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Stone Cold versus The Undertaker, The Rock and Triple H in a ladder match for the IC Title and a total of four championship matches in this Chairshot Classic.

For this edition of Chairshot Classics we keep the ball rolling with SummerSlam 98. The WWE Time Machine takes us into Madison Square Garden and the day is August 30. The WWF is finally ahead in the Monday Night Wars, out-performing Nitro on a weekly basis. The ratings for the previous month are as follows: 6/8 Monday Night Raw-4.3, Nitro-4, 6/15 RAW-4.3, Nitro-4, 6/22 RAW-4.3, Nitro-4.1, 6/29 RAW-5.4, Nitro-4.1. The Garden was jammed packed with 21,588 fans and another 700,000 watching on PPV. The 700K tuned in at home, who pay 30 bucks each, is a record that is still 2nd all time today and the most for a SummerSlam.

The opening vignette comes on the screen and shows the build up to The Undertaker/Austin feud, that also includes Kane. The video shows Austin being tormented by The Brothers of Darkness and his to Kane in a first blood match at the previous PPV, King of the Ring. Stone Cold would win the title back though on the following nights RAW. The opening ends with Vince McMahon saying “With Kane at your side, you will be the WWF Champion once again.” This wasn’t the best opener I’ve seen, but it did the job I guess. The camera enters the sold-out arena as Jim Ross welcomes us to the tenth annual SummerSlam and introduces his partner for the night, Jerry “The King” Lawler. JR tells us that four Titles will be defended tonight starting with the first match.

The challenger, Val Venis enters the arena first and is wearing his signature towel. He gets on the mic and greets the crowd with his “Hello Ladies” and proceeds to talk about the women of NYC, and getting some positive reactions. For those that don’t know Venis was a porn star themed gimmick that was pretty well received. This was definitely a Vince Russo idea. The Big Valbowski finishes with “I came, I saw and I came again.” Kicking the show off in proper Attitude Era fashion with some semen jokes, nice. The European Champion and Nation of Domination member, D-Lo Brown enters next with his neck on a swivel and talkin’ smack the whole time. I always was a fan of D-Lo and think he will be entering the Hall of Fame in the coming years. JR mentions the chest protector that D-Lo is wearing to protect an injured Pectoral Muscle. This would be the theme of the match. After some collar and elbow locks, that seem to go on forever, Brown gains the advantage when Val attempts to chop the chest of D-Lo, but encounters the chest protector. This hurts the wrist of Venis and allows Brown the edge. He works Val with various splashes protecting the chest. Venis avoids a splash in the corner and regains some steam with a Russian leg sweep. D-Lo soon leaves the ring to stop the gaining momentum of Venis.

When Brown re-enters the pair go back and fourth, mostly trading Irish whips. Val receives the first big pop when, off the ropes, he lifts D-Lo for a nice spinebuster slam. This leads to the first near fall, a two count. At this point we are shown a member of The Brood, Edge, in the crowd. They continue to trade momentum and D-Lo gets his first nice pop after an elbow drop from the second rope. This leads to another two count. The crowd really pops when Brown puts Venis in a Texas cloverleaf. It seemed to me that the hold wasn’t applied quite right and it led to it being released soon after it was locked on. Brown Val avoids a senton from the second rope. This would allow the crowd to start to rally behind Venis for a comeback and he does. Val is set to deliver the Money Shot on D-Lo, sounds bad I know, but Brown catches Venis mid-air and lands the powerbomb. This was nicely executed and the crowd popped as well. But this, too, would only garner a two count from the ref. A driving DDT follows but again only the near fall. Brown goes to the top rope but Val catches him this time and drives him to the mat with a powerslam. But yet again, another false finish that leaves the crowd bummed. Val continues to mount the offensive and after a few suplexs, D-Lo is in the middle of the ring and Venis is climbing the ropes. Val Venis attempts the Money Shot, a hybrid frogsplash, but Brown manages to raise the knees and the crowd is in disbelief. D-Lo attempts to powerbomb Val but the spot is blown and he drops Venis sloppily to the mat. He attempts it again and is successful this time with a sitting powerbomb variant. This sets up for one of my favorite versions of the frogsplash, The Lo-Down. D-Lo leaps from the top and pumps for the splash but Venis manages to roll out of harms way. This allows for Val to regain the edge and remove the chest protector from D-Lo, which he then puts on himself. The ref tries to stop him from climbing the turnbuckles and in doing so causes Val to fall on the “Big Valbowski” and this turns the heat up with the crowd. This leads to Val shoving the ref and Brown regaining the momentum and his chest protector. Before the match can continue the bell rings and Val Venis is DQed for shoving the official. D-Lo retains and Val Venis goes on to Money Shot the referee.

