Thursday, August 11, 2005
WWF Invasion 2001 pt. 2
Rob Van Dam (Alliance) vs. Jeff Hardy (WWF)
This lame Pantera rip-off bothers me to no end. Hardy starts off fast, and man did RVD ever make people care about that Hardcore title, because his matches were worth seeing. Crowd chants for RVD. He then gets his face dropkicked into the turnbuckle. Jeff’s “Compactor” move was pretty sweet, but it couldn’t win him a match, too loose of a pinfall. J.R brings up RVD’s ego for the second time and I laugh. I used to hate RVD for his ego but around the time he gave up the TV title I couldn’t help but love him. Four minutes into this “hardcore title match” and not a single weapon, but the crowd is still hot for it. Holy shit, RVD gets shoved off the top rope all the way to the corner barricade. Always a scary spot.
Jeff attempts his running the barricade and RVD catches him and clotheslines him into the first row. RVD hits a moonsault off the hockey rink boards to an ECW chant. It makes me wonder if Cleveland was an ECW hotspot. RVD with a beautiful corkscrew legdrop onto Hardy who is draped on the barricade. Crowd is solidly behind RVD at this point. Hardy with a sunset flip power bomb over the top onto the floor. Hardy pulls out a ladder, and this match is reaching ten minutes before the first weapon, I’m impressed, holy shit this ladder is 20 feet tall. Wow.. Hardy is pushed from the top of the ladder all the way onto the floor. J.R pulls off his “How do you learn to fall from a 20 foot ladder” which is heard on every WWE Don’t Try This At Home segment. Anyways, I love this match so far.
Wow…two quotes from that segment in this match. HOLY FUCK. Van Terminator and Hardy falls in the hole in the middle of the stage. This is how you do a “hardcore” match. No need for any real weapons like fire extinguishers and shit. Back in the ring now, RVD hits a skateboard dropkick with the chair, but gets his split-legged moonsault countered, and holy shit this crowd is eating this up. RVD takes a DDT and a German Suplex on his neck and still kicks out. Hardy is bleeding possibly hardway. Hardy misses the Swanton bomb and the crowd is on its feet. RVD hits the Five-Star Frog Splash onto the Hardcore title, which is on Jeff and gets the pinfall. Wow.. that wasn’t really a “spot-fest” J.R. was right in saying that was one of the best matches he’s seen in a long time, and I agree, and I don’t understand why this match doesn’t get as much love from the internet community, ah whatever, this match is definitely worth searching out for.
Lita and Trish Stratus (WWF) vs. Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson (Alliance)
Bleh.. bra and panties. Blah the WWF girls win this match, whatever, I like ice cream. NEXT! Oh wait, Foley’s appearance #2, as he ends up the referee here too.
Booker T, DDP, The Dudleyz and Rhyno (Alliance) vs. Stone Cold, Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle, Kane and Undertaker (WWF)
Fight starts in the aisle way as Austin makes his entrance. Really big brawl as the WCW/ECW guys get their asses kicked around. I never thought I’d see Austin and Rhyno in a WWF PPV main event starting off the match, but here I am seeing it. More fog in this arena due to DDP’s pyro entrance. Damnit. Rhyno almost falls backwards off the top rope, and Austin uses a superplex within the first five minutes. Crowd is so solidly behind the WWF guys.
I never understood why they never booked then WWF Champ Austin vs. then WCW Champ Booker. Jericho in control with a beautiful springboard dropkick, and drops Booker with the same. Crowd is beyond hot for this match. Really well built storyline up to this point, and I can’t emphasize that enough. I really with the Dudleys had gone back to the tie-dye shirts and their old ECW wear for this storyline. Cole calls a neckbreaker/suplex by the Dudleys a 3-D and thankfully J.R corrects him quickly. Heyman “woo”ing along with the crowd as Bubba chops Kane is entertaining.
