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Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, Michigan – January 25, 2009

MATCH #1: ECW Championship Match – Jack Swagger vs. Matt Hardy

Swagger has been the champion since 1.13.09 when he beat Hardy, and this is his first defense, and Hardy’s rematch. The champion has only been on TV since September, by the way. The crowd is in full support of the challenger. Hardy outwits the champion in the early going, and Swagger takes a powder. That doesn’t last long, as Hardy chases Swagger outside and brings him back in the ring. Swagger once again takes a powder and this time creates some distance between himself and Hardy. Back in the ring Swagger takes Hardy down to the mat, which is his strong suit. Hardy tries to keep up but Swagger is an All-American. He does make a comeback though and hits a bulldog for two. He goes up to the top rope and Swagger dumps him to the floor. Swagger starts working on Hardy’s arm, which Hardy needs to execute the Twist of Fate. Hardy fights back, but Swagger weathers the blows and keeps going after the arm. He finally escapes the armbar with a clothesline and fires up, hitting what looks like the Eye of the Hurricane for two. He hits another bulldog for two. An elbow off the second rope gets another two-count. Swagger catches a boot and hits a belly-to-belly suplex for two. He follows up with a single-arm DDT for two. They fight up top as Swagger is going for a super back suplex, but Hardy avoids it and knocks Swagger back to the mat. Hardy hits a Moonsault but Swagger kicks out at two! The crowd bought that one. Hardy tries the Twist of Fate but Swagger avoids it and throws Hardy’s shoulder into the ring post. Swagger pulls Hardy out of the corner and hits the Gut-Wrench Powerbomb to score the pin and retain the title at 10:28. I like Swagger going over clean. That was a solid opener to get the crowd going.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: Women’s Championship Match – Beth Phoenix vs. Melina

Phoenix has been the champion since 8.17.08, and this is her fourth defense. Melina has been champion twice before. The champion overpowers the challenger early on, while the crowd chants for Phoenix’s valet, Santino Marella. Melina fights valiantly but Phoenix just throws her around and stretches her in unnatural ways. In fact, she stretches Melina’s leg back far enough so that she’s able to say “stop kicking yourself, stop kicking yourself!” Melina almost gets a comeback but Phoenix hits a side suplex for two. Phoenix gets Melina up for a Gorilla Press Slam but Melina slips out and eventually hits a chinbreaker. They trade more holds and Melina hits a spinning face slam for two. Melina hits a Thesz Press off the second rope. Phoenix reverses the momentum, but Melina catches her with a quick rollup to win the title at 5:58. That had the one neat spot but it was otherwise kind of sloppy.
Rating: *½

MATCH #3: World Heavyweight Championship Match – John Cena vs. JBL

Cena has been the champion since 11.23.08, and this is his second defense. JBL is accompanied by his employee, Shawn Michaels. Cena takes the early advantage so JBL takes a powder and confers with Michaels. Back in the ring JBL toes right after Cena with punches and kicks. Cena makes a brief comeback but gets distracted by Michaels and JBL goes back on offense. He hits a series of elbow drops for two. A side suplex gets another two-count. JBL knocks Cena to the floor, and follows him out to deliver more punishment, whipping the champion into the steel steps. The crowd is completely dead. Cena regains control and sort of hits his legdrop to the back of the neck. He hits some more of his signature moves, and the crowd has come alive a bit. He hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle. He tries the F-U but JBL avoids it. Cena is able to lock on the STF-U though, and once again gets distracted by Michaels. JBL kicks Cena to the floor and Cena can’t take his eyes off Michaels. Back in the ring JBL hits a Clothesline from Hell for two. The referee takes a bump to the floor and both men clothesline each other. Michaels gets in the ring and warms up the band. He nails JBL with the kick instead of Cena, much to the delight of the crowd. Cena then stupidly walks right into another Superkick, and Michaels drapes JBL’s arm over the champion. Another referee comes down finally and Cena kicks out at two. Both men get back to their feet and Cena hits a quick F-U to get the pin at 15:29. These two have had some great matches together but boy was this ever not one of them. The crowd was completely dead, and the whole match was just a backdrop for Shawn Michaels’s drama.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #4: WWE Championship Match – Jeff Hardy vs. Edge

Hardy has been the champion since 12.14.08, and this is his first defense. Vickie Guerrero comes out and makes this a no-disqualification match. Edge is accompanied by Chavo Guerrero. Hardy makes his entrance first, which I’m happy to report Jim Ross comments on. Hardy attacks Edge right away and it’s on. He controls for the first few moments, and then Edge cuts him off and goes to work. Hardy comes back with a clothesline and a dropkick to the back for two. He sends Edge to the floor and hits a clothesline off the apron. He tries to springboard back into the ring but Edge hits a boot to the face and Hardy crashes to the floor. Edge hits a baseball slide to knock Hardy back down, and he joins the champion on the floor. He whips Hardy into the guardrail. Back in the ring it’s all Edge on offense. Edge goes out to the ring to grab a chair, which actually gives Hardy enough time to recover and hit a spear, sending Edge crashing from the apron to the floor. Hardy hits a slingshot dive to the floor, and then whips Edge back in. They battle on the apron, and Hardy hits a sweet Twist of Fate. Hardy clears off the announce table and sets Edge up. He then brings out a ladder, but Chavo stops him from jumping off. Hardy then whips Edge into the ring post and then sets Chavo up on the table. He climbs the ladder again and this time hits a splash on Chavo, breaking the table. He recovers rather quickly, and throws Edge back in the ring for a high cross body off the top rope for two. Back to their feet and Edge hits a big boot. Edge then exposes the turnbuckle, but Hardy hits the Whisper in the Wind for a near-fall. The challenger then comes back with a DDT for two. Hardy gets an inside cradle for two. He’s firing up and tries the dropkick in the corner, but Edge drops him face-first onto the exposed turnbuckle (cool spot). That only gets two. Edge tries a Spear but Hardy catches him with an awesome Twist of Fate. Hardy goes up for the Swanton Bomb but Vickie Guerrero interferes. He kicks her down and then hits the Swanton. Vickie pulls the referee out at two. Matt Hardy comes down to defend his brother and take care of the Smackdown General Manager. He gives Jeff a chair, and gets another one for himself. They set up for a con-chair-toe, but then Matt clobbers his own brother with the chair! The crowd is unhappy. Edge rolls over to get the pin and win his fourth WWE Championship (seventh World Title overall) at 19:23. Jeff and Edge might work together better than Matt and Edge did. That was a very entertaining match, and the finish worked for the story they were telling.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #5: Royal Rumble Match

Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross are calling the action. Rey Mysterio draws #1 and John Morrison is #2. Intervals are 90 seconds, allegedly. Rey staves off elimination, delivers a headscissors, and almost eliminates Morrison. Carlito is the #3 entrant, and he spits apple in Morrison’s eyes. Morrison recovers and takes both babyfaces down. MVP is #4, and he takes shots at everybody. The Great Khali is #5, and have I mentioned how much I love his new music? He throws chops at everyone, and slams Morrison to the mat. Then he nails Carlito with the Punjabi Plunge. Khali stands alone as #6 is Vladimir Kozlov. The big Russian single-handedly eliminates Khali in seconds. MVP tries to hit Kozlov with the Drive-By but it misses and MVP is tossed over the top. Carlito makes a valiant effort, but he gets hit with the Iron Curtain and tossed to the floor. Triple H comes out at #7! He’s a former Rumble winner and has a bone to pick with Kozlov. They slug it out and Triple H takes the advantage and quickly eliminates Kozlov. Next out is Randy Orton at #8. Triple H obviously has a bone to pick with him, and they go right at it. Morrison and Rey rejoin the battle to take Triple H and Orton down, and then Rey hits Morrison with the 619. #9 is a member of Cryme Tyme, and they flip a coin to decide who gets to go. JTG wins the toss and enters the ring. Ted DiBiase comes out at #10, and now Orton has some backup. Morrison and JTG almost eliminate each other but manage to hang on. Ditto for Rey and DiBiase. The 2008 Superstar of the Year Chris Jericho is #11. He goes right after Orton. Mike Knox comes out at #12, and I have to admit that I like him. The Miz is lucky #13, and now both World Tag Team Champions are in the ring together.

Orton starts dishing out RKO’s to everyone in sight. Triple H cuts him off with a Pedigree, and then the Game eliminates both tag champions at the same time. Of course he does. Finlay comes out at #14. Not much happens and then #15 comes out and it’s Cody Rhodes! Legacy is in full force now and they take advantage of it. Rey tries a springboard body press but Orton catches him with the RKO. We’re into the second half with Undertaker at #16! Undertaker, the 2007 Rumble winner, tosses JTG out right away. The bizarre Goldust is #17. He goes right after his Cody, his own flesh and blood. Straight Edge and Proud, Intercontinental Champion CM Punk comes out at #18. He throws kicks and knees, all while hearing his own name chanted by the Joe Louis Arena. He hits Triple H with the Go 2 Sleep! Mark Henry is the #19 entrant. He goes toe-to-toe with the Undertaker. The United States Champion, the “Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin is #20. Next out at #21 is William Regal, the 2008 King of the Ring. Regal goes right after Punk, the man who took the Intercontinental Title from him. Mysterio is able to eliminate Henry, which is pretty impressive given the size differential. #22 is Kofi Kingston. The ring is looking pretty full. Kane is #23, and he happens to hold the record for most eliminations in a Rumble match (2001). He and his half-brother Undertaker work together. Punk eliminates Regal, and then R-Truth comes out at #24. Next up is #25, ROB VAN DAM! His home state reacts pretty favorably to him, and the wrestlers are so impressed that they stand there and let him take everyone out individually.

The Brian Kendrick is #26. He eliminates Kofi right away, and then gets tossed over himself by Triple H. Dolph Ziggler is #27 and he’s quickly eliminated by Kane. Santino Marella comes out at #28 and Kane clotheslines him out immediately for a new record. The first-ever Rumble winner, Hacksaw Jim Duggan is entry #29 and the crowd digs him. The final entrant, #30, is the enormous Big Show. He tosses Duggan out. Moments later he slams R-Truth to the floor. Next to go is CM punk via a vicious right hand. Tired of eliminating just one man, next show tosses Mysterio and Knox out at the same time. Mysterio lasted an impressive 49 minutes. Hornswoggle tries to help Finlay by distracting Kane, but Finlay winds up getting eliminated by the Big Red Machine. Orton hits the DDT on Triple H. Undertaker and Show square off now. RVD hits Orton with the 5-Star Frog Splash, but then gets tossed out by Jericho. Unfortunately for Jericho, Undertaker is right behind him. Jericho is able to hit a Code Breaker, but Undertaker recovers and tosses Jericho to the floor. Legacy joins forces to eliminate Kane, and we’re down to the final six – Legacy, Triple H, Big Show, and Undertaker. Show hits Triple H with a Chokeslam. He then battles Show on the apron. Orton eliminates Show with an RKO, and then Show pulls Undertaker to the floor to eliminate the Dead Man. We’re down to the final four, and it doesn’t look good for Triple H. Legacy triple teams the Game for a while. But Triple H recovers long enough to eliminate Rhodes and DiBiase, but then Orton gets the last laugh, eliminating Triple H for the win at 58:34. I’m pretty easy to please with Royal Rumbles, and this one was a lot of fun. I love the story of Legacy surviving throughout the match, and there was lots of other fun stuff throughout the match. I think Orton going over was definitely the right move.
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Madison Square Garden – New York City, NY – January 27, 2008

MATCH #1: Career Threatening Match – Ric Flair vs. MVP

MVP’s United Sates Championship is not on the line here, but Ric Flair’s career is. Flair cuts a promo before the match to talk about what a great honor it has been to be able to wrestle in Madison Square Garden. He thanks the fans for their respect, but MVP’s music cuts him off.

MVP is very confident early on, backing Flair into the corner and then mocking him. Flair goes to work on the arm and MVP reaches the corner. Flair busts out the chops early, and the crowd is enjoying them. MVP counters a knee attempt into a drop toehold and follows with a kick to the face and a neckbreaker for one. I just remembered that these two also fought on PPV back in June in MVP’s first title defense. MVP is in firm control here, and eventually connects with the running boot in the corner for a near fall. Well, the idiot referee counts three but Flair had his foot on the ropes so he’s not calling for the bell. MVP complains so Flair rolls him up for two. MVP pops up with a clothesline and punches Flair a few times because he’s angry. Double underhook suplex by MVP gets two. Flair comes back and they fight to a double-knockdown. Flair tries another small package and gets two. A backslide also gets two. MVP fights back and tries the Playmaker, but Flair grabs the leg and puts on the figure-four Leglock to get the win at 7:59. That was fine enough given what Flair can actually do these days, but he never really worked on the leg at all leading up to the finish. MVP is still mad at the referee and argues all the way up the ramp with him.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #2: Chris Jericho vs. John “Bradshaw” Layfield

Both men look angry with each other, and Jericho is able to back the much larger JBL into the corner twice. JBL comes back and tosses Jericho to the floor, but Jericho is right back in and slugging away on JBL. Jericho is able to put the Walls of Jericho on, but JBL reaches the ropes. They go back to the floor and brawl out there for a bit. Back in the ring JBL hotshots Jericho onto the top rope and now he takes control. He goes after Jericho’s neck and throat area. He uses the sleeper to take Jericho down, but he fights back up. Jericho hits a big clothesline and both men are down. Jericho runs into a big boot and JBL tosses him shoulder first into the ring post. Looks like Jericho’s head actually hit the post, as he’s bleeding from the forehead. JBL goes right after the wound outside the ring. Back in the ring JBL delivers kicks to the face. Jericho fights back and hits a series of moves, even a Lionsault. They go back to the outside of the ring and fight by the ECW announce table. Jericho pulls a chair out of nowhere and levels JBL in the head, drawing the disqualification at 9:30. Jericho’s not done though, as he throws the chair in JBL’s face and wraps a thick cord around his neck and chokes him out. The crowd is chanting “Y2J.” That was a decent enough brawl up until the abrupt finish.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: World Heavyweight Championship Match – Edge vs. Rey Mysterio

Edge has been the champion since 12.16.07, and this is his second defense. Vickie Guerrero is wheeled out to ringside by her assistant Theodore Long. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder are coming out as well. Edge actually gets a pretty good face pop for his introduction. In fact when Rey hits offensive maneuvers the crowd boos. Edge winds up dumping Rey to the floor where Hawkins and Ryder look like they might want to interfere, so the referee sends them to the back. Rey goes for the 619 and then hits a dive to the floor and looks to the back to make sure Hawkins and Ryder aren’t coming out. Back in the ring Edge goes to work on Rey’s surgically repaired knee, even applying the Half Boston Crab. Rey makes a few brief comebacks but Edge is able to cut him off every time. Rey makes a comeback and gets a couple of near falls but Edge is always able to kick out. Rey hits a double stomp off the top rope and Edge once again kicks out. Edge tries to powder but Rey slides under the bottom ropes and is able to hit a DDT on the floor. Remember when Jake Roberts DDT’d Ricky Steamboat on the floor in 1986 and it was like death? Yeah Edge kicks out of this. I’m just saying the business has changed, that’s all. Rey tries to run at Edge but gets a kick to the face. Rey is able to come back and hit the 619 and a splash from the top rope but Vickie Guerrero jumps out of her wheelchair and pulls the referee out of the ring. Rey is angry, but avoids an Edge charge and sets him up for the 610, and he winds up hitting Vickie with it as well. He tries a springboard DDT but Edge spears him out of the air to get the win and retain the title at 12:45. The match itself was solid if unspectacular, but the finish sucked hard. It was clear though that Edge was carrying the brunt of the action, as Rey just doesn’t appear to have much left. I think the injuries have just had such a deleterious effect on his body.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #4: WWE Championship Match – Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy

It’s WWE Champion versus Intercontinental Champion here, only Orton’s title is on the line though. He has been the champion since 10.7.07, and this is his fourth defense. They have a strong collar and elbow tie-up to start, and the crowd is actually split for both guys. Hardy tries grounding Orton with a headlock, but Orton reverses to a headscissors. They fight up and Hardy sends Orton to the floor, and follows with a huge dropkick, sending Orton’s head crashing into the guardrail. Hardy follows that up with a dive. Orton grabs his belt and motions like he’s leaving, but Hardy stops him and throws him back into the ring. He tries to slingshot his way in, but Orton takes him out of the air with a dropkick. Orton goes out to the floor and suplexes Hardy and back in the ring gets a two count. Orton stomps on Hardy and chokes him right in front of the referee. Hardy fights back and sends Orton to the floor once again. Hardy takes a leap off the apron on Orton and then tosses him back into the ring for two. Hardy charges into the corner but Orton moves and Hardy takes the ring post right on his shoulder. Orton then grounds Hardy with a chinlock. Hardy tries to fight out but Orton catches him with a powerslam. Hardy is finally able to fight back and quicken the pace of the match, hitting Whisper in the Wind for two. He hits a few more moves and goes up top, but Orton rolls to the apron. Hardy cleverly hits a dropkick onto Orton from there, and he goes crashing to the floor. Back in the ring Hardy tries the Twist of Fate but Orton quickly reverses it to the RKO to get the pin at 14:10. That was even better than I expected it to be, with the crowd pretty hot and everything about the match just clicking. I think this would be a good match to show Orton haters, as he wrestled an excellent match, as he looked both vulnerable but also earned his win.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #5: The 2008 Royal Rumble Match

Michael Buffer is here to be the ring announcer for some reason. Let’s hope he doesn’t screw up anyone’s name (remember Bret Clark?). He goes over the rules, and introduces #1, the Undertaker. Last year Undertaker entered at number thirty, so this is quite the flip-flop. In another interesting twist, the last man Undertaker eliminated last year, Shawn Michaels, enters at #2.

Neither man is holding anything back in the early going. Undertaker has the advantage, but both men get themselves nearly eliminated before #3 comes out. It’s Santino Marella, by the way. Michaels casually Superkicks him and Undertaker tosses him out. That gives Michaels a chance to toss Undertaker, but he can’t do it quite yet. The Great Khali comes out at #4, just as Undertaker delivers a chokeslam to Michaels. Undertaker attacks him right away. The crowd thinks they’re cute by chanting “you can’t wrestle,” but seriously the guy is as huge as he is, would you like him to do lots of armdrags and leapfrogs? Grow up, MSG. While I think about how much that annoys me, Undertaker pitches Khali over the ropes and Hardcore Holly is out at #5. I could be wrong, but I believe these are the three oldest and longest tenured guys on the roster right now. Holly is one half of the World Tag Team Champions, and #6 is John Morrison, who happens to be one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions. He almost gets eliminated quickly, but he’s able to hang on. Michaels hits him with a top rope elbow drop, and he’s bleeding from the nose. He goes for Sweet Chin Music but Morrison counters and Tommy Dreamer comes out at #7. Joey Styles makes Dreamer look like a loser by saying most guys who would win the Rumble would challenge for the Raw or Smackdown titles, but Tommy would go for the ECW Title. And they wonder why people don’t care about that belt? Batista comes running out at #8, and he’s the third former Rumble winner in the match thus far. He and Undertaker stare off but Dreamer gets in the middle and gets dumped for his troubles. Hornswoggle is next out at #9, and he goes right under the ring. Not much happens before #10 comes out, and it’s Chuck Palumbo. Palumbo’s rival Jamie Noble is the next man out at #11. His ribs are taped due to a beating administered by Palumbo on Smackdown. There’s lots of brawling going on, as John Morrison almost gets eliminated but stays in as #12 CM Punk makes his way to the ring. Looks like Jamie Noble has been eliminated, how did I miss that? Maybe it happened when I sneezed. Punk eliminates Palumbo. Cody Rhodes is #13 and he goes right for Punk. Umaga is next out at #14. He has new red gear and quickly eliminates Hardcore Holly. We’re halfway there as Snitsky is our #15. Rhodes isn’t afraid and goes right after Snitsky and almost eliminates him.

The Miz is #16 and both WWE Tag Team Champions are in now. He goes straight for Punk. The tag champions work him over and another ECW superstar is #17, and that’s Shelton Benjamin. He hits a couple of impressive maneuvers but gets caught not paying attention when Michaels Superkicks him out to the floor. #18 is Superfly Jimmy Snuka for some reason. Even Undertaker sells for Snuka here, probably more than he did for him at WrestleMania VII. Another legend is #19, as it’s the enormous Roddy Piper. Snuka and Piper square off while everyone else stands around and watches. It was stupid in Troy and it’s stupid here too. People start fighting again and #20 is Kane. He wastes no time in dumping Piper and Snuka out of the ring. Carlito is #21. He spits apple right away and gets the backstabber on Punk. Mick Foley comes out for #22. Remember when he was actually retired? Mr. Kennedy is #23. He fights with Undertaker briefly. Big Daddy V comes out at #24, just as Undertaker eliminates Snitsky. That’s followed by Michaels eliminating Undertaker, and then Kennedy eliminates Michaels. I like how that played out. Undertaker continues beating on Snitsky outside the ring. That was unnecessary, he got eliminated fair and square, and not even by Snitsky! Mark Henry is #25. Hornswoggle comes out of hiding briefly to help eliminate Miz. ECW Champion Chavo Guerrero is #26, and he and Punk fight right away. Morrison gets eliminated by Kane. Some complain about Chavo appearing in this match since he was the ECW Champion, but one can just assume he was already signed for the match, since he just won the title the previous Tuesday. Hornswoggle tries to eliminate Henry like he did to Miz, but Henry grabs him and looks to do terrible things to him. Finlay comes out with his shillelagh and gets Hornswoggle out of trouble and they both go to the back. JR gets the announcement that Finlay has been disqualified from the match for using that weapon. Elijah Burke is #28. Chavo eliminates Punk. Another former Rumble winner, Triple H, is #29. He tosses Rhodes immediately. He then eliminates Big Daddy V on his own and the crowd fires up for him and Foley trading blows. It does recall one of my favorite matches of all time. Triple H whips Foley into Burke, and both go over the top rope. He hits the Pedigree on Umaga, and #30 comes out and it’s JOHN CENA! He wasn’t supposed to be back yet!

The crowd pops pretty big for Cena. It soon turns to the usual cheer and boo cocktail, but that doesn’t stop Cena from eliminating Carlito and Chavo pretty easily. Henry is next to go. The crowd is jacked for Cena versus Triple H. Batista comes back into the ring and eliminates Kennedy, and then Umaga. He and Triple H join up to eliminate Kane and we’re down to three men. The crowd is going ballistic. Batista gets the advantage until being eliminated by Triple H, and now we’re down to two. They trade blows, with the crowd firmly in support of the Game. They go back and forth for a few minutes until Cena eliminates Triple H with the FU to win his first Royal Rumble at 51:45. That was a really good Rumble, with the only real low point being the Snuka-Piper thing. The roster is pretty deep now so they were able to bring out guys like Batista, Undertaker, and Michaels early on and that kept the match interesting and the surprise of Cena coming out makes this not only a good Rumble, but a very memorable one.
Rating: ****¼

BONUS MATCH: Intercontinental Championship Match – Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton, Raw, 1.14.08

Hardy has been the champion since 9.3.07, and this is his fourth title defense. Orton kicks Hardy in the balls right at the bell, so he gets disqualified at 0:08. Orton continues the beating outside the ring and exposes the concrete floor. He tries the RKO but Hardy fights it off. They fight up the entrance ramp and Orton goes for The Kick to the Head but Hardy backdrops him off the stage. Hardy starts climbing the scaffolding and he keeps going higher. He delivers an amazing Swanton Bomb and the medics are out right away to haul both of them away. As a match that was more or less non-existent, but it was an effective angle to put heat on the title match.
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San Jose Arena – San Jose, California – January 18, 1998

Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler are on commentary.

MATCH #1: The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust vs. Vader

This was during Goldusts’ very weird period, accentuated by having Luna in his corner. Vader charges but Goldust cuts him off and tries to take the early advantage. Vader overpowers him so Goldust takes a powder, which does nothing for him because Vader follows him out and clobbers him. Both of these men are slated to compete in the Royal Rumble match later on. Back in the ring Vader continues to dominate. Luna grabs Vader’s foot to distract him, allowing Goldust to hit a stiff clothesline. That gives Goldust control, and he beats on Vader both in and out of the ring. Luna interferes whenever she can of course. Goldust hits mounted punches in the corner and then kisses Vader, which is a big mistake. Vader decks Goldust with a clothesline. He follows up with a vertical suplex and then a splash for two. Vader hits a short-arm clothesline and looks ready for the Vader Bomb, so Luna distracts the referee and Goldust punches Vader in the dick. That advantage doesn’t last long and Vader is back on offense. Vader squashes Goldust with a vertical splash. He goes for another Vader Bomb, and this time Luna gets in the ring and jumps on his back. No matter, as Vader just delivers the move with her on his back, and that’s enough to get the pin at 7:52. That was fine enough for an opener, and they wisely kept it short. Kudos to whoever came up with the finish though, because that’s pretty memorable.
Rating: **½

MATCH #2: Six-Man Tag Team Match – Battallion, Tarantula & El Torito vs. Max Mini, Nova & Mosaic

Sunny is the guest referee for some reason, and she’s still smokin’ hot at this time. Nova and Tarantula start it off. This is the typical minis match, with tons of armdrags and headscissors. Mini and Battallion tag in for some more armdrags and headscissors, but different variations of those moves. Torito (definitely not today’s El Torito) tags in to battle Mosaic. Stuff continues to happen and the crowd doesn’t much care. Tags are made and different guys pair up. More armdrags and headscissors abound. Mini and Tarantua spill to the floor and nothing happens. Torito kicks Mini in the head and Battallion kicks him in the face. Mini comes back by using Sunny to his advantage. Mosaic comes in and sends Battallion to the floor, and then wipes him out with a dive. Torito follows, then Mini, then Tarantula, then Nova. Torito and Mini are the first two back in the ring. Mini goes up top and delivers a headscissors, and then turns an armdrag into a cradle to get the pin at 7:49. That was pretty typical minis action, which is fine but hardly necessary or memorable or anything.
Rating: **

Nation of Domination Looks for Stone Cold Steve Austin

Faarooq wants Mark Henry to go in first, and The World’s Strongest Man” obliges. When they get into the locker room, there is just an empty chair with an Austin foam finger.

Michael Cole Interviews The Rock

Earlier today on the Free For All, the Nation of Domination got into an argument over who was going to win the Rumble. Rock cuts his typically awesome promo, promising to get by Ken Shamrock and retain the title.

MATCH #3: Intercontinental Championship Match – Ken Shamrock vs. The Rock

Rock has been the Champion since 12.8.97, and this is his second defense. Both men are a little cautious in the early going. Rock tries to take a cheap shot but Shamrock blocks it and decks Rock instead. Everything Rock tries Shamrock has an answer for so the Champion takes a powder. Back in the ring Rock is able to land a few shots. Shamrock tries a hurricanrana but Rock drops him throat-first on the top rope. Every time Shamrock tries to build momentum Rock is able to cut him off. Rock hits the float over DDT for a two-count. Both of these competitors will also be in the Royal Rumble match later on. Shamrock hits a release Northern Lights Suplex and both men are down. Back on their feet Shamrock is firing up. Shamrock hits a powerslam for two. He unloads on Rock with right hands. Shamrock hits the hurricanrana he went for earlier, and now the Nation of Domination makes their way out. Rock produces some brass knuckles and decks Shamrock with them. He covers but Shamrock kicks out at two! It’s important to note that Rock stashed the knux in Shamrock’s tights. Shamrock hits Rock with the belly-to-belly suplex to get the pin at 10:53! Ever the crafty jerk, Rock tells the referee to check Shamrock’s tights, and sure enough the ref finds the knux and reverses his initial decision! Rock wins the match by disqualification and retains the title! The match was decent enough but they didn’t get a real solid rhythm established. I actually like the screw job finish because it was clever and builds to a logical rematch and a big payoff for the babyface. Not that that happened (well, the rematch did but not the payoff), but that would have been my thoughts at the time.
Rating: **¾

Home Video Exclusive: The Rock in the Locker Room

Rock is back in the locker room when Shamrock bursts in to attack him. Officials break it up as Rock and Shamrock yell at each other.

Elsewhere, Los Boricuas are looking for Stone Cold Steve Austin, and they beat up the first bald guy they come across, who turns out to be Skull from the Disciples of Apocalypse.

MATCH #4: World Tag Team Championship Match – Legion of Doom vs. The New Age Outlaws

Road Dogg and Billy Gunn have been the Champions since 11.24.97, and this is their third defense. It’s a pier-six brawl to start and just guess who has the advantage there. The Outlaws take a powder and the LOD goes out after them. Back in the ring the challengers are dominating. Hawk and Animal are just manhandling the Tag Team Champions. Finally the Outlaws use some cheap tactics to take control on Animal. The referee loses control and this match is just happening all over the place. Road Dogg produces a pair of handcuffs and cuffs Hawk to one of the ring posts. The Outlaws try to double-team Animal but he overpowers them both. Billy slams Animal and goes up top, but he leaps right into a powerslam. Dogg breaks up that cover with a steel chair to draw the intentional disqualification at 7:54. That was a pretty typical LOD match for the time. Hawk and Animal were so limited, but at least they seemed willing to really put the new team over (for them).
Rating: **

MATCH #5: Royal Rumble Match

Cactus Jack is #1 and his tag team partner Chainsaw Charlie is #2! That’s quite the pairing to start it off. They brawl for a while, even recklessly using chairs and chainsaws, but the friends band together when #3 Tom Brandi comes out. Cactus and Chainsaw eliminate Brandi in a matter of seconds and then resume beating each other unmerciful. Intercontinental Champion The Rock comes out at #4. Cactus and Chainsaw team up on The People’s Champ, trapping him in a trash can and hitting him with a steel chair. Rock tumbles through the ropes, so he is not eliminated. Chainsaw then turns on Cactus and hits him in the junk. Headbanger Mosh is #5. Next up at #6 is Phineas Godwinn. The ring continues to fill up as 8-Ball comes out at lucky #7. Chainsaw eliminates his tag team partner Cactus Jack. Blackjack Bradshaw is #8 and he immediately starts throwing bombs. The random brawling continues as the fans continue to wait for Stone Cold to come out. Owen Hart is #9 and they show Mike Tyson and Shane McMahon in their skybox standing up excitedly. Unfortunately for Owen, NWA North American Champion Jeff Jarrett and Jim Cornette come out and attack Owen, leaving him laying. My friend Sean Reisig’s favorite wrestler, Steve Blackman, is #10. D-Lo Brown of the Nation of Domination is the #11 entrant. The gigantic Kurrgan is #12, and he quickly throws Mosh out. Lucky #13 is Marc Mero, accompanied by Sable. Kurrgan dumps Blackman out. Next up is Ken Shamrock at #14. That’s bad news for The Rock. Shamrock actually attacks Kurrgan first, and with the help of 8-Ball, Phineas, Bradshaw, Chainsaw, and Rock, they throw Kurrgan out! That’s a big threat gone. We reach the halfway point with Headbanger Thrasher at #15. Oddly enough #16 is Mankind, who quickly eliminates Chainsaw Charlie. The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust is #17. Goldust is able to toss Mankind to the floor. Jeff Jarrett is back as an official entrant, #18. Owen makes his way back to the ring and unleashes hell on the man that attacked him earlier. Jarrett tries to throw Owen out, but Owen skins the cat and dumps Jarrett to the floor! Former Intercontinental Champion the Honky Tonk Man is a surprise entrant at #19. Hunter Hearst-Helmsley and Chyna come out with him, and then The Rock eliminates Shamrock. Chyna and Triple H use the injured HHH’s crutches to pull Owen to the floor. I guess that counts as an elimination. Next up is Ahmed Johnson at #20.

Mark Henry is #21, and Jim Ross gets in the most unintentionally hilarious line of the night, noting that Mark Henry is “handling the big Johnson.” Henry throws powder in Johnson’s eyes, and dumps him out with D-Lo’s help. When #22 is called no one answers, leading Ross and Lawler to speculate that it was Austin’s number. Henry then tosses Phineas, and a referee gets injured in the process when he gets struck with Phineas’ boot. For some reason Ahmed decides to attack Phineas and they brawl to the back. Next up is Kama Mustafa at #23. Now the Nation is four strong. For some reason the Nation has spent a lot of the match fighting each other rather than work together. The entire Rumble literally comes to a standstill as the glass breaks and Stone Cold Steve Austin is #24! Austin sneaks in from behind and immediately dumps Mero and then 8-Ball. The crowd is losing their collective mind. Next up is Henry Godwinn at #25. The brawling continues and Savio Vega us #26. The rest of Los Boricuas come with him and Austin gets rid of all of them. The leader of the Nation, Faarooq himself, is #27. Faarooq goes right after The Rock, dumping him through the ropes. Austin had also been sent through the ropes so he and Rock brawl. Dude Love is #28 and he dumps Bradshaw out. Rock is able to hit D-Lo with the People’s Elbow, and Austin punishes him with punches. The next entrant at #29 is Chainz. Faarooq eliminates D-Lo. The field is complete when Vader comes out at #30. Vader tosses Honky Tonk Man. Austin dumps Thrasher out, and then Kama. He gets rid of his old nemesis Vega next, and then Goldust gets rid of Vader. Dude Love tosses Godwinn, Chainz gets rid of Goldust, Austin dumps Chainz, and Faarooq eliminates Mark Henry.

We’re down to the Final Four – The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Faarooq, and Dude Love. Austin and Love try working together, but Faarooq eliminates the Dude. Faarooq tries to eliminate Austin but Rock sneaks up from behind and tosses Faarooq out. Austin and Rock brawl briefly and then Austin hits a Stunner and heaves Rock to the floor to win his second straight Rumble at 55:23! Really the only story of this Rumble was Austin’s quest to get the title shot, and they did a really good job telling that story. The Rock also looked great in lasting all the way to the end after starting at #4. The rest of the Rumble was a little ho-hum, but the dominant story did a good enough job of making it mostly enjoyable.
Rating: ***

Michael Cole Interviews Mike Tyson

Up in the skybox, Tyson is super excited about Austin’s victory. He’s like a little kid, also excited for the main event casket match, as he’s a fan of both guys.

MATCH #6: Casket Match for the WWF Championship – Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker

Michaels has been the Champion since 11.9.97, and this is his third defense. He has the current European Champion Triple H and Chyna in his corner. Michaels is actually the aggressor early on, trying to stick and move as best he can. Undertaker uses his power to try manhandling the Champion, and is able to backdrop him to the floor. On the way out, Shawn’s back made contact with the casket, and it’s been said that was the bump that sent his back over the edge and caused him to be out for over four years. Undertaker starts throwing Michaels around both in and out of the ring. He hits Old School, and then continues focusing on Michaels’ injured back. Michaels is not done yet though, and he’s able to fight back and lands a moonsault. They go back to the floor and Michaels reverses a whip that sends Undertaker’s knees into the steps. Michaels then drops the steps on Undertaker’s back. He follows up with the piledriver on the steps, which is always a great spot. Triple H take a series of cheap shots with his crutch, and Michaels follows him with a steel chair. Back in the ring Michaels has all the momentum on his side. Michaels tries to get Undertaker in the casket but the challenger is not done yet. Undertaker can’t follow up though and Michaels hits a swinging neckbreaker and then locks on a Sleeper. It looks like Undertaker is fading but he’s able to break the hold with a back suplex. Both men rise and Michaels hits the flying forearm. Michaels nips up and hits Hail to the King. He tunes up the band and drills Undertaker with Sweet Chin Music. Michaels puts Undertaker the casket and stands over it while delivering a crotch chop. That turns out to be a terrible move, as Undertaker fires up and starts throwing Michaels all over the ring. Undertaker charges but Michaels ducks and he tumbles into the casket. Michaels delivers a splash off the top rope and into the casket, and both men get trapped inside! That’s neat. Back in the ring Undertaker hits a massive Chokeslam. Undertaker signals for the end, and delivers a Tombstone off the apron and into the casket! Then it looks like 1994 again as the New Age Outlaws and Los Boricuas rush the ring to attack. The lights go out and here comes Kane! The crowd is losing it. Kane clears the ring with ease, as Triple H and Chyna pull Michaels out of the casket. Undertaker rises to his feet and Kane turns on him! Kane Chokeslams Undertaker into the casket and Michaels slams the lid to get the victory at 20:34. That was a killer match with almost non-stop action from two guys who have always had amazing chemistry. The finish worked just fine for the story they were telling with Undertaker and Kane, so even that doesn’t bother me. I don’t think this match gets rated very highly, but I quite like it.
Rating: ****

Kane and Paul Bearer push the casket up by the entrance. This doesn’t look good. Kane grabs an ax and chops up the casket, and then pours gasoline on it. He then lights the casket on fire! That’s quite the image to go out on for the pay-per-view.topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Turning Point 2012 (Jeff Hardy, Austin Aries) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/09/a2z-analysiz-tna-turning-point-2012-jeff-hardy-austin-aries/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/09/a2z-analysiz-tna-turning-point-2012-jeff-hardy-austin-aries/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 14:00:12 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172111 Turning Point 2012

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – November 11, 2012

Mike Tenay, Todd Keneley, and Taz are on commentary.