I don’t know if it’s because I always liked D-Lo Brown, but I really enjoyed this match and think it was a strong opening to the show. There was a good story, with the chest protector, and it even had a good finish.. The chemistry was decent and this match is definitely worth taking a look at. My only gripe would be not seeing D-Lo’s frogsplash and having to type “Money Shot.”  Match Time: 15:31

A quick clip of Michael Cole in the back is up next. He is joined by the disgruntled Mankind and talking about the hearse that was destroyed by Stone Cold on Sunday Night Heat. Mankind, sledgehammer in hand, is upset because he says he planned to put Kane in that hearse tonight, but is optimistic that he can still find some use for the sledgehammer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We return to the arena and we see Kai-En-Tai enter. They are made up of Dick Togo, Mens Teioh, Sho Funaki, Taka Michinuko and their manager Yamaguchi-San. We see their opponents in the ring already and its because the WWE Network has edited out their entrance, as it was performed by the Insane Clown Posse. I don’t know what the reasoning is but it can’t be seen on the Network. Kai-En-Tai’s opponents are The Oddities and are made up of Giant Silva, Golga and Kurrgan. They are joined at ringside by Luna Vachon and the Insane Clown Posse or Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J. This is real life. I would usually take the time to break down some career highlights of some of these lesser known talents but this is so bad I’m not going to waste the time on such a pile of garbage.

 

The match is a gimmick, if you cant tell, and is not really worth the server space it will take up. Still, I will give the highlights. Kai-En-Tai all deliver frogsplashes to the downed Golga but this wouldn’t do much as he hits them all with a quadruple clothesline. The crowd eagerly awaits the hot tag that leads to everyone being in the ring. The biggest pop comes when Luna stops Yamaguchi-San from interfering by delivering a scoopslam. This finish would come after a quad-chokeslam leads to Golga covering all the members of Kai-En-Tai. This was indeed trash and the highlight would have been the ICP entrance theme but we don’t even get that pleasure on the Network. The only reason I could find for this is that the Insane Clown Posse left on bad terms after the WWE didn’t fulfill their end of the bargain due to failing to show commercials for a new ICP album during RAW. Move past this as quickly as possible. Match Time: 10:08

Jeff Jarrett would enter next and is joined by Southern Justice. Southern Justice is the re-packaged pig farming brothers, The Godwinns. You can read more on the Godwinns in my other Chairshot Classics found here. There is a special stipulation to this match, JR tells us, as it is a Hair versus Hair match. Double J is carrying his “Don’t Piss Me Off” guitar to ringside. The crowd is giving him some low heat as we see a clip, again from Heat, of Southern Justice and Jarrett shaving the head of Finkel. Jarrett advises the crowd to “Don’t Piss Him Off” and we see Sergeant Slaughter, the acting commissioner, tell Southern Justice to vacate ringside. We hear the X-Pac version of the D-X music come on and the crowd is popping as he enters with Howard Finkel at his side. The Fink is wearing a Degeneration-X shirt and a freshly shaved head. We even get some tandem “crotch chops” from the pair as pyro goes off in the ring behind them. X-Pac takes to the mic before the match calling Jeff a “Biotch” before Finkel tells him to “Suck it”. Great stuff here.

