Open: ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage enters the arena, welcoming us to the brand new United Center in Chicago and the premier event, SummerSlam, which brought to you by the New Generation of the WWF.
Match #1: Irwin R. Schyster & Bam Bam Bigelow w/’Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase vs. The Headshrinkers (Samu & Fatu) w/Afa & Captain Lou Albano
Fatu & Bam Bam will get us started, Bigelow rips at the eyes off the opening lock-up shoots Fatu to the ropes for a big shoulder knockdown, hits the ropes for another and then goes to work in the corner with right hands. He whips Fatu to the corner and charges in, Fatu side-steps out of harm’s way, clocks him with a superkick and covers for a count of 2. Fatu looks for a body slam, can’t hold up the weight and The Beast from the East falls on top for a 2 count, Bam Bam quickly drills him with an enzuigiri, heads to the top turnbuckle for the Diving Headbutt, but misses the mark.
Fatu to the ropes and turns Bigelow inside-out with a clothesline, tag to Samu, The Headshrinkers whip him to the buckle, connect with a double superkick off the rebound, lateral press by Samu and he gains a near fall. Big chops to the chest now, Samu sends Bam Bam to the corner, The Beast from the East rebounds out with a high back elbow, tags out and IRS comes in to put the boots to Samu. Irish whip to the ropes is reversed, Samu ducks down for a back body drop, Irwin hops over the top of him, turns around and gets planted by a body slam, Samu following up with a hip toss and a superkick for another count of 2.
He goes to shoot Schyster to the ropes, irish whip is reversed, IRS tries a clothesline from the left side that misses, Samu coming back through leaps for a crossbody, but nobody’s home. Irwin looks to take advantage and attempts a crossbody of his own, Samu ducks it, The Tax Man flies over the top rope, spilling down to the floor. Fatu drops down off the apron and drives Schyster head-first into the ring steps, rolls him back into the squared circle, Samu delivers a big headbutt, hooks the leg and gets a 2 count. Tag to Fatu, The Headshrinkers drop Irwin with a double headbutt, Fatu picks him up to whip him to the ropes, it’s reversed, IRS ducks under a clothesline and Bigelow pulls the top rope down on the other side to send Fatu flying down to the floor.
IRS holds the official’s attention for Bam Bam to get in some cheap shots, he rams Fatu face-first into Schyster’s briefcase, tosses him back inside, Irwin drops multiple elbows and gains a near fall. The Beast from the East re-enters and shoots Fatu to the ropes, misses with a wild right hand, both guys go for a clothesline and connect, dropping to the canvas and doubling down. Tags on both sides, Samu fires away with fists to IRS, sends him to the ropes for a back body drop, Bigelow steps in to help out, gets met with punches for his troubles and gets sent to the ropes for a back body drop as well. Samu in total control, cracks both guys with headbutts, executes a body slam to Schyster, climbs to the 2nd rope for a diving headbutt, lateral press and Bam Bam’s there to break the count at 2.
Samu pushes Bigelow to the outside from behind, Fatu comes in and The Headshrinkers hit a double headbutt to IRS, plant him into the mat with a double forward russian leg sweep, Fatu goes up top for the Headshrinker Splash and makes a cover. DiBiase’s on the apron to distract the referee, The Beast from the East breaks up the pinning predicament, notices Captain Lou on the apron and decks him with a big right hand. Afa sees it and comes in after Bigelow with fists and headbutts, the ref finally turns around and calls for the bell.
Winners: Irwin R. Schyster & Bam Bam Bigelow (Disqualification)
- After The Bell: Afa continues hammering Bam Bam, Fatu drops him with a superkick, triple headbutt for The Beast from the East and the brawl spills out into the aisle on the way to the back.
- EA’s Take: Decent opener that was originally scheduled to be for the WWF Tag Team Titles, however The Headshrinkers lost them at a house show the night before to Shawn Michaels and Diesel, which certainly took away from the importance of the contest. Ted DiBiase had returned to the company after retiring from in-ring competition and taking a brief hiatus, now becoming a manager and putting together his own stable, The Million Dollar Corporation, starting out with Nikolai Volkoff and Bigelow before adding DiBiase’s former partner IRS. The group would continue to grow throughout the year, even adding a new member later on this same night, while The Headshrinkers would be briefly down-sized. Samu decided to leave the company shortly after this match to recover from some nagging injuries, however never returned and was replaced by Sione, better known as The Barbarian.
Backstage: Leslie Nielsen is walking around backstage in a segment similar to his Naked Gun movies, trying to solve the mystery of the two Undertaker’s. He would come across a man in a dark hallway that he believed to be The Undertaker, but it’s George Kennedy. George informs Leslie that he’s on the case as well and they take-off to continue their search.
Match #2 for the WWF Women’s Championship: Bull Nakano w/Luna Vachon vs. WWF Women’s Champion Alundra Blayze
Bull offers a handshake which Alundra unwisely takes and gets a kick to the breadbasket for it, Nakano shoots her into the the corner, levels the champion with a clothesline off the rebound and picks her up for a powerbomb. Blayze slips out the backside and hits the ropes, scores with a dropkick, goes back to the well for another, but the challenger swipes her away, then tosses her across the ring by the hair. Bull throws Alundra back across with another handful of hair, slams her by the head to the canvas, flattens her with a clothesline and delivers a leg drop for a count of 2.
