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The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown – 11.10.99 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:42:09 +0000 The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown – 11.10.99

Taped from Baltimore, MD

Your hosts are Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler

So Vince Russo is a few months removed from the product, and this is the go-home show for Survivor Series 99, a fucking terrible show with a gigantic bait-and-switch main event.

Evil DX is out to start, as the Outlaws have resolved their differences and regained the tag titles for the last time (until 2014!).  We go back to RAW, with D-X basically cheesing Vince off with their hilarious “raping Stephanie” prank, but HHH reveals that they just hired an actress to portray the part of Steph.  So don’t worry, they just pretended to rape some skank.  Billy insinuates that the size of his dick “punctured her lung”.  This stuff was on prime time TV?  HHH promises to go through Rock and Austin (who, by the way, was known to be severely injured for a least a month before this) and retain the title, and then go through Vince next.  This brings out Vince to announce that tonight, in this very ring, it’s D-X v. Kane, Shane, Test & Rock in an elimination match, with Steve Austin as “guest enforcer”.   HHH notes that Test is bad in the sack, so he charges out and gets beat up.

Meanwhile, Kurt Angle debuts at Survivor Series!

Edge v. Hardcore Holly

Edge tries a rana and gets dropped on the top rope, and Bob chokes him out on the ropes.  Suplex and Holly goes up and lands on Edge’s boot, and Edge makes the comeback.  Fisherman’s suplex gets two.  Tornado DDT gets two.  Holly catches him with the DROPKICK OF DOOM and goes up, but Edge crotches him and brings him down with a superplex.  Holly does the Dynamite Kid reversal and gets the pin at 3:30, however.  Still a short match, but you can immediately tell how much more calm and easier-paced the show is.  *1/2

Meanwhile, The Governator arrives.

Meanwhile, Big Show preps for his father’s funeral.  Hopefully nothing hilarious happens to ruin it!

The Godfather & D-Lo Brown v. The Dudley Boyz

Very early in the Dudley run, obviously, as they were still wearing the dated tie-dye ECW look after jumping ship.  D-Lo gets worked over quickly and they do the future Wazzup , but Bubba misses the senton.  He gets a big boot for two as the crowd is just ice cold for the Dudleyz, which is kind of weird given how red hot they became leading up to winning the tag titles in 2000.  D-Lo with a powerbomb and it’s hot tag Godfather, as tries the Ho Train and gets cut off by Bubba.  The assorted Hos distract the ref, and the 3D finishes D-Lo at 3:53.  You could see that move starting to get over, and once they changed their look it was time for the next level.  ½*

Meanwhile, D-X are no fans of Arnold, and will be telling him so.

Val Venis v. British Bulldog

Val’s promo before the match rages against Al Snow for treating women like objects, when in fact Val’s gimmick is treating women like objects.  So Bulldog is a babyface here?  He’s got the Mean Street Posse as backup, but I never know with this time period.  Or maybe Snow was the heel at this period?  That sounds more correct, actually.  Anyway, while I muse about this, a big schmoz breaks out between the Survivor Series teams for the DQ at 1:00.  DUD  Watching Bulldog try to move around the ring was just sad.

Meanwhile, Rock meets up with Arnold.  And then in real life, Arnold really did pass the torch as the big action star of Hollywood.

Meanwhile, Big Bossman crashes the funeral, complete with bullhorn mounted on a police car.  And then in the final touch, he hooks up the casket and steals it, which gives us the visual of Show surfing on the casket trying to stop it.  Separated from the ridiculousness of the angle 15 years later, it’s pretty goddamned funny to see Bossman go so far over the top as a cartoon supervillain.  And you know what?  Show beat the shit out of him and pinned his team in less than a minute at the PPV to get his revenge and then won the World title, so FINE.  He was a bad person and he got 100% of his comeuppance.  You can put all the heat on the heels you want as long as there’s a payoff!

Hardcore title:  Big Bossman v. Faarooq

Faarooq quickly runs Bossman into the railing and hits him with a chair while jumping off the announce table.  Stairs to the head get two.  Sadly, Albert comes out and maces Faarooq, and Bossman pins to retain at 2:30.  DUD

Meanwhile, Chyna thinks that Jericho has “Va-Chyna Envy”.  See, because Jericho has a SMALL PENIS.  Wasn’t the Attitude Era so great?  Anyway, who let her talk?  During the break, however, Jericho storms in and assaults her with various feminine hygiene products.  So obviously it took them a while to shake off the Russo-ness.

Chris Jericho is here, and he’s not OK with feminism or women winning titles.

Grandmaster Sexay v. Jeff Hardy

Jeff baseball slides Sexay and follows with a senton to the floor, but back in Sexay gets a backdrop suplex.  This was actually the first time they started calling them “Sexay” and “Scotty 2 Hotty”, in fact.  Sexay with a northern lights suplex for two and he goes up, but Jeff goes low and brings him down with a rana for two.  Jeff to the top, but Scotty runs interference.  Jeff tosses him out of the ring but only gets two on Sexay thanks to Terri.  More shenanigans and Sexay hits the Stroke for the win at 3:31.  There was literally four or five people running around behind Teddy Long’s back at one point.  *

Meanwhile, Arnold thinks that Steve Austin should go see End of Days.  He would have been one of the few.

Vince McMahon is out to present Arnold with a WWF title belt to represent his status as “box office champion of the world”, which is kind of funny in that End of Days basically destroyed that reputation.

Meanwhile, D-X tries to attack Arnold, but it’s just some guy…and then they shrug and continue beating him up anyway.  Ha!

WWF Women’s title:  Ivory v. Tori

Ivory notes that Tori is into “smoked sausage” as we continue to learn valuable information about the penises of WWF superstars tonight.  All the women head to ringside to build up the “special one fall sudden death Survivor Series match” at the PPV.  So, you know, a match.  And of course it’s the big 8 person brawl.

HHH, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn & X-Pac v. Kane, Test, Shane McMahon & The Rock

Finally Rock’s music has been adjusted to the one he still uses today.  Odd how the change from “Do You Smell…” to “If You Smell…” could make such a huge difference.  Test is “injured” from earlier and so it’s 3-on-4.  Big brawl to start as X-Pac and Kane fight up the ramp and get counted out at 1:00.  HHH and the Outlaws beat on Shane as Arnold is SHOCKED at the violence while doing commentary.  He punched him right in the stomach!  That must hurt!  Gunn with a jackhammer on Shane for two and HHH slugs away, but Shane comes back with a spear on Dogg.  HHH cuts him off and pounds away in the corner, and Dogg slugs him down before Rock has finally had enough and puts him down with a clothesline.  But Billy Gunn sneaks in while the ref removes Rock, and hits Shane with the fameasser to eliminate him at 5:53.  So the Rock is alone, but Test makes a miraculous return, perhaps with the fast-healing powers of steroids, and chokes out Dogg in the corner for his big highspot.  Gunn hits him with a chair and gets DQ’d at 7:10, however.  Dogg and Test collide and it’s finally hot tag Rock.  Rock Bottom ends Dogg at 8:30.  Test comes back in and HHH goes low for two.  And then he finally just puts the ref out, and Austin hits HHH with a chair and puts Test on top for the pin at 10:10.  And then HHH goes after Arnold and gets his ass kicked, which I’m sure he was more than happy to do.  Like, HHH just sold like crazy for him there.  Anyway, the match was kind of junky, but fine.  **1/4  Really really weird booking, though, as they KNEW Austin wasn’t going to be there on Sunday, but they still put all this heat on the Rock/Austin/HHH feud anyway, and then had Test go over for the finish when they knew that wasn’t going to be the big swerve for it.  Like, if they really were going to pull the trigger on Test and give him the title at Survivor Series that would be one thing, but they had no intention of doing that.

The Pulse

So here’s what we learned:  Billy Gunn has a large penis, Chris Jericho has a small penis, and Kane has a “smoked sausage”.  Also, D-X thinks that rape is hilarious, and 1999 was really fucking awful until HHH suddenly became awesome in December and finally lived up to the push he had been getting for the past six months.×250.jpg

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A2Z Analysiz: WWF WrestleMania VIII (Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Ric Flair) Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:00:20 +0000 WrestleMania VIII

Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis, Indiana – Sunday, April 5, 1992

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

MATCH #1: “El Matador” Tito Santana vs. Shawn Michaels with Sherri

Michaels had just recently broken away from Marty Jannetty and this is arguably his biggest singles match to date. Matador take sthe early advantage, frustrating the Heart Break Kid with a headlock. Michaels thinks he’s making a comeback but Matador clotheslines him to the floor. Back in the ring Matador goes back to the headlock. Every time Michaels tries to go on offense the veteran Matador is able to cut him off and ground him. Finally Michaels is able to sidestep a charging Matador and pitch him to the floor. Back in the ring Michaels takes control and slows the pace down. Matador tries to fight up but Michaels cuts him down with a superkick, which was not yet the end-all finisher it would become. Michaels goes for the Slingshot Suplex but Matador avoids it. Matador drills Michaels with the Flying forearm smash that sends Michaels all the way to the floor. He follows him out and rams his head into the steps. Matador comes back to the ring with a slingshot shoulder block. He unleashes a flurry of offense, culminating in El Paso de la Muerte. Michaels rolls to the floor to avoid getting pinned. Up on the apron Matador tries to bodyslam Michaels back in but Michaels hangs on to the top rope and then falls on top to score the pin at 10:38. That was a great choice for an opener, as Santana was the perfect foil for an up and coming heel like Michaels. I feel like this match gets overlooked but it’s quite solid.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Undertaker with Paul Bearer

Roberts starts of with some right hands but they seem to have no effect. One punch sends Undertaker to the floor but he lands on his feet and pulls Roberts out with him! Undertaker throws Roberts into the post. Back in the ring Roberts continues trying to wear Undertaker down but Undertaker seems completely indifferent to it. Undertaker chokes Roberts down but the referee is too intimidated to do much about it. The Dead Man hits a big elbow drop and the flying clothesline. Roberts is able to catch a quick DDT and Undertaker sits up! The Snake hits a second DDT, but he gets distracted going after Paul Bearer on the floor. Undertaker goes out after him and hits the Tombstone Piledriver! Back in the ring Undertaker makes the academic pin at 6:43. Roberts was gone right after this so it was a good way to use him, once again making Undertaker look great.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: Intercontinental Championship Match – “Rowdy” Roddy Piper vs. Bret “Hit Man” Hart

Piper has been the Champion since 1.19.92, and this is his fourth major defense. They start with some chain wrestling, trying to keep it a nice contest in the early going. Piper tries a go-behind and Hart uses momentum to send him to the floor. That angers Piper, who gets back in the ring and spits at his challenger. Things calm down and Hart goes after the arm. Hart hits a nice dropkick but appears to injure his shoulder on the way down. It turns out he was playing possum though and he grabs an inside cradle for a near-fall. Piper is furious now and things get heated. Hart tries a cross body block but Piper catches him and they both tumble over the ropes to the floor. Piper gets back in the ring first and holds the ropes open for Hart to come back in. The Champ then points out that Hart’s boot is untied, and Piper takes the chance to sucker punch Hart in the face. Awesome. Piper wisely targets the injured area, hitting a bulldog for a two-count. The Champion continues the abuse but Hart is able to fight back and knock Piper to the floor with a flying forearm. Piper gets back in the ring and the two men clothesline each other. Oddly, Piper’s head is covering Hart but I guess since all four shoulders are down the referee counts no one? That just looked weird. Piper gets up first and goes to the top rope. Hart pops up and pulls Piper down face-first. He has his second wind now and he hits Piper with an inverted atomic drop and a snap suplex for two. A side Russian Legsweep gets another two-count. Hart hits the backbreaker and goes for the Sharpshooter. Piper blocks it but Hart drills him with a hard elbow smash. Hart goes to the second rope and goes for the elbow but Piper gets hit boot up. The referee gets bumped accidentally, and Piper knocks Hart to the floor. Piper grabs the ring bell and appears ready to hit Hart with it. The crowd disapproves, and Piper has a change of heart. Piper instead locks Hart in a Sleeper hold. Hart climbs up the turnbuckles and pushes off into a cradle to get the pin at 13:51! That may be Piper’s best match ever, and a quintessential face versus face matchup. They clearly respected each other but things still got heated and it added a lot of drama to the match. Great finish too.
Rating: ****¼

MATCH #4: Eight-Man Tag Team Match – The Mountie, Repo Man & The Nasty Boys vs. Sgt. Slaughter, Big Boss Man, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan & Virgil

