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Leaping Through The Network: Saturday Night’s Main Event [February 8th 1992]

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Hello again, hello. It’s that time again to put the ‘Flashback Friday‘ into Flashback Friday as we leap through the WWE Network Pay Per View by Pay Per View and show by show in as random a way possible.

Last week’s vote was such a roaring success that we did it again and you (or at least 42% of you) voted for Saturday Night’s Main Event. From what I can gather ( I didn’t watch it at the time) This was a special show that was designed to bridge the large gap between pay per views as WWE was only running FOUR a year at the time. Hard to imagine that now as we have had monthly pay per view since 1995 and it’s become a wrestling staple.

But what was it like?

Was it any good?

Was it better than last week’s WCW Thunder?

Actually the last one was a trick question. NOTHING can be as bad as last week’s WCW Thunder, although I feel we’ll get a few contenders. To answer the other two we leap into an episode of said show.

Saturday Night’s Main Event
February 8th 1992

We open with our commentators for this evening, Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan. They discuss some matches that are happening tonight (Randy Savage vs Jake Roberts and Hulk Hogan & Sid Justice vs Ric Flair & The Undertaker) and Bobby Heenan compares Randy Savage’s wife/manager, Miss Elizabeth, to a begging dog.

Roddy Piper vs The Mountie
Intercontinental Championship

Piper takes off his kilt but not his shirt as Jimmy Hart attacks him from behind. Piper turns his attentions to Jimmy Hart allowing Mountie to attack from behind too with fists before throwing PIper out of the ring. Piper gets back in the ring and Clotheslines both men sending Jimmy Hart out of the ring and knocking Mountie to the canvas where a cover gets Piper an early two count. Mountie heads out of the ring and into Jimmy Hart’s arms for a comforting hug but Piper follows and cracks their heads together with a Double Noggin Knocker. A Right Hand knocks Mountie down and allows Piper to roll him back into the ring. As Piper gets into the ring, Jimmy Hart grabs at Piper’s ankle allowing Mountie to unleash a barrage of stomps.

We see a picture in picture of with Bret Hart saying he doesn’t care who wins here, all he wants is his belt back. Back to the action and Mountie gets a two from a spinning Back Elbow. A Bodyslam by Mountie would have been followed by a Big Splash had Piper not gotten his knees up to block the move. Piper unloads on Mountie with Right Hands but a Bulldog is foiled when Mountie pushes Piper into the referee before hitting Piper with a Piledriver. Jimmy Hart hands Mountie a cup of water which, for reasons, he pours over Piper and not the referee before taking his cattle prod and zapping Piper with it. Miraculously, Piper stands straight back up and Right Hands Mountie before taking posession of the cattle prod. After throwing Jimmy Hart from the ring, he zaps Mountie with the cattle prod. The referee regains conciousness as Piper makes the cover and the ref counts the three to give Piper the win. Post match, Piper finally removes his shirt to reveal he’s wearing a Shock Proof shirt.

Winner: Roddy Piper (Still Intercontinental Champion)

We see the end of the 1992 Royal Rumble with Hulk Hogan, Sid Justice and Ric Flair complete with different commentary and background noise. This time around there are boos when Hogan is eliminated. Following that we see a press conference where WWE President, Jack Tunney, announces Hulk Hogan as the number one contender to the WWE Title at Wrestlemania 8. A desicion that Sid Justice, after the press conference calls ‘Bogus‘. In an interview taped this morning, Sid Justice has calmed down a bit and apologises to anyone who may have taken what he previously said the wrong way, especially Hulk Hogan.

Hulk Hogan & Sid Justice vs Ric Flair & The Undertaker

Prior to the match we see a backstage interview with Sean Mooney interviewing Hulk Hogan and Sid Justice. Mooney blatantly ignores Sid so he walks off as Hulk Hogan discusses Sid’s apology and says he is looking forward to his match with Flair at Wrestlemania.