Undertaker catches everyone on the apron sleeping and drops ‘em except DDP drops ‘Taker across the top rope throat-first. Rhyno gores ‘Taker in the corner and tags in the coward DDP. I’m surprised that DDP got in some offense, now we’ve got Booker and Austin in the ring, and I laugh my ass off as Booker attempts and armbar and Austin simply pokes him in the eye. A little bit of front-row brawling never hurt anybody. Jericho beats on Booker and DDP at the same time for a few seconds as well. Am I the only one who gets scared every time Jericho does the Lionsault ever since the Hayabusa incident?
Jericho in the barbed wire tights gets a mark-out point from me. Jericho makes the hot tag to Kurt and he destroys both Dudleys by himself. I’ve noticed the theme of the night, which is WWF destroying WCW and ECW.. *look at the six-man for proof* Didn’t Rhyno and Kurt have a good match on RAW for the U.S title the following month after this? I should track that down sometime. Heyman does not look good in a suit either.. He needs the trench coat and the passes around the neck. Austin clotheslines DDP’s head off and is really fired up, the crowd chants his name, as Kurt plays the “face in peril” role.
DDP uses a Cobra Clutch into a slam for a two count. Jericho and ‘Taker are on opposite corners rallying the crowd into this match. Bubba distracts the ref as Kurt tags Austin, I love that heel tag move. All hell breaks loose and Rhyno accidentally gores Booker T and I long to hear Joey Styles or Paul Heyman scream “GORE! GORE!” ‘Taker drops DDP with a chokeslam, I have no clue who the fuck is legal in this match anymore. WCW referee Charles Robinson gets dropped with a Last Ride. Undertaker chases DDP out of the arena in all this chaos. I love it. I love this unpredictability of all this here. There’s a doctor over with Austin about his knee. So much is going on right now. The Dudleys double-team Kane on the floor and throw him into the stairs.
Kane chokeslams D-Von through the American announce table. That should be proof of how chaotic this is… oh wait.. Kane gets double-suplexed through the Spanish one. So that point is void. Jericho dives off the apron and knocks Rhyno through a table propped up at the corner of the guardrail. Everyone is down here. Michael Cole asks who the hell is the legal man, and I’m wondering the same thing here. They replay all three tables breaking. Holy fuck Angle drops Booker on his head with a German Suplex and locks in the ankle lock, which Booker kicks out of and sends the ref out of the ring. Well now everyone is down. You can Paul Heyman cheering on Booker from the floor. Somehow in this chaos Shane hits Vince with the title belt. Kurt takes out Shane and Bubba Ray. Angle Slam on Booker, crowd is going crazy. Austin’s up, he wakes up the ref and drops Angle with the Stunner. J.R. really sells the heel turn, and the way it happened was just so out-there. He slid into the ring and automatically kicked Angle in the face. Much better heel turn here than at WrestleMania XVII. However I don’t understand why they did it, as if they felt the WCW/ECW team didn’t have a name that could draw.
Well, I felt that during the six man and the main event the WWF guys got a little too much offense in, to the point where the 6-man was a bit offending. We all know where this “invasion” angle went from here, but I think this was the high point of the storyline. I also wonder how well the angles of the night would have came across had Paul Heyman been in Michael Cole’s position and called the show along with J.R as a heel color commentator. The main event was good, but shades lower than the Survivor Series main event. However, I do recommend this show to anyone who wants to see how to do the invasion angle well. Plus, the Hardcore title match is well worth searching out, as it is a highly entertaining 12 minutes of my life, and it would be the same for you.
Posted by Jeremy
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WWF Invasion 2001 pt. 1
WWF Invasion 07.22.01
Michael Cole and J.R on commentary for this show.
Lance Storm and Mike Awesome (Alliance) vs. Edge and Christian (WWF)
J.R gets points for bringing up the WCW and ECW accomplishments of Awesome and Storm. Christian attempts a springboard over the top but catches his right leg on the top and lands badly onto Awesome and Storm. Man, this match makes me miss Christian and Edge. They really were quite the team together. This was during the storyline of Christian being jealous of Edge for being King Of The Ring 2001, which was pretty creative booking. Awesome just doesn’t look as “awesome” without the mullet.
