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Chairshot Classics: WCW WrestleWar ’90 – Wild Thing



The calendar has turned to a new decade as WCW presents its first pay-per-view of the 1990’s WrestleWar – Wild Thing! After Sting showed he would be a force in the 90’s by winning the tournament at Starrcade ’89, The Horsemen welcomed him into the group with open arms. However when The Stinger made it clear he wanted Ric Flair’s World Title, he was subsequently booted from the group at Clash Of The Champions on February 6th. Unfortunately, WCW’s rising star suffered a legitimate knee injury the same night and will be out of action for a few months, changing tonight’s main event. How will WCW recuperate less than three weeks later? Let’s find out!

Match #1: The Dynamic Dudes (Shane Douglas & Johnny Ace) vs. Kevin Sullivan & Buzz Sawyer
Ace and Sawyer get started with a collar and elbow tie up. Ace breaks it at the ropes. Ace gets the crowd going with some claps. Another tie up and a side headlock is grabbed by Sawyer. To the ropes and Sawyer takes Ace down with a shoulder tackle. Ace comes back with a monkey flip and Sawyer stumbles out to the floor. Ace with a flying plancha on top of Sawyer and a short brawl ensues on the outside. Things settle down and return to the ring. Arm bar by Ace and a tag is made to Shane.

Shane enters with an axe handle but Sawyer escapes enough to tag in Sullivan. Douglas with an arm drag take down, but Sullivan muscles him to the corner. Douglas reverses an Irish Whip and gets his boot up. Sullivan is sent for a ride in the corner and Douglas takes him over with a snapmare. A bit of chain wrestling and Ace is tagged back in. He continues the work on Sullivan’s left arm. Sullivan is able to walk them over and make a tag to Sawyer and Ace gets out of dodge. There is a bit of arguing between Sullivan and Sawyer and the two partners slap each other around. Sawyer and Douglas tie up.

Sawyer pushes Douglas to the corner and lands a chop. Irish Whip by Sawyer but he misses the shoulder to the mid section. Wristlock by Douglas but Sawyer breaks it and tags in Sullivan. Standing arm bar by Ace but Sullivan dumps him outside. Snap suplex on the floor by Sawyer while the referee is distracted in the ring. Sawyer laughs and Ace checks on his partner. Back in the ring, a belly to belly from Sawyer. Side salto suplex by Sawyer and can only get 2. Tag is made to Sullivan. Douglas leaps over him for a sunset flip but cannot hold him down. Sullivan holds Douglas in place and tags his partner back in.

Sawyer chews on Douglas’ side then lifts him back to his feet for a bear hug. They drop to their knees and onto the mat. He has to be careful that his shoulders don’t stay down for 3. Douglas slowly works his way back to his feet and lands rights. He attempts to scoop Sawyer but it’s foiled. Sullivan is tagged in. Sullivan gets his boot up after an Irish whip and he knocks Ace down to the floor. Douglas is dumped over the ropes and onto the floor as well. Nick Patrick is counting. Sawyer says he’s “here to help” and rolls Douglas back into the ring.

Douglas fights for the tag as Sullivan holds him in a bear hug. Sullivan strengths him to the corner and tags Sawyer back in. Douglas is fighting with right and finally escapes through his legs and makes the tag to Ace. Johnny fights off both opponents, landing rights and drop kicks. He cannot take Sawyer over with a head scissor and instead falls victim to a snap suplex. Sawyer goes to the top rope and lands a big splash and gets the pin.
Winners: Kevin Sullivan & Buzz Sawyer (Sawyer/Top Rope Splash)

  • EA’s Take: I don’t understand this one. Even in retrospect, I can’t imagine where they were going with a Sullivan/Sawyer tag team vs. a pure team like The Dynamic Dudes and not only that, but The Dudes DON’T go over?

Backstage: Missy Hyatt is standing by with Norman The Lunatic. He says she looks like his sister and asks for a hug and a kiss on the cheek for luck.

Match #2: Norman The Lunatic vs. Cactus Jack Manson
Jack goes to work immediately with some right and wraps Norman’s face on the ropes. Cactus takes him over with a big elbow but flies to the outside when Norman kicks out. Jack’s back in the ring and they tie up briefly. Jack goes for the ride and receives a clothesline. Kicks to Norman’s midsection and Jack tries bashing his head on the turnbuckle. This doesn’t work and he comes back with a headbutt. Forearm to the back of Jack who is sent for an Irish Whip and a big elbow. Norman holds on for a big bear hug. Irish whip and a splash in the corner from Norman. Jack is sent for 3 more Irish whips and he tumbles over the top rope and to the floor on the last one.