Flair and Sid start and they are both wearing red. A Collar and Elbow Tie-up before Flair rakes Sid’s eyes. An Irish Whip is reversed by Sid and Flair hits the buckles so hard he rebounds back out of the corner and is Back Body Dropped by Sid. Sid Hip Tosses Flair who slides to the outside. Hogan tags in and he Irish Whips Flair so hard he rebounds back out of the corner and is Back Body Dropped. That last bit seemed familiar. Hogan Hip Tosses Flair. Again I’ve seen this somewhere. He does something new when he Hip Tosses Undertaker. Hogan rams Undertaker’s head into Sid’s knee before tagging him in. I admit I rewound this because Flair is on the apron and I didn’t see a tag. There was no tag! Flair got Hip Tossed and left the ring!

Sid knees Undertaker in the gut and Undertaker hits Sid with an Uppercut but for whatever reason Undertaker is unable to Bodyslam Sid. Sid can Bodyslam Undertaker though which he kindly proves before ramming Undertaker’s head into Hogan’s knee. Hogan tags in gives a Bodyslam to Undertaker and then Flair followed by a Clothesline each. Hogan puts Undertaker in a Headlock and tags Sid who Boots Undertaker in the ribs. A whip off the rope is telegraphed and Undertaker catches Sid with an Uppercut . Flair and Undertaker hit Sid with a Double Clothesline and Flair makes the cover getting a two before Hogan breaks the count, but don’t worry the ref is complaining to Hogan that he’s not legal when he broke the count. He should talk to Flair. A double Atomic Drop gets Undertaker a two as it’s broken again by Hogan. Undertaker and Flair attempt a Double Suplex but it’s broken as Hogan is in the ring again. Hogan and Sid Double Boot Flair in the face and Double Clothesline Undertaker out of the ring

Back from the ads and Undertaker hits Sid with yet another uppercutt before throwing him head first into the corner and tagging Flair who kicks Sid in the ribs and Chops him before connecting with some Right Hands. Hogan complains to the referee about double teaming as Flair and Undertaker double team Sid with a choke on the ropes. Undertaker tags in and climbs to the top turnbuckle and launches at Sid hitting a throat thrust. Flair is in again and they attempt a Double Suplex again. This time it is thwarted by a Double Noggin Knocker. Hogan tags in and hits Right Hands to Flair, Undertaker and Paul Bearer before Flair attacks Hogan from behind injuring his knee. He jumps off the ropes bringing his full weight down on Hogan’s knee and applies the Figure Four. Sid stands on the apron watching before adjusting his own knee pads. Hogan manages to roll Flair over breaking the hold and he crawls to his corner. Before he makes it to the corner, Undertaker has tagged in and stomps on Hogan before launching himself at Hogan with an always impressive Flying Clothesline. Flair tags in and Chops Hogan before climbing to the top turnbuckle. Long time watchers of Ric Flair will know this rarely works and he gets Gorrilla Pressed off the turnbuckles by Hogan who again crawls for the tag. Undertaker is back in and he drags away from Sid before choking Hogan in the corner. Flair tags in and Chops Hogan to zero effect. Flair and Undertaker Irish Whip Hogan and he hits the buckles so hard he rebounds back out of the corner and Clotheslines both opponents. Again Hogan goes to tag Sid. This time Sid jumps off the apron and walks away. Flair and Undertaker continue to stomp away at Hogan before Flair throws the referee across the ring. The ref calls for the bell disqualifying Flair. Post match, Brutus Beefcake causes a distraction allowing Hogan to clear the ring of both Undertaker and Flair.

Winners: Hulk Hogan & Sid Justice

Backstage, Sean Mooney finally wants to talk to Sid Justice and acuses him of turning on his friend Hulk Hogan. Sid tells him to ‘Shut up‘ and says he didn’t turn on his friends as he has none before adding that with a friend like Hogan he needs no enemies. He can’t believe that Hogan is Number one contender because he says Hogan can’t beat Flair on Hogan’s best day and Hogan can’t beat Sid on Sid’s worse day.

“You know something Mean Gene”.

Mean Gene is backstage with Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake. Hogan says Sid is a liar who knows nothing about friendship. He says Sid has stone cold eyes and ice water in his veins. He’s glad that while Sid turned his back on him, Brutus Beefcake was there for him. Beefcake says the last time Hogan was there for him was after his parasailing accident when Hogan was in the hospital bed next to him with his heart piumping blood into Beefcake’s veins. Seriously, he actually said that.

