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WrestleMania XX: Celebrating The Past and Embracing the Future

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WrestleMania XX was a celebration of Vince McMahon’s biggest gamble. As expected for such a celebration, the card was stacked with great sounding matches. Several future big names are on this card, as well the tried-and-true favorites. Can this card and the superstars on it possibly meet the expectations such hype creates? Let’s find out!

Opener:

We start off the Boys Choir of Harlem singing ‘America, the Beautiful’. The kids sound fantastic and they start off with my favorite verse of ‘America, the Beautiful’ the song ends with a beautiful shot of New York City.

We get a great montage about Vince McMahon’s vision. Having watched all the WrestleMania’s so far, it’s incredible how far things have come from MSG in 1985 when no one knew if WWF would still be in business after WrestleMania.

Next is another great montage about what WrestleMania and Madison Square Garden means to WWE and the Superstars, ending with Vince, Shane, and Shane’s oldest son, who was a newborn at the time.

Everyone is so excited, you can feel it through the television.

WWE United States Championship Match: The Big Show vs John Cena

Cena comes out to a really great pop. He was still in his ‘Thuganomics’ gimmick, but he at least came out in a Patrick Ewing jersey. Cena raps a promo to the crowd about Big Show. Big Show comes out and he’s not in a good mood, for some strange reason.

This was a really good match. Cena’s still a little rough around the edges but Show really shows the potential in Cena.

Winner: John Cena by pinfall after clocking Big Show with his brass knuckles.

Highlights:

  1. Cena’s rap
  2. Show superkicking Cena right in the face
  3. Cena not giving up
  4. 500lb FU
  5. Cena diverting the ref’s attention with the chain and KOing Big Show with the brass knuckles

Comment: Seeing future stars in their first WrestleMania is always something I enjoy, and I remember being so excited for Cena when he won.

We get an Evolution promo about their match with Rock-n-Sock Connection and Randy’s promo skills leave a lot to be desired.

Fatal 4-Way Match for the World Tag Team Championship: Booker T & Rob van Dam vs Dudley Boys vs Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak vs La Resistance

La Resistance is out to little reaction. Cade/Jindrak get a slight reaction, but not a lot. Dudleys get a great reaction. Booker T/RVD also get a good reaction.

This was a really good match. All four teams did a great job, but this match was slow until the last couple of minutes.

Winner: Booker T and RVD by pinfall

Comment: I liked this match.

We get a video recap of the Jericho/Christian creepy feud over Trish Stratus.

Christian vs Chris Jericho

Christian comes out to boos. Jericho gets a pretty good pop. Creepy, godawful story aside, this was a really great match. These two meshed seamlessly and put on a showstopper, in my opinion.

 Winner: Christian by pinfall after Trish ‘accidentally’ attacks Jericho. After the match, Trish slaps Jericho, and joins forces with Christian, thus turning heel for the first time since early 2001.

Comment: I hated this storyline but I love watching these two wrestle.

We get a great promo by Rock-n-Sock, who both look fired up about their match against Evolution, and the fact that it’s Foley’s first match in four years. Rock shows the excitement in the Garden, including the only WrestleMania appearance of the late Matthew ‘Rosey’ Anoa’i.

Evolution vs Rock ‘n Sock Connection – Handicap Tag Team Match

Well, after that fiery promo, Evolution’s reception is a little flat. Flair gets the best pop of the Evolution members. Foley gets a really great pop, being the hometown boy. Rock gets a great pop.

While I enjoyed this match, this was not one of Foley’s better matches. Unlike HBK, who came back after four years and didn’t seem to have missed a step, Foley’s time away from competition showed here. This is when Flair’s decline was also starting to show a bit. Still, this was a good match.

Winner: Evolution by pinfall. Mick is visibly upset, as is the Rock. The crowd is applauding both men and Rock joins them. Rock-n-Sock shake hands and hug.

Highlights:

  1. Rock’s promo.
  2. Rock vs Ric Flair
  3. Foley hitting a crossbody on Ric Flair
  4. Rock vs Batista
  5. Rock vs Orton

Comment: This would be the Rock’s last WrestleMania for seven years. He would return as the Host of WrestleMania XXVII in 2011 and embark on a multi-WrestleMania feud with John Cena, culminating at WrestleMania XXIX.

We get a recap of the Hall of Fame ceremony, first time that the whole thing was shown to fans. Our inductees were: Superstar Billy Graham, Sgt. Slaughter, Tito Santana, Harley Race, Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura, Big John Studd, Pete Rose, Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine, Don Muraco, Junkyard Dog,  and  Bobby Heenan. Mean Gene does the first Hall of Fame reveal. The crowd does the ‘Weasel’ chant and Heenan reacts accordingly.