The arena is really foggy, I hate pyro. Christian does my favorite running spot as he slides under and gets the ring post into the ribcage. Storm really works over the ribs of Christian and I love it. Crowd really pops for Edge breaking up a pinfall. For some reason I can’t really get into this match. Backdrop from the second rope by Christian onto Awesome, which leads to Christian making the hot tag. I’ve never understood the hate for Edge (Matt Hardy situation withstanding) but I’ve never found him to be anything terrible inside the ring.
Damn, this crowd gets hot for the near-fall, which Christian turns, and inside package around with Edge on Storm. All four guys get in the ring and the crowd is really into it, and if it weren’t 1 AM here, I’d really love this right about now. Fucking sweet ending! Awesome goes for a power bomb on Edge, but Christian catches Awesome in mid-ring with a spear and Edge lands on Awesome. Michael Cole brings up that Christian used Edge’s finisher to win the match, subtly hinting at the feud.
Haha @ Vince using a Revolutionary War reference while talking to William Regal.
Nick Patrick (Alliance) vs. Earl Hebner (WWF)
Mick Foley is the special referee for this match between…well…referees. Man, these referees coming to the ring do NOT look intimidating at all. I try hard not to laugh at them. But here is a good example of how hot WWE was back then. The crowd pops for 7 WWF officials walking to the ring. Well it might not be a five-star classic but you couldn’t say they weren’t motivated.
Michael Cole: “Here is a man extremely loyal to the WWF” For what? Selling merchandise? Anyways, that was just too easy to pass up. Foley keeps the referees apart at ringside. Hebner throws some decent forearms that would make Misawa quiver in his green wrestling boots. Holy crap, some blonde WWF official just dove across the ringside area and clocked WCW official Charles Robinson in the head! That was worth a mark-out there. So Foley tosses all the referees from ringside. YOU WILL RESPECT MAH AUTHORITAY! A few seconds later Hebner gets the pinfall win, short, sweet, and pretty entertaining. Oh wait we have the obligatory Mr. Socko spot, with the victim being Nick Patrick.
Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire (Alliance) vs. A.P.A. (WWF)
WCW Tag champs take on the WWF Tag champs here. Starts out like it should, a hate-filled brawl. Bradshaw no-sells O’Haire’s offense, so Palumbo stiffs him into selling, which doesn’t last long. I feel the A.P.A had worn out their welcome by this point, at least I had gotten sick of them. Everyone seems motivated here, which is another noticeable difference I see between 2001 and 2005. O’Haire heels it up on the floor and pounds the shit out of Faarooq. Hot tag to Bradshaw and he kicks Palumbo’s face off. O’Haire and Palumbo show off some sweet double-team moves, and Palumbo misses a kick on Faarooq, so Bradshaw didn’t like that and clotheslines him for the win. This match didn’t have much substance, but I sure didn’t hate it.
Billy Kidman (Alliance) vs. X-Pac (WWF)
Champion vs. Champion again here. Crowd doesn’t respond at all to X-Pac. Paul Heyman cut a motivating promo to Kidman before the match here. J.R. brings up how X-Pac got fired by WCW..Fed-Ex style. The crowd is dripping with X-Pac heat here. Kidman is so obviously the face here as he shows up X-Pac a few times and the crowd pops. Sweet little sliding bulldog out on the floor from the ring by Kidman. X-Pac with a decent springboard plancha and the crowd shits on it immediately. I mean, even when he was decent the crowd hated him. I never noticed at this point, but of course I wasn’t watching WWF at this point for personal reasons, and boy do I regret it.