Family Feud host Ray Combs did the introductions for this match, and insulted the heel team to the point that they went after him so he never got to announce the babyfaces. The match starts off as a big brawl and the good guys send the bad guys reeling. Duggan and Nasty Boy Jerry Sags start the match proper. That doesn’t go so well for Sags, who gets beat up by Duggan and then Slaughter. Brian Knobbs tags in and he doesn’t fare much better. The heel team finally gets a little bit of offense in on the Boss Man, but Repo an blows it by getting punched in the groin. Virgil tags in and gets a few moves in. The bad guys cut Virgil off and isolate him in their corner for a bit. Things break down and the referee loses control. The Nasty Boys try to hit Virgil with his nose guard but Virgil ducks and Sags hits Knobbs. That’s enough for Virgil to get the pin at 6:32. Not much of interest really happened here but it was a fine way to get more names on the card and it was a good buffer between Hart/Piper and Savage/Flair, so it works.
Rating: *½

MATCH #5: WWF Championship Match – Ric Flair with Mr. Perfect vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Flair has been the Champion since 1.19.92, and this is his second defense. Savage runs to the ring and the fight is on. The bell actually rings while both men are on the floor, which is just poor officiating. Perfect interferes early on, and Savage is looking like a very angry man. Savage dominates Flair in the early going, as he’s fighting for both the Title and the honor of his wife Elizabeth. Flair cuts off a charging Savage with a back drop over the top rope and to the floor. The fight continues on the floor, where Flair goes to work on Savage’s back. They make it back to the ring and Flair is dissecting his challenger. After several minutes of abuse Savage fights back with strikes. Savage hits a swinging neckbreaker and both men are down. Back on their feet Savage unloads with punches. Flair pokes him in the eyes and goes to the top rope but Savage slams him down. Savage continues unleashing the fury, clotheslining Flair to the floor. He follows with an axhandle from the top rope. Flair gets busted open as Savage continues the brutal beating both in and out of the ring. Savage goes up top and hits the Diving elbow drop but Perfect pulls him off the cover. A furious Savage goes after Perfect, and in the melee Perfect gives Flair a pair of brass knuckles. Flair decks Savage with the knux, but can only get a two-count! Perfect hits Savage in the knee with a chair from the floor, and Flair smells blood in the water. Elizabeth makes her way to ringside, as officials (including a young Shane McMahon) try to convince her to go back to the dressing room. Flair is viciously attacking Savage’s knee, setting up for the Figure-Four Leglock. He puts the hold on, but Savage will not give up. Savage turns it over and Flair is able to slip out, only to walk right into an inside cradle for a near-fall. Flair goes back to work on the knee and talks trash at Elizabeth. Savage blocks a punch and decks Flair, and then rolls him up with a handful of trunks to get the pin and win the title at 18:03. I love this feud and I love this match so hard. The hatred felt real as these two just tore into each other with the title and Elizabeth’s pride at stake. Flair tried to goad Savage into losing his cool, and he did a great job of that, but in the end Flair was just a little too cocky. Savage cheating to win on “The Dirtiest Player in the Game” is just sheer brilliance.
Rating: ****¾

MATCH #6: Tatanka vs. “The Model” Rick Martel

They lock up and Martel takes an early advantage, but Tatanka quickly fights back and sends Martel scurrying to the floor to regroup. Back in the ring Martel tries to wear Tatanka down but to no avail. Martel misses a charge in the corner and his shoulder makes contact with the ring post. Tatanka capitalizes on the injury and works the arm. Martel responds with a choke takedown. He hurls Tatanka over the top rope and to the floor. Martel joins Tatanka on the floor and delivers a few strikes before throwing him back in the ring. He goes up top and Tatanka shakes the ropes to knock him down. Tatanka is a house afire now, unleashing a slew of offensive maneuvers. Martel fights back briefly but Tatanka ducks a clothesline and hits a high cross body block to score the pin at 4:32. That was adequate for a post-intermission bout. Tatanka looked good in beating the veteran Martel clean.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #7: World Tag Team Championship Match – Money Inc. with Jimmy Hart vs. The Natural Disasters

Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster have been the Champions since 2.7.92, and this is their first major defense. Earthquake and DiBiase start the match. DiBiase and IRS tag each other several times before any contact is made. Earthquake uses his size and strength advantage early on, and the Champions look overmatched. The challengers send the Champs to the floor, where they regroup with their manager. Back in the ring IRS tries going after Earthquake’s arm but that goes nowhere. Typhoon tags in and he throws IRS around. Finally IRS avoids a charge in the corner and tags DiBiase. The Champions still can’t capitalize though, as the challengers are just too big. Typhoon charges at DiBiase against the ropes and DiBiase moves, causing Typhoon to tumble to the floor (sort of). Now the Champions have the advantage, and they work on keeping Typhoon on the mat. DiBiase and Typhoon clothesline each other and both men are down. Tags are made and Earthquake is a house afire. All four men get in the ring and the Disasters are dominating. The challengers send DiBiase to the floor. Typhoon hits IRS with the Splash and Earthquake goes for the Vertical splash, but Jimmy Hart pulls IRS to the floor. Money Inc. decides it’s not worth it and they take the countout loss at 8:38. So the Natural Disasters win the match but not the titles. This was okay enough given the participants, but it didn’t exactly make the Champions look good.
Rating: **

MATCH #8: “The Rocket” Owen Hart vs. Skinner

Hart enters the ring with a back flip off the top rope, and Skinner takes advantage by spitting tobacco in his eyes. Skinner stays on the attack, delivering a shoulderbreaker and a series of punches. He delivers a boot to the midsection and then hits the Gator Breaker, but it only gets two because of his nonchalant cover. Skinner tries to throw Hart over the top rope but Hart skins the cat and grabs an O’Connor Roll for the pin at 1:11. Not much going on there, but at least Owen went over.
Rating: ¾*

MATCH #9: Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice with Harvey Whippleman

Sid attacks Hogan right as he gets into the ring and Hogan sends the big man packing while his music continues to play. The bell rings while Sid is still on the floor. Poor officiating! Sid makes his way into the ring and immediately takes the advantage, wearing Hogan down. Hogan fights back with a series of right hands to send Sid back to the floor. Sid gets back in the ring and they engage in a test of strength, which goes very well for the maniacal one. Sid backs Hogan into the corner and tries a whip, but Hogan reverses it and levels Sid with a clothesline. Whippleman distracts Hogan, allowing Sid to hit a huge Chokeslam. Sid knocks Hogan to the floor and continues the abuse. They head back inside and Sid keeps Hogan on the mat. Sid hits a side suplex and calls for the Powerbomb. He hits a weak-ass Powerbomb and Hogan starts Hulking Up! Hogan hits the Big Boot and then slams Sid, taking him off his feet for the first time in the match. He hits the Legdrop but Sid kicks out! As a 10-year-old that blew my mind. Whippleman gets in the ring and does exactly nothing, drawing the disqualification for the worst finish in WrestleMania history at 12:27. The match wasn’t exactly much to get excited about either, with lots of rest holds and punches. This is definitely bottom five worst main events in the history of the Show of Shows.
Rating: *

Papa Shango ambles out, apparently having missed his cue. Sid and Shango attack Hogan until some familiar music hits. The Ultimate Warrior is back! Warrior looks slightly different, and thus the “it’s a different guy” rumors are born. Hogan and Warrior pose to end the show.×120.jpg

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HTC’s Wrestling Pulsecast – WrestleMania Trivia Fri, 14 Mar 2014 03:06:43 +0000 HTC Wrestling Pulsecast

Justin Czerwonka and Matthew Harrak battle it out, WrestleMania Trivia-style! The “Wrestling Wife” makes a guest appearance as Justin & Matt test each other’s pro-wrestling knowledge all in the hopes of bragging rights and a shiny new gold (Mattel) championship belt!×120-2013.jpg×250-wrestling-pulsecast.jpg

]]> 0 aj lee,batista,Bray Wyatt,cm punk,Cody Rhodes,Daniel Bryan,Hulk Hogan,Jeff Hardy,john cena,Kofi Kingston,Kurt Angle,Mark Henry With special guest host: the Wrestling Wife! ( Justin Czerwonka and Matthew Harrak battle it out, WrestleMania Trivia-style! The "Wrestling Wife" makes a guest appearance as Justin & Matt test each other's pro-wrestling knowledge all in the hopes of bragging rights and a shiny new gold (Mattel) championship belt! Inside Pulse Wrestling no 2:02:21
A2Z Analysiz: WWF WrestleMania III (Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant) Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:00:19 +0000 WrestleMania III

Pontiac Silverdome – Pontiac, Michigan – Sunday, March 29, 1987

Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura are on commentary.

MATCH #1: The Can-Am Connection vs. “The Magnificent” Don Muraco & “Cowboy” Bob Orton

Muraco and Orton have Mr. Fuji in their corner. Rick Martel and Muraco start the match. Muraco uses his brute strength and Martel uses his impressive agility to thwart him. Tom Zenk tags in and the Can-Am Connection uses impressive double-teams on both Muraco and Orton. Everything Muraco and Orton try the Can-Ams have an answer for. Finally Orton drives a knee into Zenk’s back from the apron to take control but it doesn’t last long. Zenk and Orton knock heads together and then tags are made. Martel is a house afire and sends Orton to the floor. Zenk goes down on all fours to trip Muraco up as Martel executes a cross body block to get the pin at 5:38. That was a perfect choice for an opener, as the babyfaces were flying all over the place and got the crowd right fired up, which is exactly the goal.
Rating: **½

MATCH #2: Full Nelson Challenge – Billy Jack Haynes vs. Hercules

Hercules has Bobby “The Brain” Heenan in his corner. The two powerhouses come face to face at the bell as things are already heated between them. Haynes takes an early advantage and hits an impressive press slam. He goes for the Full Nelson but Hercules avoids it. Haynes continues to unleash fury, but Hercules cuts him off with a hard clothesline. Hercules is fully in control now, working Haynes over. He hits a vertical suplex and picks Haynes up at two for some reason. Hercules continues to work the back in preparation for the Full Nelson. Moments later he puts on the Full Nelson but he cannot lock the fingers. Haynes fights his way out of it and then they clothesline each other. Back on their feet Haynes hits an inverted atomic drop and a clothesline. Haynes hits another clothesline and hits a legdrop (on a show with Hogan!) He goes to the second rope and delivers a fist drop. Haynes locks on the Full Nelson and Hercules is able to use momentum to pull Haynes to the floor with him. Out on the floor Haynes puts on the Full Nelson and the referee counts both men out at 7:53. That’s an odd finish for WrestleMania, but the match was pretty okay for two limited power guys.
Rating: **¼

Heenan attacks Haynes and distracts him long enough for Hercules to attack. Hercules hits Haynes with the chain, busting him open.

MATCH #3: King Kong Bundy, Little Tokyo & Lord Littlebrook vs. Hillbilly Jim, Little Beaver & The Haiti Kid

The big guys must wrestle the big guys, and the little guys must wrestle the little guys. Haiti and Tokyo start the match with some classic midget wrestling. It doesn’t take long for Beaver and Littlebrook to get involved. The good guys control the early going, so Bundy tags in. Beaver and Haiti run around Bundy for a bit to frustrate him before making the tag. Jim comes in and takes Bundy down with a clothesline. He follows with a big elbow drop and covers, so Beaver and Haiti pile on for a two-count. Bundy kicks out anyway. He takes Jim down and goes to work on him. Beaver comes in to make the save and continues poking the bear. Finally Bundy gets fed up and scoops Beaver up and slams him down to the mat. Bundy follows with an elbow drop and the referee calls for the disqualification at 4:24. Tokyo and Littlebrook take umbrage with Bundy’s actions and the four midgets and Hillbilly Jim run Bundy off. That was hardly a classic but I like my WrestleMania cards with variety, and this certainly provided that.
Rating: **

MATCH #4: Junkyard Dog vs. Harley Race

Race is accompanied by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and Fabulous Moolah. If JYD loses, he is required to bow to the King. Race tries to avoid JYD at first, and when JYD goes on the attack Heenan interferes to give his man the advantage. Race throws JYD to the floor and attempts a headbutt off the apron but JYD moves out of the way. That’s quite a spot for 1987. JYD brings Race back in the hard way and quickly knocks him back to the floor. Back in the ring JYD puts on an abdominal stretch, which Race breaks with a hiptoss. Race tries a headbutt, which is terrible strategy. JYD throws Race to the floor once again. Race comes back in and JYD unloads with some headbutts. Heenan distracts JYD, allowing Race to hit a belly-to-belly supelx for the pin at 3:23. JYD is now supposed to bow to the King. He does indeed bow, but then hits Race with the chair! JYD then puts on Race’s robe and leaves with it. That’s pretty poor sportsmanship on display by the JYD. As for the match, these are two Hall of Famers and deservedly so, but this was kept short for a reason.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #5: The Rougeau Brothers vs. The Dream Team

