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WWE Monday Night Raw 11/29/10

Posted in WWE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2010 by Grappleholic

WWE open, video of what went down last week, Raw open, pyro and ballyhoo.  Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and CM Punk are the announcers.  We are LIVE in Philadelphia for King of the Ring!  Tonight, WWE Champion The Miz will be here!

They show the king’s throne on the stage.

Alex Riley comes out SUITED UP!  Punk gets in a jab about Riley being dressed for court.  Riley makes reference to it himself, saying he’s not afraid of a party.  Riley rants and raves about how awesome The Miz is.

Justin Roberts is the ring announcer.  He introduces Ricardo Rodriguez (sporting a black eye from Smackdown) to introduce Alberto Del Rio.  They show a shot of the announcers and Punk can be seen wearing a Colt Cabana t-shirt.

King of the Ring Tournament – Quarterfinal: Alberto Del Rio vs. WWE United States Champion Daniel Bryan.  They lock up.  Del Rio backs Bryan into the corner, breaks, and cheap shots him.  Del Rio works a side headlock on the mat.  Bryan turns it into a cradle in one of my favorite spots.  Del Rio hits a shoulder block.  Bryan does the leapfrog, drop down, dropkick for 2.  Del Rio sends Bryan into the turnbuckles, then hits a spinebuster.  Bryan goes for the LeBell Lock, but Del Rio gets a rope break and bails.  Commercials.  Del Rio has Bryan in a rear chin lock.  He took over during the break when he knocked Bryan off the apron with an enzuigiri.  Del Rio throws Bryan to the mat and covers for 2.  Del Rio gets the heat on Bryan, reapplying his rear chin lock.  Bryan fights out, but Del Rio clubbers his back.  Del Rio hits a body slam and goes for some kind of diving spinning move, but Bryan avoids it.  Bryan gets a reverse cradle for 2.  Bryan gets a crucifix hold for 2.  Bryan lands some European uppercuts, then back flips over Del Rio from the corner.  They switch waist locks.  Bryan hits a nice German suplex hold for 2.  Bryan telegraphs a back body drop and gets kicked in the head.  Bryan reciprocates with a high kick and hits a corner dropkick for 2.  Bryan blasts Del Rio with kicks.  Del Rio hits a gorgeous German suplex hold of his own for 2.  Del Rio charges the ropes, but Bryan avoids him and hits a tope suicida.  Back inside, Bryan goes for a missile dropkick, but Del Rio avoids it.  Bryan has injured his shoulder.  Del Rio hits the Minoru Special for the submission in 9:40.  Really good little match.  Del Rio advances to face the winner of John Morrison/Cody Rhodes.

They show video of some previous King of the Ring winners: Edge (2001), Stone Cold Steve Austin (1996), Triple H (1997), Bret Hart (1991/1993), and Brock Lesnar (2002).  Commercials.

WWE bullshit fact of the night.

R-Truth raps his way out to cut a promo.  Why isn’t the next tournament match happening right now?  He talks about his friend John Cena being fired last week.  He challenges any member of Nexus to come out and face him one on one.

Josh Matthews goes to the Nexus locker room.  Wade Barrett sends out Michael McGillicutty, who is accepting the challenge.  He has on a new Nexus t-shirt.  McGillicutty heads for the arena, but his attacked by someone wearing jean shorts and purple arm bands…  Commercials…

Philadelphia!

The announcers talk about McGillicutty getting jumped.

King of the Ring Tournament – Quarterfinal: “Dashing” Cody Rhodes vs. John Morrison.  They lock up.  Morrison lands a shoulder block.  He goes for a punch, but Rhodes flinches to protect his face, then goes on the attack.  Morrison avoids Rhodes in the corner and Rhodes hits his face on the turnbuckle pad.  Rhodes bails.  Morrison throws him back in and clotheslines him, then does a face rake with his boot.  Rhodes hits a clothesline and beats up Morrison.  Rhodes whips Morrison into the turnbuckles for 2.  Rhodes hits a knee lift and side Russian leg sweep for 2.  Rhodes hooks Morrison’s arms.  Morrison fights out, but Rhodes hooks them again.  Morrison makes his comeback and hits a side kick for 2.  Rhodes ducks the running knee and gets a schoolboy for 2.  Morrison avoids the Beautiful Disaster and hits the Flying Chuck (they are both the same move), then lands the running knee strike for the pin in 3:37.  Good little match, but short.

Tonight’s guest star is Miss USA, Rima Fakih!  Who?  Also tonight: The Miz!  Commercials!

WWE.com plug.

King of the Ring Tournament – Quarterfinal: Drew McIntyre vs. Ezekiel Jackson.  Zeke wins the lock up easily and gives a clean break.  They lock up again.  McIntyre pushes Zeke into the corner.  Zeke is amused.  McIntyre slaps him.  Zeke is pissed and commences to kicking ass.  Zeke hits a corner clothesline and splash for 2.  McIntyre pulls Zeke’s head into a discreetly exposed turnbuckle.  Cover gets 2.  McIntyre beats on Zeke.  Zeke tackles him, sending them both through the ropes.  They brawl outside and both get counted out in 2:41.  Lame.  Zeke throws McIntyre back into the ring.  McIntyre goes for the Future Shock.  Zeke back body drops him and clotheslines him out of the ring.  Zeke wins a moral victory, but neither of them advance.  The winner of Sheamus/Kofi Kingston automatically advances to the final.  I’m calling it: the final will be Morrison vs. Sheamus.  Nothing else makes sense.

The Bella Twins check on the injured Daniel Bryan.  Alex Riley bitches at them about dancing girls, then talks to Miz on his douchebag bluetooth earpiece.  Riley talks shit to Bryan, saying that he could have been in Riley’s face.  Bryan says he’s doing fine.  Riley welcomes them to Mizfest 2010.  Commercials.

Philadelphia!

They show the video from last week, where Miz beat Randy Orton for the WWE Championship.

The announcers talk.  Lawler says Randy Orton will miss tonight’s show with a knee injury.

WWE Champion The Miz and Alex Riley come out.  WWE Champion The Miz… I’ve known for a while now that it was only a matter of time before I’d be typing that.  He shows pictures of the shocked and angry little girl in the crowd last week.  I’ve seen that picture everywhere.  Miz cuts his promo.  Miz’s promos are great, but I can’t transcribe promos.  I try to hit key points at best.  Jerry Lawler tires of hearing him babble and goes up from the announce table.  He disapproves of the way Miz backdoored into the title.  Cole gets up and bashes Lawler for bashing his crush.  Lawler says Miz should defend the title tonight.  Cole says Miz may make an example out of Lawler.  King says he’s been here since 1993 and has never had a WWE title match.  He challenges Miz to a title match tonight.  Miz pussies out.  Lawler says Miz isn’t awesome, he’s a coward.  Miz talks shit to Lawler.  The iBooker 9000 sends a text message to someone’s iPhone and gets massive heat.  Cole reads that it’ll be Miz vs. Lawler for the title tonight… in a Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Match!  Commercials.

WWE bullshit fact of the night.

Tonight, Miz vs. Lawler in a TLC Match!

King of the Ring Tournament – Quarterfinal: Sheamus vs. Kofi Kingston.  Sheamus goes on the attack.  They both take a bump out of the ring.  Sheamus throws Kofi back in.  Kofi gets the jump on him coming back in.  Sheamus hits the small penis uranage backbreaker for 2.  Sheamus beats on Kofi.  Kofi fights back with punches and kicks and makes his comeback.  Kofi hits the Boom Drop for 2.  Kofi springs to the corner, but Sheamus avoids him and goes for the Razor’s Edge.  Kofi slips out and hits the Trouble In Paradise.  Sheamus rolls to the apron.  Kofi tries to pull him back, but Sheamus grabs the ring skirt for dear life.  Kofi hits the pendulum kick and goes for a diving cross body.  Sheamus sort of catches him in midair with the brogue kick for the pin 4:04.  There wasn’t much to this.  Sheamus gets a BYE to the final.  Commercials.

Non-Title: Mark Henry & Yoshi Tatsu vs. WWE Tag Team Champions Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater of the Nexus.  Yoshi hits an arm drag and a dropkick on Gabriel for 2.  Gabriel hits a jawbreaker and tags out.  Nexus get the heat on Yoshi.  There’s a huge pop in the crowd as John Cena makes his way to the front row, tickets in hand.  Why does he have so many tickets?  Henry gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Henry squashes Slater with a big splash.  Gabriel saves.  Yoshi takes him out.  Slater catches Henry with a kick out of the corner, then goes for a diving cross body.  Henry catches him and hits the World’s Strongest Slam for the pin in 2:29.  Cena immediately jumps the barricade, takes the monitors off the announce table, and gives Slater the Attitude Adjustment through the table.  David Otunga and Husky Harris run out.  Cena bails through the crowd.

Tonight, Miz vs. Lawler in a TLC Match!  Next, Morrison vs. Del Rio!  Commercials!

Philadelphia!

They show the havoc John Cena has wrought tonight.

David Otunga, Husky Harris, and Justin Gabriel discuss Cena backstage.  Wade Barrett tells them they will deal with Cena.  He’s going to go call him out.

Jerry Lawler is getting ready for the match tonight.  Arn Anderson comes in and warns him about the danger of TLC matches.  Lawler isn’t passing up his title shot.  Arn wishes him luck.

Cole and Punk now have to sit behind a busted table.  Couldn’t they get them a plain table?  There are always plenty of them under the ring.

Justin Roberts again introduces Ricardo Rodriguez to introduce Alberto Del Rio.  The semifinal is NEXT!  Commercials!

King of the Ring Tournament – Semifinal: Alberto Del Rio vs. John Morrison.  Del Rio goes on the attack and beats on Morrison.  Morrison catches Del Rio with a boot in the corner and hits a dropkick for 2.  Del Rio pulls Morrison’s arm across the top rope, then sets to work on it.  Morrison makes his comeback and hits a side kick for 2.  Del Rio hits a Codebreaker like move to the arm for 2.  Del Rio beats on Morrison.  Del Rio hits an enzuigiri.  His car horn starts honking.  Rey Mysterio is in Del Rio’s car!  Morrison hits Del Rio with the Flying Chuck for the pin in 3:24.  Fine little match.  Morrison vs. Sheamus is the final, just as I predicted.  Mysterio stands on top of Del Rio’s car.

They show video of tonight’s guest host, Rima Fakih, competing in beauty pageants.

Wade Barrett is headed our way!  Commercials!

