Inside Pulse Wrestling » Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase http://wrestling.insidepulse.com Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:24:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling no Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling » Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://wrestling.insidepulse.com Guys and Divas #13: (D-)Bry-nese New Year (Daniel Bryan, Aksana, Jake “The Snake” Roberts) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/08/guys-and-divas-13-d-bry-nese-new-year-daniel-bryan-aksana-jake-the-snake-roberts/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/08/guys-and-divas-13-d-bry-nese-new-year-daniel-bryan-aksana-jake-the-snake-roberts/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:28:40 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=162854 Happy 2014, everyone!

Welcome back to “Guys and Divas”; the only column on Inside Pulse Wrestling that found the hidden continuity in recent Wii U and Taco Bell commercials. I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday break, but now it’s time to get down to business.

In “Divas”, I take a look at a sudden winning streak and what it means for the division; plus, in this week’s “Bonus Ball”, I ruminate on the current value of some notable wrestling legends.

…BUT FIRST(!), it’s the story everyone’s talking about and FAR too many are stressed over. Let’s spin the legend of Daniel Wyatt in this week’s…

GUYS 

I’ll hold off on the “I told you so” dance until the story has completely unfolded; but sufficed to say, the past two weeks have made me feel pretty damned good about my prediction skills.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that–in addition to your possible insurance savings–Daniel Bryan has joined the Wyatt Family and is now training himself to be a “monster”. It happened a little differently than my infamously verbose forecast told it a few weeks ago, but otherwise it’s pretty much right on time.

Now, I could follow suit and spin another lengthy yarn about where this could (and is feeling more and more likely to) be heading; but first, a plea to the IWC.

CALM DOWN. STOP CRYING. GET A GRIP.

Ever since that deliciously bizarre ending to the New Year’s Raw went down, I’ve read countless columns, missives, comments, etc. declaring this development to be the definitive end of all the past year’s narrative momentum for our favorite goatfaced underdog. I’d like to address a few of the more repeated kvetchings, if I might.

IWC: “Well, WWE finally did it. They blasted Daniel so far out of the main event scene, he’ll never make it back.”

JEFF: Ummm…no. I know you were so busy sputtering angrily at the fact that the show didn’t immediately give us what we all want, you probably missed it but…did you happen to notice when Daniel’s surrender to the Wyatts actually occurred?–It was somewhere between 10:30 and 11:15pm. Hey…you know what?–I may just be blowing smoke here, but I believe that’s called THE MAIN EVENT. The image of Daniel slowly ascending the ramp to follow his new leader–strangely and poetically resemblant of a toddler taking his first steps toward his father–was the last thing we were left to think about in WWE in 2013. I’d say that’s pretty important.

IWC: “But…but…they’re telling us he’s a heel now! If we have to boo him, he’ll never be a main-eventer; let alone a face ever again.”

JEFF: Sigh. …Read and heed these words: YOU DON’T *HAVE* TO BOO HIM. YOU HAVE FREE WILL. It astounded me how often I read this complaint these past two weeks; how often so many (mostly) intelligent adult human beings immediately forgot that they–statistically speaking–very likely comprise the “CENA SUCKS!” side of things each week. If you can boo the character that has been positioned as the end all-be all of babyfaces, you can cheer a guy who you say you love who just happened to align himself with a less-than-reputable “family” of psychopaths. In fact, cheer him more than ever. If you’re so scared that a heel turn (which I would argue, this doesn’t entirely constitute; and our own Chris Sanders will back me up on this) means the systematic burial of your favorite person on the show, just remember: YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE IT. Keep cheering. Keep chanting. I have a good feeling about where this is all headed anyway.

IWC: “…but…but…Cena…Orton…Brock…Batista…burgaburrrrr…zorbs…nyeaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!! [head explodes]”

JEFF: …Whoa. Sorry, fella. Didn’t mean to make you go all “Scanners” there. Just listen to me, okay?–Yeah, it sucks that we’re getting Cena/Orton Part Eleventy Billion (although I would argue that it makes the most narrative sense for right now). Yeah, the return of Brock Lesnar and the impending return–and Royal Rumble Match appearance–of Batista are a bit worrisome for the Wrestlemania picture…but at the end of the day, there are far more ways this gets us to the pretty much universally-desired end result (Bryan wins the belt at Mania) than there are that don’t.

I know WWE can be a bit dense when it comes to giving the people what they want (no matter how many times they babble about everything being about the “universe”) and that the machinations of the people in charge don’t always go where we want them to…but they would have to be next-level oblivious not to notice how much the people love their D-Bry.

Thankfully, I don’t think they are. Let me just sum it up with this:

On this past Monday’s “Old School” Raw, the newly Wyatt-ified Daniel joined Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in a six-man tag team bout against Rey Mysterio and The Usos. Traditionally, it seems to be the norm that the more narratively pressing team will get the win here…but Daniel and the Wyatts lost; and as our own Matt Harrak pointed out during his live-tweet, that’s infinitely more intriguing. Not only that, but we got a backstage scene with Daniel berating his partners for the loss and explaining his mission to become a more menacing competitor, along with an announcement that he and Bray will team up next week.

If you’re not optimistic–or at least interested–about where this is all going, I guess you just don’t like fun…and for that, I’m sorry.

Now that I’ve said my piece about that, let’s head over to the fairer sex side of things and a look at an unexpectedly victorious two weeks for a once-floundering female in this week’s…

DIVAS

Over my countless year-end evaluations of the current Divas roster, I’m sure a few things have become glaringly apparent: I love AJ. I don’t care for Eva Marie. My girlfriend worships Tamina. Et cetera.

Part of that et cetera has been the utter lack of recent notable appearances for the Lithuanian heiress-turned-raven-haired sexpot Aksana. While conditions in the division over the past few years have been on a visible uptick, she’s stayed pretty roundly out of the spotlight.

That’s all changed over the past two weeks, as Teddy Long’s former temptress has scored two decisive victories against Nikki Bella in two very entertaining matchups. (TWO!–Sorry. It just felt necessary.) While this hasn’t necessarily said much for the Aksana character as a whole, we’ve finally gotten a very good impression of what she brings to the table as a competitor. Please enjoy a brief bullet pointed-list(!) of such observations:

  • As befits the character, Aksana has a very slinky (almost serpentine) way of conducting herself about the ring. In the hands of others, this might come off as an all-too-desperate attempt to inject sexuality into the PG-era Divas division. Coming from her, it makes perfect sense; and unlike the Eve Torres booty pops of yore, it never strains the credibility of the match.
  • I’ve also noted this of her opponent Nikki Bella in recent columns, but Aksana’s strikes and other offensive maneuvers have a very measured and calculated delivery. Fast-paced (often botched) spot-fests became the norm in this division in the days of Kelly Kelly, but there seems to be a concerted effort to pace these matches believably and effectively and that’s good for everyone concerned.
  • As my girlfriend keeps pointing out…girl can stomp.

Now, do I think this means Aksana should be the next to challenge (my spirit animal) AJ for the butterfly belt?–Not necessarily; but a widening field of competition, and rivalries not entirely based on a championship or whether or not someone is on a (very entertaining) reality series are sorely needed and infinitely appreciated right now.

I say, bring on Nikki/Aksana III!

…and lastly this week, “Old School” Raw brought out lots of familiar faces. Well…familiar to some anyway. Let me ramble about the young folk and the old folk in this week’s…

THE BONUS BALL

As our own CB and I have discussed in countless comment sections lately, gimmick episodes have a VERY spotty track record. (“Raw Country” will go down in history as one of my most hated episodes of any wrestling show ever.)

That being said, I always view “Old School” episodes to be a bit of a breath of at least somewhat fresher air. They tend to be oddly more match-intensive, they seem to always bring us another edition of “Piper’s Pit” and–as CB and I have noted–the final segment always seems to bring the house down.

On that last tip, this week’s take on the theme did…a fairly decent job.

“But, Jeff! Jake “The Snake”!”

I know, reader (and good to see you survived that head explosion); and it made me happy to see the troubled legend in such great shape. (I saw him in person about three years ago while interning at a radio station. To put it mildly, he wasn’t looking his best.) However, after the parade of cameos that preceded it, it also filled me with a mix of sadness and dread.

Throughout the episode, it became distressingly clear just how young the majority of the current WWE Universe really is. From the uncharacteristically lukewarm reception Ric Flair received at the top of the show to the stark silence of “Mean” Gene Okerlund’s WCW Hotline comedy bit in the last hour, I felt like I was watching the latter-day adventures of Randy “The Ram” Robinson all over again.

To make matters worse, the debatably-entertaining “Bad News” Barrett even chimed in; saying outright some of the things that it saddened me to be thinking as I watched the show.

The validity of that flea market analogy (and the use of the non-word “fruitile”) aside, it raised the question: is there a true sense of history in the up-and-coming generation of wrestling fans?

In this post-Benoit time of tighter health restrictions and longer careers, will WWE’s ostensible current core audience (21st century children) even be able to reminisce? Will there be demand for cameos from the faces of decades past to a generation who’ve watched John Cena be the star of the show for over eleven years now?

I think Vince McMahon’s quest to diminish the word “wrestling” in World Wrestling Entertainment may be working a little too well. In this that some have termed the “reality era” of sports entertainment, there isn’t much room for colorful characters like (God love him) “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

Not that they aren’t people of merit or faces I’m glad to see on my screen, but this may not be a business that can appreciate them anymore…and that is very sad, indeed.

Don’t let me be misunderstood. I have a deep and abiding love for everyone (well…most everyone) who has ever played a role in this wonderful industry. I was happy to see every returning legend on this past Monday’s show, and I wouldn’t trade their presences during that three hours for the world…

…but I just can’t help thinking about the future.

To be fair, isn’t that the job of the wrestling columnist?–On that ponderance, I think it’s time to punch the clock for this week’s edition of “Guys and Divas”; and speaking of ponderances, here are a few to chew on for the week…

  • The arrival of “Daniel Wyatt” is one of the most polarizing events in a long while. Where do you stand? If you can muster the optimism, where do you think this could be heading?–Gab about the newly sheep-faced Goatface.
  • Aksana is coming out of…well, relatively nowhere and turning heads as a competitor of late. Who are some Superstars and Divas who’ve surprised you with their skill?–Ramble about repressed and hidden talents.
  • “Old School” Raw was a fun–if somewhat saddening–flashback to Superstars past. Of the current crop of Superstars and Divas, who do you think you’ll remember fondly on future “Old School” episodes?–Speculate about speculative retrospectives. (Ooh!–Nice one, Jeff.)

As always, join me for my weekly Raw live-tweet (@biscuitman18; #GuysAndDivas) and (I know I’ve said this before…but seriously now…) stay tuned for some exciting news about my future media endeavors. I think your ears are about to be entertained, folks!

Until next week, I’m Jeff Heatherly saying “Please pass the jelly!“. Good day, all!
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Forever Heel: Million Dollar Man: Conclusion http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/12/20/forever-heel-million-dollar-man-conclusion/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/12/20/forever-heel-million-dollar-man-conclusion/#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:41:13 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=162250 Funny, Bobby Roode beat Kurt the same way Angle beat Roode, years ago. Lady Tappa is lame. I wish LAX was still around…

Next week will be the 27th, and hopefully Damien Sandow can really cancel Christmas. If Christmas does come, I want to wish you all; A Horrible Christmas, from Forever Heel. (blah)

 

So here it is the rest of our Million Dollar Profile…

The Million Dollar Team: Around 1989 Hulk Hogan’s film “No Holds Barred” debuted. The big thing to come out of “No Holds Barred”, was the film’s main villain, Zeus. Zeus main evented at SummerSlam ’89, and lost a tag match to Hogan and Brutus Beefcake. By Survivor Series’ 89, Ted DiBiase allied with Zeus against Hogan. There The Million Dollar Man captained The Million Dollar Team against Hulk Hogan’s Hulkamaniacs . DiBiase lost to Hogan here to, even with help from Virgil.