Jim Duggan & Sgt Slaughter vs Blake Beverly & Beau Beverly

Remember last week during Thunder I was discussing how Mike Enos was Blake Beverly? Well by genuine coincidence, here he is! He starts with Jim Duggan and they lock up and roll up the ropes before an eye rake gives Blake control and he keeps it with kicks and knees in the corner. An Irish Whip is cushioned by Slaughter and Duggan rebounds out of it with a Clothesline. How many times has someone rebounded out of a corner? What makes it worse is that each time, it’s the SAME corner!! Blake throws Duggan of the ropes where Beau hits him in the back with a steel scroll. The Beverlys double team Duggan when Beau Leap Frogs over Blake and comes crashing down across Duggan’s back. Beau shoots Duggan of the ropes but he keeps his head down too long and is kicked in the face by Duggan. This gives him time to tag Slaughter who unleashes a series off rights on Blake and (yep another one) an Irish whip into the corner so hard that he rebounds out into a Back Body Drop by Slaughter. Can’t anyone get Irish Whipped into that corner and stay there? Are there springs in the pads? Slaughter applies an Abdominal Stretch but it’s quickly broken up by Beau so Slaughter hits Blake with a Backbreaker that gets a two. Slaughter Bodyslams Blake, Back Body Drops Beau and smacks Blake in the face with the steel scroll. Duggan then hits Blake with a Three Point Stance Clothesline and Slaughter pins him

Winners: Jim Duggan & Sgt Slaughter

We see highlights of the Jake Roberts/Randy Savage feud. Jake’s cobra bit Savage on the arm on Superstars in November while Savage released a really girly scream (watch it back) and from Tuesday In Texas, Jake slapped Savage’s wife Elizabeth.We then see a short promo where Jake threatens to slap Elizabeth again if she shows up tonight.

Randy Savage vs Jake Roberts

As Jake wanders to the ring we see Mean Gene with Randy Savage. Savage says what happened would make most men go over the edge and insane but not him. He knows what he’s going to do to Jake tonight before adding that he might be insane and t’s time for Jake Roberts to find out how insane he is.

The bell rings with both men outside the ring where Savage blocks a Right Hand from Jake and hits one of his own before shoving Jake into the ring post. Both men kick each other in the ribs before Savage tugs Jake’s arm pulling him into the post yet again. In the ring Savage chokes Jake with his foot forcing the ref to break it up. Savage Elbows Jake in the face and draws blood before a knee sends Jake into the corner. Finally someone goes in that corner and doesn’t immediately bounce out of it. Savage digs his fingers into the cut on Jake’s nose but a thumb to the eye by Jake gets Savage off him and then Jake launches Savage over the top rope and out of the ring. Savage slides back into the ring and attacks Jake with an Axe Handle but, when he goes to ram Jake into the turnbuckles, Jake reverses it and Savage goes head first into the buckles after which Jake again lobs Savage out of the ring.

Jake follows savage and throws Savage face first into the ring post with a clunk twice. We come back from the ads as Savage drags himself into the ring. Jake grabs Savage and Irish Whips him. However, Savage reverses it and GOD DAMN IT!!! Jake hits the buckles so hard he rebounds back out into a back elbow. On the plus side, at least it’s a different corner. Savage climbs to the top turnbuckle but is stopped in mid air by a punch to the gut by Jake who follows with the DDT. Instead of going for a pin Jake taunts the crowd while the referee starts a ten count, bit like a Last Man Standing Match even though this isn’t one. At eight, Jake grabs Savage and drops him with a Short Arm Clothesline. Jake grabs Savage for a second DDT but Savage counters it by Backdropping Jake out of the ring. Savage climbs to the top turnbuckle and Flying Axe Handles Jake into the barrier a-la Ricky Steamboat before WrestleMania 3. One Flying Elbow later and Savage is your winner. Post match Savage flies over various officials and referees and hits Jake with a second Flying Elbow. Miss Elizabeth comes to the ring to celebrate with Savage and we are done.

Winner: Randy Savage

Post Show: I don’t know if it’s because it’s WWE, if it’s the era I grew up with or if it’s just because it’s better, but this show was miles better than Thunder. Most matches on here were good and the one that wasn’t as good was at least short. Well done.

