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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.

I’m going blue and that means I’m about to leap. I’ve been Stevie C in the meantime #UseYourHead and ALWAYS have an Angle.

“Take it away Stephen”

Oh boy.


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Chairshot Classics: NWA-TNA Episode 12 – Best of the X-Division

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This recap is going to be a little different from the usual. Since, at the time this episode was done, TNA was still looking for new investors after Health South withdrew its financial backing of the program, the decision was made to do a clip show of the X-Division for Week 12 to fill the timeslot. This was September 4, 2002, Week 13 wouldn’t air until the 18th due to being preempted by remembrance of the 9/11 attacks, which had happened the year before. So, let’s see what’s going on.

We start off with a RARE Lo-Ki interview with Goldilocks. Lo-Ki says there’s no bigger opportunity than this and that opportunities like him don’t get many shots like this on a national level.  We also get some fan interviews stating that they keep coming back for the X-Division matches. A lot of TNA stars like Kid Kash, Ron Killings, Monte Brown, and the Flying Elvises sing the praises of the X-Division and how great it is that anyone can compete in it, despite the fact that the division is pretty much made up of cruiserweight size guys.

Jeremy Borash and Goldylocks, who seems to be in a very good mood, probably because Borash isn’t being a jerk to her. Borash and Goldy discuss how great the X-Division has been and how you never know what to expect. We get the explanation about how the X-Division is open to all kinds of athletes regardless of size or wrestling style. Again, I will point out that except for Sonny Siaki, all of the athletes in the X-Division fall into the Cruiserweight category. Also, Siaki had BARELY competed in the X-Division, at least as far as this episode.

ANYWAY, let’s take a look at the matches TNA has dubbed the best of the X-Division.

The Flying Elvises vs Lo-Ki, AJ Styles, and Jerry Lynn

Comment: I remember being very impressed with this match. It seemed like a good opening match for TNA. These six men are easily the best of the X-Division as they actually WRESTLE and do the high-flying stuff. Sonny Siaki stands out here, not only due to his skills, but because he’s easily the tallest and largest man in the match. This was such a good match that the fact that Styles took the pin doesn’t really seem to matter.

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In the backstage interview, Estrada talks about how much pressure they were under because they were the first match. Yang says that his favorites to watch were Amazing Red, Lo-Ki, and AJ Styles. We also learn that Styles and Yang are great friends and started out together, which is a nice tidbit. Estrada talks again about paying their dues and working hard and wanting some changes. Yang talks about his WCW run and how he never felt like he’d be an impact player and that it feel different in TNA.

Tenay talks about how the Elvises were the first winners of TNA but that they’ve had communication issues and issues with Siaki’s ego, which prompts a clip of Siaki saying that he’s the best of the X-Division.

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Borash and Goldy talk about the Elvises and Borash comments about Siaki thinking Goldy is sweet on him, to which Goldy says ‘Only in his own mind.’

With that settled, we are turning our attention to Lo-Ki, Styles, and Lynn who, along with Psichosis, competed to be the first X-Division Champion.

Double Elimination Round Robin Match For the X-Division Championship: AJ Styles vs Psichosis vs Lo-Ki vs Jerry Lynn.

Comment: This match is, for me, still the best match, not just X-Division, but overall match that TNA has put on so far. That said, I still think they should’ve had a tournament to decide who would compete for the title and brought it down to Jerry Lynn vs AJ Styles because it felt like Lo-Ki and Psichosis were just there to take the pins, especially Psichosis.

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Borash and Goldy discuss Styles and Lynn getting the Tag Team Championship and the issues the two men have had with each other during the show’s run so far.

NWA Tag Team Championship: Jerry Lynn and AJ Style vs Slash and Tempest (with James Mitchell).

Comment: First of all, I’m annoyed that they didn’t show us the Tag Team Championship Final between the Rainbow Express and Lynn/Styles, which is what it looked like they were going to show.

