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AJPW “Cross Over 2010″ 6/26/10

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Opening video with random shots of an amusement park.  They show Keiji Muto and some geeks on a talk show.  Ryota Hama shows up briefly.  After 15 minutes of that, we get Muto talking some more, then a video package.  Then more Muto talking.  What the hell?  After 18+ minutes of bullshit, we finally get a run down of today’s matches.

Antonio Thomas vs. Yasufumi Nakanoue.  Thomas was a member of the Heart Throbs in WWE years ago.  Nakanoue must be a new rookie, as I’ve never seen or heard of him before.  They shake hands.  Thomas keeps shooting for takedowns.  They lock up and work that a bit.  Nakanoue backs Thomas into the corner and gives a clean break.  They do some chain wrestling, which always makes me smile inside.  Stalemate, applause.  More chain wrestling.  I’m digging this.  Stalemate and lighter applause.  This crowd is dead as shit.  Thomas takes Nakanoue down with a headlock.  Nakanoue gets up and lands some forearms.  Thomas his a knee lift and puts the boots to Nakanoue.  Thomas beats up Nakanoue in the corner and hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2.  Thomas applies an abdominal stretch.  Thomas slams Nakanoue and hits a knee drop, then a diving club tot he back for 2.  Thomas locks in a crab hold, DEATH to young lions in Japan.  Thomas transitions into an STF.  Nakanoue gets a rope break.  Thomas goes for a Fisherman buster.  Nakanoue blocks it and eventually manages to suplex Thomas.  Nakanoue tries a backdrop suplex, but Thomas fights him off.  Nakanoue ducks a clothesline and hits his backdrop suplex for 2.  Nakanoue tries a superplex, but Thomas headbutts him down and hits a diving lariat for 2.  Thomas hits a Fisherman suplex hold for the pin in 8:21.  Good little basic match.

Ryota Hama & BUSHI vs. Masanobu Fuchi & TAKA Michinoku.  TAKA and BUSHI start with chain wrestling.  BUSHI takes TAKA down with a leg hold and transitions into a headlock.  BUSHI sends TAKA outside and teases a dive, but TAKA avoids it.  Old man Fuchi tags in to teach this young punk a thing for two.  The enormous Hama tags in.  Fuchi goes to tag in TAKA, but TAKA wants none of that.  Fuchi chops Hama, which has little effect.  Fuchi tries a shoulder block and bounces off of Hama out of the ring.  Hama wanders around outside for a bit, then comes back in.  TAKA still won’t tag in.  Fuchi stupidly keeps trying to shoulder block and failing.  This goes on for a while.  TAKA encourages Fuchi to try to slam Hama.  That ends poorly for Fuchi, as he’s the one who gets slammed.  Hama stands on Fuchi’s back.  That’s gotta suck for the old man.  TAKA jumps on Hama’s back, which doesn’t making things better for his partner.  TAKA tries to revive the injured and/or sleepy Fuchi outside the ring.  BUSHI and TAKA hold the ropes open.  Hama tries to do a tope sucida, but hits the ropes and sends BUSHI and TAKA across the ring.  TAKA attacks Hama from behind and gets knocked down by one forearm from the huge former sumo wrestler.  BUSHI tags in and dropkicks TAKA for 2.  BUSHI lands some forearms.  TAKA pokes him in the eyes.  Fuchi sits on the apron and doesn’t want to tag in.  TAKA chokes BUSHI with a boot in the corner.  Fuchi tags in and rams BUSHI’s head into the turnbuckles repeatedly.  TAKA tags in and works BUSHI’s face.  BUSHI fires back, lands an enzuigiri, and tags in Hama.  Hama runs wild on TAKA and knocks Fuchi off of the apron.  Hama squashes TAKA in the corner.  TAKA pokes Hama in the eyes, tries to shoulder block him, fails, and tags in Fuchi.  Fuchi rakes Hama’s eyes.  TAKA chokes Hama in the corner.  BUSHI tries to intervene and gets slammed by Fuchi.  Fuchi picks up BUSHI for another slam and holds him up there for a while this time before slamming him.  Repeat, but this time he spins around with him.  TAKA is still choking Hama in the corner all this time.  Fuchi tries to backdrop suplex Hama!  That’s not happening.  Hama squashes Fuchi in the corner.  BUSHI sends TAKA outside and takes him out with a dive.  Hama splashes Fuchi for the pin in 15:08.  Really fun comedy match.  Hama’s theme sounds like a remix of the Imperial March.