The Dream Team is Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake, accompanied by “Luscious” Johnny V and Dino Bravo. The Rougeau Brothers are of course Jacques and Raymond. Beefcake and Raymond start the match. It’s interesting to see the Rougeau Brothers as babyfaces, as I don’t think that lasted too long. They control the early part of the match with their impressive high flying and double-team maneuvers. Jacques misses a turn-around cross body block off the second rope and Valentine goes to work on him. Beefcake tags in as well and gets his shots in. Valentine comes back in and puts on the Figure-Four Leglock as Bobby Heenan invades the commentary booth. Heenan brags about being two for two, since Hercules didn’t lose and Harley Race won his match. He doesn’t count Bundy’s loss because “I don’t deal with midgets.” I love Heenan. Meanwhile, Raymond gets a hot tag and locks Valentine in a sleeper. Beefcake tries to break it up but he hits his own partner. The Rougeaus hit La Bombe de Rougeau and while Raymond has Valentine covered the referee gets distracted with Beefcake and Jacques brawling. Bravo takes the opportunity for a cheap shot and rolls Valentine on top for the win at 4:04. Valentine, Luscious Johnny, and Bravo leave Beefcake behind for some reason. The match was a solid four-minute affair, but was made infinitely more entertaining by Heenan’s brief foray into the booth. Jacques and Raymond were incredibly underrated.
Rating: *½

MATCH #6: Hair Match – “Rowdy” Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis

Adonis has Jimmy Hart in his corner. This is Piper’s “last match” – win, lose, or draw. They immediately start to brawl and Piper uses his belt as a weapon, which somehow is not a disqualification. I guess the referee is going to be lenient here. Hart distracts the referee, allwoing Adonis to use the belt. Turnabout is fair play. Piper regains control and drags Adonis and Hart into the ring, and then throws them both back to the floor. Back in the ring Adonis cuts Piper off and goes to work. They head back to the floor and Adonis slams Piper’s head into the timekeeper’s table. Hart gets some cheap shots in where he can. Back in the ring Adonis wears Piper down and locks on Goodnight Irene. Hart and Adonis think that Piper is out and they prematurely celebrate. While the referee tries to tell them they haven’t won, Brutus Beefcake comes in the ring for some reason to revive Piper. Adonis tries to attack with a big pair of shears but Piper ducks and the shears bounce off the top rope and Adonis hits himself in the face! Piper then locks on the Sleeper and Adonis is out at 6:13. The crowd was insanely hot but the match was not so good. I don’t really understand Beefcake’s involvement. It is fun to see Piper as a babyface in the 80s though, so this match is not without its charms.
Rating: **½

After the match, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake is born, as Beefacke helps Piper shave Adonis’ head. I don’t recall if there was any sort of set up for Beefcake to help Piper, or to be a barber, but it reinvigorated his career and was his most successful gimmick by far, so it works. Adonis is embarrassed and hightails it to the back with Hart.

MATCH #7: Six-Man Tag Team Match – The Hart Foundation & Danny Davis vs. The British Bulldogs & Tito Santana

Danny Davis, Bret Hart, and Jim Neidhart are accompanied by Jimmy Hart. Hart and Neidhart are the current World Tag Team Champions, and this is Davis’ debut match. Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid have Matilda with them. Matilda goes after Hart, and the Bulldogs and Santana follow suit, beating up their opponents before the bell. The match officially starts with Santana and Hart, which is a great combination. Several tags ar emade as the feeling out process continues, and the Hart trio is able to isolate Santana in their part of the ring. Santana leapfrogs over Neidhart and makes the tag to Davey Boy, who is a house afire. More tags are made and momentum shifts back and forth some more, and we wind up with Dynamite getting worked over in the wrong half of the ring. Davis tags in and tries a splash but Dynamite gets his knees up. Santana tags in and he unleashes fury on Davis, the man who cost him the Intercontinental Title over a year ago. He goes for the Figure-Four Leglock and Neidhart breaks it up. Davey Boy tags in and continues to dismantle Davis. He hits a Tombstone Piledriver and a vertical suplex. Davey Boy then executes the Running Powerslam but Neidhart breaks it up. Santana comes to the rescue and then Dynamite and Hart get in the ring as well. With the referee distracted, Davis hits Davey Boy with the megaphone and gets the pin at 8:52. That was certainly plenty of fun, but it felt very short. And, how awesome would a straight up title match between the Hart Foundation and the British Bulldogs have been with 15 minutes in front of this crowd?
Rating: **¾

MATCH #8: “The Natural” Butch Reed vs. Koko B. Ware

Reed is accompanied by his manager, “The Doctor of Style” Slick. Koko starts off hot so Reed tries to slow him down by stalling. It doesn’t work though, as Koko dropkicks Reed to the floor. Back in the ring Koko goes for a back body drop and Reed clubs him across the back of the neck. Reed gets a little bit of offense in but Koko isn’t done yet, and he fires back. Koko tries a cross body block but Reed rolls him over and grabs the tights to score the pin at 3:39. That was adequate for the time given. The crowd was hot for Koko.
Rating: *½

Slick attacks after the bell for some reason, so Tito Santana comes out to make the save. Santana and Koko run both Reed and Slick back to the locker room. I don’t remember what Santana’s issue with Slick was.

MATCH #9: Intercontinental Championship Match – Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Savage has been the champion since 2.8.86. I’ve seen this match about a million times but I’ve never reviewed it. Steamboat cuts the best promo of his life before the match. Savage tries to stall early on, but Steamboat is undeterred, hitting a series of armdrags. He lifts Savage up by the throat and tosses the champion down. Savage gets Steamboat to chase him outside the ring and then hits an elbow when they get back in the ring. They trade control back and forth, both being aggressive with each other. Savage continually throws Steamboat to the floor, and the champion has finally gained a firm advantage. Back in the ring Savage hits an ax handle off the top rope and an elbow to the face for a two-count. Savage stays in control for a bit, until he charges at Steamboat up against the ropes, and Steamboat back drops him all the way to the floor. Ventura calls for a DQ, but that’s never bee against the rules in WWE as far as I’ve ever heard. Back in the ring Steamboat hits a chop to the head off the top rope and that gets two and the crowd is buying Steamboat right now. Steamboat throws some chops, which Ventura says are illegal since they’re in the eyes. How many rules is he going to make up tonight? Savage tries to bail but Steamboat is able to catch him with a series of pinning combinations for a bunch of near falls. The referee inadvertently gets bumped and Savage looks to take advantage. He hits the Macho Elbow but with no referee there is no count. He goes outside and grabs the ring bell, and that’s how this whole thing got started. George ‘The Animal’ Steele stops him from using it though. Savage tries a bodyslam but Steamboat rolls through to get the pin at 14:35. Like there’s any mystery what rating this match gets.
Rating: *****

MATCH #10: Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Honky Tonk Man

Honky has Jimmy Hart in his corner. Jake of course has Damien, as well as Alice Cooper. Honky isn’t even able to get in the ring before Jake goes after him. Jake is a house afire and he sends Honky to the floor. Honky wasn’t even able to get his Elvis jumpsuit off, but Jake is happy to help him with that. Back in the ring Jake charges into the corner and Honky gets his boot up. That gives Honky the advantage but Jake quickly cuts him off and hits the Short Clothesline. They head back to the floor and Honky is once again and to claim the advantage. Honky takes Jake back in the ring and works him over with his basic offensive attack. He tries the Shake Rattle N’ Roll Neckbreaker but Jake backdrops his way out of it. Jake hits an inverted atomic drop and follows up with punches. He hits another back body drop and more punches. Jake goes for the DDT but Honky avoids it. Hart grabs Jake’s leg, and Honky capitalizes with a rollup and a handful of top rope to get the pin at 7:05. That was pretty basic but they had a good feud going so the crowd was into it.
Rating: **

Honky bails to the back right away, leaving his manager to get double-teamed by Roberts and Cooper, who introduce Hart to Damien up close and personally. Hart quickly slips out under the bottom rope and Honky comes back to help Hart get away.

MATCH #11: The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff vs. The Killer Bees

Sheik and Volkoff have Slick in their corner. Volkoff tries to sing the Russian National Anthem, but Hacksaw Jim Duggan comes out and runs them both of with the 2×4. Hacksaw says this is the land of the free and the home of the brave. Sheik and Volkoff attack before the bell, as Duggan lurks around at ringside. The Bees use their double-team skills and their agility to send Volkoff and Sheik regrouping to the floor. Blair and Brunzell focus on the Sheik, keeping him in their half of the ring. The powerful Sheik and Volkoff are able to recover and now they work on Brunzell. After a few minutes Brunzell is able to catch Sheik with a high knee. Tag is made but the referee was tied up with Volkoff so he didn’t see it. Sheik goes to the second rope to gloat. Duggan chases Slick and Volkoff around the ring, and then he actually gets in the ring. Sheik has Blair locked in the Camel Clutch, so Duggan comes in the ring and waffles Sheik with the 2×4, getting the Bees disqualified at 5:39. The matchw as pretty pedestrian and the finish was stupid. It was a decent way to get Duggan on the big stage though.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #12: WWF Championship Match – Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant

Hogan has been the Champion since 1.23.84. Ventura is not exaggerating when he says “this is the biggest match in the history of professional wrestling.” Hogan and Andre have an epic stare down to start. They trade a few punches and Hogan tries an early slam but Andre falls back on him for a very close near-fall. Hogan has injured his back early on and Andre takes advantage. Andre has no trouble slamming Hogan, and he does so multiple times. He works the Champion over for several minutes, looking dominant. Hogan eventually fights back with a series of strikes and backs Andre into a corner. He charges in and eats nothing but boot. Andre then locks on a bearhug. After a while Hogan punches his way out of it. Hogan tries a few shoulderblocks but Andre slices him right back down. Andre boots Hogan to the floor and follows him out. He goes for a headbutt but he misses and hits the post! Hogan moves the ringside padding and foolishly attempts a piledriver. Andre reverses to a back body drop and Hogan takes the sissiest bump ever. Back in the ring Hogan ducks a boot and knocks Andre down with a clothesline! Hogan then hits the most famous bodyslam of all-time and follows with the Legdrop to get the pin and make history at 12:09. I know people dump on this match, and while it pales in comparison to Savage versus Steamboat, it’s really not that bad. Sure, Andre was not all that mobile but they worked a good David versus Goliath formula and the crowd heat was off the charts. It also is the biggest match of all time and that counts for something. I rather enjoy this match.
Rating: ***½

BONUS MATCH: Intercontinental Championship Match – “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. George “The Animal” Steele, Saturday Night’s Main Event, 1.3.87

Steele attacks right away and starts throwing Savage around. Savage quickly fights back and begins to methodically wear Steele down. He goes up top and some familiar music hits as Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat makes his way to ringside! Savage is distracted and Steele slams him off the top rope. Steele then hurls Savage over the top rope, almost wiping out The Fink! “The Animal” then grabs Ms. Elizabeth and carries her back to the locker room. Savage and Steamboat argue while officials try to corral Steamboat away from ringside. Time for a commercial break, and when we come back Steamboat is still trying to get at Savage. Finally Steele makes his way back to the ring (how did he not get counted out?) and rips apart one of the turnbuckles. He rubs it in Savage’s eyes and then goes after more turnbuckles. Steele goes for a bulldog but Savage shoves him off. Mometum continues to shift back and forth, so Steele bites Savage’s arm. Savage clotheslines Steele to the floor, and Steele gets back in the ring and throws Savage out. The referee gets into an argument with Steele and gets shoved down. Savage takes the opportunity to hit Steele with the ring bell and gets the pin at 8:07 (shown). Savage goes to the top rope but Steamboat makes the save and Savage bails. The match was not great, and it makes no sense how Steele was neither counted out nor disqualified. However, it put a great deal of heat on Savage versus Steamboat, which turned out to be one of the greatest matches of all-time so who’s complaining?
Rating: *¾

BONUS MATCH: Battle Royal – Andre The Giant, Ax, B. Brian Blair, Billy Jack Haynes, Blackjack Mulligan, Butch Reed, Haku, Hercules, Hillbilly Jim, Honky Tonk Man, Hulk Hogan, Jim Brunzell, Koko B. Ware, Lanny Poffo, Nikolai Volkoff, Paul Orndorff, Ron Bass, Sika, Smash, and Tama, Saturday Night’s Main Event, 3.14.87

Hogan and Andre stare each other down, so Orndorff takes the opportunity to attack Hogan to get the match underway. No matter, as Hogan is able to score the first elimination by dumping Honky Tonk out. Andre gets rid of Sika next. Haku goes next via the Giant. Andre headbutts Poffo, splitting him open before throwing him to the floor. Hogan is able to send Bass to the floor. Andre responds by throwing out Mulligan. Hogan tosses Volkoff. Andre dumps Blair. Finally Hogan and Andre come face-to-face, but the other participants quickly break that up. Hogan gets mad and dumps Orndorff out. Andre grabs Hogan and headbutts him before eliminating the WWF Champion! That’s awesome. The referees have to force Hogan to the back, even though he got eliminated fair and square, as we take a commercial. Back from the break Andre eliminates Brunzell. Then Hillbily, Koko, Demolition, Hercules, Butch Reed, Tama, and Haynes join together to eliminate Andre. Hercules gets rid of Tama, Hillbilly eliminates Ax, Smash eliminates Hillbilly, and Koko elimiantes Reed. We’re down to the Final Four: Hercules, Smash, Billy Jack Haynes, and Koko B. Ware. Plenty of brawling ensues. Hercules says goodbye to Koko, and Haynes gets rid of Smash. That leaves two heated rivals in the ring, and Heenan jumps up on the apron to distract Haynes, and it works. Hercules then sneaks up form behind and eliminate Haynes to get the win at 11:23 (shown). This was okay for a battle royal , but it quickly lost steam when Hogan and Andre were eliminated. Still, it was there to build heat on Hogan/Andre and to a lesser extent Hercules/Billy Jack Haynes and it worked.
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HTC’s Top 3 Wrestling Attires Worn Only At WrestleMania Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:28:29 +0000 HTC Wrestling Pulsecast 500x250


Matt Harrak & Justin Czerwonka are joined by acclaimed author, artist & pretty cool person Jill Thompson as they debate the top 3 ring/entrance outfits worn ONLY at WrestleMania (some even designed by Jill herself)!