Anyway, I still think this was a pretty good match. Slash and Tempest, like many guys in TNA weren’t totally ready for prime time, but still did a really great job of keeping up with Lynn and Styles.

As I’m watching this, a scroll is going across the screen, announcing that TNA will be back in two weeks, so the partnership with Panda Energy must’ve happened pretty quickly.

Watching this back, I’m not totally buying Jerry Lynn’s excuse about Styles playing mind games and pulling ribs as the reason he turned on him. Lynn is clearly not happy about Styles tagging himself in the get the pinfall. Why not just stick with that instead of ret-conning it to make Lynn more sympathetic instead of a veteran being mad about a kid showing him up?

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Borash and Goldy continue their discussion about the issues between Lynn and Styles, which has been the central story of the X-Division and how it was all about respect.

NWA World Tag Team Match: The Flying Elvises vs Jerry Lynn and AJ Styles.

Comment: This was another really great match from these teams. The five guys in this segment are the core of the fledgling X-Division because they consistently put on great matches together, though the Elvises tend to stumble when they work with other teams. I still don’t know who did the blade job on Lynn, but they overdid it for that little bump on the guardrail.

After this match, we get a clip of the Styles/Lynn backstage fight and them trying to work things out so that they can function as tag partners. I find it interesting that for all Lynn’s talk about respect, he goes out of his way to disrespect Styles and what Styles has done in his, then, short career. I guess no one told Lynn that the best way to get respect is to give it in return and that he should earn Styles’ respect instead of demanding it after jumping him from behind and beating him up. I guess this is why they had Lynn come up with the excuse of mind games and ribbing to justify him being the babyface despite being a jerk.

We see Styles and Lynn seeming to want to work things out and have the kinks ironed out, but that didn’t even last the one show.

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With all signs pointing to The Brothers Of Destruction teaming up at WWE’s Crown Jewel on November 2nd, today we’re looking back at another time The Undertaker partnered up with his brother Kane, Survivor Series 2015! It was a celebration of 25 years of ‘The Deadman’ on this evening, but The Wyatt Family looked to spoil the party. Could ‘The New Face Of Fear’ defeat The Brothers Of Destruction and take his place as WWE’s newest evil?

Kickoff Show Match – Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: The Miz, Bo Dallas, Stardust & The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) vs. Neville, The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von), Titus O’Neil & Goldust