Playboy Evening Gown Match: Torrie Wilson & Sable vs Miss Jackie & Stacy Kiebler

Sable gets little reaction, Torrie gets a good reaction. Miss Jackie gets no reaction. Stacy gets the best reaction. The best that can be said about this match is that it was short and the ladies didn’t wrestle in heels, or evening dresses for that matter.

Winner: Torrie and Sable by pinfall

Comment: What did I just watch and why was it on a WrestleMania card?

We get a video of Axxess, which looks so fun, like always.

Backstage we get a moment between Benoit and Eddie. Eddie recounts their history, being like familia and being Eddie’s vato, and that no matter what happens in the Triple Threat Match, he’s proud of him. Benoit is touched but tells Eddie not to talk to him like that. Eddie points out who Benoit is up against: Triple H AND HBK and that no one really expects Benoit to win. Benoit is pissed and blows his stack a little, saying that he believes in himself and that that’s all that matters and this is his night.

Eddie starts laughing, much to Benoit’s confusion, and says that what he was trying to do was fire Benoit up. Funny, he seemed to just be making him mad. Benoit says that tonight, Eddie will walk out of MSG as WWE Champion and he will walk out World Heavyweight Champion.

Cruiserweight Open for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Chavo Guerrero, Jr (with Chavo Classic) vs Akio vs Billy Kidman vs Funaki vs Jamie Noble vs Nunzio vs Rey Mysterio vs Shannon Moore vs Tajiri vs Ultimo Dragon

This is a Gauntlet match for all intents and purposes. A lot of the Cruiserweights get minimal reactions, Mysterio gets a pretty good pop and is dressed like The Flash. Chavo and Chavo Classic come out first to boos, but because he’s Champion, Chavo gets to enter last. This was a great match, very fast paced, but very good.

Winner: Chavo Jr with an assist by Chavo Classic

Highlights: The whole match. Mysterio taking out Chavo Classic.

Comment: I enjoyed this match, stupid finish aside.

Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg. Special Guest Referee: Stone Cold Steve Austin

Austin gets a great pop. Lesnar comes out to boos, Goldberg gets a mixed reaction. I was not impressed with this match, and apparently the crowd wasn’t either, judging by the chants and reactions to Goldberg and Lesnar.

Winner: Goldberg by pinfall.

Highlights: Austin stunning Goldberg and Lesnar.

Comment: This would be the last WrestleMania for Lesnar and Goldberg for several years. Both left the company after this match and wouldn’t return until 2012 and 2016.

Vince comes out and thanks the crowd for their support over the years. It’s always nice to see Vince outside his Mr. McMahon persona.

Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship: Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty vs APA vs The Basham Brothers vs The World’s Greatest Tag Team

WGTT get a good reaction, so do the APA. Basham Brothers get no reaction. Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty get a good reaction. Like the RAW match, this was quick, but pretty good. WGTT was amazing to watch.

Winner: Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty retain by pinning one of the Bashams afterwards, they celebrate by dancing in the ring, to the joy of the crowd.

Highlight: Rikishi and Scotty dancing.

Comment: I enjoyed that match.

We get a promo about Edge’s return from neck surgery.

WWE Women’s Championship Match – Title vs Hair: Victoria vs Molly Holly

Molly comes out to little reaction. Victoria gets a great pop. This was a really good match. Molly and Victoria work really well together and it was an honest back and forth match.

Winner: Victoria by pinfall. Per the stipulation, Molly has to get her head shaved. Understandably, Molly isn’t eager to get her head shaved and so tries to bail out, Victoria chases her and they fight on the ramp, and Molly gets the upper hand decides to shave Victoria’s head. She manages to get off a few locks when the clippers jam and Victoria comes to. Molly gets knocked out and given the GI Jane treatment.

Highlights: Molly getting her head shaved.

Comment: This was a really great match, stipulation aside.

We get a video recap of the Eddie/Angle feud. I hated Angle SO much during this feud.

After the video, Victoria is nearly done with Molly, who looks ready to die.

WWE Championship Match: Eddie Guerrero vs Kurt Angle

Angle is out first to the usual ‘You suck’ chants. Eddie comes out in a Cadillac low rider to a nice pop. To no big surprise, this match is amazing. These two worked extremely well together and were well-matched.

 Winner: Eddie Guerrero by pinfall after tricking Angle into thinking his ankle was hurt and wrapping his legs around the ropes. Angle, who has been left holding Eddie’s boot, is livid.