MATCH #1: TNA World Television Championship – “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe vs Magnus

This is a No Disqualification Match. Joe has been the Champion since 9.27.12, and this is his sixth defense. These two former Tag Team Championship partners waste no time taking it to each other. They immediately spill to the floor and Joe is in control. Tenay mentions that Joe was the ROH World Champion for almost two years, which I always like being reminded of. Back in the ring Magnus fihts back on Joe with a hard clothesline. Momentum continues to shift back and forth as these two are cutting an impressive pace in the opening contest here. Magnus seeks refuge on the floor and quietly finds a steel chair. Joe goes for a dive but Magnus throws the chair in his face. Even the chair is not enough to give Magnus a sustained advantage. Joe hits the snap powerslam for two. He follows with a powerbomb for two and rolls that right into the STF. Magnus reaches the ropes but I love that the referee doesn’t break the hold, because it’s No Disqualifications. This fact is lost on the idiot commentators. Magnus traps Joe in a Fujiwara Armbar and then turns it into a Cross Armbreaker. Joe is able to escape and drills Magnus with an enziguiri. He sets up for the Muscle Buster but Magnus blocks it and drills Joe with a hard knee strike. Magnus then sails off the top rope with the Diving elbow drop but it only gets two! Joe tries to fire up but Magnus catches him with a Michinoku Driver. Magnus goes back up top and hits another Diving elbow drop but Joe kicks out again. Joe catches Magnus running into the corner with an STJoe. Magnus goes back to the floor and grabs the chair again, but Joe takes him out with a corkscrew body press. Back in the ring Joe hits the Muscle Buster but Magnus kicks out! Joe is furious now and locks on The Choke. Magnus fights it but he passes out to give Joe the win at 12:29. That was a red hot opener between two guys that worked well as both a team and as opponents. They kept up a rapid pace throughout and the crowd was rockin’.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #2: Mixed Tag Team Match – Tara & Jessie vs Eric Young & ODB

Young and ODB are the current Knockouts Tag Team Champions, but haven’t defended the titles since Lockdown in April. Tara is the current Knockouts Champion, in her fifth reign. Taryn Terrell is the referee. The women start the match and Tara seems reluctant to lock up with ODB. Jessie tags in and ODB isn’t afraid to take it right to him. The Knockouts Tag Team Champions are dominant in the ealry going here. Tara and Jessie use some shady tactics to take control on Young. After a few minutes of abuse Young fires back, and he and Jessie clothesline each other at the same time. Tara tries to help Jessie but ODB runs her off. Taryn yells at Tara, allowing ODB to spit alcohol in Jessie’s eyes and kick him in the balls. ODB gets the hot tag and she is a house afire, beating up both Tara and Jessie. She takes Tara out and slams Jessie down. Young follows with a Hail to the King to get the pin at 8:33. That was perfectly acceptable mixed tag action, but I’m not really into Young and ODB as a duo. The crowd seems to like them though, so what do I know.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #3: TNA X Division Championship – Rob Van Dam vs Joey Ryan

RVD has been the Champion since 10.14.12, and this is his second defense. The Champ dominates in the early going, as Ryan has trouble getting out of the blocks. Ryan tries to regroup on the floor but RVD follows him out and herds him right back into the ring. RVD goes up top and Ryan is able to shove him to the floor. Ryan follows him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring Ryan continues to keep RVD on defense, hitting a nice tornado DDT for two. Of course RVD continues to fight up, but Ryan perseveres and hits the Mustache Ride for a two-count. RVD fights right back with a flurry of offense. He hits Rolling Thunder and a standing moonsault for two. He catches Ryan with a hard kick to the face and then lands the Five-Star Frog Splash to get the pin at 7:44. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that this is the same X Division Title that Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, and AJ Styles fought over in the main event of a pay-per-view. This match was incredibly dull, and pretty much just like every other RVD match in TNA.
Rating: **

RVD celebrates on the entrance ramp and Matt Morgan comes from out of nowhere and rills him with the Carbon Footprint. I don’t think this even led to anything.

MATCH #4: Joseph Park vs D.O.C.

Park looks apprehensive in the early going but still does his best to fight like a man. They go to the floor and D.O.C. tries to use a chair but thankfully misses. D.O.C. also misses a big right hand and makes contact with the steel ring post. Park keeps trying to avoid D.O.C., but back in the ring D.O.C. reclaims control. D.O.C. tries to use a hammer, but that angers Park and he fights back. Park picks up the hammer but hesitates to use it and D.O.C. takes him back down. D.O.C. works Park over but the tenacious attorney won’t stay down. The referee gets out of position for one second and D.O.C. hits Park in the face with a studded belt. That busts Park’s head open. Park sees the blood and starts to go crazy. He hits the Black Hole Slam but doesn’t cover right away. Park hits a splash but only gets two. The referee’s back gets turned and Park levels D.O.C. with a chair but again only gets two. D.O.C. grabs Park with a Chokeslam to get the win at 11:04. That went on much too long for what they were going for. If they had kept it a little shorter they might have had something here. Park deserves tons of credit for wrestling a completely different style than his “brother,” and I enjoy the character.
Rating: **½

After the bell D.O.C. continues the assault and look to use the hammer on Park, just like he did to Sting. Bully Ray runs out to make the save.

MATCH #5: TNA World Tag Team Championship – Chavo Guerrero, Jr. & Hernandez vs Kazarian & Christopher Daniels

Guerrero and Hernandez have been the Champions since 10.14.12, and this is their first defense. Daniels and Chavo start the match with some standard back and forth stuff. Chavo appears to be on a roll but the challengers cut him off. Hernandez puts a stop to that with his power advantage. Momentum shifts back to Daniels and Kazarian and they focus on Chavo. After several minutes Chavo is able to drill Kazarian with a tornado DDT. Tags are made and Hernandez is a house afire. The challengers have to double-team Hernandez to subdue him, but even with the disadvantage Hernandez fights them off. The match breaks down and the referee loses control. The champs are able to connect with a Doomsday Cross Body Block to get the pin on Daniels at 13:18. This was solid tag team formula stuff that really picked up down the stretch. Chavo and Hernandez are boring as characters, but they have the power/speed dynamic that has been successful in a lot of tag teams so they are more than capable of having good matches with teams like Daniels and Kazarian.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #6: #1 Contender’s Match for the World Title – Bobby Roode vs “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs “Cowboy” James Storm

The winner gets a shot at the TNA World Title, and the loser of the fall won’t be eligible to received a title shot until Bound for Glory 2013. AJ takes Roode out with an immediate enziguiri so he and Storm can battle each other. Roode fights his way back into the match and slugs it out with Storm on the floor. AJ takes them both out with a dive. Back in the ring AJ focuses on Roode. Storm rejoins the fray but it’s AJ that has controlled a majority of the opening minutes. That all changes when he misses a charge and AJ crashes hard to the floor. That leaves mortal enemies Roode and Storm to fight it out. The action in this one has not slowed down a bit since the opening bell. Roode is next after Styles to take control, working both of his opponents over. AJ eventually fights back and takes Storm out with a clothesline to the floor. He tries to springboard back in but Roode avoids it and AJ further tweaks his knee. Roode delivers a Spear for a two-count. He locks on a Crossface, which AJ counters to a rolup for two. Roode hits a uranage slam for another near-fall. He hits the Double R Spinebuster and picks him up for a follow up. Storm gets back in the ring and hits Roode with a backstabber. He then drills AJ with the Last Call to get the pin at 16:34. That was a unique stipulation and it was very effective. The match was non-stop action from three of TNA’s best and had a very cool finish. AJ is frozen out of the title scene for a year now, and Storm is the number one contender.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #7: Devon vs Kurt Angle

Devon stalls before the bell but once it rings the fight is on. Angle lands the first couple of blows but Devon weathers that storm and begins to wear Angle down. Momentum shifts back and forth in the opening minutes, and Angle of course uses suplexes to his advantage. Angle misses a charge in the corner and his shoulder hits the steel ring post. He then crashes hard to the floor. That gives Devon full control and the veteran relishes it. Angle pops up to the second rope and hits a missile dropkick. Both men are down. Back on their feet Angle is a house afire. Angle tries the Angle Slam but Devon avoids it and hits a clothesline. Devon goes up top and Angle brings him down with a belly-to-belly suplex for two. Angle puts on the Ankle Lock but Devon escapes and hits a Rock Bottom for a near-fall. An extremely awkward sequence leads to Angle hitting three German Suplexes for two. Angle looks to be going for a moonsault but Devon pulls him down with a powerbomb for a two-count. Devon follows up with a spinebuster for another near-fall. He goes up top and misses a diving headbutt. Angle pops up and the straps come down. He hits the Angle Slam but it only gets two. Members of the Aces & Eights make their way to ringside and that distraction allows Devon to hit a spear for a two-count. Angle quicikly grabs Devon in an Ankle Lock and grapevines the leg to get the quick tapout at 11:48. Aces & Eights storm the ring and Angle wisely gets out of dodge. This was okay back and forth stuff but the problem with Devon is that he’s not very good. The match was just a collection of moves and then a finish.
Rating: **½

MATCH #8: Ladder Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship – “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy vs Austin Aries

Hardy has been the Champion since 10.14.12, and this is his second defense. Aries stalls a bit to start and them immediately tries to bring the ladder in. They brawl in and out of the ring and Hardy continually prevents Aries from using the ladder. Hardy gets the advantage and brings the ladder in for the first climb. Aries climbs up his back and brings him down with a Russian Legsweep. That gives Aries control for a bit, but Hardy is far from done. The ladder gets set up upside down, and when Hardy tries a dive off the second rope Aries sidesteps him and Hardy crashes hard into the ladder and gets trapped. Aries follows with a slingshot splash to further injure Hardy. That was cool looking. Aries removes the broken ladder and finds a new one. He takes Hardy out with the Heat Seeking Missile. Aries then traps Hardy in the broken ladder and sets the steel steps on top of him. That’s pretty ingenious. Hardy is able to escape and scurries up the ladder but Aries shoves the ladder over and Hardy lands hard on the mat. Aries tries to climb up but this ladder appears to be damaged too. He sets it in the corner and hits an IED. Aries tries the Brainbuster but Hardy slips out and armdrags Aries into the ladder. Hardy hits an Alley-Oop Powerbomb. He climbs to the ladder and uses it to deliver a huge splash. Hardy produces a third ladder and climbs, but Aries leaps off the top rope with a dropkick to knock him down. Aries traps Hardy in the corner with a ladder and hits an IED into the ladder. He hits the Brainbuster this time and pushes Hardy to the floor. Aries climbs the ladder and Hardy joins him. Hardy hits a Twist of Fate off the ladder! He goes up top and hits the Swanton Bomb. Aries rolls to the floor. Hardy climbs up but Aries got control of the belts and he raises them out of Hardy’s reach. That angers Hardy so he takes Aries out on the floor. Hardy brins in a tall ladder and both men climb. They knock each other over and land on a ladder Aries had previously set up in the corner. Hardy hits a Twist of Fate! Aries and the ladder crash to the floor. That gives Hardy enough time to climb the big ladder and retrieve the belts at 20:58. This was in every way a worthy successor to their match at Bound for Glory 2012. They both worked hard and did some innovative moves. Hardy in particular took some sick bumps. Aries did a great job using the ladder to brutalize Hardy, and he looked like he was desperately trying to regain the title. I always think the ladder match is dead and then I see one like this and it restores my faith. Aries and Hardy have amazing chemistry together.
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A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble 1997 (Shawn Michaels, Sycho Sid) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/08/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-1997-shawn-michaels-sycho-sid/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/08/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-1997-shawn-michaels-sycho-sid/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:00:07 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171941 rumble 93-97

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Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas – Sunday, January 19, 1997

Vince McMahon, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and Jim Ross are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Intercontinental Championship Match – Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Goldust

Helmsley has been the Champion since 10.21.96, and this is his seventh defense. He has his new “butler” Mr. Hughes with him, while Goldust of course has Marlena in his corner. Goldust attacks the Champion in the aisle and the fight is on. They make it to the ring but are quickly back outside again as Goldust is dominating. Goldust uses the steel steps as a weapon, but doesn’t get disqualified. Back in the ring Helmsley tries making a comeback but Goldust has an answer for everything he does. The champ gets the advantage on the floor, but then tries a running knee and Goldust moves, causing the champ’s knee to hit the steel guardrail. Goldust then hits the knee with the steel steps, once again with no disqualification. Back in the ring Goldust continues to focus on Helmsley’s knee, also throwing in some outside the ring attacks as well. Helmsley ducks a cross body block and Goldust crashes to the floor. We actually get a break from the action for Todd Pettengill to interview country singer Colin Ray in the picture-in-picture. Oy. After several minutes of Helmsley in control, Goldust is able to make the comeback. Goldust goes up top and misses an elbow drop. Hughes gives Helmsley the Intercontinental Title belt, so Marlena distracts the Champion with a kiss. That allows Goldust to get control of the belt and deck Helmsley with it. Goldust covers but Hughes pulls Helmsley out of the ring. While the referee and Goldust get distracted with Hughes, Helmsley hits Goldust with a clothesline. Helmsley then hits the Pedigree to get the pin and retain the title at 16:50. That felt even longer than it was, and these two never had chemistry as opponents. The finish also took forever and seemed a little bit overdone.
Rating: **

Comments from the Rumble participants

Roll call – Bret Hart and Mankind. That’s it for now.

MATCH #2: Faarooq vs. Ahmed Johnson

Faarooq’s entourage was enormous at this point. Ahmed rushes in and attacks right away. He is dominating (no pun intended) the early going and Faarooq seeks solace on the floor. There is no solace found though, and Ahmed hurls Faarooq into the ring post. Back in the ring Ahmed continues to control the fight, even whipping Faarooq with a belt. Much like the first match, the referee is allowing a lot of leeway. Faarooq comes back and uses a steel chair to take control, again with no disqualification. Back in the ring Faarooq focuses on the kidney region, which is where he originally injured Ahmed, costing him the Intercontinental Title. Ahmed starts to fight up but Faarooq cuts him off with a spinebuster. That doesn’t do much damage though, as Ahmed pops up and hits a spinebuster of his own. That brings the Nation of Domination into the ring and the referee finally calls for the bell at 8:44. That was pretty dull stuff and kind of a lame finish. I get that the feud needed to continue, but it just kind of came out of nowhere.
Rating: *¾

After the match Ahmed beats on whatever Nation members he can get his hands on. Ahmed sets up the steel steps and delivers a Pearl River Plunger to an unnamed member through the French Announce Table.

Comments from the Rumble participants

Roll call – Terry Funk. That’s it. They cut over to Todd Pettengill, who is with the Nation of Domination. Both Faarooq and Crush will be in the Rumble match later, along with Ahmed Johnson.

MATCH #3: Vader vs. Undertaker

Both of these men will also compete in the Royal Rumble match later on. These two behemoths start out slugging right away. They go back and forth, with Vader using his power and Undertaker sitting up and stuff. The brawl spills to the floor and both men are cutting a pretty impressive pace given their size. Undertaker actually hits a Fame-Ass-Er! I don’t think I’ve ever seen him do that before. The two pro wrestlers continue to have a stiff match as Pettengill talks to some rubes in the crowd. I hate that – talk to the fans in between matches. Vader has actually controlled a bulk of the first 10 minutes, using his size to keep Undertaker on the mat. Undertaker fights back with a back suplex and both men are down. The Dead Man gets to his feet first but misses an elbow drop. Vader tries to capitalize by going to the second rope but Undertaker catches him with a powerslam! That was impressive. Undertaker next shrugs off a Powerbomb and hits a flying clothesline. He goes up and hits Old School. Paul Bearer makes his way out as Undertaker hits a Chokeslam. Undertaker gets distracted but is still able to knock Vader to the floor. He goes out and decks Bearer, and then throws him into the ring. Vader makes his way back to the fight and Bearer is safe for now. Undertaker and Vader spill to the floor, where Undertaker tries to leap off the steel steps but Bearer pulls Vader out of the way, causing Undertaker to hit nothing but guardrail. Bearer drills Undertaker with the urn. Back in the ring Vader hits the Vader Bomb to score the upset pin at 14:21. Vader and Bearer leave together and Undertaker beats up the referee before threatening Vince McMahon. The match was a pretty good power struggle in the beginning, but then collapsed under the weight of too much Paul Bearer. Vader would have looked more impressive getting a somewhat cleaner pin, but it was still pretty clean for beating Undertaker.
Rating: **¾

Comments from the Rumble participants

Roll call – Stone Cold Steve Austin cuts his usual awesome promo from this time, and then the British Bulldog promises to win the Rumble because he’s bizarre. I don’t get it either.

MATCH #4: Six-Man Tag Team Match – Fuerza Guerrera, Heavy Metal & Jerry Estrada vs. Perro Aguayo, El Canek & Hector Garza

In the interest of full disclosure, I do get access to a lucha TV show where I live, and I tried to watch it for a number of weeks but I just could not get into it. Lucha is just not my favorite style but I promise to give this match a fair shake. Metal and Garza start the match with some mat wrestling. They make tags to Aguayo and Estrada, and they exchange holds. Aguayo dumps Estrada to the floor and teases a dive but doesn’t go through with it. Guerrera (Juventud’s father) and Canek tag in for their turn. Not much happens there and we’re back to the two young guys, Garza and Metal. They fly around the ring at a rapid pace and wrestle to a standoff. Aguayo and Estrada tag back in, but Canek gets in before any more contact is made. Okay then. Neither team gains any kind of sustained advantage, as they continue to exchange moves and things. Guerrera gets bumped to the floor and Aguayo teases another dive but once again doesn’t go through with it. Finally the Technicos isolate Metal and focus on his right leg. The match breaks down and becomes a little tough to keep up with. Estrada gets sent to the floor and Garza wipes him out with a corkscrew plancha from the top rope. In the ring Canek slams Metal to the mat, and Aguayo sort of hits a double stomp from the top rope. Aguayo adds a lame elbow drop and that’s enough to get the pin at 10:58. Even by my Lucha standards that was pretty bad, with no flow at all, botches all over the place, and an exceptionally weak finish. I can see why this didn’t exactly catch on with WWF fans.
Rating: *

MATCH #5: Royal Rumble Match

They are going with 90-second intervals this year. Crush is entrant #1, and Ahmed Johnson got #2! That’s bad news for Crush. Crush attacks right as Johnson slides into the ring and the Rumble is underway. Next up at #3 is “Razor Ramon.” He lasts about five seconds before Ahmed throws him out. Faarooq comes out to distract Ahmed, who foolishly jumps over the top rope, eliminating himself. Next up for Crush at #4 is Phineas Godwinn. They brawl for a bit and then Stone Cold Steve Austin is #5. Crush tries telling Austin what to do and it backfires. Phineas eliminates Crush, and then Austin hits him with a Stunner and throws him to the floor. Bart Gunn is #6 and Austin makes quick work of him for his second elimination. Jake “The Snake” Roberts is making his sixth Rumble appearance at #7. These two have history, as Austin beat Jake to win the King of the Ring in 1996, the night Austin 3:16 was born. Austin eliminates Roberts. One of Austin’s chief rivals, the British Bulldog is #8. Bulldog hits the Running Powerslam. Next up is AAA superstar Pierroth at #9. The Sultan comes out at #10, and he’s got The Iron Sheik with him. Not much happens and the legendary Mil Mascaras is the #11 entrant. Intercontinental Champion Hunter Hearst Helmsley is the #12 man in the ring. Bulldog eliminates Sultan. More random brawling happens and lucky #13 is Owen Hart. Bulldog goes to eliminate Austin and Owen sneaks up from behind and dumps Bulldog out! Goldust is #14, and he has unfinished business with Helmsley. WE reach the halfway point with the 20-year-old Cibernético at #15. Cibernético lasts less than two minutes before Mascaras and Pierroth dump him out. Marc Mero is #16. Mascaras then dumps Pierroth, and then executes a dive from the top rope, effectively eliminating himself. What an idiot. Then again that rule changes year-to-year so who could blame him for trying. Goldust clotheslines Helmsley to the floor. Next up is Latin Lover at #17. Oen eliminates Goldust. Faarooq comes out with the #18 draw. He quickly eliminates Lover, and then gets clobbered by Austin. Ahmed Johnson then makes his way to the ring with a giant 2×4 and chases Faarooq out of the ring with it. Owen and Mero fight near the ropes and Austin eliminates both of them at the same time. Savio Vega is #19 and he goes right after his formal rival Austin, the only other man left in the ring. Austin makes quick work of Vega and is all alone in the ring. Jesse James comes out at #20 and Austin gets rid of him too.

Then shit gets real as Austin’s blood rival Bret “Hit Man” Hart is #21! This is phenomenal booking. The two enemies tear into each other and the crowd is losing it. Bret dominatesthe tired Austin until #22 is announced, and it’s Jerry “The King” Lawler. King gets up from the commentary table and gets in the ring, and Bret immediately eliminates him with a hard right hand. The #23 man in the ring is “Diesel.” Middle aged and crazy Terry Funk is #24. Rocky Maivia coems out with the #25 draw. Mankind is #26 as the ring is filling back up. Things get Funky as Flash Funk is #27. I wonder if he’s related to Terry. The Mastadon Vader is #28. Hog farmer Henry Godwinn is #29. The field finishes up with Undertaker at #30. Vader dumps Flash to the floor. Undertaker removes Godwinn from the match. Mankind eliminates Maivia, and then Terry Funk. Undertaker gets rid of Mankind. Funk and Mankind get into a fight on the floor and the referees try to break it up. We’re down to the Final Five – Bret Hart, Stone Cold, Vader, Undertaker, and “Diesel.” Something tells me one of those guys shouldn’t be there. Bret eliminates Austin, but the referees don’t see it! Austin sneaks back in the ring to eliminate Vader and Undertaker at the same time. Bret eliminates Diesel and then Austin eliminates Bret, and this time the officials see it and Austin wins the Rumble at 50:27! This one had some dead spots, but Austin being out there for most of it really helped it get through those dead spots. As soon as Bret came out this match was golden, and the finish is arguably the best in Rumble history.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #6: WWF Championship Match – Sycho Sid vs. Shawn Michaels

Sid has been the Champion since 11.17.96, and this is his third defense. The Champion shows off his power in the early going. Michaels fights back with his spee and tenacity. He kicks Sid to the floor. He goes out after him and tries a whip into the apron but it gets reversed. Back in the ring Michaels goes up top and Sid catches him on the way down with a powerslam for two. Sid then makes Michaels humble with the Camel Clutch. Michaels gets out of it but is quickly overpowered and dumped back to the floor. Sid focuses on the back and just abuses Michaels in inhumane ways. This goes on for quite some time, and whenever Michaels tries to make the comeback Sid cuts him off. Eventually Michaels finally does make the comeback, bodyslamming Sid and following with a flying forearm. Michaels goes up top and hits Hail to the King. The band tunes up but Sid catches it and dumps Michaels to the floor. Sid follows him out and delivers a Powerbomb on the floor! Jose Lothario and his kid try to get involved but Sid will have none of it. Back in the ring Mihcaels fights back right away and the referee gets bumped. Sid hits a huge Chokeslam but there is no referee to count. A second referee comes out but can only get to two. Sid strikes the second official just for fun. Jose gets up on the ring apron to distract Sid, allowing Michaels to use one of the ringside cameras as a weapon. That’s called a receipt, kids. The original referee crawls over to make the cover but Sid kicks out! Moments later Michaels hits Sweet Chin Music to get the pin and regain the title at 13:49. Shawn was legitimately battling the flu during this match so it definitely felt substandard and not to the level of their Survivor Series match. It was a decent David versus Goliath match with a foregone conclusion for a finish, but 1997 Shawn is still amazing so there is fun to be had in watching this.
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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Turning Point 2011 (Bobby Roode, AJ Styles) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/08/a2z-analysiz-tna-turning-point-2011-bobby-roode-aj-styles-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/08/a2z-analysiz-tna-turning-point-2011-bobby-roode-aj-styles-2/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 14:00:04 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172107 Turning Point 2011

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – November 13, 2011

Mike Tenay and Taz are on commentary.

MATCH #1: TNA Television Championship – Eric Young v. Robbie E. w/ Robbie T.

Young has been the Champion since 5.26.11, and this is his third defense. I don’t care for Eric Young or his shenannigans. Despite my dislike, Young controls the early part of the match and the crowd is behind him. Robbie takes a powder and Robbie T interferes to give Robbie E the advantage. The challenger controls the Champion for a while with his boring offense. Young fires up and pulls his shorts off, just wrestling in trunks now. He is al fired up, unleashing a flurry of offense. Young hits Hail to the King for a near-fall when T pulls E to the floor. An irritated Young pulls off his trunks and has a pair of smaller trunks underneath. Okay then. Young wipes the Robbies out with a cross body block off the top rope to the floor. Robbie T takes a cheap shot, sweeping Young’s legs and causing him to crash down on the apron. That is actually enough for Robbie E to get the pinfall and win the title at 7:49. Nothing about this was particularly interesting, and the finish was hella lame.
Rating: *½

MATCH #2: TNA World Tag Team Championship – Mexican America (Anarquia, Hernandez & Sarita) w/ Rosita v. Ink Inc. (Jesse Neal, Shanon Moore & Toxxin)

Hernandez and Anarquia have been the Champions since 8.18.11, and this is their third defense. Moore and Anarquia start the match. The challengers take the early control and look motivated here. Hernandez tags in and immediately uses his power advantage. Momentum shifts back and forth in the opening minutes, but the challengers are probably ahead on points. Finally the Champions gain the advantage and focus on Neal, keeping him isolated from his more experienced partner. After a few minutes Neal avoids a charge in the corner and hits Hernandez with a Spear. The women get tagged in and the crowd loves it. Toxxin is a house afire and the match quickly breaks down. Neal and Anarquia are left in the ring, and Neal joins forces with Toxxin for some double-teaming. Rosita distracts Toxxin, allowing Sarita to hit her with one of the belts to get the pin at 8:34. That was better than I thought it would be, even though the women did very little until the finish. This worked well enough for what it was, but these being the two top teams at the time is a little unfortunate.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: X Division Championship – Austin Aries v. Kid Kash v. Jesse Sorensen

Aries has been the Champion since 9.11.11, and this is his third defense. Kash and Aries have promised that this is going to be a handicap match, and that certianly holds true in the early going. Sorensen does his best to fight off both opponents and ends up throwing them both to the floor. He wipes them out with a dive and then throws Aries back in the ring. Sorensen goes go the top rope for an attack on Aries but Kash shoves him down. That’s the numbers game for ya. Finally some dissension in the ranks of Aries and Kash allows Sorensen to mount an attack. Unfortunately for Sorensen it is short lived and the double-team resumes. Kash pulls Sorensen to the floor and whips him into the guardrail. He holds Sorensen in place and Aries comes flying in with the Heat Seeking Missile, absolutely clobbering Sorensen. Back in the ring Aries covers for two. Aries covers again and this time Kash breaks it up. They keep it together though and both go to the top rope. Aries tries a Frog Splash and Sorensen gets his knees up. Kash misses a moonsault and all three men are down. Sorensen gets up and finally has some sustained offense, but can’t put anyone away. He goes up to the second rope, and for some reason Kash somersaults right into a clothesline. I hate how Kid Kash thinks spots like that are cool. Sorensen goes up top and Kash brings him down with a superplex. Kash hits the Money Maker and Aries sneakily puts Sorensen’s foot on the bottom rope. While Kash argues with the referee, Aries comes in and rolls him up for the pin at 12:53. That match was better in theory than in practice, as it may have worked better with someone who doesn’t suck as much as Kid Kash. Aries played his role to perfection, and Sorensen was still green but did a good job too. It just seemed to go on a little long and had some awkward spots.
Rating: **½

MATCH #4: No Disqualification Match – Rob Van Dam v. Christopher Daniels

Daniels gets on the mic before the match and tries to make this a straight wrestling match rather than a No Disqualification bout. RVD agrees, so let’s see how this goes. They chain wrestle and RVD gets the advantage so Daniels powders. Back in the ring RVD continues to dominate. RVD goes up top and tries a sunset flip but Daniels blocks it and takes control. After a few minutes RVD fights back with his usual offense. The match spills to the floor, where RVD is able to hiptoss Daniels on the entrance ramp. RVD drapes Daniels over the guardrail and this a legdrop off the ramp. That was cool. Back in the ring Daniels shoves the referee into RVD, allowing him to hit an STO. Daniels then grabs a steel chair and jams it into RVD’s gut. He hits the uranage slam on to the chair for a two-count. Daniels is frustrated and goes outside the ring to find a screwdriver. RVD blocks him from using it and then hits the Van Daminator. He goes up top and hits the Five-Star Frog Splash to get the pin at 11:15. There was nothing really wrong with that match per se, but it just never kicked into a higher gear. Daniels did some stuff, then RVD did some stuff, and then it was over.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #5: Crimson v. “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan

They start off slowly, feeling each other out to start. Morgan strikes first with a huge clothesline. He ries an early Carbon Footprint but Crimson avoids it and hits a clothesline. Crimson can’t follow up though and Morgan reclaims control, sending Crimson to the floor. Outside the ring Morgan is able to kick the steel steps into Crimson’s knee, and that gives him a pronounced advantage. Morgan hits the series of elbows in the corner and that just fires Crimson up. Crimson unloads with a flurry of offense now, throwing Morgan around, which is no small feat. Morgan fights back and hits a Chokeslam for two. He tries the Carbon Footprint again but misses, and Crimson hits a Spear for two. On the third try Morgan connects on the Carbon Footprint and Crimson wisely rolls to the floor. Morgan rolls Crimson back in but by then Crimson is able to kick out at two. Crimson hits Red Sky and Morgan rolls toward the ropes. By the time Crimson pulls him back to the center of the ring Morgan kicks out. Both men get to their feet and trade strikes, trying to out-man each other. The referee tries to get in between them and gets shoved out of the way for the double-DQ at 12:05. I understand why they went with the double-DQ and I’m not even opposed to the feud continuing in this manner, it’s just the way they went about the actual finish that was kind of lame. There also didn’t seem to be any fire when they were trading punches, just like they were doing it for the sake of doing it. It looked weak and awkward.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: Mr. Anderson & Abyss v. Immortal (Bully Ray & Scott Steiner)

Anderson and Bully start the match. Aces & Eights explode! Oh wait, wrong year. The early parts of the match go to Anderson on points. Bully fights back with a back suplex. Steiner tags in and the Immortal duo use some shady tactics to take control and wear Anderson down. Anderson is able to hit a spinning neckbreaker and both he and Bully are down. Abyss gets the hot tag but Steiner had the referee distracted so it’s not going to count. Steiner hits the Super Samoan Drop and Anderson is in big trouble. Bully comes back in and Anderson catches him with a quick DDT. This time Abyss gets the hot tag and it totally counts. Abyss is a house afire, decimating his former Immortal brothers. Bully and Steiner try to double-team the Monster but to no avail. Anderson tags himself back in, unbeknownst to Immortal but knownst to us. He comes flying off the top rope with a high cross body on Steiner for two. Meanwhile Abyss and Bully clothesline each other on the floor. Steiner comes back and hits the Steiner Flatliner for a near-fall. He follows with a Frankensteiner from the top rope but this time the referee won’t count because Abyss tagged Anderson from the floor and not anywhere near the right corner. Abyss surprises Steiner with the Black Hole Slam to get the pin at 11:47. That was a bogus tag that Abyss made, and that makes me hate the finish. Aside from that the match was fine, standard IMPACT Wrestling stuff.
Rating: **

After the match Bully Ray and Scott Steiner put Abyss through a table, but The Monster pops right back up! Steiner bails immediately and Bully soon follows, looking stunned.

MATCH #7: Knockouts Championship – Velvet Sky v. Gail Kim (w/ Madison Rayne & Karen Jarrett)

Velvet has been the Champion since 10.16.11, and this is her first defense. Gail and Madison are the current Knockouts Tag Team Champions. Velvet attacks right away and she has a lot of fury. The experienced challenger weathers that storm and takes control, wearing Velvet down. Velvet tries to mount a comeback but Gail has an answer for everything she tries. Eventually Velvet does make the comeback and unleashes her terrible looking offense. Velvet hits In Yo’ Face but Karen Jarrett has the referee distracted. Madison sneaks in the ring and hits an awful looking Rayne Drop. Gail crawls over to make the cover but only gets two. She goes up top and tries a back senton but Velvet moves out of the way. Velvet covers for two and Gail counters that to a cradle for her own two-count. Madison distracts Velvet again and this time Gail hits Eat Defeat to get the pin at 5:52. Gail is now a two-time Knockouts Champion. The match unfortunately was not so very good, and it’s not Gail’s fault. I feel bad knocking Velvet because it looks like she’s really trying, but she’s just not so good.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #8: Jeff Hardy v. Jeff Jarrett (w/ Karen Jarrett)

Jarrett is the current AAA World World Heavyweight Champion. Hardy charges the ring and hits an immediate Twist of Fate and gets the pin in six seconds! Jarrett is pissed, and he wants to go again. Hardy agrees and here we go. Jarrett goes right to work and keeps Hardy grounded. Hardy fights back and hits a gourdbuster for two. He goes for Whisper in the Wind but Jarrett shoves him down. Hardy tries to fight up again but Jarrett catches him in a Sleeper. The tenacious Hardy is able to fight his way out and hit a back suplex. Both men rise and trade fisticuffs. Hardy gets the better of it. A series of reversals ends with Jarrett trying the Figure-Four Leglock and Hardy turns it into an inside cradle to get his second pin at 5:44. As Hardy walks up the ramp, Jarrett grabs a steel chair and blindsides Hardy with it. Jarrett drags Hardy back to the ring and delivers The Stroke. He and Karen demand one more match and they get it for some reason. Jarrett covers and gets two, as Hardy rolls him over into a crucifix to get his third pin at about 20 seconds. These two have never had good chemistry as opponents, and this match was no different. It was a short, awkward exercise that made Jarrett look like a doofus and Hardy like a guy who beat a doofus.
Rating: *½

MATCH #9: TNA World Heavyweight Championship – Bobby Roode v. “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles

Roode has been the Champion since 11.3.11, and this is his second defense. AJ is aggressive in the early going so Roode tries to avoid him. The tenacious challenger is able to get a hold of Roode and he sets out to systematically wear him down. Roode fights back and cuts AJ off with a hard clothesline. After a brief time AJ avoids a charge and Roode crashes to the floor. AJ follows him out with a flying forearm off the apron. Back in the ring Roode uses the referee to help him take a cheap shot, and they go back to the floor. Roode dominates and keeps up the pressure back inside the ring. AJ comes back with a superplex and both men are down. Back on their feet AJ is in total control, working the Champion over. Things get a little awkward briefly but they recover well enough. Roode hits a big spinebuster for two. AJ comes back with a hammerlock back supelx. He tries a springboard 450 but Roode avoids it. Roode then counters the Styles Clash into a Crossface. AJ is able to escape with a tiny little powerbomb. He follows up with the springboard flying forearm for a two-count. The referee gets in the wrong spot and Roode delivers a low blow to AJ, which also makes contact with the ref. Roode covers but only gets two. AJ gets a quick inside cradle for two, and then drills Roode with an enziguiri. They trade punches and AJ wins that battle. Roode tries to beg off but AJ will have none of it. AJ knocks Roode to the floor and tries to follow with a dive but he misses and lands hard on the floor. Back in the ring Roode hits the Payoff but only gets two! Roode goes for another one but AJ avoids it and hits the Pele! AJ goes for the Styles Clash but Roode sweeps the legs and rolls AJ up with a handful of tights to get the pin at 19:32. These are two very talented wrestlers and they had a mostly good match. The crowd wasn’t so into it for the most part, and a few very awkward spots knocked this one down a few pegs. Overall it was an effective victory for Roode and the finish lends itself to a rematch, so all’s well that ends well.
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A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble 1996 (Shawn Michaels Diesel) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/07/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-1996-shawn-michaels-diesel/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/07/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-1996-shawn-michaels-diesel/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:00:37 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171939 rumble 93-97

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Selland Arena – Fresno, California – Sunday, January 21, 1996

Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect are on commentary. On the Free-For-All before the pay-per-view broadcast, Duke “The Dumpster” Droese beat Hunter Hearst-Helmsley, and as a result Droese will enter #30 in the Rumble and Helmsley will enter at #1. This match is not on the DVD despite what the box says. I feel cheated!