The Million Dollar Belt Stolen: Jake the Snake Roberts stole the Million Dollar Belt from DiBiase, for a time. The smart idea here was that Roberts kept the Million Dollar Championship, in the same bag that he kept Damien (Robert’s pet snake) in. Since every heel in the WWE was deathly afraid of snakes, Ted had to hire the Big Bossman to retrieve the MD Championship. Bossman attacked Roberts and brought back the belt, only for Bossman to get pissed at Slick. Slick didn’t split DiBiase’s payment with him, or Bossman thought he was a real cop…I don’t know. Anyway Bossman brought the belt back to Roberts, and made himself a face. This lead to Ted DiBiase VS Jake Roberts for The Million Dollar Title, at WrestleMania. DiBiase retained the belt, and Roberts got even by throwing DiBiase’s money into the audience. I remember how angry Bobby Hennan was about this, a few weeks later. Claiming he was about to help The Million Dollar Man get his money back. Gorilla Monsoon, or Vince McMahon then pointed out that Heenan would’ve been too busy stuffing his own pockets with Million Dollar Man’s money. Heenan claimed “That is a disgusting lie”, I’m paraphrasing that last part, I can’t totally remember.

Dusty Rhodes Feud: This was DiBiase’s best feud, on paper. You had The American Dream; Dusty Rhodes, a blue-collar champ, against The Million Dollar Man. DiBiase paid to have Dusty’s manager, Sapphire to turn on Rhodes. He had attacked Dusty’s son, Dustin, to the point that the young man bled. This feud wasn’t as long as some, but it had two big points in DiBiase’s career. First, Ted debuted The Undertaker as his secret partner at Survivor Series 1990. Undertaker’s manager for the match was DiBiase’s ally and admirer, Brother Love. The second point was the loss of Virgil by the end of the Dusty Rhodes feud.

Sherri: At WrestleMania 7, DiBiase lost his match against Virgil. That night wasn’t all bad for DiBiase, as an opportunistic Sensational Sherry had taken the role of his personal valet. They carried on feuding with both Virgil and Rowdy Roddy Piper. At SummerSlam’ 91, DiBiase , finally lost his Million Dollar Title to Virgil. Piper was a dick about this too. Ted would get back his Million Dollar Championship by Survivor Series, and get to team up with  Ric Flair at that same event. DiBiase also teamed with The Repo Man on many occasions.

Money Inc.: By Spring of 1992 DiBiase and Sherri went their separate ways, while Million Dollar Man was increasingly put with tag partners, like Repo Man, Ric Flair, and his permanent tag partner, I.R.S. I believe WWE was trying to pair him either other privileged talents (Flair and Mr Perfect), or paid off thugs (Repo Man and Slick’s men). They finally chose to put The richest man in wrestling with a renegade IRS agent, in Irwin R. Schyster. Bizarre in that I’ve seen the real IRS destroy many millionaires, but I digress. So gimmick wise Schyster and DiBiase weren’t compatible, but as a team they were very good. Especially at a time when WWE’s tag team division was full of brawling brawny smash-mouth competitors. You had the Nasty Boys, Natural Disasters, Samoans, and LOD, as the Tag Team Champs.

The Tag Team Champions: The LOD were set to take on Jimmy Hart’s Natural Disasters, but at the last-minute Hart signed up Money Inc for the title shot. Money Inc. won the belts and immediately began feuding with the Natural disasters. They would lose the belts to the Disasters in the summer of 1992, and face the Legion of Doom at SummerSlam. Even though they lost to the LOD, Jimmy Hart had signed them for the tag title shot against the Natural Disasters, over Hart’s other tag team, The Nasty Boys. This caused the Nasty Boys to turn face and join with the Natural Disasters against Money Inc. at the ’92 Survivor Series.

Rekindling the Hogan Rivalry: In a show of awesomeness, Money Inc. decided to have some face time with the returning Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake. What I mean is the tag champs repeatedly hit Beefcake in the face with a steel briefcase. During all this Jimmy Hart felt Money Inc. had gone to far, and tried to help Beefcake. This turned Hart face, and set him up to be Hulk Hogan’s manager at the WrestleMania 9, from Las Vegas. Hogan and Beefcake nearly won the belts, when the original ref was bumped, and Jimmy Hart made himself a ref, and declared them the new champs. Another referee came out however and DQ’d Hogan for using Brutus’ protective mask as a weapon, giving Money Inc. the Tag Titles back.

Losing the Belts and Beyond: The Million Dollar Man and I.R.S. lost the WWE Tag Team Titles, to the Steiner Brothers, only to regain, and then lose them again to the Steiners. DiBiase would then feud with, a newly face, Razor Ramone. He would team with I.R.S. several times against Razor and The 123 Kid. This culminated into DiBiase’s last big match at SummerSlam’93, where he lost to Ramone. He was put on hiatus for a while, and would return as a manager of his own Million Dollar Corporation stable.

If guys like Hogan, Dusty Rhodes, and Jim Duggan represented the “American Hero”, then it’s obvious DiBiase represented the evilness that American Freedom can create. Hogan never fought many anti-American heels in the WWE because the greatest threat to America was a needed byproduct of our freedom, our own selfish greed.

The Basketball Segment

Ultimate Maniacs VS Money Inc. (Not the full match)

Million Dollar Team VS The Dream Team/Undertaker debut.

Getting Back the MDC And the Weird Bossman Face Turn.

 
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Forever Heel: Million Dollar Man http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/12/13/forever-heel-million-dollar-man/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/12/13/forever-heel-million-dollar-man/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:31:06 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=162127 Just some house cleaning here, but I’m going to schedule different formats for Forever Heel each week. It will go something like this; Profile, Top 10 List, Funny Heelish PPV Predictions, and then back to another Profile.  I also wanted to do a profile based on the various weapons used by various villains. Maybe I could get an interview with Abdullah the Butcher’s fork?

Raw & Crap: I don’t really know why people think the WWE fan’s votes count? They tell us to our faces ”We’re going to bury Daniel Bryan, and you guys will still cheer for him, and we will answer that by putting the belt on Mark Henry”, They know we won’t stop watching. Even if we stopped watching, I doubt any of this would change. Soon they won’t even be looking at the indy guys, to join WWE.

TNA & Fireballs: Impact seems okay. I wish they would keep Anderson as just a thug, and not a main event guy. I thought EC3 is an okay wrestler, and Earl should be embarrassed as much as possible until Gerald Brisco takes his place. Say what you want about Bret, but he never did the kind of bullshit that guys like HBK, Orton, and even Steve Austin pulled. If you notice after 1997 WWE began their swipes at Canada. Calling it Bizarro World because they cheered for a few heel native sons. …sorry went off on a tangent. Anyway here’s the profile…

 

Last week I named off some of my favorite heel team ups, and the best of those being Mega Bucks. I was thinking that Ted DiBiase deserved his own profile. If The Heel Hall of Fame was real, I would give him a whole wing of the building. From 1987-1997 he was a legit player in some of the biggest wrestling angles of all time. As a wrestler he was a formidable opponent, and as a manager he gave birth to his own Million Dollar Corporation in the WWE, and later managed various members of The NWO.  Heel Street Credit doesn’t go higher than Ted DiBiase.

Coming to the WWE: Before joining the WWE, DiBiase was looked at for the NWA title. He would have been NWA champ eventually, but titles don’t mean much to guys that understand they’re in a fake sport. The story goes that WWE came to Ted with the promise of a main event push, and “opportunity”.  He signed. His back story was that his stepfather, Iron Mike DiBiase, left him millions in his will. As he joined the WWE, he also brought with him his bodyguard, Virgil. Before main eventing, he would ask an audience member to come to the ring to do something humiliating for money, and then laugh at them. Usually they didn’t get any money. He also enjoyed stuffing money into the mouth of his opponent, after pinning him  DiBiase was actually given a lot of money to throw around to make the gimmick look as real as possible.

Buying the WWE Belt: DiBiase didn’t even bother challenging for the WWE Title at first, and just asked Hogan to sell it to him. Hogan of course said no, and the feud was on. They fought for the belt on three separate occasions, that I know of. I’m sure there were many more at house shows. Hogan beat The Million Dollar Man each time. During a WrestleMania rematch between André the Giant and Hogan, referee Dave Hebner was accosted, so that his evil twin brother, Earl, could take Dave’s place and declare André the new WWE Champion. André almost immediately sold the belt to The Million Dollar Man, making Ted the new WWE Champion. That didn’t stick however because the WWE Championship Committee made up some rule saying that The WWE Title couldn’t be handed to another wrestler. In reality I believe some in the backstage worried about tarnishing the Championship, they were still competing with other feds, for wrestling viewers, so it sounds reasonable.

WrestleMania 4: A WWE Championship Tournament was declared for WrestleMania 4, and DiBiase was going to win and be the next WWE Champ, except for a backstage problem involving Honkey Tonk Man. Honky didn’t want to lose the Intercontinental Belt to Randy Savage, so the WWE let him keep it, but WWE also had a rule saying “that if one champ is face then the other champ must be heel.” Meaning that since Honky Tonk was holding the Intercontinental Belt then a face must hold The WWE Belt. This decision really had nothing to do with Randy Savage’s popularity and needing a belt. At this time popular talent didn’t really need championships, until they were losing steam. In the end Savage became WWE Champ at WrestleMania 4.

Mega Bucks: After losing the WWE belt again. DiBiase formed an alliance with Bobby Heenan, and with André the Giant created Mega Bucks. A tag team of The Million Dollar Man and André the Giant. They were the arch enemies of the also newly formed Mega Powers, that consisted of Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan. The two teams clashed at the very first Summer Slam. DiBiase had even paid off special guest referee, Jesse Ventura for this bout, and Mega Bucks still lost. The team was dissolved after that event, but not before Bobby Heenan sold Hercules Hernandez’ contract to Dibiase. Apparently the contract was to be DiBiase’s slave, and while that may lead to all kinds of hilarious and disturbing gay jokes, the feud ended abruptly with Hercules gaining his freedom.

The Million Dollar Belt: After losing numerous WWE Title bouts, DiBiase finally just made his own belt, The Million Dollar Championship. This was more of an accessory, but looked cool with his other ring gear. It wasn’t a recognized title in the WWE At one point Jack Tunney had ordered the belt be defended, like all other WWE titles, but those were few and far between, and around the time of DiBiase’s feud with Virgil. The only other men to hold the Million Dollar Belt where Virgil, Steve Austin, and Ted DiBiase Jr. The belt was also stolen by Jake Roberts.

The Story Continues: Next week I want to delve into DiBiase’s feuds with Dusty and Virgil, and finish with the loss of Money Inc.’s tag titles.

 

WWE Champ, Ted DiBiase & André the Giant vs Hulk Hogan & Bam Bam Bigelow

Debut of the Million Dollar Championship

 

 

 
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WWE Monday Night Raw Live Recap – 3.04.13 – Old School Raw! http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/03/04/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-recap-3-04-13-old-school-raw/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/03/04/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-recap-3-04-13-old-school-raw/#comments Tue, 05 Mar 2013 01:19:26 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=154102 Welcome to the live recap of WWE Monday Night Raw! I apologize for the tardiness, but my Internet was doing funny things. Alas here I am and we open with an old school intro.