Jeff Jarrett would try to land a sneak attack but this would lead to some quick paced back and fourth. Pac would come out ahead after a spinning heal kick followed by a clothesline that sends Double J to the outside. And the crowd is popping for the highly energized X-Pac. They really start to pop after Pac jumps to the outside with a crossbody block from the second turnbuckle. Jarrett would finally mount an offensive with a pair of missle dropkicks. The second of which sends Pac over the top rope and to the outside. The fight continues to the outside and Jarrett atomic drops X-Pac into the ring post. Jarrett maintains with some whiplashing Irish whips to the turnbuckles. Pac finally slows the mounting attack with a tornado DDT of the second buckle. The “Let’s Go X-Pac” chants begin as both men are prone on the mat. The pair slow down and trade some rest-hold sleepers on each other. Jeff comes out on top by reversing the sleeper with an atomic drop onto the top rope. Pac tries to slow Jarrett with a spinning heel kick but he ducks under it and this allows him to try and apply the figure four. Pac is trying to escape but Jeff manages a few near falls in the process. He eventually gets the ropes forcing Jarrett to release the hold. He does so but is quickly pulling Pac to the middle to try and re-apply it. X-Pac manages to escape by kicking the ass of Jarrett and sending him tackling the ring post. He follows up with a back body drop that leaves both men on the mat. Pac counters a few punches that set up a Bronco Buster. He follows it up with an Irish whip to the corner but Jeff meets him there with an elbow. Jarrett attempts a crossbody from the top but Pac rolls through and gets the two count. Jarrett is on the receiving end of a sitdown powerbomb, after his hurricanrana is countered, when we hear the crowd pop again but this only manages another two count for X-Pac. Finkel is soon on the apron arguing with the ref after Jarrett countered the Bronco Buster with a low blow. This leads to a him being laid out by Jarrett and this turns the heat back on with the crowd.

Finkel’s distraction allows for X-Pac to sneak in a X-Factor but somehow Jarrett still manages to kick out. Southern Justice would re-enter ringside next and Mark Canterbury, formerly Henry Godwinn, tries to pull Double J from the ring. This distracts the ref and allows Dennis Knight, AKA Phineas, to try and land the guitar shot on X-Pac. Pac manages to duck under the shot and stunner Knight off the apron. He takes the guitar and explodes it over the head of Jarrett. He throws the remaining fragments from the ring and goes for the cover. The crowd counts along as the ref pounds the mat for a three count, and Double J is set to lose those luscious locks. Southern Justice tries to save Jarrett but The New Age Outlaws are soon out at ringside and stopping them with chairs. They would guard the ring as Droz, who lost his hair at the hands of Jarrett, and The Headbangerz enter to hold Jeff. Pac would start with some clippers but would have to resort to scissors because the clippers quit working. This was a decent match and the in-ring work of X-Pac is phenomenal. Some of the spots in this match reminded me of the style of NJPW today. I would recommend watching this one and if for no other reason than to watch J-E-double F J-A-double R-E-double-T get those blonde locks chopped. After the match we see Method Man, as JR say of the Wu-Tang Clan, in the audience. Match Time 11:10

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Chairshot Classics: WWF SummerSlam 2000

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For this edition of Chairshot Classics we are in the new millennium as Kane and Undertaker face off, and The Rock, Triple H and Kurt Angle step in the ring for a Triple Threat match for the WWF Heavyweight Title. All this and so much more..

The date we are traveling to today is August 27, 2000 and we are in the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. There are 17,672 people in attendance and another 570K tuning in at home on PPV for the Chef Boyardee presented SummerSlam. The WWF is on its way to acquiring the WCW and has crushed them in ratings. The ratings the week before SummerSlam were RAW-6.2, NITRO-2.6. Even though RAW was preempted until 11 because of The US Open Tennis Tournament it still beat NITRO in the week following SummerSlam, RAW-4.9, NITRO-3.5. Vince is on his way to owning that show as well.