MATCH #1: Jeff Jarrett vs. Ahmed Johnson

I was a HUGE Ahmed Johnson fan at this time. This match was set up when Jarrett attacked Ahmed after his match with Buddy Landell at last month’s In Your House 5: Season’s Beatings. Ahmed charges the ring and the fight is on. Jarrett tries to bail but Ahmed chases him around the ring. Back inside Jarrett tries to capitalize but Ahmed simply overpowers him. Ahmed charges at Jarrett but misses, making contact with the ropes. That gives Jarrett the advantage he needed. Jarrett throws Ahmed into the steel steps. Back in the ring Jarrett presses the advantage but Ahmed starts to Hulk Up. Ahmed catches Jarrett coming off the second rope with an inverted atomic drop. He follows with a hard clothesline. Ahmed lands the spinebuster, usually the setup for the Pearl River Plunge. Jarrett wisely rolls to the floor and Ahmed takes him out with a suicide dive. Ahmed goes up to the top rope and misses a somersault senton, hurting his knee in the process. Jarrett puts on the Figure-Four Leglock, and Ahmed powers his way out. A frustrated Jarrett grabs his guitar and goes to the top rope, and he brings it down hard on Ahmed’s head for the disqualification at 6:38. The action was fine while it lasted, but it was pretty pointless in the end, and I don’t think this feud was ever resolved.
Rating: *½

Todd Pettengill Interviews Diesel

Diesel is getting ready for the Rumble and looks supremely confident. Pettengill mentions the debuting Vader, and Diesel says it feels more like “Big Daddy Cool Time.” Diesel says in the end he wants his belt back and it doesn’t matter if he faces Bret Hart or the Undertaker.

MATCH #2: World Tag Team Championship Match – The Bodydonnas vs. The Smoking Gunns

Billy and Bart Gunn have been the Champions since 9.25.95, and this is their seventh major defense. Skip and Zip have Sunny in their corner of course. Billy and Skip start the match. They cut a fast pace and Billy seems to be in control but misses a clothesline and tumbles to the floor. Skip and Zip throw Bart outside as well. The Gunns quickly make the comeback and give the challengers a taste of their own medicine. We reset back in th ering with Billy and Skip again. That goes Billy’s way, so tags are made. The Gunns continue to frustrate the Bodydonnas at every possible turn. Sunny gets up on the apron and gets knocked down when Skip sends Billy into the ropes. Billy is a good cowboy so he checks on her, allowing Skip and Zip to attack, igniting a brawl on the floor. Sunny is apparently fine, and her men now have control of the matchup. After several minutes of abuse Billy is able to make the tag. Bart is a house afire, and nBIlly has regained some strength as well. The Gunns hit Zip with the Sidewinder but Sunny has the referee distracted so no count is made. Skip comes off the top rope with an elbow on Bart and covers him for two. The Bodydonnas go for a double suplex on Bart but Billy takes out Zip with a Spear and Bart grabs Skip in an inside cradle to get the pin at 11:13. The tag team division was a bit of a mess at this time, but these two teams were pretty solid and went out and did the tag formula thing just fine.
Rating: **¾

Billionaire Ted’s Wrasslin’ War Room

This is a rather famous skit in which Hulk Hogan (“The Huckster”), Randy Savage (“The Nacho Man”), and Mean Gene Okerlund (“Scheme Gene”) are portrayed as old has beens that the WWF was better off without. It also shows Ted Turner as an out of touch jerk who just wants to buy everything. No one ever accused Vince McMahon of being the most mature person in the world.

MATCH #3: Intercontinental Championship Match – Goldust vs. Razor Ramon

Ramon has been the Champion since 10.22.95, and this is his fourth major defense. Goldust has Marlena and his usher in his corner. Ramon dominates the early going, as Goldust has angered him with his homoerotic antis in recent weeks. That continues here, as Goldust executes a go behind and feels Ramon up. This is pretty crazy stuff for 1996. Ramon continues to be aggressive and Goldust continues to play mind games. Out on the floor Marlena distracts Ramon long enough for Goldust to finally take the advantage. Back in the ring Goldust continues going to work, wearing Ramon down. The mind games have paid off handsomely I’d say. Goldust uses a sleeper to try and put Ramon out, but that backfires when Ramon gets the referee out of position and kicks Goldust in the junk. Oddly it’s Goldust crawling over to make the cover, and he gets two. Back on their feet Ramon has fired up, and he hits a Chokeslam for two. Ramon follows with the Fallaway Slam for another two-count. Goldust pokes Ramon in the eyes and goes up top but Ramon knocks him down. Ramon hits the belly-to-back superplex, but Marlena is in the ring distracting the referee. The 1-2-3 Kid sneaks in and drills Ramon with a spin kick from the top rope, and that’s enough for Goldust to get the pin and win the title at 14:17. The match was decent, but Goldust was all gimmick at this point and not great in the ring (which is strange given how much fun he is to watch now). Granted the gimmick was unique and working, so the match was fine enough.
Rating: **½

Comments from Rumble Participants

Here’s who they deemed important enough to get pre-Rumble comments: Owen Hart, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Barry Horowitz, Vader, and Shawn Michaels.

MATCH #4: Royal Rumble Match

Hunter Hearst-Helmsley of course drew #1, and his rival Henry O. Godwinn is #2. Godwinn takes the early advantage and throws Helmsley around the ring. Next out at #3 is former two-time WWF Champion Mr. Bob Backlund. Not much happens and Jerry “The King” Lawler is #4. The three heels try to slop Godwinn with his own slop bucket, but Godwinn is crafty enough to get control of his own bucket. Backlund, Lawler, and Helmsley run to the floor (but not over the top rope), and Godwinn throws the slop on them! That is gross. Next up is Bob “Spark Plugg” Holly at #5. More royalty comes out next, with #6 being the gigantic King Mabel. The random brawling continues as no one has been eliminated when Jake “The Snake” Roberts comes out at #7! This is his first match in WWE since 1992. Roberts has a new snake with him and all the wrestlers try to bail, but the unlucky Lawler ends up with the snake all over him! Lawler crawls under the ring and the match resumes. Nxt up at #8 is the legendary Dory Funk Jr., and McMahon actually mentions that he is a former NWA Champion, and that Terry Funk was also invited to compete tonight. I wonder why he didn’t. It’s interesting to see Funk and Backlund in the ring together. The biggest man in the match, former two-time WWF and World Tag Team Champion Yokozuna, is #9. Yokozuna immediately tosses Backlund for the first elimination. The #10 entrant is the 1-2-3 Kid, and Razor Ramon is close behind, still furious at Kid for costing him the Intercontinental Title earlier. Officials herd Ramon to the back and Kid joins the fray. For some reason All Japan’s Takao Omori is #11. I believe this is his first and only WWF appearance. Roberts knocks Yokozuna off his feet and gets a nice pop for it. Savio Vega is #12. Yokozuna single-handedly eliminates Mabel, and Roberts dumps Omori. Lucky #13 is Vader, and he goes right after Holly, curiously not eliminating him for some reason. Vega eliminates Funk. Doug Gilbert of the USWA is out at #14. Perfect talks about Doug’s brother Eddie, as the commentary continues to blow my mind. Roberts hits Vega with a DDT, but seconds later Vader eliminates Roberts with a hard clothesline. Another odd entrant, Squat Team I is #15. Vader elimiantes Gilbert and then tosses half of the Squat Team. The creatively named Squat Team II is #16, and the elimianted brother decides to get back in the ring. Vader throws one of them to the floor and Yokozuna eliminates the other one. Next up at #17 is Owen Hart. Yokozuna and Vader work together on Vega. The odds-on favorite Shawn Michaels is #18. Vader eliminates Vega. It’s worth mentioning that three Clique members are in the ring at the same time. Finally Vader and Yokozuna come to blows, and when they fight up against the ropes Michaels is able to eliminate both of them! Michaels tosses the Kid next. Next to the ring at #19 is Hakushi. Meanwhile Vader beats up Yokozuna on the floor. Vader gets back in the ring and beats on Michaels, press slamming him over the top rope to the floor. He throws everyone to the floor, causing complete chaos. WWF President Gorilla Monsoon and other assorted officials come out to try and get control. Monsoon and Vader face off but there is no confrontation yet. All of Vader’s post-elimination eliminations don’t count, even though in other years people have been able to eliminate others after they were out, but whatever. Tatanka is #20.

Hart eliminates Hakushi as Aldo Montoya reveals himself as the #21 entrant. For some reason Michaels goes out to the floor to retrieve Lawler, who has been hiding for well over 20 minutes I think. Michaels tosses Lawler out and then Diesel comes out at #22. Tatanka dumps Montoya to the floor. Diesel gets rid of Tatanka. Kama is #23. Next up is some jobber called The Ringmaster at #24. Ringmaster goes after Holly and fights with Diesel. He’s able to eliminate Holly. Jobber extraordinaire Barry Horowitz is entrant #25. Diesel unceremoniously dumps Helmsley to the floor about 48 minutes in. Fatu makes a difference at #26. Next man out at #27 is Isaac Yankem D.D.S., Jerry Lawler’s personal dentist. Owen dumps Horowitz to the floor. Diesel and Michaels join forces to eliminate Owen, Shawn’s chief rival at this time. Speaking of Shawn’s rivals, his former partner Marty Jannetty is #28. It takes a minute and even though they are both babyfaces now, Michaels and Jannetty do tear into each other. The British Bulldog is #29. He goes right after Michaels. Diana Hart is watching on from the crowd. Lunatic. Bulldog dumps Jannetty to the floor. Fatu clotheslines the Ringmaster out, and then Fatu is next to go courtesy of Yankem. Finally the field is complete when Duke “The Dumpster” Droese makes his way out at #30. Michaels and Bulldog go through the ropes and fight on the floor, and Owen Hart makes his way back to help his brother-in-law. Back in the ring Michaels eliminates Yankem and Kama eliminates Droese.

That leaves us with a final four of Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Kama, and British Bulldog. Michaels quickly eliminates Bulldog, and Diesel helpfully gets rid of Kama, and then Michaels superkicks Diesel to the floor to win his second straight Rumble at 58:47. Outside of Shawn Michaels coming back and Vader destroying everyone, there weren’t really any interesting stories in this Rumble. There also was very little drama in the end, as the Final Four segment lasted all of about 30 seconds. All that makes this one of the weaker Rumbles. After the match Diesel is angry and attacks Bulldog in the aisle. He goes back to the ring and gives Shawn a high five.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #5: WWF Championship Match – Undertaker vs. Bret “Hit Man” Hart

The angry Diesel is still making his way to the locker room as Undertaker starts his entrance, and they get into a fight in the aisle! Officials are able to break it up before anything too serious happens. Bret has been the Champion since 11.19.95, and this is his third defense. Undertaker is wearing the protective face mask because Mabel and Yokozuna broke his face a while back. McMahon mentions that this is Bret’s forty-third pay-per-view appearance. They just don’t mention cool little stats like that anymore.

It starts off as a slug fest, which does not go well for the Champion. Undertaker dominates the early minutes with his size and power advantage. This goes on for several minutes until Bret makes the comeback and sends Undertaker to the floor. Bret follows him out with a house show dive. He tries a dive off the apron but Undertaker catches him and rams his spine into the ring post. The fight continues on the floor as the referee is being very liberal with the count. Momentum shifts back to Bret, and he targets the knee, always a good strategy against a big guy and when your finishing move is the Sharpshooter. This goes on approximately forever before Undertaker makes the comeback. Undertaker throws Bret to the floor and chokes him with a TV cable and even uses a chair. Back in the ring Bret is able to fight back and reusme work on the leg and knee. Undertaker fights back. Yawn. Bret hits a DDT for a two-count. He goes for the Sharpshooter but Undertaker avoids it. Both men hit a simultaneous clothesline and both men are down. Back on their feet Bret is able to remove Undertaker’s protective mask. Bret concentrates on the face, ramming it into an exposed turnbuckle. Undertaker gets angry and hits the Tombstone Piledriver but Diesel returns and pulls the referee to the floor before a count can be made. That’s obviously a disqualification at 28:28. This is one of the worst matches I’ve ever seen between two great wrestlers. It went on forever and never got out of first gear, they just did stuff back and forth and it never went anywhere. Not to mention going that long for THAT finish is insulting. It also makes Bret, the Champion, look like a giant pussy. What a disaster of a main event.
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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Turning Point 2010 (Jeff Hardy, Matt Morgan) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/07/a2z-analysiz-tna-turning-point-2010-jeff-hardy-matt-morgan-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/07/a2z-analysiz-tna-turning-point-2010-jeff-hardy-matt-morgan-2/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 14:00:44 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172103 Turning Point 2010

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – November 7, 2010

Introduction

The opening video package is all about Jeff Hardy and how he is the Antichrist of Professional Wrestling. I actually really loved this character and thought Hardy did a tremendous job with it.

Mike Tenay and Taz are on commentary.

MATCH #1: TNA X-Division Championship Match – Jay Lethal vs. Robbie E w/ Cookie

Lethal has been the champion since 9.25.10, and this is his second defense. The champ takes early control and E has to powder. Back in the ring Lethal stays in control, frustrating the challenger. Once again they spill to the floor and Lethal stays in control. E just can’t get untracked here. Lethal hits a springboard missile dropkick for two. He goes for the Lethal Combination but E hangs on to the top rope, and then delivers a Stun Gun to take control. Eventually Lethal makes the comeback with a flurry of offense and the crowd is digging it. Cookie distracts the referee and Lethal takes offense to it. All I’m saying is Cookie doesn’t like the circus. Who doesn’t like the circus? Lethal knocks E to the floor and takes him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring Cookie distracts Lethal again, but it doesn’t stop him from hitting the Lethal Combination. Lethal goes up top for the Elbow but Cookie interferes again and Lethal gets crotched on the top rope. E follows up with a standing neckbreaker (really?) to get the win and become the new X Division Champion at 10:40. That was adequate, but I can’t help but dream of the days when Joe, AJ, and Daniels were competing for this title.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #2: Mickie James vs. Tara

James charges the ring and they start brawling right away. This has been a very hateful feud, allegedly dating back to their WWE days. They lock up intensely and roll around in and out of the ring but can barely be separated. Tara takes the first control, viciously attacking James and screaming at her while she does it. James comes back by sending Tara to the floor with a headscissors and then hitting a Thesz Press off the apron. Back in the ring James hits a missile dropkick and goes for the Mick Kick but Tara blocks it and goes back on offense. They fight up on the top rope and both end up tumbling to the floor. Referee Jackson James can’t get control of the women and when they shove him out of the way he calls for the bell and it’s a no-contest at 8:15. The intensity in this one seemed pretty real, and the finish is as good a way as any to keep this particular feud going. Even after the bell rings the two women can’t he held apart, and the fight even makes it all the way back to the ring before agents and security can break them up. Hey look, it’s D-Lo Brown and Simon Diamond!
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match – The Motor City Machine Guns vs. Team 3D

Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley have been the champions since 7.11.10, and this is their fifth defense. Team 3D decided that they had nothing left to accomplish as a team, so they wanted to fight the TNA World Tag Team Champions one last time and then retire. That’s actually a great setup for the match. Devon and Shelley start the match with a handshake and then they lock up. The Guns take the first control but when Sabin comes in the veterans take over so Sabin wisely takes a powder. Taz ignores kayfabe entirely to talk about the creation of the Dudley Boyz. Meanwhile the teams go back and forth, with the champions using their speed and agility and the challengers using the veteran wiles. Out on the floor Ray tries charging into Sabin, who moves, and Ray hits nothing but post and he’s busted open. Back in the ring Sabin goes for a super rana but Ray counters it to a super powerbomb for a two-count. Ray neglects to make the tag though so Shelley unloads on him with kicks. Shelley tries a move off the middle rope but Ray catches him with a Bubba Cutter and both men are down. Tags are made and Devon is all over Sabin. Devon hits Sabin with a powerslam for two. He handles both Guns and gets a couple more near-falls on Sabin, some of which Shelley breaks up. Ray recovers enough for some vintage Team 3D double-team moves. Team 3D brings a table into the match but Ray ends up crashing through it. The referee loses control of the match. Some miscommunication from the Guns leads to Sabin getting hit with the 3D and he kicks out! That may be the first person to ever kick out of that. That stymies Team 3D and the Guns hit the Skull and Bones on Ray to get the pin at 17:06. Team 3D went out of their way to make the champions look good, and it resulted in one of their best matches in TNA (the other one was also against the Guns, at Genesis 2007. This was a fitting swan song for Brothers Ray and Devon.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #4: No Disqualification Match – Rob Van Dam vs. Tommy Dreamer

Tenay immediately uses “infer” when he means “imply,” and I’m deducting points from the match because of it. It’s my review, I can do what I want. They go back and forth and appear to be evenly matched in the early going. Because of their long history, both men are familiar with each other and their strategies. RVD takes the first powder and Dreamer lets him rest for a while before joining him out there. This match sure isn’t in a hurry to get anywhere. RVD tries to introduce a chair but it backfires and Dreamer takes control. Dreamer slowly goes to work on him, eventually introducing a ladder. He goes up and hits a Frog Splash, but lands awkwardly and appears to have broken his wrist. That’s disgusting, please just go home now. Unfortunately, they just keep going, and slowly. RVD misses a Five-Star Frog Splash and Dreamer hits a piledriver for two. They set up the ladder on the middle rope in one of the corners and Dreamer goes for a superplex but instead gets crotched on the ladder. That’s one of those spots where if he had hit the superplex it would be no more impactful from the ladder than it normally would, so it’s a stupid spot. RVD misses another Five-Star Frog Splash, but blocks a Dreamer DDT and Dreamer falls back hard on a chair. The third time is a charm for RVD and the Five-Star, as he finally gets the win to end this travesty at 15:56. That was dull, plodding, and gross after the injury. In fact, the whole thing was downright embarrassing.
Rating: *

MATCH #5: Raven, Sabu, Rhino, Stevie Richards & Brian Kendrick vs. AJ Styles, Kazarian, Beer Money & Douglas Williams

Styles is the current TNA Television Championship. It starts off as a big brawl right away as referee Earl Hebner tries to gain some semblance of control. Kendrick and Kazarian end up the last two in the ring, but that quickly changes as people come and go. Williams apparently injures Kendrick’s knee, leaving the EV2.0 team at a one-man disadvantage. Fortune isolates Richards, working him over in their half of the ring. Finally Richards comes back by blocking a Stevie Kick and hitting the Back to the Future. Rhino gets the hot tag and throws Fortune around briefly before he gets cut off. Fortune now works on Rhino until he can hit a TKO on Storm, and then tags are made to Sabu and Styles. Raven gives Sabu a chair so he can dive off it to take out Williams and Beer Money on the floor. Back in the ring Sabu hits a tornado DDT on Styles for two. The parade of finishers begins now, with everyone hitting their big moves on someone. Rhino absolutely destroys Roode with a Gore and Storm blasts Rhino with the Last Call. Sabu takes Storm out with a chair and then goes for a super rana on Styles, but Styles blocks it and hits the Styles Clash to get the win and relieve Sabu of his job at 12:04. That was solid formula stuff with the right team going over. The EV2.0 guys pay tribute to Sabu, and Dreamer says you can tell your kids and your grandkids that you saw Sabu. And then you’ll have to tell them who Sabu was.
Rating: ***

MATCH #6: Lumberjack Match – D’Angelo Dinero vs. Abyss

The lumberjacks are members of the Pop’s congregation, so that seems like a pretty unfair advantage to have doesn’t it? Dinero was paired up with Sting and Kevin Nash, but they both bailed on him. He takes the first advantage and dropkicks Abyss to the floor. Abyss wisely gets right back in the ring rather than face the congregation lumberjacks. Back in the ring Abyss fights back and dumps Dinero to the floor, but the lumberjacks catch him and put him back in the ring. Dinero stays ahead of Abyss, hitting a flying clothesline off the top rope for two. The lumberjacks continue to support the Pope, as does the crowd, but Abyss is able to cut him off with a big boot to the face. Abyss works Dinero over, including a running squash in the corner. Dinero eventually comes back with a DDT and both men are down. Back on their feet Dinero maintains fire and keeps Abyss off-guard. Abyss fights back with the Shock Treatment for a two-count. The fight again spills to the floor and Dinero wipes Abyss out with a dive. The lumberjacks throw Abyss back in the ring and Dinero goes up top to hit a diving headbutt for two. Dinero stays in control and then Eric Bischoff shows up, making the recognized symbol for money. Then the lumberjacks turn on Dinero, including his own brother Kevin. They throw him back in the ring and Abyss hits the Black Hole Slam to get the pin at 12:50. These two do not mesh well at all.
Rating: **

MATCH #7: Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Jarrett

Jarrett tries to bail on the match but Joe forces him back to the ring. Joe is fired up from the get-go and Jarrett does his best to avoid him. That only lasts for so long, as Joe uses hard strikes to wear Jarrett down. Every time Jarrett tries to fight back Joe cuts him off. Joe hits a few dozen Kobashi chops in the corner, and Jarrett responds with the Ankle Lock. That goes nowhere and Joe is right back on offense. Jarrett comes back with the Stroke but it only gets two. Joe hits an exploder and puts Jarrett on the top rope. Jarrett snaps Joe’s neck off the top rope, and then hits the Stroke off the middle rope and Joe kicks out at two! Now Jarrett goes for a steel chair, despite referee Brian Hebner’s objections. While they argue Joe regroups and hits the elbow suicida, taking out both Jarrett and Hebner. Back in the ring Joe sets up for the Muscle Buster, but Murphy and Gunner come out to break it up. Joe hits Gunner with the Muscle Buster and turns his attention to Murphy. Before he can do anything to him, Jarrett grabs security’s nightstick and chokes Joe out with it. The referee recovers and Murphy helps him back to the ring, just in time to see Jarrett choking an unconscious Joe, and the hand drops three times, giving Jarrett the cheap victory at 10:31. I actually don’t mind that finish, as heels cheating generally leads to a rematch where the babyface goes over. I don’t remember if that’s what happened, but that seems to be the idea anyway. The match was not amazing.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #8: TNA World Championship Match – Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Morgan

Hardy has been the champion since 10.10.10 and this is his first defense. Morgan uses his power to dominate the World Champion early on. Hardy pretty much tries to avoid Morgan, and agitates the big man by spitting in his face. They spill to the floor and Morgan controls out there too, but back in the ring he misses a legdrop and that gives Hardy the opportunity to go after the big man’s legs, which is good strategy. After a few minutes Morgan makes a big comeback with a series of strikes. Morgan rips Hardy’s shirt off and then hits a discuss clothesline for two. Hardy comes back with a hard DDT for two. Now Morgan comes back and Hardy cuts him off with a low blow and then hits the Twist of Hate for a near-fall that the crowd didn’t care about. Morgan fights back again and hits the Carbon Footprint, and for some reason the referee just stops counting and then Hardy kicks him in the head, sort of. What the hell was that? Morgan’s confusion gives Hardy the chance to hit another Twist of Hate but Morgan kicks out again. Hardy is able to connect with the Whisper in the Wind and follows up with a third Twist of Hate for the win at 13:05. That started off okay as a big man versus little man match, but it never kicked into a higher gear and the goofiness with the referee hurt it.
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A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble 1995 (Shawn Michaels, British Bulldog) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/06/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-1995-shawn-michaels-british-bulldog/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/06/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-1995-shawn-michaels-british-bulldog/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 17:00:51 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171937 rumble 93-97

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USF Sun Dome – Tampa, Florida – Sunday, January 22, 1995

Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Intercontinental Championship Match – Razor Ramon vs. Jeff Jarrett

Ramon has been the champion since 8.29.94, and this is his fifth major defense. He easily controls his challenger in the early going, even busting out a chokeslam. Jarrett powders and comes back in with a little bit of offense and can’t help but gloat. Ramon soon regains control and Jarrett powders again. His stalling is almost at Zbyszko level. He finally gets back in the ring and they go back and forth, with the Florida crowd fully in support of the champion. Jarrett takes control and wears Ramon down, eventually going to the sleeper. Ramon escapes it but Jarrett gets a neckbreaker and tries using the ropes for leverage on the pin cover but Ramon kicks out anyway. Jarrett stays one step ahead of Ramon, and dumps him to the floor. Ramon appears to have injured his knee, and the Roadie makes it worse when he clips it from behind. Ramon can’t make it back to the ring and gets counted out at 11:45.

Jarrett appears upset about the countout since that means he doesn’t win the title, but then why didn’t he even try to get Ramon back into the ring? He challenges Ramon to come back to the ring and re-defend the title. He calls him yellow, so Ramon comes back to the ring and we restart the match at 14:34. Jarrett wisely goes right to work on the leg. He eventually puts on the figure-four but Ramon punches his way out of it. Ramon valiantly fights back with right hands. He goes for the super back suplex and Jarrett falls back on him, but Ramon reverses his reversal and gets a two-count. He motions for the Razor’s Edge but his leg gives out and Jarrett capitalizes with a small package to get the pin and win the title for the first time at 20:54. The match was pretty bland most of the way through, and the stop and restart didn’t really catch on with the live crowd.
Rating: **¼

Stephanie Wyand interview update

Wyand is waiting for Jeff Jarrett to arrive, and while she waits she throws it over to Todd Pettengill, who is fawning over Pamela Anderson in her dressing room. Back over to Wyand, and she’s with Jarrett and The Roadie, and they are gloating about the big win tonight.

MATCH #2: Irwin R. Schyster vs. Undertaker

IRS has Ted DiBiase in his corner, while the Undertaker has Paul Bearer. They stall forever at the bell. When the finally make contact Undertaker levels IRS with a boot to the face. Undertaker absolutely dominates the early minutes and IRS takes a frustrated powder. DiBiase brings out some Druids, who interfere to try and give IRS the control but they are not able to do so. Eventually the numbers game does take over and the Druids halp IRS take his first advantage of the match. The Druids continue to interfere but Undertaker fights them all off. That gives IRS the chance to hit the Write-Off and both men are down. Undertaker simply sits up and delivers the Chokeslam to get the pin at 12:21. That was dreadfully boring and felt like it went on forever.
Rating: *¼

After the bell the Druids continue to attack, but Undertaker fights them off with ease. King Kong Bundy makes his way out to join in the attack, allowing IRS to steal the urn. That gives Bundy a huge advantage and he beats Undertaker down, leaving him laying. Undertaker staggers to the back, looking worse for wear.

Todd Pettengill interviews Diesel and Bret Hart

Earlier tonight, Todd Pettengill tried to get words with Diesel, who says that now is not the time to talk. Elsewhere, Pettengill tried to get words with Bret Har, who is a little more verbose. Bret says he has been focused on getting the title back since losing it at Survivor Series.

MATCH #3: WWF Championship Match – Bret “Hit Man” Hart vs. Diesel

Diesel has been the Champion since 11.26.94, and this is his second major defense. The Champion immediately uses his power advantage to show the Hit Man who’s boss. Diesel clotheslines Bret to the floor. Bret wisely pulls Diesel’s legs out from under him and rams them into the ring post. That gives Bret the opening to attack the legs with vigor. Bret uses the Figure-Four Leglock to weaken Diesel and keep him on the canvas. Diesel is so tall though that he is able to reach the ropes. He tries to seek refuge on the floor but Bret wipes him out with a suicide dive. Bret tries to whip Diesel into the stairs but Diesel reverses it and Bret crashes into the steps. Back in the ring Diesel has the momentum on his side now. Diesel works on the back, even using a Canadian Backbreaker on the Canadian Hero. Take that, Canada! Bret counters with a Sleeper but Diesel quickly throws him down to the mat. Diesel lands a Big Boot to really take control back. He charges into the corner and Bret gets hits boots up. Bret goes to the second rope and hits a clothesline. He goes back to the floor and trips Diesel up again, and this time he takes off some wrist tape and ties Diesel around the ring post! Bret unloads on Diesel as the referee unties him. That little trick has given Bret a huge advantage, and he hits some of the Moves of Doom but can’t put Diesel away yet. Bret clotheslines Diesel to the floor and tries another suicide dive, but this time Diesel catches him and rams his back into the ring post! Back in the ring Diesel hits the Jackknife and Shawn Michaels runs out to break up the cover! The crowd LOVES Michaels, by the way. I didn’t hear a bell ring, it should be noted. The referee decides that since this match is so important, he won’t let Shawn’s interference ruin it, and the match will continue!

After the distraction, Bret has recovered enough to go right back to Diesel’s legs, using the Figure-Four Leglock again. Diesel tries going after Bret’s injured ribs and back, but the Hit Man is tenacious. Bret wraps Diesel’s legs around the ring post and smashes his knee with a steel chair! For some reason the referee does not call for the bell. McMahon surmises that Bret may have missed. Either way the fans boo, but quickly turn to cheers when Bret puts on the Sharpshooter. Owen Hart comes out to break it up! He removes a turnbuckle pad and throws Bret into it sternum first! Once again the referee elects to let the match continue. Diesel crawls over to make the cover but only gets two. He tries to ram Bret into the unprotected turnbuckle but ret reverses it and sends Diesel to the buckle instead. They start trading heavy strikes and Diesel wins that battle. Bret feigns a knee injury and Diesel buys it, almost getting pinned with a small package. The referee gets bumped when Bret tries an O’Connor Roll. The ring fills up as Shawn Michaels, Owen Hart, Bob Backlund, Jeff Jarrett, and The Roadie all come out to attack both men. Finally the referee calls for the bell at 27:19. Eventually, Bret and Diesel are able to clear the ring and they show each other respect. This was a tremendous match between two fan favorites both doing everything in their power to win the title. Bret’s aggression added a needed element that made the match more intriguing. The finish even made sense given the time period and both men’s status as fan favorites, as well as their current feuds and the lead up to WrestleMania XI.
Rating: ****

Todd Pettengill in Pamela Anderson’s dressing room

Pettengill is snooping around while Anderson attempts to get changed. His mullet and earring are a pretty spectacular pairing.

Stephanie Wyand interviews Bob Holly & 1-2-3 Kid

Kid and Holly replaced The Smokin’ Gunns in this tournament, and they are both just happy to be here. They are grateful for the opportunity and look very nervous.

MATCH #4: World Tag Team Championship Match – Tatanka & Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Bob Holly & 1-2-3 Kid

The titles have been vacant since 11.23.94, when Champions Shawn Michaels & Diesel decided they could no longer function as a team. Bigelow & Tatanka beat Men on a Mission on the 12.17.94 episode of Superstars and then beat the Headshrinkers on the 1.14.95 episode of Superstars to get to the finals. Holly & Kid beat Well Dunn on the 1.7.95 episode of Superstars, and then beat the Heavenly Bodies on the 1.14.95 episode. The winners of this match get to face The Smokin’ Gunns tomorrow night on RAW.

Tatanka and Holly start the match, and that doesn’t go well for the Spark Plugg. Holly catches Tatanka with a flurry of offense, including a few of his vaunted dropkicks. Bigelow tags in and he bulldozes his way through both of his much smaller opponents. Every time Kid and Holly try to mount some offense, Tatanka and Bigelow are able to cut them off and keep them down. Even with their pronounced size and strength advantage, Bigelow and Tatanka use some cheap tactics to ensure they stay in control and win the titles. Holly gets trapped in the ring for quite a long time and gets beaten down without mercy for several minutes. Finally Holly is able to catch Tatanka with a cross body block at the same time as getting hit with one himself, and that’s enough to make the hot tag. Kid is a house afire on Bigelow, flying all over in and out of the ring. Bigelow comes back and press slams Kid to the floor. Back in the ring Bigelow goes for the Moonsault but Tatanka bounces off the ropes and knocks Bigelow down. Holly takes Tatanka out, and Kid eventually crawls over and pins Bigelow for the huge upset at 15:47! This ran a little bit long for the story they were telling, but for the most part this was a very solid David versus Goliath tag team match. The finish would have been more effective had Kid made a quicker cover.
Rating: **¾

Tatanka and DiBiase leave Bigelow on his own, and he is getting taunted by the fans at ringside. Bigelow crosses paths with NFL great Lawrence Taylor at ringside, and he thinks Taylor is mocking him. Taylor extends his hand but Bigelow shoves him! This of course would lead to Bigelow versus Taylor in the main event of WrestleMania XI.

1994 Royal Rumble Highlights

Last year at the Royal Rumble, Diesel went on a tear by eliminating seven men in a row. It took a cadre of superstars to throw him out, including his supposed best friend Shawn Michaels. In the end it came down to Lex Luger and Bret Hart, who eliminated each other at the same time to be declared co-winners. Michaels and Luger cut promos both promising to win the Royal Rumble match tonight.

MATCH #5: Royal Rumble Match

Before the match can begin, The Fink introduces Pamela Anderson, who struts out looking hot and sits at ringside to continue looking hot. The #1 entrant is Shawn Michaels! He certainly has an uphill battle ahead of him. So does the #2 entrant, the British Bulldog. Michaels wastes no time going to work. The intervals are only a minute this year so entrants will be coming out very quickly. Eli Blu is #3, making his first major appearance in WWE. Next up is Duke “The Dumpster” Droese at #4. Bulldog and Blu do battle while Michaels and Droese take it to each other. “Gigolo” Jimmy Del Ray of the Heavenly Bodies is #5. Next up at #6 is Headshrinker Sione. Seconds later Bulldog scores the first elimination by dumping Del Ray to the floor. Bummer for Del Ray, because his fellow Heavenly Body Tom Prichard is #7. So far almost everyone has teased eliminating Shawn Michaels. Doink the Clown is #8, as the ring is filing up a bit. Kwang makes his way out at #9. Rumble veteran Rick Martel is #10, so we’re a third of the way through the entrants. Next up at #11 is Owen Hart, and before he can even get to the ring he is attacked by his brother Bret! By the time Owen makes it to the ring Bulldog quickly clotheslines him right back out! Timothy Well is #12, and I don’t think McMahon or Lawler really even know who he is. Michaels eliminates Droese. Bulldog gets rid of Well, Sione eliminates Martel, and Michaels elimiantes Prichard. That clears out a little bit of space. More space is cleared as Kwang eliminates Doink, Sione eliminates Kwang, and then Sione and Eli eliminate each other. Bushwhacker Luke is #13 and Michaels quicky dumps him to the floor. We’re left with just Michaels and Bulldog, the two men that started the match. Jacob Blu is #14 and Michaels quickly sends him back to the locker room as well. We reach the halfway point with King Kong Bundy at #15. Mo from Men on a Mission is #16 and Bundy elimiantes him in a matter of seconds. Mabel is #17 and he goes face to face with fellow behemoth Bundy. They slug it out as Bushwhacker Butch comes at #18. Mabel throws Bundy to the floor all by himself. Michaels tosses Butch out. Lex Luger is #19 and he immediately gets rid of Mabel. Bulldog and Luger work together on Michaels now. Mantaur brings us two-thirds of the way through at #20.