The gong goes off and we’re live in Buffalo with The Undertaker! The Deadman is here! And then we show another intro… and he’s gone? Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole are decked out in retro attire. CM Punk walks out and the entire place is old school from the big RAW letters to the barricades not being the big black things to the ropes being red, white, and blue. CM Punk talks about losing last week and blames the people. CM Punk says what we just saw with The Undertaker is a sample and he is going to beat the streak at Mania. CM Punk says that he has a statistic for the people. 20-1. He says that he is straight edge and he will beat the streak. Randy Orton’s music hits and he says that he’s already beaten Punk at Mania and he shouldn’t be so confident. Orton says he was a rookie when he fought Taker and came that close. Orton says he wants to know who the people think should fight Undertaker at Mania. The crowd chooses Orton. Big Show’s music hits and he says they don’t have what it takes. Big Show says he fought Taker as well, but he didn’t have the WMD then. Show says in order to beat Taker at Mania they need to be more than a Viper or Straight Edge. They need to be a giant. Sheamus’ music hits and he says he’s the only one who hasn’t fought Undertaker before and that he deserves the shot. He says it’s going to take his heart, his boot, and the luck of the Irish to beat him. Vickie says EXCUSE ME and comes out. She says whoever defeats the streak will be the greatest ever. She announces a fatal-4-way with the winner fighting Undertaker at WrestleMania!

Ryback is grunting and walks straight into a…

Commercial.

We’re back and Antonio Cesaro is already in the ring. They do an old school box-in showing a promo cut by Antonio calling Ryback a neanderthal.

Antonio Cesaro vs. Ryback

Antonio starts off with some dropkicks. Ryback knocks down Antonio quick. Goldberg chants already. Ryback hits a spinning standing powerslam. Antonio rolls out and back in. Ryback holds Antonio in a suplex straight up for a few seconds. He covers Cesaro for a one count. Cesaro pounds on Ryback in the corner. Ryback holds Cesaro up in a gorrilla position and throws him over the ropes to the floor. Ryback pursues outside, but Cesaro slams his face into the corner. Cesaro follows by kicking Ryback in the face knocking him off the apron into the barricade. Ryback makes it back in at 6. Antonio jumps on him and pounds away at his face leading to a…

Commercial.

Back and Antonio has a headlock on Ryback. Ryback gets up and takes some knees to the face. Ryback begins picking up speed and flapjacks Antonio. Ryback preps the clothesline. Cesaro hits an uppercut and tries for the Neutralizer, but Ryback picks him up from that position (!) into the Shellshock for the three.

Winner: Ryback

Ryback starts heading back up the ramp and Mark Henry’s music hits and they glare at each other. Henry enters the ring. Ryder’s music hits… oh no.

Mark Henry vs. Zack Ryder

Henry throws him into the turnbuckle, but Ryder is back with some fists! Henry does it again and then throws Ryder across the ring. Henry picks up Ryder and walks around the ring with him before hitting the World’s Strongest Slam for the three.

Winner: Mark Henry

Dolph, AJ, and Big E are walking backstage heading straight into a…

Commercial.

We’re back and the trio is in the ring and The Miz is also there. The Miz says his manager is better looking than Dolph’s. He announces his mentor: Naitch! Miz and Flair WOO together before the bell rings.

Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz

They tie up and push away. They tie up again and Dolph gets some big blows in. Miz gets some strikes in and Dolph charges him back into the corner again and chops him. Dolph mocks Naitch’s strut. Miz punches and kicks Dolph out of the ring. He then struts in the ring and hits the rope with Flair cheering him on on the apron as we head to a…

Commercial.

Back and Dolph has Miz in a headlock. Miz fights out and they exchange blows. Dolph rolls up Miz for a two. Dolph jumps up and hits a big DDT for a close two. Dolph goes for the Zig Zag but Miz holds the ropes. Miz goes for a big boot, but Dolph dodges. Dolph locks in the sleeper, but Miz fights out and flapjacks Dolph. Miz hits his big clothesline in the corner. Miz climbs the top rope and hits the axe handle. AJ distracts the ref while Big E decks The Miz. Naitch walks over there and hits a bunch of blows on Big E to no effect. Miz hits a baseball slide to Big E. Dolph rolls him up for a close two. Dolph goes for a dropkick, but gets locked into the Figure-4. He taps.

Winner: The Miz

Miz and Flair hit the ropes and his elbows on the floor together.

Commercial.

‘IF YA SMELLLLLL’ fills the arena and out comes the Brahma Bull. He grabs a mic and the Rocky chants fill the arena. Rock says he needs us to understand that he came in from Panama where it is 95 degrees everyday. Rock says he packed all of his stuff and a lady asked if he needed a jacket. He said he didn’t need a jacket because he had electricity flowing through his body. He landed in Buffalo and he stepped out and he said it’s cold here. He looked down and had icicles forming on his nipples. He said after ten long years he’s FINALLY back here in Buffalo. He said he’s happy he’s back in Buffalo because they are a month away from WrestleMania. John Cena’s music hits and out comes out sadly not in a jersey. Cena says it’s 34 days away from Mania. Cena said sorry to interrupt, but he’s been waiting for this moment for a year. Cena says he can’t understand why Cena wanted this moment. Cena says Rock conquered the Attitude era, the Hollywood scene, and now the WWE again. Cena says Rock doesn’t know how to deal with defeat. Cena says that he’s had to deal with people telling him he had to win that match and that he failed. Cena says that made him feel worthless. Cena said it made him feel like a crowd of hate was on him. Cena said that match sent him into a tailspin. Cena said he couldn’t get over the fact that he failed the people when he said he would get it done. Cena says it wasn’t coincidence that he won the Rumble the same night Rock wins the belt and then overcomes Punk for the first time. Cena says this is his redemption. Cena says that he’s going to write the wrong of losing last year. Cena says he isn’t throwing this chance away. Rock says that desire is what he wanted to see. Rock said that there was only one man that he wanted to fight at WrestleMania because he knew that this matters to him more than anyone in that locker room besides himself. Rock says when he connects to everyone that Cena isn’t getting redemption at WrestleMania; he’s getting his ass kicked. Cena says he likes to quote Mike Tyson for saying ‘In order to be the greatest that ever lived, you have to beat every person living.’ Cena says he’s jumped every roadblock except for The Rock. Cena says Rock’s time is up at Mania and his time is now. Rock says nuhnuhnuhnuhno. Rock says ‘winning is about heart, you just have to have it in the right spot.’ He said Lance Armstrong said that and he was full of crap too! Cena says at WrestleMania 29, he will become WWE Champion. The Rock says that’s the biggest difference between The Rock and John Cena. Rock KNOWS he can beat Cena and Cena THINKS he can beat The Rock. The Rock says if you can smell what The Rock is cookin’. Rock’s music hits and they stare down with the sign in the background.

Commercial.

We’re back and they show The Undertaker coming out again.

Jack Swagger is already in the ring and we hear HOOOOOOOOOOO! Jim Duggan is out with Sgt. Slaughter and Dusty Rhodes.

Jack Swagger vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan

They circle around before Swagger slides out and grabs the 2×4. He nails Duggan with the board twice before nailing Slaughter and Dusty with it when they run in to help. Swagger stands there yelling We The People before locking in The Patriot Lock on Duggan. The ref breaks it up. Swagger stares at the sign before walking out.

Winner: Hacksaw Jim Duggan (DQ)

They show a trailer for The Marine 3. Kane and Daniel Bryan are walking backstage and taking turns glaring at each other.

Commercial.

Swagger and Zeb Colter and walking backstage. Josh Matthews interviews him saying that they are legends and what have they done for America. Del Rio hits him from behind and they are broken up by security.

We’re back and Ted DiBiase Sr. is by ringside to watch…

Team Hell No! vs. Primetime Players

Daniel Bryan hits a nice dropkick, but Titus and Darren work over Bryan. Titus stomps away on him before tagging out. Titus lifts Darren up and slams him down on Bryan. Young hits some fists to the face of Bryan. He tags out and Titus locks in a headlock. Bryan fights out. Titus elbows him in the corner and goes for a big block, but Bryan moves. Kane tags in and hits some big chops and uppercuts to Young. He hits the low dropkick and then clotheslines in the corners. He hits a sidewalk slam. The other two run in and D-Bry takes out Titus. Kane quickly chokeslams Darren Young for a three count.

Winners: Team Hell No!

Ted DiBiase puts a $100 bill in Young’s mouth. Bryan sneaks back and takes the bill and stuffs it in his trunks!

The Honky Tonk Man is shown backstage rehearsing during the…

Commercial.

Tensai and Clay are out with matching gear. They introduce The Honky Tonk Man! The 3MB is already in the ring. Honky had the mic, but Slater grabbed it. Slater says they are the rockstars of the WWE and they are 3MB. Slater says Honky needs to go back to Las Vegas with the other Elvis impersonators.

3MB vs Sweet Tea & Brodus Clay

Sweet Tea rolls up Slater quickly for the win.

Winners: Sweet Tea and Brodus Clay

They dance to Honky’s music temporarily before Slater comes back to get a guitar shot. They continue dancing. Fandango vs Kofi Kingston next.

Commercials.

They show Wade Barrett at the movie premiere of Dead Man Down.

Kofi is already in the ring when Fandango’s music hits and out comes a dancer. Fandango is standing on the rampway and says he will not debut until they pronounce his name correctly. He says Justin Roberts didn’t have enough emotion. Justin tries again and Fandango says that this is the night that they ALMOST got to see the debut of Fandannnnngooooooo! Jerry is depressed and blames Justin. Up next is Triple H addressing Brock Lesnar.

Commercials.

They show a recap of last week’s Brock/Vince/HHH/Heyman interaction.

Triple H’s music hits and out comes The Short Haired Cerebral Assassin. After his music finally stops playing, HHH has the mic. HHH says the last time he had a mic in his hand was when Brock had broken his arm. Triple H said he wasn’t sure if he was trying to convince himself or us that he was still here. Triple H says he was doing the day job of being the COO. HHH says he was waiting for a reason to come back. He stood by an old man in a hospital bed and, while his kids and wife cried, he smiled. He smiled because he had a reason. He said that if Brock thought they were done at SummerSlam then feel those staples in his head. HHH says it’s five weeks until the big dance and he’s calling out Brock. Triple H says he’s back and calling out Lesnar for Mania. Triple H asks if Brock is going to be there or if he’s just going to bleed?

Commercials.

They recap what happened on SmackDown with The Shield attacking Show, Sheamus, and Orton.

They have a shaky video camera claiming that the three will feel revenge. And that Show got a lucky shot on SmackDown. They claim that the three are forgetting them and they can’t be stopped.

Back to the ring and Wade Barrett is in the ring with his 87th theme song playing. Ricardo is announced and he introduces Alberto del Rio.

Alberto del Rio vs. Wade Barrett

Match starts with Wade landing some big blows. Del Rio puts Wade in the ropes and hits some shots to the kidneys. Swagger and Zeb walk out on the rampway. Del Rio rolls Wade into the ring and then Wade hits a Winds of Change/Bossman Slam. Wade hits some standing elbows followed by a two count. He locks a side headlock in and ADR fight out. Del Rio charges the corner, but is lifted onto the apron. Wade chokes ADR on the ropes. ADR then locks an armbar on him on the ropes and breaks at a four count. Wade puts him back in the ring and hits some knees to ADR’s face on the apron. Wade rolls him back in and gets a two count. Wade gets on the second rope and misses an elbow. ADR hits him with a big boot and hits some clotheslines before landing a tilt-awhirl backbreaker. ADR hits a big superkick for a two count. ADR charges him in the corner, but eats a big superkick. Wade gets locked into the cross armbreaker and he taps.

Winner: Alberto del Rio

Swagger and del Rio have a stare down. Alberto del Rio will fight Dolph Ziggler on SmackDown.

Commercials.

OH YOU DIDN’T KNOW?! The New Age Outlaws are back! Road Dogg says the whole skit introducing themselves. Billy Gunn says if you’re not down with that… ‘SUCK IT’.

New Age Outlaws vs. Primo and Epico

Epico takes some fists from Road Dogg to start and he hits a big knee. Primo distracts Road Dogg and Epico hits a big dropkick. Primo tags in and stomps on Road Dogg. Epico tags in kicks him and tags in Primo. Primo hits a springboard senton. Epico tags in and locks in a headlock. Road Dogg fights out and they collide. They tag out and Billy Gunn hits some shots on Primo. Epico saves it and Dogg takes him out. Gunn hits a Fameasser for the three count.