WWE Rewind: John Cena costing Wade Barrett the WWE Championship last week.

Wade Barrett comes out to cut a promo.  He’s somehow the only person on the planet who can give John Cena a job.  He realizes Cena attacking Nexus is a ploy to incite Barrett to give him his job back, but he’s not falling for it.  John Cena appears on the TitanTron.  He looks to be behind the arena.  He said he’s just keeping his promise to take out the Nexus.  They talk about how inept WWE security is.  Justin Gabriel, David Otunga, and HuskyHarris corner Cena in the parking lot.  Cena reminds them that he’s not their only enemy.  Vladimir Kozlov, Ezekiel Jackson, David Hart Smith, Darren Young, Mark Henry, Yoshi Tatsu, and Daniel Bryan attack Nexus.  Cena throws Gabriel HEAD FIRST INTO A FUCKING CAR WINDOW.  FUCKING OUCH.  Cena gives Gabriel the Attitude Adjustment onto the car.  Cena says he’ll be back next week to continue attacking Nexus.  Geeze, Gabriel eating that car window looked NASTY.  Commercials.

Tonight, Miz vs. Lawler for the WWE Championship in a TLC Match!

They show the car fucked Justin Gabriel all up, then replay the attack on Nexus.

Maryse, Alicia Fox, & Tamina vs. WWE Divas Champion Natalya, Melina, & Gail Kim.  They show Tamina kissing Santino Marella last week.  Melina and Maryse argue.  Melina kicks her ass.  Maryse bails.  Melina chases her back into the ring and pulls her hair.  Maryse does something and covers for 2.  Fox tags in and very lightly attacks Melina.  Melina sunset flips Fox into her knees.  Santino Marella comes out playing a guitar and singing.  Tamina grabs Santino in a headlock and walks him to the back.  Maryse is like WTF?  Natalya tags in and runs wild on Fox.  Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter.  Gail takes her out.  Natalya locks Fox in the Sharpshooter for the win in 3:33.  Awful.

Awesome Jerry “The King” Lawler video package.

They show Lawler getting ready backstage.  Commercials.

WWE bullshit fact of the night.

Ted Dibiase Jr. is playing with a toy WWE belt backstage.  The belt plays Triple H’s music.  I wonder if that is foreshadowing.  Maryse comes in to bitch at him for looking bad and making her look bad.  Dibiase finally tells her to SHUT UP!  Reminds me of the conversations I had with my ex-wife.

Husky Harris and David Otunga are slinking around backstage, discussing John Cena.

Josh Matthews interviews Sheamus and John Morrison.  The tournament final is NEXT!  Commercials!

Justin Roberts introduces the special guest ring announcer for this match: Rima Fakih.  She comes out to awful music, escorted by Santino for some reason, and does a horrible job of ring announcing.

King of the Ring Tournament – Final: Sheamus vs. John Morrison.  They lock up.  Sheamus goes after Morrison’s previously injured arm.  Morrison goes for the Flying Chuck, but Sheamus prevents it and knocks Morrison off the apron.  Commercials.  Sheamus is still working Morrison’s arm.  Sheamus threw him arm first into the barricade during the break.  Morrison’s arm is taking a beating.  Morrison fights back and makes his comeback.  Morrison lands a kick for 2.  Morrison ducks the brogue kick, but Sheamus lands a blow for 2.  Sheamus goes for the Razor’s Edge, but Morrison slips out and goes for a backslide.  Sheamus counters it.  Morrison lands an elbow smash and a swinging DDT for 2, as Sheamus reaches the ropes.  Morrison goes up top.  Sheamus pulls him down by the arm.  Cover gets 2.  Sheamus works a Fujiwara armbar.  Morrison drops Sheamus with a Pele kick and goes for the Starship Pain.  Sheamus gets his knees up, then lands the brogue kick.  Sheamus hits the Razor’s Edge for the pin in 12:05.  This was actually pretty good.  All hail King Sheamus!  Rima Fakih crowds King Sheamus.  Sheamus cuts a brief Royal Promo.

Miz vs. Lawler is NEXT!  Commercials!

Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Match for the WWE Championship: The Miz (c) (w/ Alex Riley) vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler.  Riley is still carrying the Money In The Bank briefcase for some reason.  Miz wins the lock up and tries to cheap shot Lawler, but Lawler nails him with a great punch.  They lock up again.  Miz slams Lawler and taunts him.  They lock up a third time.  Lawler shoves Miz down.  Miz beats up Lawler and throws him outside.  Riley hands Miz a chair, which he uses to hit Lawler in the back repeatedly.  Miz throws Lawler back into the ring, along with 2 chairs.  He sets the chairs up and tries to suplex Lawler into them.  Lawler reverses and tries a suplex, but Miz lands on his feet.  Miz hits a backbreaker into the chair, then a neckbreaker.  Miz beats up Lawler.  Riley tries to hand Miz a ladder.  Lawler wails on Miz’s back with a chair.  Lawler tries to bring in a ladder.  Riley tries to stop him and gets his ass kicked by the King.  Lawler and Miz play tug of war with the ladder.  Lawler sends the ladder into Miz’s face.  He charges Miz int he corner with the ladder, but Miz avoids the blow and beats Lawler down.  Lawler back body drops Miz onto the ladder.  Riley gets on the apron and clotheslines Lawler.  Riley tries to suplex Lawler out of the ring, but Lawler decks him.  Riley falls off the apron through a table.  Lawler climbs the ladder.  Miz cuts him off and drops him with a big boot.  Miz suplexes Lawler onto a chair, then beats him with the chair some more.  Miz goes up top with the chair.  Lawler cuts him off and crotches him.  Lawler goes for a superplex.  Miz headbutts him down.  Lawler knocks Miz off the top rope through a table!  Cole leaves the table to help his boyfriend.  Lawler climbs the ladder.  Cole gets in the ring and grabs his foot.  That little fucker!  Lawler is like WTF?  DECK HIM!  LAWLER DECKS COLE!  Lawler starts beating the shit out of him.  Miz climbs the ladder.  Lawler climbs the other side and decks him.  They fight on top of the ladder.  Miz sends the belt into Lawler’s head.  Lawler falls off.  Miz takes down the belt to win in 11:52.  Really good match.

Very enjoyable show with a couple of really good matches.

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WWE Monday Night Raw 11/15/10

Posted in WWE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2010 by Grappleholic

The recognized symbol of excellence in sports entertainment!  Awesome Raw open with current starts in an old style open.  Pyro and ballyhoo!  Old school logos, sirens, etc.  Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler are the announcers and are in old school attire.  Justin Roberts is the ring announcer.

Mean Gene Okerlund comes out to the old school interview podium.  He introduces “Cowboy” Bob Orton Jr.  He starts to introduce Randy, but Bob says he’s not there yet.  Okerlund interviews Orton about his son’s chances at Survivor Series.  He says something I didn’t catch that angers the crowd.  Wade Barrett comes out and chastises him about being old and whatnot.  The Miz and Alex Riley come out.  Miz talks about being a dick last week and his Money In The Bank privilege.  He says he might cash in tonight and fuck up the Survivor Series main event, somehow forcing Cena to stay in Nexus forever.  John Cena appears on the screen and tells Miz that he’s not going to allow any such frivolities and challenges Miz to a match tonight.  Miz accepts.  Commercials.  This is fun, with the old school set and music and all.

WWE.com plug.

Non-Title: WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler (w/ Vickie Guerrero) vs. Mark Henry.  OLD SCHOOL INSET PROMOS DURING ENTRANCES!  Henry comes out to the Sexual Chocolate theme!  Ziggler goes for the sleeper hold.  Henry throws him out of the ring.  Blue ring apron, posts, and steps!  Red, white, and blue ring ropes!  Old school logos on the turnbuckle pads!  Referees wearing light blue shirts and bow ties!  This rules.  Henry beats up Ziggler.  Ziggler fails to apply the sleeper hold again.  Ziggler gets crotched on the top rope and falls to the floor.  Sexual Chocolate leers at Vickie, then press slams Ziggler back into the ring.  Ziggler dropkicks Henry’s knee and puts the boots to him.  Ziggler beats up Henry.  Henry hits a powerslam, but Ziggler gets a foot on the bottom rope.  Ziggler avoids getting squashed by a big splash and hits a Fameasser for 2.  Cole called it the Zig Zag because he’s mentally retarded.  Ziggler hits the Zig Zag for the pi… no, 2!  Amazingly, Cole didn’t call it the Fameasser.  Ziggler locks in a scissored sleeper and wins by referee stop in 4:27.  The environment made this way more fun to watch than it should have been.

The Hart Dynasty chat backstage about working through their problems.  They encounter Tony Atlas, who babbles about teaming with Rocky Johnson back in the day and rubs WD-40 onto his skin.  Hilarious.  Commercials.

Backstage, Tony Atlas is STILL rambling!  Yoshi Tatsu is listening, and feigns committing seppuku.

Non-Title: WWE Tag Team Champions Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater of The Nexus vs. The Hart Dynasty.  Smith and Slater start with a great wrestling exchange.  Gabriel throws some kicks, but Smith catches one and trips him.  Smith beats up Gabriel.  Smith hits ROLLING BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEXES for 2.  Slater saves.  Slater tags in.  Smith powerslams him and hits a leg drop for 2.  Smith goes for the running powerslam, but gets distracted by Gabriel.  Slater gets the advantage on Smith.  Nexus make quick tags and work Smith over.  Smith goes to tag in Kidd, but Kidd TURNS HEEL and kicks him in the head!  Gabriel hits the 450 splash on Smith for the pin in 3:05.  The Hart Dynasty has finally collapsed!

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews WWE Champion Randy Orton (w/ his dad, “Cowboy” Bob Orton Jr.).  R-Truth interrupts to tell him about how Cena is going to fuck him on Sunday.  Orton says he’s going to kick Cena in the head tonight to keep that from happening.  Commercials.

Random note: I also love the old school shirts everyone is wearing tonight.

Old school WWEShop.com plug with Mean Gene plugging old school merchandise!

Justin Roberts introduces Howard Finkel, who will be doing ring announcing for at least the next match.  He’s still awesome.  He should be doing ring announcing full time!  He introduces The Brooklyn Brawler (w/ Harvey Whippleman)!  They heel on the crowd and issue an open challenge to anyone from “the new school.”  ZEKE accepts!