Highlights: Eddie lying, cheating, and stealing a win.

Comment: This is a match of the night contender.

We get a recap of the Undertaker/Kane feud.

The Streak: Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) vs Kane

Kane gets little reaction and is trash talking towards the backstage entrance when the lights go out. The Deadman Cometh. In an entrance comparable to his WrestleMania XIV entrance, Taker is first preceded by Paul Bearer (who gets a great pop) and the druids, who line the ramp. Undertaker comes out his Deadman gimmick, which is a mixture of his various gimmicks over the years. Needless to say, the pop for Undertaker is tremendous.

This is not a technical masterpiece or a hidden gem. This was a fistfight, but a very good one.

Winner: Undertaker by pinfall. The Streak is 12-0

Highlights: Taker’s entrance.

Comment: While this match wasn’t a technical masterpiece, it told a good story and was fun to watch.

We get a video recap of the Benoit/HBK/Triple H feud. I really hated HBK for trying to rob Benoit of his earned title shot.

Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Triple H vs Shawn Michaels vs Chris Benoit

HBK is out first and the pop is good, but not what I expected. Benoit is out next to a good pop. Triple H gets the loudest of the pops.

Winner: Chris Benoit by submission. Afterwards, as Benoit celebrates, Eddie Guerrero comes into the ring and applauds, proud of what his friend has finally accomplished. Together, the two friends celebrate the night that saw them both walk out as champions.

Comment: This was my favorite WrestleMania moment for a long time and it still brings back fond memories of checking WWE.com and jumping up and down when I saw that Eddie and Benoit had both won.  Even knowing how the story would end for both guys hasn’t changed that, I welled up watching this match for the first time in several years because they were both so happy that night and I was happy for them.

Overall Comments

So, did WrestleMania XX live up to its great looking card? Overall, I’d say it lived up to it quite well. This was a really good show, if a little long. I will say that either the audience was making the wrestlers work very hard for pops or there was something up with the background audio on WWE Network, because the pops were quiet or almost non-existent for almost everyone but the very top stars.

 Stinkers: Playboy Evening Gown Match

Match of the Night: 

  • RAW: Triple Threat Match, Women’s match
  • SmackDown: WWE Championship Match

 Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this show. A lot of great stories were told, and we had several great moments.


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Chairshots Classics: SummerSlam 2008

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SummerSlam 2008 gives us The Undertaker and Edge in a Hell in the Cell match.  CM Punk and JBL go face-to-face for the World Heavyweight Title,  Matt Hardy squares up with Mark Henry for the ECW Championship and on the WWE side of the Strap we get Triple H and The Great Kahli….all this and so much more in this edition of The Chairshot Classic.

Today we will spend the evening in The Conseco Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The show is sold-out with 15,997 in attendance and another 447K tuning in on PPV at home. The theme song for the night will be “Ready to Roll” by Jet Black Stare and the event is sponsored by the 20th Century Fox film “Street Kings”. On a sidenote this is a great movie that stars Keanu Reeves and Forrest Whitaker. Its the story of crooked cops and one mans journey to bring it all down. Check it out. This is also the first PPV after the WWE went to a PG rating, the last one of the PG-13 era being The Great American Bash. Let’s head to the arena and see if this effects the overall product as it’s time for “The Biggest Blockbuster of the Summer”!

The show opens with a movie trailer that is done to make SummerSlam seem like the Blockbuster event of the Summer. It goes on to show Vickie Guerrero reinstate The Undertaker and grant him his Hell in a Cell match with Edge. This a feud that carried over from WrestleMania and Taker and Edge were the first to Main Event both events in the same year. This is a well done package and ranks up there in best opens at SummerSlam for sure.

After the package ends Jim Ross welcomes us into the sold-out show and he introduces the other announcers, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Michael Cole. The three men run through the nights card and the first competitor of the night is introduced. Jeff Hardy enters and he gets the usual love from the fans. Or as a JR says “A Michael Phelps-like welcome.”  JR is tasked with calling the first match and his partner is Tazz. I wish they would move past this mutli-brand announcing as I am a fan of just one announce crew, not three. Montel Vontavious Porter, or MVP is next out for what looks to be a good opening bout.