Winners: New Age Outlaws

They show a recap of the talk between Cena and Rock from earlier.

Commercials.

We’re back and a lot of the roster is out on the stage. Mean Gene Okerlund is announced and they announce Mae Young. They begin singing happy birthday to her. CM Punk’s music cuts through it. Paul Heyman and he step through the crowd and enters the ring. He circles the ring as we head towards a…

Commercial.

CM Punk vs Big Show vs Sheamus vs Randy Orton

Show headbutts Punk and takes out Sheamus. Show headbutts Orton out of the ring. On the outside, Orton pushes Show into the ringpost. Orton and Sheamus roll in and they exchange blows. Sheamus takes advantage and gets hit by the backbreaker from Orton. Punk rolls in and tries to get the pin. Sheamus hits the Irish Curse backbreaker on Orton and Punk tries to cover. Orton and Sheamus team up on Punk and throw him out of the ring. Show hits both Orton and Sheamus with punches to the gut. Everyone is laid out except Big Show as we head to a…

Commercial.

Punk is in the ring hitting strikes and knees to Orton when we come back. He gets a two count. Orton hit the draped DDT on Show during the commercial break. Orton begins to get fired up with short clotheslines and a scoop slam. Orton hits a belly-to-belly suplex for a two. Orton goes for a draped DDT on Punk, but Punk sends him over the top rope. Sheamus comes back in and hits his 10 blows to the chest. Big Show hits a Final Cut on Sheamus for two. Punk interrupted the count. Show smashes Punk with a WMD punch. Sheamus attacks Show and spears him in the corner then hits a kneelift and then a big axe handle. Show fights back up and pounds on Sheamus’ back. Show goes for the Vader Bomb, but Sheamus moves. Sheamus lifts Show for the White Noise and gets a two count. Sheamus preps for the Brogue Kick. Orton comes in and hits a scoop slam for a two count. Show grabs Orton around the neck and Chokeslams him. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick, but Show catches his foot and chokeslams him. Show preps for WMD, but Sheamus ducks and hits the Brogue Kick. Orton hits the RKO on Sheamus. Punk kicks Orton in the back of the head and hits the GTS for the three count.

Winner: CM Punk

Punk stares at the sign and the gong fills the arena as the lights go out. Punk stares at the entrance way as The Deadman walks eerily out on the rampway. The flames erupt on the stage as the two have a stare down.

Thanks for reading!

And quite frankly my dear… that’s a wrap!
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Mike and Kelly’s Obnoxious WWE Smackdown Breakdown 4.10.12 (Blast From The Past) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2012/04/12/mike-and-kellys-obnoxious-wwe-smackdown-breakdown-4-10-12-blast-from-the-past/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2012/04/12/mike-and-kellys-obnoxious-wwe-smackdown-breakdown-4-10-12-blast-from-the-past/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 06:25:13 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=139846 Hey hey, kids! It’s your old pal Mike Gojira along with token female wrestling fan, Kelly Floyd, and boy do we have a show for you! We hope. I’m gonna be honest with you: the last time Mick Foley showed up on Smackdown, it was probably one of my darkest days here at the Pulse. At least this time we’ve got other old-timers, so that’s a plus.

The show opens with “Mean” Gene Okerlund in the ring to introduce Sheamus. The World Heavyweight Champion apologizes to referee Chad Patton for kicking his head off last week. Johnny Ace shows up and says that’s not good enough. If he touches another official, he’s fired. Also, tonight he will team up with Gene to face Alberto del Rio and Daniel Bryan.
Kelly: Hello boys and girls! Thanks for joining us so soon! This week we have a live Smackdown, which means absolutely nothing for us, as we are very DVR friendly.
Mike: Very. Hey, any chance this show is actually about the Smackdown wrestlers and not at all a promo for a new WWE reality show?
Kelly: Well, I’ve never been one for optimism, so…
Mike: Ooh, Piper’s Pit with Daniel Bryan!
Kelly: Mean Gene introduces Mister Sheamus. And the Daniel Bryan chants begin already.
Mike: Gotta love the crowd.
Kelly: He’s apologizing for his actions towards the ref? What a female.
Mike: He’s a face; it’s in his contract.
Kelly: Doesn’t mean I have to like it. Johnny appears with a tune that randomly reminds me of Jon Stewart’s theme.
Mike: I HATE this theme. It’s worse than Wade Barrett’s. Now we get a recap of what happened last week.
Kelly: Sheamus is so sassy.
Mike: I think that was one of his cousins…Sassy McPotato.
Kelly: Too many apologies. Now bored.
Mike: Laurinaitis says he didn’t hear Sheamus’s apology to Chad Patton. Does Johnny know the irony of this? I mean, we can barely hear HIM.
Kelly: So, Daniel Bryan and Alberto del Rio will take on Sheamus and…Mean Gene?
Mike: I don’t like del Rio and Bryan’s chances.
Kelly: Looks like the Viper will be making an appearance next.
Mike: And we get a cameo of Cowboy Bob Orton cheering on his son. It’s too bad Undertaker’s not here to yell at Orton for having hepatitis.

Randy Orton vs Mark Henry
Kelly: I kind of keep forgetting about Orton.
Mike: Well you’ve always got him crammed in there…
Kelly: Oh my goodness fucking gracious, Randy is not my type.
Mike: But I hear Rey Mundo is.
Kelly: My heart belongs to…no one. It doesn’t exist. Oh hey look. Mark Henry.
Mike: I call a no contest, since Henry is getting a title shot against Punk next Monday.
Kelly: I’ll be sure to read the highlights on that one.
Mike: I put money on Kane attacking Cowboy Bob.
Kelly: This match is doing absolutely nothing for me, at the moment.
Mike: Henry has Orton in the corner as Booker T and Cole fight over whether Punk can beat Henry.
Kelly: Henry manhandles Orton, backing him into a corner.
Mike: Orton manages to knock Henry off his feet and calls for the draping DDT……uh oh, Henry fights back with a World’s Strongest Slam! Orton slips out and goes for an RKO but that’s countered!
Kelly: Orton tumbles outside the ring, landing like a test dummy, but drives Henry into the steel post twice.
Mike: Heeeeeeere’s Kane! Wanna bet he’s got Papa Orton in tow?
Kelly: I do not want to take that bet. And that’s why. There’s Mr. Orton.
Mike: Orton leaves the ring to go save his dad. No contest? Check. Cowboy Bob hurt? Check. I am good at this.
Kelly: Apparently. Did I just hear an F-Bomb?
Mike: Kane levels Randy with a hammer. Gotta love the one-liners. “I’m a sucker for family reunions.”

A bunch of WWE Legends (including Hillbilly Jim, Tony Atlas, and Ted DiBiase) observe Ryback beat the holy fuck out of a jobber named Benny Camer.
Kelly: Holy. God. Is that who I think it is?
Mike: Look at all these old timers listening to Benny Camer. Poor kid.
Kelly: And here comes my future bestie, Skip Shef…er…Ryback.
Mike: DID YOU SEE THAT FUCKING CLOTHESLINE?!
Kelly: Magnificent.
Mike: Falling Muscle Buster ends it.

Heath Slater and Tyson Kidd chat backstage about their tag match with the Usos. Slater says they have the perfect manager for the job…Jimmy Hart!

Kelly: Slater and Kidd chit-chatting about their match against the Usos.
Mike: Jimmy Hart’s their manager? Hahaha!
Kelly: Kill it with fire.
Mike: Say, tell the fans one of your favorite Jimmy Hart moments from the past.
Kelly: Favorite is such a strong word.
Mike: So…what’s your fave Hart moment?
Kelly: The one where he fades to black and we go to commercial.

The Usos vs Heath Slater and Tyson Kidd
Kelly: Foley makes his way out, followed by Slater and Kidd…and of course, Hart.
Mike: Let’s not forget Mick Foley is out for commentary. Based on his last few WWE appearances, that’s an omen.
Kelly: Usos out, bell rings, and it’s on.
Mike: Series of arm drags winds up with Tyson on the apron.
Kelly: Slater in, doing his best to win one, but the Usos won’t have it.
Mike: Meanwhile, Jimmy Hart uses his megaphone to bother Foley. Mick has had enough and chases Jimmy away, allowing the Usos to get the win off the distraction.
Kelly: After the victory, Socko strikes! Okay, now we’re done.
Mike: I’m honestly surprised they haven’t once mentioned the Legends House.
Kelly: Yet.

Piper’s Pit: Roddy Piper interviews Daniel Bryan and AJ, who says that she believes Bryan is still a great man. Piper thinks she’s delusional. Bryan says he gets his rematch with Sheamus at Extreme Rules in a 2-out-of-3 falls contest.

Mike: Ah, Hot Rod. Gotta love this guy.
Kelly: He’s ruined for me, ever since the unfortunate episode of Walker, Texas Ranger that was autotuned. Oh well. Should be interesting.
Mike: He looks good these days. Remember when he and his gut teamed up with Ric Flair?
Kelly: Nope.
Mike: It was during the Cyber Sunday/Taboo Tuesday days.
Kelly: Here’s Daniel Bryan!
Mike: YES! YES! YES!
Kelly: So Bryan gets his rematch, evidently.
Mike: I can’t wait to hear how Piper tries to get the crowd to turn on D-Bry.
Kelly: Speaking of which, what on earth are they chanting.
Mike: “18 seconds.”
Kelly: Got it. My ears suck. So, a 2 out of 3 falls match? Hm.
Mike: See? Piper likes AJ, too!
Kelly: Gross.
Mike: She’s got Stockholm’s Syndrome. Love it!
Kelly: Like a good bitch. Why does the focus seem to solely be on this bitch. I really just don’t care.
Mike: Because she’s adorable!!!
Kelly: If you say so, hoss.
Mike: Piper just basically called Bryan a coward.
Kelly: Nice little bitch slap to Roddy, and it’s over.
Mike: That was actually fun.

Great Khali, Natalya, and Alicia Fox vs Drew McIntyre and the Bella Twins
Kelly: Oh hey look. Natalya.
Mike: A six-man mixed gender tag team match? Interesting. Hey, it’s the Bellas….who are gone at the end of the month.
Kelly: Jeez. Was about to write what was going on, and boom, Alicia Fox pins a Bella.
Mike: Oh god. Mae Young.
Kelly: Oh holy shit.
Mike: No…no…no…no….
Kelly: She moves with more agility than Khali, though.
Mike: After kissing Mae Young, Khali now has the taste of formaldehyde in his mouth.
Kelly: Delicious!

Damien Sandow is back with another sermon; this time, he talks about how social media is ruining society. We get a health update on the Ortons and a Raw Rebound featuring Brock Lesnar.
Kelly: Damien Sandow, rambling once more.
Mike: I actually agree with everything he’s saying.
Kelly: In case we have forgotten about Randy’s debacle earlier, and the recap that followed, we get to watch it once more!
Mike: Silly goose, that’s because we’re getting an update!
Kelly: So just say it. GOD.
Mike: Apparently Bob Orton did NOT suffer an arm injury, but an abdominal one. No arm cast.
Kelly: Raw Rebound. Lesnar. Cena. Yeah.
Mike: Lesnar is a freakin’ beast.
Kelly: I do agree with you there.
Mike: What I don’t agree with is how they’re using Cena to feud with Johnny Ace instead of CM Punk.
Kelly: I know, what the dick happened there?
Mike: Maybe they’ll use Brock to get Cena off TV for a while.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs Hunico
Kelly: Hacksaw!
Mike: Hacksaw vs Hunico. Joy.
Kelly: Very odd. But I can get on board. Oh boy. Sgt. Slaughter marches out.
Mike: DQ win for Hunico thanks to the ol’ 2×4.
Kelly: And the youngsters are embarrassed by the legends.
Mike: Well, that was….something.