The challenger grounding Blayze with a rear chinlock, Alundra works her way to the bottom rope to force the break, Bull pulling her back up and ties her in the ropes, wrenching back on the neck. She grabs another handful of hair and faceplants the champion into the mat, makes an arrogant cover for 2, whips her to the ropes, Alundra hops up into a hurricanrana, sits on top and gets a 2 count. She shoots Nakano to the ropes for a spinning heel kick, sends her back in for another, the challenger ducks it, lifts her up by the throat and drops her down to the canvas. Bull uses her chin across the throat to choke the champion, locks in a Boston crab, Blayze crawls her way to the ropes and again forces the break.
Nakano with clubbing shots to the back, crosses the legs and slaps on Bull’s Angelito, the challenger grabs a handful of hair and the official forces her to release the hold. Bull picks Alundra up and chokes her on the top rope, the referee backs her off, Luna taking the opening to continue choking the champion, Nakano stalks Blayze and gets surprised by a schoolboy for a near fall, but goes to a cross armbreaker off the kick-out. Bull switches to an armbar before letting go on her own accord, shoots the champion to the ropes, Alundra plants her with a reverse bulldog, goes back to the ropes for another, then a third time for a near fall.
She sets the challenger for a piledriver, Nakano counters with a back body drop, delivers a body slam for a 2 count, sends Blayze to the ropes, Alundra swings wildly with a clothesline and missses, Bull flattening her with one of her own. She shoots the champion to the corner and charges in, the champion hops up to the 2nd rope, over the top of the challenger, grabs a backslide and almost puts it away. Blayze goes to the ropes for another hurricanrana, Nakano blocks it, drives her down with a powerbomb, hooks the leg and gains a near fall.
She plants Alundra with a body slam and heads to the high rent district for a leg drop, Luna climbs to the apron as Blayze rolls out of the way, the champion kicks Vachon to the floor, hits the challenger with the Bridging German Suplex and retains.
Winner and STILL WWF Women’s Champion: Alundra Blayze (Bridging German Suplex)
- EA’s Take: This is about as good as it gets for women’s matches at this time period, Bull Nakano was the first real competitor that could equal Alundra’s talents in the ring and give her a legitimate threat to the title. While women’s wrestling had nowhere near the level of interest that it has today, this was really the benchmark rivalry in terms of in-ring ability for the WWF. The feud would continue over the next 8 months as Bull would win the title in an untelevised match from Japan in November just three days before Survivor Series, leading to an angle in which Bertha Faye attacked Alundra and “put her on the shelf” for 5 months. In reality, Blayze was taking time off to have some work done on her nose and get breast implants before returning in April 1995.
Backstage: Todd Pettengill is joined by WWF Intercontinental Champion & WWF Tag Team Champions Diesel & Shawn Michaels, Shawn stating that collectively the two of them have held the IC Title for 2 years, but they decided that they needed more gold and took the Tag Titles just last night. Big Daddy Cool speaks about his IC Title defense tonight against Razor Ramon, claiming his moniker should be Midas because everything he touches turns to gold. He informs The Bad Guy that he’s had a lot of chances and been unable to come through yet, wondering why Razor thinks it will happen tonight. The Heartbreak Kid claims that when they get finished with Razor and Walter Payton tonight, nobody will be able to recognize them.
Match #3 for the WWF Intercontinental Championship: WWF Intercontinental Champion & WWF Tag Team Champion Diesel w/Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon w/Walter Payton
Razor takes his trademark toothpick and chucks it in the champion’s face, ducks under a right hand and scores with heavy punches, then drops the big man with a discus punch, Diesel quickly rolling to the outside to regroup with The Heartbreak Kid. Big Daddy Cool steps back inside, avoids the lock-up and goes to the ribs with a knee, pummels Ramon with elbows to the back of the head and buries forearm shots to the lower back. The Bad Guy fires back with shots of his own, Diesel ducks one, floors him with a short-arm clothesline, measures for a big boot, but the challenger avoids it and lays him out with a clothesline.
He shoots the champion to the corner and follows in, Diesel catches him with a high back elbow, throws him into the corner and uses a boot up under the chin to choke the challenger. Big Daddy Cool takes his eye off the ball for a moment, Razor scores with more fists, whips him to the ropes for a back body drop, the big man simply puts on the brakes and drives Ramon face-first into the canvas. The champion has some words for Walter, sends The Bad Guy to the ropes and locks on a sleeper hold, the challenger slips around, plants Diesel with a back body drop and breaks the hold.
The challenger looks to hit the ropes for a crossbody, Big Daddy Cool side-steps it and and sends him over the top to the floor, Payton comes around ringside to check on Razor, the official is distracted and Michaels climbs to the apron to expose one of the top turnbuckles. Shawn starts taunting Walter and gets stalked around ringside, the official slides out to back Payton off, The Heartbreak Kid takes the opening, runs around to the other side and jumps off the ring steps to deliver a clothesline to the challenger. The Bad Guy just makes it back into the squared circle before the 10 count, Diesel is there to meet him, sends him into the corner for heavy back elbows, buries knees into the breadbasket, looks to whip him into the exposed turnbuckle, but the ref spots it and blocks that corner off.