Minoru & Hate vs. Shuji Kondo & Hiroshi Yamato.  Hate cuts a promo before the match, then the Voodoo Murders go on the attack.  They fight at ringside and in the crowd.  Hate brings Kondo into the ring and tries to hit him with a gimmick, but Kondo blocks it, takes him down, and works his arm.  Hate still has the gimmick in his hand.  Oh, it’s hair clippers.  Kondo takes it away and feigns shaving Hate’s already bald head.  Yamato tags in  and gets beaten up by Hate.  Minoru tags in and has a good speedy exchange with Yamato.  Yamato hits Minoru with a backbreaker, then gives him a noogie.  Hate takes Yamato outside, throws him into the barricade, then suplexes him on the floor.  Minoru suplexes Yamato on the floor too.  Back inside, cover gets 2.  Minoru roughs up Yamato some more and tags in Hate.  Hate and Yamato trade chops.  Hate kicks Yamato in the balls.  Minoru tags in and the VM split the wishbone on Yamato.  Yamato fires back, but Minoru dropkicks his knee out from under him.  Hate rams the knee into the ring apron.  Minoru goes for a pin, but gets caught blatantly hold the ropes.  Minoru lands some kicks on Yamato.  Yamato catches him and hits a Capture suplex.  Kondo tags in and gets double teamed.  He rallies and takes them down with a bulldog/lariat combo.  Kondo spears Minoru for 2.  Minoru lands a dropkick and tags in Hate, then dropkicks Yamato off of the apron.  VM double team Kondo into oblivion.  Hate hits a Rock Bottom, but Yamato saves.  Minoru chokes Yamato ont he corner.  Hate goes after Kondo with the clippers.  The referee tries to take them away and almost gets a haircut.  Kondo hits a backdrop suplex.  Yamato sends Minoru outside.  Kondo gives Yamato an Iconoclasm onto Hate.  Minoru saves.  Kondo throws Minoru on top of hate.  Kondo powerslams Yamato onto Hate, then hits a lariat for the pin in 10:40.  It was okay.  Minoru attacks Kondo and Yamato with a chair.  Minoru tries to give Yamato a haircut, but Kondo comes to and chases him away.

KAI & Seiya Sanada vs. Triple Crown Champion Minoru Suzuki & Masakatsu Funaki.  Suzuki and Sanada start by trading arm locks.  I do enjoy my chain wrestling.  Sanada drops Suzuki with a dropkick.  KAI tags in and tries to slam Suzuki, but fails.  Suzuki hits him with a knee lift and a kick, then tags in Funaki.  Funaki totally schools KAI with kicks, then locks him in a rear chin lock.  Transition to a headlock.  Funaki drops KAI with a shoulder block, then awesomely teases a crab hold before locking him in a knee lock.  KAI gets a rope break.  Funaki teases a test of strength, then kicks the crap out of KAI some more.  Funaki works a headlock again, then drops KAI with another shoulder block.  KAI leapfrogs Funaki twice and drops him with a dropkick.  Sanada tags in and dropkicks Funaki too.  It seems to be the only thing that works.  Wait, no.  Sanada fails a dropkick and gets an elbow dropped on him.  Suzuki drags Sanada outside and beats him up in the crowd.  Back in the ring, Suzuki tags in to continue abusing young Sanada.  They trade shots until Suzuki slaps the piss out of Sanada.  Cover, but KAI saves.  Suzuki kicks KAI off the apron.  Funaki comes in to beat up Sanada some more.  Senton splash gets 2.  Funaki applies a half crab.  Suzuki adds a crossface to the equation behind the referee’s back.  Funaki stretches Sanada some more.  Suzuki tags in and continues the beating.  Suzuki locks on a half crab, but Sanada gets a rope break.  Funaki tags in.  He and Sanada trade chops and forearms.  Funaki kicks his knee.  Sanada rolls through a sunset flip and hits a dropkick.  KAI gets the tag and runs wild.  KAI hits Funaki with a diving Ghetto stomp for 2.  Funaki hits a powerslam and tags in Suzuki.  Suzuki beats up KAI.  In a funny bit, Suzuki charges KAI in the corner, stops cold, and slaps him.  Suzuki gets a cross armbreaker on KAI, but Sanada saves.  KAI rocks Suzuki with an enzuigiri and makes the tag to Sanada.  Suzuki avoids a springboard dropkick, but Sanada rallies and dropkicks him down for 2.  Sanada hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Sanada gets a reverse cradle for 2.  Funaki tags in kicks the shit out of Sanda some more, then spikes him with a Tombstone Piledriver for 2.  Sanada hits a missile dropkick and tags in KAI.  KAI runs Suzuki off of the apron.  KAI and Sanada double team Funaki.  KAI hits his cross legged Michinoku Driver II, but Suzuki saves.  Sanada tries to take out Suzuki with a dive, but Suzuki avoids it.  KAI superkicks Funaki for 2.  Suzuki kicks KAI in the sleeper, then Funaki kicks the shit out of him.  Suzuki hits the cradle piledriver on Sanada and Funaki hits a backdrop suplex on KAI for the double pin in 16:42.  I believe Funaki’s pin on KAI was the legal one.  Really fun match here.  Masayuki Kono attacks Suzuki after the match and brawls with him out into the theme park.  Kono leaves Suzuki laying.