Aldo Montoya is #21, looking as ridiculous as ever. Henry Godwinn is the #22 entrant. Not much happens and Billy Gunn comes out at #23. Bart Gunn is next at #24. The brawling continues, and then former two-time WWF Champion Bob Backlund makes his way out at #25, and Bret Hart attacks him just like he did his brother Owen Steven Dunn is #26 and the commentators barely know who he is either. When Backlund finally does get in the ring he is dumped out by Luger! Bret and Backlund then brawl to the back. Next up is veteran and former World Tag Team Champion (with Adrian Adonis in 1984) Dick Murdoch at #27. When this show first happened I admit I had no idea who Murdoch was. Adam Bomb comes out at #28, the second straight year he drew a really good number. Headshrinker Fatu, one of last year’s Final Four, is #29. Luger gets rid of Mantaur. The final entrant is Crush at #30. He and Murdoch work together to elimiante both Billy and Bart, who were fighting each other. Montoya elimiantes Dunn. Murdoch foolishly tries to headbutt Fatu and hurts his own head in the process. Crush sends Bomb over the top rope. Michaels dumps Montoya out. Crush ends Fatu’s night. Godwinn eliminates Murdoch while almost getting eliminated himself. We’re down to just five now. Luger dumps Godwinn out, so the final four is Luger, Crush, Bulldog, and Michaels. This is the first time any of the first two entrants have lasted to the end. Luger delivers mounted punches in the corner to Crush, and Michaels comes from behind and helps Crush dump him out. I totally thought Luger was winning this when it happened so this bummed me out. Michaels and Crush team up on Bulldog, and then Crush tries to press slam Michaels to the floor. That doesn’t work, and Bulldog is able to clothesline Crush out. We’re down to the last two, who are also the first two. Bulldog is a house afire and is throwing Michaels all over the ring. He press slams him crotch first on the top rope, and then clotheslines him (he thinks) to the floor. Bulldog’s music even plays but Michaels had held on and only one foot touched the floor. Michaels sneaks back in and dumps Bulldog to the floor to win the Rumble at 38:42! That’s still the shortest Rumble ever, but it was quite a bit of fun. I love the story of Michaels and Bulldog lasting the entire time, and the finish was pretty awesome. I really liked the angle of Bret attacking both Owen and Backlund, causing their eliminations. The only thing dragging this one down is the preponderance of jobbers and deadweight, but I think this Rumble is a little overlooked.
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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Turning Point 2009 (AJ Styles, Daniels, Samoa Joe) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/06/a2z-analysiz-tna-turning-point-2009-aj-styles-daniels-samoa-joe-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/06/a2z-analysiz-tna-turning-point-2009-aj-styles-daniels-samoa-joe-2/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 14:00:50 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172099 Turning Point 2009

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – November 15, 2009

Introduction

The opening video focuses on the three-way TNA World Title match, the Angle versus Wolfe match, and the six-man tag team match, with clips of Dixie Carter talking about Hulk Hogan spliced in. Mike Tenay and Taz are calling the action.

MATCH #1: TNA X-Division Championship Match – Amazing Red w/ Don West vs. Homicide

I really like West with Red, but I’m pretty sure it never went anywhere. Red has been the champion since 10.8.09, and this is his third defense. The champ takes the early advantage with his speed and quickness, and Homicide takes a powder. That doesn’t work out for him though, as Red follows him out with a rana off the apron. Back in the ring Red gets a cross body block for two. Homicide comes back with a hard clothesline. Red fights back with a series of kicks and a sliding clothesline for two. Homicide responds with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. The challenger goes on offense now, hitting a standing neckbreaker for two. Red makes the comeback and delivers a turnaround Flatliner from the second rope for a near-fall. Homicide comes back and hits the Bronx Bomber 27 for a two-count. He goes for the Gringo Killer but Red escapes and gets catapulted into the top buckle. Homicide tries the Ace Crusher but Red blocks it and hits the Red Star Press for two. Red goes up top for a moonsault but Homicide sort of catches him in another Ace Crusher for a near-fall. Homicide puts Red up top for a rana but Red pushes him down and hits a jumping Code Red to get the pin at 10:09. I’m not normally a huge fan of either guy, but this was a good little opener they put together.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: Six-Knockout Tag, All the Gold on the Line – Taylor Wilde, Sarita & ODB vs. the Beautiful People

Wilde and Sarita have been the tag team champions since 9.20.09, and this is their third defense. ODB has also been the champion since 9.20.09, and this is her fourth defense. Wilde and Sky start the match. The champions take the early advantage until Sky backs ODB into her corner and tags Rayne. ODB backs Rayne into the corner and tags Sarita. The team of champions continues to control the match as Wilde tags in and hits an armdrag. Von Erich sneaks in the ring and hits an illegal clothesline. Rayne hits a neckbreaker for two. Now the Beautiful People are in control, working Wilde over in their half of the ring. The Impact Zone chants “You Can’t Wrestle” when Von Erich is in the ring. Eventually ODB gets the hot tag and she’s on fire. The Beautiful People weather her onslaught and clear the ring to triple-team ODB, but she’s too much for them to handle. ODB hits Rayne with a TKO to get the pin at 5:57. That was a few different kinds of ugly.
Rating: *½

MATCH #3: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match – the British Invasion w/ Rob Terry vs. Motor City Machine Guns vs. Beer Money, Inc.

Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams have been the champions since 10.18.09, and this is their second defense. James Storm and Magnus start the match and Storm dominates. Robert Roode and Alex Shelley get tagged in next. Shelley is able to maneuver Roode to the floor and holds him for a running kick to the chest by his tag team partner Chris Sabin. Some chicanery leads to Williams and Sabin in the ring together, and Sabin drills with a kick to the chest. Shelley comes back in and the Guns double-team both Williams and Magnus to send them running. Magnus trips Sabin from the floor to give his team the advantage and then he tags in. Storm tags himself in and he goes to work on the Champions. Roode joins him and then hit Williams with a double suplex. The referee has lost control. Beer Money and the Guns work together on the champions. Sabin knocks Williams to the floor but then misses a dive. Shelley goes for the Sliced Bread #2 on Magnus but can’t hit it. Now Beer Money comes in to attack the champions. They hit a catapult DDT and an assisted Rock Bottom on Williams but Magnus breaks up the count. Eric Young, the TNA Global Champion and the leader of World Elite, comes out to help his compatriots in the British Invasion. The referee tries to send Young to the back, but Kevin Nash actually stops him! Storm gets all excited, but then Nash takes the belt and blasts Storm in the face with it! Even Young looked surprised. Roode goes for a tag but no one is there and he falls prey to the British Hart Attack and the Invasion retains at 10:20. That was going really well until Young and Nash got involved.
Rating: ***

MATCH #4: Cage Match – Awesome Kong vs. Tara

Pin, submission, and escape rules are in effect. Both women tear into each other right away and the fight is on. Tara is game for the challenge of the brutal Kong. She works on the hand to try and take away the devastating spinning back fist. She climbs up the ropes to do more damage but ends up taking an electric chair drop for her troubles. They go up top again and Kong knocks Tara down and hits her with a missile dropkick! That gets two. Kong crushes Tara between the ropes and the cage, which is pretty awesome. She continues to abuse Tara, using the cage to her advantage. Tara fights back and repeatedly rams Kong’s face into the cage. She hits the standing moonsault for two. They fight back up to the ropes and Kong reclaims control. Tara goes for the Widow’s Peak out of the corner but can’t hit it, but she is able to grab Kong with a powerbomb! The crowd bought that false finish, and so did I actually. Tara goes up to the top of the cage for a huge Thesz Press to get the win at 7:54! That was really good, and could have used some more time actually.
Rating: ***¼

Hulk Hogan Joins TNA

Tenay and Taz mention that Hulk Hogan has recently signed with TNA, and they show a video package detailing the events surrounding his debut press conference.

MATCH #5: Six-Man Tag Team Match – Team 3D & Rhino vs. Matt Morgan, Hernandez & D’Angelo Dinero

Brother Devon and Hernandez start the match. The babyfaces take control and Dinero comes in to continue where Hernandez left off. Devon is able to make the tag to Brother Ray, and these two get personal with each other quite quickly. Dinero takes advantage so Ray powders to the floor to calm down. Back in the ring Ray takes control with some Flip Flop N Fly. Dinero counters with his own version of it, ending with a backhand. He celebrates with the fans and suffers for it, as Ray is able to hit a Bubba Bomb. Rhino tags in and Morgan quickly follows. Morgan takes control and levels Rhino with a discuss clothesline for two. The referee loses control and Dinero takes a bullet for Hernandez, which would be a lot more effective if the commentators would explain it rather than act confused. The ECW alum team isolates Dinero from his partners now. Ray misses a senton off the second rope and Dinero makes the hot tag and Morgan is on fire. Hernandez gets his turn and he also shows off his power. He throws all three opponents to the floor and then wipes them out with a no-hands dive. Back in the ring Hernandez hits Rhino with a Superfly Splash for a close near-fall. The match breaks down again and bodies are flying everywhere. Ray keeps the referee distracted while Devon hits Hernandez with a steel chair. Rhino follows in with a Gore to get the pin at 14:27. That was perfectly adequate.
Rating: **½

MATCH #6: Falls Count Anywhere Match – Bobby Lashley vs. Scott Steiner

The match starts in the aisle and Lashley is fired up. Lashley hits Steiner with a chair and hurls him back in the ring. He dominates the opening minutes, but when they spill to the floor Steiner hits a low blow and takes control. Steiner uses more low blows and then brings the match back in the ring for a belly-to-belly suplex. He works Lashley over a bit and goes to the top rope, but Lashley recovers and pushes him down to the floor. They fight to the back, which the live crowd always loves. Lashley throws Steiner around backstage, busting him open. He suplexes Steiner through a table for a two-count. Next he finds a 2×4 and beats Steiner with it. Lashley goes for a Spear into some pallets but Steiner avoids it. They fight back toward the arena and up by the Spanish Announce Table. Steiner pulls off a piece of pipe and drills Lashley with it to get the pin at 11:27. That was rather dull and meandering.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #7: Kurt Angle vs. Desmond Wolfe

Imagine Nigel McGuinness teaming with Wade Barrett on NXT. They start cautiously with some chain wrestling. Angle takes the first advantage and goes after the arm. The idiots in the crowd are chanting “this is wrestling” less than two minutes into the match. I don’t think they’ve invented a word yet for the kind of hate I have for TNA fans. Wolfe comes back and works on the arm as well. Taz explains how Wolfe working on the arm takes away Angle’s suplexes, so Angle responds by hitting Wolfe with a suplex. Angle charges into the corner and Wolfe moves, so Angle’s shoulder crashes into the ring post. Wolfe continues dissecting the arm for several minutes. Angle comes back with a belly-to-belly suplex and a flurry of clotheslines for a two-count. Wolfe tries a lariat but Angle ducks and hits six rolling German Suplexes. Angle tries the Angle slam but Wolfe armdrags his way out of it and hits a lariat for two. Wolfe goes for the Tower of London but Angle reverses to the Angle Slam for two. Angle looks to be going for another suplex but Wolfe snaps his arm down and locks on the London Dungeon. I’m disappointed TNA hasn’t come up with names for Wolfe’s big moves, and that the Dungeon gets almost no reaction. Angle rolls through and locks on the Ankle Lock. Wolfe reverses to a nasty looking arm submission of his own. Angle counters again with the Ankle Lock. Wolfe reaches the ropes. Angle goes for another Angle Slam but Wolfe counters with a DDT. Wolfe hits the Tower of London this time but still only gets a two-count. He sets up for another lariat but Angle surprises him with one of his own. Angle goes up and misses a moonsault, so Wolfe locks on the London Dungeon again, and Angle reaches the ropes. Wolfe goes for another Tower of London, but then switches gears for a superplex. Angle punches his way out of it and hits a Frog Splash for two. He sets up for a Tombstone Piledriver and Wolfe reverses, but Angle slips out of that and lock son the Ankle Lock. Angle switches to a triangle choke and Wolfe immediately taps out at 16:21. That match was going along really well but I really hated the out of nowhere finish. It’s also sad to reflect on how much momentum Wolfe had upon his debut and how little of that he has left now.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #8: Triple Threat TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match – AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe vs. Daniels

Styles has been the champion since 9.20.09, and this is his second defense. I appreciate the fact that TNA tried hard to build this feud up, but the exchanges between Styles and Daniels reeked of afternoon soap opera drama. Daniels takes the first shot when he punches Styles, and then he punches Joe. Styles quickly gets back to his feet and everyone is going after everyone; no alliances here. The action is quite fast and hard to follow in the early going here. Styles gets a quick O’Connor Roll on Daniels for a two-count. Joe regroups on the floor while Styles and Daniels battle it out. Styles hits a dropkick, and has one for Joe as well. Joe once again takes a breather and Styles grabs Daniels in a side headlock. Styles kicks Joe down to the floor and keeps the headlock on. Joe trips Styles from the floor and then Daniels hits him with an STO. Back in the ring now Joe works Daniels over in the corner. Daniels goes to the floor, leaving Joe and Styles to fight. Styles hits a vertical suplex. They go back and forth, and then Daniels gets back in the ring and locks Styles in a Boston Crab and Joe in a Camel Clutch at the same time. Joe breaks that by biting Daniels, and then hits the STJoe. He face washes everyone and looks to be firmly in control. Styles is able to send Joe to the floor, and he hits Daniels with a vertical suplex. He tries a springboard on Joe, but Joe kicks his leg out. Daniels wipes Joe out with a suicide dive. He goes for the Arabian Press but Styles catches him. Joe locks Daniels in the Choke on the floor, and Styles breaks that hold with the Fosbury Flop. Back in the ring Styles hits Joe with a headscissors. The champion is flying all over the place, hitting Daniels with a springboard hurricanrana for a two-count. Joe comes back and powerbombs Styles for two, and then locks on the Samoan Crab. He turns that into the STF and then a Crossface. Styles reaches the ropes. Joe hits Styles with the snap powerslam for two. Daniels comes back with some more simultaneous offense. This match is cool. Taz calling the almost 40-years-old Daniels “kid” is funny. Styles hits Daniels with the suplex/neckbreaker hybrid. Joe recovers and unleashes strikes on both men, and Daniels responds in kind. Styles hits Daniels with the Pele. He backdrops Daniels to the floor and then hits Joe with the springboard forearm for two. He gets Joe with a rana for two. He this the back flip into a reverse DDT for another two. He tries the same move on Daniels, but Daniels counters with the Last Rites. Daniels hits Joe with a release German Suplex. Joe comes back and crotches Daniels on the top rope and hits him with the Muscle Buster for two. He traps Styles in the rolling sunset flip for two. Styles comes back with a spin kick to the face. Daniels breaks up the Styles Clash with an enziguiri and then goes for another Last Rites. That doesn’t work either and a series of reversals ends with Joe breaking it up and hitting both men with a clothesline. Styles and Daniels team up to take out Joe, harkening back to their days as TNA World Tag Team Champions. They take the match to the apron and then up to the ropes. Joe knocks Styles to the floor and then goes for a Muscle Buster on Daniels. That gets countered with an STO, and then Daniels hits the Best Moonsault Ever. Styles gets back up and on the top rope and hits Daniels with a 450 Splash (his knees landed right in Daniels’s back, ouch), and then pins Joe to retain the title at 21:49. This is the TNA Match of the Year for 2009. The action was pretty much non-stop from the opening bell and they came up with some pretty creative spots. It makes me want to go back and watch the original Unbreakable match to see how it compares.
Rating: ****½topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble 1994 (Bret Hart, Lex Luger) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/05/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-1994-bret-hart-lex-luger/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/05/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-1994-bret-hart-lex-luger/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 17:00:23 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171935 rumble 93-97

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Providence Civic Center – Providence, Rhode Island – Saturday, January 22, 1994

Vince McMahon and “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Tatanka vs. Bam Bam Bigelow

Both of these men will compete later on in the Royal Rumble match. Bigelow is replacing the injured Ludvig Borga here. He tries to attack from behind before the bell but Tatanka is ready for him. Tatanka unleashes a flurry of offense and then keeps Bigelow on the mat. He hits a nice DDT and goes up top but misses a high cross body block. That gives Bigelow the advantage and he makes the most of it. Every time Tatanka tries to build some momentum, Bigelow is able to cut him off. Finally Tatanka fights up and they collide mid-air with simultaneous cross body block attempts. Back on their feet Tatanka is doing the war dance but Bigelow slices him down with an enziguiri and then mocks him. Bigelow goes up top for the moonsault and he misses it. Tatanka goes up top and hits a cross body block for the win at 8:13. That was a perfectly acceptable opener between two well-matched opponents. As a kid I Was really annoyed that Borga wasn’t in this match, but I think it was probably better this way, despite not getting the Borga/Tatanka blowoff.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #2: World Tag Team Championship Match – The Quebecers vs. Bret & Owen Hart

Jacques and Pierre have been the Champions since 1.17.94 and this is the first defense of their second reign. McMahon calls Bret and Owen the greatest tag team ever. Bret and Pierre start the match, and Bret takes the early advantage for the Hart duo. Jacques and Owen tag in, and the results stay the same. The Quebecers try to cheat to take control but the Harts run them both to the floor. Much like the opening match, both Hart brothers will compete in the Royal Rumble later on tonight. Pierre catches Bret with a nice powerslam and now the Champions take control for the first time. Pierre goes to the second rope but jumps right into Bret’s boot. That allows Bret to make the hot tag and Owen is a house afire. Owen locks Jacques in the Sharpshooter but Pierre gets the referee distracted by Bret, and he’s able to then break up the hold. Moments later Owen dropkicks both Quebecers at the same time and then makes a tag. The crowd is super-hot for everything Bret and Owen do by the way. Bret is unleashing some of the Five Moves of Doom, and looks like he’s ready to win the titles. The Champs use some chicanery to send Bret crashing hard to the floor on his knee. Jacques and Pierre smell blood in the water and viciously attack Bret’s knee. Things are not looking good now, as Bret can barely stand. The Quebecers isolate him but they miss the Cannonball. Bret selfishly tries to put on the Sharpshooter rather than go for a tag but he can’t put any weight on his knee so the referee calls for the bell at 16:46. The finish was a little anti-climactic, but it plays perfectly into the storyline and gives a good reason for the post-match antics. The match before the finish was really good, a classic tag team encounter helped greatly by the crowd’s love of Bret and Owen. This is probably the best Quebecers match out there.
Rating: ***¾

After the match Owen is furious with his brother for not tagging him, and chooses not to help Bret get to his feet. As soon as Bret stands up Owen kicks his leg out of his leg, completing one of the best executed heel turns I’ve ever seen. The crowd is shocked to say the least. On his way to the back Owen acknowledges that Bret was hurt, and says that he just should have tagged him. Owen says Bret is just too damn selfish. Todd Pettengill gets a further word with Owen backstage, and he’s still fuming. Owen blames the loss on Bret, chastising him for being selfish. It’s a great, impassioned promo by Owen until he drops one of the most famous flubs, telling Bret that’s why he kicked his leg out of his leg. Owen promises to win the Royal Rumble later on and earn a WWE Title shot.

MATCH #3: Intercontinental Championship Match – Irwin R. Schyster vs. Razor Ramon

Jim Ross and Gorilla Monsoon take over on commentary for this match. Ramon has been the Champion since 10.11.93 and this is his third major defense. He throws his toothpick at IRS and gets slapped in the face for it. That just fires up the Champion and he chases the challenger to the floor. Back in the ring IRS goes to work with some brawling tactics. That’s a losing battle against a guy like Razor Ramon. IRS takes a powder to regroup. It takes a minute to pay off, as Ramon unloads a flurry of offense for a near-fall. Moments later IRS is able to sidestep a charging Ramon and dump him to the floor. IRS follows him out and throws him into the steel steps, and then flattens him with a clothesline. Ramon makes it back to the ring before the count of 10. IRS pounces and immediately tries to put Ramon away. He keeps Ramon on the mat with a reverse chinlock. Ramon powers up and hits the Fallaway Slam for two. The referee gets in the way and takes a bump. IRS tries to hit Ramon with the briefcase, but it backfires and Ramon lands a shot with the foreign object. But the referee is down so there can be no count. Ramon puts IRS on the top rope and hits the belly-to-back superplex. He signals for the Razor’s Edge and Shawn Michaels runs out and drills Ramon with his version of the Intercontinental Title belt. Now all three men are down. IRS and the referee show signs of life and IRS makes the cover and gets the pin! The bell doesn’t ring though, which is important. Referee Earl Hebner comes down to tell original referee Joey Marella what happened, even showing him the second title belt. In the confusion, Ramon hits IRS with the Razor’s Edge to get the definitive pin at 11:46. That was a perfectly adequate midcard match that also helped build toward one of the greatest matches ever at WrestleMania X, so I have no issues with this.
Rating: **½

MATCH #4: Casket Match for the WWE Championship – Yokozuna vs. Undertaker

Yokozuna has been the Champion since 6.13.93, and this is his fourth major defense. Undertaker fires right away, taking Yokozuna down with a clothesline and uppercutting him to the floor. The Dead Man continues to dominate both in and out of the ring. Yokozuna tries to use a chair but it backfires and Undertaker uses it instead. Finally Yokozuna subdues Undertaker with a handful of salt to the eyes. The Champion gets to use the chair now, and Undertaker is in rough shape. Back in the ring Yokozuna continues using his immense girth to keep Undertaker on the canvas. Yokozuna shoves Undertaker into the casket and tries to close the lid but Undertaker isn’t ready to go down yet. They trade shots and Yokozuna grabs a belly-to-belly suplex. Undertaker sits up and delivers a (sort of) Chokeslam. He hits a DDT and puts Yokozuna in the casket, but before he can close the lid Crush comes out to attack. Crush is soon joined by Kabuki, Tenryu, Bam Bam Bigelow, Adam Bomb, Jeff Jarrett, the Headshrinkers, and Diesel. Undertaker valiantly tries to fight them all off, but the numbers game is just too much for him. Somewhere in all the mess, Yokozuna takes the urn from Paul Bearer and removes the lid, at which point green smoke starts pouring out. Apparently that’s the power of the Undertaker, because he succumbs to the 11-on-one beatdown and they lock him in the casket to give Yokozuna the win at 14:25. People dump on that match, and while it’s not great it’s far from horrible. They were having a decent brawl before the heel locker room came out, and at the time this was unheard of in WWF and blew my 11-year-old mind. I mean why wouldn’t you try to get 10 extra guys to help you beat the Undertaker? And this also helped explain his absence until August.
Rating: **

The real fun part though, is after the match when the Undertaker pops up on the Titan Tron from inside the casket. Undertaker cuts a silly promo and then ascends out of the Titan Tron and apparently up to heaven? I think this certainly hurts peoples’ perception of the match, because it truly is one of the dumber things WWE has ever put together.

MATCH #5: Royal Rumble Match

Scott Steiner drew #1, and Samu is #2. The intervals are going to be 90 seconds this year. Scott and Samu brawl for a bit and then Rick Steiner comes in at #3. That doesn’t go well for Samu, who quickly gets eliminated. Kwang (a replacement for Ludvig Borga) is #4, and he spits green mist into Rick’s eyes. Scott comes to the rescue and beats on Kwang in between checking on his brother. Owen Hart is #5 and he goes right after the weakened Rick and eliminates him. Bart Gunn comes out at #6. Not much happens and then Diesel makes his way out with lucky #7. Diesel tosses Bart and then Scott. Owen is next to go, and then Diesel tosses Kwang to have the ring all to himself. The crowd is going nuts, and the term “Diesel Push” is born. The veteran Bob Backlund is #8. Backlund tries to go after the legs but Diesel quickly dumps him out. Billy Gunn is the #9 entrant and he goes right after the big man. Diesel will have none of that and hurls Billy right out. Backstage, Lex Luger is attacked by Tenryu and Kabuki, leaving his status in question. Next up at #10 is Virgil (a replacement for Kamala), and Diesel makes short work of him for his seventh straight elimination. Finally some real competition comes out as Randy “Macho Man” Savage is #11. They fight back and forth and neither man can eliminate the other. Jeff Jarrett is the #12 entrant, and he attacks Savage rather than Diesel. Jarrett thinks he eliminated Savage, but the Macho Man skins the cat and dumps Jarrett to the floor. Next up at #13 is Crush, the mortal enemy of Randy Savage. After surviving Savage’s initial onslaught, Crush and Diesel work together on the former WWE and Intercontinental Champion. Doink the Clown is out next at #14. Crush eliminates Savage just before Doink gets to the ring. Doink is content to watch Diesel and Crush fight each other. The big men take exception and Doink attacks them with shenanigans. That doesn’t last too long, and Bam Bam Bigelow brings us to the halfway point at #15. Bigelow quickly press slams Doink to the floor. The three big men brawl for a bit but can’t eliminate anyone.

We start the second half with Mabel at #16. Mabel cleans house. Sparky Plugg (replacing The 1-2-3 Kid) is #17, and I believe this is his debut. The self-proclaimed Shawn Michaels is the #18 entrant. Michaels’ bodyguard Diesel looks like he’s going to go after him, but they shake hands instead. That allows Mabel, Bigelow, Crush, Plugg, and even Michaels to eliminate the juggernaut, who gets a huge ovation on his way to the back. Next up at #19 is Mabel’s partner Mo. Men on a Mission try work together, which can be a helpful strategy. Michaels is so good that he makes it believable that Mo could possibly eliminate him. Former Intercontinental and World Tag Team Champion Greg “The Hammer” Valentine is #20. Not much happens until Tatanka comes out at #21 and goes right after Michaels. The Great Kabuki is #22, and the ring is looking pretty full now. It takes Valentine, Tatanka, Kabuki, Crush, Bigelow, Plugg, and Michaels (everyone in the ring except Mo) to eliminate Mabel. Lex Luger comes charging out at #23 and he is a house afire! Luger immediately throws Kabuki to the floor and then turns his attention to Crush. Next up is Tenryu at #24, and he will be operating without his partner Kabuki. The buzzer rings for #25 and nobody comes out. McMahon speculates that this was Bret Hart’s spot but he is too injured to compete. Rick “The Model” Martel is #26. He has had some success in past Royal Rumbles. The crowd explodes as Bret Hart is #27! Hart gimps his way to the ring and that injured knee has a huge bulls eye on it. Headshrinker Fatu is #28 and the ring is really full now. Luger, Plugg, and Bret are able to eliminate Crush. Marty Jannetty is #29 and he goes right at his former partner Michaels, hitting him with a superkick. The final entrant at #30 is Adam Bomb, and McMahon declares that he will be the winner. Bret and Michaels eliminates Plugg. McMahon notes that Bastion Booger was feeling “a little sick” so he did not come out in the twenty-fifth slot. Martel eliminates Valentine and Tatanka eliminates Martel. Luger dumps Bomb to the floor and Bigelow gets rid of Tatanka. Next to go is BIgelow, courtesy of Luger. Michaels gets the better of Jannetty yet again and eliminates him. Luger and Bret eliminate Tenryu, and we’re down to the Final Four!

Bret and Michaels pair off while Luger and Fatu do battle. Michaels and Fatu look a little fresher and they take control, even working together to try and eliminate Luger. That doesn’t work just yet and Luger gets all fired up. Michaels and Fatu both get whipped toward a corner and get simultaneously eliminated by Bret and Luger, who are now the final two. They slug at each other briefly and Luger picks Bret up, but Bret uses momentum to send them both tumbling to the floor at the same time. No bell rang, but they hit the floor at about 55:05. The referees are confused about who hit the floor first. Referee Joey Marella declares Luger the winner, but Earl Hebner disagrees and declares Bret the winner. WWF President Jack Tunney makes his way out to sort it out, as McMahon and DiBiase look at the instant replays. To me it looks like Bret hit the floor first, but they did a good job of making it look close. After much hemming and hawing, Howard Finkel announces that both Hart and Luger are the winners, putting the WrestleMania X title shot up in the air. At any rate, this was a really fun Rumble with lots of great talent. They had a great story with Luger and especially Bret overcoming the odds to make it to the end, and the co-winners is not that bad of an idea.
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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Turning Point 2008 (Sting, AJ Styles) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/05/a2z-analysiz-tna-turning-point-2008-sting-aj-styles-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/05/a2z-analysiz-tna-turning-point-2008-sting-aj-styles-2/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 14:00:24 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172095 Turning Point 2008

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – November 9, 2008

Introduction

This is the first November Turning Point, by the way. The opening video highlights the Main Event Mafia storyline, and why is Booker T talking like he’s from Jamaica all of a sudden? In the arena Jeremy Borash is waiting for the MEM to show up, and they all snub him except for Scott Steiner.

MATCH #1: X Division Rankings Match – Eric Young vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Jay Lethal vs. Consequences Creed vs. Jimmy Rave vs. Doug Williams vs. Homicide vs. Volador vs. Tanahashi vs. Petey Williams

Dutt is accompanied by SoCal Val. Rave and Creed start the match. Creed gets tossed to the floor and Dutt replaces him, and when Rave gets knocked to the floor Lethal takes his place. Homicide and Tanahashi are next to show their stuff, followed by Williams and Williams (no relation), and then Young and Volador. The action comes fast and furious from every corner of the six-sided ring. Volador and Dutt battle it out, and Volador eliminates him with a super hurricanrana at 6:50. Unfortunately for Volador he’s next to go when Rave hits him with the Rock the World at 8:04. A pattern starts to emerge, as Rave is the next eliminated after Doug hits him with the Chaos Theory at 8:51. The referee loses control and people are coming in and out of the ring at will. Young and Creed get knocked to the floor and Homicide hits the Tope Con Hilo but bounces off the guardrail and apparently injures himself out of the match at 10:10. Next to go is Creed, when Petey hits him with the Canadian Destroyer and pins him at 12:53. Tanahashi and Doug immediately attack, and Tanahashi hits him with a Frog Splash for the elimination at 13:26. Doug and Tanahashi double-team Lethal, but Black Machismo weathers the storm and traps Tanahashi in an inside cradle to eliminate him at 14:59. Moments later Young hits Doug with the Wheelbarrow Neckbreaker to get the pin at 15:46. That leaves Young and Lethal to battle it out for a title shot. They go back and forth briefly and then Young hits a Northern Lights Suplex from out of nowhere to get the pin and earn a title shot at 17:18. That was fun chaos but no one really got a chance to shine, and it makes me wonder if they have 17 minutes to give the X-Division, why not just let Young and Lethal go out there in a singles match and tear it up?
Rating: **½

MATCH #2: Knockouts Tag Team Match – Roxxi & Taylor Wilde vs. Awesome Kong & Raisha Saeed

Kong (current Knockouts Champion) and Saeed are accompanied by Rhaka Khan. Wilde and Roxxi rush the ring to kick off the contest. They wisely focus on Saeed, because Kong is Kong and all. Wilde shows no fear, throwing dropkicks at the woman she beat for the Knockouts Title back in July and lost it to in October. Khan interferes from ringside, giving her team the advantage. Kong and Saeed work on Roxxi, who really has horrible ring gear. Khan is very tall, but not very coordinated and everything she does looks awkward. Eventually Roxxi makes the hot tag and Wilde is all over Saeed. The match breaks down with all four women in the ring at the same time. Roxxi low-bridges Kong, sending her tumbling to the floor, and then following her out with a cross body block off the top rope. That gives Wilde the opening to hit a German Suplex with a bridge for the win at 9:06. That was solid stuff all around, particularly any time Kong was in the ring.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #3: Rhino vs. Sheik Abdul Bashir

Bashir’s X-Division Championship is not on the line here. Rhino is angry and goes right after Bashir from the bell. They fight outside the ring briefly, and when they go back in Bashir uses some dirty tactics to deliver a low blow and take control. Bashir works Rhino over both in and out of the ring. Rhino fights back with the usual Rhino stuff. I worked a show with him recently, really nice guy and really fun to work with, by the way. Anyway, Rhino hits a spinebuster and sets up for the Gore but Bashir cuts him off with a kick. Bashir gets into an argument with referee Shane Sewell, which gives Rhino a chance to recover and he hits the Gore this time for the win at 8:19. That was exactly the match you would expect from Rhino and Bashir.
Rating: **

MATCH #4: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match – Beer Money, Inc vs. The Motor City Machine Guns

Beer Money has been the champions since 8.10.08, and this is their third defense. They’re accompanied by Jacqueline. Sabin and Storm start the match for their respective teams. The Guns control the early part of the match, as Shelley and Sabin fly all over the ring. Roode and Storm come back on Shelley and beat him down in their corner. This goes on for several minutes while Shelley tries to make the tag but gets continually cut off. Jacqueline takes her cheap shots on the floor as well. Finally the tag is made and Sabin is on fire. Shelley recovers to help Sabin with some awesome double-team moves. Sabin hits Roode with a huge tornado DDT but it only gets two. Roode gets knocked to the floor and Shelley wipes him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring Sabin hits Storm with a super rana and Shelley follows with a Frog Splash but again it only gets two. The Guns continue the double-team assault but the champs keep up with them as the match breaks down. Roode hits Sabin with a spinebuster for two. It being TNA, they do have to do a Tower of Doom spot, and all four men are down. Even though all four men have been in the ring for quite some time, referee Rudy Charles all of a sudden becomes concerned with removing Shelley from the ring, so Jacqueline comes in and tries to interfere. Sabin bodyslams her and the Charles is distracted with getting her out of the ring. Storm spits beer in Sabin’s eyes and then they hit the DWI to get the pin and retain the titles at 17:01. That was a really cool match with lots of great tag team action. These two teams would go on to do even greater things.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #5: TNA Legends Championship – Booker T vs. Christian Cage

T has been the champion since 10.23.08, and this is his first defense. That also makes it the first defense of this belt ever. Seriously, what the hell is Booker T doing with that Jamaican accent? It’s so stupid. He’s accompanied by his wife Sharmell. I remember these two wrestling about 6,254 times on Raw in 2003, and I don’t remember the matches being very good. Cage takes an early advantage on the mat so T takes a powder to regroup with his wife. That seemed to be a good idea, as he hits a spinebuster pretty quickly for a two-count. They take it to the floor and T dominates. Back in the ring the Legends Champ hits a superkick and otherwise keeps Cage off his feet. Cage comes back and tries a Texas Cloverleaf but T fights it off with a rake to the eyes. A series of reversals ends with Cage hitting the inverted DDT for two. Cage goes up top and Sharmell distracts him and he gets crotched. T hits a superplex but Cage kicks out at two. Cage comes back with an Edge-o-Matic for two. He throws T to the apron but suffers for it when T hits him with an Axe Kick. That gets two. Once again Cage goes for the Texas Cloverleaf and this time h e locks it on. Sharmell gets on the apron and Cage breaks the hold. Cage hits a Rock Bottom but it only gets two. He goes for the Unprettier but T pushes off and goes for an Axe Kick but Cage avoids it and gets an O’Connor Roll, but T reverses that to get the pin at 11:46. That was a lot better than their 2003 matches. I’m pretty sure this was Christian Cage’s last match in TNA before going back to WWE.
Rating: ***

MATCH #6: Falls Count Anywhere Match – Abyss vs. Kurt Angle

Abyss is the aggressor early on, working Angle over with strikes. He hits an early Shock Treatment for two. They take it to the floor and fight in the crowd. Angle uses a chair to wear down the Monster right in front of the commentators. Abyss crawls up by the foot of the entrance ramp as Angle walks up the ramp itself. That puts them in perfect position for Angle to hit a ridiculously long somersault off the ramp to wipe Abyss out and get a two-count. Abyss fights back and they continue fighting up around the entrance ramp, and they knock each other through one of the walls! The crowd is juicing on this. The cameras lose sight of them, and moments later they come out on the other side of the ramp! Back in the ring Angle reclaims control and goes to work on the leg. Abyss comes back by squashing Angle in the corner and hitting a side slam for two. Angle comes back with the Angle Slam, but you think just one of those is going to end any match? Angle gets a chair but Abyss punches it right back into his face. Abyss then throws Angle face-first into the chair in the corner. He follows up with a Chokeslam but Angle kicks out a two! Now Abyss sets a chair on top of Angle and goes for a splash off the second rope but Angle moves. Angle then blasts Abyss with the chair and sets it on Abyss. You know what they say, tit for tit. Angle hits a moonsault right on the chair but Abyss kicks out at two! That would have been a good finish. Abyss comes back and goes for a Tombstone Piledriver but Angle slides it into the Ankle Lock and Abyss kicks out of that. Angle then charges right into a Black Hole Slam but Angle kicks out of that! They roll back to the floor and go up by the Spanish Announce Table and climb up some scaffolding. Abyss goes for a press slam but Angle fights it off and knocks Abyss off the scaffolding through the SAT. That’s enough for Angle to get the pin at 17:59. I expected nothing out of that match, and while it was finisher-heavy like a lot of Angle matches, they did some really good spots and some things I had never seen.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #7: Samoa Joe vs. Kevin Nash