Norman is in pursuit but Jack rakes the eyes and hits him into the railing. Jack moves in again but Norman executes a back body drop over the railing and onto the concrete. Norman won’t let Jack re-enter the ring and knocks him off the apron. Back on the floor, Jack throws Norman into the post and lands a drop kick from the apron. Norman is back on the apron and Jack delivers a right. He holds Norman for a forearm to the chest. Norman paces the floor and rolls back in. Jack bashes the big man’s face to the mat and then sits on his back and pulls back his head.

Some kicks from Jack followed by a big right. Jack bites Norman and the referee breaks it up. Lateral press by Jack for 2. Reverse chin lock by Cactus. Norman holds Jack’s hands and pulls them away but Cactus throws his knee into his back. On their feet, Norman delivers a series of head butts but he’s sent for the ride and a kick to the mid section. Jack holds onto to a double reverse chin lock. He moves it into a modified camel clutch. Norman gets underneath Jack and lifts him up on his shoulders and falls backwards to slam him onto the mat.

Norman misses his standing splash and Jack gets up and bites the bridge of the nose. He drapes Norman over the middle rope and comes in with a bronco buster. He attempts it again but Norman moves. Norman delivers a right from the apron and pulls him into the ring for more. Norman sends him for the ride and lands a back body drop. Foley breaks it up by raking the eyes. He attempts a piledriver but cannot get him up. Norman lifts him over with a back body drop. Manson tries to turn it into a sunset flip, but he is instead crushed with a seated senton. Norman gets the pin.
Winner: Norman The Lunatic (Trip To The Batcave)

  • EA’s Take: Another young, future star arrives as Foley’s looking quite trim in his WCW/NWA PPV debut! Most of you know would better know Norman The Lunatic as Bastion Booger later on in the WWF, but due to Mike Shaw’s (Norman) limited physical ability, there was only so much you could do in this one. The fans enjoyed the gimmick so Norman picked up the win, but it was definitely an under-use of Foley who was putting his body at risk early and often already.

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Attitude Of Aggression #277- The Big Four Project Chapter 4: Summer Slam ’88 & Survivor Series ’88



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Attitude Of Aggression #277- The Big Four Project Chapter 4: Summer Slam ’88 & Survivor Series ’88

The Attitude Of Aggression returns for Chapter 4 of The Big Four Project, a chronological analysis, review, and discussion about WWE’s Big Four PPVs/ Premium Live Events. On this Episode, Dave is again joined by the one and only PC Tunney to discuss two more huge events in pro wrestling history, the inaugural Summer Slam and Survivor Series’88. However, the guys are also joined by the debuting DJ of The Mindless Wrestling Podcast to join in the festivities. Summer Slam ’88 was a key event in the story of the rise, and eventual fall, of The Mega Powers. But it also saw a different kind of explosion as The Ultimate Warrior burst upon the scene like few had before him with an iconic dethroning of The Honky Tonk Man. The fellas look at how the events of that night in MSG nearly 35 years ago redefined an industry. From there, Dave & DJ recap the second Survivor Series. While not as unique or good as the first Survivor Series, there were still many key moments that took place that night. The Mega Powers would be the sole survivors of their match that night,,,,but they would not survive as a united force for much longer. What changed that night in Richfield, Ohio so long ago? We have the whole story for you here on Chapter 4 of The Big Four Project!

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Chairshot Classics: What I Watched #16 – ECW Guilty As Charged 1999

Breaking up the 2018 time travel with a much deeper dive! Harry goes back to some prime ECW with Guilty As Charged 1999!



Greetings, salutations and welcome back. Harry here once again with another edition of ‘What I Watched’. As the calendar year turns to 1999 on my watch-through of all things ‘big three’ wrestling, I covered Starrcade 1998 in an earlier edition of WIW. I figured since this is probably the last year where all three major companies are relevant (at least at the start), it could be fun to compare and contrast how I feel about the respective PPVs when compared to some of the independent wrestling I’ve been covering recently. Or even going back to the PROGRESS or Impact Wrestling shows that I’ve covered before. I am fully aware there are going to be some bad shows in 1999. But there is also a lot to talk about in a drastically changing industry. Let’s do this, shall we?