As soon as the bell sounds, MVP goes for a big opening kick but Hardy dodges it. This opens a window of opportunity for Jeff to land a series of haymakers to the midsection. MVP rolls from the ring to recover and Hardy is quick to follow him. MVP uses this to his advantage and slides right back into the ring, hoping to get the upper hand. This backfires, and Jeff pulls him back out of the ring by his feet. Hardy then slams MVP into the security wall getting the first nice pop of the night. After high-fiving some fans, Hardy bounces MVP off the apron and returns him to the ring. A springboard leg drop and a pin attempt follow, but MVP gets his foot on the rope to break the count. An armbar is next, and when Hardy transitions into a standing variety of the hold, MVP is able to find the ropes. Hardy keeps the advantage for some time but it starts to shift after MVP hits the charging Hardy with a belly-to-belly toss into the turnbuckle. MVP tries for a cover but Hardy gets the shoulder up at two. MVP works Hardy with an armlock next and every time Hardy is close to escaping, Porter nails him with strikes to keep the hold applied. This eventually leads to Jeff Hardy being put in the camel clutch in the center of the ring. Jeff manages to escape it, but MVP is quick to put him into a variation of  a single leg crab. Hardy finally finds the ropes and the official is forced to break the hold.

Hardy rolls to the apron to escape the stomps of MVP and tries to springboard back into the ring. This doesn’t go as planned and MVP catches Jeff, mid springboard, with a right hook. The crowd have a little “MVP” chant here as he brings Hardy back into the ring. Porter tries for a cover and is shocked when he is only rewarded a near fall. An Alabama slam is next, and this leaves Hardy suspended in a tree of woe position. After a quick argument with the official, MVP slams Hardy to the mat and goes for another cover. He is again only gets a near fall and pick Hardy back up. He puts Jeff into a Razor’s Edge like set-up but Hardy escapes with the backslide and catches MVP with a reverse neckbreaker. Hardy lands the mule kick and this sends MVP into the corner. When Hardy charges him, MVP pulls off the ropes for momentums and dropkicks Hardy square in the chest. This had some nice impact and sends Hardy sailing across the ring. MVP is quick with another cover attempt, but for the fourth time he only gets the two count. MVP then whips Jeff into the corner, and when he bounces back out, MVP sends him right back into it with a dropkick. MVP tries for the Drive-by Kick but Hardy explodes from the corner and catches him with a slingblade. Both men lay prone as the ref starts his count. They both slowly return to their feet at the count of seven and Hardy gets the advantage with a Russian leg sweep. Hardy tries for the leg drop cover but it’s MVP’s turn to kick-out. Hardy explodes into a springboard Whisper in the Wind and so does the crowd when this happens. Hardy is quick to return to the top rope, and when he gets up there we see Shelton Benjamin appear at ringside. Hardy crossbodies him and returns right to the top rope. Jeff tries for the Swanton Bomb, but the interference allows MVP to roll from harms way. Hardy hits the mat hard and this allows MVP to hit the Drive-by Kick. When MVP makes the cover, this time he gets the three count and the victory. This was a decent match but I expected better from these two. Not a must watch by any stretch of the imagination and could be skipped over. Match Time-10:21

Next we get an interview with two of the competitors in the next match that is an inter-gender bout with the Intercontinental and Women’s Championships on the line. This is team Glamerella, which is made up of Beth Phoenix and Santino Marella. Maria Kanellis interviews the two and this is all really lame stuff here. We re-enter the arena after this tragedy and Lillian Garcia tells us that this is a winner takes all tag-team bout for the IC and Women’s Titles. I find this quite offensive to one of my all-time favorite Titles, The Intercontinental Championship. Out first is the Women’s Champion Mickie James, who receives a nice pop from the fans. The IC Champ is out next and the crowd has even more pop for Kofi Kingston. Glamerella is out next and incase you’re to young to remember this name was a play on the common theme of combined celebrity names at the time. Most famously was the couple of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, or Brangelina, if you will.

The Glamazon and Mickie James start the bout and the collar and elbow leads to a side headlock for Mickie. She tries to hip toss Phoenix, but she is overpowered and Phoenix tosses Mickie off of her. Phoenix is soon kneeling after James dropkicks her knee out from under her. James then hits the ropes and lands another dropkick, this time to the face of Phoenix. Phoenix reverses into a backdrop and this allows her to tag in Marella. As this is a inter-gender match Mickie James isn’t forced to come out and lands a kick to the back of Marella’s head. She avoids a clothesline from him and this gives her the opportunity to tag in her partner. After the tag is made, Kingston enters the ring via the top rope and nails Marella with a crossbody. Kofi lands a few flipping maneuvers before he sends Santino Marella flying from the ring with a European uppercut. Phoenix starts to yell at her partner and this is when James enters the ring and sends Phoenix sailing off the apron with a dropkick to the back. The crowd pops for this and Beth picks Santino up, as to protect him, because it looks like Kofi is coming out of the ring with a suicide dive. Kofi instead dives into the top rope, intentionally, and bounces back into the ring. Cool stuff here from Kingston.