They start slugging right away and Joe shows more fire. He hits the Big Joe Combo for the first near-fall of the match before taking the fight to the floor. Nash is able to reverse the momentum out there and sends Joe flying into the ring post. He then gets a pair of pliers out to remove one of the top turnbuckle pads. That takes a while, so when Nash tries to hit Joe with a chair he misses. Back in the ring Joe whips Nash into the exposed buckle to almost no reaction. Nash comes back and pulls Joe into the steel, and then takes control. Joe fights back with a running boot to the face and a senton for two. Nash rolls to the floor and discreetly grabs a steel chair, so when Joe goes for a suicide dive he runs right into a chair. Back in the ring Nash gets a two-count. The straps come down and Nash hits the Jackknife! Joe kicks out at two, so Nash rams his face into the exposed corner again. Joe is busted open now so Nash continually rams his head into it. Nash hits another Jackknife and Joe kicks out again! The referee takes a bump and Nash hits a blatant low blow. Nash cradles Joe and puts his feet on the ropes for extra leverage to finally secure the pin at 11:31. That was much better than I was expecting it to be, and Nash really had to do a ton to keep Joe down, so at least at this time they cared about making Joe look strong.
Rating: ***

MATCH #8: TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match – Sting vs. AJ Styles

Sting has been the champion since 10.12.08, and this is his first defense. They start off with some chain wrestling and Styles has the early upper hand. Styles dropkicks Sting to the floor and the champion walks away to regroup. Back in the ring Styles continues to dominate. Sting comes back and press slams Styles to the floor, which is pretty impressive. That finally gives the champion the advantage, and he tries to keep Styles grounded. Eventually Styles comes back with some punches and a sort of Pele to take Sting down. Styles hits a back suplex and then the springboard flying forearm for a two-count. Sting fights back and hits the Scorpion Death Drop but it only gets two. He goes up top but misses a flying clothesline. Even so Sting is able to connect with three Stinger Splashes and goes for a superplex but Styles reverses to a sunset bomb. Styles hits the Spiral Tap and when he goes up for another one the Main Event Mafia runs out to distract him. He tries a Pele but he misses and Sting gets a La Magistral cradle for the pin at 14:44. Dull match, witless ending, and thanks for nothing.
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A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble 1993 (Yokozuna, Randy Savage) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/04/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-1993-yokozuna-randy-savage/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/04/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-1993-yokozuna-randy-savage/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 17:00:50 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171931 rumble 93-97

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ARCO Arena – Sacramento, California – Sunday, January 24, 1993

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Beverly Brothers vs. Steiner Brothers

The Beverlys are sans Genius, and I don’t remember if they ever wrote him out or if he just stopped appearing altogether. Scott and Beau start the match, and just take a guess as to how that goes. Beau takes a powder to regroup with his brother. Back in the ring Blake tags in and Rick does likewise. Blake hits a powerslam but Rick comes right back with a slam of his own. Scott tags back in. He starts hitting suplexes, but the Beverlys cheat to take control. After a few minutes Rick gets the hot tag and cleans house. Rick hits Steiner-lines on both Beverlys but referee Bill Alfonso is having a hard time keeping control of the match. Scott is able to hit Blake with the Frankensteiner to get the win at 10:46. That was standard formula stuff and a very un-interesting pay-per-view debut for the Steiner Brothers.
Rating: **

MATCH #2: Intercontinental Championship Match – Marty Jannetty vs. Shawn Michaels

Michaels has been the champion since 11.14.92. Sensational Sherri is at ringside, as she’s been an integral part of this feud, but they’re not saying whose side she’s on. Jannetty starts off hot, with an answer for everything the champion tries. Michaels takes a powder and he’s able to gain control on the floor. He picks Jannetty up and slams his shoulder directly into the ring post twice. Back in the ring Michaels works over the injured body part, hitting a shoulderbreaker. Michaels continues wearing Jannetty down for several minutes. Jannetty makes a brief comeback but Michaels pitches him back to the floor. Michaels tries to suplex Jannetty back in but Jannetty reverses it and drops Michaels all the way to the floor! That would probably be the first time I ever saw that happen. Sherri appears to be helping Michaels, but instead she slaps him right across the face! That gives Jannetty the advantage and he seems poised to win the title. Jannetty hits a powerslam and follows up with a DDT but it only gets two! The crowd bought that one. Michaels tries the Superkick but Jannetty ducks it and hits one of his own for another two-count. A series of reversals ends with Jannetty catapulting Michaels into the ring post for a near-fall. The referee gets bumped and Jannetty holds Michaels for Sherri to hit him with her shoe, but Michaels ducks and she hits Jannetty instead! Michaels picks Jannetty up just to hit him with the Superkick to get the pin at 14:20. These two generally had pretty good matches together, and this one was no exception.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #3: Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Big Boss Man

This was soon after Bigelow’s re-debut with the company, and Boss Man was on his way out the door. Bigelow dominates in the opening minutes, but Boss Man shows his toughness and tenacity by fighting back and taking Bigelow off his feet. Bigelow fights back with a belly-to-back suplex, but then misses a headbutt. Boss Man hits a modified bulldog, but then charges and Bigelow ducks, sending him crashing to the floor. Back in the ring Bigelow pounds away. Bigelow hits a Stun Gun for two. He then puts on a waistlock for what seems like forever. Boss Man comes back with a sort of suplex, but Bigelow brushes it off and hits a headbutt to the back. Finally Boss man makes a real comeback and hits Bigelow with a flurry of offense, including the sliding punch. Bigelow catches a charging Boss Man with a boot to the face and then hits a clothesline. He goes up top and hits a diving headbutt to get the pin at 10:09. That was a decent power match but also had a lot of squash tendencies.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #4: WWE Championship Match – Bret Hart vs. Razor Ramon

Bret has been the champion since 10.12.92. In an awesome move, Razor throws his toothpick at the kid Bret gave his sunglasses to. Stu and Helen Hart are at ringside, by the way. Razor controls the first minute or so, and then misses a flying knee in the corner, and Bret goes right after it. Bret focuses on the knee, putting on a Figure-Four Leglock. He continues assaulting the leg until Razor comes back by whipping Bret ribs-first into the steel post. Now Razor focuses on the ribs and back of the champion. Bret comes back and dumps Razor to the floor and follows him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring the champion brings the fight to the challenger but can’t put him away. Razor fights back and goes for the super belly-to-back suplex, but Hart flips out of it and hits his own suplex. Bret goes up top but jumps right into Razor’s boot. Razor goes for the Razor’s Edge but Bret slips out and gets a backslide for two. Bret gets a sunset flip from out of nowhere, and then while lying on the mat Bret is able to lock on the Sharpshooter and Razor gives it up at 17:58. Razor hadn’t quite hit his peak yet as a wrestler but this was a really good showing for him and an all-around solid match.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #5: Royal Rumble Match

This is the first Rumble where the winner official received a shot at the WWF Championship at WrestleMania. Ric Flair is #1 and Bob Backlund is #2, and that would make the first time that two former WWE Champions begin the Rumble together. Flair and Backlund trade holds and it’s too bad they never got a chance to have a match in WWE at this time, since Flair was on his way out. Monsoon and Heenan put over how old Backlund is, but Flair is older than him by almost six months. Papa Shango is #3, and he’s quickly eliminated by Flair. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase is #4. He’s one half of the World Tag Team Champions. Flair and DiBiase double-team Backlund. Brian Knobs is #5, and he cleans house on DiBiase and Flair. Virgil is #6 and he goes right after DiBiase. Knobs charges and DiBiase pulls the top rope down to eliminate him. Jerry “The King” Lawler makes his in-ring WWE debut at #7. Max Moon is #8. I think it was Paul Diamond at this point rather than Konnan. Lawler eliminates Moon and Genichiro Tenryu comes out at #9. Like last year, everyone goes after Flair as soon as they hit the ring. That’s especially true of #10, Mr. Perfect, the man Flair will face in a Loser Leaves Town match tomorrow night on Raw. Flair goes right to Perfect’s eyes, but it has almost no effect. The crowd is going ballistic for Perfect. Flair goes to the top rope and gets slammed down. Everything Flair tries Perfect has an answer for. Skinner is #11 and Perfect eliminates Flair. Koko B. Ware comes out at #12. Perfect eliminates Skinner, looking strong so far. Lucky #13 is Samu. Berzerker comes out at #14. Perfect eliminates Lawler and Berzerker tosses Virgil. Lawler then helps DiBiase and Ware eliminate Perfect, majorly deflating the crowd. Undertaker is #15 and he was definitely one of the favorites to win this thing. Berzerker and Backlund fight on the floor while Undertaker eliminates Samu and then Tenryu. Terry Taylor is #16, and he struggles with Koko near the ropes. DiBiase dumps both of them to the floor, and then turns right into an Undertaker Chokeslam. Undertaker then clotheslines DiBiase out. From out of nowhere, the Giant Gonzalez makes his WWF debut accompanied by Harvey Wippleman. Undertaker tosses Berzerker out, and then comes face to face with this monster of a man in the worst ring gear ever devised. Damian Demento is the official #17, but he’s in no hurry to get to the ring. Gonzalez knocks Undertaker to the floor to eliminate him. That’s not fair. Gonzalez continues the beating as Irwin R. Schyster comes out at #18. Tatanka comes out at #19 to wake the crowd back up. Nasty Boy Jerry Sags is #20.

Typhoon joins the fray at #21. Not much happens and Fatu is #22. Earthquake is #23 and he goes right after Typhoon and is able to eliminate him quickly. A “youngster” named Carlos Colon makes his way out at #24. For whatever reason, that’s become a rather famous gaffe for Monsoon, since Colon was 44 at this time, older than both Backlund and Flair. Even so, Colon is able to eliminate Demento. El Matador is #25 as Backlund eliminates Fatu. Rick Martel is next at #26 and he goes right for El Matador. Earthquake dumps Schyster out. The monstrous Yokozuna is #27. The former sumo champion quickly eliminates Tatanka and Colon, and then faces off with Earthquake. Owen Hart is #28. Yokozuna is able to single-handedly eliminate Earthquake. Repo Man comes out at #29. Everyone in the ring tries to eliminate Yokozuna but they can’t. The last entrant, #30, is Randy “Macho Man” Savage. Yokozuna tosses El Matador out. Owen dropkicks Sags to the floor but then gets tossed out by Yokozuna. Savage tosses Repo Man. The final four are Backlund, Martel, Yokozuna, and Savage. Two of them are former WWE Champions. Backlund tosses Martel and the crowd is into him. He then foolishly charges and Yokozuna dumps him out to a chorus of boos. Backlund is awesome. Yokozuna dominates Savage, but the Macho Man won’t give up. Savage is able to avoid a charge in the corner and he quickly goes up top to hit the Flying Elbow. For some reason he goes for a pin, likely because he was disoriented from the beating he received, and Yokozuna simply presses him all the way to the floor at 66:36. I generally like the Rumble and this was sort of fun, but they squandered what little star power they had by dumping Flair, Perfect and Undertaker so early. They made up for a little with Backlund being awesome and Savage sticking it out to the end, but this isn’t one of the best Rumbles.
Rating: ***topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Turning Point 2007 (Samoa Joe, Kevin Nash, Kurt Angle, AJ Styles) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/04/a2z-analysiz-tna-turning-point-2007-samoa-joe-kevin-nash-kurt-angle-aj-styles-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/04/a2z-analysiz-tna-turning-point-2007-samoa-joe-kevin-nash-kurt-angle-aj-styles-2/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 14:00:53 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172087 Turning Point 2007

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – December 2, 2007

Before the show can even begin, the Angle Alliance is sitting in their locker room talking about whether or not to bring Christian Cage into the fold. Kurt Angle says he’s going to go talk to him.

Intro

That segues to the opening video package, which has some pretty creepy stuff in it, and lots of blood. Mike Tenay and Don West are on commentary, and they hype the card, featuring Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, plus a bunch of other guys.

MATCH #1: Tables Match – The Motor City Machineguns & Jay Lethal vs. Team 3D & Johnny Devine

Lethal is the current X-Division Champion, but his opponents have possession of the belt right now. You just have to put one of your opponents through a table to win this match. Brother Ray starts the match on the microphone, trying to recreate his act from the original ECW. Shelley and Devine start the match proper and I expect this one to be pretty fast paced. That’s pretty much how it goes when the good guys are in control, whereas Team 3D and Devine try to slow it down. Ray and Devon first introduce the tables, but they wind up getting one dropkicked back into their faces. In the ring the Guns double team Devine until Ray and Devon come back in. Early in the match they were tagging in and out but that just stops at one point. The Guns use a super contrived table spot to take Devine out. Both teams execute some cool spots with the tables. The referee gets knocked out, and Lethal puts Devine through a table but the ref didn’t see it. Team 3D gets back in the ring and hits everyone with the X-Division Title belt, and puts Devine on top of Lethal on the broken table. The referee comes to and calls the match in favor of Team 3D and Johnny Devine at 14:58. The number one rule of officiating is you can’t call what you can’t see, so I really hate that finish. The match was a ton of fun though.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: Roxxi Laveaux & ODB vs. Velvet Sky & Angelina Love

Love and Laveaux start the match with some mat wrestling, and not much happens before they make tags to their partners. Sky looks noticeably smaller in the breast region. She gives ODB a wedgie, and then ODB complains to referee Andrew Thomas by giving him one as well. ODB and Laveaux take control, wearing Sky down in their half of the ring. After a couple of minutes Love makes the hot tag, and this match is confusing because I assumed the future Beautiful People were the heels but apparently that is not the case. Love and Sky work together and toss ODB to the floor. Sky then grabs Laveaux for a Side Russian Legsweep and Love adds a boot to the face to get the win at 6:06. They really put a lot of effort into the Knockouts Division in the early days.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #3: Eric Young vs. James Storm

This match is for the prestigious World Drinking Championship. Storm is accompanied by “The Pride of Tennessee” Ms. Jackie Moore. Young currently holds the title and Storm desperately wants it back. Young charges into the ring and the fight is on. Moore tries to interfere but it backfires and Young stays in control. Storm comes back and goes to work on Young’s shoulder. Both guys are showing good fire in the opening minutes. Storm slows the pace of the match down, keeping Young on the mat. He hits the Eye of the Storm and then gloats before covering for a two-count. Young fights back and takes Storm down for the Macho Elbow, but he hurts himself with that and only gets two. Storm goes for the Eight Second Ride but Young counters with a Northern Lights Suplex for a near-fall. Momentum shifts again as Storm hits a lungblower but Young kicks out again! Storm sets up for the Last Call but Young ducks and hits a powerslam for two. Moore tries to spit beer in Young’s face but she accidentally spits it in Storm’s face instead. That’s like giving spinach to Popeye. Storm tries to hit Young with the bottle but the referee stops him and Young gets a quick sunset flip for the win at 12:21. That was a really solid match with good work from two guys on the rise (at the time).
Rating: ***

MATCH #4: Feast or Fired Battle Match – Senshi, Elix Skipper, Christopher Daniels, Sonjay Dutt, Shark Boy, Lance Hoyt, Jimmy Rave, Petey Williams, Chris Harris, BG James, Kip James, Homicide, Hernandez, and Scott Steiner

Four briefcases are hanging from the corners; three of the briefcases contain title shots (one TNA World Title, one TNA X-Division Title, and one TNA World Tag Team Title Shot), and the fourth briefcase contains a pink slip. You have to pull the case down and touch the floor to gain possession of it. Hoyt and Rave are accompanied by Christy Hemme. Kip James has the most feminine tights I’ve ever seen any wrestler wear ever. The action is coming fast and furious both in and out of the ring. The tag teams naturally work together, as wear learn that the contents of the cases will be reviewed on Thursday’s episode of Impact. Williams secures the first briefcase. The brawl continues and Kip James takes a briefcase down and then hurls it to BG on the floor to avoid someone else getting control of it. BG realizes he may have just lost his job as the match continues. This is just a mess. Hernandez hurls Senshi up over his head and Senshi lands on the turnbuckle and is able to grab the third briefcase. More brawling happens and Daniels pulls down the fourth case and uses it as a weapon on Hernandez. Before he can reach the floor though, Steiner grabs the case and rolls to the floor to end the match at 11:53. That was just a mess all over the place.
Rating: *½

MATCH #5: TNA Women’s Championship Match – Gail Kim vs. Awesome Kong

Kim has been the champion since 10.14.07 and this is her second defense. Kong knocks Kim off the apron and goes to the floor to start the fight. Kim is more than ready for her though as they fight around ringside. Finally they make it into the ring and the match officially begins. Kim focuses her attack on the arm but Kong cuts her off with a sleeper and swings her down to the mat. Kong simply dominates now, using her size and power advantage. Kim desperately fights back and resumes her attack on the arm but it goes nowhere. She wisely changes her attacks to a more kick-based offense, finally taking Kong off her feet with a missile dropkick! Kim follows up with a senton but it only gets two. Kong gets fired up and hits a hard back fist to the face. She chokes Kim down in the corner and when referee Andrew Thomas tries to break it up she piefaces him for the DQ at 8:40. Kong hits Thomas with a powerbomb and turns back to Kim, and even fights off Velvet Sky and Angelina Love when they try to help out. Kim takes another powerbomb and Kong looks awesomely dominant. Kong had better matches in the Knockout Division than anyone else ever did.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #6: 10,000 Tacks Match – Abyss & Raven vs. Black Reign & Rellik

Rhino was scheduled to be Abyss’s partner, but he got taken out on Impact by Reign and Rellik, so Raven stepped in to take his place. Abyss and Raven take the first advantage and I anticipate this one will be a lot of brawling. As I predicted, that’s exactly what happens. Abyss and Reign battle each other and both get busted open, while Raven and Rellik pair off elsewhere. They pretty much stay in those pairings for a while, doing sick things to each other. Abyss and Raven find some kendo sticks and introduce them into the fray. Moments later Raven hurls Reign from the apron through a tack-infested table at ringside. Raven sets Rellik up on a table and goes for an elbow but misses and crashes through the table himself. That leaves Abyss and Rellik in the ring. Rellik sets up a bunch of tacks and Abyss goes for a Chokeslam but Rellik spits mist in his eyes. Even so, Abyss is able to hit Rellik with the Black Hole Slam onto a pile of tacks to get the pin at 14:43. If you get off on hardcore matches you’ll probably really like this, so it was good for its audience, that audience just isn’t me.
Rating: **

MATCH #7: Tag Team Match – Booker T & Kaz vs. Christian Cage & Robert Roode

Cage and Roode have Ms. Brooks in their corner, while T and Kaz have Sharmell. Kaz and Cage start the match, picking up where they left off from the ladder match back at Genesis. They go back and forth briefly and then make tags. T takes control of the much less experienced Roode while a “psycho fan” (Rain, making weird faces) watches on from the dark corners of the building. Meanwhile Cage and Roode have taken the advantage. T comes back on Cage and makes the tag to Kaz, who knocks both Cage and Roode to the floor and wipes them out with a dive. Back in the ring the heels resume control. Kaz comes back with a series of pinning combinations on Roode but can’t hold him down for a pin. After several minutes Kaz hits Cage with the Wave of the Future but can’t make the tag when Roode pulls T off the apron. Tenay says that the building will explode when T gets the hot tag, but it doesn’t exactly happen that way. T dominates, hitting Cage with a missile dropkick. He signals for the Spin-a-Roonie but Roode cuts it off. The referee loses control and then Kaz and Roode blow a spot. Roode backdrops Kaz to the floor, and then T takes both Cage and Roode out with a big kick. This time T executes the Spin-a-Roonie. The referee gets distracted with Brooks and Kaz on the floor, allowing Roode to bring a chair in. Unfortunately for Roode, it backfires when T ducks and he plasters Cage with the chair. T then hits an Axe Kick to get the win at 15:56. There were some awkward spots but for the most part this was a solid, TV-type tag team match.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #8: Main Event Six Man War – Kurt Angle, Tomko & AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe, Kevin Nash & Eric Young

Scott Hall was supposed to be with Joe and Nash, but he decided not to show up. That’s shocking. Before Joe introduces his replacement, he cuts an epic promo about the politics in TNA, and how the “Wrestlers” get the short end of the stick. He makes a comment about wrestlers coming in to “pad their pensions,” and glares right at Nash when he says it. He even tells Dixie Carter to go ahead and fire him. He says that all the X-Division guys, all the young guys stood up and volunteered to join him, but he’s chosen “Showtime” Eric Young.

Angle is the current TNA World Champion, while Styles and Tomko are the TNA World Tag Team Champions. Joe and Styles start the match, and Joe dominates before quickly tagging Young. A frustrated Styles tags the World Champion into the match. Young actually keeps the advantage and tags Nash, so Angle scurries over and tags Tomko. The big men face off and Nash wins round one with a big boot to the face. Tomko tags Styles, who charges right into a side slam. Young tags back in and hits Styles with the Wheelbarrow Neckbreaker but it only gets two. Styles fights back with a Pele while Young was on the top rope. He tries a superplex but Young counters it with a gourdbuster. Nash and Angle tag in and the match breaks down to a brawl. Joe, Young, Styles, and Tomko brawl to the floor. Meanwhile Angle locks Nash in the Ankle Lock. Joe gets back in the ring and considers his options, but eventually breaks the hold to save Nash. The match breaks down again and Nash hits Angle with the Jackknife. Styles breaks it up and then gets dumped to the floor. Joe hits Tomko with an enziguiri and Young follows with a Death Valley Driver. Young then whips Joe into Tomko in the corner, and Joe comes out with the Muscle Buster to get the pin at 9:33. Because it was so short they packed a lot of good stuff into a short amount of time. Joe’s promo is more memorable than the match, but the match was still really fun.
Rating: ***¼

BONUS MATCH: Robert Roode, Christian Cage, AJ Styles, Tomko & Kurt Angle vs. Kaz, Eric Young, Booker T, Kevin Nash & Samoa Joe, Impact, 12.6.07

Styles and Kaz start this huge tag team match. They go back and forth a bit and then give way to T and Angle. The crowd is amped up for this one. Young and Cage are the next to go, and Young hangs with him. Remember when they were pushing him? Tomko comes in next and Nash comes to Young’s aid and clotheslines Tomko to the floor. Nash throws Roode to the floor too, and moves for Kaz to hit them with a dive. Big Daddy Cool then teases a dive of his own, but of course that doesn’t happen. I like Nash. We go to commercial break and come back to Cage beating on Young. The Angle Alliance isolates Young and keeps him away from his partners. Finally Joe gets the hot tag and he is on fire. Tomko and Joe trade powerslams, and then clothesline each other. Joe makes the tag to Nash, and he unloads on everyone. The referee loses control, with bodies flying all over the place. Somewhere in all the chaos Nash hits Roode with the Jackknife to get the win for his team at 11:38 (shown). That was a good TV main event tag team match and a solid showcase for the top guys at the time.
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A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble 1992 (Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/03/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-1992-hulk-hogan-ric-flair/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/03/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-1992-hulk-hogan-ric-flair/#comments Sat, 03 Jan 2015 17:00:24 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171929 Rumble 88-92

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Knickerbocker Arena – Albany, New York – Sunday, January 19, 1992

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan are on commentary.

MATCH #1: The Orient Express vs. The New Foundation

Kato and Tanaka are accompanied by Mr. Fuji. Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and “The Rocket” Owen Hart are accompanied by their awesome puffy pants. Hart and Kato start the match with some chain wrestling. Monsoon announces that due to injuries, Marty Jannetty and Nasty Boy Brian Knobbs are being replaced by Nikolai Volkoff and Haku in the Royal Rumble match tonight. Hart takes control and tags Neidhart, who throws Kato around. Tanaka, appearing to be in horrible shape (wearing a t-shirt) tags in. Monsoon tells the story of how Bret Hart lost the Intercontinental Title two days ago but was so sick that The Mountie was able to defeat him and capture the gold. Meanwhile, Bret’s Brother Owen, who is wrestling in the match currently going on, has taken control of Tanaka. Owen and Anvil work together to keep Kato and Tanaka down. Finally the Express is able to gain control with a little help from Fuji. Owen makes several comeback attempts but continually gets shut down. Of course the comeback eventually does happen, and Anvil cleans house. Kato gets dumped to the floor and Owen wipes him out with an impressive dive. Anvil slams Tanaka and then they hit the Rocket Launcher to get the win at 17:19. That was too long for what they had to say, but it was a solid opener otherwise, just not up to the level of what Kato and Tanaka pulled off last year.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: Intercontinental Championship Match – The Mountie vs. Roddy Piper

Mountie has been the champion since 1.17.92, and this is his first defense. He’s accompanied by Jimmy Hart. The match was supposed to be Bret Hart defending the title against Mountie, but Bret must have been injured or something (I don’t recall), so he dropped the belt to Mountie at a house show and Piper is stepping in to take his place here as the challenger. Piper goes right after Mountie before the bell. Hart interferes on the floor to give Mountie a brief advantage before Piper fights back with his most prolific offensive weapon – the punch. Piper hits a bulldog but it only gets two. Mountie cuts him off and takes over with his boring stuff. Piper fights back with a sunset flip for two. He hits even more punches and a back body drop. Piper thinks he throws Mountie to the floor, but Mountie skins the cat, only to accidentally knock Hart off the apron. Then Piper locks on the Sleeper and Mountie is out at 5:22! That is Piper’s one and only singles title in his WWE run, and it led to the best match of his career. At least good things happened because of this match; because on its own it was pretty bad. Piper is the first man to wrestle twice at the Rumble, and also the first man to ever get a shot at both the Intercontinental and WWE Championships in the same night.
Rating: *½

MATCH #3: Beverly Brothers vs. The Bushwhackers

The Beverlys are accompanied by the Genius, who recites a poem before the match. The Bushwhackers are accompanied by Jameson, who does nothing. They stall forever to start, as it takes almost three minutes before any contact is made. Beau and Blake take the first control but are soon thwarted by Butch and Luke’s unorthodox offense. Back in the ring they all stall some more. Once again the Bushwhackers come back with their usual stuff and the Beverlys bail again. The Bushwhackers outsmart the Beverlys continually, which is just absurd. Finally the Beverlys take control on Luke, keeping him in their half of the ring. Outside the ring, Genius bullies Jameson, slapping him across the face. That leads to nothing. After what seems like an eternity Luke hits Beau with a clothesline and makes the hot tag. Butch is a house afire. The referee loses control and I’m losing patience. Beau hits Butch with a double axe handle off the top rope and Blake gets the pin at 14:57. That was simply rotten.
Rating: ¼*

After the match, the Bushwhackers and Jameson get their heat back by abusing the Genius and licking each other. Is anyone else disturbed by Luke and Butch licking young kids at ringside? That’s all kinds of disgusting.

MATCH #4: World Tag Team Championship Match – Legion of Doom vs. The Natural Disasters

Earthquake and Typhoon are accompanied by Jimmy Hart. Hawk and Animal have been the champions since 8.26.91. Typhoon and Hawk start the match. They try to out-power each other, and Hawk wins that battle with a clothesline off the top rope. Earthquake tags in and he actually tries a dropkick but it misses. Animal tags in and they size each other up. Johnny Ace’s brother tries a bodyslam but Earthquake falls on top. Typhoon tags in and Animal comes right back. It’s sad that Hawk and Animal barely even sell for guys like Earthquake and Typhoon. Hawk tags back in and now the Disasters take control for real; Hawk even sells for them so I take back what I said earlier. Of course Hawk comes back and makes the hot tag and the referee loses control. All four men spill to the floor to continue brawling. The referee starts the count and Typhoon barely sneaks back in the ring to get the countout win at 9:23. That was pretty dull and the finish was puzzling, given that the makeshift team of Ted DiBiase & IRS won the titles from the LOD a few weeks after this anyway.
Rating: ¾*

MATCH #5: Royal Rumble Match for the WWE Championship

The title has been vacant since 12.7.91, after two controversial matches between Hulk Hogan and Undertaker. As a result, Hogan and Undertaker both got to pick numbers between 20 and 30. I love little touches like that. British Bulldog (who recently won a 20-man battle royal in England) draws #1 and “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase with Sensational Sherri picked #2. They start off hot, both going for a quick elimination. That goes well for Bulldog, who dumps DiBiase to the floor. That was certainly quick. Ric Flair comes out at #3! That’s huge. Bulldog goes right after Flair, and when Jerry Sags with Jimmy Hart comes out at #4, he helps Flair. Even so, Bulldog is able to come back and eliminate Sags. Next up is Haku at #5. Bulldog also eliminates Haku as #6 Shawn Michaels makes his way out. Tito Santana is #7. The action continues at a fast pace given the talent of all four men in the ring. Barbarian comes out at #8. Kerry Von Erich is #9, raising the death toll in this Rumble to two. Repo Man brings us to the one-third mark at #10. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine is #11. Flair is everyone’s target, which makes Heenan crazy on commentary. Nikolai Volkoff comes out in the #12 spot. He’s a babyface but draws mostly boos from the sounds of it. In one corner of the ring Valentine locks Flair in the Figure-Four Leglock and Barbarian breaks it up. Repo Man dumps Volkoff for another quick exit. Big Boss Man is #13, raising the death roll to three. Repo Man tosses Valentine. Who would have thought Repo Man would eliminate anyone in the Rumble, let alone two guys? Just as I type that, Boss Man hurls Repo to the floor. Flair eliminates Bulldog after an impressive 25-plus minute performance, and then dumps Von Erich out as well. Hercules is #14 and that bumps the death toll to four (seven if you count the undercard). Hercules dumps Barbarian, Boss Man dumps Hercules, and Flair dumps Boss Man to be all alone in the ring! That’s awesome. New Intercontinental Champion “Rowdy” Roddy Piper is #15 and that’s just great booking right there. Piper’s reaction to having Flair all to himself is priceless. Flair runs to the floor (but not over the top rope) and Piper follows him to continue the assault. Piper utilizes the airplane spin and the Sleeper. Flair is in trouble here. Jake “The Snake” Roberts is #16. He even goes after Flair. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan comes out at #17 to a monster pop. Irwin R. Schyster is #18. Not much happens until Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka makes his way out at #19. Rounding out the first two-thirds is Undertaker with Paul Bearer at #20.

Undertaker immediately tosses Snuka. “Macho Man” Randy Savage is #21 and he is laser focused on finding Roberts. He gets his hands on his hated rival and eliminates him. Savage then stupidly goes over the top rope to continue beating Roberts up. He should be eliminated by the rules – even Monsoon says so – but the referees rule that you have to actually be thrown over the top rope by another competitor. Okay then. Berzerker is #22, and Virgil is #23. Col. Mustafa with Gen. Adnan comes out at #24, and he’s technically a former WWE Champion since he used to be the Iron Sheik. Rick Martel, who set the longevity record last year, is #25. Hulk Hogan makes his way out at #26. He goes right after Undertaker and Flair, sending Undertaker to the floor with a clothesline. Berzerker is the next one to go and then the shirt gets ripped. Duggan and Virgil eliminate each other. Skinner is #27. Former WWE Champion Sgt. Slaughter is #28. Martel eliminates Skinner, and moments later Flair sets the record for longevity, crossing the 53-minute mark. Sid Justice is #29. Hogan and Flair fight on the floor as Warlord with Harvey Wippleman is #30. Sid eliminates Slaughter. Piper eliminates Schyster via his tie. Hogan and Sid eliminate Warlord. Sid then pushes Piper and Martel to the floor at the same time. We’re down to the final four – Sid, Savage, Hogan, and Flair. Sid eliminates Savage, and then watches Hogan beat on Flair. He then sneaks up from behind and eliminates Hogan completely fairly. Hogan then grabs Sid’s arm and helps Flair eliminate him, and Ric Flair wins the Rumble at 61:59! The lineup in this Rumble was amazing, and the booking was perfect all the way through. That was a great performance from Flair, and this is still the best Rumble match of all-time.
Rating: *****topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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A2Z Analysiz – TNA Turning Point 2006 (Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/03/a2z-analysiz-tna-turning-point-2006-samoa-joe-kurt-angle-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/03/a2z-analysiz-tna-turning-point-2006-samoa-joe-kurt-angle-2/#comments Sat, 03 Jan 2015 14:00:56 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172043 Turning Point 2006

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – December 10, 2006

PRESHOW MATCH: Handicap Match – Ron “The Truth” Killings & Lance Hoyt vs. Serotonin

Serotonin is Raven’s group of Maverick Matt, Kazarian, and Johnny Devine. Hoyt and Matt start the match and that doesn’t go well for Serotonin. After the initial shine, Kazarian knocks Hoyt off the top rope and Serotonin uses the numbers advantage on the big Texan. That doesn’t last long before Hoyt hits Kazarian with a spinebuster and makes the tag. Truth is on fire and the match breaks down. Matt and Devine get knocked to the floor, leaving Kazarian by himself. Hoyt hits Kazarian with a big boot and Truth follows up with the Corkscrew Scissors Kick to get the win at 4:39. Serotonin was never a threat to anyone so their matches never meant anything, but this was perfectly acceptable preshow stuff.
Rating: *¾

Intro

Mike Tenay and Don West are on commentary. They hype the Flag Match, the NWA World Title Match, and the Rematch. You know the one.

MATCH #1: Paparazzi Championship Series Elimination Match – Alex Shelley vs. Austin Starr vs. Jay Lethal vs. Senshi vs. Sonjay Dutt

Kevin Nash comes out to join the commentary team. Shelley’s hair is just ridiculous at this point. This is the beginning of the PCS, and everyone will earn points based on where they finish in the match. Shelley starts the match with Lethal. They’re in no hurry to get it going. Shelley takes it down to the mat and then tags the Starr into the match. They both have the support of Nash, so they work together as a team while feuding with each other. Lethal and Dutt also work together, leaving Senshi as the odd man out of sorts. The dives begin as Shelley and Starr argue with each other and appeal to Nash for validation. Dutt hits Shelley with an Ace Crusher and locks on the Camel Clutch. Starr pulls Shelley back to the middle of the ring to prevent a rope break and Shelley taps out at 7:52! Shelley gets one point. Lethal and Dutt go at each other now until Senshi tags himself in. Senshi hits a shotgun dropkick to eliminate Lethal at 8:50. Lethal gets two points. Starr works over Dutt now and trash talks Senshi. Even while they badmouth each other, Starr and Senshi tag each other in and out while they abuse the Original Playa from the Himalaya. Dutt fires back but gets drilled with the kick to the head, brainbuster, and 450 Splash combination from Starr and Dutt gets eliminated and three points at 13:12. We’re down to the final two now. Senshi hits the Tidal Wave but only gets two. He tries the Ki Krusher but Starr reverses it to a Crucifix Bomb. Starr then hits a Brainbuster and goes up for another 450 Splash but Shelley comes back out and distracts him, allowing Senshi to avoid the splash and get an inside cradle for the win at 14:38. That was a good opener and I like the interaction between Shelley and Starr.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #2: Inter-gender Bikini Contest – Eric Young vs. Traci Brooks<

Jeremy Borash is hosting this atrocity of a contest. I really don’t want to recap this, but suffice to say it’s one of the stupidest, most senseless, idiotic wastes of time ever on a TNA pay-per-view, and that’s covering a lot of ground. Tenay and West try to sell it like it’s the funniest thing they’ve ever seen. Traci barely even showed anything. The gist is that after the crowd votes for Young, a furious Roode blames Traci and tells her that now she has to do anything to sign Young to Robert Roode, Inc. He thinks that will earn him the support of the fans. Two questions: A) Why would he care, and B) Why would he think that would work? What a stupid, stupid storyline.