ECW is in flux as talent losses haven’t yet gotten to what they would become but names like Sandman, Mikey Whipwreck, Bam Bam Bigelow and others are no longer with the company. To make matters worse, the ECW-FMW relationship is falling apart now as well as a Chris Candido and Sunny (sorry, Tammy Lynn Sytch) no-show of a scheduled FMW appearance. Paul Heyman himself is the first person we see telling us the card is going to change…how much does it change? The WayBack Machine takes us to January 10th, 1999 in Kissimmee, FL as it’s time for ECW to be Guilty as Charged!

What I Watched #16

ECW Guilty as Charged 1999


Millenium Theatre in Kissimmee, FL

Runtime: 2:40:30 (Peacock)

Commentary By: Joey Styles (PBP)



  • Match 1: Axl Rotten/Ballz Mahoney win 3 team tag elimination match, eliminating Little Guido/Tracy Smothers @ 10:44 (Danny Doring/Roadkill eliminated @ 8:15)
  • Match 2: Yoshihiro Tajiri pins Super Crazy, dragon suplex @ 11:37
  • Match 3: Psycho Sid Vicious pins John Kronus, powerbomb @ 1:31
  • Match 4: Bubba Ray and D’Von Dudley def. New Jack/Spike Dudley, both Dudleyz pin Spike @ 10:05
  • Match 5: ECW TV Title- Rob Van Dam pins Lance Storm, bridged German suplex @ 17:46
  • Match 6: Justin Credible pins Tommy Dreamer, That’s Incredible on ladder @ 18:44
  • Match 7: ECW Heavyweight Title- Taz defeats Shane Douglas © by KO, Tazmission @ 22:15



Three Team Tag Elimination Match
Started as a straight up 2 vs. 2, but within the first two minutes, Ballz and Axl (Axl making his return to the company after the passing of his grandmother) join the frey and it becomes your traditional ECW three team brawl. Nothing really stands out here but the overall work is good enough for what the match is supposed to be. The elimination of Doring and Roadkill is well done, as a FBI double-team fishermanbuster looks really cool and gets a decisive win for what was to be the original match. They do give the win to Axl and Ballz here, which I get given the fact they are a popular act, but I personally think  that Guido and Tracy were a better team during the time frame. (**½)

Super Crazy vs. Tajiri

Yes, it’s the feud that never ends. But this is where it begins. Both men were relative newcomers to the American wrestling scene with both having had limited exposure on WWF TV (both were in the Light Heavyweight title tournament). This is a good match but not a great match and honestly, I think timing is the issue here. Eleven minutes may seem like a lot but knowing what these two would be capable of down the road once there is more of a fan and time investment into their matches, it ends up being a good starting point but probably not the blow away match that ECW was expecting to deliver here. (***)

John Kronus vs. Mystery Opponent

So, ECW fans are notorious for their belief that the “big oaf” style of the WWF and WCW wouldn’t work in ECW. Obviously, they are wrong. Guys like Big Dick Dudley and 911 became massive fan favorites due to their look, not anything they could do in a wrestling ring. You can add another name to that list, as Psycho Sid makes his ECW debut here (following an introduction by the ‘Judge’ Jeff Jones) and absolutely kicks Kronus’ ass in less than two minutes. Sid was never anything special in the ring but he is one of the more charismatic big men in wrestling history so the cult-like following is easy to understand. Too short to rate, but fun for what it was. (X)

Dudleyz vs. New Jack/Spike Dudley

Sixteen year old Harry getting into ECW was a huge Joel Gertner fan. Thirty seven year old Harry going back and watching these shows is an even bigger fan of Joel Gertner. Granted, his shtick is incredibly juvenile but sometimes, you just want to laugh…

The match is your standard ECW garbage brawl. Most New Jack matches definitely have a similarity to them that does not hold up well for re-watching. I will openly admit to being a Spike Dudley mark and he does well taking an ass whooping from Bubba Ray. The Dudleyz definitely have their moments in ECW (the best is still to come in my opinion) but this isn’t one of their best performances. I will give props to New Jack for taking 3D on the ramp, even if it doesn’t come across the cleanest. About what you’d expect, but nothing more. (**)

TV Title- Rob Van Dam © vs. Lance Storm

Rob Van Dam vs. Masato Tanaka was the originally scheduled match and I think it could have been fun. However, Tanaka apparently has visa issues which prevent him from being able to get into the US for the show and thus ECW has to pivot quickly. I do have to give credit to Lance Storm for his pre-match promo here. For someone who is not known as one of the better talkers in wrestling history, he does a really good job explaining the situation with the 3 way that was supposed to happen (Storm vs. Spike vs. Jerry Lynn (cracked pelvis)) and then calling out Rob Van Dam since his opponent wasn’t there either. Storm has a really good closing line for the promo too: “I’m not the ‘Whole F’n Show’, but I am the best damn part of it’. That is one of the lines that sticks with you and you remember it.