The Brooklyn Brawler (w/ Harvey Whippleman) vs. Ezekiel Jackson.  Zeke hits a shoulder block.  Brawler talks shit, shoves Zeke, and tries to slam him.  Zeke mauls him.  Zeke hits the Book of Ezekiel for the pin in 50 seconds.  Awesome!

Tonight, John Cena vs. The Miz!  Old school match graphics!  Commercials!

The 5 lesser members of The Nexus are backstage.  David Otunga says that somebody needs to deal with R-Truth.  He calls himself “leader,” which Barrett overhears.  Barrett tells Otunga that he’ll be the one facing R-Truth tonight.  Cole gets an email from the iBooker 9000.  Shouldn’t they use an old computer for this?  iBooker says Otunga already has a “special” match tonight, so Barrett will face R-Truth tonight.  Barrett is fine with this.  Harris says they have his back, but Barrett says he’ll handle this.  John Cena comes in to talk about whatever.  Barrett orders Harris and McGillicutty to have Cena’s back tonight.  Cena declines.  Commercials.

WWE bullshit fact of the night, but it’s written OLD SCHOOL!

John Cena and The Miz (w/ Alex Riley) come out for their match.  They show Miz screwing Randy Orton in the 10-man tag last week.  Miz cuts a promo and sends Riley to fight in his stead.

John Cena vs. Alex Riley (w/ The Miz).  They lock up.  Cena hits a snap mare.  Cole babbles about not knowing what year it is.  Cena outclasses Riley some more.  Riley lands an elbow smash.  Miz decks Cena behind the referee’s back.  Riley pounds on Cena.  Cena fights back, but misses Riley in the corner and eats turnbuckle pads.  Riley beats up Cena some more.  Riley hits a move that we don’t see because the camera was focused on Miz for 2.  Retarded camera work in this match.  Cena makes his comeback.  Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment, then locks in the STF for the win in 3:43.  It was fine.

Randy Orton runs out and brawls with Miz.  Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty jump Orton.  Orton kicks their asses.  Cena and Orton face off and brawl.  The old school referees and officials (including Tony Garea!) break them up.  Cole gets an email from the iBooker.  Ugh.  iBooker says that later tonight, Cena and Orton will be guests on Piper’s Pit!  Thank God we don’t have to suffer through another Orton/Cena match tonight.  Commercials!

The recognized symbol of excellence in sports entertainment!  They play that and the open again.  I don’t know why, and I don’t care.  It’s cool.

Cole and Lawler talk.

Howard Finkel introduces The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff!  Volkoff sings the Soviet national anthem.  In 2010.  Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov come out.  Kozlov wants to sing the Soviet anthem with Volkoff!  They sing!  This rules!  Santino stops them because it’s awful.  He wants to sing his own song.  He brings out THE DOCTOR OF STYLE, SLICK!  SLICK COMES OUT TO JIVE SOUL BRO!  THIS IS THE GREATEST SHOW EVER!  Sheik babbles incoherently.  I can’t believe they gave that man a live mic.  The Usos come out.  We’ve got a tag title #1 Contender match next.  In the Usos’ corner will be JIMMY “SUPERFLY” SNUKA!  Commercials.

WWE Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Jimmy & Jey Uso (w/ Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka & Tamina).  JIP.  The Usos get the heat on Santino.  Santino hits Jey with a judo throw and gator rolls him to the corner.  Kozlov tags in and hits Jey with a fall away slam.  Santino tags in and hits a slam thingy for 2.  Kozlov tags back in and beats up Jey some more.  Jimmy blind tags in and takes out Kozlov’s leg.  Jimmy hits a jumping headbutt for 2.  Jimmy hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Jimmy works a rear chin lock.  Kozlov breaks free and knocks Jimmy across the ring with a battering ram headbutt.  Jey tags in and cuts Kozlov off from making the tag.  Santino gets knocked off the apron, then distracts the referee so his partner can get double teamed.  The Usos work over Kozlov.  Jimmy tries to knock Santino off again, but Santino decks him.  Kozlov makes the hot tag to Santino, who runs wild on Jimmy.  Confusion ensues.  Actually, I think that’s Jey getting run wild upon.  Santino hits the Cobra on Jey for the pin (about 5 1/2 minutes shown).  This wasn’t any good.

Sheamus runs in, drops Kozlov and the Usos, and goes after Santino.  Santino begs off.  John Morrison appears, low bridges Sheamus out of the ring, and knocks him off the apron with an enzuigiri.  Morrison says he keeps attacking Sheamus because Sheamus is a bully who will run away when confronted.  He challenges Sheamus to fight.  Sheamus does just as Morrison said he would and leaves.

Tonight, Piper’s Pit with Cena and Orton!  Commercials!

The Survivor Series song is some crappy song by some crappy band.

David Otunga vs. Kofi Kingston.  Inset promo from Kingston!  Kingston lands some leg kicks, then grabs a side headlock.  Otunga catches a cross body and slams Kingston.  Otunga slams Kingston again.  And again.  Cover gets 2.  Otunga grabs a headlock.  Kofi fights out.  Otunga hits what Cole calls an elbow but what looked to me like a back butt for 2.  Otunga grabs a chin lock.  Kofi fights back and starts his comeback.  Double clothesline spot.  George “The Animal” Steele comes out and teases eating the turnbuckle pad.  The referee stops him, so he eats one in a different corner.  Otunga is back on his feet and his like “WTF?”  Kofi gets up and rams his head into the exposed turnbuckle, then hits the Trouble In Paradise for the pin in 4:50.  Heh.

Gerald Brisco and Arn Anderson compliment John Morrison on dealing with Sheamus.  Sheamus hits Morrison with the pump kick out of nowhere and accepts his challenge for a match… at Survivor Series.  Commercials.

WWE bullshit fact of the night.

Aksana walks around backstage with the Million Dollar Championship.  “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan shows up to tell her that her mom is there.  Huh?  It’s Dusty Rhodes with a curly blond wig.  He has Kelly Kelly drop a net on her.  Goldust steals the Million Dollar belt back from her.  He returns the belt to it’s rightful owner, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase.  Irwin R. Schyster promises to find him a good tax shelter.  Dibiase tries to give the belt back to his son, Ted Dibiase Jr., but Jr. doesn’t want it.  Cody Rhodes says “that ended far from dashing.”  Goldust and Cody walk away.  Dusty says “I raised some weird kids.”  They play Dusty’s “Common Man” theme.  Dusty, Tatanka, and Hacksaw dance. Ron Simmons sees this and says “DAMN!”  Funny stuff.

Earlier tonight, SHIT WENT DOWN between John Cena and Randy Orton.

R-Truth and Eve Torres are headed our way!  Commercials!

WWE.com plug.

“Promotional Consideration Paid For By The Following…”  R.D. Reynolds just WrestleCrapped his pants.

R-Truth (w/ Eve Torres) vs. Wade Barrett.  They brawl.  Truth flips around and hits the break dancing kick.  Truth clotheslines Barrett out of the ring and hits him with a somersault dive.  Back inside, Truth goes up top.  Barrett goes to cut him off.  Truth jumps over him, but Barrett catches Truth with a sidewalk slam.  Barrett his a suplex for 2.  Barrett hits a diving elbow drop for 2.  Barrett his a backbreaker for 2.  John Cena and Randy Orton are both show watching backstage.  Truth gets an inside cradle that we almost missed for 2.  Barrett applies a rear chin lock.  Truth makes his comeback and gets a fancy cradle for 2.  Truth hits a front suplex for 2.  Barrett avoids the scissors kick and goes for the Wasteland.  Truth counters, but gets booted in the face.  Barrett hits the Wasteland for the pin in 5:06.  It was fine.

Tonight, Cena and Orton on Piper’s Pit!  Commercials!

They play the opens again.

Cole and Lawler goof off.

Ricardo Rodriguez is here!  That’s 3 ring announcers tonight.  Tito Santana comes out to cut him off and introduces Alberto Del Rio himself!  Del Rio has Chavo Classic driving him!  Del Rio cuts a promo.  He wants the other legends to kiss his ass like Tito and Chavo.  Sergeant Slaughter comes out and cuts an awesome promo.  “Shut your hole, puke, and listen up!  There’s 2 things you don’t mess with: Legends and America!”  He challenges Del Rio to a match.  Del Rio accepts.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Sergeant Slaughter.  Del Rio beats on Slaughter.  Slaughter locks in the Cobra Clutch.  Del Rio gets a rope break and elbows Sarge in the face.  Del Rio hits a clothesline for 2.  Del Rio applies a rear chin lock.  Slaughter fights out.  Del Rio beats him up some more.  Sarge locks in the Cobra Clutch again.  Del Rio backs him into the corner and breaks free, then whips Sarge into the corner and hits an enzuigiri for the pin in 1:54.  It was what it was.  Del Rio applies the cross armbreaker after the match.  MVP comes out and runs off Del Rio.

Mean Gene plugs WWE merchandise again.  Commercials.

Cole and Lawler talk.  Cole is being a dick,

WrestleMania tickets went on sale last weekend!

Mean Gene Okerlund brings out Mae Young!  She’s escorted by the Bella Twins.  Poor thing.  They show a really old black & white picture.  Mae was a babe in her day.  They show a video package on some of her exploits.  Unified WWE Divas Champions Michelle McCool & Layla come out to be obnoxious bitches and ruin a feel good moment.  Mae Young wants a match “with these sluts!”  She’s a feisty old gal!  “You little bitches, let’s go!”  LayCool laugh.  The bell rings.  This is a real match!  Falls count anywhere!

Handicap Falls Count Anywhere Match: Mae Young (w/ The Bella Twins) vs. Unified WWE Divas Champions Michelle McCool & Layla.  Natalya, Gail Kim, Melina, and Eve Torres come out and beat up LayCool.  Mae slaps Layla and pins her in 54 seconds!  Awesome!  Commercials!  That was AWESOME!

WWE bullshit fact of the night.

Howard Finkel introduces JIM ROSS to do commentary on the next match!  YAY!  Michael Cole is not happy about this.

