui on Roode, but Beer Money counter it into a stunner like move.  Beer Money goes for the DWI on Sabin.  Storm accidentally superkicks Roode.  Guns hit the neckbreaker/cross body on Storm for 2.  They hit it again and Sabin pins Storm in 20:54.  Fucking AWESOME match.

Tonight, Hogan’s stupid announcement!  RVD vs. Abyss is next!  Commercials.

Stairway To Janice Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Rob Van Dam (c) vs. Abyss.  Eric Bischoff is the special guest referee.  RVD rushes the ring to stop Abyss from climbing the ladder to get the nail board before the match even started.  RVD hammers Abyss in the corner.  RVD drives the ladder into Abyss.  Repeat.  RVD hits sort of a stunner onto the ladder.  RVD goes for the Rolling Thunder, but Abyss moves and RVD hits the ladder.  RVD baseball slide dropkicks the ladder into Abyss.  Commercials.  Abyss has a ladder bridges set up between the apron and the guardrail.  RVD counters a chokeslam attempt.  Abyss clotheslines him back into the ring.  Abyss rams the ladder into RVD’s midsection.  Repeat.  Abyss tries to splash the ladder into RVD, but fails.  Terry Taylor is protecting Dixie Carter in the crowd.  RVD drops Abyss onto the ladder.  RVD tries a monkey flip, but the much heavier Abyss slams him down.  Abyss climbs for the nail board.  RVD climbs the other side of the ladder and they brawl on top.  Abyss chokeslams RVD to the mat, then falls off of the ladder.  Abyss pours thumbtacks and broken glass onto the mat.  Abyss tries to set up a superplex.  If you do that, you’re going to fall on the shit yourself, moron.  RVD counters and hits a sunset flip powerbomb, and Abyss falls on his ass on all of the shit.  I warned him!  Abyss catches RVD with a big boot, then brings in a barbed wire board from under the ring.  RVD side steps Abyss, who again takes the bump on his own gimmick.  RVD Rider kicks the board into Abyss, then hits the Rolling Thunder, sandwiching Abyss under the barbed wire board.  RVD climbs the ladder for the nail board.  Abyss pushes the ladder over and RVD takes a bump into the ladder bridge on the outside.  Abyss climbs the ladder and retrieves the nail board.  RVD makes it back inside and Abyss swings the nail board, but RVD moves and Abyss kills a turnbuckle pad.  RVD brings in a chair and hits Abyss across the back.  RVD hits the Van Daminator, sets up Abyss behind the barbed wire board in the corner, and hits the Van Terminator!  RVD hits the Five Star Frog Splash for the pin in 18:30.  Pretty good for an Abyss gimmick match.  Hulk Hogan comes to the ring as RVD celebrates.  Commercials!

Hulk Hogan and RVD are still in the ring.  Hogan puts over RVD and talks about Hardcore Justice.  He says Dixie invited the EV2 guys here tonight.  Tommy Dreamer, Stevie Richards, Tony Luke, Mick Foley, Team 3D, Rhino, Guido Maritato, Sabu, and Bill Alfonso come out.  Hogan puts them over and leaves.  Dreamer, with his face fucked up from the PPV, talks about raising the bar.  Of course, he has to put over Dixie Carter.  The lights go out.  Fortune are in the ring.  AJ Styles, Kazarian, Beer Money, and Matt Morgan attack EV2 with canes, hockey sticks, and whatever else they have!  Raven runs out, but Storm hits him with a beer bottle.  The Sandman comes in through the crowd.  Morgan chokes Sabu with a chain.  Doug Williams attacks Sandman.  Storm bloodies Mamaluke’s head.  Abyss reappears and brawls with RVD into the crowd.  Ric Flair comes out to survey the damage his boys have done.  Cut to backstage, where RVD is a disgusting bloody mess.  They’re selling that Abyss hit him with the nail board.  Flair bitches at Dixie.  End of show.

Really good show.  Some good to great matches and a great angle to finish the show.

WWE Friday Night Smackdown! 7/23/10

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WWE open, Smackdown open.  Last Sunday, Kane cashed in his newly won Money In The Bank contract and won the World Championship!  Todd Grisham and Matt Striker are the announcers.  Tony Chimel is the ring announcer.

The NEW World Heavyweight Champion Kane comes to the ring!  He cuts a promo while ominous music plays in the background.  He says he won it for his brother to bring the title back to the dark side.  He’s still looking for whoever turned Undertaker into a tomato.  Oh wait, that’s a fruit, not a vegetable…  He swears vengeance and makes his pyro go off.

Tonight, Rey Mysterio vs. Jack Swagger in a 2/3 Falls #1 Contender Match!

Smack of the Night: Matt Hardy and Christian’s recent issues.

Christian & Matt Hardy vs. Drew McIntyre & “Dashing” Cody Rhodes.  Hardy and McIntyre lock up aggressively, then brawl, because maybe they actually kind of remember that they hate the fuck out of each other.  Hardy works McIntyre’s arm, then tags in Christian.  Christian beats up McIntyre and locks him in a side headlock.  Christian hits a missile dropkick for 2.  Rhodes tags in and beats up Christian.  Christian hits a flapjack and tags in Hardy.  Christian and Hardy hit a modified Poetry In Motion  for 2.  Christian and Hardy make quick tags and work Rhodes over.  McIntyre tags in and goes for the Future Shock, but Hardy backdrops him out of the ring, then sends Rhodes out as well.  Hardy hits a baseball slide dropkick, then Christian takes them both out with a dive.  Insta-commercials.  Rhodes hits a side Russian leg sweep on Hardy.  Hardy avoids a knee drop and tags in Christian.  Rhodes should really start wearing knee pads.  After some heel trickery, Rhodes hits an Alabama Slam on Christian for 2.  The bad guys get the heat on Christian.  Rhodes gets some near falls.  McIntyre works Christian’s arm.  Rhodes hits the old Hardcore Holly kick to the balls and goes for the Alabama Slam again, but Christian counters.  They do a double knockdown.  McIntyre and Hardy tag in.  Hardy runs wild.  Hardy has taken off his shirt to reveal taped ribs stemming from the PPV.  Hardy hits a tornado DDT, but Rhodes distracts the referee.  McIntyre boots Hardy int he ribs and goes for the Future Shock, but Hardy turns it into a cradle for 2.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Hardy accidentally decks Christian.  McIntyre hits a big boot on Hardy for the pin (10:39 shown).  Pretty decent little match.  Christian helps Hardy up and they do the exaggerated handshake bit to show they’re still friends for now.

Josh Matthews interviews Jack Swagger.  Swagger talks shit about Eddie Guerrero.  In 2010.  Five years after he died.

WWE bullshit fact of the night.

Tonight, Mysterio vs. Swagger 2/3 Falls!

Little Rock, Arkansas!  Man, I wish I could have been there.

Alberto Del Rio vignette.

WWE Women’s Champion Layla and Michelle McCool celebrate Layla’s win at the PPV.  Like everything they do, it’s obnoxious.  They give each other best friend necklaces.  Teddy Long comes in and tells Layla she has to defend the title against Tiffany next week.  What the fuck has Tiffany done to deserve a title shot?  LayCool are obnoxious some more.

Kofi Kingston and Michael McGillicutty are headed our way!