The match itself is very good but not great. It is better than anything else on the show, so perhaps I’m rating it on a slight curve for that. Van Dam’s selling is sporadic but to be fair, Van Dam’s selling is always sporadic. The biggest thing for me is that despite that, they still keep an impressive pace and the match is by and large clean. There is a super weak chair shot by Storm (which the crowd gives him a good ration of shit over), but they do manage to turn that crowd around for the finishing sequence. A little surprised by the choice of finish, but I imagine that has something to do with telling the idea that Storm got caught and wasn’t soundly defeated like most of Van Dam’s prior opponents had been. (***½)

Stairway to Hell- Justin Credible vs. Tommy Dreamer

The problem for Credible in ECW is that Paul wanted you to believe that Justin was this huge deal but truthfully, the booking never actually treated him as such. Yeah, he won…A LOT…but more often than not, it was almost treated as an afterthought. He very rarely won the big matches on his own and while I get that as a heel, you want to give him that sense of dickishness, as a wrestling fan eventually you have to make it look like the dude could stand up on his own. Dreamer has long been a favorite of mine, even if he has overstayed his welcome in the ring on occasion. You know going in that win or lose, Tommy will bust his ass to give you as good a match as he is capable of. 

As for this match, it never reaches that next level that you expect a gimmicked semi main event of a PPV to reach. It’s not actively bad or anything (in fact, probably up there for Credible’s best match in ECW to date) but with the stipulation and the gaga around it, it feels like there was so much more it could have been. The finish comes off really flat as well as it renders the whole point of the stipulation useless and only serves to put more heat on Credible by way of Funk. (**½)

Heavyweight Title- Shane Douglas © vs. Taz

So, I’ll be a little nicer to this match then some other reviewers I’ve seen for a couple reasons. It completely accomplishes the goal that Heyman set out for it. Taz comes out of the match looking like a world beater. Douglas comes out of the match as the face of the company who “went out on his shield” as the old phrase goes. Sabu looks like a lunatic and a viable threat to take the title at any time he damn well pleases. Candido comes off as a huge dick and sticks the final knife in Douglas’ back for the end scene. So the story telling is magnificent. 

The match itself? At least a good five to seven minutes too long for that story. I get wanting that epic storytelling to fold out but when you guys are down and low on ideas, it might not be the worst idea to take it home. The other issue is that by trying to serve so many masters, Heyman causes the main event to end up being epically overbooked. Granted, that is an ECW trademark but for what was to be the crowning moment for Taz, I don’t think the 73rd Airborne needed to be a part of it. Sabu could have just as easily returned post match to set up a run with Taz. Or Candido could have turned on Douglas post match to give him a direction going forward since Taz would be occupied with Sabu. I’m not saying it completely takes away the moment but it does make it mean less than it could or should have in the overall scheme of things. (**)



  • Best Match/Moment: Rob Van Dam vs. Lance Storm, although I do think their match at the first ECW PPV ‘Barely Legal’ (which I imagine I’ll eventually do) is better
  • Worst Match/Moment: The main event. What could have been an awesome moment for the ‘Human Suplex Machine’ and the biggest ass kicker in the company is ruined with a boring crowd brawl (to the home viewer) and a couple of run-ins that either end up actively taking away from it.
  • Overall Show Score: 5.5/10
  • MVP: Joey Styles is the best thing about this show with his one man performance. There is a reason he was such a major influence on what I did as an announcer.



It’s not a bad show. It’s just not a particulary good one either. And while ECW would put out worse, it only barely outdoes Starrcade 98 to avoid the worst show of the return thus far.

So, where do we go from here? January of 1999 had no chill. The very next Sunday would see the first WCW outing of 1999, called Souled Out. The Sunday after that would be the 1999 edition of the Royal Rumble. I’m going to hit both of those but as a fair warning, I’ll probably try to mix an Independent show from 2018 in the middle of them. Hope to see you guys at Souled Out. And feel free to check out my archives by clicking on my name at the top of this review. Thanks for reading, everyone.

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