Non-Title: WWE United States Champion Daniel Bryan vs. Jack Swagger.  It’s so good to hear J.R. again.  Bryan and Swagger lock up.  Awesome grappling.  Danielson counters out of the ankle lock and lands a Mirko Cro Cop head kick.  Cole needs to shut the fuck up and let J.R. talk.  More awesome grappling on the mat.  Danielson leapfrogs Swagger and  lands a dropkick for 1.  Danielson back flips over Swagger and gets booted in the face.  Commercials.  Cole needs to SHUT THE FUCK UP AND STOP RUINING THE MOMENT.  Jim Ross welcomes us back to Raw as Swagger has Bryan in a hold.  Cole is BEING A FUCKING IGNORANT PRICK AND NEEDS TO FUCK OFF AND DIE.  Swagger beats up Bryan.  Swagger gator rolls Bryan out of the ring and pounds him on the apron.  I’d give my right nut for the chance to punch Michael Cole in the face right now.  Bryan low bridges Swagger out of the ring.  COLE NEEDS TO FUCK OFF.  Danielson lands a baseball slide dropkick, then hits a flying knee off the apron!  STOP CUTTING TO COLE, YOU FUCKS!  Back inside, Danielson hits a missile dropkick for 2.  Bryan kicks the crap out of Swagger.  Swagger catches his leg and goes for the ankle lock.  Bryan flips Swagger into the corner, then misses Swagger in the corner and hurts himself.  SHUT UP, COLE!  Swagger hits a Vader Bomb for 2.  Lawler finally tells Cole to “shut the hell up.”  Swagger hits another Vader Bomb.  He goes for the Doctor Bomb, but Danielson dead weights him and goes for the LeBell Lock.  Swagger counters into a backbreaker.  Danielson counters the Doctor Bomb again and lands the high kick for the pin in 10:44.  Awesome match that even Cole’s retardation couldn’t ruin.  Ted Dibiase Jr. appears and hits Bryan with the Dream Street, then poses with the United States title belt as his awful music plays.  Maryse comes out just so they can leave together.  Cole needs to fuck off and die.

Survivor Series hype.

J.R. slaps Cole with his cowboy hat!  YAY!

Orton and Cena are headed our way!  Commercials!

Promotional consideration paid for by the following!

Justin Roberts introduces the legends to the crowd: Jimmy Snuka, Bob Orton Jr., Irwin R. Schyster, Tito Santana, Sergeant Slaughter, Jim Duggan, Brooklyn Brawler, Chavo Classic, Mean Gene Okerlund, Howard Finkel, Mae Young, Gerald Brisco, Ted Dibiase, Slick, Tatanka, Tony Atlas, Arn Anderson, Ron Simmons, Dusty Rhodes, George Steele, Jim Ross, The Iron Sheik, and Nikolai Volkoff.  That’s nice!  “Hey, here’s a bunch of our agents and other guys we’ve fired a bunch of times!” -My buddy mhirn.

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper comes out to do Piper’s Pit!  He cuts a promo, then introduces John Cena.  Piper bitches at Cena about disrespecting legends by possibly giving Wade Barrett the WWE Championship this Sunday.  He urges Cena to do the ring thing.  Cena replies at length about his respect for the legends.  He says he’ll call the match right down the middle.  That means he’s going to screw someone.  Wade Barrett comes out and says that’s fine, because he doesn’t need help to win, but Cena is still fired if Barrett loses.  Piper bitches Barrett out in awesome crazy old man style.  Barrett bitches at Piper, then Cena.  He forces Cena to put on a Nexus t-shirt.  Why the hell is he just now doing that?  Cena puts the shirt on, then tells Barrett he’s going to turn his face into mush on Sunday.  Barrett says Nexus will kick Cena’s ass before he can hurt Barrett.  WWE Champion Randy Orton comes out, talks to Cena for a minute, then beats up Barrett.  Orton humps the mat.  Cena intervenes before Orton can hit the RKO or come or whatever he’s trying to do.  Orton RKOs Cena and goes for the PUNT OF DEATH.  Barrett cuts him off.  Cena avoids the punt and hits the Attitude Adjustment.  Barrett orders Cena to raise his hand.  Cena gives Barrett the Attitude Adjustment instead.  He takes off the Nexus shirt and throws it on Barrett.  Piper raises Cena’s hand to close the show.  Why isn’t Miz cashing in right now while the getting is good?

I don’t care if most of the wrestling sucked (I say “most” because Bryan vs. Swagger was awesome), this show ruled!

Starrcade: The Essential Collection Disc 3 (Repost)

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Originally posted on my old blog on 2/13/09.

I’m finally back with Disc 3.  This is the first review to be written on my brand new awesome computer!

Road Warrior Animal introduces #9.

#9
Starrcade, 12/13/89
Non-Title, Iron Team Tournament Match: The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. NWA World Tag Team Champions The Steiner Brothers.  The two Jims (Ross and Cornette) are on commentary.  Scott and Hawk start.  Scott goes for Hawk’s leg, then Hawk hits an enzuigiri.  Hawk catches Scott’s leg, and Scott does a nifty flip out of it.  Scott tags in Rick.  Hawk nails a lariat for a two count from referee Nick Patrick.  Animal comes in.  Rick hits the Steiner Line.  Animal takes over briefly, then Rick hits a belly-to-belly suplex.  Tags on both sides.  Hawk hits a press slam and a fist drop, then covers.  Rick saves.  Hawk hits a big boot for another near fall.  Tag to Animal, who misses an elbow drop on Scott.  Scott hits a belly-to-belly.  Scott runs at Animal in the corner and gets caught with a kick or clothesline.  I forgot which in the time it took to type that sentence.  While I was typing those sentences, Hawk and Scott went at it.  Scott hits a belly-to-belly overhead off the turnbuckle on Hawk.  Animal comes in and works over Scott.  Hawk comes in and beats up Scott too.  Animal tags back in.  Hawk beats up Rick for good measure.  Road Warriors hit the Doomsday Device.  Animal has Scott in a backdrop-style bridge.  Both men’s shoulders were on the mat, but Scott lifts his shoulder at the last second to get the pin on Animal at 7:28.  Nifty old school finish.

Dusty Rhodes introduces #8.  It’s a match from Starrcade 2000.  Oh dear.  Oh thank God, it’s the good one.

#8
Starrcade, 12/17/00
Three-Way Ladder Match: 3 Count vs. Jamie Knoble & Evan Karagias vs. The Jung Dragons (w/ Leia Meow).  Tony Schiavone, Scott Hudson, Mark Madden, and Chavo Guerrero Jr. are on commentary.  Whoever gets the contract hanging above the ring gets a shot at Chavo’s Cruiserweight Championship.  Kaz Hayashi and Shannon Moore start.  They do a nifty bit, then a painful looking botch.  Okay, this match is already looking like it’s going to be way to fast to type.  Yang and Helms tease going at it, then everyone races for ladders.  The sneaky boy band grab a ladder from under the ring while everyone else goes for the ladders on the aisle.  The Dragons come in and send them out of the ring.  Yang, who would one day become everyone’s favorite Asian redneck, Jimmy Wang Yang, dropkicks a ladder into Knoble (who would one day drop the K) and Karagias (who after the fall of WCW dropped off the face of the Earth).  Knoble and Karagias end up alone in the ring and argue over who is going to take the contract down.  They shove each other, then Yang dropkicks Knoble into Karagias.  Knoble takes a bump into the ladder.  Yang hits the Yang Time on Moore.  Everyone else does suicide dives as Knoble goes for the prize.  Yang pushes the ladder over and sends him into the pile.  They do some crazy awesome spots that would take way too long to explain.  Helms hits a sick neckbreaker on someone.  Knoble hits a sunset flip powerbomb on Helms off the ladder.  Moore hits a rear chinlock drop on Yang.  Knoble goes for the prize, but Leia Meow comes in and stops him.  Yang hits a cross-arm Iconoclasm off a ladder on Karagias.  The Dragons build a scaffold out of four ladders.  3 Count send them crashing into it.  Knoble drops Moore with a Tombstone Piledriver while Karagias hammers Helms.  Hayashi and Karagias take bumps off the ladder scaffold.  Moore hits an awesome headscissors on Yang to bring him off the ladder scaffold.  Helms sends Knoble off, then both members of 3 Count pull down the contract together at 13:46.  Awesome spotfest with lots of insane bumps.

Dusty introduces #7.

#7
Starrcade, 12/13/89
Non-Title, Iron Man Tournament Match: NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair vs. Sting.  Ross and Terry Funk are on commentary.  Flair wins the tournament on a pinfall, submission, or count-out.  Sting needs a pin or submission to win.  If they draw, Lex Luger wins the tournament.  They lock up, then Sting hits a hiptoss.  Flair puts Sting in a hammerlock, but Sting counters with a drop toe hold.  Flair inexplicably sets Sting on the top turnbuckle, then gives a clean break.  They lock up again and Flair tries to out arm-power Sting, which I find foolish.  Sting, of course, powers Flair down.  Sting gets the better of an exchange and Flair takes a breather.  They go at it again and Sting gets a near fall off of a backslide.  Flair nails Sting with chops.  Sting hiptosses Flair again, then dropkicks him.  Flair throws Sting out of the ring, then chops him and whips him into the guardrail.  Flair suplexes Sting back into the ring.  Flair works over Sting and gets a near falls from a ground cobra twist and an inside cradle.  Sting makes a comeback and kicks Flair’s ass.  Sting puts Flair in the Scorpion Death Lock, but it’s way too close to the ropes and Flair gets a break.  Flair attacks Sting’s leg and locks in the figure-four leglock.  Sting escapes it somehow, but Flair keeps on working Sting’s leg.  Sting gets a near fall with another backslide.  Flair stays after Sting’s leg.  Sting counters the figure-four with an inside cradle for the pin at 15:56, even though the time limit was 15 minutes.  Good match, though.  Ole and Arn Anderson come out and raise Sting’s hands in victory, as they’re all Horsemen at the time.  I’m guessing it was soon after this that the Horsemen kicked Sting out for wanting his title shot at Flair.

Dusty introduces #6.  We’re going way back to the first Starrcade for this one.

#6
Starrcade, 11/24/83.
Non-Title, Dog Collar Match: Roddy Piper vs. NWA United States Heavyweight Champion Greg Valentine.  I should mention that throughout the match, the announcers can’t make up their minds if it’s a title match or not.  It’s not.  Gordon Solie and Bob Caudle are the announcers.  Not much to say here, they just brawl and maim each other with the chain.  They both bleed like crazy.  Piper hooks Valentine’s legs with the chain and pins him at 16:08.  Valentine attacks Piper and chokes him with the chain after the match.  Sorry for the short review, but there’s only so many times in one match I want to type “punch” and “chokes (or whips) with the chain).

Animal introduces #5.  Shit, another Scaffold Match.