  • Gold & Stardust will kickoff the action, Stardust tries a boot, Goldust catches the foot and they slug it out, The Cosmic One falling back into his corner and tagging out. Viktor hits the ring, charges right into a powerslam, Goldust with the cover and he scores an early elimination. Viktor has been eliminated.
  • Konnor steps in and has words for The Bizarre One, Titus calling for the tag and he gets it. Collar & elbow lock-up, Konnor backs O’Neil into the corner, doesn’t break clean and hammers away with right hands before celebrating prematurely, Titus turning the tables and unleashing a series of his won. Konnor reverses a whip across, charges in, O’Neil hops up and over and delivers a slam, following with a leg drop before tagging out. D-Von enters the match, connects with a couple of rights and brings in his brother, Bubba hitting a slam and calling D-Von to the top, hitting the Wazzup Headbutt. Bubba gives the orders for tables, Stardust and Miz charge the ring, only to get clotheslined to the outside. The Man That Gravity Forgot comes in, sees Dallas running in and elevates him out to the floor, hits the ropes and flies to the outside with a moonsault plancha as we go to a break….Konnor whips Bubba into the ropes for a back body drop when we come back, drops a big elbow and covers for 1. Bubba ducks a right hand and plants Konnor with a uranage out of nowhere, hooks the leg and gets a sneaky 3 count. Konnor has been eliminated.
  • Stardust rushes the ring and runs into a hiptoss, D-Von tags in and takes a knee to the breadbasket, The Cosmic One tagging out and Miz pummels D-Von in the corner. Bo tags and does more of the same, quickly tags out and Stardust rips at D-Von’s face. The A-Lister re-enters the match, snapmares D-Von over and hits the ropes for a running boot that gets a count of 2. He goes to a front facelock, D-Von battles to his feet, Miz with a kneelift, hits the ropes and D-Von plants him with a spinebuster. Stardust gets a tag, climbs to the top for a double axe handle and catches a right hand to the midsection on the way down. D-Von crawls to a tag, The Man That Gravity Forgot spingboards into the ring over Stardust, takes down Dallas and Miz on the apron, then connects with a flurry of kicks to The Cosmic One. Neville scores with an enzuigiri, shoots him in for a back body drop and Stardust with a kick to the chest. He charges Neville in the corner, The Man That Gravity Forgot side-steps it, Bo makes a blind tag and plants him with the Running Bo-Dog, Miz with a blind tag, follows with the Skull Crushing Finale and finishes Neville off. Neville has been eliminated.
  • The A-Lister runs his mouth at The Dudleys on the apron, Goldust slides in from behind with a schoolboy and gets the 1-2-3. The Miz has been eliminated.
  • Miz can’t believe it and argues with the referees on his way out, Goldust is distracted and Stardust takes advantage as we go to another break….Bo has Goldust on the floor when we return, rolls him back inside and covers for a 2 count before going to a rear chinlock. The Bizarre One finds his footing, breaks the hold and hits the ropes, running into a dropkick by Dallas for another count of 2. Stardust tags, clobbers away at Goldust on the apron, feigns going for a table and changes his mind, stomping away at his brother in the ring. The Cosmic One grabs a crossface chickenwing, pulls Goldust up for a suplex, The Bizarre One counters to a small package for a count of 2, but gets immediately laid out by a clothesline. Stardust with some early celebration, Goldust takes advantage with a schoolboy for 2, The Cosmic One angrily pounding away and bringing Dallas back in. The Inspirational One continues the onslaught, levels Goldust with a short-arm clothesline for a near fall, then goes back to the rear chinlock to wear him out. Bo slams him to the mat trying to get to his feet, Stardust tags and they split The Bizarre One with a wishbone, then drops The Dudleys & Titus off the apron. The Cosmic One runs at Goldust in the corner, meets a boot to the midsection and The Bizarre One plants him with a sunset flip bomb. Bo gets the tag as Goldust reaches Titus, O’Neil with a shoulder to Dallas, squashes Stardust in the corner, then clotheslines Bo and shoots him in for a back body drop. The Inspirational One sees it coming and hits a kick, but gets dropped by a big boot, Titus turning around and catching Stardust coming off the top into multiple backbreakers. O’Neil stacks them in the corner, squashes them both and Goldust & Bubba enter the ring with synchronized Dusty tributes, Clash Of The Titus to Bo and we’re down to 4 on 1. Bo Dallas has been eliminated.
  • Stardust realizes he’s all by himself, drops off the apron and tries to take a walk. O’Neil goes out to meet him, Goldust comes up from behind and catches a back elbow, The Cosmic One tries to run away, slides in the ring and runs into a 3D to finish it.

Winners & Sole Survivors: The Dudley Boyz, Titus O’Neil & Goldust

  • EA’s TakeI think Renee Young is overblowing just how ‘good’ this match really was. To me it was just an appetizer, a time-filler, something to get the people in the arena a little more hyped up for the main show. The match was not bad by any means, but it was merely a bunch of thrown-together parts and the only significance was the return of Goldust.

Open: Everyone rises to their feet in the arena, as Lilian Garcia is in the ring to sing our National Anthem.

Video: “Once in a generation there comes a phenom. An individual not measured in seconds, days, weeks or even years, but by the legacy he’s built. A presence that’s risen above all challenges and gone head-first into the unknown. But, when a Phenom joins a Demon from the depths of Hell, only time will tell us what the future will bring.” Tonight marks the 25 year anniversary of The Undertaker in WWE, as he and his brother, Kane, look to cement their spot as the keepers of the darkness over The Wyatt Family. A change is coming, as tonight we crown a brand new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. “History is written, by the survivors.”