Make sure to listen to the show to hear our number ones!



2. Edge – WM 22

3. CM Punk – WM29



2. Andre The Giant – WM3

3. Rey Mysterio – WM22



2. Shawn Michaels – WM25

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The SmarK RAW Rant – 01.19.98 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 06:01:14 +0000 The SmarK RAW Rant – 01.18.98

God I love the WWE Network.  I feel like I need a sabbatical from recapping RAW, much like CM Punk, so let’s go back to the Attitude Era to really show you how you build up a babyface towards Wrestlemania.  This is the night after Royal Rumble 98, with Austin having won his second Rumble in a row, and Shawn Michaels accidentally ending his career on a casket bump.  Well, for four years.

I should note I had this episode taped on its own cassette, in SP MODE mind you, for many years.

Live from Fresno, CA

Your hosts are Jim Ross, Kevin Kelly & Michael Cole

Paul Bearer joins us to start, as he and Kane did the old “turn on your undead brother who may or may not actually be your brother and burn him alive in a casket” prank that kids are all about these days.  Those kids, with their twerking and Twitter and cremation pranks.  Paul is particularly proud of putting one over on Undertaker and making little children in the front row cry, and now Undertaker is GONE forever, leaving only Kane.

Tonight:  Brought to your by the Army!  Look for the WWF hyperlink on the Army’s AOL site!  I don’t even know where to start parsing that sentence.  I understand most of those words, but they don’t make a coherent sentence together….

Meanwhile, D-X hangs out in the locker room, and Shawn Michaels is wracked with guilt for ending Undertaker’s career.  Man, knowing how much pain he was in at that point, it’s kind of a miracle he was even there.

DOA v. The Nation of Domination

I don’t see the fans chanting “This is awesome” before the lockup here.  The Nation is Faarooq, Kama and D-Lo for this match.  8-Ball hammers on D-Lo in the corner to start, and then we get the epic Chainz v. Kama showdown that ends with a big boot from Underfaker that gets two.  I feel like they missed a good opportunity to find something useful for the Harrississsesses to do later on by not having them act as Godfather’s security goons, especially given the historic ties between bikers and pimps.  D-Lo works Skull Uso over and the NOD is all kick kick punch punch before D-Lo whiffs on a moonsault and it’s “hot” tag Chainz, leading to a DONNYBROOK for the double DQ  at 4:45.  *  The Rock and Mark Henry join in for a beatdown, but Shamrock and Ahmed make the save for a big chaotic brawl.  Jim Ross is still AGHAST at Shamrock getting robbed of the IC title, and thinks we should all order the replay to share in his disgust.

Meanwhile, VIC VENOM shills the WWF magazine.  HOLY SHIT.  Who knew this was actually a thing?!  I don’t even remember seeing that!  I bet TSN cut it out from the broadcasts because Vince Russo violated Canadian standards.

Marc Mero v. Tom Brandi

This is followup from the “You’re just a jobber!” nonsense that robbed the world of the Sal Sincere gimmick.  Brandi attacks from behind and gets a sideslam for two, but misses a charge and hits the post.  Mero chokes him out while someone delivers flowers to Sable, which of course upsets Mero.  I wonder how he felt when Brock Lesnar promised to go home and bang her after beating Frank Mir.  Brandi makes the comeback with a front suplex for two and reverses a slam for two, and a rollup gets two.  Mero blocks a sunset flip, but Brandi gets two anyway.  Mero finally goes low with distraction help from Sable, and finishes with the TKO (F5, sort of) at 3:30.  Short but fun.  *1/2

Meanwhile, D-X investigates the mysterious hearse that’s parked in the back, but it’s merely filled with ringrats.  Chyna is unimpressed, but luckily she had a stable and loving relationship with HHH, which could withstand him banging hot chicks whenever he wanted.

Meanwhile, Mike Tyson arrives with Shane McMahon.

The Quebecers v. Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie

Jack beats on Pierre outside while Jacques and his ridiculous skullet pounds on Charlie in the ring.  Funk does a funny facefirst sell of the beating and Pierre adds a piledriver for two.  They set up for a spike piledriver, but Cactus just comes in without a tag and breaks things up.  The ref puts him out, so Jack beats him up for the DQ at 3:15.  Oy vey the finishes on this show.  ½*

Meanwhile, D-X questions the midgets about the whereabouts of the Undertaker, but they don’t speak midget and get nowhere.

NWA North American title:  Jeff Jarrett v. Blackjack Bradshaw

Bradshaw shrugs off an attack and pounds away on Jarrett in the corner, but misses an elbow.  He keeps coming with a blockbuster slam, but the Rock N Roll Express trips him up and Jarrett takes over.  Gibson gets a cheapshot, but Bradshaw continues to no-sell everything and puts Jarrett down with a big boot and powerbomb.  Sadly, Windham comes in and “accidentally” hits Bradshaw with a lariat, allowing Jarrett to retain at 3:41.  The team ends their dissent with Windham turning NWA to shock of all.  Well, all who weren’t taking a shit or getting nachos.  ½*

Meanwhile, it’s hour two already, as this show is just FLYING by.  No wonder I loved watching RAW at this point.  We switch to Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler on commentary now.

Undertaker descends from the heavens on a harness…but it’s Shawn Michaels.  OK, they still got me with that one.  So we now get a D-X cookout, complete with BBQ pit and chef hats.  They display their wieners, and HHH challenges Owen Hart to a European title match next week while Shawn slaps his salami.  THESE ARE THE GUYS RUNNING THE COMPANY NOW.  And it’s still boring!  Also, Space Mountain is old and broken down, so call him instead.  Onto Steve Austin, as Shawn points out that he’s done everything Austin has done so far, and he lays down for NOBODY.  This is exactly the sort of anarchic interview that’s sorely missed these days.

Meanwhile, a clearly drunk Sunny hits on Mike Tyson.

Los Boriquas v. Owen Hart, Taka Michinoku & The Headbangers

Who booked this crap? The Bangers double-team Jesus while Honky Tonk does commentary and JR does his “You two sound like cousins” winking reference.  Thrasher briefly plays face in peril against Savio before making the hot tag to Owen, who finishes a Boriqua with the Sharpshooter at 3:03.  So this was a thing that happened.  *

The Rock v. Ahmed Johnson

Rock quickly gets a suplex and People’s Elbow for two, facing the wrong camera!  He’d get cut from developmental SO FAST for that shit.  What kind of a future World champion doesn’t know where the hard camera is?  Ahmed comes back and slugs Rock to the floor as Mark Henry joins us at ringside.  Ahmed with a spinebuster, but Henry nails him with a chair and Rock Bottom finishes at 2:44.  ½*

WWF World tag titles:  The New Age Outlaws v. The Godwinns

The Outlaws are wearing overalls, in solidarity to Southern Justice.  Charming.  Oddly, The Godwinns went on to become Jeff Jarrett’s bodyguards with that very gimmick.  Not the racist aspect, thankfully, just the name.  Billy Gunn gets beat up by Henry for a bit and I guess he’s face in peril.  Keep in mind that they were terrible in their prime and now they’re even worse in their comeback attempt.  The dull beatdown continues unabated until Billy hits Phineas with a stuffed pig for the pin at 5:00.  This was a weird period for the Godwinns, as they were no longer quasi-retarded pig farmers and were now just angry rednecks.  DUD

Iron Mike Tyson joins us for some sort of big Wrestlemania announcement, but Steve Austin interrupts before Vince can finish announcing just what it is.  Austin is disgusted by Tyson glad-handing all the talent in the back, and he wants Tyson for himself.  Complete with unbleeped swearing and middle fingers from Austin!  This prompts a giant melee with Austin getting dragged off by Vince’s stooges, and Vince is SICKENED by Austin for ruining his big moment.  And that’s where we leave it off.

The Pulse

Man, the product is like night and day to now.  No matches over 5:00, crazy off-the-cuff promos, storyline directions for pretty much everyone.  Yeah, there was a lot of crap, but it well-disguised by keeping it short and baffling ‘em with bullshit before moving onto the next stupid idea.  No wonder this show started overtaking Nitro soon after this.

Hopefully they keep adding more 98 stuff, it’s so much more fun than the current product.

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5 PPVs to hunt down once Network WWE starts Sun, 16 Feb 2014 06:55:48 +0000  With every ECW, WWF, WWE and WCW PPV ever in the history of time and space up till now (*actual contents may vary) to be available on the WWE Network, that is going to give people an awful lot of wrestling to catch up on. So… what do they watch? How can fans whose wrestling knowledge started somewhere around Wrestlemania 12 and Steve Austin bleeding – or 2004 and John Cena curtain-jerking Wrestlemania XX - know what to look for in the rather expansive archives? Well, as I have seen probably every PPV from these 3 companies (because I am OLD) (some might also say I have no life, but I am a father and so… yeah, I have no life), I thought I’d hit you with 5 underrated ones that you may not have heard of.


Some caveats: No Wrestlemanias, no Royal Rumbles and no Clash of the Champions. I’m not even sure the Clashes were PPVs in the States, so none of them anyway. And nothing from the last 10 years because it’s still fresh enough in people’s minds for my two cents to be worth that in Australian money. With that in mind, here’s 5 in year order.


1. WCW/NWA: Chi-Town Rumble (1989).
Fast forward through the first 2 matches, and then enjoy a show that most people remember only for the AWESOME main event between Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat. In fact, most people have only seen that main event, as though that was the show, nothing else. However, you’ve got the battle of the Midnight Expresses (and Cornette v Heyman), the TV title match (showing Rick Steiner can do more than run around barking and break people’s necks), Windham / Luger, even the Road Warriors tag match (YMMV on this one)… it was all good to great, made even better with a hot crowd.


2. WWF: This Tuesday In Texas (1991).
Forget the incredibly lame main event of Undertaker v Hulk Hogan (where ‘no-selling’ was apparently a pre-match stipulation), and the opening snoozefest of Bret Hart v Skinner, the rest of this PPV was surprisingly good. Savage-Roberts had an intense brawl; there was a cool tag team match involving both Virgil and Repo Man (!), and a watchable Davey Boy Smith / Warlord match. A forgotten gem, probably because it tanked so badly at the time (Tuesdays, whether in Texas or not, are apparently not good for PPV buy rates).


3. WCW: Starrcade ’95.
This show was sort of a trial run for the nWo, I guess. New Japan had “invaded” WCW and this show was to see who the best of the best was. Some good matches there, including Benoit’s and Guerrero’s. And then there’s a triangle match for the number 1 contendership which is better than I thought it’d be… and a lame world title match to finish it off. Ignore that, watch the rest. It gets lost because the biggest show of the year was not where you were supposed to experiment, but still…


4. ECW: Heatwave 1998.
Opens with a fine Justin Credible/Jerry Lynn opener that tried to be a WCW cruiser match but failed, so they filled it with run-ins and interference. Still fun. Candido / Storm was good. Awesome / Tanaka was great (though not as good as the one they had at Anarchy Rulz 1999 once they dumped Taz). The tag match was dumb. Taz / Bigelow was a standard through the crowd brawl match watchable by the spot through the entrance ramp (I know what I wrote there). Dudleys v the world match was a stupid way to end the show, and of course New Jack made an appearance with weapons. Commentary from Joey Styles and Shane Douglas was actually not too bad. Probably my favourite ECW PPV.