Cody Rhodes and Dusty Rhodes have a quick chat in the ring that goes nowhere once Big Show comes out to embarrass Cody again.

Kelly: Cody Rhodes in the ring, up for a chat.
Mike: Here comes a common man!!!
Kelly: Wish we could see Goldie, too.
Mike: Remember when Dusty came out to applaud Cody’s heel tactics? Wanna bet he’s here to admonish him now? Fucking hypocrite.
Kelly: Well, weren’t Cody and Goldie bickering with each other for about five minutes this year? The latter was namedropping Poppa Bear left and right. What happened to that?
Mike: Here comes Big Show, channeling Dusty’s lisp.
Kelly: He’s going to show “The Real Cody Rhodes” tonight…seatbelts, please. Ha! Old “Dashing” videos!
Mike: That WAS embarrassing.
Kelly: Cody retreats, and Dusty…busts a move.
Mike: He looks like a Shar Pei on its death bed.
Kelly: Yeah, he’s not looking so good these days…

Sheamus and “Mean” Gene Okerlund vs Alberto del Rio and Daniel Bryan
Kelly: Daniel Bryan is in the ring, and is joined by tag team partner Alberto del Rio.
Mike: If Sheamus touches another ref (inappropriately) he’s fired. OH NOES!
Kelly: Fingers crossed, no shenanigans.
Mike: How cool is it to have Howard Finkel announce your entrance?
Kelly: If you look closely enough, you can actually see Sheamus marking out.
Mike: It was great to have Punk use Finkel at Survivor Series to counter Ricardo.
Kelly: Oh! I liked that! Bell rings, and del Rio and Bryan gang up on Sheamus right off the bat.
Mike: Sheamus gets some sense of control but winds up outside after a missed Brogue Kick.
Kelly: Del Rio takes advantage while Sheamus is outside the ring, landing a solid kick.
Mike: Gene’s in the ring and Ricardo is picking a fight with him! Here comes Hot Rod and the entire 1980s locker room!
Kelly: So many old timers! Ready to get down to business! Bryan argues with Roddy and Sheamus lands the Brogue Kick to win it.
Mike: Ricardo is stuck in the ring taking all their finishers! Hahaha!
Kelly: It was completely predictable, and a definite nostalgia-trip for fans, but shit…I enjoyed that!
Mike: Just that moment, right? Because the majority of this night blew worse than you do.
Kelly: First of all, yes, just that moment (though, Cole just started talking, so I may have spoken too soon). Second, bitch, I rock your world.
Mike: You wish. Here’s Michael Cole, who gets in the ring and gets decked by Pat Patterson. God knows where THAT fist has been.

Final Thoughts
Kelly: So, as terrible as you thought it would be?
Mike: Yeah, pretty damn bad. Only two things of note: Kane is still fighting Randy Orton, and Bryan gets his rematch at Extreme Rules. Final thoughts?
Kelly: I’m not used to doing this during the week, so my brain shut down about an hour and 27 minutes ago. Ask me tomorrow.
Mike: My brain shut down once Mick Foley appeared. For some reason, he consistently brings down the quality of a show these days. Remember the Christmas episode?
Kelly: Not really. But, I had a mimosa glued to my hand that day and again, I’m brain dead right now. Though, I believe you when you say it was terrible, dear.
Mike: On the bright side, the latest edition of The Stomping Ground should be up by the time you folks read this dreck, so…ya. As always, so long….
Kelly: And thanks for all the fish.
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ThaOShow #226: Interview w/Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase [Podcast] http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/07/08/thaoshow-226-interview-wmillion-dollar-man-ted-dibiase-podcast/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/07/08/thaoshow-226-interview-wmillion-dollar-man-ted-dibiase-podcast/#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2011 08:22:06 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=125208 The vacations are done and the crew is back together in full force for the first time in many weeks!! Big Daddy Donnie and your bro Dan-e-o are joined by the entire fam-O-ly.

The model of consistency is in the house – Crystal Beth … and yes, “Fatty” Frank Fronte has returned from Orlando! Voodoo Drew is back from Ottawa and DJ Royal Touch is …. well, he’s here!

On this week’s unique show you’ll hear…

“Tha Os And NOs”!

Tha return of Tha Pit Stop with our boy Notorious T.I.D. ….. Tid and the boys talk about last weekend’s UFC show and specifically the performance of Tito Ortiz! How’d he finally get that win? Tid has a theory!!

“Tha Round Table” features a household name! WWE Hall of Famer, The Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase!

This week’s episode IS a banger!! Check it out now!!
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http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/07/08/thaoshow-226-interview-wmillion-dollar-man-ted-dibiase-podcast/feed/ 0 Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase,thaoshow The vacations are done and the crew is back together in full force for the first time in many weeks!! Big Daddy Donnie and your bro Dan-e-o are joined by the entire fam-O-ly. - The model of consistency is in the house - Crystal Beth ... and yes, The vacations are done and the crew is back together in full force for the first time in many weeks!! Big Daddy Donnie and your bro Dan-e-o are joined by the entire fam-O-ly. The model of consistency is in the house - Crystal Beth ... and yes, "Fatty" Frank Fronte has returned from Orlando! Voodoo Drew is back from Ottawa and DJ Royal Touch is .... well, he's here! On this week's unique show you'll hear... "Tha Os And NOs"! Tha return of Tha Pit Stop with our boy Notorious T.I.D. ..... Tid and the boys talk about last weekend's UFC show and specifically the performance of Tito Ortiz! How'd he finally get that win? Tid has a theory!! "Tha Round Table" features a household name! WWE Hall of Famer, The Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase! This week's episode IS a banger!! Check it out now!! Inside Pulse Wrestling no 2:14:53
The Stomping Ground: They Should’ve Been Champ! http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/03/11/the-stomping-ground-they-shouldve-been-champ/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/03/11/the-stomping-ground-they-shouldve-been-champ/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2011 15:00:30 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=119830 Ahoy hoy! Time for another edition of The Stomping Ground. As always I’m your host, Mike Gojira, and we are one week closer to Wrestlemania XXVII. Before I delve into this week’s topic, let me take a moment to address the comments of my readers.

Thanks to everyone who made my Heel Stable Retrospective (a high-caliber action/adventure thrill ride in two parts) a success. If you haven’t read the articles in question, they’re available here and here. With that said, I must apologize for not including WCW’s Deadly Alliance but I did say that I would not be able to cover EVERY friggin’ heel stable in existence. That column took a part of my soul.

Seriously.

Anywho, I was talking to a good buddy of mine about this year’s Hall of Fame class and we wound up chatting about what qualities determine a Hall of Fame-worthy career. I promised him a controversial column about said topic, but not quite yet. No, our chat made me think of various Hall of Famers who, despite having legendary and prolific careers, just never got the job done. Three figures stood out to me and, regardless of their various accolades, they just couldn’t seem to become WWE Champion. Whether it was through backstage politics or a case of the right place, wrong time, this trio of individuals most assuredly deserved a shot at holding “the most coveted prize in sports entertainment.”

“Mr. Perfect,” Curt Hennig
The irony of Hennig’s moniker is not lost on wrestling fans who followed him throughout his career. A second generation wrestler and son of Larry “The Axe” Hennig, Mr. Perfect made a name for himself in the AWA, winning the world title from Nick Bockwinkel in May of 1987 and successfully holding it for over a year until Jerry “The King” Lawler dethroned him in 1988. Hennig was a highly successful mat technician who took his talents to the WWE in the fall of 1988 as Mr. Perfect, filming a series of vignettes where he would do the seemingly impossible for various sports.

The Perfect Pass

That one’s my favorite. He became one of the greatest Intercontinental Champions of all time and probably would have gone on to become WWE Champion had it not been for his recurring back injury. In fact, shortly before his classic with Bret Hart at Summerslam 1991 Hennig technically retired from in-ring competition but returned to drop the belt. After color commentary, guest referee spots, and managing, Hennig left the company and headed to Atlanta, where he was involved in various feuds which questioned his loyalty: he “joined” the Four Horsemen only to turn and join the nWo and then “joined” the WolfPac only to turn and rejoin nWo Hollywood. Hennig would wrestle for WCW until 2000, capturing the United States and Tag Team Championships along the way. He returned to the WWE at the 2002 Royal Rumble and even made a brief stopover in TNA feuding with Jeff Jarrett before his untimely death on February 10, 2003. Had it not been for Perfect’s nagging injuries, he most certainly would be a former WWE Champion.

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase
The adopted son of “Iron” Mike DiBiase, the future Million Dollar Man got his start in 1975 at Mid-South Wrestling and over the course of 20 years won thirty championships. His career saw him wrestle in All Japan, NWA, WWE, and manage the nWo and the Steiners in WCW. DiBiase was also the first-ever WWE North American Champion and battled Pat Patterson in a title unification bout that created the Intercontinental Championship in 1979. He unsuccessfully tried to purchase the WWE Championship from Andre the Giant in 1988, which caused the title to be vacated and a tournament was held at Wrestlemania IV. There DiBiase faced off with Randy Savage in the finals but came up short. He did win the 1988 King of the Ring and was Tag Team Champions with IRS three times, but DiBiase would never hold the title he coveted above all else, which led to the creation of the Million Dollar Belt. Personally, I believe DiBiase would have made a great heel champion to feud with Hulk Hogan and Savage but sadly the Million Dollar Dream was never realized (see what I did there?).

DiBiase Promo

Rowdy Roddy Piper
What hasn’t been said about this man? Piper is one of the most influential talkers in professional wrestling history, putting The Rock and John Cena to shame. He began his career in the 1970s as a jobber for AWA, but his career would change the moment he was discovered to be an excellent heel. He feuded with the Guerreros (notably Chavo Classic), Ric Flair, and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine in a grueling Dog Collar match at the very first Starrcade in 1983. Piper soon joined the WWE and was heavily involved in the main event of Wrestlemania, teaming with “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. Piper was instrumental in Piper’s Pit, the first major talk show segment which spawned the Highlight Reel, Carlito’s Cabana, the Dirt Sheet, etc. Piper is a former Intercontinental Champion and has held over thirty titles in his illustrious career. He has been a commissioner, a boxer, a color commentator, and a movie star (“They Live” is awesome; go check it out!). It’s a shame he never held the WWE Championship.

Old School Raw Piper\'s Pit

Random Thoughts
A lot of people have made a big stink over Sheamus’s treatment the past few weeks. Some say he pissed off Kevin Dunn and others think he’s being jobbed out just to see how he handles it. I think the original plan has always been to send him to Smackdown to freshen up both the show and his matches. We’ll know the answer next week if Daniel Bryan pulls out the big win in his title defense.

The Miz had an awesome promo (no pun intended) as he totally demolished Cena after his lame comeback against The Rock. I can’t believe Cena actually referenced giving Rock a “pearl necklace” on live TV PG television.

Don’t know what that is? Good, you’re still pure.

I also think that somehow Christian is going to turn the World Heavyweight Championship match into a Triple Threat, which in my opinion is much better than the Edge/Del Rio match up. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not doubting their ability to put on a good match. It’s just that adding Christian makes it more intriguing and decreases the likelihood that Del Rio is guaranteed a victory.

Cheap Plugs
Jonah Kue is back with a column I once considered writing BUT HE BLATANTLY STOLE! Just kidding. Did the all caps link intrigue you?

Chris Biscuiti has another excellent edition of CB’s World with The Wrestling Hours, Part 6. Not to be confused with “Leonard Part 6,” a truly horrific Bill Cosby comedy. Sorry, I was exaggerating there.

It’s not really a comedy.

Rhett Davis has another excellent read in his O’Really Report which plugs my column. What do they call it when you plug yourself being plugged? Oh, right. I’m an asshole.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.
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WWE Vintage Collection Recap – 4/11/10 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/04/15/wwe-vintage-collection-recap-41110/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/04/15/wwe-vintage-collection-recap-41110/#comments Thu, 15 Apr 2010 14:48:19 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=101734 We’re back for another week of Vintage Collection, and I’m going to skip the pleasantries and get straight into the action because it was top notch this week.