Match Of The Night: Savage vs Jake. The rest were just matches on a show. These two wanted to tear each other apart. It’s not brilliant from a technical standpoint but it had all the chemistry and drama that you need.

MVP: Sid. From his heel turn and walking out of an interview to his clearly fake apology and yelling at Sean Mooney, Sid was amazing here.

Rating: 7/10

With that I am done here. As always I can be found on Twitter @@Callaweasy2220 where I live tweet my way through Raw, Smackdown, NXT and when there’s one on, Pay Per View. This will probably go out after the Greatest Royal Rumble but, like a good bus service, I’m sure there will be another one along shortly. The vote continues over @theCHAIRSHOTcom where YOU can vote on the next review I do so head there also.

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Attitude Of Aggression #275- The Big Four Project Chapter 3: Royal Rumble ’88 & WrestleMania IV

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Attitude Of Aggression #275- The Big Four Project Chapter 3: Royal Rumble ’88 & WrestleMania IV

The Attitude Of Aggression returns for Chapter 3 of The Big Four Project, a chronological analysis, review, and discussion about WWE’s Big Four PPVs/ Premium Live Events. On this Episode, Dave welcomes back the one and only PC Tunney to discuss two more immensely important events in pro wrestling history, the inaugural Royal Rumble and WrestleMania IV. The 1988 Royal Rumble was different than any other Rumble in history and not just because it was the first. Dave and Tunney break down the fascinating history of the first installment of an event that would evolve into an annual favorite for many in the WWE Universe. From there, the guys recap the surreal events that led to the end of Hulk Hogan’s 4-year reign as WWF Champion and set the stage for, arguably, the most important tournament in WWE History at WrestleMania IV. Macho Madness reached new heights that night. But was Savage the first choice of Vince McMahon to emerge from Atlantic City with the gold that night? We have the whole story for you here on Chapter 3 of The Big Four Project!

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Chairshot Classics: What I Watched #15 – AAW Defining Moment 2018

Harry covers a show that helped to continue Sami Callihan’s 2018 infamy. AAW Defining Moment should be a fun trip down memory lane!

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Apologies for the slight delay getting to this but it’s Harry here once again. And for as verbose as I can be at times, I don’t feel the need to waste any time getting to this one. This is the second part of the double shot for AAW on ‘All In’ weekend in Chicago. 

The WayBack Machine takes us to August 31st, 2018 as we once again arrive at the Logan Square Auditorium (and oh boy does that become important later) for AAW’s Defining Moment 2018.

What I Watched #15

AAW Defining Moment 2018

8/31/2018

Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago, IL

Runtime: 3:18:22 (HighSpotsWrestlingNetwork)

Commentary By: Tyler Volz (PBP) and Marty DeRosa (Color)

 

THE RESULTS

  • Match 1: Curt Stallion/Jake Something def. Ace Romero/Colt Cabana, Something pins Cabana @ 8:41
  • Match 2: Shane Strickland pins Darby Allin, top-rope Swerve Stomp @ 13:30
  • Match 3: Jessicka Havoc def. Palmer Cruise/Steve Manders, pinning Cruise with a Chokeslam @ 2:52
  • Match 4: OI4K (Dave/Jake Crist) def. Ace Austin/Brian Cage, Dave pins Austin @ 5:55
  • Match 5: AAW Heritage Title- Trevor Lee © pins DJ Z (Shiima Xion), roll-through on CBB with tights @ 13:30
  • Match 6: AR Fox/Myron Reed def. Bandido/Flamita, double cover @ 15:42
  • Match 7: Maxwell Jacob Friedman taps Marko Stunt, Salt of the Earth @ 10:41
  • Match 8: Sami Callihan pins Jimmy Jacobs, Cactus Driver on a bridged guardrail @ 17:52
  • Match 9: AAW Tag Titles- Eddie Kingston/Jeff Cobb © def. Davey Vega/Mat Fitchett, Cobb pins Fitchett @ 14:19
  • Match 10: AAW Heavyweight Title- Brody King pins ACH ©, All Seeing Eye (Whiplash) @ 22:46

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Curt Stallion/Jake Something vs. Ace Romero/Colt Cabana

*The match was decent but nothing special. A pretty big win for Something at the end with the three count over Cabana, who has a storied past in Chicago and was one of the biggest names in independent wrestling. That said, I personally don’t love the flukish nature that Something pins Cabana, as I think Something could have used a defining pinfall to really give him a rub going forward. 