Marella returns to the apron and when Kofi tries to pull him into the ring Marella hotshots him with a reverse neckbreaker. After Marella does a little more offense and delivers a thumb to the eye of Kingston, he tags Beth Phoenix back in. After a quick kick to the midsection of Kofi, she tags her partner right back in. Marella hits a snap suplex and goes for the cover. Kofi kicks it out at two. Marella responds to this by sitting on the back of Kofi and wrenching on the IC champ’s neck. Kofi eventually stands this up and both men hit the ropes. The two collide in the middle and it looks as though they accidently bumped heads. Marella makes the tag and Kofi is able to do the same. Mickie comes in hot and nails the Glamazon with a series of forearms. Mickie then hits the ropes and takes Phoenix off her feet with a slingblade. She hits a second slingblade and when Marella tries to enter the ring James dropkicks him off the apron. After a hurricanrana, Mickie heads to the top rope and hits Phoenix with the Lou Thesz press from the air. She goes for the cover but Marella enters the ring to break it up. James hits him with a cool tornado DDT but this allows Phoenix to attack her from behind. Phoenix hits James with the Glam Slam and makes the cover. The ref counts the three and Beth Phoenix and Santino Marella are new Title holders. This is the first time the IC Title changed hands at SummerSlam since 2002 when Rob Van Dam beat Chris Benoit. (More on that here.) If you have taken the time to read about this match do yourself a favor and DON’T watch it. Pure trash and a disgrace to a Title that has been carried by some of the greatest bell-to-bell performers of all-time. Match Time-5:35

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Chairshot Classics: WCW WrestleWar ’91

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For the first time, WCW holds a pay-per-view fully on their own, as they continue their slow split with the National Wrestling Alliance. This event is not under the NWA banner any longer, but brings back the WarGames for the continued fallout from Starrcade. ‘The Nature Boy’ is also the new World Champion again, ending Sting’s reign roughly a month and a half prior. Sting has now fielded his squad to even the odds with The Four Horsemen, but can his patchwork team match the cohesion of Ric Flair’s men?

Match #1 for the WCW World Six-Man Tag Team Championships: WCW World Six-Man Tag Team Champions Junkyard Dog, Ricky Morton & ‘Wildfire’ Tommy Rich vs. The State Patrol (Lt. James Earl Wright & Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker) & Big Cat
Cat and JYD start the action. The two big men exchange rights and JYD catches his jaw. JYD ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. He headbutts Big Cat who quickly tags in Wright. Side headlock and a tag to Morton. Wright sends Morton, but Ricky avoids contact and sends him down with a hiptoss and an armdrag. More arm drags from the RnR man. Tag is made to Rich and they double clothesline Wright. Wristlock into an armbar on Wright. He fights out of the hold and sends Rich to the ropes.

Wildfire reverses the offense and scoop slams him. Wright moves away from an elbow but Rich doesn’t pull the trigger. An arm drag into a wristlock by Rich, Wright breaks it up with a poke to the eyes. He slams Rich and tags in Parker. Parker misses an elbow and is sent over with an arm drag and gets caught in an arm bar. Shoulder blocks to the midsection from Parker who sends Rich to the ropes. Shoulder tackles by Rich, who then reverses a hiptoss into one of his own. Another arm drag by Rich. Tag is made to Morton and Parker powers him into the corner. Morton reverses an Irish whip and delivers an inverted atomic drop. Wright rushes the ring and has the same fate. Arm drag by Morton and he pulls his opponent up, tagging in JYD. Snapmare and a stomp by the big man. A headbutt from JYD and Big Cat is tagged back in.

JYD looks for a test of strength, Big Cat has the early advantage but JYD reverses it with a back heel trip. They exchange head butts and Big Cat drops an elbow for two. Parker is tagged back in, he strikes JYD with no effect. JYD fights back and tags in Morton. They run the ropes and Morton is hit in the mid section. Wright is tagged in and the Patrol double teams Morton. More double team work by State Patrol after another quick tag. Big Cat is tagged in. Drop toe hold/elbow combo from the partners. Lateral press but Morton kicks out. Morton is sent and gets a dropkick by the big man. Cat headbutts him to the ground and kicks him into the corner. He slams Morton down but Ricky moves from the big elbow. Parker is tagged in and he exchanges rights with Morton. Powerslam in midair from Parker but Morton kicks out.