5. WWF: Vengeance 2001.
Okay, weak undercard (though Edge / Regal is not too bad and the RVD / Undertaker hardcore title match is strangely watchable, even if Undertaker’s version of selling is to make old man faces), but the final 3 matches where the two titles are finally unified under the auspices of Chris Jericho make this all worthwhile.


Agree? Disagree? Have your own to add? Feel free to sound off in the comments section!

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Jimmy Snuka Case Stemming from 1983 Death Going to Grand Jury Wed, 29 Jan 2014 05:05:26 +0000 A case involving the death of Jimmy Snuka’s 1983 girlfriend/mistress Nancy Argentino is now going to a grand jury more than 30 years after she passed away.

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Flashback: Top Ten Moments in Royal Rumble History Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:18:15 +0000 HTC Editorial Logo


{Here’s an editorial I wrote WAY BACK when the website was still called Creatively Endeavored & John Cena didn’t win his second Rumble. – MJH}

Everyone has one.

The first Pay Per View they were allowed to get.

Even though I started watching wrestling in 1987, I had never seen a live PPV until January of 1993. You see, I was born in January (23rd to be exact) and every year my parents found it hard to find me presents. It was less then a month after Christmas and Hasbro couldn’t put out WWF figures fast enough to complete my collection. So in ’93 my parents got creative. After hours and hours of fulfilling my familial obligations, I was finally able to open the huge wrapped box with my name on it. Inside of that box was… another smaller box. And then another. And another. After 7 boxes I finally opened a small ring box to reveal this:

To say I was excited would be a VAST understatement. Finally I would be able to see the Royal Rumble as it happened just a day after my birthday and thus a love for the Rumble was born.

The Royal Rumble is my WrestleMania. The surprises, the nostalgia and the most important prize in wrestling: a main event spot at WrestleMania. To win the Royal Rumble is arguably more prestigious than winning the WWE championship right now. As there have only been 19 winners, a victory in the Rumble match can almost ensure your status as WWE’s elite. 9 of these winners already reside in the Hall of Fame with 8 others whom are assuredly future inductees. I look forward to the Rumble all year-long so having to put together this list was probably the easiest assignment I’ve ever had.

Top 10 Royal Rumble Moments:

10. Mr. Perfect returns to WWE & stands toe to toe with Austin, Angle & HHH

- “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig was a mainstay in the upper mid-card in the 80s and early-90s WWF. 2002 saw the re-emergence of many wrestlers who had left for the “greener” pastures of WCW in the mid-90s and the Royal Rumble was a perfect event for their re-debut. Perfect entered the Rumble at #25 to a HUGE ovation and eventually ended up in the final three before being eliminated by the winner, Triple H. This was pretty much the last hurrah for Mr. Perfect before his untimely death in 2003.

9. Jerry Lawler hides under the ring for almost 40 mins

- Jerry Lawler wasn’t always the wise-cracking sidekick to Jim Ross or Michael Cole. When “The King” entered the WWF in 1992, he was just starting with the USWA and came to the WWF mainly as a heel announcer. That changed though as he quickly entered into a feud with the ENTIRE Hart family. But Lawler was always a comedy character in the WWF and that was never more evident than at the 1996 Royal Rumble when he actually hid underneath the ring for a whopping 36 minutes before being eliminated by the eventual winner Shawn Michaels.

8. John Morrison’s “Spiderman” leap to the barricade

- There’s not much to say about this as the video speaks for itself. One of the most incredibly athletic things seen on a WWE event.

7. Bret Hart & Lex Luger are co-winners

- 1994 was only the second year that the stipulation of “Whomever wins the Royal Rumble gets a WWF Title shot at WrestleMania” and things were about to get interesting. Yokozuna had dominated the WWF as Heavyweight Champion since June of 1993. He fended off challenges from Lex Luger, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and The Undertaker, whom he defeated earlier in the Rumble PPV. Luger and Hart were both heavy favorites coming into the Rumble match as Luger defeated Yokozuna by count-out 6 months earlier at Summerslam and it was Hart who Yokozuna defeated for his first WWF title at the previous year’s WrestleMania. No one knew who was going to win the Rumble but all were positive it was going to be one of their favorites, either Bret Hart or Lex Luger. No one thought BOTH would win! For the first and only time in history, there were TWO winners of the Royal Rumble and both men were set to face the dreaded Yokozuna at WrestleMania 10.

6. Diesel stands tall waiting for more opponents

- In the very same Rumble, a new superstar exploded onto the radar of every WWF fan. At the time, Diesel was nothing more than Shawn Michaels’ goon with very few WWF matches under his belt. By the time he was eliminated by five men he had eliminated 7 on his own, literally waiting for new opponents to enter the match just so he could toss them right out. Before the year was out, Diesel had won the Intercontinental, Tag Team and World Heavyweight Championships. And it all started at the Royal Rumble.

5. Undertaker & HBK have an epic Royal Rumble finale

- Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker’s paths hadn’t crossed since HBK returned from his mid-career retirement in 2002. But everyone remembered their epic matches from the late 90s and when the two legends found themselves as the last two men in the 2007 Rumble, the excitement in the arena was palpable. HBK and Taker didn’t disappoint giving us a thrilling 10 minutes of dramatic action concluding with The Undertaker winning his first Royal Rumble.

4. John Cena returns MONTHS before his expected return & wins in the Garden

- John Cena was recovering from a torn pectoral by the time the 2008 Royal Rumble rolled around. His shocking return and victory surprised even the most jaded of fans and set off a trend of “surprise” returns that has almost become a staple of more recent matches.

3. CM Punk tries to “save” Superstars before eliminating 5

- CM Punk is the “en vogue” superstar right now. People appreciate his in-ring talent, his ability to talk and his apparent fearlessness with his own career. And while he was somewhat popular before the 2010 Royal Rumble, his mid-match promos attempting to convert fellow superstars to his Straight Edge Society not only solidified him as a star to watch but it also made for a Rumble moment that will surely stand the test of time.

2. Ric Flair wins his first WWF title

- For the first and only time in WWF/E history, the World Title was to be awarded to whomever won the 1992 Royal Rumble match. While he had been claiming to be the “real World’s champion”, Ric Flair hadn’t really accomplished anything in the WWF by the time the ’92 Rumble came around. And when it was revealed that the “Nature Boy” had drawn #3 out of #30, not a single person thought we’d be seeing Flair with the gold when the night was over. Bobby Heenan practically had an aneurysm all night while on commentary! But “with a tear in his eye” Ric Flair outlasted 29 other men to reign supreme for his first of two WWF World Title reigns.

1. Shawn Michaels goes the distance

- Royal Rumble 1995 was the birth of a legend. At the end of 1994, Shawn Michaels was a former tag team competitor and Intercontinental championship who seemed to have a good upside. His potential appeared limitless after his WrestleMania 10 ladder match but many still looked at him as the “pretty boy” who wouldn’t reach the levels of his former bodyguard Diesel who had already won the WWF title within one year of being with the company. Michaels was good but not many believed he was THIS good. The ’95 Rumble was the unveiling of our era’s Ric Flair as Shawn Michaels entered at number one and proceeded to flip, flop and fly around the ring until he emerged as the winner, along with the added bonus of having Pamela Anderson on his arm. Shawn Michaels took this victory and ran all the way into the Hall of Fame.

The Royal Rumble is arguably the most unpredictable match on the WWE calendar. But that’s exactly what’s so fun about making these predictions.

2012 Predictions:

- Goldust will make a surprise appearance and eliminate Cody Rhodes (They’ve been teasing this for awhile with Cody wanting more competition and claiming to be “the last hope for the Rhodes name”).

- A former World Champion will win the Rumble (I’m looking at you Miz, Jericho or Orton).

- Sheamus will dominate & have the most eliminations of the night (Look for a Diesel-esque performance).

- Rey Mysterio will be the token injury return.

- The losers of the WWE & World Title matches will enter the Rumble (except for maybe the injured Mark Henry).

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Letter Between Ultimate Warrior & Vince McMahon Surfaces Online Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:28:43 +0000 The long repeated story of SummerSlam 1991 is that The Ultimate Warrior refused to go out to the ring for the main event without Vince McMahon giving him a raise. The main event, which pitted Warrior teaming with the current WWF Champion Hulk Hogan against the Axis of Evil (Sargent Slaughter, The Iron Sheik & General Adnan) had been advertised for months and McMahon, feeling his hands were tied, agreed to Warrior’s demands only to fire him once the match was over.

New information was published last week in the form of letters between Warrior and McMahon a full 7 weeks before the pay-per-view. They show that McMahon and Jim Hellwig agreed to the terms of a new contract long before SummerSlam was set to take place. Below you can find the text of the letters as well as images of the actual letters:


Writing this is a different approach in expressing my feelings about the things we discussed the last 2 days under the pressure of TV. knowing that any second someone would be knocking on the door, etc. Every other avenue we tried – via phone, face to face, myself still walking away with unanswered questions. Always put off till a later date. Always with the same result – no result.

Writing sometimes allows a person to express feelings or say things that don’t come in conversations such as we have. Some of the things will once again become repetitive – so what I’ve heard “in an Essence” at least a million times. I’ve tried to speak as a friend but sometimes you don’t hear. I’ve spoken as a professional but the direction always gets changed. No you never let me leave with-out a response, but the words you speak never have any definitives. My whole life for the last 5 years has had no room for anything but definitive (Los Angeles on Thurs, San Diego on Friday, San Francisco Sat. Sacramento on Sunday, Prime Time on Monday…) but you always have to have the best way of time. Time to say stew things over to work them your way.

I have been from day 1 different from the others. I have sacrificed myself enough both in my personal life and physical well being. The fairness you say you want everyone to have is unfair to me. I grew in 5 (five) years to become what the “Ultimate Warrior” is today, Always questioning, but nonetheless taking him in the direction you wanted him to go at any particular time. Done what would and has taken other 10-15 years.

The points and suggestions you have made over the last 5 years were very well taken. Now I look at other individuals with less than 1/3 the creativity, desire and hunger I had (have) and wonder how you can look and see them as The One. For you as a friend I pray all the things you believe in rise to the surface and present themselves.

Then there is the side that says “What the f man?” When I was thought of as The One the topics of conversation were – “Treat the veterans with respect”. The veterans you spite are the very ones who will fuck it up for you. No matter I listened. I would go to ring push myself to the brink of a heart attack and you would say “When you go to the corner – SMILE?!?! you spoke of the Ultimate Warrior appealing to all, old, young, ugly, beautiful, fat, skinny, black, white.

A character who would show ups and downs emotions and intensities, sensitivities and cold-heartedness when it was needed. Like a yo-yo I obliged so I could be The One. Where the hell are this man’s ups and downs. – Total jugular-vein popping yelling at all times. Is this the Total Picture, character, or presentation that can be The One? I learned with you to show intensity at this level but also to show just as much intensity with the look of my eyes or with the whisper of my voice or even better – extreme intensity in total silence. I did all you asked.

The the long-term plan changed. At first I was reluctant for what I believed were the right reasons – but once again I went with what I knew I could believe in – “Vince has never fucked me” I dealt with what you thought was best no matter what the cost to me. , no matter the countless # of sleepless nights there were to come, no matter the # of times I had to knock on your door with questions I should never have had.

For the last 2 1/12 years I should have never had the questions I did. To stand and make a videotaped apology for something I never did made me realize all we have is business.

Once again I went without sleep, if ever I do so again it will be because I elect to, not because my wandering mind says to do so.

In reaching this conclusion I ask for these things. You say 500,000 for Wrestlemania is unfair, then I say the last 8 1/2 years of not being compensated equally when I meant as much or more to the company was total bullshit and most definitely unfair. I have sacrificed more than 500,000 more than 1 million dollars, even more in monies that should have been paid to mein receiving equal compensation as Hulk.

I paid my goddamn dues long ago. I need not pay anymore. I have given everything and never once was there a knock on my fucking door. Whether to bullshit as a friend or help me thru my times of need or you trusting me to help you thru yours.

I ask for these things Vince and the answers must come for the next event is upon you. It has been for me the 5 years and for you to tell me you need to evaluate whether or not I’m cost-effective and this takes time us unfair. A show runs at a given time and date – I have always been there, never asking for time to see if I have the rest, food or whatever it takes to make it. Now I ask the same of you.

I want (1) $550,000 release from the monies allotted me to purchase my home. This will suffice as my Wrestlemania VII payoff, but let it be noted it is not fair. I meant as much or more to that show as Hulk – I deserve to be paid the same (I know what Hulk will get)

(2) 4 days off every other time off period – except Pay Per View only.