There is an awesome, grainy black and white film that opens the show. It is titled “Crimes of Passion” and is said to be “A film by Freddie Fellini”. I’m guessing this a reference to a famous Italian director named Federico Fellini. The video features “Classy” Freddie Blassie and he enters the locker rooms to watch a video of the current feud of Kurt Angle and Triple H over Stephanie McMahon, with hints of The Rock sprinkled in. I can’t say much more about this but go watch it. Its amazing stuff.

Chef Boyardee presents us SummerSlam 2000 with a CG video of the SummerSlam logo sailing through the sky and landing on the beach. We enter the arena to a sea of signs and the pyro that is not the same today. I miss the awesome pyro and sets from back then. Jim Ross welcomes us and tells us that they made 1.1 million at the gate alone. This has to be a jab at the WCW, who is struggling at this time. He introduces us to his partner, Jerry “The King” Lawler, before he says “We’ll see ten matches tonight and four are for Championships”. Jerry tells him he is lucky to be able to see at all after what TAZZ did to him. More on that later as it pertains to a storyline of a match on the card. JR finishes by introducing the first match on the card, a six man tag.

Right to Censor enter the arena to some boos. They are a rib on the Parent Teacher Conference, who was giving the WWF a hard time over their Attitude Era material. The RTC is made up of Stevie Richards, Bull Buchanon and The Goodfather. The Godfather was so over at this time and I don’t know why they did this to him but I guess he was probably a focal point of the PTC’s case. Richards goes to the mic to question the fans booing, and is shocked by it, being they are in the Bible Belt. Before he can finish, Too Cool‘s music comes on and the place explodes. Too Cool was so over. Too Cool, Scotty 2 Hotty, Grand Master Sexay, and Rikishi enter and Rikishi looks to have picked up some of The Godfather’s old hoes. Grand Master Sexay or Brian Lawler is a real life prince, as he is the son of Jerry “The King” Lawler. Rikishi is part of the famed Anoa’i family and is the father of current SmackDown superstar’s, The Usos. Whom inducted him into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015.

Too Cool enters the ring and begin their signature dance, which the crowd is nuts for, but it is interrupted by the RTC. This ambush gains them no advantage, and after GoodFather is clotheslined over the top rope by Rikishi the match starts with Bull Buchanon and Scotty 2 Hotty. This series is all Scotty and the only real highlight are a crossbody off the top and a moonsault over the head of Bull, which he lands. He tags Grand Master Sexay in and they perform a double suplex. The crowd really pops when Scotty exits the ring with a Moonwalk. Goodfather tags in JR, who is still calling him Godfather. He’s not long for the ring, and takes a hard bump to the outside when Sexay tosses him over the top rope. Sexay attempts to hold him so the hoes can slap him, presumably for the way he treated them when they were under his employment. He manages to break free though and this leads to him assaulting the hoes. So much for that image change, Huh? This enrages the crowd and the “Save the Hoes” chants begin. After Buchanon puts hands on Sexay he returns him to the Ring and The Goofather resumes the beating. Richards finally gets in the ring and delivers a vicious sit-down powerbomb, for the cover but the Grand Master manages to kick out. Richards goes to the top rope next but Sexay makes the save by hitting it and causing Richards to fall on to the top turnbuckle. Sexay then suplexs him off it and they both lay on the mat as the crowd anticipates the hot tag.