MATCH #3: TNA X-Division Championship Match – Christopher Daniels vs. Chris Sabin

Jerry Lynn is the special guest referee for this important contest. Daniels has been the champion since 11.16.06 and this is his second defense. They trade some holds back and forth, with Sabin stretching the boundaries of the rules from the get-go. The champion takes the first advantage and wears Sabin down, using an Arabian Press (not a split-legged moonsault as Tenay calls it) for two. Sabin comes back and hits a springboard missile dropkick to knock Daniels to the floor. He follows Daniels out and hiptosses him on the ramp. Back in the ring Sabin stays in control, focusing on the head and neck. Daniels comes back with an STO and a series of clotheslines. A back body drop and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker get two. Daniels goes for the Angel’s Wings but Sabin slides to the floor. The champ follows him out and runs him into the barricade. Daniels follows up with a dropkick through the ropes, and then hits an elbow drop from the middle rope to the floor! That’s a good spot. Back in the ring Sabin is able to fight back with a tornado DDT for a two-count. Daniels comes back with a Death Valley Driver for two. He then hits the Flatliner and turns it right into the Koji Clutch. Sabin is able to reach the ropes, and then rakes the eyes. He hits a running Yakuza kick, but then tries a springboard maneuver but takes a palm strike instead. Daniels hits a uranage slam and the Best Moonsault Ever to get the pin at 12:27. I don’t see how either the Sabin versus Daniels or Sabin versus Lynn issues could be furthered by the fact that Sabin just lost completely clean in the middle of the ring. They try to salvage something by Lynn telling Sabin to show Daniels some respect, but Daniels says he doesn’t care about that. Lynn then slaps Daniels in the face. It seems like Lynn is always sticking his nose into business that’s not his own. He’s really obnoxious. The match was solid stuff but nothing amazing.
Rating: ***

Basebrawl 2

Jim Cornette introduces Dale Torborg and A.J. Pierzynski from the Chicago White Sox, as well as 2006 World Series MVP David Eckstein from the St. Louis Cardinals and his brother Rick. Eckstein wrote a book, which annoys Torborg and Pierzynski, so they turn heel on him. They attack until Lance Hoyt makes the save.

MATCH #4: AJ Styles vs. Rhino

This was a brutally stupid feud based on, as far as I can tell/remember, absolutely nothing. Rhino wanted to “help” AJ but in regards to what is unclear. AJ attacks Rhino during his pre-match interview and the fight is on. They battle throughout the backstage area and into the Impact Zone crowd. Finally they make it to the ring and the bell rings to officially start the match. AJ takes control and continues working on the back. He hits The Dropkick but it only gets two. Rhino comes back and goes to the second rope, but AJ knocks him down to the floor. AJ follows him out but jumps right into a belly-to-belly suplex. Both men make it back to the ring and Rhino hits a spinebuster for two. AJ tries a Styles Clash but Rhino backdrops him to the floor and AJ has apparently badly hurt his knee. He calls the referee to the floor, and Andrew Thomas makes the now-meaningless “X” sign. After a bunch of referees come down and check on AJ, he sneaks back in the ring and rolls Rhino up for a quick pin at 7:28. The match was pretty dull, but to continue the feud that was a solid finish.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #5: Flag Match – Latin American Xchange vs. America’s Most Wanted

Homicide and Hernandez are the current NWA World Tag Team Champions, but the titles are not on the line here. They’re accompanied by Konnan, while AMW are accompanied by Gail Kim. The object of the match is to capture your country’s flag and hang it using a ladder. Whichever team wins will get to have their country’s national anthem played in the arena. The match starts on the floor as a big brawl. Gail gets involved early, hitting a moonsault on Homicide on the floor! Even with Gail’s interference, LAX is able to take control on both Storm and Harris. AMW fights back and this one continue to be a big brawl. A ladder gets involved and Hernandez hits Harris with the Crackerjack right on the ladder! LAX continues controlling the action, and Gail interferes again to give Harris the chance to hit Homicide with a superplex. Hernandez comes back in and is able to grab the Mexican flag. He tries to hang the flag but Storm stops him and hits a sunset bomb. Harris recovers and grabs the American flag but Homicide cuts him off and hits a super Ace Crusher. Homicide goes for the Gringo Killer but Gail interferes again with a missile dropkick. Gail then stumbles around looking lost while Konnan just watches. She grabs the flag and goes to hang it but finally Konnan gets involved and throws her off the ladder. It’s about time she got what was coming to her. Petey Williams then comes running out and tries the Canadian Destroyer on Konnan, but Hernandez breaks it up. Hernandez then delivers a no-hands dive over the top rope to the floor to take out Storm. Meanwhile Harris and Homicide climb the ladder with their respective flags and they both hang part of them. Storm comes back in and tries to hit Homicide with a beer bottle but he hits Harris instead! Hernandez then climbs the ladder to hang the flag and win the match at 10:42. After the match Storm blames Harris for the loss. As for the match itself, it was disjointed and awkward in a number of spots with tons of Gail Kim interference thaw wasn’t really necessary. After the match the Mexican anthem is played while Homicide tries to get the back of his head to stop bleeding.
Rating: *½

VKM Million Dollar Challenge

This is another brutally stupid segment in which BG James and Kip James dress up like “Paul Levesque” and “Michael Hickenbottom.” They have fake cheerleaders come out to simulate the Spirit Squad. It’s incredible how much time TNA wasted mocking the WWE in segments that went nowhere and nothing for no one. They even have their own fake Fat Oily Guy. BG then cuts a ridiculous angry promo. As if either of the Voodoo Kin Mafia could hold a candle to Triple H or Shawn Michaels in any area of the business. This is insulting on so many levels. BG then puts up $1 million if Triple H and Shawn Michaels will fight them somewhere. He speaks in kayfabe terms and further kills the business with his idiotic rhetoric. I think I hate this more than anything ever on a TNA show.

MATCH #6: NWA World Championship Match – Abyss vs. Christian Cage vs. Sting

Abyss has been the champion since 11.19.06 and this is his first defense. Sting dominates the early going, as I would expect him to. The battle spills to the floor and Tomko interferes, throwing Sting into the guardrail. Back in the ring Abyss crushes Christian in the corner and wears him down. Christian fights back with a tornado DDT for two, and then knocks Sting off the apron. Abyss and Christian continue to battle, taking the fight to the top rope, and that’s when Sting comes back in and instigates a Tower of Doom. Sting starts throwing out Stinger Splashes and no-selling Christian’s offense. He uses Abyss and Christian against each other, as Tomko is an equal opportunity offender when it comes to interfering behind the referee’s back. The referee gets distracted and Christian tries to use the belt but Sting blocks it and hits the Scorpion Death Drop. It only gets two when Tomko pulls the referee to the floor. Tomko gets in the ring now and wears Sting down, only to be stopped by Abyss, who clotheslines him to the floor. Abyss then press slams Christian to the floor. He goes for a Chokeslam as Mitchell gets out a bag of tacks. The NWA World Champion spreads out the tacks (I imagine Harley Race never thought that sentence would ever be typed) and signals for the Chokeslam again. Christian comes back in so Abyss tries to Chokeslam him instead and Tomko breaks it up. Tomko then stomps Abyss’s head into the tacks! Sting knocks Mitchell off the apron and then appeals to Abyss’s inner man. He goes for the Scorpion Deathlock but Christian breaks it up with a steel chair. Abyss grabs Sting for the Black Hole Slam, knocking Christian down in the process, and getting the pin on Sting at 11:56. Sting barely got off the ground for the Black Hole Slam and it looked lousy. Aside from that the match was fine but had tons of interference during the ref bump, like so many TNA World Title matches.
Rating: **

MATCH #7: Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle

Angle stated emphatically that win lose or draw this will be his last match with Samoa Joe. They start chain wrestling right away as the crowd is juiced, chanting for both men. Angle starts working the ankle, and Joe responds with a multitude of strikes. They spill to the floor and Angle actually hits Joe with a house show dive. Not often you see Angle doing dives. Angle uses the ring steps to abuse Joe’s face. Back in the ring Angle continues to keep Joe on the mat, despite the Samoan’s comeback efforts. Finally after several minutes Joe is able to hit a release German Suplex and both men are down. Back on their feet Angle responds with rolling German Suplexes, hitting three of them. Angle goes for the Olympic Slam but Joe avoids it, but Angle hangs on and tries the Ankle Lock. Joe rolls out of it and drills Angle with a knee to the face. He sets Angle up for the Muscle Buster but Angle counters it with the Ankle Lock! Joe rolls out again so Angle hits the Olympic Slam for a two-count. Angle’s straps come down and he goes right back to the Ankle Lock. Joe counters to the Choke but Angle re-counters back to the Ankle Lock, and Joe re-re-counters to the Choke. Angle re-re-re-counters back to the Ankle Lock but Joe reaches the ropes. They fight up to the top and Angle hits a super belly-to-belly suplex for a two-count. The referee takes an unfortunate bump. Angle tries the Olympic Slam but Joe counters out with an armdrag. Joe locks Angle in the Choke and Angle taps out but the referee didn’t see it! As Joe tries to wake up the referee Angle kicks him square in the nuts. The crowd rightfully boos. Angle goes to the floor and grabs a steel chair. When he tries to hit Joe with it Joe ducks and the chair bounces off the ropes and back into Angle’s face! Joe then locks on the Choke again and this time the referee sees Angle tapping out and Joe wins at 19:13! Time has diminished this a bit, since Angle has copied this “hit a million finishers” style ad nauseam in the last few years, but this is still a great match and Angle made Joe look like a million bucks. That evens the series at 1-1.
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A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble 1991 (Hulk Hogan, Earthquake) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/02/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-1991-hulk-hogan-earthquake-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/02/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-1991-hulk-hogan-earthquake-2/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 17:00:50 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171927 Rumble 88-92

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Miami Arena – Miami, Florida – Saturday, January 19, 1991

Gorilla Monsoon and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper are on commentary.

MATCH #1: The Rockers vs. Orient Express

This is the Kato and Tanaka version of the Orient Express, and they’re accompanied by Mr. Fuji. Tanaka knocks Jannetty to the floor to start the match right away. The Express tries to go to work on Michaels but they don’t get too far before Jannetty comes back in and the Rockers send them scurrying to the floor and then wipe them out with suicide dives. The match settles down a bit and they trade control back and forth a couple of times, and the pace is very quick, especially for 1991 WWE. Michaels busts out a Moonsault. You know, he might be the first guy I ever saw do that. The Express tries to regroup on the floor but Michaels and Jannetty take them out with simultaneous cross body blocks off opposite turnbuckles. Back in the ring Kato and Tanaka use some chicanery to take over on Michaels. Fuji even gets a couple of cheap shots in behind the referee’s back. After several minutes of abuse Michaels is able to make the hot tag. Jannetty is on fire and so is the crowd. The Rockers try a Rocket Launcher but Tanaka breaks it up. The Express seems to be in control until Jannetty surprises Tanaka with a sunset flip to get the pin from out of nowhere at 19:14. That was a HELL of an opener and one of the Rockers’ best matches ever, which is saying something.
Rating: ****¼

MATCH #2: Big Boss Man vs. Barbarian

This was part of the awesome storyline where Boss Man was running through the Heenan Family members to get revenge on Heenan for all the mean things Heenan said about his momma. Boss Man is all fired up so Barbarian stalls on the floor to start. That proves wise, as Barbarian takes first control when he gets in the ring. Boss Man comes back with a big boot and a back elbow to send Barbarian back to the floor. This time Boss Man goes out there too and whips Barbarian into the ring post. They get back in the ring and Boss Man quickly clotheslines Barbarian right back out. Boss Man brought his working boots tonight. Barbarian fights back with a vertical suplex. He now goes to work, dissecting the Boss Man, focusing on the back. After several minutes Boss Man fights out and hits an enziguiri of all things. Boss Man follows up with a Stun Gun and Barbarian just barely gets his hand on the bottom rope. Barbarian goes up top and hits the Clothesline, but Boss Man gets his leg on the bottom rope. Moments later Boss Man hits the Boss Man Slam and once again Barbarian gets his hand on the bottom rope. Barbarian comes back with a piledriver and goes up top. He tries a cross body block but Boss Man rolls through to get the pin at 14:16. Boss Man was on fire here and it turned out to be a good power match.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #3: WWE Championship Match – Ultimate Warrior vs. Sgt. Slaughter

Warrior has been the champion since 4.1.90. He comes in a house afire as usual, clotheslining both Slaughter and Gen. Adnan to the floor, and then breaking the Iraqi flagpole over his knee and ripping up the flag. To say the crowd is in support of the Warrior would be an understatement. With Warrior firmly in control, Queen Sherri makes her way out to ringside to try and fire Slaughter up. Sherri grabs Warrior’s leg and baits him to chase her down the aisle. From out of nowhere the Macho King Randy Savage levels the champ with a clothesline and then hits him with a piece of equipment. Slaughter makes sure Warrior doesn’t g0065t counted out, and goes to work on him back in the ring. After a few minutes Warrior makes the big comeback and Slaughter is in trouble. Sherri makes her way back out to distract the champion again, and he pulls her into the ring. Warrior picks Sherri up and throws her onto Savage, who had made his way back out, and they’re both down. Slaughter drives a knee into Warrior’s back and then distracts the referee, allowing Savage to blast Warrior in the face with his scepter! That gives Slaughter carte blanche to hit an elbow drop and cover Warrior for the pin at 12:45. The crowd was hot for Warrior but the match was pretty dull. It set up for a great match at WrestleMania VII though, so at least some good came out of it.
Rating: *½

MATCH #4: Koko B. Ware vs. The Mountie

Mountie, who is accompanied by Jimmy Hart, stalls a lot in the opening minutes. The crowd is pretty pissed after the last match so these two have an uphill battle ahead of them. Koko gains the early advantage and Mountie fights back with punches, and then dumps Koko to the floor. Back in the ring Mountie continues slowly working Koko over and cutting off his comeback attempts. Mountie dumps Koko to the floor again and struts. Again, Koko makes his way back in the ring, and Mountie goes on offense. After an eternity Koko finally makes a comeback and lands a flurry of offense. Koko hits a missile dropkick and lands on his feet, which I think is impressive. He goes for the cover but Hart distracts him. Koko is able to come back and hit a turnaround cross body block off the second rope for two. He then charges into what looks like a shitty chokeslam and Mountie gets the pin at 9:12. That felt twice as long as it was.
Rating: ¼*

MATCH #5: Dusty & Dustin Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase & Virgil

The tension had been building between DiBiase and Virgil, with Piper trying to convince Virgil that pride is worth more than money. The Rhodes family immediately sends DiBiase and Virgil to the floor, where they regroup. Back in the ring Dustin goes to work on Virgil, sending him back to the floor with a dropkick. When DiBiase finally tags in he’s able to take control on Dustin. That doesn’t last long before Dustin comes back with some of his father’s offense, and then makes the tag to the Dream. Unfortunately, when Dustin tags back in, DiBiase and Virgil are able to isolate him and work on his knee. Virgil accidentally clotheslines DiBiase, and he receives a beating from his own partner for it. DiBiase dumps Virgil to the floor and then rolls Dusty up for the pin at 9:58. That was perfectly adequate.
Rating: **

The real juice is after the match, as DiBiase verbally berates Virgil, and tells him to get the Million Dollar Belt and put it around his waist. DiBiase reminds Virgil about his mother as Piper pleads with Virgil to stand up for himself. When DiBiase turns around to gloat, Virgil picks up the belt and hits DiBiase right in the face with it to one of the biggest pops I’ve ever heard in my life. One of the all-time great babyface turns, but too bad Virgil straight sucked in the ring.

MATCH #6: Royal Rumble Match

Bret “Hit Man” Hart is #1, and Dino Bravo, with Jimmy Hart, drew #2. Neither man can eliminate the other by the time Greg “The Hammer” Valentine comes out at #3. Valentine is a recent cast-off from Jimmy Hart’s crew, so he goes right after Bravo and quickly dumps him to the floor. Next up is #4, Paul Roma with Slick. Roma and Valentine double-team Hart but then quickly turn out each other. Kerry Von Erich is #5 and he gets a huge pop. Not much happens and Rick Martel is out at #6. Saba Simba is #7 as no one has been eliminated since Bravo. #8 is Bushwhacker Butch. Martel is able to eliminate Simba. Next up is Jake “The Snake” Roberts at #9. Roberts goes right after Martel, who blinded him several months ago. Martel runs to the floor but wisely goes out under the bottom rope. Hercules is #10 and he helps out his tag team partner Roma. Tito Santana is #11 and he goes right after his former partner Martel. Meanwhile, Roberts eliminates Roma. Undertaker with Brother Love is #12. He immediately eliminates Hart. Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka gets lucky #13. Next is British Bulldog at #14. Smash brings us to the half-way point at #15. Martel is cleverly able to eliminate Roberts from the apron. Hawk is #16. Shane Douglas in neon orange is #17. Undertaker eliminates Von Erich and Hawk dumps Snuka. For some reason, no one comes out at #18 so we just move on. Animal is #19 and they join together to eliminate Undertaker. Martel and Hercules then clothesline Hawk out. Crush is #20.

Former winner “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan is #21. Next up is Earthquake with Jimmy Hart at #22. Earthquake eliminates Animal, and then focuses on Duggan. Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan is #23. He tosses Duggan out pretty quickly. Hulk Hogan is #24 and everyone goes after him of course. Hogan tosses Smash first and then goes after Earthquake. Haku is #25. Next is Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart at #26. Earthquake tosses Santana. Bushwhacker Luke marches out at #27 and Earthquake immediately tosses him out to set a new record for shortest time in the Rumble. Brian Knobbs is #28. He eliminates Hercules and Warlord comes out at #29. Hogan eliminates Crush. He then eliminates Warlord just as Tugboat comes out at #30. That means “Macho King” Randy Savage was the one who didn’t show. Knobbs eliminates Douglas. Hogan eliminates Tugboat and Bulldog eliminates Perfect. Martel dumps Neidhart and Bulldog dumps Haku. Then Martel foolishly goes to the top rope and Bulldog knocks him down, but not before Martel set a new longevity record at 52 minutes. Earthquake and Knobbs quickly eliminate Bulldog and focus on Hogan. After Earthquake hits the Vertical Splash, Hogan Hulks up and dumps Knobbs to the floor. Hogan hits Earthquake with the Big Boot and some punches, and then punches Hart off the apron. He then goes for the bodyslam but he can’t hold the weight. Earthquake hits the big elbow drop and the powerslam, but Hogan Hulks Up again. Hogan hits another Big Boot and this time completes the bodyslam. He clotheslines Earthquake to the floor to win his second straight Rumble at 65:14. There was some fun stuff throughout this one, but it just felt lacking in star power and the Hogan win was even more predictable than usual with less suspense.
Rating: ***topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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A2Z Analysiz – TNA Turning Point 2005 (Jeff Jarrett, Rhino) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/02/a2z-analysiz-tna-turning-point-2005-jeff-jarrett-rhino-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/02/a2z-analysiz-tna-turning-point-2005-jeff-jarrett-rhino-2/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 14:00:28 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172039 Turning Point 2005

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – December 11, 2005

Mike Tenay and Don West are on commentary.

PRESHOW MATCH: Jon Bolen, Joe Doering & Buck Quartermain vs. The Naturals & Lance Hoyt

Chase Stevens starts the match with Quartermain as Tenay and West ignore them to hype the card. The battle quickly spills to the floor and just as quickly gets back in the ring. Andy Douglas tags in and he picks up where Stevens left off. Quartermain goes to the eyes and tags Bolen. Douglas cuts him off with a dropkick and tags Hoyt. Doering gets the tag as well, and he can nearly match Hoyt in size. This is essentially an extended squash here. Just as I type that the Job Squad uses some chicanery to take advantage of Douglas. That lasts all of about a minute before Hoyt gets tagged back in and dominates. The Naturals hit Quartermain with the Natural Disaster but Quartermain rolls to the floor. Hoyt knocks Doering to the floor and then hits Bolen with the Blackout to get the pin at 7:11. I’m fine with Hoyt and the Naturals being on the preshow.
Rating: *½

MATCH #1: Barbed Wire Massacre – Sabu vs. Abyss

Abyss attacks right away because he’s afraid of the barbed wire and wants to get the match over with. Sabu of course isn’t afraid and takes it to Abyss with a chair. It doesn’t take long for Abyss to throw Sabu into the barbed wire, repeatedly, and Sabu is busted open. Sabu produces a spike and gouges Abyss’s arm to make it bleed. Both men get a taste of the barbed wire, and a chair wrapped in barbed wire finds its way into the ring. Abyss goes for the chair-assisted Earthquake Splash but Sabu gets the chair up into the groin and then clobbers Abyss with it. The Monster slides under the wire to the floor but he’s not safe there as Sabu follows him out with a dive. Sabu throws a barbed wire board into the ring, but before he can get back in Abyss drops his midsection right on the barbed wire. Abyss drops Sabu stomach first on the board. Ouch. Abyss sets up a barbed wire board in the corner and tries a charge but Sabu avoids it and Abyss gets a face full of barbed wire. Sabu then kicks Abyss backwards to sandwich him between the boards, and then drops a leg to get the pin at 10:59. Normally barbed wire matches aren’t my thing but they did a really good job with this one.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: Roderick Strong & Alex Shelley vs. Austin Aries & Matt Bentley

This is an interesting combination of guys. Bentley is accompanied by Traci, and they were really pushing the “Bentley Bounce” at this time. It’s too bad how little charisma that guy has. Aries and Shelley start it off with some fast paced back and forth. Strong tags in and the pace continues to be breakneck. When Bentley tags in Shelley and Strong isolate him and try to keep him in their half of the ring. Aries receives the same treatment when he tags back in, as Shelley and Strong operate like a well-oiled machine. Interestingly, Aries and Strong were about to become the ROH Tag Team Champions at this time. Bentley gets a hot tag and is all over both of his opponents. The referee loses control and all four men are in the ring at the same time. Somewhere in all the chaos Bentley drills Shelley with the Superkick (complete with a weird sell from Shelley) for the pin at 8:04. The action was fun but it meant nothing and the finish was out of nowhere.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #3: Raven vs. Chris K

This was part of the never-ending Raven versus Larry Zbyszko feud. Raven’s promo at the beginning makes him sound like someone who came up with a bunch of little quips rather than a guy just talking on the fly. That’s how I’ve long felt about Raven promos. K wastes no time in going after Raven and hitting a swinging neckbreaker. The battle spills to the floor and K continues doing a number on his former WCW rival. After a few minutes Raven avoids a moonsault and locks on the Ankle Lock but K breaks out of it. Raven comes back and kneelifts K to the floor. He throws K around a bit and then brings a chair into the ring for the drop toehold but K avoids it. K can’t avoid a powerbomb though, as Raven drops him right on the chair. Raven then hits the Raven Effect to get the pin at 5:45. That was decent but would have been better suited for Impact.
Rating: **

MATCH #4: The 4Live Kru vs. Team Canada

The 4Live Kru is BG James, Kip James, Konnan, and Ron “The Truth” Killings. Team Canada is represented by Petey Williams, Eric Young, Bobby Roode, and A1. Kip and Roode start the match. I just realized that this is the second Turning Point in a row that Team Canada has fought the Kru in some fashion. Konnan’s first contribution to the match is to throw his shoe at Williams, and then Truth hits the top rope legdrop to the groin. The Kru is dominant in the opening minutes here. Team Canada finally cuts off BG and works him over in their corner. That doesn’t go on too long before Kip gets the hot tag. Sometimes I forget how big of a guy he is. The match turns into a brawl and Konnan stands tall with Kip. Konnan intercepts a chair from Young, and then blasts Kip with it and instructs Roode to pin him, so Team Canada gets the win at 7:17. That was an adequate tag team match but I’m not at all interested in the saga of the 4Live Kru.
Rating: **

MATCH #5: Chris Sabin, Sonjay Dutt & Dale Torborg vs. The Diamonds in the Rough

Bobby “The Brain” Heenan is on hand to do commentary. I completely forgot that he did some TNA appearances. Tenay has the balls to tell Heenan to lay out for Borash so he can do ring announcements. How dare you Mike Tenay? Heenan will talk over whomever he wants whenever he wants (especially if it’s Borash) and it is YOU who will keep your filthy mouth shut. The Diamonds in the Rough are Simon Diamond, Elix Skipper, and David Young. The babyfaces are accompanied by White Sox catcher AJ Pierzynski, and several players, including Johnny Damon, are at ringside. Skipper and Sabin start the match. They try some chain wrestling and Sabin almost kills Skipper during an armbar. It was pretty amazing. Young tags in and Sabin continues on offense and makes the tag to Dutt. Is this the last match Heenan ever commentated? Man, Dale Torborg is a big dude. The Diamonds take over on Dutt in their half of the ring. After a few minutes Dutt makes the hot tag and Torborg is on fire. The match breaks down and the babyfaces are rocking it. Sabin and Dutt take out Young and Skipper with dives to the floor, leaving Diamond and Torborg in the ring. Diamond hits Torborg with a catcher’s shin guard, but only gets two when Pierzynski pulls the referee to the floor! Heenan leaves the booth to distract the referee, and Damon gives Pierzynski a home plate to crack Diamond over the head with! Sabin then hits the Cradle Shock and Dutt follows with the Hindu Press to get the win at 8:01. That was a lot of fun.
Rating: **½

MATCH #6: Christian Cage vs. Monty Brown

This is Christian’s first TNA pay-per-view match. Brown shows off his power right off the bat. You could even say he’s trying to show that he’s the Alpha Male. Brown even goes for an early Pounce but Christian powders to avoid it. They go back and forth a bit and Christian throws Brown to the floor, and then follows him out with a dive off the top rope! Back in the ring Christian gets a two-count. Brown comes back and gorilla presses Christian all the way down to the floor. Back in the ring Brown continues to use his power to keep Christian subdued. At one point Christian accidentally pulls one of the pads off a turnbuckle; we’ll see if that plays into the finish. Eventually Christian gets his second wind and hits a hard tornado DDT for two. They fight up to the top rope and Cage knocks him down, then follows with a Frog Splash but it only gets two. Brown comes back with the Alpha Bomb but only gets a two-count. He tries to drive Christian into the exposed turnbuckle but winds up eating it himself! Christian follows up with the Unprettier to get the win at 12:36. Those two are well matched and this was an excellent meshing of styles and a good showing for Christian on his way to a title shot.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #7: Tables Match – Team 3D vs. America’s Most Wanted

You’d think the titles would be on the line here, but you’d be wrong. Team 3D runs up the ramp to start the fight immediately! Brother Ray and James Storm battle up by the entrance while Brother Devon and Chris Harris take the fight to ringside. I never heard the opening bell, by the way. The brawl continues as most Team 3D matches tend to. The tables come into play pretty early and everyone take turns saving their partner from a wooden fate. I love how Mike Tenay refers to Asian countries as “The Orient.” Get with the times, bro. Team 3D scores the first elimination, nailing Storm with the Death Sentence through a table to take the advantage. Moments later they take Harris up by the entrance and deliver the 3D through a table to get the win at 10:39. That was the usual boring brawl from Team 3D in TNA. And as it turns out they injured James Storm driving him through the table. Good job, guys.
Rating: **

MATCH #8: TNA X-Division Title Match – AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe

Styles has been the champion since 9.11.05 and this is his third defense. This is his fifth reign with the title, while Joe is in the midst of an undefeated streak that began back in June. The champ goes on the attack before the bell, which is wise strategy considering Joe’s dominance in TNA thus far. Joe comes back with some vicious strikes and kicks AJ right to the floor. He follows him out and continues the abuse. The pace is pretty ridiculous in this one, with both guys going all out from the get-go. Joe swings AJ head-first into the guardrail and delivers a running kick to the chest. Back in the ring Joe hits the Big Joe Combo (TM Brad Garoon). The challenger is absolutely dominating at this point. Finally AJ avoids a charge in the corner and backdrops Joe to the floor. AJ follows him out with the Fosbury Flop! Back in the ring AJ hits a springboard forearm to the back of the head for a two-count. The flipping inverted DDT gets another near-fall. Joe catches a snap powerslam out of nowhere for his own two-count. AJ comes back and tries the Styles Clash, but settles for a powerbomb and gets a very close near-fall. Joe responds with a huge clothesline but it only gets one! That just makes Joe angry, so he hits a double underhook powerbomb and AJ again kicks out at one! Joe locks on the Choke but AJ escapes and hits the Pele. They fight up to the top rope and AJ powerbombs him down and then turns it into the Styles Clash but Joe kicks out! AJ foolishly tries an O’Connor Roll but Joe grabs him and Chokes him out to win the X-Division Title for the first time at 18:54. These two tore it up in the X-Division and this was probably their best singles match ever. It was just one of those matches where everything clicked and the characters were strong and everyone looked good. This is one of the best matches in TNA history.
Rating: ****¾

After the match Joe continues the assault on AJ until Christopher Daniels, previously injured by Joe, makes his return and the save for his friend.

MATCH #9: NWA World Championship Match – Jeff Jarrett vs. Rhino

Jarrett has been the champion since 11.3.05, and this is his first defense. The champion starts the match by going after the arm, but Rhino overpowers him and goes after the arm himself. Jarrett comes back with a dropkick for just a one-count. He then goes back to the arm and wrist. Rhino comes back with a press slam and hangs the champ off the top rope. He then knocks him down into the guardrail and slingshots himself over the top rope right onto Jarrett. They fight up into the crowd and Rhino tries a suplex from a concrete barrier, but Jarrett blocks it and knocks Rhino down. Rhino reverses an Irish whip and Jarrett gets slammed into the wall. They continue fighting all over the arena, and Jarrett is busted open. Rhino uses a chair and I guess this match is no-disqualification too. They fight towards the back and onto some scaffolding. Jarrett uses a chair and whacks Rhino across the back, and the challenger crashes off the scaffolding through a table below. Within moments Rhino suplexes Jarrett on the ramp and resumes control. Wow, maybe he could have sold a table bump longer than 15 seconds? He grabs a table and stacks it against the entrance ramp. He hits the Gore but the table doesn’t break and they slide down the entrance tunnel. That actually looked kind of cool.

Borash announces that both men have a count of 10 to return to the ring. I believe I made my feelings about that known earlier in this review. Petey Williams and Eric Young come out and throw Rhino down the tunnel and try to help Jarrett get back to the ring. Rhino barely makes it back to the ring and he is fired up now. He hits a flying clothesline and has to fight off Petey and Young. He hits a spinebuster but Jarrett kicks out. Rhino goes to the top and Petey crotches him down. No-DQ, I guess. That gives Jarrett the chance to hit a superplex for two. Rhino comes back with a TKO for two. The referee accidentally takes the Gore, and Jarrett goes for the Stroke. Rhino reverses that to a belly-to-belly suplex. Bobby Roode comes out to battle Rhino now, as well as A1. Rhino quickly hits the Gore on A1, but Roode levels him with the Northern Lariat. Rudy Charles barely sells Rhino’s Gore by making the two-count. Jarrett grabs the guitar and smashes it over Rhino’s head. Rhino kicks out at two. Jackie Gayda comes out, and I don’t think this storyline ever paid off. She slaps Jarrett, and then Rhino hits a Gore, from which Jarrett kicks out. Security comes out to drag Jackie away. Rhino sets up two chairs and goes for the Rhino Driver. Scott D’Amore comes down and whacks him with a hockey stick. Jarrett then hits the Stroke onto the chairs to get the pin at 17:29. I still don’t understand how TNA distinguishes some kinds of interference and foreign objects that are okay to do in front of the ref, and others that you must hide. How many times do I have to say this in this review? The match was doing fine until the interference turned it into a six-on-one match.
Rating: **¼

After the match the lights go out, and when they come back on the spotlight is on a chair is sitting in the middle of the ring with black boots and a baseball bat on it. The video screen shows a picture of a scorpion, indicating that Sting is on his way to TNA in 2006. Oh, goody.topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble 1990 (Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/01/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-1990-hulk-hogan-ultimate-warrior/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/01/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-1990-hulk-hogan-ultimate-warrior/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 17:00:51 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171925 Rumble 88-92

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Orlando Arena – Orlando, Florida – Sunday, January 21, 1990

Tony Schiavone and Jesse “The Body” Ventura are on commentary.

MATCH #1: The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers vs. The Bushwhackers

The Rougeaus are accompanied by their manager Jimmy Hart. The match starts with stalling… lots of it. Luke and Butch bring their particular brand of comedy, which I loved when I was a kid. The capacity crowd in Orlando apparently agrees with the younger version of me because the Bushwhackers are crazy over here. The Rougeaus are able to ground Luke and they keep him in their half of the ring. The Bushwhackers’ offense consists primarily of biting. After what seems like an eternity Butch gets the hot tag. The referee loses control as all four men are in the ring. Hart tries to help his charges and he almost pays dearly for it but the Rougeaus rescue him at the last minute. Finally the Bushwhackers hit both Jacques and Raymond with the Battering Ram at the same time and Butch pins Jacques at 13:35. That felt like it was never going to end.
Rating: ¾*

MATCH #2: The Genius vs. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake

If I’m not mistaken, this is the Genius’s only match ever on pay-per-view. Genius is SO good at being effeminate it’s hard to believe that he’s Randy “Macho Man” Savage’s brother. Beefcake dominates in the early going and Genius stalls and tries to avoid him. Genius tries fighting up but Beefcake has an answer every time he does. Beefcake tries the Sleeper but Genius fights out of it and puts on a headlock, and when Beefcake shoves him off, Genius collides with the referee, who tumbles to the floor. With the referee out Beefcake locks on the Sleeper, and the Genius starts sawing wood. Beefcake grabs his scissors and preps Genius for a haircut. Mr. Perfect runs out to save his manager and the referee wakes up to call for the disqualification at 11:03. Perfect assaults Beefcake with a chair as referees come out to pull him off. As a setup to Beefcake versus Perfect at WrestleMania VI this worked, but as a match it was pretty dull and today would be the kind of thing on TV instead of pay-per-view. The official verdict is a double-disqualification, by the way.
Rating: *

MATCH #3: Submission Match – “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine

Valentine is accompanied by his manager Jimmy Hart. Neither man gets an entrance, which I find odd. I believe this is the first submission match on WWE pay-per-view. Both men are wearing braces no their leg, which allegedly make their finishing moves, the Figure-Four Leglock and the Sharpshooter, more effective. Garvin goes on offense first and tries a cover but of course there are no pins here. Valentine fights back and these two are working pretty snug together. They both keep trying pin covers to really hammer the point home that yes, this is a submission match. Valentine is the first one to go for a submission, locking on the Figure-Four. However, the “Hammer Jammer,” the brace on Garvin’s leg, protects him from feeling the pain of the hold. They continue slugging at each other, and Garvin gets his first submission attempt, the Indian Deathlock. The battle spills to the floor, where they continue to hit each other with stiff strikes. Garvin goes for a piledriver but Valentine reverses to a back body drop. Back in the ring they knock each other down, and Hart takes the opportunity to pull the Hammer Jammer off Garvin’s leg. Valentine wisely puts on the Figure-Four Leglock but Garvin turns it over! They roll into the ropes to break the hold. Valentine goes to the rope and Garvin slams him down. Now Garvin removes Valentine’s leg brace, the Heartbreaker! Valentine foolishly goes for ANOTHER pin. Okay guys, we get it. Garvin ties Valentine up in the ropes a la Andre the Giant. Hart tries to interfere and Garvin brings him in the ring and threatens him with the Hammer Jammer. Valentine tries to sneak up on Garvin with the Heartbreaker, but Garvin turns around and blasts him with the Hammer Jammer! Garvin then locks on the Sharpshooter to get the win at 16:52! The crowd popped pretty big for that. I think this match is underrated, and without the pin attempts late in the match I would have rated it higher.
Rating: ***

MATCH #4: Big Boss Man vs. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan

Boss Man is accompanied by the “Doctor of Style” Slick. He also has his Corporate theme music instead of Jive Soul Bro, which makes me sad. These two bruisers start slugging at each other right away. Duggan knocks Boss Man to the floor but pays for it when he runs into the ring post. He avoids a charge though and Boss Man runs into the steps, so tit for tit. Back in the ring they continue throwing bombs at each other. Boss Man takes control, trying to keep Duggan down. He even uses a bearhug, but Duggan headbutts his way out of it. Duggan clotheslines Boss Man to the floor and Boss Man gets right back in the ring, only to get caught with mounted punches in the corner. Boss Man fights back with a clothesline. He goes up top but misses a splash. Both men rise and clunk heads and fall down. Slick tries to interfere but it backfires. Boss Man then grabs the nightstick and cracks Duggan with it to get himself disqualified at 10:23. That was an okay-ish back and forth power brawl.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #5: Royal Rumble Match

In a great nod to last year’s Rumble, in which he drew number thirty, “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase has drawn #1. Koko B. Ware is #2, and he comes out to the Piledriver song instead of Birdman. That’s #Blasphemy. DiBiase attacks right away and eliminates Koko before the next entrant can come out. Marty Jannetty is #3 and he comes in guns blazing. Unfortunately it’s not enough and DiBiase eliminates him. Jake “The Snake” Roberts is #4. This is a confrontation the fans have wanted to see. Roberts is all over DiBiase, hitting him with the short clothesline. Next up at #5 is “Macho Man” Randy Savage and he goes right after Roberts. They double-team Roberts until “Rowdy” Roddy Piper comes in at #6 to even the odds. Warlord is #7 as the brawling continues. A new rule this year is that managers can stay at ringside until their clients are eliminated, so Virgil, Sensational Sherri, and Mr. Fuji are all at ringside. Next up is Bret “Hit Man” Hart at #8. The ring starts to fill up as #9 Bad News Brown makes his way out. Savage is able to eliminate Roberts. Dusty Rhodes is next up at #10, and he goes right after his rival Savage and dumps him to the floor. One half of the World Tag Team Champions, Andre the Giant, with Bobby Heenan, is #11. He immediately tosses Warlord out, and Heenan almost gets into a fight with Fuji. Red Rooster is #12. Piper eliminates Bad News. Unfortunately, Bad News doesn’t take too kindly to that and he pulls Piper to the floor! I guess that counts as en elimination. Piper and Bad News brawl all the way to the back. This year’s lucky #13 is Ax of Demolition. Andre tosses the Rooster and then gets beat on by Ax and Rhodes. Next up is Haku at #14, and he immediately helps his Tag Team Championship partner Andre. Next up at #15 is Smash, so now the Tag Team Champions and the number one challengers are all in the ring. Akeem is #16, and eight men total are in the ring. That doesn’t last long as Rhodes eliminates Hart. Seconds later, Demolition works together to eliminate Andre! That’s tremendous. Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka is #17, and he takes Akeem out. Dino Bravo is next at #18. Bravo’s partner Earthquake is #19. Earthquake eliminates Rhodes, and then tosses Ax. Jim Neidhart of the Hart Foundation is next up at #20.