(3) I want the same pay cut as Hulk gets on all Pay-Per-Views, SNME, FRIDAY PRIMETIME, house shows and proof as such. The same pay cut applies to what Hulk has been paid with relationship to past events Wrestlemania V, VI, VII i.e when Hulk was top draw.

(4) I want numbers and proof of monies done on 1-900-Hulk and likewise same pay cut.

(5) Same pay cut on all forms of merchandising.

Because I have had to always knock on your door Words alone are not good enough. I understand Doug Sages is on Vacation, call him take his days off away like you do to the boys and myself and have it written. Everytime I had to knock upon your door upon leaving I have always apologized. I no long feel I have any reason to apologize, Therefore I will not. I have tried to speak as a friend, but maybe I don’t have the qualities you required to seek me out as a friend. The videotaped apology was the icing on the cake – you see it as business so whether I like it or not I must do the same. Whatever your decision I can and will live with it Till then I remain home with one who cares


- You can see a scan of Vince’s reply, dated July 13th, 1991, at this link or read below:

“Dear Jim:

This letter is in response to your facsimile to me of July 10, 1991.

1. You will be paid an aggregate amount of $550,000 (five-hundred-fifty-thousand) for your participation in WrestleMania VII.

2. With the exception of special events only, you will receive four days off every other time off period.

3. Your pay rate on house shows will increase to 4-5% of the net, effective immediately, with the understanding that no other WWF athlete will be paid at a higher rate. Likewise, no other WWF athlete will be paid at a higher pay rate than you on pay-per-view events.

4. Effective immediately, your royalty rate on all forms of merchandise is to be increased. The specific amount will be determined in writing within one week.

5. Your compensation for the Warrior 900 hotline will be identical to that of the Hulk 900 hotline. Likewise, documentation for this will follow in writing within one week.

I regret the turmoil you’ve put yourself though and your agonizing over what you feel is fair compensation. And even though we have a difference of opinion over some of these matters, I am resolved to work with you in the same honest and equitable way that I always have. Furthermore, I would like to express to you my deepest appreciation and admiration for you as a performer, as a member of the WWF family, as a man and as my friend.

- Vince”

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(Updated w/Official Lists) HTC Wrestling Pulsecast – Top 5 WWE Royal Rumble Moments Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:52:56 +0000 HTC 500x250 - Wrestling Pulsecast


The HTC Crew of Matt Harrak, Justin Czerwonka and Cameron Dougharty debate some of the best moments in one of wrestling’s most historical matches, The Royal Rumble!

Leave your thoughts & make sure to list your 5 below as well!


5. 1996 Royal Rumble - Jerry “The King” Lawler hiding under the ring

4. 2010 Royal Rumble - CM Punk “preaches” in between his Rumble eliminations

3. 2002 Royal Rumble - Mr. Perfect’s WWE return & strong showing

2. 1995 Royal Rumble - Shawn Michaels wins from #1 & establishes the “Shawn Michaels” rule

1. 2006 Royal Rumble - Rey Mysterio wins from #2, last eliminating Triple H & Randy Orton



5. 2007 Royal Rumble - Undertaker & Shawn Michaels epic battle for the final elimination

4. 2002 Royal Rumble - Maven eliminates The Undertaker

3. 1994 Royal Rumble - Diesel “arrives” eliminating people left and right

2. 1990 Royal Rumble - Hulk Hogan & Ultimate Warrior staredown

1. 2008 Royal Rumble - John Cena shocks MSG crowd with an early return from injury



5. 2013 Royal Rumble - Chris Jericho’s surprise return

4. 1992 Royal Rumble - ​Ric Flair enters at #3 & wins the WWF Championship by last eliminating Sid Justice​

3. 1991 Royal Rumble - Bushwacker Luke eliminated in 4 seconds

2. 1997 Royal Rumble - Stone Cold “sneaks” back after being eliminated & wins the Rumble

1. 1999 Royal Rumble - Vince McMahon eliminates Steve Austin to win the Royal Rumble


Honorable Mentions:

: 1997 – Steve Austin barely eliminating people in time to wait for the next entrance
: 2011 – “Diesel” returns to a massive pop
: 1998 – Mick Foley enters three times as the “3 Faces Of Foley”
: 2011 – Santino Marella almost Alberto Del Rio to win the Royal Rumble
: 2005 – Vince McMahon tears both quads angrily strutting to the ring
: 2001 – Kane eliminates 11 men
: 2011 – John Morrison’s Spider-Man leap to the barricade
: 1994 – Bret Hart & Lex Luger both win
: 2001 – Kane clocks the Honky Tonk Man with the guitar
: 2004 – You Know Who wins from #1
: 2000 – Kaientai enter illegally and are eliminated numerous times
: 1993 – First year the winner received a title match at WrestleMania
: 2004 – Randy Orton versus Mick Foley subplot
: 2010 – Shawn Michaels wanting to win in order to face The Undertaker again at WrestleMania
: 2010 – Edge winning the Royal Rumble after returning from injury×120-2013.jpg×250-wrestling-pulsecast.jpg

]]> 5 "mr. perfect" curt hennig,Bret The Hitman Hart,Bushwhackers,Chris Benoit,chris jericho,cm punk,Diesel,edge,Honky Tonk Man,Hulk Hogan,Jerry "the King" Lawler,john cena From 1988 to 2013, what are the BEST moments in Royal Rumble history (   The HTC Crew of Matt Harrak, Justin Czerwonka and Cameron Dougharty debate some of the best moments in one of wrestling's most historical matches, The Royal Rumble! Leave your thoughts & make sure to list your 5 below as well! Matt: 5. 1996 Royal Rumble - Jerry "The King" Lawler hiding under the ring 4. 2010 Royal Rumble - CM Punk "preaches" in between his Rumble eliminations 3. 2002 Royal Rumble - Mr. Perfect's WWE return & strong showing 2. 1995 Royal Rumble - Shawn Michaels wins from #1 & establishes the "Shawn Michaels" rule 1. 2006 Royal Rumble - Rey Mysterio wins from #2, last eliminating Triple H & Randy Orton   Justin: 5. 2007 Royal Rumble - Undertaker & Shawn Michaels epic battle for the final elimination 4. 2002 Royal Rumble - Maven eliminates The Undertaker 3. 1994 Royal Rumble - Diesel "arrives" eliminating people left and right 2. 1990 Royal Rumble - Hulk Hogan & Ultimate Warrior staredown 1. 2008 Royal Rumble - John Cena shocks MSG crowd with an early return from injury   Cam: 5. 2013 Royal Rumble - Chris Jericho's surprise return 4. 1992 Royal Rumble - ​Ric Flair enters at #3 & wins the WWF Championship by last eliminating Sid Justice​ 3. 1991 Royal Rumble - Bushwacker Luke eliminated in 4 seconds 2. 1997 Royal Rumble - Stone Cold "sneaks" back after being eliminated & wins the Rumble 1. 1999 Royal Rumble - Vince McMahon eliminates Steve Austin to win the Royal Rumble   Honorable Mentions: : 1997 - Steve Austin barely eliminating people in time to wait for the next entrance : 2011 - "Diesel" returns to a massive pop : 1998 - Mick Foley enters three times as the "3 Faces Of Foley" : 2011 - Santino Marella almost Alberto Del Rio to win the Royal Rumble : 2005 - Vince McMahon tears both quads angrily strutting to the ring : 2001 - Kane eliminates 11 men : 2011 - John Morrison's Spider-Man leap to the barricade : 1994 - Bret Hart & Lex Luger both win : 2001 - Kane clocks the Honky Tonk Man with the guitar : 2004 - You Know Who wins from #1 : 2000 - Kaientai enter illegally and are eliminated numerous times : 1993 - First year the winner received a title match at WrestleMania : 2004 - Randy Orton versus Mick Foley subplot : 2010 - Shawn Michaels wanting to win in order to face The Undertaker again at WrestleMania : 2010 - Edge winning the Royal Rumble after returning from injury Inside Pulse Wrestling no 1:59:33
A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble 1999: No Chance in Hell Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:31:22 +0000 rumble 98-99

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Arrowhead Pond – Anaheim, California – January 24, 1999

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

MATCH #1: Road Dogg vs. Big Boss Man

Both men are pulling double duty tonight, as they will be in the Rumble match later on. Road Dogg is the Hardcore Champion, but the title is not on the line for some reason and this is just a regular match. Boss Man is one half of the World Tag Team Champions along with Ken Shamrock. They start slowly, working the crowd into it before they really even do anything. Boss Man uses his size and power advantage, while Dogg tries to counteract with his quickness. Dogg goes to the floor to regroup while the referee and Boss Man argue about whether or not the nightstick can be used. That gives Dogg the chance to sweep Boss Man’s legs and pull him crotch-first into the ring post. Boss Man comes back and knocks Dogg back to the floor. Back in the ring Boss Man stays on the advantage with strikes. Dogg tries to fight back but Boss Man cuts him off. After several minutes Dogg is able to lock on a Sleeper, but Boss Man escapes and hits a backbreaker. Boss Man goes up top but Dogg grabs him and slams him down to the mat. They rise and a slugfest erupts. Dogg shakes, rattles, and rolls all over the Boss Man. He hits the knee drop for a two-count. Dogg then charges and Boss Man is able to grab him in the Boss Man Slam to get the pin at 11:52. That was decent enough for an opener, but the finish came out of nowhere. I still don’t get why it wasn’t a Hardcore Title match, as the crowd would have gotten more pumped during that. I mean did Boss Man need to go over that clean that they couldn’t do a title match?
Rating: **

MATCH #2: Intercontinental Championship Match – Ken Shamrock vs. Billy Gunn

Shamrock has been the Champion since 10.12.98, and this is his seventh defense. He is also one half of the World Tag Team Champions along with Big Boss Man. Both of these men are in the Royal Rumble match later on.The Champion charges into the ring and we start with an all-out brawl. Billy takes an early advantage but Shamrock is ready for a fight. They go back-and-forth a bit and Billy has the upper hand. Billy hits a delayed vertical suplex for two. He charges into the corner and Shamrock moves, so Billy’s shoulder connects with the ring post. Shamrock becomes dominant, working Billy over both in and out of the ring. They battle on the ring apron and Billy is able to heave Shamrock down face-first onto the Spanish Announce Table. Back in the ring Billy covers for two. Shamrock fights back and targets the left knee. He hits a Perfectplex for a near-fall. Billy ducks a clothesline and Shamrock nails the referee. Both men then knock each other down, so everyone is out. Val Venis sneaks into the ring and hits Shamrock with a DDT! Billy covers and the referee revives to make the count but it only gets two! The challenger is all fired up now and he is pouring the pressure on. Billy goes for an ax handle off the top rope but misses, rolling his ankle in the process. Shamrock thus puts on the Ankle Lock and Billy taps out at 14:23. That was a surprisingly entertaining match, as they kept the story simple and kept the pace going longer than I thought they could. The Val Venis interference played into the feud just fine, and the finish made sense. Well played, guys.
Rating: ***

MATCH #3: European Championship Match – X-Pac vs. Gangrel

X-Pac has been the Champion since 10.18.98, and this is his eleventh defense. I don’t recall what Gangrel did to earn this title shot besides have an awesome entrance. D-X is on a two match losing streak, so it’s up to X-Pac to snap it. They immediately start at a fast pace and wrestle to a standoff. Both of these men are in the Royal Rumble match later on. Gangrel tries a headlock but X-Pac counters out of it with a back suplex. X-Pac hits a legdrop and covers for two. He keeps the pressure on but misses a charge in the corner. Gangrel takes control, hitting an underhook belly-to-belly suplex. He keeps the Champion grounded, always good strategy with someone of X-Pac’s strengths. Gangrel goes up top and misses a big elbow drop. X-Pac fires up and unleashes a flurry of offense. He hits the Bronco Buster and then drills Gangrel with a spinning heel kick. X-Pac goes up top and Gangrel crotches him. Gangrel goes up and X-Pac shoves him back. X-Pac goes for a cross body block and Gangrel rolls over (sort of) for a near-fall (even though debuting referee Teddy Long counted three). Lawler helpfully explains that the first-count was for when X-Pac had Gangrel covered; my own replay shows that’s not the case, but I appreciate him taking the time to come up with a reason. Imagine him doing that today. Gangrel hits a powerslam for two. He tries a spinebuster but X-Pac counters with the X-Factor to get the pin at 5:53. That was too short but certainly spirited. I would have liked to see them go longer at some point, but I don’t think it happened.
Rating: **½

MATCH #4: Women’s Championship Match – Sable vs. Luna

Sable has been the Champion since 11.15.98, and this is her first defense. Shane McMahon personally introduces Luna, and announces that Sable will be unable to compete due to a back injury suffered earlier tonight on HeAT. He says Sable will be forfeiting the title. Sable makes her way out and says “ring the bell,” so there will be no forfeit. This is a strap match, with the corner touching rules in effect.