Our first match here is a women’s match from October 18th, 1994. And it’s between Alundra Blayze and Bull Nakano. We come in and Nakano is holding Blayze in the corner before slamming her down onto the mat. Nakano chokes her on the ropes and she rolls to the outside where she is slammed face first into the ring steps and clotheslined down to the ground. Nakano stands up onto the apron, and while the ref is distracted by Luna Vachon on the outside, Blayze is choked again. Nakano gets into the ring, Blayze follows slowly and she’s taken up in a bodyslam. Nakano goes for the pin and Blayze bridges out, she runs and grabs Nakanos head to slam her down. She goes to run the ropes again, Luna Vachon hits her on the back and Blayze stops to turn and kick Luna down off the apron. Nakano hits her from behind while she’s distracted, and hits a DDT. But only for a two count because Blayze is able to get her foot on the bottom rope. Blayze runs the ropes and is able to counter into a crucifix for a two count. Blayze runs again, goes for a sunset flip, but Nakano doesn’t roll through and sits on her chest for a two count. Nakano picks up Blayze for a powerbomb and another two count, and both women climb to the top rope. Nakano pushes Blayze off and goes for a leg drop from the top rope but Blayze moves out of the way. Blayze starts firing off dropkicks, and hits three of them but only for a two count. Both women get up, Blayze goes to send Nakano into the ropes, she reverses, and as Blayze runs she ducks under Nakano to get a german suplex for the three count and the win.

We’re going back to August 15th 1994 now to a 20 man battle royal. The first thing we see is almost everyone ganging up together to immediately eliminate Yokozuna out over the tope rope. Yokozuna refuses to leave ringside, and we also see that he eliminated Fatu as he held onto him as he was being eliminated. All we’re seeing now is everyone brawling and Typhoon is eliminated. Inside the ring it’s hard to see who is battling who, and there is a group of wrestlers trying to eliminate Mabel. Nikolai Volkoff is next eliminated as we see him walk out of the arena. And we follow that up with Tom Prichard going out over the top rope. In ring, Bam Bam Bigelow goes for a clothesline and misses which sends him flying out over the tope rope. As we take a look at the action, we see Jeff Jarrett taking some punishment before we cut to where Bart Gunn is eliminated by Bob Backlund. Cutting back into the action again, it looks like the 123 Kid is about to go over, but he doesn’t, and as he gets saved by Samu we go to an ad break.

As we start back into the action again, we see Diesel send Mabel out over the top rope on his own, and we also see Fatu walking away from the ring. Somehow he survived his first elimination and was still in there, but this one is for good. Once Diesel has eliminated Mabel the crowd start cheering “Diesel, Diesel”, which seems to turn the heat onto him and most of the remaining wrestlers stop what they’re doing to work together to eliminate Diesel. The next one out comes through because of Jarrett, and he sends Bob Holly flying out before he gangs up with IRS to eliminate Duke “The Dumpster” Droese. IRS is working on eliminating the “Gigolo” Jimmy Del Ray, but the Gigolo is able to land on the apron. And as IRS is leaning over, Jarrett comes up from behind to push IRS out over the top rope. The Gigolo stands up on the apron but a single punch from Samu sends him flying off onto the ground. Back inside the ring, it takes three men but they’re able to eliminate Samu. The action now shows us Billy Gunn and Jarrett fighting alongside the 123 Kid and Backlund. Jarrett is able to eliminate Billy Gunn, and he sends the 123 Kid flying over, but he catches himself on the apron. As Jarrett goes to showboat, the Kid comes up from behind and sends Jarrett out of the ring and out of the match. We’re down to just Bob Backlund and the 123 Kid. Backlund is able to lock in a crossface chicken wing submission, and this weakens the Kid so much that Backlund is able to throw him out and win the the battle royal.

Our next match comes from October 19, 1994, and is between Tatanka and Lex Luger. As we come in, Tatanka is on the outside and Luger appears to want to go out after him. The ref holds him back, and Tatanka comes back into the ring and starts firing away on Luger with punches and kicks. Luger is thrown into the turnbuckle, but is able to reverse things and he sends Tatanka into a turnbuckle before hitting him with punches. Luger climbs up onto the middle rope to do some more punches, but Tatanka walks forward, goes for an inverted atomic drop, but it’s blocked. Luger hits him with a clothesline to knock him down. He’s thrown into the the corner, and hit with an elbow as he comes back out of the corner. Luger goes to punch Tatanka more while he’s down on the ground, the ref holds Luger back, and as that’s happening, Tatanka is able to grab Luger’s tights to slingshot him out of the ring. Tatanka follows him out, works on him on the outside, and slams him into the steel steps. Both men roll back in to stop the ref’s count. Tatanka kicks Luger a few times, and then chokes him right near the ropes. Four separate 5 counts before Tatanka walks away, but he comes straight back and chokes him out on the ropes again. Tatanka hits a bodyslam and an elbow drop to a two count. Another elbow drop gets another two count. Tatanka goes for a third elbow drop, and it still only gets a two count as we go to an ad break.

Straight back into the action, Tatanka is delivering chops to Luger’s back and his chest. Finally as Tatanka is running at Luger in the corner, he lifts his legs and is able to start a comeback with a series of kicks. He gets a running knee in, and is able to hit a running bulldog. It takes a clothesline and an attempt at a second one to send Tatanka to the outside of the ring. Both men end up out there and they battle back and forth until Tatanka is slammed face first into the steel steps. They continue to brawl on the outside as the bell rings to announce the double countout. Referees break up the two men and we cut to Luger cutting a promo on Tatanka and asks him to get back into the ring. Tatanka comes back in, Luger hits a powerslam before he goes for the Rebel Rack, the referees try to separate them again, and Tatanka rolls to the outside where he goes to the back with the Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase.

Now we’re onto our main event match, which is Bret Hart & British Bulldog vs. Owen Hart & Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart from October 19, 1994. As we begin this one, Owen and Bret circle before locking up, and Owen comes out stronger on the first lockup. The second lockup goes into a hammerlock, which Bret reverses, Owen goes down with a drop toe hold into a side headlock. Bret reverses straight into a hammerlock on the ground and slaps the side of Owen’s head. Bret gets Owen into an arm ringer into an arm bar. Owen pushes Bret into the ropes, they run and Bret gets a crucifix into a two count before going straight back into the arm bar, and back into a hammerlock. Owen is able to break it, and starts running the ropes with a shoulder block to knock Bret down. Bret leapfrogs him, and then is able to get a reverse monkey flip into a clothesline to send Owen flying to the outside of the ring. Neidhart is on the outside checking Owen out, and eventually Owen slides back in. Bret indicates that he wants the Neidhart to come into this match by mocking the Anvil’s size. Neidhart is tagged in, and the two men lock up. Neidhart throws Bret into the ropes, and after the second the second lockup, some quick moves lead into Neidhart catching Bret in a bear hug submission. Bret manages to break the hold and then tags in Bulldog. Bulldog tries to hit a shoulder block on Neidhart and it takes three tries for him to be able to knock Neidhart down. But he stays on top and is able to tag in Owen. Things go back and forth a bit until Bulldog hits a massive clothesline. And goes straight into a back body drop. Bulldog goes for the ropes and as he stops in the middle he gets a vertical suplex to a two count. Bulldog goes into a reverse chinlock as we go to an ad break.

We’re coming back into this match with Owen somehow on top, and as Bret distracts the ref by being inside the ring, Owen and Neidhart team up to put Bulldog into a double submission move. Owen grabs him and hits an inverted atomic drop before tagging in Neidhart. Neidhart picks Bulldog up by his hair, and as he tries to reverse to get a tag, Neidhart is able to lock in a front facelock. Owen distracts Bret from where he is in the corner, and the two men run around the outside of the ring. Neidhart and Owen gang up on Bulldog but it only gets a two count with Bret breaking it up. Owen pushes Bulldog into the corner, chops him and then tags in Neidhart who also delivers a chop and some punches. Neidhart distracts the ref and Owen chokes Bulldog. Neidhart tags in Owen who hits a spinning neckbreaker into a two count. He locks in a reverse chinlock, and Bulldog is able to break it and comes back with a flying clothesline. Both men are knocked down and as Bulldog starts crawling to his corner, Neidhart comes out and distracts the ref so that he can’t see Bulldog make the tag. Bret tries to come in, but the ref sends him back out again. Neidhart grabs Bulldog, but as Owen goes to hit the flying dropkick, Bulldog ducks and Owen takes out Neidhart. Bulldog is able to get the tag here and Bret comes in and starts cleaning up, with punches and kicks to both Owen and Neidhart. Eventually Neidhart rolls out of the ring and Bret hits a russian legsweep to a two count. A backbreaker and Bret climbs up high with a flying elbow. Another two count. Snap suplex into the sharpshooter, but Neidhart breaks it up. Bret is able to make the tag and Bulldog comes in, goes to press slam Owen but Neidhart breaks it up. Things get going, Bulldog rolls Owen up in a small package, the ref is distracted, and Neidhart rolls it over so that Owen is on top, but Bret rolls it over again so that Bulldog is back on top for the three count and the win.

That’s all she wrote for this week, and we’ll be back next week with more Vintage action.
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WWE Vintage Collection Recap – 4/4/2010 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/04/06/wwe-vintage-collection-recap-442010/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/04/06/wwe-vintage-collection-recap-442010/#comments Tue, 06 Apr 2010 16:22:22 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=101285 Alright. We’re back with another week of Vintage Collection. Have to apologize for these being rather un-regular at the moment. Life is getting in the way of wrestling. But I’m going to try and work things out so I can at least set aside enough time each week to do this recap.

Okay, coming straight in we’re looking at when Rick Martel broke up his tag team with Tito Santana. Which leads us straight into the first match between Rick Martel and Tito Santana in 1989. Martel starts off by slamming Santana’s leg into the ring post, and he continues to work on the leg, smashing it in different ways. Each time Santana tries to get up, he is stopped by Martel who starts to tear off the bandage on his leg. Santana gets to standing and is just beaten down until he is able to get his own back with a series of punches, and a clothesline knocks Martel down. They back into the corner and Santana keeps up with the punches. But Martel is able to get the pin here by using the ring ropes to hold Santana down. The winner, the Model, Rick Martel.

We’re having a brief look at a match between Shawn Michaels and Diesel at WMXI, Michaels gets him down but there is no ref. We cut to where Diesel gets the win in the end. And we go back to Raw after WM where Michaels talks about wanting his rematch and also about how he doesn’t need a bodyguard in Sycho Sid during the rematch. Sid takes Michaels down with a powerbomb, which leads into our next match.

Our next match comes from Sept 11, 1995 and is between Michaels and Sycho Sid for the Intercontinental title. The two men lock up and Michaels get the quick upper hand here where he goes for a sunset flip in which Michaels isn’t able to get Sid over. He takes him down with a dropkick and a flying clothesline. Michaels punches Sid and it knocks him to the outside. Sid talks with Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase outside the ring and eventually makes his way back in. They lock up again and Michaels goes into a headlock before going for a shoulder block which doesn’t knock Sid down. Sid manages to use the momentum of Michaels running to send him over the ropes, but Michaels skins the cat and flies back in hitting a kick which knocks Sid to the outside. They lock up again and Sid gets the headlock this time. Michaels is able to break it and runs Sid to the ropes, goes to jump on him but Sid reverses it and powerbombs Michaels down again. Sid pushes to the corner and knocks Michaels down. He’s whipped to the opposite corner, lands over the top ropes, gets to standing on the apron where Sid kicks him to knock him off the apron. Sid goes to the outside, press slams him down and gets back inside the ring. We cut to the outside where Ted DiBiase is kicking Michaels and we go to an ad break.