Shawn climbs up to the apron to argue with the referee, Diesel takes the opening and shoots Razor into the exposed buckle, plants him with a side slam, hooks the leg and gets a count of 2. The champion picks Ramon up over his shoulder, drops him face-first on a top turnbuckle, chokes him over the 2nd rope, builds a head of steam and drops his weight across the back with a seated senton. He pie-faces the challenger down to the mat, drops a big elbow across the lower back for a 2 count, posts his knee into Ramon’s spine and wrenches back on the head. The challenger finds a rush of adrenaline and finds a vertical base, hits the ropes, ducks under a right hand, but Big Daddy Cool clocks him with a big boot coming back through.
Diesel makes a cover and Razor gets a foot on the rope at 2, the champion looks to wear him down some more with an abdominal stretch, uses the ropes for additional leverage out of the official’s view, Walter finally points it out to the referee and he forces the champion to break the hold. Big Daddy Cool keeps his focus on the lower back with forearm shots, shoots him to the ropes to slap on another abdominal stretch, the challenger counters to one of his own, but Diesel powers out of it with a hip toss. He scoops Ramon over his shoulder and attempts to drive him into the exposed turnbuckle, The Bad Guy slips out behind, introduces Diesel to the steel instead, goes to a schoolboy and gains a near fall.
The big man quickly grabs Razor and sends him to the ropes for a back body drop, the challenger counters with a big knee lift, connects with right hands, whips him to the corner and charges in, Diesel gets the boots up, but Ramon slides under to the outside. He sweeps the legs and pulls the champion groin-first into the ring post, climbs back inside, goes to the 2nd rope for a bulldog, nearly putting the match away. The Bad Guy delivers a body slam for another 2 count, Michaels climbs up to the apron and gets dropped to the floor with a big fist, Diesel takes the opportunity to hammer the challenger from behind, misses with a wild right, Ramon props him on the top turnbuckle for a super back suplex, but the champion fights out of it and climbs back down.
Big Daddy Cool calls for the Jackknife, The Bad Guy counters out with a back body drop, says it’s time for the Razor’s Edge, again The Heartbreak Kid climbs to the apron to distract him and Ramon gets clobbered from behind by the champion. Diesel sends him to the ropes for a shoulder tackle, Walter has had enough of Shawn and chases him around ringside, Michaels grabs the IC Title, hops up to the apron, Payton gets his hands on the championship and pulls it away. The referee has some words for Walter as Diesel holds Razor for Michaels to deliver Sweet Chin Music, the challenger ducks it, Big Daddy Cool gets clocked instead, Ramon rolling to a cover and we have a new champion.
Winner and NEW WWF Intercontinental Champion: Razor Ramon (Outside Interference)
- EA’s Take: While this is certainly no technical masterpiece, the crowd was very hot for this one as Razor wins his 2nd Intercontinental Title in a match that was just as much about the outside antics as it was the action in the ring. This is the first time that there began to be some friction between Shawn and Diesel as the seeds had been planted that there was dissension between the two, which would continue into the fall. The inclusion of Walter Payton was a smart way for the company to give Razor an “equalizer” to Michaels on the outside and obviously played well with the Chicago crowd, adding another layer to his rivalry with The Heartbreak Kid.
In The Arena: ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage talks up Razor’s title win and speaks about the possible tensions arising between Diesel & Shawn Michaels.
Backstage: Todd Pettengill is in the locker room with Lex Luger & Tatanka before their match, giving the results of a poll that had 54% of people thinking that Lex “sold-out” to Ted DiBiase. Luger tries to explain himself, but The Native American interrupts, stating he’s sick of Lex’s excuses and the people have the right opinion. Tatanka claims that the whole world will know he sold out tonight, reminding us of all the evidence over the past number of weeks before walking off. Lex says that they can show all the footage and “evidence” they want, but he knows deep down that he did not sell out and never even considered it.
Match #4: Tatanka vs. Lex Luger
The official gives the instructions and we’re underway, Tatanka with some words for Luger accusing him of selling out, Lex takes offense to it and the referee gets in between them. They circle around and finally lock-up to a stalemate, another tie-up and they jockey for position, Luger backing The Native American into the corner and the official steps in to force a clean break. A third collar & elbow sees Lex gain a side headlock, Tatanka pushes him away to the ropes, Luger drops him with a shoulder block, but allows him to get back to his feet. They tie back up and this time The Native American goes to a wristlock, Luger reverses to one of his own, Tatanka quickly counters back to the wristlock and hammers away at the left arm before switching to an armbar.
Lex shoots him off to the ropes, misses with a clothesline, Tatanka scores with a crossbody for a quick 2 count, looks for a body slam, Luger counters to a small package and gets an early 2 count of his own. Both guys back up fast now and they exchange shots, Lex gets the better of it, whips The Native American into the corner, hip tosses him out and then plants Tatanka with a vertical suplex for a count of 2. He hits the ropes for an elbow drop that misses the mark, The Native American fires away with chops and right hands, shoots him to the ropes for a powerslam, hooks the leg and gets another 2. He starts going into his war dance, hits the ropes for a big overhand chop, goes back to the well for another, lateral press and Luger kicks out at a count of 2.
Tatanka with a vertical suplex of his own now, heads to the top turnbuckle for an overhand chop that’s on target, makes another cover, but again Lex is out before a 3 count. The Native American delivers a body slam, heads back upstairs for a crossbody, Luger side-steps out of harm’s way, levels Tatanka with clotheslines and we see ‘Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase make his way to ringside carrying a duffel bag. Lex shoots The Native American to the ropes for a powerslam, notices DiBiase at ringside with a pile of cash in-hand, Luger’s distracted, Tatanka seizes the opportunity and utilizes a schoolboy from behind to steal the victory.