After an enziguri, Grand Master Sexay makes the tag and Rikishi comes in swinging. This leads to all members of RTC entering the ring but it doesn’t slow Rikishi down, and he pounds them all. He throws Richards from the ring but he tries to use this to his advantage by heading up the apron. The hoes are there to make the save and throw him back into the ring. A cool spot is next when Rikishi whips all member of RTC to the same corner and each member gets knocked of the “stack” with a butt bumb from each member of Too Cool. Rikishi goes last and he attempts to give Richards the Stink Face after. For those not familiar with the move it is when the big man would rub his thonged ass into the face of his opponent. The move is interrupted by Right To Censor and the crowd is disappointed. The disappointment doesn’t last long as Scotty 2 Hotty is setting up for his patented Worm. This is where is does the Worm dance into a drop onto his opponent. But this, too, is interrupted. This time by a superkick from Richards that leads to a three count. And the crowd is definitely bummed. Overall the match was entertaining and kept the audience guessing. I’m sure they wish they could of gotten the Too Cool finisher and I am right there with them on that. Match Time: 5:14

After the match JR and The King discuss that Triple H hasn’t arrived yet and are curious as to how Stephanie McMahon feels about it. They flash us back to Sunday Night Heat earlier and the night where Jonathon Coachman is being joined by Kurt Angle, as he enters the building. Coach ask him

“what were you thinking taking advantage of Stephanie on Thursday night?” This is because Kurt kissed her after he wakes her up, and she definitely seemed “not awake” on the couch on Smackdown. But at the end of the kiss she started to kiss back. Kurt asks him if he is questioning his integrity before he storms off saying that he doesn’t have to answer to a fourth rate announcer. Weird angle we have here. I guess because Triple H’s first date with her was under date rape pretenses Kurt only found it suitable to approach her when she is barely conscious. What the Fuck. It shows Stephanie enter next and she is asking if Hunter has arrived yet. Coach tells her he hasn’t but Kurt Angle has. She then asks where he went and goes the opposite way. The video ends showing Angle enter a dressing room that says McMahon-Helmsley.

Michael Cole, with some frosted tips, is trying to interview Shane McMahon, the Hardcore Champion. Before they can get into it though, Steve Blackman comes around the corner and Shane takes off.

We see a quick shot of the arena from the outside before we re-enter to “Oh You Didn’t Know, Your Ass Better Call Sombodddyyy” and The Road Dogg Jesse James is on his way out. There is a quick recap as to how this “Friendly Feud” between to members of the D-X began. After a loss to The Undertaker the two argued with James on the apron. X-Pac chest bumps him and it sends him off the apron and through a table. He welcomes the crowd to the Dogg House and talks his normal trash on the mic before X-Pac enters to some nice pop. He enters the ring and gives some “crotch chops” as some pyro X’s go off behind him. The pair trade some locks and takedowns before Road Dogg kicks X-Pac in the ass and sends him sailing from the ring. And Road Dogg gets the crowd going with some cock chops of his own. X-Pac returns to the ring but James maintains the momentum until he misses a splash in the corner. Pac knocks him down with a series of spin kicks and this sets up an attempted a Bronco Buster that Dogg manages to avoid. They go back and forth until X-Pac gets the sleeper hold locked in. Road Dogg breaks free but receives a spinning heal kick for doing so. X-Pac drags him to the corner for another Bronco Buster and this time the Road Dogg doesn’t move. After X-Pac hits his finish he begins to celebrate with the crowd. This allows the Road Dogg to come to his feet and nail Pac with his 3 punch left combo that he follows with a shimmy and a right hand. This sets him up to drop the Shake, Rattle and Roll knee and go for the cover but X-Pac kicks out at two. X-Pac eventually hits an X-Factor after he reverses a pump-handle slam with a low blow. He follows it up with a cover and the ref counts the three. After the match Pac goes to the mic to offer a truce to Road Dogg. The Road Dogg takes the outreached hand of X-Pac and as JR says “The Road Dogg does it doggy style with a pump-handle slam.” This is because he thrust at the ass of X-Pac before picking him up for the slam. Its insane really. This match wasn’t the best and was pretty bored with it. I think X-Pac was an underrated talent by most people, but he didn’t live up to my view on him here. No real heat in the match also made the story told in ring stale. This is a match you could definitely save some time on by fast-forwarding. Match Time: 4:41

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The nation’s capital braces itself as WCW wages battle for Capital Combat 1990! The company’s hottest star is still on the mend as Sting recovers from knee surgery, but he’s found an unlikely (and absurd) ally to help him fend off The Four Horsemen! With this show being primarily remembered for the unusual Robocop 2 cross-promotion, does the rest of the card house any hidden gems? Let’s find out!