Another quick tag and a bulldog/elbow combo from the Patrol. Yet another quick tag and Morton is reeling from double team work. Big Cat is in. Morton tries a cross body but is caught with a back breaker. Big Cat gets some heat on his opponents and with the ref’s back turned, Morton is triple teamed. Parker is tagged in and applies a reverse chinlock. Irish whip, but Morton moves and Parker hits the turnbuckle. Wright is tagged in, but Morton somersaults over and tags in big JYD. He goes right to work and hits Parker with the Big Thump. Cat breaks up the pin attempt as all participants rush the ring. JYD gets up and knocks Cat out of the ring and Morton jumps on the laid out Parker and picks up a three count.
Winners and STILL WCW Six-Man Tag Team Champions: JYD, Morton & Rich (Morton/Thump)

  • EA’s Take: Well, I guess you don’t have to be the legal man to pick up the win. I’ve seen he idea of a 6-Man Title in WWE being tossed around by some on social media and I can’t even begin to imagine how much of an abortion that would be. Nevertheless, this one was just a way to just cluster mid-card guys together and the championships don’t even last a calendar year in WCW. It just doesn’t have the appeal and excitement you’d think outside of Mexico. I’ve never seen the need for it.

In The Arena: Tony Schiavone is standing by with Terry Taylor and Alexandra York. York explains that thanks to Taylor’s in-ring success, the York Foundation is flourishing. They have been using computers to scientifically determine their opponent’s weakness. York predicts Taylor will win in less than 15 minutes and 28 seconds, Taylor predicts pain.

Match #2: Brad Armstrong vs. ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton
Eaton blindsides Armstrong right off the bat. Armstrong fights back and they run the ropes. Headscissor, dropkick and an arm drag by Armstrong. He hangs on for an armbar. Back to a vertical base, wristlock by Armstrong. It’s broken in the corner and Eaton slaps Armstrong across the face. A reversed Irish whip, and Armstrong monkey flips Eaton and goes right back to the arm bar. He keeps the pressure on the arm. Back to their feet and Eaton breaks it with a knee before dumping Armstrong to the floor. He gives chase and Randy Anderson starts the count. Armstrong drives Eaton into the rail and ring post. Both men back to the ring and Armstrong returns to the arm.

He holds a wrist lock before transitioning back to the armbar. Eaton gets over to the ropes to break it. Tempers flare and they shove one another, Eaton cowers back to the ropes again. Eaton calls for a test of strength and Amrstrong obliges. Kick to the mid section by Eaton and Armstrong drops to his knees. Back to a vertical base for Armstrong. He disorients Eaton by climbing up over his shoulders, running up the turnbuckle and turning around with a flying cross body and a two count. Arm drag/Armbar combo once again for Armstrong. Back to their feet and to the corner, Eaton hits a cheap right. Eaton slingshots Armstrong over the ropes but it’s reversed.

Armstrong with a right to the abdomen and goes back to work on the wrist and arm. Eaton reverses a waist lock and hits a huge clothesline. Eaton is slow to cover and only gets two. He sends Armstrong and lifts him for a back breaker. He leans in but Armstrong kicks out again. Scoop slam by Eaton  followed with an elbow, he can still only get two. Reverse chinlock by Eaton. Armstrong hits elbows but Eaton stops the breakup with a knee to the face. Slingshot backbreaker by Beautiful Bobby. He goes for the pin and Armstrong kicks out.

Eaton applies a modified Camel Clutch. The crowd gets behind Armstrong who works to his feet. Shots to the midsection, but Eaton counters the attempt with an elbow and he kicks Armstrong out to the floor. Bobby hotshots him across the railing and heads back to the ring. Armstrong is slow to return but he beats the count. An abdominal stretch is applied by Eaton who uses the ropes for leverage. Randy Anderson crawls in between Armstrong’s legs to catch Eaton cheating and breaks it up.

The two exchange blows, Irish whip but Armstong moves and Eaton goes legs first into the turnbuckle. Drop kick followed by a side Russian leg sweep by Brad but Eaton is too close to the ropes to get the pin. Irish whip by Armstrong but Eaton reverses with a neck breaker. Eaton heads to the top rope and he lands a flying leg drop which earns him the win.
Winner: ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton (Alabama Jam)

  • EA’s Take: Cornette and Lane have both departed the company at this point. I miss The Midnight Express, but I’m happy to see Eaton putting on great singles matches. Unfortunately for him, we’d find out there was a reason why he was always in a tag team as he can’t really talk well or change his look with the times. The Armstrong family has to be one of the most underrated families in wrestling. When I started watching WCW religiously in the mid 90’s, Brad was doing a lot of jobs, but there’s no doubt the guy could work. It’s just too bad he was never able to show his personality on-camera, then later gets saddled with a gimmick blatantly ripping off his own brother.
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Chairshot Classics: Raw #7 [March 1st 1993]