Winner: Tatanka (Schoolboy)
- After The Bell: Lex is incensed and argues with DiBiase, has some words for The Native American as MDM steps into the ring, Luger turns back to Million Dollar Man and kicks the bag of money out of his hands. Tatanka ambuses Lex from behind, sends him to the ropes for a clothesline, plants him with End Of The Trail and continues to pummel Luger before hitting another End Of The Trail, then hugs DiBiase. He continues to put the boots to Lex, finally leaving with MDM after a group of officials are able to pull him off, but he comes back to dole out some more punishment and slaps on the Million Dollar Dream to put Luger out before shoving a $100 bill in his mouth.
- EA’s Take: Nothing spectacular here in terms of the action in the ring, this was much more about the angle surrounding it which saw Tatanka swerve everyone and turn heel. Although Luger never quite reached the level that he maybe should have in the WWF, having The Native American turn here was the right call as Tatanka’s popularity had waned with the fans since the demise of his winning streak after his debut. This isn’t the last we’d see of these two colliding as their rivalry would truck along through the remainder of the year.
Backstage: Gorilla Monsoon is in the WWF Hotline room talking about what we just witnessed, awaiting Ted DiBiase and Tatanka.
Match #5: ‘Double J’ Jeff Jarrett vs. Mabel w/Oscar
Mabel offers a handshake after the bell and Jarrett declines, they lock-up and the big man powers Double J away to the corner, Jarrett tries begging him off, ducks under a big shot and struts away. Collar & elbow tie-up and Double J hooks on a wristlock, Mabel tosses him across the ring to break it, mocks the strut, shoots Jarrett to the ropes, Double J ducks under a couple of shots, then hangs onto the ropes to avoid a big boot and struts again. He turns around and Mabel grabs him by the neck, lifts him into the air, puts him down and hits the ropes, Jarrett leapfrogs over, drops down, the big man puts on the brakes and drops an elbow to the lower back.
He plants Double J with a body slam and clotheslines him over the top to the floor, Oscar gets in Jarrett’s face to talk some trash, but pays for it and gets shoved into the steel steps. Mabel steps over the top rope to go outside after him, Jarrett sweeps the legs, slides into the squared circle and puts the boots to him, then comes off the 2nd rope with a fist drop. He goes back to the 2nd rope and connects with a double axe handle to the back, goes back to the well for another, looks to head to the high rent district for a third double axe, but Mabel catches him in mid-air with a bearhug. Double J rips at the eyes to escape it, scores with uppercuts that have no affect, Mabel whips him to the ropes for a clothesline that’s off-target and Jarrett hops on his back with a sleeper hold.
The big man backs to the turnbuckles and squashes Jarrett to break the hold, Double J jumps right back on him with the sleeper, Mabel squashing him in the corner again to get out of it. Jarrett staggers back to his feet and hits the ropes, The big man flattens him with a spinning heel kick for a count of 2, Abe ‘Knuckleball’ Schwartz is shown in the crowd holding up his “I’m On Strike” sign, meanwhile Double J attempts a running crossbody in the ring, gets caught and then planted with a slam, Jarrett getting his foot on the ropes at 2. Mabel argues with the ref about it, Double J sees the opportunity to rake the eyes, goes outside after Oscar again, but Mabel heads out and grabs him from behind, holding him for Oscar to deliver a slap to the face.
Double J staggers to the ring post, Mabel charges in and crushes him with a splash against the steel, back inside they go and the big man goes to the 2nd rope for a splash, but nobody’s home. Jarrett with a lateral press for a near fall, Mabel whips him to the ropes for a back body drop, Double J counters with a sunset flip, can’t get the big man over and Mabel tries dropping down on him, but again there’s nobody there, Jarrett quickly stacking him up for the win.
Winner: ‘Double J’ Jeff Jarrett (Seated Senton Counter)
- EA’s Take: Yuck, total filler match here that was billed as a “Rap vs. Country Music” battle. Very strange placement on the card if you ask me, this should have gone on a little earlier in my opinion and I think the Luger/Tatanka match would have worked better in this spot prior to the main events.
In The Arena: Leslie Nielsen & George Kennedy are in the aisle still searching for clues on the whereabouts of The Undertaker, a silhouette of The Deadman appears at the entrance, but when they turn around to look it’s gone.
Video: We take a look back at the sibling rivalry between Bret Hart & Owen Hart, which began last year at Survivor Series. The brothers seemingly made up as they challenged for the WWF Tag Team Championships at Royal Rumble a couple of months later, but The Rocket shockingly turned on The Hitman with an attack after their unsuccessful quest. They would finally meet one-on-one at WrestleMania and surprisingly, Owen defeated Bret, however the night ended with The Hitman getting the last laugh by winning the WWF Championship. The Rocket would equal his brother’s accomplishment from the year before by winning the King Of The Ring, leading us to our title match inside a steel cage tonight.
In The Arena: Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler go around ringside and get some comments from Stu & Helen Hart, then make their way to the other side for statements from The British Bulldog, Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart & Bruce Hart.