#5
Starrcade, 11/27/86
Scaffold Match: The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette & Big Bubba Rogers).  Tony Schiavone and Rick Stewart (who?) are on commentary.  The Road Warriors wait at the top during the ring intros.  Loverboy Dennis Condrey teases climbing up, but chickens out.  MX finally does come up.  The bell rings and the Road Warriors kick ass.  Condrey throws powder in Hawk’s eyes.  Eaton does the same to Animal.  They fight on top of the scaffold.  That sentence will cover the rest of the match until someone takes a stupid, unnecessary bump.  Condrey falls, then Eaton, to give the Road Warriors the win at 7:08.  Ellering takes Cornette’s tennis racket.  Cornette climbs the scaffold to escape and runs right into Animal.  Cornette falls and blows out his knees.

Jim Ross introduces #4, explaining the build up the epic Sting/Hogan showdown in 1997.  In short, Hogan’s nWo ran roughshod over WCW for a year while Sting watched from the rafters and grew his hair out.

#4
Starrcade, 12/28/97
WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Sting.  Schiavone, Rhodes, and Tenay are on commentary.  Nick Patrick is the referee.  Hogan throws his bandanna at Sting.  Sting responds by slapping him.  Hogan panders to the crowd, then Sting slugs him.  Hogan panders some more as Sting just stands there.  Okay guys, you’ve built the moment.  Time to wrestle.  Hogan beats up Sting.  Hogan tries to elbow drop Sting three times, but misses every time.  Sting dropkicks Hogan out of the ring.  Hogan comes back in and they work a headlock.  Hogan comes off the ropes but Sting leapfrogs him and sends him out of the ring with a dropkick again.  They go back and forth, but nothing particulary interesting happens.  They fight outside and Sting hits a Stinger Splash on the guardrail.  Back in the ring, Hogan chokes Sting with his boot.  Hogan hits the leg drop and gets the clean pin.  Bret Hart shows up and says he’s not going to see Sting get screwed.  Hart nails Patrick and takes over as referee.  Hogan tries to run away, but Hart throws him back in the ring.  Buff Bagwell and Scott Norton come in to attack Sting, but Sting is not to be denied.  He hits a Stinger Splash and the Scorpion Death Lock for the victory at 12:53.  Luger, The Giant, and a bunch of jobbers come out to celebrate with Sting.  The Hogan pin on Sting was supposedly meant to be a fast count, and rumor is Hogan paid off Patrick to not count slow.  If it’s true, Hogan is a prick, but a brilliant prick.  The match comes off looking like Hogan won fair and square, then got screwed.

Ric Flair introduces #3.

#3
Starrcade, 11/24/83
Steel Cage Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Harley Race (c) vs. Ric Flair.  Former World Champion Gene Kiniski is the guest referee for this match, the main event of the first Starrcade.  Solie and Caudle are the announcers.  It takes about 10 minutes for the entrances, introductions, and all that jazz.  They do a headlock sequence.  Kiniski warns Flair about using closed fists, so Flair nails Race with some elbows.  Race backs Flair into the ropes and doesn’t give a clean break.  Kiniski chastises him.  Flair backs Race into the ropes and responds in kind.  Race nails Flair with a high knee, but misses his falling headbutt.  Flair nails a chop and covers, but no count.  Flair puts Race down to the mat with a headlock.  Very old school match.  Flair holds him on the mat for a little while, but Race eventually powers up and hits a suplex.  He misses the headbutt again.  Flair goes for a move, but Race falls on him and gets a count.  I think it was just one.  Race gets Flair into the ropes and beats on him, but Kiniski pulls him away.  Race hits a piledriver and something else for a near fall.  Actually I can’t tell if the fall was near because Kiniski counts so slow and quietly.  Race hits a neckbreaker for what I did see was a near fall.  Wrestling in 1983 was a lot different than it is in 2009.  Race hits a powerslam-type move for another close one.  Flair tries to fire back, but Race headbutts him to the mat and finally hits his falling headbutt.  Race rams Flair into the cage and beats on him some more.  Flair finally fires back with chops and elbows.  He’s BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Flair backs Race into the corner but gets headbutted again.  Kiniski is a strict referee.  Flair hits a knee drop and a kick to the head, then a piledriver on his own for a near fall.  Flair hits a suplex for another near fall.  Kiniski is such a shitty referee.  Flair rams Race into the cage, then Race grinds Flair’s face into it.  Kiniski pulls Race away again.  Were referees supposed to be IN THE FUCKING WAY in 1983?  Geeze.  Flair locks in the figure-four leglock.  Race reverses and the roll into the ropes, so Flair has to break it.  Race hits his diving headbutt for a two count.  Race hits a suplex for a two count.  Race beats on Flair in the corner, and Kiniski pulls him away by his hair.  Race goes for a suplex, but Flair reverses it into a suplex of his own.  Ref bump.  They should have knocked him out 20 minutes ago.  Flair hits a cross body off the top rope for the win at 23:49.  The ring fills up with people celebrating with Flair.  This match was probably considered good by 1983 standards, but by my standards it was slow and boring, with a referee who really hindered the match.

Tully Blanchard introduces #2.

#2
Starrcade, 11/28/85
“I Quit” Steel Cage Match for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship: Tully Blanchard (c) (w/ Baby Doll) vs. Magnum T.A.  I haven’t seen this match in a while.  Hopefully it holds up better today than the previous match did.  Schiavone and Caudle are the announcers.  I don’t think we’ve heard that combination yet.  They lock up.  Tully throws a punch, Magnum throws one of his own, and the crowd pops big.  Man, Magnum was OVER.  The crowd comes to life whenever he throws a punch or does anything else for that matter.  Tully gets heat, Magnum makes a small comeback and pops the crowd, Tully gets heat again.  Rinse, lather, repeat, but it’s good stuff.  Magnum goes head-first into the cage and gets cut.  Either Tully gets color too, or Magnum’s blood gets on him, or both.  Tully tries to make Magnum quit, but Magnum responds with a resounding “HELL NO!”  Magnum fights back, but Tully won’t quit either.  Magnum punches Tully in the corner, but Tully gives him an inverted atomic drop, then beats him in the head with the microphone.  Somebody (Baby Doll I presume) throws a wooden chair over the cage to Tully.  Tully breaks it and tries to use a piece of it to stab Magnum in the eye.  Magnum gets hold of the spike and sticks it into Tully’s head, forcing Tully to quit at 14:48-ish.  Really great match.  It’s an old fashioned bloody, hate-filled brawl that still stands the test of time.

Ric Flair introduces #1!  I’ve been wanting to see this match for a long time.

#1
Starrcade, 12/27/93
WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Vader (c) (w/ Harley Race) vs. Ric Flair.  Flair has to retire if he loses.  Schiavone and Ventura are the announcers.  Vader gives Flair a shove and Flair takes a big bump off of it.  Vader beats the snot out of Flair.  With Flair’s honker, that’s not an easy job.  Flair throws some chops, but they don’t phase Vader.  Vader continues to kick Flair’s ass.  Flair finally manages to stagger Vader with chops and punches, but Race attacks Flair outside of the ring.  The interference gives Vader the opening to beat on Flair some more.  Flair hits a few jobs, then Vader hammers him and hits a better version of that shitty slam Mark Henry does.  Vader hits a clothesline off the middle rope.  Vader goes airborne again but Flair moves.  Flair hits a flying chop or elbow to the head, then totally misses a second one.  He hits the third attempt, then a knee drop.  Vader clotheslines him.  Vader hits a superplex, but misses a big splash.  Flair bounces off the ropes, then bounces off of Vader.  Vader throws Flair out of the ring, allowing Race to get in another cheap shot or two.  Back in the ring, Vader tries to splash Flair in the corner.  Flair moves and fires back with chops, but Vader splashes him in the other corner.  Flair throws chops and punches like they’re going to be outlawed tomorrow and finally drops the big man.  Flair attacks Vader’s leg with the ringpost and chairs.  Flair is FIRED UP and hammer Vader with the best punches I’ve ever seen him throw.  Flair fights Vader like a man posessed, even biting him!  Flair punishes Vader’s leg some more, then punches him down and goes for the figure-four leglock, but Vader kicks him away.  Vader misses the Vader Bomb and Flair locks in the figure-four.  Race tries to distract the referee.  Vader manages to get a rope break.  Vader goes up for the moonsault, but Flair moves out of the way!  Flair covers for two.  Race comes off the top rope and accidentally headbutts Vader.  The referee ejects Race.  Flair fires up with chops, then runs into the wall that is Vader.  Flair manages to trip Vader and get the pin at 21:10.  Fucking great match here, kids.  Vader plays the big man heel better than anyone I’ve ever seen, and Flair is Flair.  Great way to cap off a fine DVD release from WWE.

Starrcade: The Essential Collection Disc 2 (Repost)

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Originally posted on my old blog on 2/1/09.

Tully Blanchard introduces #19 on the countdown.

#19
Starrcade, 11/26/87
NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (w/ JJ Dillon) (c) vs. The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering).  Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone are on commentary.  The Road Warriors are challenging for the gold in their hometown.  Hawk dominates Anderson to start.  Tully comes in and quickly tries to bail, but Animal press slams him back into the ring.  He tries to bail again, but Hawk chases him down and throws him back in.  The Horsemen double team Hawk briefly, but Hawk nails a double clothesline to keep the momentum on the Road Warriors’ side.  Hawk press slams Blanchard, but Anderson clips his knee, finally giving the Horsemen a chance.  Blanchard hits Hawk’s injured knee with a chair.  Anderson hits a DDT on Hawk and covers, but Hawk kicks out at one.  Blachard tries to put Hawk in the figure-four, but Hawk counters and keeps fighting.  Anderson and Blanchard take turns beating on Hawk.  Blanchard finally goes lock in the figure-four.  Hawk finally makes the hot tag.  Animal cleans house.  Blanchard knocks referee Tommy Young out of the ring.  Animal backdrops Anderson over the top rope.  Warriors hit the Doomsday Device on Anderson.  A young Earl Hebner (w/ full head of hair!) comes in and makes the three count for Animal gets the pin at 13:24.  New Champions!  But wait!  Tommy Young comes back in.  He saw Animal throw Anderson over the top rope and reverses the decision!  Horsemen win by DQ!  I really liked the match.  It seemed custom made for the Road Warrior sto win the titles in their hometown, and I don’t understand why they didn’t.

Tully introduces the next match as well.