Cabana usually makes for a fun watch and I’ve grown to enjoy Ace Romero the more I see him (he especially stands out for Limitless, which I hope to get to one day soon). Jake Something is a huge star in the making and you can see it even early in the run of AAW that he has. Stallion is what Stallion is. Solid opener, but nothing you’ll remember post show. (**½)

Darby Allin vs. Shane Strickland

*Showstealer, plain and simple. Strickland had been with AAW for a while but to the best of my memory, it was more often in a tag team with Keith Lee (funny how that works out with 2022 eyes on it, as Swerve and Keith are the current AEW tag champions at the time of writing). I do believe this is only Darby’s second match in AAW (the prior being a five-ish minute loss to Brody King). Both guys are huge names now and with efforts like this, it’s easy to see how. Darby tries to keep pace with Swerve and is able to do so for a good portion of the contest until Swerve finds that next gear down the stretch and puts Allin down with the Swerve Stomp to a massive (deserved) ovation from the crowd. (****)

Jessicka Havok vs. Palmer Cruise/Steve Manders

*I dislike handicap matches in general. However, unlike certain other writers for this site, I don’t mind intergender wrestling. But the suspension of disbelief gets lost here when you have two dudes the size of Cruise and Manders struggling with Jessicka Havok, who should realistically not being coming in at 100% after taking the Ganso Bomb from Brody King through the chairs the night before. I won’t rate the match due to the Larry Csonka (RIP) Rule of not rating anything shorter than three minutes, but I’m calling this a miss regardless. (X)

OI4K (Dave/Jake Crist) vs. Ace Austin/Brian Cage

*The Brothers Crist come out to ringside to stand next to Havok after said match and call out Brody King and Jimmy Jacobs. They get one of those two men as Jacobs makes his way out, but informs Dave and Jake that neither he nor Brody will be facing them due to having prior obligations, but he did find the perfect opponents for OI4K. As for the opponent, Cage does make for a good size fill-in for Brody King. Ace Austin is a OI4K trainee that hadn’t quite made a name for himself at the time but has since turned into a pretty good wrestler, having just competed for NJPW in Best of the Super Jr’s as well as being Impact Wrestling’s X Division champion for a while.

The match itself was not memorable at all. I will admit to typing this review on a bit of a delay and other than the finish (a Tiger Driver ‘98 by Dave to Austin), I don’t remember anything that happened during the course of the contest. Not the best impression for these four men to leave. (**)

AAW Heritage Title- Trevor Lee © vs. DJ Z

*I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I like DJ Z. I liked him more under his previous identity, but this was him using the Impact Wrestling name for more notoriety with the casual fan. That being said, despite DJZ winning a three way relatively quickly the night before while Trevor was in a war with Ace Romero, I never felt the title was in jeopardy here. For as much as I like DJZ’s run with AAW, this misfortune of his injury just so happened to coincide with Trevor Lee becoming one of the hottest acts on the undercard and there wasn’t anything in the build up to the rematch (despite some good promo work from Z) that made me think that the strap was switching here. 

As for the match itself, they have really good chemistry together and that isn’t a surprise given how many of the same promotions they were working for at the time as well as their history in AAW up to this point. I do think this match does a nice job of setting the stage for a return match as it is DJZ’s offensive attack at the end of the contest that gets reversed into the cradle (with a handful of tights) for the finish. The nature of the victory leads me to believe that the story with these two isn’t over quite yet. (***½)

AR Fox/Myron Reed vs. Bandido/Flamita

*This was similar to the main event the night before, but didn’t have the same crowd investment that match did. Bandido and Flamita once again shine here and it is easy to see why they become semi-regulars in AAW after this weekend. AR Fox and Myron Reed (Team Firefox, as they were referred to by Sarah Shockey) get a massive victory with a double pinfall following stereo 450 splashes. This sets up Fox and Reed for a title match against the winners of WRSTLING vs. Besties later in the night, but honestly, I think that Bandido/Flamita was the better pairing to have go forward to a title shot. Firefox had previously unsuccessfully challenged for the tag belts and if I’m being fully honest, I prefer AR Fox as a singles wrestler over being in a tag team. Good match, but I think the wrong team wins. (***½)