Non-Title: WWE Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston (w/ Michael McGillicutty) vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/ Vickie Guerrero).  Ziggler takes Kofi down and does some amateur stuff.  Sweet back and forth wrestling until Ziggler kicks Kofi in the leg and starts kicking his ass.  Kofi leapfrogs Ziggler twice and drops him with an elbow smash, then does the corner punches.  Ziggler beats up Kofi some more.  Ziggler hits a neckbreaker for 1, despite the fact that Kofi is selling the neck.  Ziggler works the neck and throws Kofi back into the ring.  McGillicutty checks on Kofi.  Vickie yells at McGillicutty and makes him leave.  The referee enforces her ruling because she’s insulting to the GM or something.  Insta-commercials.  Kofi fights out of a rear chin lock.  Ziggler hits the Fameasser for 2.  Ziggler continues working the neck.  Kofi avoids a second Fameasser and gets a schoolboy for 2.  Ziggler hits another neckbreaker, then tortures Kofi’s neck some more.  Kofi avoids an elbow drop, then counters another neckbreaker into a backslide for 2.  Kofi makes his comeback.  Kofi hits his clothesline and Grisham calls it a Superman punch because he’s a dumbass.  Kofi hits the Boom Drop and goes for the Trouble In Paradise.  Ziggler avoids it and throws Kofi out of the ring.  Kofi skins the cat back in, but Vickie grabs his leg.  Ziggler hits the Zig Zag, then locks in the sleeper hold for the win (11:25 shown).  Good match.  I’ve been wanting Ziggler to get the IC title for a year now.  It’s gotta be happening soon.  He poses with the belt just to drive home what I’m saying.  He tries to leave with it, but the referee takes it back.

The Big Show is up next!  He high fives Rosa Mendez, who is randomly jumping rope backstage again.

WWE Rewind: Last week, Big Show took off CM Punk’s mask, proving that bald Punk looks just like Ivan Koloff.

Big Show and the Straight Edge Society come out.  It’s supposed to be Show vs. Gallows, but Gallows and/or Punk decide that the masked guy will wrestle show.

The Big Show vs. The masked SES guy (w/ CM Punk,Luke Gallows, & Serena).  Show kills the guy with big chops.  The guy tries to get something going, but fails.  Show pulls his mask off.  It’s Joey Mercury!  And he’s bald!  Show puts the mask on and kills Mercury with the KO punch for the pin in 1:33.  Just what it was: a squash and the unmasking that nobody cared about.

Cody Rhodes gives grooming advice about nose hair.

Raw Rebound.

Josh Matthews interviews Rey Mysterio.

WWE bullshit fact of the night.

Another Alberto Del Rio vignette.

2/3 Falls Match for the #1 Contendership to the World Heavyweight Championship: Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Jack Swagger.  They lock up.  Swagger throws Mysterio into the corner.  Repeat.  Mysterio gets a schoolboy for 2.  Mysterio kicks at Swagger’s legs.  Swagger punches at Mysterio’s face and rams his head into the turnbuckles.  Mysterio hits a rana, then low bridges Swagger out of the ring and hits a baseball slide dropkick.  Insta-commercials.  Swagger wrestles Mysterio down, then clubs him in the back.  Swagger grinds his boot into Mysterio’s mid-section.  Mysterio hits a drop toe hold into the turnbuckles.  Mysterio goes up top, but Swagger trips him to bring him down.  Swagger hits a big powerslam, then beats on Mysterio some more.  Swagger applies a body scissors.  Swagger rams Mysterio’s leg into the ring post.  Cover gets 2.  Swagger continues working the leg.  Swagger coves for 2, then Mysterio lands a kick and tries to fight back.  Mysterio lands a rebound cross body for 2.  Mysterio kicks Swagger in the head.  Mysterio goes for the flippy bulldog, but Swagger face plants him and locks in the ankle lock.  Mysterio gets a rope break, but Swagger refuses to let go and gets DQ’d to give Mysterio the first fall (7:27 shown).  Insta-commercials.  Mysterio makes it back into the ring.  Swagger puts the boots to him.  Mysterio catches Swagger with a boot, then avoids a charge in the corner and Swagger hits the post.  Mysterio hits a diving rana and goes for the 619, but Swagger locks in the ankle lock to win the second fall (9:04 shown).  Mysterio sells on the outside again.  Swagger abuses the ankle some more.  Swagger tries to wrestle Mysterio to the outside for some reason.  Oh.  Swagger hits a nasty spinebuster type move on the floor.  Back inside, Swagger hits 2 springboard Vader Bombs for 2.  He goes for another one, but Mysterio catches him in the face with raised boots.  Mysterio hits the Bombs Away.  Swagger goes for the Doctor Bumb, but Mysterio counters and hits a revolution crucifix hold for the pin! (12:31 shown).  Good match.  Mysterio vs. Kane at SummerSlam.  Man, SummerSlam is going to suck.  Swagger attacks Mysterio again after the match, but Kane comes down and chokeslams him.  Kane picks up Mysterio and raises his hand, looking like pissed off Kane the whole time.  Kane teases leaving, then comes back and tries to chokeslam Mysterio.  Mysterio counters into a rana and hits the 619!

Pretty good show this week.

Starrcade: The Essential Collection Disc 1 (Repost)

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Originally posted on my old blog on 1/30/09.

Here’s another fine WWE Home Video release I got a few weeks ago that I’m finally going to try to watch some of.

There’s an okay 50 minute documentary before we get to the real selling point of the DVD: BONUS MATCHES!

“Mean” Gene Okerlund explains that we well be counting down the top 25 matches in Starrcade history, based on various factors.

#25
Starrcade, 12/29/96
Non-Title: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper vs. WCW World Heavyweight Champion “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan (w/ Ted Dibiase, Vincent, & Miss Elizabeth).  Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, and Dusty Rhodes are on commentary.  Someone please drop me a PM and explain to me why the main event of the biggest show of the year has the World Champion in a non-title match.  Piper is ready to fight, but Hogan stalls.  They finally do some lame old guy brawling.  This match is slow and boring.  I’m sure they had good matches in the 80s when Hogan played face and Piper played heel, but 10 years later with the roles reversed, it doesn’t work.  Piper whips Hogan with a belt.  Piper hits the ropes and Dibiase grabs his foot.  Hogan attacks a scar on Piper’s hip.  Hogan utilizes an abdominal stretch, but Piper escapes.  Piper gets a near fall with an inside cradle.  More boring old man brawling, then Piper hits a suplex and covers.  Hogan gets a foot on the ropes.  Hogan misses the leg drop.  Piper attacks Hogan’s leg.  The Giant comes in and lifts Piper for the chokeslam.  A “fan” comes in the ring and goes after Hogan.  Security gets rid of him.  Piper gouges The Giant’s eyes to escape his predicament.  Piper gets the sleeper hold to win at 15:37.  The Outsiders hit the ring.  Piper fights them off and escapes an nWo beatdown.

Jim Ross explains the Iron Man Tournament from Starrcade 1989.  Ross introduces the next match, and explains that Muta only had one loss ever in the NWA prior to this match.

#24
Starrcade, 12/13/89
Non-Title, Iron Man Tournament Match: Sting vs. NWA World Television Champion Great Muta (w/ Gary Hart).  Jim Ross and Terry Funk are on commentary.  They exchange full nelsons to start.  They do some stuff.  Sting hits a suplex, then twists Muta’s arm and hits an atomic drop.  Sting goes for the Scorpion Death Lock early, but he’s too close to the ropes.  Muta bails and recieves encouragement from Hart.  Back in the ring, both men are cautious.  Muta hits a backdrop and the Shining elbow drop.  MUTA PUTS STING IN THE CATTLE MUTILATION!  Sting manages to get out of it.  Sting hits a press slam for a two count.  They fight some more.  Muta misses the moonsault but hits a big kick and goes up again.  Sting kicks him, causing Muta to crotch himself on the top rope.  Sting hits a superplex for the win at 8:41.  Okay match, but seeing that they both already had one match and both had another coming that night, they understandably held back some.  I need to see their Great American Bash ’89 match.

Ross introduces the next match and they show the angle that set it up.