#18
Starrcade, 12/29/96
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Jushin Thunder Liger.  Big commentary table needed for this crew: Schiavone, Tenay, Dusty, and Heenan.  I love when WWE puts Liger matches on DVD.  Liger controls the match early on.  Rey hits a Frankensteiner and starts his comeback.  A headscissors sends Liger out of the ring, then Rey does the precursor to the 619, which is the same motion, but with no opponent to hit.  It’s just a fake out.  Liger suplex Mysterio out of the ring.  Rey comes back in but misses a dropkick.  Liger puts Rey in a surfboard hold.  Mysterio hits a standing moonsault for a near fall, then DDTs Liger right on his horns.  Rey tries to springboard onto Liger, but Liger catches him with a dropkick.  Liger hits a release German suplex for a two count.  Liger hits a koppou kick in the corner.  Rey respons with a monkey flip out of the opposite corner.  Rey hits a cool headscissors and an Asai moonsault.  Back in the ring, Rey hits a move and covers, but Liger gets a foot on the ropes.  Rey goes for the springboard leg drop, but misses.  Liger hits a diving headbutt for a two count.  Rey goes for a top rope Frankensteiner, but Liger holds on and Rey falls.  Liger hits a koppou kick and the Liger bomb for the win at 14:17.  Good match, but I expected a match between these two to be a lot better.  It’s definitely not a waste of time by any means, though.

Tully again, introducing the next match.

#17
Starrcade, 11/26/87
Scaffold Match: The Rock & Roll Express vs. The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette & Big Bubba Rogers).  Rogers jumps Morton before he can climb the scaffold.  When Morton recovers, he climbs up with Cornette’s tennis racket in hand.  This sucks.  Who invented this retarded match?  Rock & Roll Express wins in about 10 minutes.  Cornette sends Big Bubba up the scaffold.  Morton gives him a low blow and climbs down to safety.  This was shit and a complete waste of time.

Ric Flair introduces the next match, because he’s in it!

#16
Starrcade, 12/26/88
NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Ric Flair (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Lex Luger.  Jim Ross and Bob Caudle are announcing.  In ring intros, courtesy of legendary ring announcer Gary Michael Capetta.  Tommy Young is the referee.  The stipulation here is if Flair gets DQ’d, Luger wins the title.  Luger clotheslines Flair out of the ring early.  They show Lou Thesz in the crowd.  Luger overpowers Flair early on.  Flair chops Luger, who doesn’t sell it, so Flair bails and begs off.  Luger works Flair’s arm.  Luger doesn’t sell Flair’s chops again.  Luger beats up Flair some more.  Flair shoves the referee, who warns him.  Flair must have forgotten that he can lose the title on a DQ.  Flair finally gets the advantage.  Luger locks on a sleeper hold, but Flair escapes.  Flair goes for the figure-four, but Luger counters with an inside cradle for a near fall.  Luger hits a superplex for a near fall, then puts Flair in the figure-four.  Flair doesn’t give up, though, so the match continues.  Luger accidentally nails the ref, then Flair throws Luger over the top rope.  Ross says it should have been a DQ.  Why wasn’t Luger DQ’d in the first few minutes when he clotheslined Flair over the top rope?  Anyway, more neat stuff happens while I was typing.  Flair attacks Luger’s leg with a chair while the referee isn’t paying attention.  Flair works Luger’s leg over.  Flair locks in the figure-four.  Luger manages to turn it over.  Flair goes up top, but of course Luger throws him off.  Luger gets a sunset flip for a near fall.  Luger puts Flair in the Torture Rack, but his leg gives out and Flair gets the pin with his feet on the ropes at 31:02.

Jim Ross introduces the next match.

#15
Starrcade, 12/27/95
Eddie Guerrero vs. Shinjiro Otani (w/ Sonny Onoo).  I’ve seen this a few times before, most recently on the Eddie Guerrero DVD set that came out a few months ago.  Schiavone, Rhodes, and Heenan are commentary.  This match is part of the WCW vs. New Japan World Cup.  They’re tied at 2 points each at this point.  Anyway, they wrestle, and it’s very good.  The first few minutes mostly mat-based.  Otani hits a neat monkey flip.  Eddie hits a move and sends Otani to the outside.  Back in the ring, Eddie puts Otani in a crab hold.  Eddie hits a brainbuster and covers, but Otani gets his foot on the ropes.  Otani sends Eddie to the outside and hits a springboard suicide dive.  Otani gets him back in the ring and works him over.  Otani locks in a sleeper hold, but Eddie hits a backdrop suplex to escape it.  Cover gets two.  Otani hits a German suplex for a near fall.  Eddie hits a nice avalanche-style Frankensteiner for a near fall.  Eddie hits a sit-out Razor’s Edge (they’re probably a better name for it I can’t think of).  Otani manages to get Eddie in an ankle hold.  Eddie gets a rope break.  Eddie hits his own dive to the outside.  Otani suplexes Eddie back into the ring and hits a springboard dropkick.  Otani does the throat slash gesture about 5 times and goes for the Dragon suplex.  Eddie counters and they do a pinfall reversal sequence, during which Otani gets the pin at 13:44.

Road Warrior Animal introduces the next match.

#14
Starrcade, 12/26/88
NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: The Road Warriors (c) (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. Dusty Rhodes & Sting.  Ring intros from Capetta.  Tommy Young is the referee.  Ross and Caudle are announcers.  Sting and Animal lock up.  Sting sends Animal out, then works his arm when he comes back in.  Tag to Dusty.  Dusty hits the elbow on Animal, who tags out to Hawk.  They brawl a bit, then Sting comes back in and brawls with Hawk too.  Animal comes back in and press slams Sting.  Dusty tags in and works over Animal’s leg, wrapping it around the post.  Hawk tags in and wants a test of strength with Dusty.  Dusty nails him and goes for the figure-four, but Animal stops him.  Hawk and Dusty end up outside the ring, where Hawk beats up Dusty.  Back in the ring, the Warriors make the exchange and Animal takes a turn wearing down Dusty.  Warriors continue getting heat on Dusty.  Dusty manages to tag Sting, who comes in against Animal.  Sting hits the Stinger Splash and locks in the Scorpion Death Lock, but Hawk breaks it and sends Sting to the outside.  Warriors beat on Dusty.  Sting comes in and hits a cross body on Animal.  Ellering stops the referee from making the count to cause the DQ at 11:18.  Dusty and Sting celebrate afterwards, even though they didn’t win the belts.

Ric Flair and David Crockett introduce the next match.

#13
Starrcade, 12/28/92
King of Cable Tournament – Final: Sting vs. Vader (w/ Harley Race).  Jim Ross and Jesse Ventura are on commentary.  They lock up.  Sting throws some punches Vader doesn’t sell.  Vader slams Sting.  Sting runs into Vader, which is the equivalent of running into a brick wall.  Vader press slams in and drops him on the ropes.  Sting finally drops Vader with a rolling kick.  Sting hits a release German on Vader and keeps his momentum going by clotheslining Vader over the top rope.  Sting dives over the top rope onto Vader and Race.  Back in the ring, Vader hammers Sting with punches.  Vader misses a splash in the corner and Sting takes him over with an arm drag.  Vader kicks Sting in the face, but Sting comes back with a DDT and a superplex!  Sting locks Vader in the Scorpion Death Lock!  Vader gets out and they head outside.  Sting goes for a Stinger Splash, but Vader moves and Sting hits the guardrail.  Vader goes on the offensive back in the ring.  Vader hits a backdrop and a big splash for a two count.  Sting gets a near fall with a backslide.  Sting goes for a sunset flip.  Vader tries to sit on him, but Sting moves.  Vader hammers Sting with more punches.  Vader sets up Sting on the top rope, but Sting punches him, causing him to fall.  Sting doesn’t have any energy left to hit a move, though.  Vader makes it up and wallops Sting some more.  Sting makes a comeback and hits a diving splash for a two count.  Race distracts Sting allowing Vader to nail him and take over again.  Vader hits a chokeslam and a second rope splash.  Vader goes up top again, but Sting slams him and gets the pin at about 17 1/2 minutes.  Awesome match.

Flair and Crockett introduce the next match.

#12
Starrcade, 11/24/83
NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: The Brisco Brothers (c) vs. Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood.  Gordon Solie and Bob Caudle are on commentary.  For the second match in a row, the video starts after the opening bell, so I can’t get a match time.  Jack and Steamboat start.  Angelo Mosca is the special referee.  Briscos make a few quick tags.  From a distance, I can’t tell the difference between Steamboat and Youngblood.  I guess I’ll have to watch the hair, as Youngblood has a mullet.  Steamboat and Youngblood make quick tags and work over Jerry.  Jack tags in and goes at it with Steamboat.  Jack (I think) hits a double-underhook suplex (pronounced “suplay” by Solie) and does a neat waistlock into a pinning predicament for a near fall.  Jerry uses a keylock on Steamboat, but Steamboat powers out.  Youngblood tags in and goes at it with Jack.  Jerry comes back in and gets a near fall with a ground Cobra Twist.  Jerry doesn’t like the count and shoves Mosca, who shoves him back, allowing the challengers to get the advantage.  Steamboat drops Youngblood onto Jerry for the pin at about 12 minutes.  The Briscos are poor spots about losing and attack Mosca, Steamboat, and Youngblood after the match.  Jack puts Steamboat in the figure-four and Jerry goes up for a splash onto Steamboat, but Mosca catches him.  Steamboat and Youngblood fight them off.

Flair and Crockett again, introducing #11.

#11
Starrcade, 11/28/85
NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Ric Flair (c) vs. Dusty Rhodes.  Yay, we finally get a bell!  Tommy Young is the referee.  Schiavone and Caudle are on commentary.  They lock up, then Dusty clubbers Flair.  Flair bails and takes a moment to compose himself before coming back in.  Flair leapfrogs Dusty, but takes a Bionic Elbow to the head.  Flair takes another breather.  Back inside, Dusty works Flair’s arm over.  Flair gets out of it and fires away with chops.  Flair kicks Dusty’s leg and apparently hurts it, because Dusty howls in pain and bails.  Ah, it’s the same leg that the Horsemen broke months earlier.  Dusty mans up and comes back the apron, where he nails Flair with some more elbows.  Dusty works on Flair’s leg.  Flair tries to suplex Dusty, but can’t get him up.  Dusty reverses it and suplexes Flair, then goes back to the leg.  Flair manages to get Dusty in a sleeper hold, but Dusty escapes and sends Flair face first into the turnbuckle.  Dusty wraps Flair’s leg around the post.  Flair goes up top and gets thrown off for the 5 billionth time.  Dusty goes for the figure-four, but Flair pushes him away.  Flair fires a chop and goes for the figure-four, but Dusty pushes him away.  Flair tries again with the same result.  The fight some more.  Dusty gets thrown over the top rope while the referee isn’t looking, but makes it back in and hits a diving cross body for a near fall.  They fight some more, then Flair punishes Dusty’s leg some more.  Flair locks in the figure-four and tortures Dusty, but eventually releases the hold.  Dusty hits some elbows for a near fall.  There’s a ref bump.  Dusty puts Flair in the figure-four.  Arn and Ole Anderson run in and attack Dusty.  A second referee comes in and makes a two count for Flair.  Dusty gets an inside cradle and pins Flair at 22:07.  The babyfaces come down and celebrate with Dusty.  Dusty’s title win here was, appropriately, a Dusty finish, as the decision was reversed a few days later.