Backstage: Todd Pettengill is joined by WWF Champion Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart, the champion stating he’s going into tonight’s match with one thing in mind and that’s to prove he’s better than his brother and always has been. The Hitman says he doesn’t hate Owen and never did, but the problem is with The Rocket because jealousy is a horrible thing. Bret claims that Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart is likely the man that planted the seeds for all this in the first place, telling us that it breaks his heart things have come to this point, but it has to stop.
Match #6 – Steel Cage Match for the WWF Championship: ‘The King Of Harts’ Owen Hart vs. WWF Champion Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart
Bret steps into the cage and Owen goes right on the attack, whips him into the corner and unloads with a barrage of right hands, drives the champion face-first into the canvas, sends him back to the corner and goes to the 2nd rope for more fists. The King Of Harts puts the boots to his brother, The Hitman comes right back with an inverted atomic drop, floors Owen with a clothesline, but the challenger recovers first and goes to the eyes to retake control. He chokes the champion using the straps of his gear, attempts to ram him into the cage, Bret puts on the brakes and spikes him with a DDT, then crawls for the door.
Owen stops him and they trade punches, Hitman gets the better of it, delivers a leg drop, starts climbing the cage wall, but The King Of Harts pulls him back down by the foot. Stiff headbutts from Owen, he looks for a kick that gets blocked, brings the other leg around for an enzuigiri and scales the cage to the top, starting to get over, but the champion grabs him by the foot just in time. He brings Owen down to the mat the hard way with a back suplex, The Hitman tries going for the door, the challenger yanks him back in, delivers kicks to the knee and shoots Bret hard into the turnbuckles. The champion sneaks in a kick to the midsection, plants The King Of Harts with a running bulldog, goes for the door again to no avail and they trade-off trying to make it out, neither man successful.
The champion with an elbow drop to the back of the head, climbs up the cage, The King Of Harts reaches up to stop him, then slams him all the way back down to the mat and makes the climb himself. Owen gets to the other side of the cage before Bret grabs him by the hair to bring him back in, they pummel each other with punches on the top rope and The Hitman gets knocked to the canvas, the challenger coming off the top with a dropkick. He kips back up and leaps up the cage, the champion gets his hands on him to pull him back over, Bret gets caught straddling the top of the cage and they exchange fists.
The Hitman rams Owen spine-first into the steel to knock him down, both guys fall to the mat, Owen recovering first and he sets for a piledriver, Bret countering out with a back body drop. He gains a side headlock on his brother, The King Of Harts pushes him away to the ropes, drops down, Bret comes back through and they collide heads, both guys going down. The challenger crawls for the door and doesn’t make it, Hitman with a clubbing shot to the chest, drives an elbow drop to the sternum, scales to the top of the cage, Owen yanks him back down and the champion gets crotched on the top rope. The King Of Harts tries escaping out the door again unsuccessfully, Bret drags him back in, drops a headbutt to the lower abdomen, goes to the 2nd rope for an elbow drop, but Owen sees it coming and rolls out of harm’s way.
The challenger starts to climb up, Hitman grabs him by the head and hangs him over the cage, pulls him back into the ring and slams him off the top rope to the mat. The champion scales the steel once again, The King Of Harts pulls him back in, puts Bret on his shoulders and plants him with a Samoan drop. The challenger makes his way to the top of the cage before Hitman gets him by the leg to bring him in, Owen wants to ram the champion into the cage, but gets sent into the steel himself. Bret pulls himself to his feet and makes it just over the top of the cage, The King Of Harts gets a handful of hair to stop him from dropping to the floor, plants him off the top rope into the mat with a back suplex and both guys struggle back to their feet.
Owen spikes The Hitman with a piledriver, crawls over the cage wall to climb up, the champion drags him back inside, gets dropped to the canvas by right hands, The King Of Harts loses his balance and crotches himself on the top rope, spilling to the mat. Bret inches his way to the door and gets stopped, rolls back in to unleash a flurry of fists, the challenger fires back with shots of his own, reaches for the door, Hitman drags him to the middle of the ring and catapults him into the steel. The Excellence of Execution pulls himself back to the door, Owen leaps to grab his leg and hold him in, shoots him hard into the turnbuckles, Hitman recovers first, looks for a body slam, The King Of Harts slips out behind to ram him into the cage, but the champion ducks down and Owen hits instead.
The Hitman’s knee hits the cage in the process, he struggles to his feet and heads up the cage, gets both legs up and over, but Owen gets him by the hair, drags him down to the mat, sends him to the ropes and connects with a spinning heel kick. The challenger ascends up the cage wall, The Excellence of Execution just gets him by the hair to keep him from winning, Owen with heavy right hands on the top rope, Bret delivers a big kick to the jaw and The King Of Harts falls flat on his back to the mat. Owen’s able to pull his brother back down and delivers European uppercuts, irish whip to the ropes is reversed, the challenger ducks a wild right, they collide heads and both go down again.
The King Of Harts climbs the corner and gets up and over the top of the cage, Bret quickly scales up to meet him, sets him for a superplex and both guys crash down to the mat. The champion scratches and claws his way to the door, Owen’s able to get ahold of his foot, yanks The Hitman to the center of the ring and slaps on the Sharpshooter. The Excellence of Execution grabs Owen’s foot, reverses into a Sharpshooter of his own, releases it, starts climbing up the cage, The King Of Harts sees it and quickly gets up to pull him in by the hair, scores with a right hand and both men fall to the canvas.