#23
Starrcade, 12/28/92
WCW & NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas (c) vs. Barry Windham & Brian Pillman.  Ross and Jesse Ventura are on commentary.  Douglas and Pillman start with a good exchange.  Douglas sends Pillman out to the ramp and Windham comes in.  Douglas and Steamboat double team him.  When the match straightens out again, Pillman tags in Windham.  Steamboat wants the tag, and Douglas obliges.  Steamboat dominates the exchange and tags Douglas back in.  Douglas and Steamboat basically take turns dominating Windham for a little while.  Windham finally hits a jawbreaker to escape a rear chin lock from Douglas and tags in Pillman.  A Douglas dropkick causes Pillman to take a spill out of the ring and hit the guardrail.  Pillman comes back in and dropkicks Douglas, who was on the top rope, and this time Douglas takes a spill to the outside.  The heels work over Douglas.  While the referee is busy dealing with Pillman, Steamboat wallops Windham with a chair.  Douglas tries to tag out, but Windham tags in Pillman first.  Pillman prevents the tag, so Douglas continutes to take the heat.  Douglas counters a suplex attempt from Windham and makes the hot tag to Steamboat.  Steamboat cleans house briefly until Windham gets the advantage on him.  Pillman throws Steamboat over the top rope, which in 1992 WCW was an automatic DQ, but the referee didn’t see it.  Pillman does a neat move on Steamboat.  Windham beats up Steamboat, but Steamboat starts fighting back.  Pillman tags in, and so does Douglas.  All four fight in the ring until Steamboat and Windham go outside, leaving the legal men in the ring.  Douglas hits a belly-to-belly suplex on Pillman to win the match at 20:02.  Good match.  It was probably even better in 1992.

Okerlund introduces the next match.

#22
Starrcade, 12/27/98
WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Bill Goldberg (c) vs. Kevin Nash.  Schiavone, Heenan, and Mike Tenay are on commentary.  I have this show on VHS, but I haven’t watched it in a while.  Goldberg is 173-0 at this point.  They excite the crowd with their taunts, then lock up.  Nash grabs a headlock, but Goldberg hits a backdrop suplex to counter it.  Nash makes my head explode by going for a cross armbreaker.  Goldberg goes for an ankle hold and my head reassembles itself, then explodes again.  Goldberg hits the spear and sets up for the Jackhammer, but Nash hits a low blow to get out of it.  Nash hits a big sidewalk slam for a near fall.  Nash stays in control until Goldberg hits a mule kick and starts fighting back.  Goldberg hits a Roll of the Dice and a double-arm suplex type thing.  Goldberg hits a kick to Nash’s head, similar to the one that would end Bret Hart’s career one year later at the same event.  Disco Inferno runs in and gets speared.  Bam Bam Bigelow attacks Goldberg from behind, but gets clotheslined over the top rope.  Scott Hall zaps Goldberg with a cattle prod.  Nash hits the Jackknife Powerbomb for the win at 11:20.  Nash wins the title and ends Goldberg’s streak.

Okerlund introduces the next match, the 1991 Battlebowl.  The winners of a series of random drawing tag team matches advance to a 2 ring battle royal.  The match starts in ring #1.  You are eliminated from ring #1 by being thrown into ring #2, then eliminated from the match if you are thrown out of ring #2.

#21
Starrcade, 12/29/91
BattleBowl Battle Royal featuring Vader, Marcus Alexander Bagwell, Jimmy Garvin, Dustin Rhodes, Bill Kazmaier, Jushin Thunder Liger, WCW World Television Champion, “Stunning” Steve Austin, Richard Morton, Todd Champion, Abdullah the Butcher, Firebreaker Chip, Thomas Rich, Ron Simmons, Ricky Steamboat, Mr. Hughes, Scott Steiner, WCW World Heavyweight Champion Lex Luger (w/ Harley Race), WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Rick Rude (w/ Paul E. Dangerously), Arn Anderson, and Sting.  Ross and Schiavone are on commentary.  There are a couple of spots early on where guys get thrown over the top rope onto the ramp, but you have to be thrown into the second ring.  Tommy Rich is the first man thrown into ring #2.  Young Bagwell is next into the second ring.  Rich beats him up.  Hughes sends Firebreaker chip over.  Morton and Liger end up in the second ring as well.  Liger finally has room to move and someone to work with and shows how awesome he is.  Liger eliminates Morton from he match, but goes out himself as well.  Mr. Hughes is thrown into ring #2.  Vader beats up Dustin Rhodes outside the ring.  Tommy Rich gets eliminated.  Simmons and Luger brawl on the ramp.  Garvin and Champion are in ring #2 now.  Garvin is eliminated.  Kazmaier, Abdullah, Austin, Rhodes, Simmons, Sting, and Rude are all in ring #2 now.  Vader and Luger are the only guys left in the first ring.  Firebreaker Chip is eliminated.  Luger clotheslines Vader out of ring #1.  He wins ring #1, or something.  Abdullah is eliminated.  Apparently Luger gets to rest in ring #1 until there is only one guy left in ring #2, then then those two will go at it.  Rhodes eliminates Anderson.  Rhodes, Simmons, and Hughes are eliminated.  Vader eliminates Bagwell, then I think Sting eliminates Vader.  Steiner was eliminated by someone.  Ring #2 is down to Austin, Steamboat, Sting, and Rude.  There’s a cool double Picture In Picture thing where you can see the match from three angles at once.  Austin is eliminated.  Rude tosses Steamboat, but Steamboat skins the cat and eliminates Rude.  Rude pulls Steamboat off and eliminates him as well.  Sting vs. Luger now.  Rude comes in and gives Sting the Rude Awakening.  Luger punishes Sting.  Sting fights off interference from Race.  Luger knocks Sting off the ramp and into the guardrail.  Sting makes a comeback and kicks Luger’s ass all over the ringside area.  They make it back in the ring.  Sting is FIRED UP!  Race comes in and takes a suplex from Sting.  Sting goes for the Stinger Splash on Luger, but Luger moves.  Luger throws Sting and thinks he’s won, but Sting holds on and comes back in to kick Luger’s ass some more.  Sting eliminates Luger to win the match at 25:09.  This was an odd concept.  I thought it was silly, and I’m a battle royal mark.

Tully Blanchard introduces the next match.

#20
Starrcade, 12/27/93
WCW United States Heavyweight Championship Match (2/3 Falls): Dustin Rhodes (c) vs. Steve Austin (w/ Colonel Robert Parker).  Schiavone and Ventura are on commentary.  Rhodes shines early.  Austin bails out to consult Parker for a moment.  Rhodes gets a backslide, but can’t hold on to it.  They brawl at ringside until Austin takes a spill into and over the guardrail.  Back in the ring, Austin wants to shake Dustin’s hand.  Dustin slugs him instead.  Austin uses underhanded tactics to get the advantage.  Dustin fights back and hits a sunset flip for a near fall.  Rhodes is DQ’d at 13:26, I guess for throwing Austin over the top rope.  The lights go wonky as the second fall begins.  Austin is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Dustin punches Austin in the corner, but Austin pushes him away and gets a quick pin at 16:16.  Okay match.

Wow, I made it through Disc 1 in one sitting!

ROH Manhattan Mayhem II

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The Hangmen 3 of Adam Pearce, Brent Albright, and BJ Whitmer shave Shane Hagadorn’s head backstage.

Bobby Cruise is the ring announcer.  Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard are on commentary.

Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw vs. Erick Stevens & Matt Cross of The Resilience.  Quack and Stevens lock up.  Stevens shoves Quack down.  They lock up again and Quack grabs a side headlock.  Stevens picks him up and drops him.  Stevens continues to overpower Quack until Quack decides to take a breather.  Quack uses his speed and technical ability to match Stevens.  Quack gets Stevens in an octopus hold, but Stevens carries Quack to his corner and Cross tags in.  Quack lets go and tags in Jigsaw.  Cross and Jigsaw wrestle.  Jigsaw does some really nice stuff.  Jigsaw does a crazy multiple revolution spinning head scissors, but Cross face plants him.  Stevens tags in and beats up Jigsaw.  The bad guys get heat on Jigsaw.  Jigsaw surprises Cross with an inside cradle for 2, then continues getting worked over.  Great double team from from Stevens and Cross.  Quack gets the hot tag and runs wild on Stevens.  All 4 guys end up in the ring.  Jigsaw hits an avalanche-style Frankensteiner on Stevens, followed by a Swanton Bomb from Quackenbush.  Cover, but Cross saves.  Quack hits a backbreaker on Stevens and tags in Jigsaw, who misses a diving leg drop.  Cross tags in and gets caught mid air with a kick.  Jigsaw goes for the Jig & Tonic, but Stevens clotheslines Cross and it turns into a sunset flip for 2.  Heels work over Jigsaw.  Stevens hits a backdrop suplex, followed by a corkscrew moonsault from Cross for 2.  Jigsaw avoids a double suplex and tags in Quack.  Quack counters the double teaming and DDTs both of them.  Quack hits a wacky move on Cross for 2, then locks in a cross armbreaker.  Cross gets a rope break.  Stevens tags in and pounces Quack into his corner, where he tags in Jigsaw.  They do some great stuff, ending with Stevens hitting the Doctor Bomb on Jigsaw for the pin in 12:27.  Awesome match!  They shake hands afterward.

Mitch Franklin vs. Jimmy Jacobs.  The returning Jacobs gets a “FUCK HIM UP, JIMMY!” chant.  They shake hands and lock up.  Franklin takes Jacobs over in a side headlock.  Jacobs wrestles out, but Franklin shines some more with nice arm drags.  Franklin gets booed for dropkicking Jacobs’ injured knee.  Jacobs hits Franklin with some chops.  Franklin avoids a charge in the corner and dives, but Jacobs catches him with a clothesline.  Jacobs dropkicks Franklin’s head into the post.  Cover gets 2.  Twice.  Jacobs stretches Franklin and drives him into the mat repeatedly.  Franklin gets a crucifix hold for 2.  Franklin sends Jacobs into the turnbuckles with a diving rana, then schoolboys him for 2.  Franklin hits another wacky move for 2 (sort of a victory roll face plant).  Jacobs counters a bulldog and sets up Franklin on the top, then ties him to the tree of woe.  Jacobs hits a running butt and a dropkick.  Jacobs hits a diving senton, then locks on the End Time for the submission win in 5:15.  Very good little match.

Jack Evans talks backstage.  He says he found a manager.

The Hangmen 3 come out.  Pearce cuts a promo.  Delirious runs out and attacks them before his partners can even make their way out.

Adam Pearce, Brent Albright, & BJ Whitmer (w/ Shane Hagadorn) vs. Delirious, Nigel McGuinness, & Pelle Primeau.  Delirious is quickly overwhelmed.  His partners come out and everybody brawls.  The match settles down and Delirious clotheslines Pearce a thousand times, then tags in Nigel.  “FUCK HIM UP, NIGEL!” chant.  Nigel beats up Pearce on the outside.  Pelle hits Pearce with a dropkick off the apron.  Back inside, Nigel covers Pearce for 2.  Pelle tags in and plants Pearce with a spinning DDT for 2, as Pearce saves.  Delirious tags in and beats up Pearce some more.  Delirious goes for the Cobra Clutch, but Pearce fights back, chokeslams Delirious, and tags out.  The heels make quick tags and beat up Delirious.  Nigel gets a tag, but the referee didn’t see it, so Delirious continues getting destroyed.  Delirious hits a diving rana on Whitmer, then finally makes the hot tag to Nigel.  Nigel runs wild on every one and suplexes Pearce onto Whitmer.  Hagadorn tries to sneak up on Nigel, but gets dropped with a lariat.  Nigel is very generous with his lariats.  Delirious clotheslines Pearce out of the ring.  Nigel hits the Tower of London in Whitmer, assisted by a double stomp from Primeau.  Primeau covers, but Albright saves.  Albright kills fuckers, then gets dealt with by Delirious.  Pearce hits the Rack Bomb on Delirious.  Pelle springboards on Pearce and drops him.  Whitmer MURDER DEATH KILLS Pelle with a sit-out Tombstone for the pin in 11:34.  Really good match.  Whitmer continues to pound on Pelle, egged on by Pearce.  Whitmer hits a BIG whiplash powerbomb.  Pelle is BUSTED WIDE OPEN.  Pearce powerbombs him too.  Albright DRILLS him with a half nelson suplex that would make Taz proud.  Nigel finally chases them off with a chair.  Nigel, Delirious, and random people check on the recently murdered Pelle.

ROH President Cary Silken and Pro Wrestling NOAH representative Ryo Nakata come out.  They shake hands, and Bobby Cruise announces that KENTA, Naomichi Marufuji, Takeshi Morishima, and Mitsuharu Misawa will be appearing at Glory By Honor.

Delirious rants in Delirious speak backstage.

PAC vs. Davey Richards.  PAC offers a handshake, but Richards spits in PAC’s hand.  They lock up.  Richards backs PAC into the ropes and breaks.  Richards works PAC’s arm.  They do some good mat wrestling.  Richards beats the crap of PAC’s head.  More awesome wrestling.  Richards gets a rope break to escape a hold, then takes a breather on the outside.  They go some more, PAC does some flippy stuff, and Richards bails again.  They trade chops.  PAC backdrops Richards out of the ring and hits a diving twisting thing to the outside.  More awesome fast paced wrestling back inside.  PAC hits a standing moonsault stomp for 2.  PAC gets a fast front cradle out of nowhere for 2.  Richards rams PAC into the corner and hits him with chops and headbutts.  Richards turns PAC inside out with a lariat, then hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Richards hits a cross-armed (straitjacket) German suplex hold for 2.  PAC fights back hits a crazy Shooting Star kick thingy and a German for 2.  Richards locks in the Kimura, but PAC turns it into a cradle for 2.  Richards goes for a gutwrench something, but PAC hits an enzugiri and a reverse Frankensteiner for 2.  Richards catches a diving rana and goes for a powerbomb, but PAC turns it into a Frankensteiner for 2.  PAC goes up top, but Richards cuts him off.  PAC fights him off, but Richards cuts him off again.  Repeat.  PAC lands on his feet from a Spider German.  Richards hits a Tombstone, then locks the Kimura in for the submission win in 12:40.  This was awesome.

Jack Evans comes out.  He says he didn’t have the work ethic to start his own group, so he found some to motivate him.  He introduces his new manage, Julius Smokes.  “WELCOME BACK!” chants for Smokes.  Smokes says the name of the unit will be the Vulture Squad.

They show some clips of the Generation Next group.  These three were the founders of Generation Next, and now they all have (or are forming) their own groups.  Strong has the No Remorse Corps and Aries heads The Resilience.