Coming back in, Sid has Michaels in a bear hug as Michaels breaks it. He ends up running into a kick, they go down with a hip toss, Michaels gets back with headscissors but Sid knocks him down with a chokeslam. Sid takes his time and showboats to the crowd before he sets Michaels up for a powerbomb, but Michaels reverses it and sends Sid over with a back body drop. Michaels comes back here blocking punches and giving punches. A flying clothesline knocks Sid down and Michaels goes up high to hit a cross body to a two count. Sid tries to get back in this but is hit by two separate sweet chin music’s which lead to the three count and the win for Shawn Michaels.

We’re having a look here at a match between Steve Austin and Bret Hart at WM13 with Ken Shamrock as the ref. Shamrock raises Hart’s hand, and we cut to Shamrock taking Hart down with a waistlock takedown. Our next match is from Oct 27, 1997 and is between Bret Hart and Ken Shamrock. From the lockup, the two men reverse a hammerlock until Shamrock gets Hart down with a snapmare to a two count. Shamrock gets Hart down into a headlock, Hart is eventually able to get back to standing, and the two men roll as Shamrock goes for an ankle lock. He starts to work on Hart’s ankle. It’s broken up and the two men get to standing to lockup again. Hart gets the quick advantage with a series of punches, but Shamrock turns it around and sends Hart into the corner with a series of punches of his own. Hart gets the quick advantage by kicking Shamrock’s knee, and then drags him to the corner, smashes his knee into the post, and then locks in a figure four around the ring post which he breaks at a 5 count. We go to an ad break.

Coming back in, Hart has the advantage as he’s still working on Shamrock’s knee. As Shamrock gets to standing, Hart hits a DDT to a two count, and then goes back to the knee. The action cuts here and we see that Hart is still working the knee, pulling him to the corner again, but as he goes to pull on Shamrocks legs, he pulls them in and Hart goes headfirst into the ring post. Shamrock rolls out and starts in on Hart, smashing him into the railing, and then into the steel steps. Shamrock continues to unload on Hart as the ref breaks them up. Hart rolls back into the ring with a steel chair. Shamrock rolls back in and stands on the chair before hitting Hart with a punch to knock him down. He sends Hart running into the ropes, and hits a hurricanrana from standing. Hart gets to standing again and he tries to hit a side Russian legsweep, but it’s reversed and Shamrock hits a suplex to a two count. Hart crawls to the corner, and a reversal sends Shamrock to the other corner before he knocks him down with a clothesline. Hart goes for a sharpshooter, but it’s reversed into an ankle lock, but in the reversal the ref has been knocked down. Hart taps, but there is no ref. Shamrock breaks the hold, goes to check on the ref, and Hart hits him from behind with the chair. Hart is able to get Shamrock into the sharpshooter, but Shawn Michaels runs out to interfere and hits Hart with sweet chin music before he starts to unload on Hart. Shamrock comes back to life here and hits Michaels with a suplex before unloading on him. The ring fills with people checking on Bret Hart and on Shawn Michaels. Which brings us to the end of the match, the belt stays with Bret Hart.

We go to footage from WMIV where Macho Man Randy Savage wins the title belt from the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, which leads into our main event match between Randy Savage and Ted DiBiase at Wrestlefest 1988. We go straight into the action and DiBiase rolls Savage back into the ring and hits him with a series of punches before smashing his head into the turnbuckle. He sends Savage running and then hits him with an elbow. The action goes back into the corner, and Savage is sent to run the ropes again, he ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. DiBiase is thrown into the turnbuckle and knocked down before he’s thrown outside the ring. We see Virgil checking on DiBiase. DiBiase stands up on the apron and is knocked back down with a punch. He rolls back in, and Savage hits him with an atomic drop which throws DiBiase to the outside again. Savage stays in the ring, and Virgil helps DiBiase back to standing. DiBiase takes his time getting back into the ring, and gets on top straight away. He goes for a sunset flip but Savage is able to stop it, and he then knocks him down with a clothesline. DiBiase grabs Savage’s tights and throws him to the outside of the ring. DiBiase follows him out and smashes his head into a table. DiBiase gets back into the ring and showboats up on the second rope. Savage rolls back in, and DiBiase stays on top. After a clothesline Savage starts to get back on top but it doesn’t last long. A boot to the face knocks Savage down, and DiBiase works on him with more punches. DiBiase goes up to the second rope and hits him with an elbow. A two count, and DiBiase goes for a backbreaker as we go to an ad break.

Back into the action, DiBiase tries to go for a figure four but Savage is able to kick his leg to send DiBiase flying into the corner. DiBiase tries the hold again, but the kick this time sends DiBiase to the outside. He goes up high, but as he comes down Savage catches him with a punch. The two men exchange blows, and DiBiase’s head is smashed into the turnbuckle 10 times. Savage gets a two count and both men get to standing. Savage is able to snap DiBiase’s neck over the tope rope, and Savage goes up high but is distracted by Virgil who gets involved by grabbing Savage. DiBiase goes to hit a knee, but Savage moves and he hits Virgil. Savage rolls him backwards for a two count, and he runs DiBiase into the ropes but he is able to hit a punch and uses the power to try and get into the million dollar dream. DiBiase ends up choking Savage out on the bottom rope, and as he breaks the hold he turns and the ref turns, Virgil uses the chance to hit Savage with a chair. But it still only leads to a two count. DiBiase keeps hitting him and as DiBiase goes to hit a move, Savage reverses and rolls him up into a small package for the three count and the win. Winner here, Macho Man Randy Savage. But DiBiase and Virgil unload on Savage and Virgil puts the belt around DiBiase’s waist. Savage comes back in and is handed the belt by the ref.

That’s all she wrote for this week, and we should be back next week with another recap.
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WM PPV Countdown: #8 – WrestleMania VI http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/03/27/wm-ppv-countdown-8-wrestlemania-vi/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/03/27/wm-ppv-countdown-8-wrestlemania-vi/#comments Sat, 27 Mar 2010 12:00:20 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=100505 Smack in the middle of a series of WrestleMania events that featured a staggering fourteen matches on the card, WrestleMania VI stood out as a supercard that is memorable not just for the main event but for a variety of the bouts that made up the mid-card and helped sell the event.

The mixed tag team match featuring Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire battling “Macho King” Randy Savage & Sensational Queen Sherri was one of the first matches of its kind on a major stage. It featured to certifiable legends in Rhodes and Savage in an unique environment and helped continue a feud that would last most of 1990 and continued the soap opera drama between Savage and his former valet Miss Elizabeth, who helped Rhodes and Sapphire win the bout.

Other than Rhodes and Savage, the other two main event stars in the WWF in the time not named Hogan or Warrior battled each other as Jake “The Snake” Roberts challenged “The Million $ Man” Ted DiBiase for DiBiase’s self-created and self-appointed Million $ Championship. The two industry veterans had been feuding with each other for months by this point with Roberts even stealing the Championship at one point and holding it hostage in the bag of his pet snake Damian. DiBiase won the match by count out, thus keeping the Title and regaining the physical possession of the Championship, but Roberts got a moral victory by revenge post-match.

The other major undercard bout featured Demolition (Ax and Smash) challenge the reigning WWF Tag Champions The Colossal Connection (Andre the Giant & Haku) to rematch for the Titles. Demolition had lost the Championships to Haku and Andre in December 1989 and this was their chance to regain the gold. Andre, one of the few undisputed legends in the business, was in the twilight of his career. This match was one of the last of his storied career and the Tag Title reign was not only a thank you for his service to the company for all those years, but also a way to keep Andre relevant on television without having actually work all that much. Haku was there to do all the work while the Giant brought the credibility. Speaking of credibility Demolition gain loads of it by not only going to toe-to-toe with the legendary Giant by defeating him and winning the WWF World Tag Team Titles for a third time, which was a record at the time. It was Andre’s last match in the WWF and cemented Demolition as WWF tag team legends.

Plus the company used WrestleMania VI to promote new stars going into a new year. Men like Ravishing Rick Rude, The Barbarian, The Earthquake, and The Orient Express got big victories in preparation for their respective futures within the company. Regardless of how things actually turned for them in the long run, these victories on such a major stage set them up initially for success. Plus companies regulars like The Big Boss Man, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake and The Hart Foundation also all picked up convincing victories that set them up for renewed promotion within the company as well.

However it was the true WrestleMania level main event that packed the crowds. The main event was WWF World Champion versus WWF Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior, the biggest match that the WWF could conceivably put together at that time in history. In the WWF’s warped sports logic, being their Intercontinental Champion meant you were the number two guy in the company, and the automatic number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. This match would pit Title against Title, as the winner would win both belts. Add to the mix that Hogan and Warrior were also the company’s two most popular wrestlers at the time and you had a recipe for success. It was like two superheroes colliding center ring.

Neither man was known for their high-quality matches but in order to make sure the match delivered it was laid out in detail by wrestling guru Pat Patterson. It was essential that the two put on an entertaining match as they were expected to carry the pay per view. The match ended up being one of the better efforts for either man as they battled for over twenty minutes, trading the advantage back and forth. The crowd cheered wildly for both men but you clearly hear the split, as half the crowd put their support behind Hogan and the other half for Warrior.

But in the end it was The Ultimate Warrior who stood tall at the end as he kicked out of Hogan’s patented leg drop and got the victory after a big splash. The two men embraced after a hard-fought battle. Hogan then did the sportsmanlike thing and handed his World Title to the new Champion and left the ring to let Warrior have his moment. Warrior was the first man in history to hold both the Intercontinental and World Championships simultaneously. It made him look like a true superstar. He would relinquish the Intercontinental Title in order to concentrate on defending the World Title.

It was a great moment as the company was able to successfully create a new star with Ultimate Warrior. He was a new hero for fans to get behind, an alternative for those fans (like me) who were not fans of Hogan or were tired of seeing him as the main guy.

An interesting little tidbit about that night was that somewhere in that massive SkyDome, a 12 year-old kid named Adam Copeland was sitting there watching his hero Hulk Hogan go down in defeat. Copeland, a lifelong wrestling fan, would go on to grow up and become a pro wrestler himself, better known today as Edge. He would return to the SkyDome twelve years later in order to compete at WrestleMania X8. And as luck would have it, his hero Hulk Hogan once again was wrestling in the main event. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Match Results:
- Paul Roma beat The Brooklyn Brawler in a dark match before the pay per view went live on the air.
- Rick “The Model” Martel made Koko B. Ware submit.
- Demolition (Ax & Smash) beat The Colossal Connection (Haku & Andre the Giant) (c) to win the WWF World Tag Team Championships.
- Earthquake pinned Hercules.
- Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake pinned “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig.
- Rowdy Roddy Piper and Bad News Brown went to a double count out.
- The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart) beat The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff & Boris Zhukov).
- The Barbarian pinned Tito Santana.
- Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire beat “The Macho King” Randy Savage & Sensational Queen Sherri in a mixed tag match.
- The Orient Express (Sato & Tanaka) beat The Rockers (Marty Jannetty & Shawn Michaels) by count out.
- Hacksaw Jim Duggan beat Dino Bravo.
- “Million $ Man” Ted DiBiase (c) beat Jake “The Snake” Roberts by count out in a match for the Million $ Championship.
- The Big Boss Man beat Akeem.
- Ravishing Rick Rude pinned Superfly Jimmy Snuka.
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior pinned WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan to win the WWF Championship.

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WM PPV Countdown: #19 – WrestleMania IV http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/03/16/wm-ppv-countdown-19-wrestlemania-iv/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/03/16/wm-ppv-countdown-19-wrestlemania-iv/#comments Tue, 16 Mar 2010 15:00:57 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=99759 WrestleMania IV is one of my personal favorites in the supercard’s history, but it’s long running time, filler mid-card matches, no real memorable in-ring bouts and the lack of a promoted main event hurts this show in the overall legacy of WrestleMania.