Somehow X-Pac has his bandanna still on his greasy head over five minutes into this match. Crowd is so dead for this match, and it’s sad because the match really isn’t that bad at all. Kidman with a stiff elbow to X-Pac’s jaw and I mark out. X-Pac is blown up before the ten-minute mark here, and falls for the DO NOT POWERBOMB KIDMAN maneuver. Hehe. Kidman flies off the top and X-Pac catches him with the X-Factor in mid-air to a good crowd reaction, which was pretty fuckin’ sweet. He sets up for the Bronco Buster and the crowd shits on it again, Kidman boots him in the balls, hits the SSP perfectly and gets the win. I love me some Kidman.
Raven (Alliance) vs. William Regal (WWF)
Raven goes back to his ECW attire here, and I mark out like no tomorrow. Regal was doing the commissioner gimmick at the time. Regal steps into the ring and Raven rolls his eyes. I might be biased here due to my love of Raven, so gimme a break. Cole brings up how Regal grinds the forearm into the jaw and face of the person as he is pinning them, something I always loved. Raven gets a nasty slingshot over the top rope. Raven hits his Russian Legsweep into the barricade and it just doesn’t look as good because it’s not against the metal guard railing, which helped the impact of the move. Then Raven hits a lazy clothesline and I cry.
I think the crowd is a little bit burned out by this point. Ouch, Regal rolled through into a pinning combination and went over his head and looks like it could have broken his neck. Regal goes for consistent covers and reverses Raven’s Evenflow DDT into a Northern Lights Suplex for a two. Both men connect heads and Raven hits the floor, but here comes Taz! Suplex while the ref wasn’t looking! DDT! Victory for Raven! Wow, Regal’s “pissed off” facial expression is creepy.
Kanyon, Shawn Stasiak, Hugh Morrus vs. Billy Gunn, The Big Show, Albert
Sweet stereo press slams by the WWF guys to start off. I’m not sure if this is before or during the fucking abysmal “The One” gimmick by Gunn. Kanyon bumps like a motherfucker for Gunn’s offense. I have never taken Stasiak seriously after the “Meat” gimmick. The WCW guys have been getting destroyed for the first few minutes here and the crowd is on its feet early on. Gunn beats the shit out of the WCW guys all by himself and I cry, but Stasiak drops Gunn with a reverse DDT with Morrus getting the pinfall. Well the WCW team hits all of 3 moves in five minutes and gets the win. But would they let WCW maintain their heat with the win? Naaah! Big Show then destroys all three men.
Taz (ECW) vs. Tajiri (WWF)
Oh man.. this makes me long for Heat Wave 99 again.. Anyways Taz (I refuse the second z) was fat by this point and comes out in his “13” jumpsuit. No barbed wire at the entranceway here so this might not be as great. And here comes Tajiri with the lame stereotypical Japanese theme. Man, I never knew Tajiri can throw some vicious chops. Taz drops Tajiri with a nice clothesline, and J.R brings up that this really is an ECW alumni match. Ooh, they even mention the Heatwave encounter. Taz using some submission work and I’m impressed. This is some entertaining back and forth stuff. Taz looks kind of odd with a sadistic smile on his face. I’m used to seeing him with no expression, well other than being pissed off. Taz runs into the Tarantula, I miss seeing Tajiri on RAW now… Dropkick to the face, and DAMN that was a hot two count. Even I expected it to end. Taz catches Tajiri in mid-kick and drops him with a head-and-arm Tazplex. Green mist and a kick to the head later and Tajiri goes over and the crowd pops. Really fun match there. But.. shouldn’t Regal feel like a bitch for having Tajiri do his dirty work? Just a thought..
Backstage RVD jumps Matt Hardy with a chair. Hell yes.
In what seems like a shoot…Hardcore Holly punks out some kid with a WCW shirt on at WWF New York.. and if it wasn’t a shoot, then it was a rib on Holly for being a jackass.
Posted by Jeremy
at 4:01 AM EDT
Friday, July 8, 2005
NOAH Tokyo Dome thoughts 2005
Now Playing: Nothing
Alright,it's about 10 days away now and I'm going to post some thoughts on NOAH's "Destiny" show at the Tokyo Dome on July 18th. Now, keep in mind I have not seen a NOAH show in a year (the last Destiny show at the Tokyo Dome, headlined by Akiyama/Kobashi) So I may not have a great knowledge of some of the characters on this show. Let's look at the card..