Three-Way Match: Jack Evans (w/ Julius Smokes) vs. Roderick Strong vs. Austin Aries.  Strong throws Aries out of the ring, then beats up Evans.  Aries hits the Eddie hilo on Evans, then a Lionsault block on Strong.  Aries and Evans beat up Strong.  Strong tires of being double teamed and bails.  Evan dance kicks Aries.  Evans lands on his feet from a backdrop, but Aries hits the Stroke.  Evans kicks Aries off of a figure-four attempt and Strong low bridges Aries out the ring.  Evans tries a diving rana off the apron on Strong, but gets powerbombed.  Strong bridges a table between the apron and the guardrail.  Strong sets up Aries for a Tiger Driver off the apron, but Aries blocks it.  They reverse suplex attempts.  Aries hits a reverse cradle for 2, then a rebound kick for 2.  Strong counters the brainbuster and hits a fireman carry flapjack.  Evans breaks the cover.  Evans dropkicks both of them, then hits a standing corkscrew press for 2.  Aries DVDs Evans on top of Strong and covers both for 2.  Strong hits a backdrop suplex on Aries, then fights Evans on the top.  Evans hits a dropkick that knocks Strong out of the ring.  This fast paced stuff is hard to call.  Aries turns Evans inside out with a lariat for 2.  Strong comes in and hits a Northern Lights bomb on Aries for 2.  Strong chops Evans some more and goes for the Tiger Driver off the apron.  It doesn’t happen, but more crazy shit does.  Aries and Strong fail at suplexing each other again.  Strong hits a gut buster and locks in the Strong Hold, but Evans saves and hits a reverse Frankenesteiner on Strong.  Aries breaks the cover.  Aries accidentally clotheslines the referee.  Evans drops Aries with a kick and covers, but no referee.  Evans goes up top, but Aries cuts him off and hits a superplex.  Aries goes up top, but Strong pushes him off and through the table.  “HOLY SHIT!” chants.  Davey Richards runs in and helps Strong put the boots to Evans.  Smokes calls out the first member of the Vulture Squad, Ruckus!  Ruckus does a bunch of flippy stuff and a suicide dive to the NRC.  Evans hits a crazy suicide dive on the NRC too.  Aries comes back in and is like “WTF man?”  Smokes tells his boys to kick Aries’ ass.  The Resilience makes the save.  Stevens powerslams Evans.  Cross hits a suicide dive onto the Vulture Squad and Stevens.  Back in the ring, Strong goes for Aries with a chair, but Aries cuts him off and they brawl.  Strong hits a low blow and hits Aries in the back with the chair, then hits a big running kick on Aries.  Strong goes for the Tiger Driver, but Erick Stevens hits Strong with the chair.  Aries hits the brainbuster and the 450 splash on Strong.  Stevens revives the referee, who counts the pin for Aries in 14:43.  Even with all of the overbooked shenanigans, this was awesome.  The faction warfare is heating up in ROH!

Becky Bayless (who is HOT) interviews Jimmy Jacobs.

The Resilience talk backstage.  It’s WAR!

Eddie Edwards vs. Ruckus (w/ Jack Evans & Julius Smokes).  Ruckus refuses the handshake, so Edwards kicks his ass.  Ruckus does some flips and some head scissors.  Edwards avoids a suicide dive, but gets kicked in the face.  Ruckus hits a Shooting Star press off the apron.  They do stuff in the ring.  Edwards counters a tornado DDT and hits a Backpack Stunner for 2.  Edwards hits a clothesline for 2.  Edwards hits a brainbuster for 2.  Ruckus hits a Pele kick.  They trade forearms.  Ruckus rolls through a sunset flip and hits some stomps and a twisting splash.  Ruckus goes for a moonsault leg drop, but Edwards counters into a pinning predicament for 2.  Edwards hits a weird flipping slam for 2.  Ruckus hits a rolling Fisherman suplex for 2.  Ruckus fights off a superplex attempt and hits a corkscrew senton for the pin in 6:10.  Good spot fest.  The Vulture Squad celebrates.  Ruckus and Edwards shake hands and hug.

Chris Hero (w/ Larry Sweeney, Sara Del Rey, & Bobby Dempsey of Sweet & Sour Inc.) vs. Claudio Castagnoli.  Claudio lunges for Sweeney, who runs to the back.  Hero and Claudio go at it.  Hero quickly bails.  Claudio pulls Hero back in.  Hero bails again.  Claudio chases him around the ring.  Hero slides back in and kicks Claudio to the floor, then does his stupid flips and dancing.  Claudio nails him with some European uppercuts.  Yay!  Claudio hits an elbow drop off the middle rope for 2.  Sweeney is back out now.  Claudio goes for the Ricola Bomb, but Hero escapes and bails again.  Claudio hits an axe handle off the apron, then chops Hero against the barricade.  Claudio whips Hero into Dempsey.  Hero side steps Claudio, sends him into the barricade, then Yakuza kicks him over it.  Sweeney trips Claudio on the apron, then begs off.  Del Rey kicks Claudio in the middle behind the referee’s back.  Daizee Haze comes out to bitch to the referee about the interference.  Hero beats up Claudio on the outside.  Inside, Hero hits a couple of sentons for 2.  Hero continues to beat up Claudio.  Claudio finally fights back, sends Hero outside, and hits a tope suicida.  Hero hits a boot from the apron and goes for a springboard something, but Claudio catches his legs and does a lengthy giant swing.  Claudio hits a European uppercut for 2.  Hero counters the Alpamare Waterslide and hits some swinging neckbreakers for 2.  Claudio hits a springboard European uppercut and the Alpamare Waterslide for 2.  Hero avoids a kick and hits an elbow smash, then a German, then a weird suplex neckbreaker for 2.  Hero goes up top, but Claudio cuts him off with some European uppercuts a head scissors off the top.  Claudio hits a bicycle kick for 2!  Hero counters the Ricola Bomb.  They trade forearms.  They counter each others’ backslide attempts.  Hero hits a diving neckbreaker and a diving stomp for 2.  Claudio counters the Hero’s Welcome and hits a diving European uppercut, followed by the Ricola Bomb for the pin in 16:00.  Another really good match!  Haze celebrates with Claudio.  Hero and Sweeney abuse Dempsey after the match.

Claudio talks backstage.

ROH World Championship Match: Takeshi Morishima (c) vs. Bryan Danielson.  The crowd does my favorite chant ever, “YOU’RE GONNA GET YOUR FUCKIN’ HEAD KICKED IN!”  Danielson throws some kicks at Morishima early.  Alternate “MORISHIMA!” and “LET’S GO DRAGON!” chants.  Morishima gets the better of a Greco-Roman knuckle lock.  Danielson kicks Morishima’s legs some more.  “FUCK HIM UP DRAGON, FUCK HIM UP!” chant.  Morishima pounds on Dragon.  Dragon throws more leg kicks.  Danielson lands a bunch of kicks and is like “Bring it, motherfucker!”  Morishima looks perplexed, but then beats on Danielson for a while.  Morishima hits a butt butt, then kicks the crap out of Danielson some more.  My commentary does not do this match justice.  It’s awesome.  Morishima throws Danielson outside and sends him into the barricade.  Morishima puts Danielson in a chair and nails him with a big boot.  Morishima drives Danielson into the barricade again with another butt butt.  Danielson is selling an eye injury, but starts fighting back.  Danielson bundles Morishima over the barricade and hits a springboard dive OVER the barricade and onto Morishima.  “HOLY SHIT!” chants.  “BEST IN THE WORLD!” chants.  Danielson throws more uppercuts and kicks.  Danielson hits Morishima’s leg with a chair.  Back inside, Danielson hits a missile dropkick that fails to drop Morishima.  Danielson hits him some more, but Morishima turns Danielson inside out with a lariat.  Danielson counters a backdrop drive and lands on top for 2.  Morishima knocks Danielson down repeatedly, but the motherfucker KEEPS FIGHTING.  Danielson finally takes Morishima down and sets to work torturing his leg.  Morishima gets to his feet and dumps Danielson with a release German suplex.  Morishima hits a backdrop uranage for 2.  Danielson avoids a missile dropkick and tortures Morishima’s leg some more.  Morishima hits a Thesz press, then Danielson turns it into a half crab.  Morishima kicks Danielson’s eye to get free.  Danielson lands on his feet from a backdrop driver attempt and gets an inside cradle for 2.  Danielson hits some elbows and a schoolboy for 2.  Danielson goes for a sunset flip, but Morishima sits on him for 2.  Danielson gets Morishima up for a German suplex hold for 2!  Danielson does the elbows to the head.  Morishima gets up.  Danielson kicks at his legs some more.  Danielson KICKS HIS FUCKING HEAD IN!  Cover gets 2.  Danielson locks in the Cattle Mutilation!  Morishima struggles, but gets a rope break.  Danielson goes for a backdrop suplex off the top, but Morishima turns it around and squashes him!  Morishima tries to knock some feeling back into his legs.  Morishima clobbers Danielson and turns him inside out with another lariat for 2.  Morishima hits the backdrop driver for the pin in 20:18.  Really fucking GREAT match.  Danielson has the ability to have matches like this.  Him doing 1 minute jobs to green guys on NXT is fucking sickening.  Danielson gets a standing ovation after Morishima leaves.  He deserves it.  That match was amazing.  Crowd chants “BEST IN THE WORLD!”  Danielson takes the mic and says that whoever has the ROH World Championship is the best in the world.  He apologizes for letting the fans down.  Crowd chants “THANK YOU DRAGON!”