The challenger crawls over the his brother and starts to scale the cage, Hitman’s up to grab him, both guys step over the top of the steel to the outside, Owen gets rammed face-first into the cage, his leg gets caught between the bars and Bret falls to the floor.
Winner and STILL WWF Champion: Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart
- After The Bell: Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart has hopped over the barricade behind The British Bulldog & Diana Smith, clotheslines Davey Boy in the back, The Bulldog bumps Diana and they both fall over the barricade to the floor. Neidhart starts pummeling The Hitman and chokes him with his t-shirt, Owen joins in and they roll Bret back into the cage, stepping inside and locking the door behind them. Bruce, Smith & Ross Hart all try to climb up and into the cage to help Bret along with Bulldog, but Owen and The Anvil keep kicking them off to keep them out. Davey Boy finally cracks Owen with right hands and gets in, Owen & Neidhart climbing out the other side and WWF officials use boltcutters to break the door open. Todd Pettengill catches up with Owen & The Anvil backstage for a word, The King Of Harts incensed that Bulldog was cheering for Bret eventhough he’s his family too, Neidhart warning The Hitman that he will waste him if he gets in either his or Owen’s way.
- EA’s Take: A lot of people remember this match and recall it being a “classic”, but I’d have to disagree. There was a lot of realism in seeing the combatants constantly try to escape as that’s the whole point of the match, but it made for quite a boring watch to be honest. Dave Meltzer actually gave this contest a five-star rating, but I just don’t see it. Although it’s one of the best matches on the card, I’d call it decent at best with the repetition of continuously trying to escape the cage to no avail. Bret gets his win back from WrestleMania here, but Owen yet again gets the last laugh. Side note: if you watch the replay of Bulldog and Diana flipping over the barricade, she actually smashes her face into the steel bars, so she may have been legitimately hurt there.
Video: Earlier this year at Royal Rumble, The Undertaker lost a Casket Match to Yokozuna and hasn’t been seen since. Following his disappearance, people from all across the country claimed to have seen The Deadman, most notably Ted DiBiase who claimed he would be the man to bring Taker back to the WWF. Paul Bearer would deny DiBiase’s statements, but The Million Dollar Man would introduce him on an episode of Shawn Michaels’ Heartbreak Hotel, claiming to have control over him. Bearer would try to regain control of The Phenom with the urn, but DiBiase’s money would lure him back, leading Paul to believe it was not the same Undertaker we all know. On an episode of The King’s Court, Taker would grab Bearer by the throat at DiBiase’s direction, but the lights would start to flicker out, when they come back on Paul had escaped and proclaimed he found the real Undertaker.
Match #7: The Undertaker w/’Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase vs. The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer
The bell rings and the two Takers go face-to-face, Undertaker gives the “Rest In Peace” sign, The Imposter looks to deliver a right hand, but it’s blocked and Taker scores with kicks and shots to the throat. He shoot The Imposter to the ropes for a clothesline, The Imposter ducks under it, attempts a shoulder block, but The Deadman doesn’t budge and they go face-to-face again. Big rights from The Imposter now, irish whip to the ropes is reversed, The Phenom drops down, leapfrogs over, scores with a big boot and sends The Imposter outside with a shot to the throat.
DiBiase climbs up to the apron, The Imposter starts stalking Bearer on the outside, Taker reaches over the top rope, grabs him by the hair to pull him up to the apron, then suplexes him back into the squared circle. The Deadman grabs him by the throat and throws him over the top to the floor, Taker drives The Imposter face-first off the ring apron, rolls back in, reaches out and drags him back to the apron with a handful of hair. The Imposter drops Taker throat-first across the top rope, connects with a couple of fists, grabs a wristlock and starts to climb to the top rope. The Deadman gets him by the neck and slams him down to the canvas, Undertaker now goes to a wristlock of his own, scales to the top rope, walks to the middle and drives a clubbing blow across the back.
Irish whip to the ropes is reversed, The Imposter elevates The Phenom and drops him throat-first on the top rope, fires away with right hands, hits the ropes for a clothesline, then back in for another and he finally drops Taker. The Imposter hits the ropes for an elbow drop that’s off-target, The Deadman hits the ropes to deliver a clothesline of his own, scores with heavy punches, staggers him near the ropes, gets a running start for another clothesline, but gets elevated over the top rope and falls to the floor. The Imposter goes out in pursuit and drives Taker into the ring post, rams him face-first off the steps, slides back into the ring and The Phenom rolls in behind him. More big shots from
The Imposter in the corner, Undertaker seemingly absorbs the blows, whips The Imposter to the ropes for a clothesline, The Imposter ducks it ad plants him with a Chokeslam. He drops to his knees to make a cover, The Deadman sits up, The Imposter picks him up, spikes him with a Tombstone and drops down to cover again. The Phenom sits back up, The Imposter sets for another Tombstone, Undertaker reverses and hits one of his own. The Deadman picks him back up, plants him with a 2nd Tombstone, hauls him back up for a 3rd and covers for the 1-2-3.
Winner: The Undertaker (Tombstone)
- After The Bell: DiBiase runs away to the back, The Deadman rolls The Imposter into the casket and the druids wheel him away.