Sable is all fired up and Luna immediately bails. Back in the ring Sable continues to dominate. Luna fights back and targets the back, which she injured earlier tonight. She goes to touch the turnbuckles but Sable stops her and whips her repeatedly with the strap. Luna cuts her off and chokes Sable with the strap over her shoulder. She goes to touch the turnbuckles and Sable touches each one behind her as well. Sable goes to touch the fourth one and Shane jumps up on the apron to distract the referee. Sable’s stalker (Tori) jumps up and decks Luna, allowing Sable to touch the last buckle and get the win at 4:43. Not a whole lot happened in that match, but they kept it short and Sable didn’t embarrass herself, so that’s fine.
Rating: ¾*

MATCH #5: “I Quit” Match for the WWF Championship – Mankind vs. The Rock

Mankind has been the Champion since 1.4.99, and this is his second defense. They start off slugging away at each other and Mankind has the early advantage. Things quickly spill to the floor and Rock whips Mankind knees-first into the steps. That’s such a suck bump. Rock gets cocky and does his own commentary, so Mankind attacks him and they brawl on the announce table. Mankind continues to dominate both in and out of the ring, and even lulls Rock into unconsciousness with Mr. Socko! They fight through the crowd and Rock Mankind charges at Rock and gets caught in a powerslam over the guardrail! That was cool. Rock gets the ring bell and rings it right in Mankind’s ear, twice. He puts Mankind on the Spanish Announce Table and goes for a Rock Bottom but the table breaks underneath them before he can actually do the move. Bummer. Rock spits water at Mankind, and that just fires him up. Mankind beats Rock up the aisle. Rock comes back and hits a DDT on the concrete floor. Ouch. Momentum continues to shift and a ladder gets involved. Rock climbs up on a landing and Mankind follows. It looks like Mankind is going to knock Rock down, but the wily Rock counters with a punch to the balls. Rock then knocks Mankind off the landing and onto some electrical equipment, causing literal sparks to fly. Shane McMahon comes out and thinks the match should be over but Rock will have none of that. They make their way back to the ring and Rock produces a pair of handcuffs! Things are looking bad for Mankind, but the resilient Champion is able to fight back with assorted leg-based strikes to the nuts. Rock fights back and slams Mankind down. He goes outside the ring and breaks a chair back with him to assist with the People’s Elbow! That sounded sick. Things get famous now, as Rock unloads on Mankind with unprotected chair shots to the head. Mankind walks right into them and Rock continues to blast him. They go up the aisle, with Rock continuing to pound Foley’s head with the steel chair. Rock knocks Foley out with one final vicious shot, and finally Mankind says “I Quit” (sort of) to end this brutality at 21:47. That is one of the more famous matches of the Attitude Era, thanks in no small part to its role in Barry Blaustein’s “Beyond the Mat” documentary. All these years later, it is still a sick display, and even for the time a foolish endeavor. It’s amazing that Foley can even carry on a conversation at this point and doesn’t have serious brain damage. That being said, the match told a great story and both men played their roles to perfection. This was a great feud and this is by far the best remembered match that they had. For better or worse, it’s one of the defining matches of the era.
Rating: ****½

MATCH #6: Royal Rumble Match

Stone Cold Steve Austin will enter at #1, and Mr. McMahon will be #2. The winner gets a shot at the WWF Championship at WrestleMania XV, and whoever eliminates Stone Cold will received $100,000 from McMahon. The bell rings and Austin unloads on his boss, much to the delight of the entire crowd. Austin has a chance to eliminate McMahon but decides to keep him around. Golga is the #3 entrant, and I’m shocked at how over he is. Austin eliminates Golga in a matter of seconds. McMahon crawls under the bottom rope and runs through the crowd. Austin follows suit and they battle all the way to one of the men’s bathrooms, where the Corporation attacks Austin and lays him out! Meanwhile, Droz enters at #4 and has no one to fight. That changes when Edge makes his way out at #5. They brawl back and forth until the Light Heavyweight Champion Gillberg comes out with the #6 spot. Gillberg poses on the ropes and Edge dumps him out. Cut to the restroom, where Austin is completely laid out. Next up at #7 is Steve Blackman. Dan Severn is #8 and he goes right after Blackman. Apparently they were having a feud at this time but I don’t think they ever blew it off. Next up at #9 is Tiger Ali Singh. I forget he exists sometimes. The Blue Meanie of the JOB Squad is #10. Mosh is the scheduled entrant for the #11 slot, but Mabel attacks him backstage and steals his spot. Mabel and Sing eliminate Blackman and Severn together, and then Mabel dumps Singh out. We reach an even dozen with Road Dogg, as Mabel eliminates Meanie and then Droz. Dogg eliminates Edge, leaving himself alone with the monstrous Mabel. The lights go out and The Acolytes and Mideon eliminate Mabel and deliver him to their dark lord the Undertaker. Gangrel at lucky #13 gives Road Dogg someone to fight. It doesn’t take long for Dogg to elimiante Gangrel, making him a two-time loser tonight. The giant Kurrgan is #14. Kurrgan dominates, throwing Dogg around the ring. We’re halfway home with #15, Al Snow, who wisely tries to eliminate Kurrgan. Dogg sneaks up behind Snow and dumps him out. Goldust is #16. The Godfather is #17, and not much happens until Kane arrives with the #18 draw. Kane dumps Dogg, Kurrgan, Godfather, and Goldust in short order. The men in the white coats come out to get Kane and bring him back to the Institution, but Kane fights them off and then steps over the top rope as he leaves the ring, eliminating himself. I guess that’s a rule this year. Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion Ken Shamrock is #19, and he enters as Mr. McMahon makes his way back to the ring. McMahon and Austin are still technically legal, but Austin was taken away on a stretcher so he seems to be out of the match. Ever the gracious one, McMahon avoids fighting Shamrock and gets on commentary. Shamrock’s rival Billy Gunn comes running out at #20.

Test is #21, as they cut backstage to show the Ministry stuffing Mabel into the back of a hearse. At the same time, an ambulance pulls into the arena, and it’s Stone Cold Steve Austin! He’s back! Austin chases McMahon around the ring but gets cut off by Shamrock. Big Boss Man is #22, and he comes in just as Austin backdrops Shamrock to the floor. Triple H is #23. Val Venis follows at #24. Austin eliminates Billy Gunn, and then European Champion X-Pac comes out with the #25 draw. Venis works on Austin but is not able to eliminate him. Next up at #26 is “Sexual Chocolate” Mark Henry. Jeff Jarrett (with Debra) is #27. The ring is filling up as D-Lo Brown (with Terri and Jacqueline, P.M.S. – Pretty Mean Sistas) is #28. Austin eliminates Test, and Boss Man dumps X-Pac. Triple H eliminates Jarrett right as Owen Hart comes out at #29. The field is complete when Chyna makes history, becoming the first woman to enter the Rumble at #30. Chyna quickly eliminates Henry, but then gets eliminated by Austin. Triple H takes offense to that. He dumps Venis, but turns right around into a Stunner and gets clothelined out by Austin.

Now there are four men (plus Mr. McMahon) left. Austin dumps Owen out. D-Lo hits Austin with the ‘Lo Down, and then Boss Man dumps D-Lo out. Austin hits Boss Man with a Stunner and clotheslines him out. That means we’re back to where we started, with Austin vs McMahon! It’s just like 1995, sort of. Austin throws McMahon around ringside and clobbers him with a chair. Back in the ring Austin continues the physical and verbal abuse. New WWF Champion The Rock makes his way down with the title belt and distracts Austin. That allows McMahon to sneak up from behind and eliminate Austin to get the win at 56:36! At the time, watching with all my friends, this was super fun and we were so pissed that McMahon won. Looking back it’s one of the weaker Rumbles, with really only one story going on throughout the entire thing, and lots of jobbers in the early going and nobody important coming out between numbers 3-18.
Rating: **½

Royal Rumble Highlights

This is the usual highlight package, nothing out of the ordinary.


Longest Lasting Superstar in the Ring: Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mr. McMahon, 57 minutes
Superstar With Most Eliminations: Stone Cold Steve Austin, 8
Royal Rumble Rookies: The Blue Meanie, Chyna, Droz, Edge, Gangrel, Gillberg, Godfather, Golga, Kane, Mr. McMahon, Dan Severn, Tiger Ali Singh, Al Snow, Test, and Val Venis×120.jpg

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A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble 1998 Sun, 12 Jan 2014 14:23:10 +0000 rumble 98-99

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San Jose Arena – San Jose, California – January 18, 1998

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

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

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

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

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

Nation of Domination Looks for Stone Cold Steve Austin

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

Michael Cole Interviews The Rock

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

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

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

Home Video Exclusive: The Rock in the Locker Room

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

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

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

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

MATCH #5: Royal Rumble Match

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

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

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

Michael Cole Interviews Mike Tyson

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

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

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

Kane and Paul Bearer push the casket up by the entrance. This doesn’t look good. Kane grabs an ax and chops up the casket, and then pours gasoline on it. He then lights the casket on fire! That’s quite the image to go out on for the pay-per-view.

Home Video Exclusive: After the Casket Match

Ring crew and WWF Officials come out and extinguish the fire and get the casket open. Undertaker is not inside, and his voice comes over the arena sound system, noting that he will not Rest In Peace.

Longest Lasting Superstar in the Ring: The Rock, 52 minutes
Superstar With Most Eliminations: Stone Cold Steve Austin, 7
Royal Rumble Rookies: 8-Ball, Steve Blackman, Tom Brandi, D-Lo Brown, Chainz, Mark Henry, Kurrgan, Bradshaw, Mosh, Ken Shamrock, Skull, and Thrasher×120.jpg

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A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble 1997 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 17:00:14 +0000 rumble 93-97

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Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas – January 19, 1997

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

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

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

Comments from the Rumble participants

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

MATCH #2: Faarooq vs. Ahmed Johnson

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

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

Comments from the Rumble participants

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

MATCH #3: Vader vs. Undertaker

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

Comments from the Rumble participants

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

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

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

MATCH #5: Royal Rumble Match

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

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

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

Sid has been the Champion since 11.17.96, and this is his third defense. The Champion shows off his power in the early going. Michaels fights back with his spee and tenacity. He kicks Sid to the floor. He goes out after him and tries a whip into the apron but it gets reversed. Back in the ring Michaels goes up top and Sid catches him on the way down with a powerslam for two. Sid then makes Michaels humble with the Camel Clutch. Michaels gets out of it but is quickly overpowered and dumped back to the floor. Sid focuses on the back and just abuses Michaels in inhumane ways. This goes on for quite some time, and whenever Michaels tries to make the comeback Sid cuts him off. Eventually Michaels finally does make the comeback, bodyslamming Sid and following with a flying forearm. Michaels goes up top and hits Hail to the King. The band tunes up but Sid catches it and dumps Michaels to the floor. Sid follows him out and delivers a Powerbomb on the floor! Jose Lothario and his kid try to get involved but Sid will have none of it. Back in the ring Mihcaels fights back right away and the referee gets bumped. Sid hits a huge Chokeslam but there is no referee to count. A second referee comes out but can only get to two. Sid strikes the second official just for fun. Jose gets up on the ring apron to distract Sid, allowing Michaels to use one of the ringside cameras as a weapon. That’s called a receipt, kids. The original referee crawls over to make the cover but Sid kicks out! Moments later Michaels hits Sweet Chin Music to get the pin and regain the title at 13:49. Shawn was legitimately battling the flu during this match so it definitely felt substandard and not to the level of their Survivor Series match. It was a decent David versus Goliath match with a foregone conclusion for a finish, but 1997 Shawn is still amazing so there is fun to be had in watching this.
Rating: ***

Royal Rumble Highlights

This is just over two minutes of highlights from the event. Not all of the matches were great, but there definitely were some highlights and memorable moments on this show.