WrestleMania IV was built on the backs of a 14-man single elimination tournament to determine a new WWF World Heavyweight Champion. “Million $ Man” Ted DiBiase made a vow to buy the WWF Championship but when then-Champion Hulk Hogan refused, DiBiase bought the services of Andre the Giant to take the belt for him. Andre, still sore from losing to Hogan at WrestleMania III, gladly took the offer, and on the February 8, 1988, Main Event program live on NBC Andre the Giant defeated Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship thanks to a crooked referee, only to surrender the Title to DiBiase. The show drew the highest rated pro wrestling broadcast in history.

It was determined that DiBiase could not accept the WWF Championship via forfeiture and thus no one was officially the WWF Champion. WWF President Jack Tunney created a 14-man single elimination tournament to be held at WrestleMania with the winner emerging as the new undisputed Champion. Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan, the most recent WWF Champions, received first round byes and met in the quarterfinals, thus guaranteeing a rematch from WrestleMania III and keeping both men out of the finals.


Going into the show the company could only promote the six first round matches so the show was stacked with matches built upon the other company’s championships, personal rivalries and a good ol’ fashioned battle royal to “get the boys on the card.” Demolition started their path to WWF tag team immortality by winning their first of three WWF Tag Team Championships and becoming a catalyst for the future’s “cool heel” type of bad guy. Honky Tonk Man continued on his record-breaking Intercontinental Title reign by losing the battle against Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake but winning the war by retaining the Title.

The story of the show however was the unknown journey the WWF World Championship tournament would take. While critics panned the tournament for lack of hype surrounding the tournament, the short matches and half the field that had no shot at winning I personally think the idea of the unknown in the tournament builds excitement and suspense. NCAA March Madness and its bracketology is a huge rage across the country and this was the WWF’s version of March Madness. The story of “Macho Man” Randy Savage having to endure four matches against four very different villains made for a great show-long storyline. While not one singular main event could be used as hype to sell the event, much like today’s Royal Rumble, WrestleMania IV was sold on the entire concept of the unpredictability of the tournament.

Realistically the in-ring matches in the tournament didn’t live up to their hype. Most of the first round matches were short, except for the dull Rick Rude-Jake Roberts match that went to a pain-staking time limit draw. The other big disappointment was Greg Valentine beating Ricky Steamboat in the first round, robbing fans of a Steamboat-Savage second round bout and rematch from their truly epic WrestleMania III clash.

Despite the feel-good story of The Macho Man becoming the new WWF World Champion, most remember the show for the long running time, the insane amount of matches (sixteen!) and no truly memorable in-ring action. Give the company credit, for each of the first four WrestleManias they tried a different concept. While this necessarily isn’t considered a successful concept, it was certainly something different and fresh.

Match Results:
- Bad News Brown won a 20-man battle royal. Other participants included Ron Bass, Sam Houston, Hillbilly Jim, George “The Animal” Steele, Sika, Bret Hart, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, Harley Race, Jacques & Raymond Rougeau, Jimmy Powers, Paul Roma, Danny Davis, Nikolai Volkoff, Boris Zhukov, B. Brian Blair, Jim Brunzell, Ken Patera & Junkyard Dog.
- “Million $ Man” Ted DiBiase pinned Hacksaw Jim Duggan. (first round WWF Championship match)
- Don Muraco beat Dino Bravo by disqualification. (first round WWF Championship match)
- Greg “The Hammer” Valentine pinned Ricky Steamboat. (first round WWF Championship match)

- “Macho Man” Randy Savage pinned Butch Reed. (first round WWF Championship match)
- One Man Gang beat Bam Bam Bigelow by disqualification. (first round WWF Championship match)
- Jake “The Snake” Roberts went to a time limit draw with Ravishing Rick Rude. (first round WWF Championship match)

- The Ultimate Warrior beat Hercules.
- Hulk Hogan went to a double disqualification with Andre the Giant. (quarterfinal WWF Championship match)
- “Million $ Man” Ted DiBiase pinned Don Muraco. (quarterfinal WWF Championship match)
- “Macho Man” Randy Savage pinned Greg “The Hammer” Valentine. (quarterfinal WWF Championship match)
- Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake beat Honky Tonk Man (c) by disqualification in an Intercontinental Championship match.
- The Islanders (Haku & Tama) & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan beat Koko B. Ware & The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid) when Heenan pinned Ware.
- “Macho Man” Randy Savage beat One Man Gang by disqualification. (semi final WWF Championship match)
- Demolition (Ax & Smash) beat Strike Force (Rick Martel & Tito Santana) (c) to win the WWF World Tag Team Championships.
- “Macho Man” Randy Savage pinned “Million $ Man” Ted DiBiase in the finals of the WWF Championship tournament to win the Title.

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WWE Vintage Collection Recap – 11/01/09 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/11/03/wwe-vintage-collection-recap-110109/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/11/03/wwe-vintage-collection-recap-110109/#comments Tue, 03 Nov 2009 11:46:16 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=93708 Apologies for the delay in this folks, but sometimes life gets in the way of wrestling.

Nov 26, 1987 was the date when the concept of the Survivor Series was born onto our screens. And we’re shown footage from the first Survivor Series event where Andre the Giant led the winning team against Hulk Hogan.

We’re going on a trip through Survivor Series moments and our first match comes from 1987 and we begin with a tag team survivor series match led by Strike Force (Tito Santana and Rick Martel), The Young Stallions (Paul Roma and Jim Powers), The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques and Raymond), The Killer Bees (Jim Brunzell and Brian Blair) and British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) against The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart), The Islanders (Haku and Tama), Demolition (Ax and Smash), The New Dream Team (Greg Valentine and Dino Bravo) and The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov).

With a match as insane and busy as this one was its going to take a million words that probably won’t make much sense together to explain the tag match in any sort of detail. so for this week, we’re only really going to look at the eliminations in the early stages and more detail in the later stages. (also, the Bolsheviks were not mentioned on Vintage, but a little research pointed them out as the first eliminated tag team in this one).

The first men sent out of this match (that we saw aired on Vintage) were the Rougeaus who were eliminated by Demolition. After the ad break we see Demolition eliminated by DQ when Smash hit the referee. Strikeforce are eliminated by Hart Foundation (Jim Neidhart) after Bret Hart gets involved to make a save on a three count for Neidhart who immediately turns it around to get the three count. The footage jumps here taking us to the point in the match where we end up seeing the British Bulldogs (Dynamite Kid) knock himself out with a headbutt leaving the Islanders to get the three count of them to eliminate the Bulldogs.

(This would be the point in the match where the New Dream Team were eliminated by the Young Stallions, but it wasn’t shown on Vintage. I’m only pointing this out because otherwise they seem to have just disappeared in the match).

The Hart Foundation try to take some dominance in this match, and it isn’t until the Killer Bees get into the ring and try to get some offense in that the ref gets distracted and it looks like the Killer Bee is setting Hart up for slam by lifting him up. As the ref is distracted, one of the Islanders try to deliver a drop kick to the lifted man to knock the Killer Bee down and underneath Hart. This doesn’t work when the Killer Bee rolls over again getting Hart under him to get the cover on the Hart Foundation and a three count to eliminate them.

The footage jumps and we’re down to the last three teams here, the Islanders vs. the Young Stallions & the Killer Bees. It looks like the Islanders are going to take control and all the men run into the action. The Killer Bee on the outside sticks a mask on, jumps in and takes over from his tag team partner to get the pin, the three count, and the win here. The other Killer Bee also puts on a mask so you can’t tell who is who (and so you can’t tell that the man who got the pin was not the legal man) and they celebrate in the ring. Survivors here, Young Stallions & Killer Bees.

The “Mega Powers” team appear to be pretty angry at various other members of the other team in this promo. And as per usual, the other team also take a chance to hit verbal assault on the “mega powers” team members in the following promo.

This is the main event from Survivor Series 1988. Featuring the “Mega Powers” Hulk Hogan & Macho Man Randy Savage with Hillbilly Jim, Hercules & Koko B. Ware vs. “The Twin Towers” Big Boss Man & Akeem with The Red Rooster, Haku & Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase. Akeem is in to begin but he tags in Rooster straight away who gets powerslammed by Hillbilly. Hillbilly tags in Koko who powerslams Rooster. Koko fakes a move and then gets up high to drop a drop kick for a two count. Koko tags in Hogan who hits a punch and a kick before planting Rooster so that Savage can go up high and hit a flying elbow to eliminate Rooster. all the men jump into the ring here.

The footage cuts to Hogan in with Haku as he scoop slams him and then tags in Hercules who hits a few elbows for a two count. Haku comes back with a suplex before tagging in Akeem. Akeem scoop slams, and goes for an elbow which gets missed. Hillbilly gets tagged in and starts in on the offense. Hillbilly manages to turn things around until Akeem uses his size to knock him down. Akeem drops his body weight down on Hillbilly for the three count.

Back in, Koko is trying to take on Akeem before tagging in Hogan who almost immediately tags in Savage who tries to knock Akeem off his feet. Hercules is tagged in to keep up the fight to try and knock Akeem down. Then as Koko is tagged in as he makes a mistake by landing neck first on the turnbuckle only to be slammed by Boss Man and eliminated.

The match jumps
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WWE News: Matt Hardy, Bourne, Edge, Dibiase http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/06/30/wwe-news-matt-hardy-bourne-edge-dibiase/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/06/30/wwe-news-matt-hardy-bourne-edge-dibiase/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2009 21:06:05 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=88176 Matt Hardy has been tweeting up a storm lately. Topics include seeing a doctor about his abdominal injury, the Hardy Show, being traded back to Smackdown (he’s happy about it), and his annoyance at a wrestling journalist who shall remain nameless because Matt doesn’t name him. Also, you can find out about all the places he’s been eating at lately!

Evan Bourne also expressed happiness about switching brands in tweet form.

PWI’s Dave Scherer passes along quotes from an interview Edge did to promote tonight’s TV tapings. The Rated R Superstar talks about how, despite being a ladder match veteran, his recovery from falling off a ladder isn’t improving with age:

“That one really took it out of me. Ten years ago if we did that match you know maybe in a few days we would have felt a lot better. We were 10 years younger though. Now, it took me almost a full week before I could walk upright.”

Scherer also passes along word that Canadian fans will be able to catch the “WWE Vintage Collection” show on the Score (Saturday at 7 PM EST starting this week) and gives this week’s line up for WWEClassics.com. It includes a feature on next week’s guest GM Ted Dibiase (with stories about growing up with the Million Dollar Man as your dad from Ted Jr.), Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect in 1989, and the first Triple H vs. Randy Orton PPV main event for those of you who haven’t had enough of that match up lately (or who want to see their roles reversed; Orton was a face in that one).

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Interviews: Jericho Says Smackdown > Raw. Plus: Ted Dibiase http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/06/22/interviews-jericho-says-smackdown-raw-plus-ted-dibiase/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/06/22/interviews-jericho-says-smackdown-raw-plus-ted-dibiase/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2009 00:28:15 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=87852 In an interview with Eric Cohen at About.com, Chris Jericho explained why he thinks Smackdown is a better show than Raw right now:

I think a lot of that has to do with the acquisitions of Punk and myself. With Mysterio, Hardy, Edge, and the Undertaker coming back I think there are some great combinations and some great matches to be had. I really honestly believe it is the better show of the two right now.

He also talks about Misawa’s death, acting (from his guest spot on Aaron Stone tonight to a possible role in a WWE Films vehicle), his next biography, the return of Fozzy, WCW vs. WWE, and a possible feud with the Undertaker. He even has advice for aspiring wrestlers.

Speaking of that, <a href=”Ted Dibiase talks about how Harley Race was instrumental in getting him and his father in to the business after his grandfather’s death (following a match with Race) in an interview with Cheryl Anderson at the Appleton Post Crescent.
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