Larry Sweeney rants and raves about Claudio Castagnoli backstage.

2/3 Falls Match for the ROH World Tag Team Championship: The Briscoe Brothers (c) vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico.  Steenerico jump the Briscoes before the bell.  Steen and Jay brawl outside while Mark and Generico brawl inside.  Mark and Generico go outside too and Mark suplexes Generico onto a chair.  Generico sends Mark into the barricade.  Steen does the same to Jay.  Mark is already bleeding.  Briscoes double team Generico in the ring.  Mark hits a suplex on Generico for 1.  Mark hits a side suplex and a knee drop for 2.  Jay tags in and traps Generico in a figure-four head scissors.  Mark tags in and knocks Steen off the apron.  Steen quickly recovers and saves Generico from getting double teamed.  Steen tags in and brawls with Jay.  Steen rams Jay’s head into Generico’s boot, then tags out to Generico.  Generico hits a body slam for 2.  Jay takes some abuse.  Steen decks Mark on the apron again.  Jay is also bleeding.  Jay hits a blockbuster-like move on Steen, then makes the hot tag to Mark.  Mark runs wild on Steen.  Briscoes hit the veg-o-matic on Steen for 2.  Steen stacks up the Briscoes and tags out.  Generico hits a diving cross body on Jay for 2.  Generico hits the swinging DDT on Jay, then Steen hits his pumphandle backbreaker.  Generico covers Jay for 2.  It’s hard to tell the Briscoes apart when they both have hair.  Jay hits the Death Valley Driver on Generico.  Mark hits a moonsault, then takes out Steen with a dive to the outside.  Jay hits a frog splash on Generico for the pin in 11:04 to win the first fall.  30 second rest period.  Briscoes hip toss Generico out of the ring onto Steen.  The Briscoes bring Steen back into the ring.  Steen realizes he’s fucked.  He blows his nose at Jay and slaps Mark.  The Briscoes beat the shit out of him.  Generico is dead in the aisle.  Steen takes a beating for a while.  Generico finally makes his way back to the apron.  Generico low bridges Mark out of the ring and Steen hits him with a cannonball dive.  Jay kicks Generico off the apron, then hits Steen with a Death Valley Driver on the apron.  Generico DDTs Jay on the floor.  Mark ranas Generico off the apron to the floor.  Mark and Steen trade forearms in the ring.  Generico and Jay tag in and trade blows too.  Generico goes for the brainbuster, but Jay drops him with a front suplex.  Jay goes up top, but Generico cuts him off and goes for the brainbuster.  Mark hits Generico with a springboard Ace Crusher.  Jay hits a diving leg drop on Generico for 2.  Briscoes for the springboard Doomsday Device, but Steen cuts on Mark from hitting it.  Generico gets Jay with a victory roll for 2.  Generico schoolbosy Jay for 2.  Steen tags in and goes for the Swanton Bomb, but Jay gets his knees up.  Mark tags in.  He and Steen end up outside.  Mark goes for a rana, but Steen powerbombs him into the apron.  Steen powerbombs Jay into the barricade.  Generico throws Mark back in and hits a diving splash.  Steen hits the Swanton Bomb on Mark.  Generico covers Mark for 2.  Generico hits Jay with an Asai moonsault.  Steen hits Mark with a lariat, then goes for a moonsault, but Mark avoids it.  Mark hits an Exploder on Steen.  Steen no sells it.  Jay comes in and they double team Steen.  Springboard Doomsday Device, but Steen kicks out!  Generico kicks Mark into Jay.  Steen ties Mark to the tree of woe.  Generico hits a somersault dropkick on Mark.  Steen hits the Package Piledriver on Mark.  Generico goes for the brainbuster, but Jay cuts him off.  Jay hits Steen with the Jay Driller, then Mark hits Steen with the Cut-Throat Driver for the pin in 24:44.  Briscoes win 2 straight falls to retain the titles.  Pretty good match.  Generico and the Briscoes face off after the match.  Crowd chants “SHAKE HIS HAND!”  Generico shakes hands with the Briscoes.  Steen chastises him for it.  Generico and Steen argue.  Steen shakes hands with the Briscoes too, then kicks them both in the balls.  That dick.  Steen hits the Briscoes with a ladder, then demands that Generico help him clothesline the Briscoes with the ladder.  Steen and Generico pose with the belts, Generico reluctantly.  Steen blows his nose on the Briscoes again.  Steen and Generico leave with the belts.

Really awesome show with a lot of awesome matches.  Danielson/Morishima in particular was fucking great.

WWF Royal Rumble 1989

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WWE open, since this is the anthology version.  The World Wrestling Federation: What The World Is Watching!  Old school PPV opening video hyping the Royal Rumble.

Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura are our announcers, LIVE from The Summit in Houston, Texas.  Howard Finkel is the ring announcer.

2/3 Falls Match: Dino Bravo (w/ Frenchy Martin) & The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. The Hart Foundation & “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan.  It’s “International Rules,” whatever that means.  The powerhouses, Bravo and Neidhart, lock up.  They break and lock up again a couple of times, then Bravo grabs a side headlock.  Bravo shoulder blocks Neidhart to no effect.  Twice.  Neidhart ducks a clothesline and hits Bravo with ones.  They both avoid elbow drops.  Hacksaw tags in to a big pop.  Raymond Rougeau tags in to boos.  Hacksaw slams Raymond and hits a knee drop, poses, then tags in Bret.  Bret rings Raymond’s arm.  Bret leapfrogs Raymond and inside cradles him for 2.  Bret with a sunset flip for 2.  Bret with a cross body for 2.  Jacques tags in, hugs Raymond, then clubbers Bret’s back.  Hart drops Jacques with a clothesline for 2.  All six guys end up fighting in the ring.  The babyfaces clean house.  Jacques Irish whips Bret and Raymond low bridges him out of the ring.  Bravo tags in and hits the side suplex, then tags in Raymond.  Raymond pins Bret at 5:25 after a Doomsday-style Bombs Away.  The Rougeaus beat up Bret some more.  Jacques gets 2 off of a dropkick.  Bret takes his chest first hump into the turnbuckles.  Bravo tags in and covers for 2.  Bravo hits an inverted atomic drop for 2.  Raymond tags in and puts the boots to Bret.  The Rougeaus double team Bret some more.  Bravo puts Bret in a bear hug.  Crowd chants “USA!”  Bret is Canadian, morons.  Jesse totally calls them on it.  Bret fights out.  Bravo makes the tag to Raymond.  Bret gets a sunset flip for 2.  Raymond puts the boots to him some more, then locks him in a camel clutch, then transitions to pulling his hair.  Neidhart tries to save, but Raymond goes right back to the camel clutch.  Bravo tags in and beats up Bret some more.  Bravo whiffs him with a clothesline for 2, then tags in Jacques.  Jacques puts Bret in a Boston crab.  Neidhart gets the hot tag, but the ref didn’t see it!  Raymond puts Bret in an abdominal stretch.  Jacques cheats to help him get leverage while Bravo distracts the ref.  The Rougeaus take turns stretching Bret’s abdomen.  Bret manages to hit an atomic drop on one of the Rougeaus and makes the hot tag to Hacksaw.  Hacksaw runs wild on the French Canadians.  He slingshots Neidhart into a splash on Raymond then Bret does the same.  Hacksaw pins Raymond in 13:56 to even it up at 1-1.  After the rest period, Hacksaw beats up Raymond some more.  Since Hacksaw is an idiot, he gets caught in the heel corner and beaten up.  Jesse totally calls him on it.  I love Jesse.  The heels get heat on Hacksaw.  Bret gets the lukewarm tag and runs wild.  Bret hits a backbeaker on Bravo and goes up for the elbow, but a Rougeau pushes him off.  Some shenanigans happen, Hacksaw whacks Bravo with the 2×4, and Bret gets the pin in 18:42.  Really fun match.