Maxwell Jacob Friedman vs. Marko Stunt

*Marko had just made a name for himself at GCW’s Lost in New York (a show I have watched) and this was a way for him to break out back in his Midwest home. MJF has been on a hot streak point up to this point (believe he is the current CZW Heavyweight champion, though I don’t think he ever actually defends that title) and MJF would make himself a known commodity the next night opening the ‘All In’ PPV against Matt Cross (in a losing effort)

Easy story to tell with MJF taking the much smaller Stunt lightly and Marko making him pay for it. It is unfortunate that more people didn’t get to see what Stunt is capable of, because his run in the indie scene before he went to AEW was quite special to watch due to his ability to connect with a crowd (no different here). The finish sees MJF take advantage of the arm work that he did early in match and after Marko escapes a fujiwara armbar, MJF is able to catch Marko in ‘Salt of the Earth’, a wakigatame (Marko on stomach as MJF applies a cross-armbreaker) for the the tapout. Very good work and Marko does really well for himself in his debut with another high end US Independent. (***)

Jimmy Jacobs vs. Sami Callihan

*Ooooh, boy. A lot to unwrap with this one. Let’s get the match first, because the drama that it creates leads to the fallout that has to be discussed. It is honestly a pretty standard Sami brawl for the time frame. PWG used to have what was known as the “Sami Sprint”…by which it would be Callihan vs. Opponent and the match would run anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes of hard hitting back and forth action with little in terms of a cohesive story or selling. Pretty much a ‘can you top this?’ kind of situation. This feels like that in a sense because the match features both Sami and Jimmy going into their well of tricks (the crowd brawling, the spike, the guardrail that gets used in the finish) while maintaining the crowd reaction from the prior night’s tag match. Fittingly, the finish is visually impressive as Callihan hits the ‘Cactus Driver’ (pulling piledriver) on a guardrail bridged across two metal folding chairs to secure the three count. (***½)

THE INCIDENT

The bigger story coming out of this is that this match almost costs AAW the Logan Square Auditorium and almost ends even more disastrously personally for Callihan. At one point, Callihan and Jacobs are brawling over by the stage in the venue (traditionally used for concerts) where Callihan buries Jacobs under a portion of the stage. Callihan then starts winging metal sitting chairs (not the standard folding ones you see in most companies because the four legged dinner table type chairs) at Jacobs. A voice comes over the house mic telling Callihan to stop, causing a loud visceral boo from the crowd. Callihan more or less tells said voice to “fuck himself” and hurls more chairs at Jacobs. 

At first, I thought it was Danny Daniels telling Callihan to stop, but it turns out it was actually building management. This becomes important when after the three count goes down, building security surrounds the ring to escort Callihan out of the building as they were pissed at Sami for throwing chairs that the venue used for other events. As I’ve heard the story, Callihan thinks this is part of a storyline and begins to push the security guys until one of them shows Callihan that he is carrying a real pistol and will use it if necessary. Things break down from there with the rest of OI4K getting involved and eventually Sami is escorted to the back (and presumably out of the building).

How much of this is real? How much of this is scripted? How much of this was sensationalized for additional attention? I don’t have the answers for those questions. I do know that cooler heads would prevail and AAW was able to continue running at LSA, however I feel the truth lies somewhere in the middle. It may have been a planned altercation to play off the recklessness of Callihan. It may have been a real reaction from the building to what they perceived as damage to personal property. The old axiom in wrestling is “believe none of what you hear and half of what you see”. Overall, it makes for a great story with a relatively happy ending all considered. But man does it take the wind of the crowd for quite a while. And I will have to check out the follow up AAW shows to see what the fallout truly is.

AAW Tag Titles- Eddie Kingston/Jeff Cobb © vs. Davey Vega/Mat Fitchett

*Trevor Lee’s promo before the match is not one I can do justice. I recommend the show in general, but Trevor’s asshole smarmy heel persona in AAW (Impact Superstar Trevor Lee) is one of the best things going in the company.