1. Takashi Sugiura, SUWA & Masashi Aoyagi vs. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Mitsuo Momota & Katsuhiko Nakajima
Only 2 people in this match I don't care to see, and hopefully they aren't in the ring long, Aoyagi and Momota. Other than that, this should be a fun little opening match.
2. Mohammed Yone & Takeshi Morishima vs. Tamon Honda & Go Shiosaki
I love Morishima, he's such a bad ass. I haven't had the chance to see Shiosaki in action yet, but I've heard good things, so this should be a fun, but likely short match.
3. Akira Taue, Takuma Sano, Jun Izumida & Haruka Eigen vs. Akitoshi Saito, Shiro Koshinaka, Masao Inoue & Kishin Kawabata
This is likely the match that gets tossed onto the card to give everyone something to do. I feel like the only guy on earth who likes Akitoshi Saito. If Sano and Taue are on their game then this could be mildly watchable, but this likely isn't a candidate for Match Of The Night.
4. Mushiking Terry Debut Match: Mushiking Terry vs. Black Mask
Mushiking Terry, I believe is either Ricky Marvin or Kotaro Suzuki, and Black Mask is either Ricky Marvin, Low Ki, or Kotaro Suzuki, haha. But if it's Marvin vs Suzuki then expect a fun fucking spotfest. Man, I love Ricky Marvin, hehe.
5. GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title: Yoshinobu Kanemaru (c) vs. KENTA
KENTA must go over here!! It's been far too long and he's the only credible junior left on NOAH's roster to NOT hold the belt. It's been years in the making, but the fact they made it this long without giving him the belt is a good thing, now... if it doesn't happen I'll be shocked, and confused as there's really no one else to drop the belt to. But either way this match should be fun to watch, but it might not have the same amount of heat as last year's Jr title match with Liger the outsider defending the belt.
6. GHC Tag Team Title: Minoru Suzuki & Naomichi Marufuji (c) vs. Jun Akiyama & Makoto Hashi
I don't think Hashi is impressive enough for me to expect a title change here. Akiyama and Marufuji should be a very fun exchange. Plus I don't see Marufuji and Suzuki as transitional champions, let alone to drop them to a team like Hashi and Akiyama.
7. GHC Heavyweight Title: Takeshi Rikio (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
A lot of people hate Rikio's title reign, and I personally don't mind it. I am really looking forward to this, but yet again this is likely going to make Tanahashi and NJPW look really bad if they don't go over. Because this will be the... third? man to challenge for the GHC Title from New Japan to lose. Not a good sign for New Japan, and that's really the only factor that makes me unsure of who is going to go over here.
8. Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Genichiro Tenryu
Blah. I hope Tenryu kills him within 3 minutes. I don't want to jump on the bandwagon of hating Ogawa, and I don't hate him because he's Misawa's coffee boy. I hate him because his offense is fucking abysmal. The punches make me cringe especially. I hope they keep this short and I don't particularly care that it's on after the GHC Title match.
9. Kenta Kobashi vs. Kensuke Sasaki
STIFF!! That is exactly what this will be and I will love every minute of it. This really is one of the few dream matches left in Japan right now, and this one should deliver. I hope this reaches 30 minutes at least. This will bring the workrate, if the main event fails to deliver in that department.
10. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada
Ah, the matchup five years in the making. Kawada comes from All Japan to avenge Misawa leaving All Japan to die in 2000. The heat for this match will blow anything else away. I'm hyped to see this just to hear the crowd as these two try to take each other's heads off. The crowd will be absolutely insane for this match. But as far as workrate goes, both of these men I imagine are well into their 40's and probably cannot deliver the same match they did a decade ago. But it might not even need to rely on what happens in the ring, what will matter is WHY they do it.
That's my thoughts for this show coming up. I should have the show within 4 weeks for review.