Match #1 – WWE Title Tournament Semi-Finals: Roman Reigns vs. WWE United States Champion Alberto Del Rio w/Zeb Colter
Collar & elbow tie-up to start, Alberto backs Roman into the corner and they break clean. Another lock-up, Reigns with a side headlock, Del Rio pushes him off into the ropes and gets knocked down by a shoulder, re-thinking his strategy. The champion with a leg kick, backs Reigns into the corner for more to the ribs, then fires off right hands from the 2nd rope. Roman powers out of the corner with Alberto on his shoulder, flipping him to the mat, Del Rio coming right back by pulling Reigns to the outside. The Big Dog drags Alberto out by the foot, looks to drive him into the barricade, Del Rio counters and Roman is sent into the wall, then rolled back inside.

Alberto comes off the top with an overhand chop for a count of 2, Roman reversing a whip into the corner, climbs to the 2nd rope with right hands, Del Rio pushes him off, charges in and gets planted by a tilt-a-whirl powerslam for 2. Roman drives the champion into the top turnbuckle, whips him hard into the corner, charges in and gets elevated to the apron, Alberto hanging him across the top rope and dropping him to the floor with an enzuigiri. Del Rio heads out and rams Reigns into the steel steps as Triple H watches from the back. Back in the arena, El Patron tosses Roman inside, heads up top for another overhand chop and goes to a rear chinlock.

The Big Dog battle to a standing position, whips Del Rio into the corner, rushes in and misses, hitting the ring post shoulder-first. The champion keeps the pressure on with kicks and right hands, charges for a running dropkick, Roman avoids it and Alberto flies through the ropes to the outside. Reigns rolls outside, catches Del Rio climbing up the apron with the Drive-By, bashes his head off the apron and announce desk, then rolls him back in the ring. Alberto tries a clothesline, Reigns ducks it and connects with one of his own, then clobbers the champion in the corner with a flurry more before hitting the ropes for a big boot. The Big Dog calls for the Superman Punch, El Patron ducks out of the way and scores with a Backstabber, makes the cover and gets a near fall.

Del Rio goes back to kicks in the corner, spikes Roman with a DDT for another count of 2, arguing with the ref about the count. The champion sets his sights on a superkick, The Big Dog ducks out of the way, plants Alberto with a Samoan Drop and gets 2. Reigns props Del Rio on the top turnbuckle, attempts a superplex, Alberto with headbutts, gets Reigns in the tree of woe and tries the double stomp. Roman avoids it, Del Rio’s knee buckles on the landing, Reigns coming back with a Superman Punch and positioning himself for the Spear, Alberto countering with a superkick for a near fall.

The champion thinks it’s time for the Cross Armbreaker, Reigns counters into a schoolboy powerbomb, Alberto kicking out at 2. Both men struggle to get to their feet, Alberto grabbing a Cross Armbreaker out of nowhere on the canvas, Reigns powers Del Rio up to a vertical base, but the champion hanging onto the hold in the ropes. The referee finally forces the break, El Patron heads to the top, jumps over Roman who’s getting to his feet, turns around and takes a Spear, Reigns covering to advance.
Winner: Roman Reigns (Spear)

  • EA’s TakeDel Rio clearly still hasn’t quite gotten his footing back yet, there were some mix-ups at the beginning of the match that were glaring, things were a bit choppy for a bit there. They were able to turn it around towards the end of the match, but I’ve had Roman as a lock for the finals since the tournament was announced. Nothing surprising here in a match that was similar to a Raw main event.

Backstage: Jojo brings in Roman Reigns for some words, Dean Ambrose coming right in and congratulating his friend on the victory. Roman tells Dean that all he has to do is win and it’ll be them for the title, Ambrose walking away. The Big Dog tells Jojo that once Dean’s done, it will be best friends fighting for the championship. Kevin Owens comes in to remind Roman that he’s not eliminated yet, telling Reigns he’s been close before and tonight, he’s the guy that will stop him. KO walks off, Reigns stating that Owens is about to get his ass whooped.