Dusty Rhodes introduces #10.

#10
Starrcade, 12/28/97
WCW World Cruiserweight Championship Match: Eddie Guerrero (c) vs. Dean Malenko.  Schiavone, Rhodes, and Tenay are the announcers.  Charles Robinson is the referee.  Eddie is a brilliant asshole heel, and Malenko is the babyface who wants to kick his ass.  Eddie and Malenko are great, of course.  Malenko hits an Alabama Slam and a jackknife hold for a near fall, then a powerslam.  They trade shots, then Eddie rakes Malenko’s eyes, then snapmares him and rubs a boot into his face.  More stuff happens.  Eddie goes for a tornado DDT but gets tossed away.  Malenko hits a move for a near fall.  Sorry, I’m a little sleepy and having trouble keeping up with the match.  Eddie works on Malenko’s leg.  Malenko hits a sort of German suplex for a near fall.  Eddie tries a move, but Malenko spins him around into a backbreaker.  Eddie tries a top rope Frankensteiner and Malenko tries to counter it.  They both end up falling.  Malenko hits a powerbomb and goes for the Texas Cloverleaf, but doesn’t get it.  Eddie hits a missile dropkick and the frog splash for the win at 14:57.

End of disc 2!

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!

WWE Monday Night Raw 7/5/10

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WWE open.

The 7 members of The Nexus are in the ring.  Wade Barrett says he was told by the iBooker 9000 to assemble in the ring to face the consequences of their actions.  Barrett says he can’t reveal their reasons yet, but it’s part of a bigger picture.  Skip Sheffield said they beat up the legends for fun.  He says Steamboat should thank them for creating interest in his DVD.  Michael Cole gets an email from the iBooker 9000 saying that no Nexus member can compete for a WWE title until further notice and that the ban on them fighting WWE Superstars is lifted.  John Cena comes out and says Nexus haven’t been in a fair fight yet.  Randy Orton, R-Truth, John Morrison, Evan Bourne, and The Hart Dynasty come out.  Sheamus, Edge, The Usos, Chris Jericho, Ted Dibiase Jr., and The Miz attack the babyfaces.  The faces clean house and Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on one of the Usos.  Sheamus says the heels support the Nexus taking out Cena and Bret Hart.  He says the heels aren’t going to help Cena fight the Nexus.  Orton says he and Cena aren’t friends and never will be except when they have to be.  Orton reminds Edge that Nexus jumped them at Fatal 4 Way.  Orton recommends that the babyfaces beat up the heels.  Cole gets an email from the iBooker 9000 announcing a series of matches between the Money In The Bank participants.  iBooker also orders Cena to call a truce with Wade Barrett tonight.  Cena says he’ll punch Barrett’s teeth out instead.  iBooker says Cena needs to be the bigger man and do the right thing or face consequences “and that’s the bottom line because the GM said so.  Great, now idiot marks think it’s going to be Austin.  Wild segment to start the show.

WWE YouTube channel plug.

Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler are the announcers.  Justin Roberts is the ring announcer.

John Morrison vs. Million Dollar Champion Ted Dibiase Jr. (w/ Maryse).  Maryse joins Cole and Lawler for commentary.  Dibiase beats up Morrison.  Dibiase hits a stun gun for 2.  Morrison makes his comeback.  A big kick gets 2.  Maryse takes a phone call.  Dibiase hits a powerslam for 2.  Morrison drops Dibiase with a kick.  Maryse puts on Morrison’s fur coat to distract him.  Dibiase thumbs Morrison in the eye and hits the Dream Street for the pin in 3:23.  They didn’t have time to do much of a match.

Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov are headed our way.  “It’s going to be like World War II, except this time, no Nazis!’

Tonight, something happens between John Cena and Wade Barrett!

Last Monday, Kozlov beat Santino, then saved Santino from William Regal.

Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. William Regal & Great Khali (w/ Ranjin Singh).  Singh is trying to get Khali to turn heel.  Kozlov and Regal start.  Kozlov hits the headbutts, then tags in Santino.  Santino slowly tries to makes his way to the top rope, then hits an axe handle off the bottom rope.  Santino throws some kicks.  Regal is like WTF?  Santino goes for the Cobra strike, but Regal nails him.  Regal hits an Exploder.  Kozlov tags in and makes makes a comeback.  He hits the Iron Curtain for the pin in 1:36.  Khali comes in and hits Regal with the big chop.  At least this match was funny.  Everybody dances.

Tonight, Edge has Chris Jericho and Evan Bourne on the Cutting Edge!  Also, an update on Ricky Steamboat!  Commercials!

Nashville!

Lawler talks about the attack on the Legends last week.  They show the video.

Josh Matthews interviews Arn Anderson.  Anderson says Steamboat is in bad shape.  WWE Champion Sheamus interrupts and calls him a pathetic old man.  Anderson warns Sheamus about the hostile takeover.  Fuck, Anderson can still talk.  Sheamus isn’t taking the threat seriously.  Anderson says he just doesn’t get it.

Tonight, Alicia Fox defends the WWE Divas Championship against Eve Torres!  The Miz faces R-Truth next!  Commercials!

This Week In WWE History: Lex Luger slamming Yokozuna on the USS Intrepid on July 4, 1993.

R-Truth is out to wrestle WWE United States Champion The Miz.  Miz does another stupid rendition of Truth’s rap instead of coming out to his own awesome music.  Miz hits Truth with the microphone and beats him up on the outside.  Miz destroys Truth’s arm.  No match takes place.  Miz says he’s going to hurt all of the Money In The Bank participants.

Moments ago, ^ happened.

Edge comes out to do the Cutting Edge.  He makes fun of R-Truth and talks about the Nexus.  He introduces Evan Bourne, but Chris Jericho comes out instead.  He takes credit for Nexus’ destruction because he was Wade Barrett’s NXT pro.  They bicker abound stuff.  Edge attacks Jericho.  Jericho counters Edge and locks him in the Walls of Jericho.  Evan Bourne comes down and hits Jericho with the double knees.  Bourne leap frogs Edge’s spear attempt and escapes from Edge and Jericho.  Cole gets an email from the iBooker 9000 asking for a “Hell Yeah” if fans want to see action.  Ugh, another Austin tease?  iBooker says it’s going to be Jericho & Edge vs. Bourne & Randy Orton.  It’s next!  Commercials.

Edge & Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton & Evan Bourne.  Jericho beats up Bourne to start.  Bourne replies with a knee strike and a running knee to the corner for 2.  Orton tags in and beats up Jericho.  Orton humps the mat.  Jericho scampers to the corner and makes the tag to Edge.  Edge and Orton brawl.  Orton does the Garvin Stomp.  Bourne tags in and hits a sliding kick for 2.  Edge tags in Jericho.  Bourne dropkicks Jericho.  Jericho bails an dBourne hits him with a baseball slide dropkick and a slingshot dive.  Jericho drops Bourne with a clothesline back inside.  Commercials.  The heels get heat on Bourne.  Edge goes for a suplex, but Bourne knees him in the head to escape it.  Orton and Jericho tag in.  Orton hits the powerslam, then the DDT OF MURDER!  Orton humps the mat.  Edge cuts him off allowing Jericho to hit an enzuigiri.  Edge tags in and puts the boots to Orton.  Jericho tags back in and lands a dropkick for 2.  Jericho hits the bulldog, then misses the Lionsault.  Bourne and Edge tag in.  Bourne runs wild, then gets caught with a boot.  Jericho tags in, bitches at Edge, then eats a knee from Bourne.  Edge spears Jericho and leaves.  Bourne hits the Shooting Star press on Jericho for the pin in 15:44.  Good tag match.  Orton RKOs Bourne afterward.

Highlights of the original Nexus attack on John Cena.  Tonight, will they call a truce?  Commercials!

WWE bullshit fact of the night.

Nashville!

Randy Orton runs into David Otunga, Heath Slater, and Michael Tarver backstage.  They promise not to attack him again, but imply that they will take out the winner of the Steel Cage Match at the PPV so he’s easy pickings for the MITB winner.  Orton tells them to get out of his face.

R-Truth will not be able to be in the Money In The Bank Ladder Match, so there’s an opening.  Cole and Lawler hype the Money In The Bank card.

Josh Matthews says the iBooker 9000 has booked The Hart Dynasty vs. The Usos for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship at Money In The Bank.  He interviews the Usos and Tamina.  Matthews can’t tell the Usos apart, and neither can I.  WWE Divas Champion Alicia Fox shows up and bitches at him for not interviewing her.  Commercials.

SummerSlam Recall: Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith at SummerSlam 1992.

WWE Divas Championship Match: Alicia Fox (c) vs. Eve Torres.  Eve hits some dropkicks.  Alicia pretends to injure her knee, but says she wants to continue.  Fox knees Eve and hits the scissors kick for the pin in 1:25.  This was stupid.

Cena and Barrett call a truce… maybe… next!  Commercials.

Next week, Randy Orton takes on Edge!