Taiyo Kea & Akebono vs. Big Daddy Voodoo & Rene Dupree.  Kea and Dupree lock up.  Dupree now has a buzz cut and some shitty tattoos.  He backs Kea into the corner and gives something of a clean break.  Repeat, but in reverse and with a totally clean break.  They both do the Hogan ear cup pose.  Dupree drops Kea with a shoulder block, then gets hip tossed.  Kea works a side headlock, then drops Dupree with a shoulder block and hip tosses him again.  Big Daddy V yells at Dupree to “get mean!”  Dupree offers a handshake.  Kea declines and tags in Akebono.  Dupree flexes his muscles, then gets squashed in the corner.  Akebono groups Dupree with a headlock.  That can’t be fun.  Kea tags in and beats up Dupree some more.  Kea hits a lariat for 2.  Voodoo decks Kea from the apron.  Dupree throws Kea outside where Voodoo beats him up.  Dupree throws Kea back into the ring and tags in Voodoo.  Dupree hits Kea with a drop toe hold and Voodoo drops a leg on the back of his head.  Ouch.  Voodoo steps on Kea.  Double ouch.  Voodoo hits Kea with a loud Big Show chop on the corner, then clobbers him with some elbows.  Voodoo squashes Kea in the other corner and hits kind of a half assed senton splash (it looked save though).  Akebono saves.  Dupree tags in and beats up Kea.  Kea fights back and drops Dupree with a kick, then makes the tag to Akebono.  Akebono clocks Voodoo on the apron, then squashes Dupree with an elbow drop for 2.  Dupree drops Akebono and tags in Voodoo.  Fat guy fight!  Voodoo squashes Akebono in the corner, but it’s no sold.  Repeat in reverse.  Voodoo finally knocks down Akebono with a lariat.  Dupree tags in and hits Akebono with a diving headbutt.  Akebono throws Dupree off the cover at 2.  Akebono hits Dupree with the 64, but Voodoo saves, then accidentally squashes Dupree.  Akebono knocks Voodoo out of the ring.  Kea hits Dupree with the TKO.  Akebono follows with a big splash for the pin in 10:57.  Fun little match.

The Voodoo Murders of TARU, Lance Cade & MAZADA (w/ Minoru, Hate, & Rene Dupree) vs. Suwama, Masayuki Kono, & AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Champion Kaz Hayashi (w/ Ryota Hama, BUSHI, & Seiya Sanada).  TARU cuts a promo, then the VM attack.  That seems to be their MO for starting matches.  Everybody brawls in the crowd.  TARU chokes Kono with a cane.  MAZADA and Hayashi make into the ring while the others brawl outside.  MAZADA hits Hayashi with a DDT for 2.  Cade and Suwama have made it to the apron.  Hayashi hits a twirly arm drag, a regular arm drag, and a hip toss on MAZADA.  Suwama tags in as Kono and TARU finally join the match proper.  Suwama works over MAZADA.  MAZADA throws ineffective chops at Suwama.  Suwama drops MAZADA with one chop.  Repeat.  Suwama covers for 2.  Kono tags in.  MAZADA rakes his eyes and tries to slam him.  That fails, but Kono’s slam attempt doesn’t.  Repeat.  Kono hits a sidewalk slam for 2.  Hayashi tags in and hits a slam and a Lionsault on MAZADA for 2.  Minoru hits Hayashi with some kind of red box from the outside.  Minoru and Hate beat up Hayashi on the outside, then throw him into Cade and TARU.  TARU yells at Hama.  Hama tries to come in, but the referee stops him.  MAZADA chokes Hayashi behind the referee’s back.  Cade works over Hayashi.  Hayashi nails Cade with chops and Cade yells for more.  Cade hits a sit-out spinebuster.  Kono and Suwama saves.  Clusterfuck brawl ensues.  The outside VM guys attack Hayashi again.  TARU tags in and chokes Hayashi.  TARU hits Hayashi with a buzzsaw kick for 2.  Hayashi hits TARU with a handspring kick and and makes the tag to Kono, who runs wild.  Kono hits TARU with a jumping knee for 2.  Kono hits a stall suplex for 2.  TARU rakes Kono’s face.  Kono hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  TARU drops Kono and tags in Cade.  Cade hits Kono with elbow smashes and a bulldog headlock for 2.  Kono lands some elbows on Cade, then hits a side Russian leg sweep and makes the tag to Suwama.  Suwama hits a shoulder block.  Suwama hits a belly to belly suplex for 2.  Suwama tries a German suplex, but Cade fights out.  They trade strikes.  Cade whips Suwama into the referee.  Hate comes in and sprays Suwama with a fire extinguisher.  Clusterfuck brawl.  All of the VM attack Suwama.  MAZADA comes in to clean up and put Suwama away, but Suwama hits him with a belly to belly.  All of the faces attack MAZADA, including Hama squashing him in the corner.  Stuff happens.  Suwama hits MAZADA with the Last Ride for the pin in 17:05.  Fun match.  TARU and Suwama cut promos after the match.

This was my first time watching All Japan in a long time.  There was nothing really great, and there were a lot of comedy spots.  It was a pretty fun show, but I’m not sure I’m going to make a habit of watching All Japan TV.

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.