Match #2 – WWE Title Tournament Semi-Finals: Dean Ambrose vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens
Ambrose with a hammerlock to start, switches to a side headlock, Owens fighting out and grabbing one of his own. The Lunatic Fringe pushes KO into the ropes and gets dropped by a shoulder knockdown, Owens back into the ropes and Dean with multiple armdrags. The champion reverses whip into the ropes, Ambrose with a schoolboy for a quick 1, gets a waistlock and Owens with a back elbow, using a schoolboy for a quick 1 of his own. KO with shoulders to the midsection in the corner, shoots Dean across and charges in, The Lunatic Fringe hops up and over, hits the ropes and takes Owens down with a forearm.

He rakes KO’s face on the top rope, clotheslines him to the outside and flies with a slingshot crossbody to the floor. Ambrose sends the champion back inside, charges him in the corner with a forearm, follows with a running bulldog and covers for 1. The Lunatic Fringe heading upstairs, Owens hits the ropes and crotches Dean, dropping him to the mat with right hands and scoring with the Cannonball that gets 1. The Prize Fighter utilizes a rear chinlock, Ambrose gains a vertical base and breaks the hold with jabs and chops, Owens countering a whip into the corner and Dean goes in sternum-first.

The champion plants Dean with a torture rack neckbreaker for a 2 count, hits the ropes for a running senton and gets another count of 2. He chokes Ambrose on the middle rope, levels him with a short-arm clothesline, fires away with heavy rights, sends Dean into the ropes for a back elbow and gets another near fall. KO back to the rear chinlock, again Triple H is watching from the back as The Lunatic Fringe fights to his feet. Owens catches him in a sleeper, Dean counters to a back suplex, then avoids a running senton, hits the ropes and they double down off a double clothesline. The Lunatic Fringe tries Dirty Deeds, KO blocks it, they exchange right hands, Ambrose hits the ropes and Owens hangs him on the top rope.

He splits Dean with a gutbuster, heads up top for a moonsault and misses, The Lunatic Fringe scaling the corner to follow with a diving elbow drop and a near fall. Ambrose props Owens on the top turnbuckle, hooks for a superplex, KO blocks it and drops Dean back to the mat. The Lunatic Fringe fires back up to attempt a superplex, the champion counters and powers him into a 2nd rope fisherman’s buster, but still can’t get a 3 count. Owens yells at Dean to stay down, sends him into the ropes for a Pop-Up Powerbomb, Ambrose rebounds off the middle rope and scores with the Lunatic Lariat, KO rolling to the outside.

Ambrose flies through the ropes with a suicide dive, tosses the champion in, Owens rolls out the other side and Dean tries another suicide dive, but gets caught. KO drops The Lunatic Fringe on the announce table, tosses him back in for a Pop-Up Powerbomb, Dean avoids it and lands on his feet turning around into a superkick. Ambrose rebounds off the ropes for another Lunatic Lariat, walks into another superkick, the champion attempts the Pop-Up Powerbomb again, Dean counters with a hurricanrana, then spikes Owens with Dirty Deeds to head to the finals.
Winner: Dean Ambrose (Dirty Deeds)

  • EA’s TakeA better match, a lot cleaner than our first semi-final. I had a hard time believing Ambrose wouldn’t win this, but figured the odds were greater than that of Reigns, so it definitely helped make the match more interesting. I’m hoping for something more interesting to happen in the main event, as everything thus far has been expected.
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Chairshot Classics: WCW Halloween Havoc ’92 – Spin The Wheel, Make The Deal

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Open: Tony Schiavone & Bruno Sammartino introduce the show, specifically talking about the “Spin the Wheel – Make the Deal” match between Sting and Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts. WCW World Heavyweight Champion Ron Simmons must be cautious of The Barbarian, and there has been some conflict between Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham. Missy Hyatt is backstage to figure out whether or not Rick Rude has decided who his choice of guest referee will be for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship match. She has no information at this time and sends it off to the commentary team.