Everyone in the ring wisely decides to gang up on Earthquake and they get him over the ropes. Even Bravo adds a little assist. #21 is the Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior, and the crowd goes ballistic. Warrior immediately eliminates Bravo. Rick Martel is #22. Haku eliminates Smash. Next up is #23, Tito Santana. He goes right after his former tag team partner Martel. How did those two never have a singles match on pay-per-view? Honky Tonk Man is #24 as Warrior, Martel and DiBiase eliminate Neidhart. That seems like a lot for just the Anvil. Warrior finally eliminates DiBiase after about 45 minutes to a big pop. The WWE Champion Hulk Hogan is #25 and the crowd loses it. Hogan eliminates Snuka and Haku. Warrior eliminates Santana. Shawn Michaels comes out at #26 to a big pop as Hogan eliminates Honky. Warrior dumps Michaels and Martel, leaving an epic showdown between the WWE Champion Hogan and the Intercontinental Champion Warrior. They criss-cross and clothesline each other. Both men are down and the crowd went nuts for that. While both men are down Barbarian comes out at #27 and starts picking the bones. “Ravishing” Rick Rude jumps the gun and comes out at #28 well before he should have. Barbarian and Rude try to eliminate Hogan, and for some reason Warrior saves him. Then Rude and Barbarian start eliminating Warrior, and Hogan helps them out. Before he leaves, Warrior gets back in the ring and clotheslines Rude and Barbarian, but not Hogan. That’s weird. Hercules is #29. As we all know, Mr. Perfect is the last man in at #30. Hercules eliminates Barbarian and we’re down to the final four – Hogan, Rude, Hercules, and Perfect. Rude eliminates Hercules. Perfect and Rude try to double-team Hogan, but it backfires and Perfect accidentally eliminates Rude. A weakened Hogan gets hit with the Perfect-Plex, but that of course just gives him the chance to Hulk Up. Hogan catapults Perfect into the ring post and ping-pongs him around the ring before tossing him out for the win at 58:41. That’s an awesome and perhaps underrated Royal Rumble, with tons of talent and some awesome booking throughout the match. I know a lot of people think Mr. Perfect should have won, but as he was on his way to face Brutus Beefcake at WrestleMania VI I don’t think it would have helped him in any significant way.
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A2Z Analysiz – TNA Turning Point 2004 (America’s Most Wanted, Triple X) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/01/a2z-analysiz-tna-turning-point-2004-americas-most-wanted-triple-x-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2015/01/01/a2z-analysiz-tna-turning-point-2004-americas-most-wanted-triple-x-2/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 14:00:24 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=172035 Turning Point 2004

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – December 5, 2004

Intros

The opening video focuses on the six-man tag team match featuring the Kings of Wrestling against Randy Savage, Jeff Hardy, and AJ Styles. Yeah, remember when Macho Man was in TNA? Mike Tenay and Don West are calling the action. They hype the X-Division Title match, the Steel Cage match, and the six-man tag team match.

MATCH #1: NWA World Tag Team Title Match – BG James & Ron Killings vs. Eric Young & Bobby Roode

The 3Live Kru have been the champions since 11.7.04, and this is their first defense. Konnan actually won the belts with BG, but he is injured so Ron Killings is allowed to take his place. Team Canada is accompanied by Coach Scott D’Amore. Young and James start the match. The champions dominate in the early going, doing all the usual stuff they do. Killings lets Young make a tag for some reason. Roode doesn’t fare much better. Finally the challengers cut Killings off and go to work on him. That doesn’t last too long before James gets the hot tag. Roode perseveres and hits James with a spinebuster for two. The Kru hits a double-team maneuver but D’Amore distracts the referee so there’s no count. James goes for the Pumphandle Slam but Johnny Devine sneaks in behind the referee’s back and hits James with the hockey stick, allowing Roode to get the pin and regain the titles at 8:31. That was an adequate opener and a good choice to get the belts off the Kru.
Rating: **

MATCH #2: Hector Garza, Sonny Siaki & Sonjay Dutt vs. Matt Bentley, Kazarian & Kid Kash

The main feud here is between Kid Kash and Sonjay Dutt, and is a direct result of the way Kash treated Superfly Jimmy Snuka. Kazarian and Matt Bentley are accompanied by Traci. They give away the big match right off the bat, as Kash and Dutt start the match and don’t get much of a reaction. Everyone else gets a chance as well, as neither team can gain a sustained advantage. Traci interferes to help out her team. Now Kash, Kazarian, and Bentley work together on Dutt’s left arm while keeping him isolated in their half of the hexagon. After several minutes Dutt hits Kazarian with a double springboard hurricanrana and makes the tag to Garza! The captain of Team Mexico is en fuego here. Garza hits Kazarian with a moonsault but Kash and Bentley break it up and the referee loses control. Traci tries to interfere but accidentally hits Kazarian with the Pie in the Sky. Garza then follows up with the Tornillo to get the pin at 11:00. That was classic tag team formula stuff and good work from all involved (even Kash), but it just lacked a spark to really get the crowd involved.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #3: Serengeti Survival Match – Abyss vs. Monty Brown

This match can be won by pinfall, submission or throwing your opponent into a pile of tacks. Brown comes out with a microphone and challenges Abyss to start the match in the aisle. Abyss does exactly that and away we go. Brown is the aggressor but Abyss fights back and goes after the injured ribs. They take the battle into the ring and Abyss stays in control using his size advantage. Abyss uses a steel chair to further injure the ribs. He follows up with a chair-assisted Earthquake Splash for a two-count. When the Monster tries another Earthquake Splash he lands on the chair and Brown follows up with a vicious chair shot to the head. Brown delivers a running powerslam onto the chair and then goes for the Pounce but Abyss counters with a Black Hole Slam for two! Abyss sets up a chair in one of the corners but Brown reverses the momentum and slams Abyss’s head into it! This time Brown connects with the Pounce, knocking Abyss to the floor. Back in the ring it gets a two-count, so the Alpha Male goes for another Pounce but Abyss moves and he crashes through a table that had been previously set up. Both men roll to the floor and grab a bag of tacks. The table bump sure didn’t keep Brown down for too long. Abyss sets up for a Chokeslam but Brown avoids it and pulls the Monster’s shirt off. Brown goes for a powerbomb but Abyss reverses to an attempt of his own, and Brown reverses that to an Alabama Slam to get the win at 12:17. That was a fun hardcore brawl, and a reminder that Abyss used to be awesome. I miss Monty Brown.
Rating: ***

MATCH #4: The New York Connection vs. Pat Kenney & Johnny B. Badd

Jacqueline is the special referee for this very important tag team match. The New York Connection is Johnny Swinger and a bloated Glenn Gilberti. Kenney is the “Empire Saint” right now, but when he was known as Simon Diamond he was an NWA Tag Team Champion with Swinger. Speaking of the former champions, they start the match brawling with each other. Badd and Gilberti tag in and that doesn’t go well for the former Disco Inferno. Kenney and Badd work Gilberti over, but some chicanery by the NYC allows them to take advantage of the Empire Saint. After several minutes the hot tag is made and Jacqueline loses control. Gilberti shoves Jacqueline out of the way so Jacqueline fights back and bodyslams him. Badd follows up with the TKO for the pin at 8:00. Get that back on Impact where it belongs please now please now.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #5: Raven vs. Diamond Dallas Page

Erik Watts joins Tenay and West for commentary. DDP attacks right away and it’s an old man brawl from the get-go. He is all over Raven and even takes referee Rudy Charles out of the picture with a boot to the face. A steel chair is also used, so this is pretty much a Raven’s Rules match. They take the fight to the floor and brawl through the Impact Zone. Eventually they make it back to the ring and Raven takes over on offense for a good long while. Two cloaked men come out and surround ringside as Raven hits the Raven Effect. DDP kicks out at two. Erik Watts comes in and beats up the two guys in cloaks, and then turns on DDP with a clothesline. Tenay and West sell this like a big deal but I have no idea what this feud was about anymore, so meh. Watts tries a Chokeslam but DDP kicks him low and hits a Diamond Cutter to take him out. Moments later DDP hits Raven with the Diamond Cutter to get the pin at 12:02. These two had good chemistry years prior to this in WCW, but they were just too far past their primes in 2004 to make anything worthwhile, and adding Erik Watts certainly didn’t help matters.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #6: TNA X-Division Title Match – Petey Williams vs. Chris Sabin

Williams has been the champion since 8.11.04, and this is his fourth defense. He’s accompanied by Coach D’Amore. Sabin almost hits an early Cradle Shock so Williams takes a powder to regroup. The break does him good, as he’s able to avoid the Cradle Shock and dump Sabin to the floor. That ends up backfiring though, as Sabin wipes the champ out with a flying forearm from the pit area. They go back to the ring and Williams cuts Sabin off and gets a breather. Williams distracts the referee so D’Amore can get his shots in. The champ focuses his attack on the neck, which is wise given his finisher. Williams goes up top but Sabin runs up and delivers a super belly-to-belly suplex and both men are down. They rise to their feet and slug it out. Sabin wins the battle with an enziguiri and follows up with a Liger Bomb but it only gets two! He dumps Williams to the floor and then follows him out with a somersault dive off the top rope. Back in the ring Sabin gets a two-count. Williams comes back with the Canadian Legsweep and tries the Canadian Destroyer but can’t connect so he locks on a Sharpshooter instead. Sabin has to reach the ropes to break the hold. They fight up on the top rope and Sabin hits an Alley-Oop and then a huge piledriver but Williams kicks out! Sabin goes for Cradle Shock but D’Amore interferes to distract the challenger and the referee. Williams then grabs a pair of brass knuckles and drills Sabin in the face to get the win at 18:11. That was a great back and forth for both guys but the finish was just lazy.
Rating: ***¾

The Kings of Wrestling

This is about a two-and-a-half minute video package about one of TNA’s more desperate attempts to recreate the nWo. It was bad.

MATCH #7: Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles & Randy Savage vs. Kevin Nash, Scott Hall & Jeff Jarrett

Jarrett is the current NWA World Champion. Randy Savage is questionable due to the Kings’ attack on him earlier tonight. Styles and Jarrett start the match for their teams. It starts as a handicap match, as Tenay and West are pretty much saying Savage isn’t going to be there. Hall and Nash are wrestling in Elvis-type jumpsuits. Styles specifically wants to fight Nash, but that doesn’t go that well for him at first. Hardy tags in and has much better luck with Nash. That doesn’t last long before Nash cuts him off and the Kings go to work. Styles makes a hot tag and goes for the Styles Clash but Jarrett counters and pushes Styles towards the ropes, where Nash takes a cheap shot to reclaim the advantage. Jarrett and Styles collide in the middle of the ring and both men are down. Hardy gets the hot tag and hits Jarrett with the Whisper in the Wind, and takes out Hall and Nash as well. Jarrett comes back and tries the Stroke but Hardy fights it off and hits the Twist of Fate. Nash pulls the referee to the floor to break up the count, and while Hardy is on the top rope Hall hits him with a guitar, but in a pretty cool spot Hardy falls like the Swanton and still hits Jarrett. Styles takes out Nash with a dropkick and wipes Hall out with a dive. Savage finally makes his way out, looking all old. He tags in and unloads with punches on all three Kings. The good guys lock the Kings in triple sleepers. Jarrett slips out and tries a sunset flip but Savage delivers the weakest punch of all-time and sits down for the pin at 17:55. That was a standard tag team match with good work from Styles and Hardy, but they tacked on a brutally awful looking finish that made the whole thing look bush league.
Rating: **¼

Cookie Gate

This was a brutally stupid video featuring Shane Douglas, Traci Brooks, BG James, Konnan, Ron Killings, and Abyss, when they went and tried to invade a WWE show in Orlando. BG says mahi-mahi about a thousand times.

MATCH #8: Steel Cage Match – America’s Most Wanted vs. Triple X

The losing team will have to disband forever. These two teams had a fantastic cage match back in June of 2003 for the NWA Tag Team Titles, but this is on an even bigger scale. Looks like tag rules will apply, as Christopher Daniels and James Storm start the match. It doesn’t take long for Chris Harris and Elix Skipper to tag in. They all go back and forth without anyone taking sustained control in the opening minutes. Daniels is the first one to be busted open, but even so Triple X takes the first advantage on Harris. Triple X gets some handcuffs and lock Harris in the corner while they beat Storm unmercifully. Daniels uses the key as a weapon, further taunting Harris while his partner suffers. Storm and Harris are both busted open now as well. After several minutes Storm makes a desperate comeback and knocks the key off Daniels’s neck! Storm gives the key to Harris and the Wildcat unlocks himself! Now it’s Harris’s turn to unleash offensive fury. Storm is fired up by his partner being back and AMW is rolling. Triple X fights back and the referee has decided that tags are no longer necessary. Daniels and Skipper hit Harris with the Death Sentence but it only gets two! Skipper goes to the top of the cage and Storm takes him down with a powerbomb from the top of the cage! Amazingly that only gets two. Daniels and Harris climb to the top of the cage and Harris knocks him down. Skipper goes up there as well as the crowd chants “Please Don’t Die,” and he walks across the top of the cage to deliver the rana! That is one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen in wrestling. Daniels then follows with an elbow from the top of the cage and all four men are down. Storm and Daniels battle back up top and that leads to a big Tower of Doom spot with Daniels taking the worst landing. The battle continues and all four men are looking worse for wear. Harris finds the handcuffs and hooks Daniels to the top rope now. Storm blasts Skipper with a Superkick and then AMW hits Skipper with the Power Plex to get the win at 21:05. Not only is that match memorable for the awesome Skipper spot at the top of the cage, but it was a well structured and intense tag team cage match. This is one of, if not the best, tag team match in TNA history and absolutely the 2004 TNA Match of the Year.
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A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble 1989 (Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/31/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-1989-hulk-hogan-randy-savage/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/31/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-1989-hulk-hogan-randy-savage/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:00:39 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171923 Rumble 88-92

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The Summit – Houston, Texas – Sunday, January 15, 1989

MATCH #1: Two out of Three Falls Match – Dino Bravo & Fabulous Rougeau Brothers vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan & The Hart Foundation

Bravo and the Rougeaus have Frenchy Martin and Jimmy Hart in their corner. Sadly Duggan does not get a chance to reprise his Royal Rumble match win from last year. Bravo and Neidhart start the match. They do some easy back and forth that the crowd appreciates. These are the two powerhouses of the teams I guess, although Duggan fits that bill as well. Speaking of Hacksaw, he gets the tag and the crowd goes nuts. Bravo tags Raymond, and that doesn’t go well at all. Hart tags in and the babyfaces continue to control the action. Duggan and the Foundation stack all three opponents in the corner and execute a triple battering ram. Raymond is able to pull down the top rope and Hart crashes to the floor. Back in the ring Bravo hits the Side Suplex and the Rougeaus hit La Bombe de Rougeau to win the first fall at 5:25. Raymond and Hart have to start the second fall and the “Hit Man” is in rough shape. Hart sneaks in a few hope spots that he is so good at, but the Rougeaus and Bravo keep him on the mat. Finally, after a really, really long time Hart is able to hit an inverted atomic drop and makes the tag to Duggan. The crowd loses it. The referee completely loses control of the match and Duggan drops an elbow on Raymond to win the second fall at 13:56. Duggan and Raymond of course start the third and deciding fall. The heels take over on Duggan in their corner for a while. They foolishly let him make a tag to Hart, who goes to work on Bravo. The referee gets distracted with Neidhart and the Rougeaus, allowing Duggan to hit Bravo with the 2×4 and Hart gets the pin at 18:41. If anyone pays attention to my writing, they know that I think the world of the brothers Rougeau, and I also love Duggan and the Hart Foundation. This was a good choice for an opener.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: Women’s Championship Match – Rockin’ Robin vs. Judy Martin

Sensational Sherri challenges the winner of the match before they can start. That’s curious, because Robin just beat Sherri in a title match six days prior on Prime Time Wrestling. Robin has been the champion since 11.8.88 and this is her second televised defense. Sherri also joins the commentary team and she seems biased towards the challenger, who controls the early going until Robin comes back and puts on a Boston Crab. Martin powers out of that but Robin goes right back on offense. Robin goes for a dropkick but Martin hangs on to the ropes. Now the challenger goes to work as Sherri and Ventura try to team up on Monsoon but he’s not having any of it. Meanwhile Robin comes back with a DDT (Ha!). Martin pretty much shrugs it off and tries an elbow drop but misses. Robin tries a bodyslam but Martin reverses to one of her own for two. Martin executes a backslide for two. She goes for a back body drop but drops her head too soon and Robin kicks her in the chest. Robin gets a small package for two. Martin whips Robin into the corner and Robin hops up onto the second rope, head-fakes Martin, and then hits a cross body block to get the pin at 6:25. That was not so very good.
Rating: *½

MATCH #3: King Haku vs. Harley Race

Race, the former king, dumps Haku off the chariot that the Kings used to get carried to the ring on, which is an awesome spot. It looks like Fred Ottman was one of the guys who carried Haku. The bell rings while both men are still outside the ring, which is just a terrible officiating decision. You have to wait until both men are in the ring! Race is all over Haku in the early going, knocking Haku to the floor. I guess Heenan still manages both men, so he wins either way. Back in the ring Race continues working the new King over. Haku reverses a whip that sends Race to the floor. Back in the ring Race comes back and hits a piledriver for two. The Kings collide and Race takes a ridiculous looking bump to the floor. Haku suplexes Race back in the ring for a two-count. Race comes back again with his own suplex and throws Haku to the floor. He goes for a piledriver but Haku backdrops him instead. Haku shoves Race’s back into the ring apron. Race comes right back with a headbutt to the midsection and then hits the piledriver. Back in the ring Race hits a neckbreaker for two. Haku fights back and goes for a diving headbutt off the second rope but misses. Race then also misses a diving headbutt off the second rope. Back up on their feet Race misses a clothesline and Haku blasts him with Sweet Chin Music for the win at 9:02. That was Race’s last match for the WWE and he gave it a game effort but he certainly looked his age (45) at times. The match was pretty solid though.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #4: Royal Rumble Match

Ax draws #1, and his partner Smash drew #2! The World Tag Team Champions immediately tear into each other, since it’s every man for himself. This is a great way to kick off the Rumble. They don’t take it easy on each other at all. Andre the Giant is out at #3, and Demolition wisely decides to team up on him. The champs knock him down right away with a double clothesline and unload on him. Mr. Perfect is #4, and he goes after everybody. Andre tosses Smash for the first elimination. Ronnie Garvin comes out at #5 and all three guys try to eliminate the Giant. That of course doesn’t work. Next up is Greg “The Hammer” Valentine at #6. Everyone continues to gang up on Andre, which is good strategy. It doesn’t work though, as Andre tosses Garvin out. Jake “The Snake” Roberts is #7, and he goes right after Andre. Ron Bass is entrant #8, and he’s sporting a new haircut thanks to Brutus Beefcake. Andre tosses Roberts to the floor. Shawn Michaels is #9. Perfect eliminates Ax. Bushwhacker Butch is #10. Roberts comes back out with his python Damien, and Andre, who is afraid of snakes, eliminates himself by going over the top rope! I really miss 1980s WWE. Honky Tonk Man is #11. Not much happens and Tito Santana comes out at #12. Bad News Brown is lucky #13, and for some reason I think that’s just perfect. Santana and Butch team up to toss Honky to the floor. Next is Marty Jannetty at #14, and perhaps he and Michaels will work as a team? That turns out to be true as the eliminate Bass. We’re halfway home as WWF Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage is #15. The crowd goes banana. Savage goes right after Brown. Arn Anderson is #16 as Savage tosses Valentine out. Michaels goes after Anderson, hitting Sweet Chin Music long before it was called that. Amazingly, Savage and Anderson team up to eliminate Michaels. Tully Blanchard is #17. The Brainbusters team up to eliminate Jannetty as #18 is Hulk Hogan! The crowd once again loses its collective mind.

Hogan saves Savage and immediately tosses Perfect before turning his attention to Brown. Savage tosses Santana out. Bushwhacker Luke is #19, and Butch gets eliminated rather quickly by Brown. Koko B. Ware is #20. I had Chinese food with Koko one time. That was a pretty good day. Just as I type that he gets eliminated by Hogan. Luke is the next one gone, also courtesy of Hogan, who then eliminates both Brainbusters. Next up is Warlord at #21, and the second he steps in the ring Hogan clotheslines him out. Brown almost has Savage eliminated, and Hogan sneaks up from behind and eliminates both of them! Savage is hot, and rightfully so. Miss Elizabeth comes out and makes peace. Now Hogan is all alone with #22, the Big Boss Man. This is great booking. Boss Man dominates, hitting a piledriver. Monsoon tries to say that Hogan has been out there for half an hour, but really it’s been less than ten minutes. Akeem is #23, so now it’s both Twin Towers against Hogan. The Towers team up and eliminate Hogan. Ever the poor sport, Hogan pulls Boss Man to the floor and hits him with a chair. Brutus Beefcake is #24 and he comes running out to Hogan’s rescue. Hogan tries to get back in the ring but settles for illegally eliminating the Boss Man. Jeez this guy sets a bad example for children. He doesn’t play by the rules at all. Next up is Red Rooster at #25. Beefcake and Rooster try to eliminate Akeem but can’t get it done, and Barbarian is #26. Big John Studd is #27, making his return after a several year absence. More brawling happens and Hercules comes out at #28. Next up at #29 is Rick Martel. Finally #30 comes out and to no surprise it’s the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. Monsoon says he’s surprised the Rooster is still in there, and that must be because he didn’t put the red streak in his hair. DiBiase tosses the Rooster. Beefcake puts Hercules in the Sleeper, so DiBiase, Barbarian, and Martel team up to dump both of them to the floor. Martel then dropkicks Barbarian to the floor. We’re down to the final four of Akeem, Studd, Martel, and DiBiase. Akeem dumps Martel to the floor. DiBiase then starts directing traffic, double-teaming Studd. It backfires though, and Studd is able to eliminate Akeem with a weak-ass forearm shot. Studd uses his power to dominate DiBiase. He hits a double underhook suplex and a sloppy gutwrench suplex. After a clothesline Studd heaves DiBiase over the ropes and to the floor to get the win at 65:04. That started off amazing but it seriously died once Hogan and Savage were gone. I’m not sure what the idea was behind Studd winning the whole thing.
Rating: ***¼topstory120x120-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500-120×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-http://media.insidepulse.com/zones/wrestling/uploads/2010/04/a2z500.jpg|topstory500x250

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A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble (Hacksaw Jim Duggan, One Man Gang) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/30/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-hacksaw-jim-duggan-one-man-gang/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/30/a2z-analysiz-wwf-royal-rumble-hacksaw-jim-duggan-one-man-gang/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:00:27 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171919 The Main Event, a Women’s Tag Team Title defense, the Dino Bravo weightlifting challenge, and more!]]> Rumble 88-92

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Copps Coliseum – Hamilton, Ontario, Canada – Sunday, January 24, 1988

This show was broadcast on the USA network rather than pay-per-view. Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are calling the action.

MATCH #1: “Ravishing” Rick Rude vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat

They quickly establish a dynamic, with Steamboat fighting hard and Rude cheating hard. Steamboat skins the cat and dumps Rude to the floor. This is pre-Heenan Family for Rude, so he has no one to confer with on the floor. Back in the ring Rude asks for a test of strength and Steamboat complies. Steamboat works his way out of that and starts working on the arm. Rude fights back and slugs away at the Dragon. Steamboat weathers the onslaught and goes right back to the arm. Rude responds by sending Steamboat to the floor and hitting a bodyslam. He suplexes Steamboat back in the ring and then locks on a modified Camel Clutch. Steamboat fights out of it with an Electric Chair Drop and both men are down. The Dragon gets up and tries a splash but Rude gets his knees up. Rude hits an atomic drop for a two-count, and then goes back to the reverse chinlock. Steamboat powers out and shoves Rude into the turnbuckles. He rams Rude’s head into the top buckle ten times. A series of reversals ends with a Steamboat backslide for a two-count. They trade more pinning combinations for a series of near-falls, wearing out the referee. Rude hits a hard clothesline for two. He goes for a suplex but Steamboat reverses it and both men are down. Steamboat gets up first and goes up to the top rope but Rude pulls the referee in front of a cross body block. Rude then locks on a Canadian Backbreaker and the referee calls for the bell at 17:40. It appears as though Rude won the match by submission, but The Fink announces that Steamboat won via disqualification! It picked up a little by the end, but this was pretty dull for the most part. I don’t recall a ton of classic Rick Rude matches in WWE, come to think of it.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #2: Two out of Three Falls Match for the WWF Women’s Tag Team Championship – The Glamour Girls vs. The Jumping Bomb Angels

The Glamour Girls are accompanied by their manager Jimmy Hart. Leilani Kai and Judy Martin have been the champions since August 1986. Noriyo Tateno and Itsuki Yamazaki are making their second appearance on a big WWF show after the inaugural Survivor Series. They go on an early flurry and counter all of the champions’ attacks. Ventura and McMahon don’t even know the names of the two Angels, and Ventura talks about taking one of them on a date while McMahon suggests identifying them by the colors on their singlet. Yes, that really happened. Meanwhile the Angels trap both Girls in a simultaneous Figure-Four Leglock. The referee regains control of the match as the challengers stay on offense on Kai. After a few minutes Martin gets the tag and she takes control on Itsuki (Red), hitting her with an Alley-Oop Powerbomb to capture the first fall at 6:12. At the outset of the second fall the champions are still working over Itsuki. Martin misses a splash and Noriyo (Pink) gets the hot tag. Noriyo is all over the Girls as McMahon butchers the pronunciations of their names. At least he’s trying. The referee loses control and Itsuki traps Kai in a sunset flip to even the match at one fall apiece at 1:53 (8:05 total). The Bomb Angels have all the momentum leading into the deciding fall. The champions use their size and strength advantage to cut the Angels off and they isolate Noriyo. For some reason they just allow her to make the tag to no fanfare, but they just go to work on Itsuki anyway. Itsuki fights back and the challengers use double-team maneuvers on Martin but can’t put her away yet. Noriyo hits a butterfly suplex with a bridge for a two-count. Itsuki hits a cross body block for another two. She goes for a senton off the second rope but Martin avoids it and covers for a two-count. Noriyo tags in and hits a clothesline off the second rope for two. The Angels then hit Martin with a double missile dropkick and Noriyo gets the pin at 5:51 (13:56 total) to win the titles. That was a well-executed tag team match and it’s unfathomable to think of the Bella Twins getting fifteen minutes in a two out of three falls tag team match on pay-per-view these days.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #3: Royal Rumble Match

Bret “Hit Man” Hart drew #1, while Tito Santana drew #2. They go back and forth a bit and “The Natural” Butch Reed is #3. Reed goes right after Santana, and Hart joins him for some double-teaming. Next up is Hart’s partner Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart at #4! That does not bode well for Santana at all. He gets triple-teamed until Jake “The Snake” Roberts makes his way out at #5, and he immediately eliminates Reed. The crowd is in love with Roberts. Next up is #6, Harley Race. The heels team up on the babyfaces until “Jumping” Jim Brunzell comes out at #7 to a big pop. Sam Houston is #8 and he gets a big pop too. I love 1980s WWF crowds. The Hart Foundation teams up to toss Santana to the floor. “Dangerous” Danny Davis is next up at #9. We’re halfway home with Boris Zhukov at #10. Next up is “The Rock” Don Muraco at #11, and Nikolai Volkoff tries to run out there with him. Muraco will have none of that, slugging Volkoff before even getting in the ring. Roberts and Brunzell eliminate Zhukov. Time runs out and now Volkoff, #12, can join the fray. Muraco eliminates Race. Lucky #13 is “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. “Outlaw” Ron Bass comes out at #14. Volkoff eliminates Brunzell. Next is B. Brian Blair, #15. Hillbilly Jim is #16, and he immediately throws Neidhart out. Next is #17, Dino Bravo, who earlier set the world bench press record, according to Ventura at least. Bass eliminates Houston. Ultimate Warrior is entrant #18. Muraco finally eliminates Hart. The enormous One Man Gang is #19. He quickly eliminates Blair and Roberts. The last entrant, #20, is Junkyard Dog. Duggan eliminates Volkoff. Gang eliminates Hillbilly Jim. Davis is next to go via a Duggan clothesline. Next out is the Warrior courtesy of the Outlaw. Bravo eliminates the JYD. Muraco dumps Bass out. The final four is Muraco, Duggan, Bravo, and Gang. Bravo and Gang work together to eliminate Muraco. Gang accidentally clotheslines Bravo to the floor, and we’re down to two. Duggan looks to be in trouble but when Gang charges at him he drops down and Gang sails over the top rope to give Duggan the win at 33:26. For a first effort that was quite good; they obviously would work out the kinks over the years but this on its own is a fun match.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #4: Two out of Three Falls Match – The Islanders vs. The Young Stallions

Tama and Jim Powers start it off. The Stallions take control in the early going, using their speed advantage to keep the larger Islanders off balance. Roma hits Haku with a cross body block for two. Haku rakes Powers’ eyes and makes the tag to Tama. Now the Islanders focus on Powers for a few minutes until Roma makes the hot tag. Tama cuts him off and throws Roma to the floor, and it looks as though Roma has injured his knee. The referee counts him out at 7:53. The Stallions go back to the dressing room to get Roma’s knee examined, so they recap the Hogan/Andre contract signing and Craig DeGeorge interviews Andre, Ted DiBiase, and Virgil. Roma and Powers make it back out for the second fall, and Roma has to start the fall since he was the loser of the previous fall. Tama goes right after Roma’s injured knee. Luckily Roma is able to make a tag and Powers is on fire. The Islanders cut Powers off and work him over in their half of the ring. Roma courageously tags in but that doesn’t go well for the Stallions, as the Islanders swarm to the injury like sharks to blood. Haku locks Roma in a half Boston Crab and Roma taps out at 7:33 (15:26 total). The injury was unfortunate, and it turned the match into even more of a squash than it was probably intended.
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A2Z Analysiz – WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2010 (John Cena, Wade Barrett) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/11/a2z-analysiz-wwe-tlc-tables-ladders-chairs-2010-john-cena-wade-barrett-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/11/a2z-analysiz-wwe-tlc-tables-ladders-chairs-2010-john-cena-wade-barrett-2/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:00:50 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171297 tlc 2010

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Toyota Center – Houston, Texas – December 19, 2010

Michael Cole, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and Matt Striker are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Triple threat Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship – Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger

Ziggler has been the Champion since 8.6.10, and this is his ninth defense. Everyone goes after everyone and Ziggler is the first one tossed to the floor. While he’s out there Ziggler grabs a ladder and brings it into the ring to climb when Swagger and Kingston roll to the floor, but he gets pushed down by both challengers. Swagger gets his injured wrist looked at by a trainer while Ziggler throws Kingston into a ladder set up in the corner. When Swagger gets back in the ring he catapults Ziggler’s face into the same ladder in the corner. Kingston gets back in and takes Swagger out. The action is fast and furious here, with everyone using the ladder to their advantage. With all three men on the floor writhing in pain, Vickie Guerrero gets in the ring and climbs up the ladder. Kingston gets in the ring and climbs up the other side, then climbs down to threaten to push the ladder over. Ziggler and Swagger save her and she runs back to the floor screaming. Everyone tumbles to the floor again, and when they get back in the ring Swagger has Kingston in the Ankle Lock. Kingston tries climbing the ladder anyway, and then Ziggler climbs up Kingston’s back and almost grabs the belt. Swagger gets knocked down so it’s Ziggler and Kingston fighting on top of the ladder. Ziggler ducks a big right hand and locks on the Sleeper. Kingston breaks out of it and knocks Ziggler off the ladder but Swagger climbs up and they knock the title down. Ziggler retrieves it and is awarded the win at 8:56. That was quite short but they packed a ton of action into it and the crowd was hot. The finish seemed to deflate them a bit, but rules are rules and that’s a fine win to give a heel Intercontinental Champion.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #2: Divas Tag Team Table Match – Natalya & Beth Phoenix vs. Lay-Cool

This is the first-ever Divas Tag Team Table Match, and only one Diva has to go through a table to end the match. Michelle McCool and Layla look a little bit frightened of participating in this match. Natalya is the current Divas Champion. She and Phoenix dominate early on, and go for the special table they have prepared for their opponents. Lay-Cool avoids the table for now, and they go to work on wearing down their much stronger opponents. McCool simply tosses Phoenix through the ropes and it causes a nasty bump on her head and neck. Yikes. The momentum shifts back and forth and the crowd is reacting really well for a Divas match. Lay-Cool disposes of Phoenix and tries a double superplex on Natalya, but the Divas Champion pushes them both back but the table doesn’t break! Natalya then hits a Superfly Splash to put them both through a table and get the win at 9:23. That was one of the best Divas matches probably in company history, with really good action, great heat, and a great finish.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #3: WWE Tag Team Championship Match – Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel

Marella and Kozlov have been the Champions since 12.6.10, and this is their first defense and the Nexus’s official rematch. This is the only match on the card to not have a TLC stipulation attached to it. Slater and Gabriel are accompanied by fellow Nexus members Michael McGillicutty and Husky Harris. Marella and Gabriel start the match with some mat wrestling. The Nexus is able to take the advantage and they isolate on Marella, a former two-time Intercontinental Champion. Kozlov is able to tag in and he immediately asserts his power advantage. Harris interferes from ringside to give the challengers the advantage again. Marella makes the hot tag and the crowd is on fire with him. He goes for the Cobra and McGillicutty gets in the ring to interfere and the referee sees him and calls for the bell at 6:28. Wade Barrett comes out and uses a chair to beat down the Tag Team Champions. That wasn’t much of a match and the finish was more suited to Raw.
Rating: *½

MATCH #4: Number One Contender’s Ladder Match – John Morrison vs. Sheamus

Morrison pinned Sheamus at Survivor Series and Sheamus beat Morrison in the finals of the King of the Ring tournament, so this is a rubber match. Sheamus immediately starts asserting his power advantage and throws Morrison around. They take it to the floor and Sheamus sets a ladder between the apron and the announce table. Morrison avoids it and drives Sheamus into the barricade. Back in the ring Morrison uses a ladder to his advantage and makes the first couple of attempts at reaching the contract. Sheamus fights back and goes to work on Morrison’s knee, which is good strategy against a high flyer and really against anyone in a ladder match. Morrison tries to fight up but King Sheamus just has too much power for him. Sheamus hits the Irish Curse and Morrison rolls to the floor. Both men bring ladders in the ring and Morrison throws his at Sheamus first. Momentum shifts a few more times and Sheamus finds himself at the top of the ladder but he can’t grab the contract. Morrison hops up the ladder too and knocks Sheamus down, and then Sheamus tries to bring Morrison down with a powerbomb but Morrison instead ranas Sheamus to the floor. Whew. Morrison gets his hands on the contract but can’t pull it down and Sheamus pushes the ladder over. They fight back to the top of the ladder and both men fall over right through the ladder that was set up between the apron and the announce table earlier! That was a nasty bump. Back in the ring Morrison once again tries to get the contract but he can’t unhook it. Sheamus gets back in the ring and tries to push him over but Morrison bounces back off the top rope with a kick to the face and pulls the contract down at 19:07! What a great match, with some awesome creative spots, a good story, and amazing crowd heat. Morrison’s selling was outstanding as well. This is probably the best singles match either guy has ever had in WWE.
Rating: ****¼

MATCH #5: Tables Match for the WWE Championship – The Miz vs. Randy Orton

Miz has been Champion since 11.22.10 and this is his second defense as well as Orton’s rematch. He’s accompanied by his apprentice Alex Riley. The pop Orton gets is deafening. Orton is the aggressor early on, keeping Miz on the mat. They go to the floor and Orton stays in control. Miz comes back by dropping Orton’s face on the steel steps, and then he sets up a table. He sets Orton on the table and goes to the top rope but Orton rolls off before Miz can jump. Back in the ring Miz sets up a table but Orton cuts him off with an Angle Slam. Orton sets up a table and hits a superplex, but Riley moves the table, saving the Miz’s title reign yet again. The challenger hits the Orton DDT and then takes Riley out with a clothesline on the floor. Orton hits the Orton Backbreaker and sets up for the RKO but Riley interferes again and the referee gets bumped. Riley gets in the ring and runs right into an RKO. Orton then powerbombs Riley through the table, and Miz sneaks back in and hits Orton with the Skull Crushing Finale. Miz then pulls Orton onto the broken table and wakes the referee up, who calls the match in favor of the WWE Champion at 12:59. The referee spots the replay on the Titan Tron and he restarts the match! Orton is energized by the restart, and he takes it right to the Champion. He throws Miz back in the ring and as soon as Orton gets on the apron Miz pushes Riley, who knocks Orton off the apron and through a table and Miz wins for real at 0:41 (13:40 total match time). These two don’t have great chemistry together and the finish seemed like an overly complicated way to not help The Miz at all.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: Fatal Four Way Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match for the World Heavyweight Championship – Kane vs. Edge vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio

Kane has been the Champion since 7.18.10, and this is his sixth defense. Mysterio is a former two-time World Heavyweight Champion. Edge is a nine-time World Champion at this point, and has by far the most previous TLC experience. They immediately pair off exactly how you would expect them too, with Edge and Kane going straight to the floor. Mysterio and Del Rio creatively involve the ladder early on, and then they trade places with Edge and Kane. Eventually they trade dance partners as well, as Kane goes after Mysterio and Del Rio takes on Edge. Then Edge, Mysterio, and Del Rio work together to take Kane out, and then Mysterio and Edge double-team Del Rio. Edge sets Kane up on a table outside the ring and climbs up a ladder in the ring and puts Kane through said table with a splash. Finishers start popping up pretty early, and all four men make their way up by the entrance. Mysterio uses the props as a launching pad to take Kane out. Everyone except Kane fights back to the ring and up on a ladder. Edge and Mysterio knock Del Rio off and then pull each other down face-first into the mat and all four men are down again. Ricardo Rodriguez tries to climb the ladder and retrieve the belt, but he gets stopped by Kane and hit with a Chokeslam. Del Rio and Edge suffer the same fate, Edge through a table. Mysterio halts Kane’s momentum and takes him out with a steel chair. Del Rio takes Mysterio out and climbs up for the belt but Mysterio pushes the ladder over and Del Rio crashes hard through a table. Mysterio climbs but Kane pulls him down and hits a Tombstone Piledriver. Kane climbs up but Edge stops him with a chair. Edge Spears Kane off the apron and through a table, and then climbs the ladder and grabs the belt to become a 10-time World Champion at 22:42. With four guys in the match there was certainly no shortage of spots and they worked in some great ones. It’s hard to get fired up about Edge getting a World Title for the tenth time, but at least the match was fun.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #7: Chairs Match – John Cena vs. Wade Barrett

CM Punk comes out to replace Matt Striker on commentary, which is a huge trade up. Houston loves John Cena, wow. Cena tries to keep Barrett from getting a chair but it doesn’t take long for him to fail at that. Barrett takes the advantage and controls the first several minutes of the match. They fight up on the entrance ramp and Barrett is in complete control. Barrett goes for a piledriver but Cena backdrops him to finally get a reprieve. Cena goes backstage and gets a nice leather office type chair. He puts Barrett in the chair and slides him down the ramp right into the steel steps! That’s a cool spot but Barrett pretty much recovers from it instantly and goes back to work. Barrett wraps a chair around Cena’s neck and hurls him into the ring post. Back in the ring Cena tries to fire up but Barrett cuts him off again. Finally Cena avoids a chair-assisted elbow drop off the second rope and he gains control of the chair. Cena then goes up top and hits a chair-assisted Cena Slice. He sets up six chairs and delivers a brutal Attitude Adjustment to get the pin at 19:09. That was solid stuff but it never quite got the epic feel that the end of this months-long feud could have gotten. It’s the problem with a lot of Cena matches nowadays, where the result is so obvious that people just wait for his comebacks and don’t really get sucked into the match.
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A2Z Analysiz: WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders And Chairs 2009 (Jeri-Show, D-Generation X) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/10/a2z-analysiz-wwe-tlc-tables-ladders-and-chairs-2009-jeri-show-d-generation-x-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/12/10/a2z-analysiz-wwe-tlc-tables-ladders-and-chairs-2009-jeri-show-d-generation-x-2/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:00:15 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=171293 tlc 2009

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AT&T Center – San Antonio, Texas – December 13, 2009

Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and Matt Striker are on commentary. They say revolutionary a bunch of times and Striker gives Benjamin Billy Gunn’s old nickname.

MATCH #1: Ladder Match for the ECW Championship – Christian vs. Shelton Benjamin

These two expressed a desire to “steal the show” in the buildup to this match so there should be a ton of action. Striker spouts off tons of statistics, but would be well served to work them into a more conversational style than just reciting facts. The combatants spill to the floor and throw each other around ringside. Christian makes the first attempt at climbing a ladder but Benjamin pulls him down. Benjamin takes a shot at climbing but also gets pulled down, and the ladder now becomes a weapon for both men. Christian gets busted open and the medic has to stitch him up before the match can continue. Striker blames the Texas State Athletic Commission, which is a nice touch. Lawler then ruins it by also saying it’s a WWE rule. Sigh. They continue fighting on the floor and Benjamin goes up one of the ladders and lays Christian out with a somersault dive. Benjamin continues to dominate and brings Christian back in the ring for more ladder abuse, but Christian gives it right back to him. The momentum shifts frequently and they work in a couple of really contrived spots. Benjamin is able to deliver a powerslam off the ladder, which looked very cool. He goes up for the belt and Christian removes the ladder, leaving Benjamin hanging. Christian then just sets up another ladder and knocks Benjamin off of it. This time Benjamin removes the ladder and then brings Christian down for a Buckle Bomb right into a ladder. They both climb the ladder again and Benjamin tries a sunset bomb but it gets countered to a rana. Christian knocks Benjamin onto a ladder that’s stationed between the ring apron and the announce table, and delivers a Frog Splash from the top rope to break the ladder in half! The champion climbs up and retrieves the title at 18:06! The effort was fantastic, but the bleeding having to be stopped killed some of the momentum early on, and a couple of minor botches brought it down a tad.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #2: Intercontinental Championship Match – John Morrison vs. Drew McIntyre

Morrison has been the champion since 9.4.09, and this is his sixth defense. McIntyre had truly hideous generic rock music for his entrance theme here. They go back and forth in the ring to start, with neither man gaining an advantage. That changes when they go to the floor and McIntyre hurls Morrison’s face into the ring post. Back in the ring McIntyre covers for two. Now McIntyre takes control and wears Morrison down. Morrison fights back with an impressive DDT, spiking the challenger on his head. He follows up with a flurry of offense, including a hard kick to the face for two. The champion goes up top and hits a missile dropkick for another near-fall. McIntyre fights back with an inverted Alabama Slam, which could totally be a finisher. But it’s not, so the match continues. Morrison dropkicks McIntyre to the floor and hits the Flying Chuck. Back in the ring Morrison hits Starship Pain (sort of) and McIntyre is saved by having his foot under the bottom rope. Morrison takes his belt off for some reason and the referee removes it from the ring. With the official’s back turned McIntyre delivers a thumb to the eye and follows up with the Scot Drop to get the win and the title at 10:21. Why exactly did Morrison take his belt off? That’s a puzzling finish to an average match.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: Women’s Championship Match – Michelle McCool vs. Mickie James

McCool has been the champion since 6.28.09, and this is her third defense. She is accompanied by Layla. James is aggressive in the early going, due to McCool teasing her about being fat for the last few weeks. I hated how so many people on the Internet complained about this angle just because someone was calling Mickie James fat. Heels say mean things to babyfaces all the time – it’s kind of how wrestling works. Jerry Lawler goes out of his way to talk about how hot Mickie James and heels are the only ones who say anything about her being fat, which she obviously is not. Internet Wrestling Fans are such buttholes sometimes. The champion survives James’s early onslaught and goes to work on her. Despite James’s comeback efforts McCool stays in control of the match. Outside the ring James comes back with a headscissors and a Thesz Press. Layla interferes but James brushes her off. Back in the ring James hits another Thesz Press and a low dropkick for two. James continues with her flurry of offense, but when she goes to the top rope Layla shoves her down. McCool then accidentally kicks Layla off the apron and James gets a quick rollup for two. McCool then delivers a hard kick to the face to retain the title at 7:32. The crowd was more alive for that than they are for most women’s matches, and the wrestlers seemed energized by them and it turned into an okay match.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #4: Tables Match for the WWE Championship – John Cena vs. Sheamus

Cena has been the Champion since 10.25.09, and this is his second defense. Sheamus is greener than grass at this point. The champ is here from the get-go, aggressively attacking his challenger at the bell. Sheamus fights back as Cole helpfully explains that the “Laoch” on the front of Sheamus’ tights is a Gaelic term meaning “Warrior.” They take it to the floor and Cena slams Sheamus into the table several times. Cena sets up the first table but can’t put Sheamus through it just yet. Back in the ring Sheamus goes back on offense. They fight both in and out of the ring but no one can get the other guy through a table. Up on the entrance ramp Cena delivers a suplex. Cena goes and gets a table and tries to slam it on Sheamus, who had plenty of time to recover and move out of the way. They make their way back to the ring, where Sheamus hits the “Irish Curse” Kick, now known as the Brogue Kick. Sheamus sets up a table in the corner and tries to drive Cena through it, but the champ escapes and hits his comeback series of moves. Cena hits the Five-Knuckle Shuffle and the Attitude Adjustment. Cena brings another table in the ring and brings Sheamus up to the top rope for a Super Attitude Adjustment but Sheamus blocks it. The champ goes back up for a superplex but he sort of falls and Sheamus sort of pushes him off, and the referee calls the match in favor of Sheamus and we have a New Champion at 16:22. Sheamus wasn’t all that great at this point so this was a huge shock. The match just never seemed to click, and it’s a good thing it was placed here on the card.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #5: Chair Match for the World Heavyweight Championship – Undertaker vs. Batista

Undertaker has been the Champion since 10.4.09, and this is his fourth defense. Even though chairs are legal, other weapons are not, so countouts and disqualifications are still in play. Both men start off hot, as momentum shifts several times in the early going. Undertaker misses a charge into the barricade and injures his knee, allowing Batista to take control. That doesn’t last too long before the champion reclaims the advantage and the crowd is struggling to get into it. Batista comes back with a superplex for a two-count. They get up and Batista goes for a Batista Bomb but can’t connect, but he does hit the Spinebuster and gets another two-count. Undertaker hits the flying clothesline and the Old School. He follows up with Snake Eyes but then runs right into a Spear and Batista gets another near-fall. Batista then hits a Spinebuster right on a chair. He signals for the Batista Bomb but Undertaker grabs him in Hell’s Gate and Batista reaches the ropes. The back and forth continues and Undertaker hits the Chokeslam but Batista kicks out. Batista repositions the referee and hits a solid low blow. He then brains Undertaker with a chair and gets the pin to win the title at 12:44. While Batista celebrates, Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long comes out and restarts the match because he saw the low blow. That’s so stupid – the referee’s decision is final! I hate this. Back in the ring Undertaker hits Batista with the chair and lands the Tombstone Piledriver to get the win and actually retain the title at 0:31 (13:15 total). The match had no flow to it whatsoever and the finish was profoundly stupid. These two have had great matches in the past but this one was not.
Rating: **

MATCH #6: Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton

This is the biggest match of Kingston’s career to this point. They take it to the mat from the start and exchange holds. It’s actually kind of strange to see Orton as a heel now, even though for the longest time I thought he was a better heel than a face. Orton controls the early going, but Kingston makes sure to show that he’s not intimidated. They take it to the floor and Kingston goes for a cross body block off the top rope but Orton cuts him out of the air with a dropkick! Good timing on that spot. Back in the ring Orton goes to work on the ribs, keeping Kingston on the mat. Kingston comes back with a sloppy SOS and gets a two-count. He clotheslines Orton to the floor and follows him out with a dive. Back in the ring Kingston hits a high cross body block off the top rope for a near-fall. After some more offense, Orton tries to come back but Kingston cuts him off and hits the Boom Drop. Kingston then hits Trouble in Paradise but Orton is able to grab the bottom rope to just escape being pinned. Orton slides to the floor and when Kingston drags him back in the ring. That proves to be a mistake though, as Orton grabs him in the Orton DDT and both men are down. Back on their feet Orton goes for the Punt but Kingston gets his arm up, saving his head but doing his arm no favors. Orton zeroes in on the arm and then ducks a Trouble in Paradise, giving him the perfect chance to hit the RKO and get the pin at 13:13. The pop from the crowd is pretty sizable for the supposedly heel Orton. As for the match, it was structurally solid but was never exciting enough to feel like a true coming out party for Kingston like it should have been.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #7: TLC Match for the Unified Tag Team Championship – Chris Jericho & Big Show vs. Triple H & Shawn Michaels

Jeri-Show has been the champions since 7.26.09, and this is their sixth defense. Both Shawn Michaels and Triple H have held the Tag Team Titles with other partners but never with each other. There have been 10 TLC matches in WWE history, and of these four men only Jericho has been in one (two) of them. This is just like a ladder match except that tables and chairs are also legal. Michaels pairs off with Jericho while HHH and Show do battle on the floor. Jericho and Michaels find their way out there as well and try to put each other through a table but they both block it and get back in the ring. Michaels takes Jericho down and goes for the flying elbow drop but Jericho gets his knees up. Meanwhile HHH and Show are fighting up by the entrance. Jericho tries to hit HHH with a chair but HHH blocks it. HHH goes for the Pedigree and Jericho backdrops him. Michaels comes up to join them and gets knocked down. D-X is looking the worse for wear right now. Michaels goes backstage and grabs another chair and hits both the champs with it, but Show cuts him off with a headbutt. Everyone makes their way back to the ring and the challengers come back and get creative with the ladder. D-X tries to grab the belts first but Show cuts them off. The momentum shifts back and forth and everyone starts handing out signature maneuvers. Show winds up all alone and sets up a ladder and climbs. HHH stops him with a steel chair, and then Show punches the chair back into his face! Michaels then gets back in the ring and D-X pushes Show off the ladder, and then HHH hits him with the Pedigree! Michaels tries to climb and Jericho shoves him off the ladder and right onto the Big Show. Jericho climbs and HHH takes him down, and then HHH climbs and Show takes him down. Show then dismantles the ladder, making one less ladder for everyone to climb. The champions are firmly in control now as the crowd chants for Tables. Show gives them their wish, putting both members of D-X through a table on the floor. Since one ladder is broken, Jericho tries standing on Show’s shoulders to grab the belt s. D-X recovers and Michaels hits Show with a Superkick in an awesome spot, and Jericho takes a nasty face bump on a table at ringside. Michaels then hits another Superkick and they clothesline Show over the ropes to the floor with the half ladder. HHH holds the ladder and Michaels climbs up in and pulls the belts down at 22:32! This entire feud was great and this was a fantastic match with great heat and cool spots. All four of these men were on fire at this point, and who knows when the next time we’ll see the WWE Tag Team Titles on the line in a pay-per-view main event.
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Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, New York – Sunday, December 16, 2012

The show opens with a very well done and very thorough video package on the Kevin Steen versus El Generico main event for tonight. Kevin Kelly and Caleb Seltzer are on commentary.

MATCH #1: The House of Truth Collides – “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin vs. Roderick Strong

Truth Martini is nowhere to be found here. These two really don’t like each other and it shows right from the opening bell. Strong dumps Elgin to the floor and tires a house show dive but Elgin catches him! Elgin goes for a powerbomb but Strong slips out and tries a chop, but Elgin ducks and Strong chops the post! Back in the ring Strong kicks Elgin in the face and takes control. Martini makes his way down to the ring, but neither guy is a big fan of him right now so who is he out here for? Elgin dumps Strong out to the floor and hits a flying shoulder tackle off the apron. He throws Strong into the barricade and then hits a running powerslam. They fight on the apron, where Strong hits an enziguiri and a back suplex. Martini is celebrating whenever either guy is in control. Strong and Elgin trade chops on the floor and slug it out. Back in the ring they slug it out some more. Elgin hits a Black Hole Slam for two. He follows with a Death Valley Driver into the buckles for another two-count. They fight up on the ropes and Strong hits a backbreaker on the top turnbuckle. That gets a two-count. Strong hits a jumping knee strike for two. He tries the Stronghold but Elgin kicks out of it. They fight in the corner again and Elgin hits a superplex as Strong was on the apron. That’s awesome. It gets a two-count. Elgin hits the Buckle Bomb and Strong pops out with a knee strike. They trade a few shots and Strong hits a gutbuster. Elgin responds with a big clothesline. Martini gets on the ring apron to distract referee Brian Gorie, and he slips the Book of Truth into the ring. Elgin goes for a powerbomb but Strong grabbed the book and he hits Elgin with it. Strong then hits the End of Heartache and that’s enough to get the pin at 11:31. After everything Elgin went through with Steen that seems pretty silly that the Book of Truth would knock him out that much. Kelly says “who knows what that’s loaded with” but it’s very clearly loaded with nothing. Aside from that this was a good not great match, which is understandable given that the feud just started and more matches are bound to come.
Rating: ***

After the match, Martini tries to get on Strong’s good side again but Strong won’t have it. Strong reiterates that he wants nothing to do with the House of Truth. Martini then tries to get Elgin back in the fold by telling him he loves him and giving him a hug. Elgin goes for a powerbomb but Martini begs him to give him a chance. Martini rambles on for a while and then delivers a slap. Elgin delivers a Buckle Bomb and a spinning back first to send Martini crashing to the floor.

MATCH #2: Jay Lethal vs. “The Man Beast” RHINO

They show a video package on the recent events involving Lethal and Kevin Steen. Lethal has promised to fight the ROH World Champion one way or another tonight. Steve Corino comes out to join the commentary team. RHINO stalls a bit to start. Lethal hits a springboard cross body block and then dumps RHINO to the floor. He hits the Jericho dropkick to knock RHINO off the apron. Lethal tries a house show dive but misses. He doesn’t miss the superkick though. Lethal then hits a suicide dive. He throws RHINO around ringside a bit and then they go back in the ring. Lethal tries the Lethal Injection but RHINO avoids it and hits a spinebuster for two. RHINO goes to work on Lethal now, keeping him on the mat and working his midsection. He slaps on a bear hug. Lethal slugs his way out of it and unleashes a flurry of offense, including a hard clothesline for two. RHINO reverses a whip in the corner and drives a shoulder to the midsection. He hits a belly-to-belly suplex and sets up for the GORE. Lethal cuts him off with a superkick! He hits a Flatliner and locks on the Koji Clutch. RHINO powers his way out of that and slams Lethal down for a two-count. Lethal then hits the 9:32. That was perfectly adequate, but a good win for Lethal as he moves his way up the card.
Rating: **½

Steve Corino gets on the house mic and bad mouths Lethal in regards to facing and/or defeating Kevin Steen for the ROH World Champion. Lethal challenges Corino to get in the ring and fight him, so Jimmy Jacobs comes out and attacks Lethal from behind. The Tag Team Champions hold Lethal in place for the GORE and RHINO cuts him in half. Corino reiterates that Lethal will never beat Steen for the ROH World Title.

MATCH #3: The Embassy Explodes – “Barrister” R.D. Evans w/ Q.T. Marshall vs. Prince Nana

Nana is the aggressor early on and dominates Evans. While rarely used as such in ROH, both men are trained wrestlers. Nana actually has the distinction of having wrestled on the first ever ROH show. Evans throws Nana to the floor and tries a house show dive but misses. Nana then connects on a suicide dive to wipe out both Evans and Marshall. Back in the ring Evans goes back on offense. Evans goes to work on the back. Nana tries to escape a rear chin lock but Evans takes him back down with a back suplex. Evans goes for an elbow off the second rope but Nana catches him with a boot to the face. Nana hits a spinning sidewalk slam and a senton for two. He knocks Evans to the apron and when Evans tries a springboard maneuver, Nana catches him in an Ace Crusher! Marshall pulls the referee out of the ring before a three-count can be made. Ernesto Osiris comes back from out of nowhere and gets hurled into the barricade. Meanwhile, Evans hits what looks like the Old School Bomb. Evans goes up top and Nana knocks him down. Nana hits a superplex for two. Evans comes back with an inverted Styles Clash to get the pin at 6:40. For a match between two managers that was really solid.
Rating: **¼

After the match, Tommaso Ciampa hops the apron and wants to get at Evans and Marshall. Unfortunately that does not happen tonight.

MATCH #4: NYC Street Fight – BJ Whitmer & Rhett Titus vs. Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin

All four men come out in street clothes, so you know it’s a real street fight. Titus and Whitmer attack during WGTT’s entrance and IT…IS…ON! They fight on the floor for a minute and then they take it to the ring where Whitmer and Titus use big candy canes for weapons. To be fair they did look like they would hurt. Christmas themed plunder continues to be used by both teams. Haas and Benjamin take control and use belts and crutches to assault their rivals. Whitmer fights back and dumps Benjamin to the floor. He takes it to Haas, but The Outlaw comes back with the Olympic Slam for two. Titus drives Benjamin’s face into a chair with that leaping Rocker Dropper that he does. He then hiptosses Haas into a piece of guardrail that was brought into the ring for a two-count. Benjamin fights back and he fights Titus on the apron right above a table. They trade strikes until Benjamin hits Paydirt off the apron through the table! Good spot there. Whitmer and Haas battle it out in the ring and Whitmer hits an exploder for two. He goes out and grabs another table. They take the fight to the top rope and Haas hits a belly-to-belly suplex through the table that appears to kill Whitmer, or at very least break his neck. That’s enough to get the pin at 15:26. Knowing that Whitmer ended up okay makes it somewhat easier to watch, but that finish was disgusting. Whitmer is tough as nails, clearly. The match was actually pretty fun and they almost always had something going on so that’s good. These two teams do appear to dislike each other, which also helps make their matches feel more heated, something WGTT has lacked in the past.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #5: Jerry Lynn vs. “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett w/ Brutal Bob & Maria Kanellis

They show a quick clip of Jerry Lynn winning the ROH World Title from Nigel McGuinness in April 2009 before getting to the match. Bennett has both his trainer “Brutal” Bob Evans and his girlfriend Maria Kanellis with him tonight. Lynn is wrestling with a sleeveless shirt on for some reason. Kevin Kelly oversells it by calling it a “hero’s return.” They take it right down to the mat and Lynn dominates there because he’s the wily veteran. Even Maria looks bored at ringside. Lynn goes for an early Cradle Piledriver but Bennett is able to slip out. Bennett takes a quick break to regroup. Lynn then hits a headscissors to send Bennett to the floor and follows him out with a house show dive. Bennett actually hides behind Maria, which is awesome. Lynn gives chase and Evans takes a cheap shot clothesline. Bennett is totally in control now. Well, as much as you can be in a Jerry Lynn match because he’s constantly fighting back. Lynn does indeed fight back and hit some lame offense. He hits a DDT for a two-count. Lynn takes Bennett to the apron and hits an Ace Crusher to the floor. Back in the ring Lynn covers for two. Bennett hits a spinebuster for two. Maria distracts the referee and Brutal Bob throws a chair in. Lynn hits a TKO onto the chair and then throws it at Bob just for fun. Bennett is able to kick out at two. Now Brutal Bob distracts the referee and Maria distracts Lynn. Maria distracts Lynn and then snaps his neck off the top rope. Bennett hits the Box Office Smash to get the pin at 10:07. So it takes three people to beat Jerry Lynn? That seems like a lot of protection for a guy admittedly wrestling his last match in the company. Why not just let Bennett go over clean? I guess it wouldn’t have been a much better match either way.
Rating: **

After the match Lynn beats up both Bennett and Evans, and then hits Maria with a DDT. Lynn then hits Bennett with the Cradle Piledriver to get his non-existent heat back. He cuts a promo, thanking Cary Silkin for his efforts in keeping ROH alive. Of course Lynn thanks “the boys in the back.” Nigel McGuinness comes out and tells some stories about Lynn and then presents him with a plaque. Lynn thanks everyone again and heads to the back.

Before McGuinness can leave the ring, Jay Lethal comes out and says he’s been trying to talk to him and he’s been ducking him. Lethal demands to be put in the main event for the ROH World Title tonight. He says he’s going to fight the ROH World Champion one way or another, and that if El Generico has a problem with that he can deal with it personally. McGuinness tells Lethal that his proposal is rejected, but that if Generico wins the title Lethal will be first in line. Lethal doesn’t like that so he spits on McGuinness, triggering a pull-apart. Oh great, another loose cannon versus authority figure, haven’t seen one of those in ROH in a few weeks.

Interview with Mike Mondo

They return from intermission with MORE talking, as Kevin Kelly introduces the injured Mike Mondo. Apparently Mondo was supposed to be out for a year, but is actually going to be back in five weeks. He cuts one of his idiotic promos and then Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly come out to interrupt him. Fish and O’Reilly trash talk the American Wolves, their opponents for tonight, saying that Eddie Edwards told Nigel McGuinness there will be no reunion tonight. Then they take advantage of the wounded Mondo and beat him down. Davey Richards comes out to make the save, and Edwards soon follows. Edwards appears ready to superkick Richards, but instead delivers the shot to Fish! The Wolves then hit O’Reilly with the double-team Alarm Clock. Richards and Edwards shake hands to a big pop and then kick their opponents to the floor and follow them out with stereo dives.

MATCH #6: Tag Team Grudge Match – The American Wolves vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly

Referee Todd Sinclair calls for the bell, even though all four men are on the floor. That seems wrong. Back in the ring the Wolves double-team Fish and the crowd is loving them some Wolves. O’Reilly gets the same treatment. Fish and O’Reilly use some chicanery to take the battle back to the floor, where Fish subdues Edwards. Richards tries the kick from the apron, but Fish catches it and O’Reilly boots Richards to the floor. O’Reilly follows with the missile dropkick off the apron, knocking the wind out of Edwards. Back in the ring Fish covers Edwards for two. Fish and O’Reilly isolate Edwards and wear him down. Richards gets fed up and enters the ring illegally. The referee has lost control completely. The Wolves suplex Fish and O’Reilly over the ropes simultaneously and all four men tumble hard to the floor. Back in the ring Richards and O’Reilly exchange strikes. O’Reilly locks on a Dragon Sleeper, and Richards counters with an Ankle Lock! That was cool. O’Reilly escapes but gets blasted in the face with an Edwards kick. Edwards then hits a Super Boston Knee Party. Richards grabs O’Reilly for a Tombstone Piledriver and lets Edwards kick him in the head before dropping him down. Edwards covers for two. O’Reilly fights back and the momentum continues to shift. He locks Edwards in a Dragon Sleeper. Richards goes to the top rope and Fish knocks him down. Edwards rolls over into a cover but Fish is right there with a huge moonsault! O’Reilly kicks Edwards in the head and Richards has to break up the cover. Richards throws Fish to the floor and once again exchanges strikes with O’Reilly. This time Richards gets the better of it and hits a huge lariat. The Wolves hit the double-team lungblower and Edwards puts on the Achilles Lock. Richards adds a knee off the top rope and Edwards stomps O’Reilly’s head until Sinclair calls for the bell at 12:27. That was a lot of fun and a good choice to bring the Wolves back. The only bummer about this match is that Fish and O’Reilly had to lose pretty decisively, so they don’t really have a lot of grounds to ask for a rematch. Still, this was good stuff.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #7: Special Challenge Match – ROH World TV Champion Adam Cole vs. Matt Hardy

I am not looking forward to this. Kevin Kelly says he has never heard such hatred from the fans, but I think they hated Jeff Hardy even more than the elder Hardy. Cole’s TV Title is not on the line here, so that seems to telegraph the finish. They start slowly with some chain wrestling. Cole quickens the pace and sends Hardy powdering to the floor. The TV Champ surprises Hardy with a dive to the floor, wiping him out. Cole hits another dive and keeps the pressure on. The crowd is loving him. They fight on the apron and Hardy hits a Side Effect. That’s a good spot. Back in the ring Hardy controls Cole. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Cole sweeps the legs and locks on the Figure-Four Leglock. When Hardy turns it over Cole is able to reach the ropes. Hardy hits the Side Effect for two. He hits it twice more but still only gets a two-count. Hardy hits another Side Effect. He tries the Twist of Fate but Cole avoids it. Hardy hits the elbow to the back of the head off the second rope, but Cole immediately hits him with a superkick for a two-count. Cole unleashes some offense. Hardy tries another Twist of Fate but Cole counters with a backslide for two. Cole then hits the Twist of Fate for a near-fall. He follows with an enziguiri and a Shining Wizard for two. Hardy comes back with Splash Mountain for a two- count. They trade some reversals and tumble to the floor. Cole hits the Florida Key on the floor! Back in the ring Cole covers for two. Hardy finally hits the Twist of Fate but only gets a two-count. He goes for the legdrop off the second rope but Cole sweeps his legs and locks on the Figure-Four Leglock and Hardy reaches the ropes. Cole tries the Florida Key again but Hardy repositions the referee and kicks Cole square in the junk. Hardy grabs an inside cradle to get the cheap pin at 11:42. Cole tried his hardest, but Hardy was the opposite of impressive in his return to ROH.
Rating: **

MATCH #8: ROH World Tag Team Championship – SCUM (C) vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander vs. The Briscoes

Jimmy Jacobs and Steve Corino have been the Champions since 9.15.12, and this is their fifth defense. This match has the slight twist that the Briscoes and C&C have to actually beat the Champions to win the titles. The challengers all go after the Champions, which makes complete sense. Mark and Alexander go after Corino, while Jay and Coleman go after Jacobs, all on the floor. That’s an interesting pairing. Everyone gets back to the ring and it’s not long before the challengers start messing with each other. Mark unleashes some Redneck Kung Fu early. Jacobs and Corino try to take a walk while the challengers fight each other. The Briscoes go and retrieve the Champions and bring them back to the ring. Jacobs tries to hit the Contra Code on Mark but instead hits the Ace Crusher from the second rope for two. The action is very hard to keep up with, as all six men are dishing out offense every chance they get. The Champs isolate Coleman and try to put him away but cannot. Corino grabs a roll of quarters but Alexander stops him from using them. Jacobs distracts the referee long enough for Corino to blast Alexander with the roll of quarters but Alexander kicks out! Now Jacobs tries to use one of the tag team title belts but the Briscoes stop him from using it. The Briscoes then hit Jacobs with the Doomsday Device to get the pin and win the ROH World Tag Team Titles for the eighth time at 7:06. That was surprisingly brief but the action never stopped so I enjoyed it for the most part. I don’t see what the benefit is of having the Briscoes be the Champions AGAIN though. I would have rather seen Jacobs and Corino retain, and then let Coleman and Alexander chase them to either the 11th Anniversary or Supercard of Honor VII. That would at least be fresh. Nothing against the Briscoes, but EIGHT times? Jeez.
Rating: **¾

Jay cuts a promo after the match, talking about how awesome he and his brother are. They issue an open challenge to any team to just step up and take the shot. Jay then announces that Coleman and Alexander have earned the first crack at the titles.

MATCH #9: ROH World Championship Ladder War – Kevin Steen vs. El Generico

Steen has been the Champion since 5.12.12, and this is his thirteenth defense. They immediately start slugging and away we go. Generico strikes the first big blows with a tornado DDT and the running Yakuza Kick. Steen takes a powder and Generico wipes him out with a Tope Suicida. Back in the ring Generico uses the ladder first. Steen is able to backdrop Generico onto the ladder to stop his masked rival’s momentum. The Champion is totally in control now, wearing Generico down in sadistic fashion. They go to the floor and Steen whips Generico through the barricade. Back in the ring Steen continues to throw Generico around and into ladders. Steen tries to climb a big ladder up to grab the belt but Generico pulls him down. Generico hits a t-bone suplex into a ladder! He tries to climb up but Steen pulls him down. Generico hits a half suplex onto another ladder! He climbs up again and this time Steen shoves the ladder over. Generico tries another tornado DDT but Steen counters with a backbreaker. Steen climbs up the ladder but Generico stops him. They go back to the floor and Steen whips Generico through the guardrail again. Steen sets up both a ladder and a table on top of it between the apron and the barricade. He tries a powerbomb but Generico escapes and backdrops Steen through the table and the ladder! Generico sends the ring crew to the back to get a really, really tall ladder. He sets it up in the ring. Steen climbs up top and Generico meets him up there. Steen hits the F-Cinq through a table! Steen climbs the really tall ladder. Generico hits him with another ladder to knock him down. He grabs a third ladder but Steen boots him in the gut and hits him with said ladder. Steen sets the third ladder between the other two ladders and hits a nasty powerbomb. Generico fights back with a Package Piledriver! The crowd is really behind him now. Generico tries to climb the ladder but Steen pulls him down. Steen sets another ladder in between the two tall ladders and the two men fight it out on that ladder. They fight each other while trying not to fall off. Steen is able to land a low blow and then hits the Package Piledriver! That looked brutal, and it’s enough for Steen to climb up and retrieve the title at 28:04. That was slower paced than some of their other matches but I think it worked really well with the stipulation. At 28 minutes it never felt too long and the spots were well put together. This will likely be the last time these two face each other in Ring of Honor, and it was a fitting final entry in the series.
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