Posted by Jeremy
at 9:06 PM EDT
Now Playing: "Sugar, We're Going Down" by Fall Out Boy
Alright this is going to be my wrestling blog. I am going to post some thoughts of what's currently going on in the wrestling world, and maybe even some reviews if you're lucky enough. But first let me go back and explain how I started reviewing, I did a review for a July 21st, 2003 New Japan Pro Wrestling PPV show and it got posted on a website, and I felt I accomplished something, but now that I look back on it almost two years later, I realize that maybe I focused too much on the actual play-by-play of the match, rather than my thoughts. So in this entry I'm going to post some of my more recent reviews, not finished the actual shows, but rather some matches from the shows. When I am finished reviewing the entire tape of the shows, I will then post them in it's entirety, but for now, here's a little sample: (oh and for those who don't know, JIP = Joined In Progress)
New Japan G-1 Climax ‘03 WPW Complete Edition (8/15 – 8/17)
I own the clipped version of most of the matches on this tape, and sadly it hurts the match quality, as most matches are clipped down, except the finals, which I’ve heard is awesome by all standards. So let’s find out if I think it lives up to the hype. On to Day # 5 (8/15) of the 2003 G1 Climax Tournament
Tadao Yasuda (4) vs. Yutaka Yoshie (2)
JIP. We open to Yasuda locking Yoshie in a headlock, and the crowd seems to be into this, chanting for Yoshie. Yasuda is really slow in this match, and gets his ass kicked by Yoshie with a FATNESS splash! Yoshie’s got some wicked faded blue hair here. Someone kicks Yoshie on the apron, but I couldn’t tell who, as Yoshie knocks him off immediately and then sends Yasuda down as well. The crowd is behind the blue haired fatman. Yasuda tries to sandbag Yoshie, but still gets dumped on his head by a suplex. Tries a second one and Yasuda with his ultra heel tactics, back kicks Yoshie in his nuts. I notice the crowd only responds or cares for when Yoshie is in control. Bad sign for Yasuda. He fights off more Makai Club members who jump on the apron and finishes Yasuda off with a very nice frog splash. (13:01, 5:29 shown) I’m glad they clipped this to mostly Yoshie on the offensive, but they started the clip with that boring headlock that went on for ages, I hate Yasuda and this match is a perfect example. The crowd was very non-responsive, but still a fun match only thanks to Yoshie. **
Osamu Nishimura (4) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (2)
JIP. Starts off with Tanahashi stretching Mr. Muga quite a bit, surprisingly. Sadly there’s a bit of stalling after Nishimura heads out to the floor. Crowd responds to Nishimura reversing a figure-four into a small cradle for 2. Another submission applied by Tanahashi, which smartly gets reversed by Nishimura. Lots of fun reversals here, and a few near-falls get the crowd into it more. Why is the Japanese the only crowd to ever give a damn about the spinning toe-hold?? I remember reading in Foley’s book that Terry Funk made it popular…anyways back to the match… Nishimura keeps Tanahashi locked in a figure four even after then U-30 Champion rolls outside the ring, that must have hurt. Both men struggle and pull each other outside as each attempts to get back in until it is Tanahashi who makes the 20 count and wins by countout. (14:03, 5:53 shown) I actually liked this match, the clipping job doesn’t seem as bad because they started the clip just at the end of the submission feeling out process and Tanahashi tried to wrestle submission style, which didn’t work, so he then went to some high impact moves, but Nishimura wouldn’t have any of it and worked more submissions in, which eventually caused his downfall. **1/2 (would have rated higher if I had seen the whole thing)
Yuji Nagata (3) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (4)