Match #1: Arn Anderson, ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton & Michael ‘P.S.’ Hayes vs. ‘Z-Man’ Tom Zenk, Johnny Gunn & Shane Douglas
Anderson and Gunn get us going. Collar and elbow tie up, Anderson with position, the veteran with some condescension before beating the young kid down. Irish whip, Gunn puts on the breaks and lands a drop kick. Anderson gets a knee to the midsection after a distraction by his teammate, he goes to the top but the Z-Man takes care of him with a drop kick of his own. Anderson’s team regroups on the floor, Double A comes back to the ring. Collar and elbow, Gunn with a wristlock and a tag to Z-Man. Zenk with an elbow and he grabs the wrist. Anderson with a drop toe hold and he tags in Eaton.

Beautiful Bobby with some rights. Zenk reverses the Irish whip and Eaton digs his heels in giving Z-man a shot. They hit the ropes and Zenk executes a high elevation back body drop. He follows it with a drop kick back to Eaton’s corner and Michael Hayes is tagged in to a big pop. Hayes with a side headlock, Z-Man forces him on the ropes, they run and Zenk delivers a hip toss. Hayes slows it down. Collar and elbow tie p and Zenk makes a quick tag to Douglas. Shane twists the wrist, they hit the ropes and Shane is quick with an arm drag. He hangs on with an arm bar until Hayes gets a knee to the gut and tags in Eaton. Shane greets him with an arm drag and he locks in.

Bobby gets position with a vertical base, he moves to the corner for a break but takes some liberties. Douglas reverses the Irish whip and elevates with the back body drop. Headscissor takedown by Shane followed with a single leg takedown. A tag is made to Zenk and he goes right to work on Bobby’s leg. Eaton is able to crawl his way to his corner and tag in The Enforcer. Arn with a forearm and a side headlock, they hit the ropes, Double A gets a shoulder tackle but he’s caught in a sleeper hold on the comeback. Anderson escapes it with a belly to back suplex. Hayes is tagged in and he hits a quick elbow, followed with a fist to the face before grabbing a reverse chin lock. Z-Man fights out with elbows to the gut, he hits the ropes but Hayes catches him with a kick.

Swinging neckbreaker by Hayes and he gets two. Eaton is tagged back in, Z-Man trying to fight him off. Z-Man lifts Eaton for an atomic drop, unaware Eaton tagged in Anderson. Eaton reverses the Irish whip, Z-Man ducks his clothesline but runs into the elbow of the legal man. Anderson with a lateral press and he gets two. Anderson feeds Z-Man to the corner and he tags in Michael Hayes. The Freebird locks in a modified camel clutch, he breaks it, goes for a vertical suplex but it’s reversed. Hayes tags Anderson while Zenk tags Douglas. Shane goes to work on all of his opponents. A front face lock is placed on Anderson, and Eaton cheap shots him at the knees.

Double A goes to work on the leg that was clipped, Eaton is tagged in and he enters with some flying knee to knee contact. Beautiful Bobby locks in the figure four and he gets some help from Michael Hayes. Douglas tries to roll it over and Eaton smartly tags in Anderson. Arn sends him for an Irish whip, he comes off the ropes and catches Double A with an atomic drop but both men knock heads and they’re down. Anderson crawls and tags in Hayes but Douglas is able to tag is Gunn right after. Johnny sends Hayes for the ride and a back body drop, he’s rushed by Eaton who gets a scoop slam and a melee breaks out. While all six competitors brawl, Johnny Gunn hits a Lou Thesz Press on Michael Hayes and they pick up the win!
Winners: ‘Z-Man’ Tom Zenk, Johnny Gunn & Shane Douglas (Gunn/Lou Thesz Press)

  • EA’s Take: This match felt like a collection of guys with nothing meaningful to do storyline-wise (which is basically the case), but they still delivered a perfectly fine opening bout. With three grizzled vets on the other side of the ring, I’m not sure who they’re trying to put over here, if anyone. No one on the winning team stood out, but I sincerely enjoyed the match all the same.