We see Ted Dibiase (w/ Virgil) drawing his Royal Rumble number.  He looks displeased.  He calls in Slick to talk to him about something.

The Bushwhackers draw their numbers.  They both get numbers they’re happy with, then swap.

The Honky Tonk Man draws his number and looks pissed.

Bad News Brown draws his number and says “It’s good news for Bad News!”

Demolition draw their numbers.  They say they’re gonna have a long night.

Jack Roberts draws his number.  He says something I couldn’t hear.

The Rockers draw and wish each other good luck.

Mean Gene Okerlund is in the ring to conduct a stupid waste of time pose down.  Rick Rude (w/ Bobby Heenan) comes out and cuts a promo.  His opponent is the Intercontinental Champion, The Ultimate Warrior.  Warrior does his usual entrance running around and shit.  What, no Warrior rant?  Heenan bitches about something.  They pose.  I fast forward.  Heenan sprays something in Warrior’s eyes, then Rude beats the shit out of him with some kind of workout bar thing.  The heels leave.  Refs and guys in suits come out to check on Warrior.  He beats them up, then runs to the back.  Whatever.

WWF Women’s Championship Match: Rockin’ Robin (c) vs. Judy Martin.  Robin’s music is hilarious.  Sherri Martel challenges the winner, then leaves.  Robin beats up Martin.  Sherri joins the commentators.  She’s terrible.  Robin dominates until Martin catches her in the gut somehow.  Martin beats Robin up for a bit.  Robin tries a cross body, but gets slammed down.  Robin works the legs a bit and puts Martin in a Boston crab.  They Martin turns it into a cradle.  Robin turns it into another cradle.  Martin fucks up an inside cradle for 2.  Robin hits an elbow drop for 2.  Martin holds onto the ropes to avoid a dropkick.  Martin tries a front suplex, but Robin lands on her feet.  Martin holds onto the ropes to avoid a reverse cradle.  Martin hits a clothesline for 2.  Martin beats up Robin some more.  Robin hits a DDT for 2, then misses an elbow drop.  Martin misses an elbow drop.  Robin tries to slam Martin, but Martin slams her for 2.  Martin gets a backslide for 2.  Robin hits a kick to the middle for 2.  Robin gets an inside cradle for 2.  Fuck.  Robin hits a diving cross body for the pin in 6:25.  This was fucking painful.  Robin’s music is still hilarious.

Sean Mooney interviews Slick, with the Twin Towers.  Mooney asks Slick about his dealing with Dibiase.  Slick feigns ignorance.  Mooney shows him the video we saw earlier.  Slick tells Mooney it’s none of his business.

Mean Gene interviews Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan.

Pre-recorded interviews with Mr. Fuji, Miss Elizabeth, and Jimmy Hart.

Jesse Ventura is sitting in a throne and talking.

King Haku (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Harley Race.  Race comes out and tips over Haku’s platform that his chair is carried out on, then kicks his ass.  The winner is King and gets Heenan, I think.  Race beats up Haku, then hits a suplex for 2.  Race taps him with another clothesline and knocks him out of the ring.  Haku counters Race and sends him into the post.  Haku hits Race with chops of the Mongolian and knife edged variety.  Heenan cheers whoever is on offense.  They fight in the ring some more.  Haku whips Race into the turnbuckles and Race does the Flair flip out of the ring.  Haku beats up Race some more.  Haku’s strikes are awesome.  They trade headbutts.  I don’t care if you are Harley Fucking Race, you NEVER headbutt a Samoan!  Does Tongan = Samoan?  Is it close enough?  Race hits a piledriver for 2.  Harley takes another bump out of the ring.  Haku suplexes Race back into the ring for 2.  Race avoids an elbow drop and hits a suplex for 2.  Race throws Haku out of the ring.  Race goes for a piledriver on the floor, but gets backdropped.  Haku rams Race’s back into the ring.  Race gets his piledriver on the floor.  Back inside, Race hits a neckbreaker for 2.  Race hits a clothesline and a headbutt for 2.  Haku makes his comeback.  He slams Race and goes for a diving headbutt, but Race avoids it.  Race capitalizes by… missing a diving headbutt.  Haku connects with a thrust kick for the pin in 9:02.  It was kinda good at first, then it kinda fell apart.  Haku is still King, and does in fact come with crown as illustrated.  Nobody will get that joke.

Pre-taped interviews with Brutus Beefcake, Greg Valentine, Mr. Fuji for the Powers of Pain, Big John Studd, Mr. Perfect, and WWF Champion Randy Savage.

Gorilla and Jesse talk, then Mean Gene interviews Ted Dibiase (w/ Virgil).

Sean Mooney interviews Bobby Heenan, The Brain Busters, and Andre the Giant.

Mean Gene interviews Hulk Hogan.

Howard Finkel explains the Royal Rumble Match.