- EA’s Take: McMahon kept saying during commentary that the crowd was silent because they were “in disbelief”, but that’s not why. This match was brutal, that’s why the fans were so quiet. All the pomp and circumstance surrounding The Undertaker’s return was a cool touch, but as far as the action it was very sloppy. The Deadman had taken some time off to heal a legitimate back injury and while this was a good idea at the time to bring him back, The Imposter, played by Brian Lee, didn’t do it any favors. The angle was actually supposed to continue and see a couple more matches between these two, however the company must have noticed it was a dud and subsequently dropped it. Lee would move on to ECW for the next couple of years, but would return to the WWF eventually using a different gimmick.
Backstage: Leslie Nielsen & George Kennedy come across the casket that had The Imposter in it, open the lid and there’s nothing there. They notice a briefcase on the floor, Nielsen picks it up and George says the case is closed, they solved the mystery.
EA’s Finisher: Another in a long line of “duds” for the WWF’s pay-per-view line-up throughout the mid 1990’s. There was very little that stood out to me. The Undertaker’s return was big, but the match was rough at best and should not have main evented the show. Bret/Owen has been lauded by some as a great match, but I didn’t see it that was personally. It felt like all they did was take turns trying to escape the cage which logically makes sense, but was a bit boring to watch and didn’t provide much for entertainment value. In terms of in-ring work, the Women’s Championship match was arguably the best on the card eventhough women’s wrestling didn’t have anywhere near the popularity it has today.
Top Three To Watch
1 – Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart
2 – Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano
3 – Razor Ramon vs. Diesel
Chairshot Classic: Andrew’s 2019 AEW Double or Nothing Ratings & Analysis
Take a look back at AEW’s first PPV effort, the 2019 Double Or Nothing in Andrew’s Retro Ratings and Analysis!
Take a look back at AEW’s first PPV effort, the 2019 Double Or Nothing in Andrew’s Retro Ratings and Analysis!
With AEW Double Or Nothing–the 2022 edition–on the horizon, enjoy this trip down memory lane as Andrew Balaz reviewed the inaugural Las Vegas AEW pay-per-view…spectacular?
Well this is history boys and girls. Good, bad or indifferent, it’s the first show of the IWC’s favorite t-shirt company. What becomes of Hangman since he’s injured and PAC cancelled? What surprises will we get?
We all sit here with bated breath. Some want it to fail, many want it to succeed. Me? I just want it to not suck.
Let’s see what we got!
- Casino Battle Royal: Hangman Page wins @10:45 – **
- Sammy Guevara vs Kip Sabian: Sabian wins Argentine Facebuster @9:55 – ***
- So Cal Uncensored vs Strong Hearts: SCU wins via Best Meltzer Ever @14:00 – *** 1/2
- Britt Baker vs Nyla Rose vs Kylie Rae vs Awesome Kong: Britt Bakers wins via Kneecap Brainbuster @11:05 – ***
- Best Friends vs Angelico & Jack Evans: Best Friends win via Strong Zero @12:55 – ** 1/2
- Riho, Hikaru Shida & Ryo Mizunami vs Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki & Emi Sakura: Hikaru wins via Three Count @13:10 – *** 1/4
- Dustin Rhodes vs Cody Rhodes: Cody wins via Crossroads @22:35 – *****
- AAA Tag Team Championship: The Young Bucks (c) vs Lucha Brothers: Bucks retain via Meltzer Driver @25:00 – *****
- Kenny Omega vs Chris Jericho: Jericho wins via Judas Effect @23:50 – **** 1/4
This was definitely a mess. A few spots, a bunch of messy spots and just generally awkward moments. Flying Brian Jr had a few decent spots, Luchasaurus looked good and Orange Cassidy is awful. Hangman being the 21st entrant made a lot of sense, but probably already upset a few people since it wasn’t CM Punk or Jon Moxley. Of course Page won. He can fight with a bum leg, cause he has three of them. So yeah, not an awful match, but it had a lot of issues.
Sabian looked tremendous in this match. Guevara definitely did too much. Shooting Star onto Sabian draped over the outside barricade, a bad double Moonsault and standing Shoot Star hurt the match a little. But Sabian’s technically proficient, charismatic and can hang in the air a bit too. So Sabian was the star here. Solid match.
Well now, this was great. Strong Hearts trio pulled off some great fluid offense and SCU did fantastic. This was just a great match, I can’t really accurately describe more than great match. Best Meltzer Ever is a little dumb when it comes to names, but damn was this a good match.
So Brandi comes out in her gear to swerve us that she’s adding herself to the match, but instead she adds Awesome Kong! So the Triple Threat turns into a Fatal 4 Way and it’s not bad. A lot of the early portion is focused on taking out Kong, then Nyla becomes the target. Britt and Kylie are the ones left in the ring after the collateral damage. Kylie looks to be firing up for a finish, but Britt catches her in a Kneecap Brainbuster (Adam Cole’s Last Shot in ROH).
Excessive spots, excessive near falls, I knew to expect it to a degree with these four, but that doesn’t make it better. This was definitely an ‘Indie style” match, but the crowd seemed to enjoy it. There was a lights out attack on both teams from…some team, with masked minions. The “Who Are You” chant kicks up and commentary doesn’t lend any information. So that’s really not helpful.