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Hello from the Raw side where we chronologically wander through past episodes of WWE’s Monday Night Raw episode by episode. Seven weeks in and it’s time for a WWE Title match. To see who it was defended against and if it was defended at all (see what I did there?) lets head on to

Raw #7 [March 1 1993]

As soon as Raw opens, WWE Champion, Bret Hart is on his way down the isle for……

. Bret Hart vs Fatu [WWE Title]

Fatu pushes Bret out of a Collar and Elbow. Bret turns a second one into a Headlock but Fatu sends him off the ropes. Nobody moves as both men clash shoulders together in the centre of the ring. Bret charges at Fatu who catches Bret and Bodyslams him before an Elbow Drop that Bret rolls to avoid. Bret hits an Armdrag followed by knees to the shoulder before applying an Armbar. Fatu breaks it by throwing Bret into the turnbuckles. However, Bret avoids a charging Fatu and Armdrags him into another Armbar. Fatu breaks this one by sending Bret off the ropes. Again nobody moves when both men clash shoulders in the centre of the ring. Bret hits Fatu with another Shoulder Block and this time Fatu goes down. Bret runs the ropes and falls over Fatu (which Vince tries to pass off as a trip by Fatu’s manager, Afa, despite Afa being nowhere near Bret) and clutches his knee. He’s faking it. As Fatu celebrates his opponent’s injury Bret runs at Fatu and rolls him up with a School Boy that gets him a two count.

Bret Arm Wringers his way back into the Armbar. Fatu tries to break it with a Bodyslam but Bret rolls through it still holding the Armbar. Fatu breaks it again by sending Bret off the ropes but Fatu telegraphs a Back Drop and Bret Faceplants Fatu into the canvas. Fatu is Samoan and apparently shots to the head (like a Faceplant) have no effect on him and he stands straight back up and Superkicks Bret for a two count. Fatu uses his hard Samoan head to hit Bret with a Headbutt. Fatu sends Bret off the ropes and tries to Hip Toss Bret. He counters it and, despite managing to Armdrag Fatu twice so far this match, can’t Hip Toss Fatu because he’s too heavy and gets Clotheslined by Fatu for another two count. Fatu applies a nerve grip to Bret’s shoulder. Bret tries to fight his way out with Elbows to the gut but Fatu pulls Bret’s hair and re-applies the nerve grip. It’s eventually broken when Fatu gets hungry and bites Bret. Fatu catches Bret as he runs right into a Back Elbow and gets a two count. Samu walks down the isle. Bret ducks a Clothesline and hits a Cross Body for a two. Fatu kicks out hard enough to send Bret rolling out of the ring. Afa distracts the referee allowing Samu to Bodyslam Bret Hart onto the ringside mats followed by a series of Headbutts and finally Sam rams Bret into the ringside steps.

Back from the ads and Bret is still on the outside of the ring and not been counted out. (how short were the ads back in ’93 and can we have those back?) Fatu is fanally bored waiting and hits Bret’s head off the apron before rolling Bret back into the ring. Fatu Headbutts Bret and Irish Whips him hard into the corner. Fatu gets a two from a side Backbreaker. Fatu Irish Whips Bret again and drops with another Headbutt for another two count. Fatu gets another two count from a Piledriver. Fatu bites at Bret again and kicks him in one corner before Irish Whipping Bret chest first into another for yet another two count. Fatu gets another one from a Sidewalk Slam and a second rope Headbutt. Fatu climbs to the top turnbuckle but Bret stops him with a Right Hand and Superplexes Fatu for a two count as does a Bulldog. Bret hits a Side Backbreaker and a second rope Elbow Drop before applying the Sharpshooter. Afa distracts the referee while Samu Clotheslines Bret. Fatu rolls out of the ring and Samu gets a two count. Afa distracts again and Fatu is back in. Bret slips out of a Bodyslam attempt and pushes Fatu into Samu causing Samu to get tied up in the ropes. Bret hits Fatu with a Russian Leg Sweep and Dropkicks Afa to prevent him interfering. Bret locks Fatu in the Sharpshooter and this is over.

Winner: Bret Hart [still WWE Champion]

Time for a Wrestlemania Report. Mean Gene hypes the matches for Westlemania including Hogan & Beefcake vs DiBiase & IRS, Giant Gonzales vs The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels vs Tatanka, Lex Luger vs Mr Perfect and Bret Hart vs Yokozuna. Tickets are still available.