Match is good but you’d have to expect that from the four men involved. Kingston and Cobb work surprisingly well as a team and despite being on separate pages for most of the bout, Vega and Fitchett do link up for a few double teams (corner enzuigiri/Kippou kick combo being standout among them) to continue to prove why they are one of the best tag teams in pro wrestling (still are to this day, though not known as the Besties in the World anymore). The finish sees the final stab from Vega to Fitchett as Vega chooses to take Scarlett to the back after she gets knocked off the apron, leaving Fitchett alone to take a one-two combo of the Backfist to the Future from Kingston that staggers him into a Tour of the Islands from Cobb to finish the contest. The ring work is on point, the story is very well told and you can hear the disappointment from the crowd when Vega chooses the hussy over his long-time tag partner. (****)

AAW Heavyweight Title- ACH © vs. Brody King

*Unfortunately, something gets lost during the course of this contest through no direct fault of the participants. As I understand it, Brody King got concussed relatively early in the bout. Credit to ACH for keeping things together as well as he did, but I would be curious to see what they are capable of with both competitors at 100% capacity for the full duration of the match.

As for the match, it does tell a pretty good story. ACH comes in still pretty beat up from the match with Jeff Cobb the night before. However, ACH lets his pride (or perhaps his ego) get the better of him as he once again tries to hang step for step, strike for strike and move for move with a man much bigger than he is. It ends up coming back to bite him at the end as a distraction from Jimmy Jacobs allows Brody King to take a distracted ACH up into the All Seeing Eye (fireman’s carry into a Michinoku Driver) for the three count to crown a new champion. Slightly cheap on the distraction ending but does help get Jimmy some of the heat he lost earlier in the evening back after dropping the contest to Callihan. (***½)

THE FINAL REACTION

Overall, a better show then the day before but not without a couple flaws. Obviously, the big story to come out of this show would be the fact that AAW almost lost Logan Square Auditorium due to the issues in the Callihan-Jacobs match. Thankfully, those would be resolved and to my knowledge, AAW is still running there. But it gets awfully hairy there for a few.

The highs: two four star matches on this show and they come in completely different type contests. Eddie Kingston continues his march of dominance in AAW and cuts one hell of a promo at the end of the show to run down how ACH let him down by losing the title. Marko Stunt has a fun debut and quickly gets the crowd behind him. The lows: that handicap match helped no one and the tag match that followed wasn’t much better. The main event isn’t what it could have been either, but that’s a case of shit happens with the early concussion to King. I will also say that I thought Sarah Shockey did a better job on color commentary yesterday then Marty DeRosa does here.

We’ll call it an 8 overall. As I said, it is a better top to bottom show then Destination Chicago is. And while high on the guest stars (for obvious reasons), you also get a really good look at what the overall AAW roster is all about too. I look forward to coming back to AAW down the road (ironically, upcoming shows are a double shot as well for the ‘Jim Lynam Memorial’ tournament), but I do want to mix in some other odds and ends before I do so.

Best Match/Moment: Shane Strickland vs. Darby Allin

Worst Match/Moment: The Havok handicap. Especially when you consider what Steve Manders would come to mean for AAW, it’s a really inauspicious debut.

Overall Show Score: 8/10

MVP: Eddie Kingston. The key part of a match that tied for best match of the night honors and absolutely shows why he is viewed the way he is when it comes to talking with an amazing promo to close out the show.

 

THE SIGNOFF

So, where does ‘What I Watched’ go from here? I go on vacation in about a week’s time and will be gone for most of August. I spoke to Andrew and what I hope to do is reformat the ‘All In’ report that I did to the new style so you guys have something to tide you over.  As for where I go when I get back from vacation…well, the Peacock WWE Network watch-through that I am working on has reached a show that I’m not sure I’ve ever seen (and if I have, it has been quite a while). Therefore, ‘What I Watched’ #16 will be ECW’s Guilty as Charged 1999 to set the tone for a year where all hell breaks loose in two of the three major promotions. Hopefully, you guys enjoy the ‘All In’ redo to hold you over and I’ll be back later in August with Guilty as Charged. I appreciate everyone who has been checking these out and if you’ve missed any, feel free to click on my name at the top of the article to check out my archive. Thanks for reading.


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