Royal Rumble Trivia

Longest Lasting Superstar in the Ring: Stone Cold Steve Austin, 45 minutes
Superstar With Most Eliminations: Stone Cold Steve Austin, 10
Royal Rumble Rookies: Cibernetico, Faarooq, Flash Funk, Terry Funk, Phineas I. Godwinn, Goldust, Jesse Jammes, Ahmed Johnson, Latin Lover, Mankind, Mil Mascaras, Marc Mero, Pierroth, Razor Ramon, Rocky Maivia, and The Sultan×120.jpg

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A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble 1996 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:00:02 +0000 rumble 93-97

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Selland Arena – Fresno, California – January 21, 1996

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

MATCH #1: Jeff Jarrett vs. Ahmed Johnson

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

Todd Pettengill Interviews Diesel

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

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

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

Billionaire Ted’s Wrasslin’ War Room

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

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

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

Comments from Rumble Participants

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

MATCH #4: Royal Rumble Match

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

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

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

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

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

It starts off as a slug fest, which does not go well for the Champion. Undertaker dominates the early minutes with his size and power advantage. This goes on for several minutes until Bret makes the comeback and sends Undertaker to the floor. Bret follows him out with a house show dive. He tries a dive off the apron but Undertaker catches him and rams his spine into the ring post. The fight continues on the floor as the referee is being very liberal with the count. Momentum shifts back to Bret, and he targets the knee, always a good strategy against a big guy and when your finishing move is the Sharpshooter. This goes on approximately forever before Undertaker makes the comeback. Undertaker throws Bret to the floor and chokes him with a TV cable and even uses a chair. Back in the ring Bret is able to fight back and reusme work on the leg and knee. Undertaker fights back. Yawn. Bret hits a DDT for a two-count. He goes for the Sharpshooter but Undertaker avoids it. Both men hit a simultaneous clothesline and both men are down. Back on their feet Bret is able to remove Undertaker’s protective mask. Bret concentrates on the face, ramming it into an exposed turnbuckle. Undertaker gets angry and hits the Tombstone Piledriver but Diesel returns and pulls the referee to the floor before a count can be made. That’s obviously a disqualification at 28:28. This is one of the worst matches I’ve ever seen between two great wrestlers. It went on forever and never got out of first gear, they just did stuff back and forth and it never went anywhere. Not to mention going that long for THAT finish is insulting. It also makes Bret, the Champion, look like a giant pussy. What a disaster of a main event.
Rating: *½

Royal Rumble Plus

Todd Pettengill is with WWF President Gorilla Monsoon, who announces that Bret Hart will defend the WWF Title against Diesel in a Steel Cage match at In Your House next month. Elsewhere, Dok Hendrix gets a celebratory promo from Shawn Michaels. Back with Pettengill and Monsoon, the Undertaker busts in and says that it will be a cold day in hell before Diesel wins a title. Monsoon decides to put the Bret versus Diesel match in a steel cage to prevent Undertaker from interfering. Hendrix gets Diesel’s reaction to that announcement, who steals a catchphrase from Ric Flair and says he’s not afraid of the Undertaker. Pettengill gets a word with Jim Cornette and Vader. Cornette declares Vader a top contender to the title.

Royal Rumble Highlights

This is a standard three-minute highlight package. It does a good job summing up the show, but I wouldn’t particularly call them “highlights.” This was a very weak show.


Longest Lasting Superstar in the Ring: Hunter Hearst-Helmsley, 48 minutes
Superstar With Most Eliminations: Shawn Michaels, 8
Royal Rumble Rookies: The Ringmaster, 1-2-3 Kid, Dory Funk Jr., Doug Gilbert, Hakushi, Hunter Hearst-Helmsley, Barry Horowitz, Kama, Takao Omori, Squat Team I, Squat Team II, Vader, Savio Vega, and Isaac Yankem D.D.S.×120.jpg

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A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble 1995 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 14:00:46 +0000 rumble 93-97

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

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

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

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

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

Stephanie Wyand interview update

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

MATCH #2: Irwin R. Schyster vs. Undertaker

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

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

Todd Pettengill interviews Diesel and Bret Hart

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

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

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

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

Todd Pettengill in Pamela Anderson’s dressing room

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1994 Royal Rumble Highlights

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

MATCH #5: Royal Rumble Match

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

Aldo Montoya is #21, looking as ridiculous as ever. Henry Godwinn is the #22 entrant. Not much happens and Billy Gunn comes out at #23. Bart Gunn is next at #24. The brawling continues, and then former two-time WWF Champion Bob Backlund makes his way out at #25, and Bret Hart attacks him just like he did his brother Owen Steven Dunn is #26 and the commentators barely know who he is either. When Backlund finally does get in the ring he is dumped out by Luger! Bret and Backlund then brawl to the back. Next up is veteran and former World Tag Team Champion (with Adrian Adonis in 1984) Dick Murdoch at #27. When this show first happened I admit I had no idea who Murdoch was. Adam Bomb comes out at #28, the second straight year he drew a really good number. Headshrinker Fatu, one of last year’s Final Four, is #29. Luger gets rid of Mantaur. The final entrant is Crush at #30. He and Murdoch work together to elimiante both Billy and Bart, who were fighting each other. Montoya elimiantes Dunn. Murdoch foolishly tries to headbutt Fatu and hurts his own head in the process. Crush sends Bomb over the top rope. Michaels dumps Montoya out. Crush ends Fatu’s night. Godwinn eliminates Murdoch while almost getting eliminated himself. We’re down to just five now. Luger dumps Godwinn out, so the final four is Luger, Crush, Bulldog, and Michaels. This is the first time any of the first two entrants have lasted to the end. Luger delivers mounted punches in the corner to Crush, and Michaels comes from behind and helps Crush dump him out. I totally thought Luger was winning this wheni t happened so this bummed me out. Michaels and Crush team up on Bulldog, and then Crush tries to press slam Michaels to the floor. That doesn’t work, and Bulldog is able to clothesline Crush out. We’re down to the last two, who are also the first two. Bulldog is a house afire and is throwing Michaels all over the ring. He press slams him crotch first on the top rope, and then clotheslines him (he thinks) to the floor. Bulldog’s music even plays but Michaels had held on and only one foot touched the floor. Michaels sneaks back in and dumps Bulldog to the floor to win the Rumble at 38:42! That’s still the shortest Rumble ever, but it was quite a bit of fun. I love the story of Michaels and Bulldog lasting the entire time, and the finish was pretty awesome. I really liked the angle of Bret attacking both Owen and Backlund, causing their eliminations. The only thing dragging this one down is the preponderance of jobbers and deadweight, but I think this Rumble is a little overlooked.
Rating: ***¾


Longest Lasting Superstar in the Ring: Shawn Michaels, British Bulldog (tie), 39 minutes
Superstar With Most Eliminations: Shawn Michaels, 6
Royal Rumble Rookies: Eli Blu, Jacob Blu, King Kong Bundy, Jimmy Del Rey, Duke “The Dumpster” Droese, Steven Dunn, Henry Godwinn, Mantaur, Aldo Montoya, Dick Murdoch, Tom Prichard, Sione, Timothy Well×120.jpg

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A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble 1994 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:00:55 +0000 rumble 93-97

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

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

MATCH #1: Tatanka vs. Bam Bam Bigelow

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

The Quebecers vs. Hart Brothers History

This is an excellent video package that shows all the history between Bret and Owen Hart since the Survivor Series. Owen was starting to feel like he was living in Bret’s shadow and wanted to wrestle him just to see who the better man was. Bret refused to fight his brother and they patched things up, deciding to go after the World Tag Team Titles instead. Meanwhile, The Quebecers lost the titles to Marty Jannetty & The 1-2-3 Kid on January 10, but regained them the following week at MSG.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MATCH #5: Royal Rumble Match

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

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

Bret and Michaels pair off while Luger and Fatu do battle. Michaels and Fatu look a little fresher and they take control, even working together to try and eliminate Luger. That doesn’t work just yet and Luger gets all fired up. Michaels and Fatu both get whipped toward a corner and get simultaneously eliminated by Bret and Luger, who are now the final two. They slug at each other briefly and Luger picks Bret up, but Bret uses momentum to send them both tumbling to the floor at the same time. No bell rang, but they hit the floor at about 55:05. The referees are confused about who hit the floor first. Referee Joey Marella declares Luger the winner, but Earl Hebner disagrees and declares Bret the winner. WWF President Jack Tunney maks his way out to sort it out, as McMahon and DiBiase look at the instant replays. To me it looks like Bret hit the floor first, but they did a good job of making it look close. After much hemming and hawing, Howard Finkel announces that both Hart and Luger are the winners, putting the WrestleMania X title shot up in the air. At any rate, this was a really fun Rumble with lots of great talent. They had a great story with Luger and especially Bret overcoming the odds to make it to the end, and the co-winners is not that bad of an idea.
Rating: ****

Royal Rumble Highlights

This is just a standard little video package with about two minutes of still photos set to some uber cheesy music. I always liked these when I was a kid though. They take one lasdt look at the replay but it’s still inconclusive.


Longest Lasting Superstar in the Ring: Bam Bam Bigelow, 31 minutes
Superstar With Most Eliminations: Diesel, 7
Royal Rumble Rookies: Bam Bam Bigelow, Adam Bomb, Bastion Booger, Diesel, Doink, Bart Gunn, Billy Gunn, Jeff Jarrett, Lex Luger, Kabuki, Kwang, Mabel, Mo, Sparky Plugg, Rick Steiner, and Scott Steiner×120.jpg

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A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble 1993 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:00:15 +0000 rumble 93-97

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ARCO Arena – Sacramento, California – January 24, 1993

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

MATCH #1: Beverly Brothers vs. Steiner Brothers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MATCH #5: Royal Rumble Match

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

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


Longest Lasting Superstar in the Ring: Bob Backlund, 61 minutes
Superstar With Most Eliminations: Yokozuna, 6
Royal Rumble Rookies: Bob Backlund, Carlos Colon, Damien Demento, Fatu, Owen Hart, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Max Moon, Samu, Papa Shango, Tatanka, Genichiro Tenryu, and Yokozuna×120.jpg

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A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble 1992 Sun, 05 Jan 2014 14:00:08 +0000 Rumble 88-92

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

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

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

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

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

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

MATCH #3: Beverly Brothers vs. The Bushwhackers

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

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

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

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

MATCH #5: Royal Rumble Match for the WWE Championship

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

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


Longest Lasting Superstar in the Ring: Ric Flair, 60 minutes
Superstar With Most Eliminations: Sid Justice, 6
Royal Rumble Rookies: Berzerker, Ric Flair, Sid Justice, Col. Mustafa, Repo Man, Jerry Sags, Irwin R. Schyster, Skinner, Sgt. Slaughter, and Virgil×120.jpg

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A2Z Analysiz: WWF Royal Rumble 1990 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 14:00:16 +0000 Rumble 88-92

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Orlando Arena – Orlando, Florida – January 21, 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MATCH #5: Royal Rumble Match

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

Everyone in the ring wisely decides to gang up on Earthquake and they get him over the ropes. Even Bravo adds a little assist. #21 is the Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior, and the crowd goes ballistic. Warrior immediately eliminates Bravo. Rick Martel is #22. Haku eliminates Smash. Next up is #23, Tito Santana. He goes right after his former tag team partner Martel. How did those two never have a singles match on pay-per-view? Honky Tonk Man is #24 as Warrior, Martel and DiBiase eliminate Neidhart. That seems like a lot for just the Anvil. Warrior finally eliminates DiBiase after about 45 minutes to a big pop. The WWE Champion Hulk Hogan is #25 and the crowd loses it. Hogan eliminates Snuka and Haku. Warrior eliminates Santana. Shawn Michaels comes out at #26 to a big pop as Hogan eliminates Honky. Warrior dumps Michaels and Martel, leaving an epic showdown between the WWE Champion Hogan and the Intercontinental Champion Warrior. They criss-cross and clothesline each other. Both men are down and the crowd went nuts for that. While both men are down Barbarian comes out at #27 and starts picking the bones. “Ravishing” Rick Rude jumps the gun and comes out at #28 well before he should have. Barbarian and Rude try to eliminate Hogan, and for some reason Warrior saves him. Then Rude and Barbarian start eliminating Warrior, and Hogan helps them out. Before he leaves, Warrior gets back in the ring and clotheslines Rude and Barbarian, but not Hogan. That’s weird. Hercules is #29. As we all know, Mr. Perfect is the last man in at #30. Hercules eliminates Barbarian and we’re down to the final four – Hogan, Rude, Hercules, and Perfect. Rude eliminates Hercules. Perfect and Rude try to double-team Hogan, but it backfires and Perfect accidentally eliminates Rude. A weakened Hogan gets hit with the Perfect-Plex, but that of course just gives him the chance to Hulk Up. Hogan catapults Perfect into the ring post and ping-pongs him around the ring before tossing him out for the win at 58:41. That’s an awesome and perhaps underrated Royal Rumble, with tons of talent and some awesome booking throughout the match. I know a lot of people think Mr. Perfect should have won, but as he was on his way to face Brutus Beefcake at WrestleMania VI I don’t think it would have helped him in any significant way.
Rating: ****¼


Longest Lasting Superstar in the Ring: “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, 45 minutes
Superstar With Most Eliminations: Hulk Hogan, 5
Royal Rumble Rookies: Earthquake, Haku, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, “Ravishing” Rick Rude, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka×120.jpg

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