Royal Rumble Match: #1 is WWF Tag Team Champion Demolition Ax!  #2 is… WWF Tag Team Champion Demolition Smash!  They say “fuck it” and start brawling.  After 2 minutes of them beating the hell out of each other, #3 is Andre the Giant (w/ Bobby Heenan).  Heenan immediately leaves because no managers are allowed at ringside.  Demolition double team Andre.  Andre conks their heads together just as #4 comes out.  It’s Mr. Perfect!  Perfect fights everybody.  Andre throws Smash out.  Ax and Perfect try to get Andre over, but no dice, so they just beat him up.  Ax and Perfect start brawling.  Perfect takes the front bump into the turnbuckles.  Andre chokes Ax, then headbutts the crap out of Perfect.  Andre beats up both of them.  #5 is Ron Garvin.  Garvin, Perfect, and Ax all try to get Andre out.  Still no dice, but Andre does his classic “get tied up in the ropes” bit.  Andre fights everybody off.  #6 is Greg Valentine (w/ Jimmy Hart).  Valentine joins team everybody in everybody vs. Andre.  Andre throws Garvin out.  Perfect slams Ax, then helps Valentine try to beat up Andre.  Andre chokes Valentine and Perfect goes back to fighting Ax.  Ax clotheslines Perfect and goes for Andre again, but just gets choked for his trouble.  Perfect pulls Andre’s hair.  Andre chokes Perfect.  #7 is Jake “The Snake” Roberts.  He goes straight for Andre, as they’re currently feuding.  Andre chokes Roberts.  Garvin clubbers Andre from the time.  Andre is still beating the world.  #8 is “Outlaw” Ron Bass!  Andre tosses Roberts.  Bass beats up Perfect, then gets beaten up by Ax.  Andre squashes Perfect and Valentine in the corner.  Andre chokes Valentine some more.  #9 is Shawn Michaels, in his first Royal Rumble!  He goes after Bass.  Perfect eliminates Ax.  Perfect tosses Michaels, who debuts his iconic Rumble spot of skinning the cat back in.  Michaels dropkicks Perfect and almost eliminates him.  Andre chokes Bass, then bear hugs him.  Valentine takes more shots at Andre.  #10 is Bushwhacker Butch.  Jake Roberts comes back in and throws the snake in the ring.  Andre eliminates himself to avoid the snake.  Jake takes Damien and leaves.  The five guys still in the ring brawl.  #11 is the Honky Tonk Man (w/ Jimmy Hart).  Honky and Bass beat up Butch, then Perfect beats up Honky and tries to eliminate him.  Bass saves Honkey.  Some heels whip Michaels and Perfect into each other.  Honky and Valentine try to eliminate Michaels.  Michaels escapes his predicament and beats up Valentine.  Perfect tries to eliminate Honky.  #12 is Tito Santana!  Tito goes for Mr. Perfect.  Tito runs wild until Bass cuts him off.  Butch tries to eliminate Honky.  Valentine tries to eliminate Tito.  Bass and Valentine try to eliminate Michaels, but Tito saves him.  #13 is Bad News Brown.  Butch and Tito throw Honky out.  Everybody brawls.  Valentine hits an atomic drop on Michaels and almost sends him out of the ring.  #14 is Marty Jannetty.  He brawls with Bass.  The Rockers double dropkick Bass out of the Rumble.  Tito hits the flying jalapeno on Valentine, then he and Butch try to bundle Valentine out.  Valentine pokes Tito in the eye to escape.  #15 is WWF Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage!  Savage goes right after Bad News, kicking his ass before he even takes his sunglasses off.  Valentine clobbers Savage.  Everybody brawls.  It’s almost 2 AM and I’m getting sleepy.  #16 is Arn Anderson (w/ Bobby Heenan).  Savage eliminates Valentine, who had a hell of a run.  Savage and Anderson double team Michaels out of the Rumble.  Jannetty beats up Anderson.  Butch and Tito try to eliminate Perfect.  Savage tries to eliminate Bad News, who kicks the crap out of him.  Anderson stupidly goes up top.  Marty hits Arn and he crotches himself.  #17 is Tully Blanchard (w/ Bobby Heenan).  The Brain Busters double team Butch.  Bad News and Savage are still going at it.  Butch chokes Arn with his foot in the corner.  Marty beats up Tully.  Perfect and Savage fight.  Anderson hits a spinebuster on Marty!  The Brain Busters beat up Marty and struggle to dump him out.  Butch nails Arn.  Tully manages to eliminate Marty.  #18 is Hulk Hogan  Hogan immediately dumps Perfect, knocks the Busters’ heads together, and beats up Bad News.  Savage and somebody dump Tito.  #19 is Bushwhacker Luke.  Brown eliminates Butch.  Savage and Bad News brawl some more.  Hogan press slams Tully into the top rope, then fights with Luke.  Luke and Tully double team Hogan as Bad News and Arn double team Savage.  Hogan knocks Tully and Luke’s heads together, then hits Arn with a big boot.  #20 is Koko B. Ware.  Bad News tries to eliminate Savage.  Arn and Luke beat up Hogan.  Koko fights Bad News.  Arn goes up top and Hogan throws him off.  Hogan eliminates Koko, then Luke.  #21 is The Warlord (w/ Mr. Fuji).  Hogan eliminates both Brain Busters.  Warlord gets eliminated immediately by a Hogan clothesline.  Brown struggles to eliminate Savage.  Hogan dumps them both out.  Savage comes in and is like “WTF, man?”  Elizabeth comes out and tries to soothe the situation.  They finally shake hands and hug.  #22 is The Big Boss Man (w/ Slick).  He and Hogan are the only two in the ring.  They brawl.  Hogan hits the Axe Bomber and some elbow drops, then shakes Boss Man’s head.  Hogan slams Boss Man.  Boss Man comes back and kicks Hogan’s ass.  Boss Man hits a piledriver.  Hogan avoids a big splash.  #23 is Akeem (w/ Slick).  Hogan, of course, fights them both off.  He slams Akeem.  Boss Man rakes Hogan’s eyes and the Towers manage to get the advantage.  Hogan knocks their heads together and hits a backdrop suplex on Boss Man.  The Towers squash Hogan in the corner, then throw him out.  Hogan pulls Boss Man out of the ring (under the bottom rope) and kicks his ass.  Akeem goes outside to beat up Hogan.  #24 is Brutus Beefcake.  The Towers double team Beefcake.  Ever the poor sport, Hogan low bridges Boss Man out of the ring to eliminate him.  Hogan and Boss Man brawl to the back.  #25 is the Red Rooster.  He and Brutus double team Akeem.  #26 is The Barbarian (w/ Mr. Fuji).  He fights everybody.  Akeem splashes Rooster.  Barbarian beats up Beefcake.  #27 is Big John Studd.  Studd and Akeem go at it.  The other 3 guys fight too.  Brutus chokes Barbarian with the top rope.  #28 is Hercules.  Herc and Brutus double team Barbarian.  Rooster tries to get in the middle of Studd and Akeem and gets shoved down.  Herc tries to get in the middle of Studd and Akeem and gets clubbered by Studd.  #29 is Rick Martel!  Martel tries to get in the middle of Studd and Akeem and gets shoved away.  When we people learn?  Martel goes after Rooster instead.  Beefcake and Hercules work over Barbarian.  #30 is Ted Dibiase (w/ Virgil).  See, he bought #30!  Dibiase beats up Hercules and Rooster.  Virgil stays at ringside.  Gorilla and Ventura speculate that he’s allowed to stay because he’s a bodyguard instead of a manager.  Dibiase whips Rooster into the turnbuckles and he Flair flips out of the ring.  Dibiase beats up Hercules.  Hercules beats up Dibiase.  Dibiase begs off.  Hercules beats him up some more anyway.  More guys brawl.  Beefcake puts a Hercules in a sleeper.  Dibiase and Barbarian throw them both out.  Barbarian shoulder blocks Martel into an awkward bump.  Barbarian powerslams Martel and hits a diving headbutt.  Martel dodges Barbarian and dropkicks him out of the ring.  Final four are Martel, Dibiase, Studd, and Akeem.  Martel avoids getting squashed by Akeem and hits him with 2 dropkicks, then tries a cross body, but Akeem catches Martel and eliminates him.  Studd fights both Akeem and Dibiase.  Akeem and Dibiase double team Studd.  Dibiase accidentally gets sandwiched between Studd and Akeem.  Studd eliminates Akeem.  Dibiase tries to bribe Studd.  Studd kinda chokeslams Dibiase into the turnbuckles.  Dibiase tries to get some offense rolling, but Studd kicks his ass.  Studd hits a butterfly suplex, a gutwrench suplex, a clothesline, then throws Dibiase out to win it at 1:05:07.  Virgil tries to jump Studd after the match, but gets his ass kicked.  Studd throws Virgil out of the ring for good measure.  Studd wins the 1989 Royal Rumble!  The Rumble match is always fun.

Mean Gene interviews Randy Savage and Elizabeth.  Savage says everything is still cool with him and Hogan.

Gorilla and Jesse wrap things up, then we get a sideshow to close the show.

The middle part of this show sucked, but the opener was good enough and the Rumble Match is always fun.  It was an easy to watch show.  I’ll call it a fun time and be done with it.