Everyone got their stuff in, we got to see a lot of personality from the different women and the action was solid. I also appreciated Emi Sakura trying to rally momentum doing We Will Rock You stomps (since she was dressed as Freddy Mercury). Save for the big mess up with the bell ringer calling the end of the match when the referee obviously held up 2 and said 2, just messed up the flow and gave away the finish since Hikaru’s music played. Not bad, just the ending did kind of take the air out of a pretty good match.
Wow. Dustin and Cody brought it, Dustin bladed pretty deep, I think even Dusty would’ve blushed. New moves from Dustin like the Misawa style Apron Senton, a Code Red and a few classics. The blood, the desire to keep fighting, this was everything wrestling should be. It made sense for Cody to win the match of course, but wow after the match was a beautiful moment. Also call of the night might have to go to Excalibur when Cody hit a Pump Kick aka Bicycle Kick and you hear him say something like ” He hit him with a BICYCLE”. In a huge homage to Dustin and Dusty’s Heart to Heart promo, Cody tells Dustin he can’t retire, because he needs a partner. He doesn’t just need a partner, he needs his big brother. This was a great way cap off such a hard hitting personal match. Wow.
Belt reveal with a few extra curricular and Bret Hart. Much like Bret Hart, the belt doesn’t do anything for me. It looks a lot like Big Gold, but it’s so ostentatious it’s hard to love it. Just too shimmery or whatever. It’s not bad, but I in no way love the belt.
I’m very happy there was the unveiling ceremony between the Rhodes match and this one. Cause this was a great match and moving it out too quick could’ve hurt the crowd immersion. Great tandem moves, a decent thread of the ring rust playing a part against the Young Bucks early on and just generally great spots. There definitely was a lot of stuff, big spots and it was “spot monkey” style, but it all worked. The Lucha Brothers pulled out crazy moves to try and get the AAA belts back and the Bucks were trying to prove they still had it with most of the year off. Just really really good.
Well now Jericho and Omega pick back up where they left off. Referee Paul Turner allows for a lot of out of the ring shenanigans. Jericho busts Omega open, tries to use a table as a shield, but Omega still throws himself at Jericho.Jericho focuses on Omega’s face with the Triangle Dropkick, a Lionsault went high and this was pretty damn solid. A few missteps and Jericho not countering the first One Winged Angel was car crash worthy, but aside from that, this was nice. Multiple Codebreakers followed by the new Judas Effect, leave Omega laying for the 1, 2, 3.
Jericho says AEW is for him not for fans, and he deserves a thank you. When the crowd pops, Jericho thinks it’s for him, but Jon Moxley makes his debut through the crowd! Almost as if it were a reference to Lex Luger showing up on the first Nitro, it looks like Jericho basically says “You don’t work here”. Dirty Deeds to Jericho, Dirty Deeds to referee Paul Turner and Omega manages a burst of energy to brawl for a little bit. They end up on the poker chips, Moxley hits Dirty Deeds and then just dumps him off, onto some other stage item.
Overall Score: 8.5/10
Well damn, I was skeptical since All In didn’t rate as highly for me as other fans, but this was great. Aside from a few personal gripes, and not really enjoying the cluster that was the Battle Royal, this was one of the better shows of the year thus far. Good surprises like Awesome Kong, Bret Hart and Jon Moxley. Jericho winning the main event breaks up The Elite getting the clean sweep, so that shows it’s not as predictable as All In.
Oh and yes, I can’t express how good the Rhodes match was. The match itself, the story it told, the promo after, everything was just beautiful. That is my number 1 match of the year personally, cause it was just too damn poignant.
Good job AEW. Great show, and the symbolic moment where Cody used the sledgehammer to break the replica throne Triple H used for his WrestleMania 22 entrance. It was awesome.
Chairshot Classics: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. The Rock from WWE Backlash 1999
Ahead of WrestleMania Backlash, Chris King takes a stroll back to WWE Backlash 1999 as Stone Cold Steve Austin defends his WWE Championship against The Rock.
Ahead of WrestleMania Backlash, Chris King takes a stroll back to WWE Backlash 1999 as Stone Cold Steve Austin defends his WWE Championship against The Rock.
Let’s set the scene for a minute, you’ve got “The Texas Rattlesnake” and Corporate Rock going one-on-one at WrestleMania XV. Austin wins the championship and the McMahon family is livid. Stone Cold wants his Smoking Skull Championship belt back, and Vince and Shane McMahon are trying to keep it from him by hook or by crook.
Damn, things were different during the Attitude Era, The Rock threw Stone Cold over a bridge and held a funeral for his rival. The storytelling was captivating and exciting, and it kept you guessing what would happen next. Keep in mind this match was conclusively built around a championship belt, something that would never work in the current product.
It was a high-octane no disqualification match with Shane as the special guest referee for their latest encounter. Austin began the match running straight into the ring for a brawl which spilled out all over the arena. I miss how exciting these two superstars were. Rock hit a vicious Rock Bottom through the Spanish announce table and then got on commentary to talk some smack.
The arrogant challenger took the camera to talk trash while Austin laid on the other announce table, and ate a Stunner through the table. Man, the WWE Universe was on fire throughout the entire match. I feel like both superstars can’t put on a bad match because they have such strong in-ring chemistry.
The finish of the match came when Austin had Rock set up for the three-count but Shane refused to count. Vince came down and struck Shane with the Smoking Skull belt. Austin hit another Stunner and decked the challenger with the belt for the victory. Vince then tossed his rival his precious Smoking Skull Championship.
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