JIP. This begins with Nagata kicking the holy hell out of Nakamura. Nagata keeps punishing Nakamura for a bit, he fights back, even with a hurricanrana to no fan response. Heh. To think this guy would end up their champion in less than four months, but he hits a nice overhead belly to belly suplex on Nagata. Yuji slides out of the way of a Shining Wizard attempt (does everybody do that fucking move nowadays?!) Nakamura tries to duck a kick and runs face-first into a knee and he folds backwards, referee checks on him. Nagata, showing no sympathy, locks on a crippler crossface. Nakamura gets stretched for a bit, reaches the ropes and gets dropped on his head with a suplex as a receipt. Nakamura gets on the offense by blocking a kick, and locks on a front choke. Nagata rolls out of two sleeper attempts and then suplexes Nakamura on his head for a third attempt. Make that twice. Poor Nakamura. ..Make that three. Ouch. Which in turn results in a three count. (11:32, 5:39 shown) I’m indifferent to this match, didn’t get any reaction out of me, but still wasn’t boring. Entertaining little match, from what was shown, crowd didn’t respond much, even to those three suplexes. **
Manabu Nakanishi (4) vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan (4)
This is late in the tournament, which means Tenzan only has 4 points. JIP. Opens with Tenzan fighting out of a torture rack attempt by Nakanishi, but still gets dropped on his head and looks hurt. Tenzan gets lifted up into the torture rack. The crowd is into Tenzan big-time at this point, Nakanishi drops him, and the crowd pops at the two-count. Tenzan drops him with a suplex. Tenzan hits some forearms and hits the TTD for only a two count and the crowd yet again is still going crazy. Tenzan hit two lariats, and locks on the Anaconda Vice. Holy shit, Nakanishi just powered his way back to a standing position, while still in the hold…So Tenzan drops him with it again, and Nakanishi passes out. (14:50, 4:32 shown) The crowd was super-hot for Tenzan in this entire tournament, and this match is no different. Really fun back and forth stuff, but yet again this suffers from clipping. **1/2
Now for some random WrestleMania 10 ramblings:
Luna/BamBam vs. Doink/Dink
This match I had very low expectations for, but I actually found it entertaining when Luna and Dink were in the ring. Vince’s voice was really annoying in this match. Dink kept trying to challenge Bam Bam. It’s a fun little comedy match. Luna showed a lot of ass with what she’s wearing, considering it’s 1994 WWF. This is a good example of the fact that WWF crowds really enjoyed every aspect of the program. As far as a wrestling aspect, there isn’t much. Bam Bam knocks Dink off the apron and finishes off Doink with a headbutt. Fun match, and they kept it short. Post-match, Dink keeps challenging Bam Bam and Dink’s mask almost comes totally off as Bam Bam gets a handful of it. Entertaining and short.
Vince sounds like he’s having an orgasm as they locate Bill Clinton in the crowd, I.R.S is calmly sitting behind him.
Falls Count Anywhere:
Randy Savage vs. Crush
This was Macho’s last WrestleMania, as he jumped to WCW by the next year. Savage attacks Crush in the aisleway. Weird rules for this one, as you have to pin your man outside the ring and return to the ring within 60 seconds. Whatever. Crush gets the first pinfall after dropping Savage onto the guardrail. Cool little near-finish as Savage gets to the ring but Mr. Fuji hits him with the flag, and Savage barely rolls in with one second left. Kinda kills the impact of the move if you have to roll his ass outside. Fuji dumps water on Crush and he breaks the count. They brawl into the Savage gets control and drops him with the elbow, rolls him outside and pins him and works crowd a bit so Crush gets up and drops Randy with a crescent kick. They brawl backstage and Savage gets a pinfall and ends up hanging Crush upside down, and Savage heads back to the ring and dumps Fuji on his ass and gets the 60 second count and wins.
The President, Bill Clinton then says he’s been a wrestling fan for a long time. I.R.S then gets on the mic and compliments Clinton on raising the taxes. Haha.
Savage gets lost and cuts a promo outside the arena.
...As you can tell I didn't finish very much of that show, but if I find it again I promise to finish the review. Well that's really all for now since it's just past 1:00 AM, and I need some sleep. Comment if you'd like. Thanks for reading.
Posted by Jeremy
at 1:07 AM EDT
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