Backstage: Missy Hyatt is still outside Rick Rude’s locker room. She can’t get in, but here comes Harley Race. The former World Champion is just here to watch a championship match and he won’t let Hyatt into the locker room.

Match #2: Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat vs. ‘Flyin’ Brian Pillman
Collar and elbow tie up, Pillman gets position and chops away. Steamboat retaliates with a chop of his own, they hit the ropes and Ricky takes Pillman down with a shoulder block. He tries another and gets a two count. Pillman tries flipping Steamboat over the top rope but The Dragon hangs on and grabs a victory roll for two. Off the kickout, Steamboat hits the turnbuckle and Pillman scoop slams him. Pillman taunts and Steamboat plays possum, baiting him into an arm bar. Pillman up to a vertical base, they hit the ropes, Steamboat with a shoulder tackle and a hip toss. Deep arm drag by The Dragon and he hangs on.

Steamboat moves to the wrist and he puts a lot of power on it. Pillman reverses with a drop toe hold, he can’t grab the chin lock and Steamboat reverses back into the hammerlock. Steamboat with knees to the kidneys, they’re up to vertical. Pillman fights back with forearms and Steamboat retaliates with chops and a back body drop. Scoop slam by Steamboat, but he’s met with a slow blow, an eye rake and a clothesline. Pillman hangs Steamboat on the ropes and throws him back. Steamboat is sent for the ride, he leap frogs Pillman and catches him in a choke on the comeback. Pillman meets the turnbuckle, Steamboat tries to send him for the ride but Brian drops down. The ref backs Steamboat off and Flyin Brian takes a cheap shot.

Brian rubs Steamboat’s face into the canvass. Steamboat fights back with some chops and sends Pillman into the turnbuckle. They run the ropes and Pillman counters with a head scissor take down. Pillman takes Steamboat to the middle rope, he sends The Dragon for the ride and he counters into a back slide and a two count. Pillman quickly hammers Steamboat’s head into the canvass and chokes him out. Ref breaks it up. Pillman sets Steamboat on the top turn buckle and slaps him in the face. He sets up for a superplex, Steamboat blocks it and throws Pillman to the canvass. Steamboat comes off the turnbuckle but he runs into a drop kick by Flyin Brian.

Pillman says its over, Steamboat gets his shoulder up on multiple covers. Brian checks in with the ref and is victim of a belly to back suplex. The ref starts his 10 count, Steamboat is up first, Pillman reverses the whip to the ropes and catches The Dragon in a sleeper. Steamboat drives into the corner, Pillman hangs on, but not the second time. From the apron, Pillman snaps Steamboat’s neck off the top rope. He climbs the turnbuckles, Steamboat catches him with a gorilla press. Steamboat is fired up, Pillman escapes to the floor. Ricky gives chase and chops him on the outside. Pillman is rolled back in, Brian regains the advantage with a knee to the face and some chops.

Steamboat is sent into the turnbuckle, The Dragon fights back with chops. Steamboat tries to grab him, again Brian rolls to the floor but he’s followed again. Irish whip by Steamboat and he runs into a knee. Pillman with a cross body press from the 2nd rope and he gets a two count. Standing switch into a back breaker by Steamboat who heads for the top rope. A big sunset flip earns him two. Pillman counters the pin, but The Dragon flips him back and he picks up the 3 count.
Winner: Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat (Roll-Up)

  • EA’s Take: This was exactly what you would expect, Pillman is showing some heel behavior. He’s also taken quite a few losses, albeit to legitimate opponents, you’d hate to see his talent get buried. Unfortunately, this is kind of his road until a partnership that wasn’t fondly remembered until years after Pillman’s early passing.
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