Wade Barrett comes out.  He says it’s “unfortunate” that John Cena has been caught in the middle of all of this.  He calls for Cena to come out so they can shake hands like men.  Cena comes out.  Barrett says Cena isn’t in their future plans.  He wants to put the past behind them.  Cena asks for Barrett’s word that the attacks will stop.  Cena teases shaking his hand, but fakes him out and says his usual goofy things, then says Barrett should stuff his plans “up his Nexus.”  Cena says he will take down every member of the Nexus.  Barrett says if Cena doesn’t shake his hand he’ll face “very severe consequences.”  Cena shakes Barrett’s hand, then goes for the Attitude Adjustment.  The rest of the Nexus run in and attack Cena.  Evan Bourne runs in and gets his ass stomped too.  Same for John Morrison.  Mark Henry, Goldust, Great Khali, Vladimir Kozlov, The Hart Dynasty, Santino Marella, and Yoshi Tatsu come out to back up the babyfaces.  The babyfaces clean house and send the Nexus running.  Cole gets an email from the iBooker 9000 promising “consequences” if there isn’t “peace.”  Cena locks Darren Young in the STF.  iBooker 9000 says Cena must face all members of the Nexus in a 7 on 1 match next week.  Cena kicks the shit out of Black Cena some more and FUCKING THROWS THE RING STEPS AT HIM.  Cena throws Young over the announce table and tips the table over on top of him.

The opening and closing segments and the tag match were good.  The rest of the show sucked.

WWE Monday Night Raw 6/28/10

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WWE open, then they show the NXT 7’s destruction of Vince McMahon from last week.

Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler talk about The Nexus’ heinous assault last week.  Yes, they’re officially called Nexus.  Wade Barrett is apparently meeting with WWE management.

Justin Roberts is the ring announcer.

The steel cage is above the ring, but nobody has mentioned it yet.

WWE Champion Sheamus comes out.  He says he’s disgusted with what happened last week and he’s going to make a statement about it.  His statement is “the champ is here.”  He says John Cena isn’t #1 Contender anymore.  He hates Cena for calling him a human jar of mayonnaise.  He tells Cena to go to the back of the line.  Cena comes out to the ring instead.  Sheamus reminds Cena that he just said he’s not getting another title shot.  Cena says he wants Sheamus’ help.  He says the Nexus will be targeting Sheamus now that he’s the WWE Champion.  He wants Sheamus to help him fight the Nexus.  Cole gets an e-mail from the iBooker 9000.  iBooker will wait until next week to punish the Nexus to give Wade Barrett time to present his case to WWE management.  If any member of the Nexus attack a WWE Superstar tonight, he’ll be fired.  If any WWE Superstar attacks a member of the Nexus, he’ll be suspended.  Now Cena wants a title shot.  The iBooker 9000 books Sheamus vs. Mark Henry for tonight.  Why?  Cena says dorky things, then tells Cole he wants the GM to email him at his gay email address.  The iBooker 9000 says the Raw Money In The Bank participants will be revealed tonight.  The iBooker wants to demonstrate something.  Sheamus says “fuck this” and leaves.  The steel cage is lowered around Cena.  iBooker says at Money In The Bank, Sheamus will defend against Cena in a Steel Cage Match.  Silly segment.  Commercials.

WWE bullshit fact of the night.

Unified WWE Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty & Natalya come out for a match with the Usos and Tamina.  Usos and Tamina jump them and leave them laying before the match ever happens.  Tamina lays out Natalya in the ring and hits the Superfly Splash.  Okay then.

Josh Matthews interviews R-Truth about the Nexus.  Truth says he’s a zookeeper.  Commercials.

Slam of the Week: The Santino Marella/Vladimir Kozlov dance off from 3 weeks ago.  Really?

Vladimir Kozlov vs. Santino Marella.  Kozlov has agreed to become Santino’s partner if Santino beats him.  Santino tries to take Kozlov down and fails.  He succeeds, then Kozlov turns it into a cross armbreaker.  Shockingly, that was actually a nice bit of wrestling.  Kozlov hits the headbutts and the belly to belly suplex for 2.  Santino takes Kozlov down again.  Kozlov hits the Iron Curtain for the pin in 1:23.  Shockingly, there was actually some fun stuff in here.  Kozlov helps Santino up, then lets him fall.  Repeatedly.  William Regal shakes hands with Kozlov, then goes in the ring to beat up Santino.  Kozlov runs back down to make the save for Santino.  Kozlov helps Santino up and carries him to the back.  Are they finally friends now?

Josh Matthews interviews Great Khali (w/ Ranjin Singh) about Nexus.  Singh mistranslates Khali’s words, saying he’s sick of protecting Khali.  Ranjin leaves.  Commercials.

Tomorrow night on NXT, the POLL!

The Liberty Bell!

Guest host (they’re still doing that shit?) Rob Zombie comes out and cuts a promo.  He announcers the eight participants in the Raw Money In The Bank Ladder Match: Randy Orton, The Miz, R-Truth, Chris Jericho, Evan Bourne, Ted Dibiase Jr., John Morrison, and Edge.  That might be pretty good.  Edge appears on the screen.  He actually brings up using one of Rob’s songs as his entrance theme years back.  Edge says he dumped the song, Zombie says he took it away.  Edge talks about winning the first Money In The Bank Ladder Match, which they show footage of, and of him cashing it in to win the WWE Championship 10 months later.  Edge says he’ll win it again this year.  Cole gets another e-mail from the iBooker 9000, announcing that tonight’s main event will be an 8-man tag match featuring the Money In The Bank participants.

Mark Henry is headed our way.  Commercials.

Non-Title: WWE Champion Sheamus vs. Mark Henry (w/ Lucky Cannon).  Cannon comes out to the stage with Henry, looking like a deer in the headlights, then goes back to the back.  Henry and Sheamus brawl.  Sheamus hits a DDT for 2.  Sheamus beats on Henry.  Sheamus chop blocks Henry’s leg, but fails to take him down.  Sheamus tries to knock Henry down, but fails.  Henry hits a big splash for 2, as Sheamus gets his foot on the bottom rope.  Sheamus rolls out of the ring.  Henry follows and press slams Sheamus back into the ring.  Sheamus hits the pump kick for the pin in 2:30.  Lame.

Josh Matthews is backstage with the Nexus (sans-Wade Barrett).  Michael Tarver says they can still make an impact.  Skip Sheffield shoves around some backstage geek, then they laugh maniacally.  Ugh.

Tonight, 8-man mega tag match!  Commercials.

The Money In The Bank theme is some crappy song by some crappy band.

Jerry Lawler is the ring.  They show a trailer for the Ricky Steamboat DVD, which comes out tomorrow!  Ricky Steamboat comes out!  Lawler says some guys wanted to honor Steamboat’s career.  Arn Anderson, Dean Malenko, Mike Rotunda, and Michael Hayes come out!  They all put over Steamboat.  We have some good laughs and a great feel good moment.  The Nexus come out!  Uh oh!  The legends aren’t technically WWE Superstars!  Nexus surround the ring.  The legends fight to keep them out, putting the boots to them as soon as they get in.  They get hold of Anderson and beat the hell out of him.  Malenko gets sent into the barricade.  They kick the shit out of Rotunda.  They surround Lawler, Hayes, and Steamboat, then beat the shit out of them 6 on 3.  It ends up with all of them against Steamboat.  They challenge him to strike, and beat the shit out of him when he does.  Otunga gives Steamboat a spinebuster.  Sheffield hits his murderin’ lariat.  Gabriel hits the 450 splash.  Great segment here.

Moments ago, the Nexus beat the hell out of Legends!

EMTs stretcher Steamboat out and check on the other legends as Cole talks about the Nexus’ dastardly deeds.  Commercials.

WWE bullshit fact of the night.

With Lawler incapacitated, Josh Matthews joines Cole for commentary.

WWE Divas Champion Alicia Fox & Maryse vs. Eve Torres & Gail Kim.  I feel like I’ve seen this exact same match 12,000 times.  Fox beats up Torres.  Torres goes for a sunset flip and gets kneed in the face.  Fox beats up Torres some more, then tags in Maryse.  Maryse beats up Torres.  Fox tags in and beats up Torres some more.  Gail gets the hot tag and runs wild on Fox.  Fox bails.  Eve goes after her, but gets sent into the apron.  Gail slaps Maryse.  Fox hits Gail from behind, then hits the scissors kick for the pin in 3:14.  Same old shit.  Fox and Maryse are obviously not getting along.

8-man tag next!

Last week, the Nexus destroyed Vince McMahon!

Philadelphia!

Earlier tonight, the Nexus destroyed some Legends!

Cole and Matthews wonder what’s gonna happen next week.

Edge, Chris Jericho, WWE United States Champion The Miz, & Million Dollar Champion Ted Dibiase Jr. (w/ Maryse) vs. Randy Orton, R-Truth, John Morrison, & Evan Bourne.  Entrances, then commercials.  Morrison and Dibiase stare.  Morrison wants to lock up, but Dibiase kicks him in the gut and stomps on him.  Truth tags in and backdrops Dibiase out of the ring.  Bourne hits a diving kick off of the apron.  Bourne kicks the crap out of Dibiase’s legs.  Miz tags in and Bourne hits an arm drag for 1.  Bourne hits a knee to Miz’s face in the corner for 2.  Dibiase cheap shots Bourne in the heels’ corner.  Jericho tags in and goes to work on his nemesis, Bourne.  Jericho kicks Bounre out of the ring and the heels put the boots to him behind the referee’s back.  Jericho throws Bourne back in the ring and taunts him.  Miz tags back in and stomps on Bourne.  Miz clamps on a rear chin lock.  Bourne fights back.  Miz goes for a suplex, but Bourne blocks it and makes the tag to Morrison.  Morrison runs wild on Miz.  Morrison hits the Flying Chuck and goes for the Starship Pain, but Dibiase pulls Miz out of the ring.  Morrison tags them both out with a dive.  Edge attacks Morrison from behind.  Commercials.  The heels work over Morrison in their corner.  During the break, Jericho hit Morrison with a ladder behind the referee’s back.  The heels take turns beating up Morrison.  Dibiase hits a powerslam on Morrison for 2.  Dibiase applies a rear chin lock.  Edge tags in and puts the boots to Morrison.  Edge goes for the spear, but Morrison avoids it.  Morrison rocks Edge with a kick.  Bourne and Jericho tag in.  Bourne runs wild.  Bourne goes up top, but Jericho cuts him off and goes for a superplex.  Bourne knocks Jericho down and goes for the Shooting Star press, but Jericho avoids it and hits the Codebreaker.  Dibiase and Orton tag in.  Orton hits the RKO for the pin in 15:09.  That was Orton’s first move all match.  Fun match, though.  I do love random 8-man tags.  Everybody brawls after the match.  Bourne hits a dive to the outside on Jericho.  Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale on Morrison.  Miz starts climbing the ladder, but Orton pushes it over.  Orton climbs the ladder and takes the briefcase down.  Orton poses with the briefcase to close the show.

The main event was fun and the Legends beat down was good.  Besides that, this show fucking sucked.