Match #1: The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) & Norman The Lunatic w/Paul Ellering vs. Kevin Sullivan, Cactus Jack & Bam Bam Bigelow w/Oliver Humperdink
Norman tosses some t-shirts to the crowd. Animal and Cactus get the match started. Collar and elbow and they run the ropes. A few leap frogs before Animal power slams Jack. Irish whip by Animal and he catches Jack in the face with a boot. Hawk is tagged in and delivers a big clothesline. Jack regroups and tags in Bigelow. Collar and elbow tie up and Hawk is pushed to the corner. Hawk moves away from a right and goes on the attack. Bigelow fights back but Hawk hits him with a standing dropkick. Sullivan is tagged in.

They try to triple team Hawk in their corner but he escapes and sends Sullivan for a clothesline. Sullivan is quick to go back to the corner and tag Jack back in. On the other side, it’s Norman’s turn. Irish whip and a big clothesline from Norman. He follows it with a leg drop and a headbutt. Bigelow is tagged back in, and Norman decides it’s best for Animal to take him on. Animal can’t move the big man on a shoulder tackle. They run the ropes and Bigelow misses a headbutt. Animal clotheslines Bigelow over the top rope but he lands on his feet. Bigelow is fired up as he meets Hawk in back in the ring. A quick exchange and Jack is back in.

Bigelow tries to help his partner by whipping him into his opponent but Hawk moves and Jack tumbles to the outside. Hawk gives chase and clotheslines him off the apron. On the outside, Hawk chops Jack down and then sends him over the guardrail. Hawk rolls back into the ring and tags in Norman. Jack slowly follows back into the ring and tags in Sullivan. They tie up and Sullivan is whipped to the corner. The veteran gets his boot up before Norman can take advantage. A double foot stomp by Sullivan and Bigelow is back in. Big vertical suplex on an even bigger man and they get a two count. Sullivan is tagged back in and he chops away with some forearms.

Jack is tagged back in he tries to cut him down with some rights, kicks and a double axe handle. Cactus Jack tries a neck breaker while Norman is dangling over the top rope and he tumbles to the floor with no regard for his own safety. Sullivan is tagged back in. He goes to work with rights and kicks. He antagonizes the Road Warriors as he stays on Norman. Bigelow is tagged back in and the crowd gets behind the Lunatic. Back body drop from Bigelow followed by a few head butts. Tag is made to Jack and he stomps the big man. Sullivan and Bigelow take some cheap shots while the ref’s back is turned. Snapmare followed by a knee job from Jack.

Norman reverses the ride to the ropes and he delivers a clothesline. A tag is made to Animal who catches Jack with a big drop kick and a high shoulder block. Sullivan and Bigelow prevent the cover and Hawk and Norman take issue with it. All 6 men are matched up with an opponent in a brawl. Amid the melee, Hawk comes off the top turnbuckle with a flying clothesline on Sullivan and he picks up the pin.
Winners: The Road Warriors & Norman The Lunatic (Animal/Top Rope Clothesline)

  • EA’s Take: Weird match with a lot of fast tags with Bigelow and Cactus giving some of the best work with everyone else basically being brawlers. Sullivan had been putting together a faction and Norman The Lunatic was the object of their ire. This is of course a continuation from WrestleWar where Cactus went one-on-one with Norman, leading to him joining Sullivan’s Slaughterhouse. Bam Bam has just recently returned and began aiding the group, but he’s going to be back out the door again here soon to go back to New Japan.