Via sattelite we link up with Crush. He demonstates his prediction for his Wrestlemania match by crushing a coconut.

. Doink vs Koko B Ware

Doink attacks Koko before the bell with a Running Knee and then stops on Koko before Elbow Dropping Koko’s knee. He then stops Koko’s knee. Doink applies a Half Crab that quickly becomes an STF. Doink kicks at Koko’s hamstring. Doink hits Koko with a Neckbreaker. Doink applies the Stump Puller and this one is over. Night of Submissions this is.

Winner: Doink

Elvis” or Rob Bartlet interviews Doink at ringside. Doink hands Bartlet a tiny cream pie. Bartlet shows it to the crowd and turns right into… Doink smushes a normal sized cream pie into Bartlet’s face. I love Doink sometimes.

We get the Bret Hart IcoPro ad, the Savage Slim Jim ad and the action figure ad.

Vince McMahon is in the ring with Ted DiBiase & IRS. DiBiase says he thought Hogan had gone off into the sunset but “oh no, here he comes again“. DiBiase says that insted of taking an asset, Hogan has taken an overpaid loss in Jimmy Hart. IRS says if they wanted they could have put Beefcake out of wrestling for good, but they didn’t and calls their attack “a wake up call“. DiBiase says not only will they put the titles on the line against Hogan and Beefcake, but they wll do so at Wrestlemania. He should watch Raw, Mean Gene told me about this match earlier in the show on the Wrestlemania Report.

The Wrestlemania ad airs. Slightly over a month away and tickets are STILL available.

. Lex Luger vs PJ Walker

Yes people it’s Enhancement Time! This time it’s PJ Walker. He will go on to become ECW alumni Justin Credible. We will see him turn up in about 2020 as masked jellyfish Aldo Montoya.

Luger starts with a Kick to the gut and an Elbow to the back of PJ’s head. Luger then Irish Whips PJ hard into the corner twice. Luger then lifts PJ and drops his back across Luger’s knee for a Backbreaker and then hits a Suplex. Luger then rams PJ head first into the corner twice and then catches PJ with a High Knee. Luger then lifts PJ for a Bodyslam but instead runs him into the corner (similar to an Oklahoma Stampede). With PJ hanging from the turnbuckles in a Tree Of Woe stylee, Luger kicks at PJ’s gut. Down off the corner, Luger then Soccer Kicks PJ in the ribs. Luger then hits PJ with a running Forearm and pins him with his pinkie.

Winner: Lex Luger

. Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner vs Duane Gill & Barry Hardy

Yes people, it’s another Enhancement Time! This match feel familiar to anyone? It should, this is basically the Executioners vs The Steiners from Raw #1 only the Executioners are maskless.

Scott and Barry start. Scott goes quickly from an Arm Wringer into a Double Leg Takedown but Barry quickly gets to the ropes. Scott turns a Collar and Elbow into a Headlock and Barry pushes him off the ropes. Scott hits him with a Shoulder Block as he rebounds which knocks Barry down. Scott goes off the ropes again, leapfrogs Barry and smashes a Forearm across his back. Scott grabs Barry and lauches him with an Overhead Belly To Belly Suplex. Scott hits a Snapmare and tags Rick who Clotheslines Barry over the top rope and out of the ring. Scott throws Barry back into the ring where Rick lifts him onto his shoulder and runs (similar to Luger’s variation of the Oklahoma Stampede earlier) into the corner. Rick throws Barry into his own corner so he can tag Duane who runs straight into a Back Drop by Rick. Duane is then thrown off the ropes where Rick catches him with a Tilt-a-Whirl Backbreaker and an Elbow Drop. Scott tags in and hits Duane with a Pump Handle Slam. Scott sends Duane off the ropes and Dropkicks him. Rick tags in and briefly applies a Camel Clutch before tagging Scott back in. Scott hits a Double Underhook Suplex and a Frankensteiner. He covers Duane and to no surprise, this is over.

Winners: Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner

The ad for Mania airs again.

Commentary hype next weeks matches including Mr Perfect vs Rick Martel and Ted DiBiase & IRS vs El Matador & Virgil and we are done for another week.

Post Show: What can I say? Raw in 1993 is what it is and it will be that way for a couple of years yet.

Match Of The Night: Bret Hart vs Fatu. It was a WWE Championship match on TV and was at least given time for them to do something with. The rest was just filler.

MVP: Bret Hart AND Fatu. Fatu’s offence plus Bret’s selling made the match.

Rating: 6/10

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