Match #2: Johnny Ace vs. Mean Mark w/Teddy Long
Mean Mark lectures Ace and they get into a shoving match. Side headlock is applied by Ace. Johnny can’t move Mark after attempted shoulder blocks. Ace can’t hip toss him and Mark lands a clothesline. He can’t follow it up with an elbow drop and instead, Ace hits a standing dropkick. Mark heads down to the floor and Ace flies over the top rope and takes him down with a splash. Mark is back in the ring and grabs a wristlock. Ace reverses it and works on Mark’s shoulder with some elbows. Ace hangs on but Mark walks him to the corner. Irish whip by Mark but Ace moves.

Another Irish whip but Ace climbs the turnbuckles and hits a high cross body. He can only get a 2 count. Arm drag takedown works into an armbar by Ace. Mean Mark nails him with a right and takes control by kicking him to the floor. Teddy Long takes some cheap shots before Mark gives chase on the floor. Mark rams Ace’s head on the steps and rolls back into the ring. Ace gets back on the apron but receives a quick right and falls back to the floor. Ace tries rolling in this time, but Mean Mark holds him up for a huge vertical suplex. A 2 count off a lateral press for Mark. Kick to the midsection by Mark.

While the ref lectures him, Teddy Long takes another cheap shot. Ace follows Long to the floor asking if HE wants to fight. Long runs away and Mark stalks his opponent down, axing him on the back. Mark rolls Ace back into the ring, sends him for the ride and hits a big clothesline for a 2 count. Mark grabs a reverse chinlock on Ace. The ref checks Ace but cannot get 3 drops. Ace works his way to his feet, but his comeback is met with a boot to the face. Power slam and a high elevation leg drop by Mark and he gets a 2 count on an over confident pin attempt. He goes for another power slam, but Ace surprises him with an inside cradle for a two count.

An aggravated Mark goes back on the attack. Ace tries another comeback. He sends Mark for the ride but cannot land a drop kick. Mark chokes Ace on the mat until the ref breaks it up. Ace fights back some more, but Mark moves from the corner after an Irish whip. Wristlock by Mark and he clubs Ace on the shoulder. Ace is hung up on the ropes and Long takes another cheap shot as Mark distracts the referee. Mark attempts a back body drop but Ace kicks him in the face and lands a standing dropkick. Ace jumps up on the middle turnbuckle and monkey flips Mean Mark.

Ace hits a clothesline from the left side and he heads for the top turnbuckle. He dives for a flying clothesline but Mark moves. Mean Mark lands a heart bunch before going to the top turnbuckle, walks across the top rope and lands a flying elbow drop to pick up the win.
Winner: Mean Mark (Ropewalk Diving Elbow Drop)

  • EA’s Take: Fun to watch this match knowing that 25 years later, Johnny Ace (John Laurinaitis) was a senior producer for WWE and Mean Mark would soon after become one of the most iconic figures in professional wrestling history. He used the move both here and at certain times as Taker, but I always chuckle at the him walking the ropes as a finishing move. It’s just  fun to see a dude who is pushing 7 feet tall walk across the rope, but does that action somehow make the elbow drop stronger? I jest. You can clearly see the potential in the guy though and he joins the list of young talent WCW gave a shot to, but didn’t know what to do with him.
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Here we are once again, with WCW Monday Nitro episode 7! We are moving closer to Halloween Havoc and the card is starting to take shape.

WCW United States Championship
Diamond Dallas Page (with Diamond Doll) vs Johnny B. Badd

DDP jumps Badd with the belt to the back of the head before the match and he’s laid out. The attack leaves Johnny unconscious and DDP is disqualified. What a disappointment. DDP is a guy that I’ve liked without seeing too much of him. I was looking forward to more.

Winner: Johnny B. Badd via Disqualification

Eddie Guerrero vs Chris Benoit

After some chain wrestling, Eddie hits a big cross body from the top rope to the outside. Benoit looks amazing here, he’s so quick in the ring, his transitions are seamless. Eddie hit a beautiful springboard tornado DDT that popped the crowd. Benoit largely staying in control despite quick bursts by Eddie. Eddie turns it around and drops Benoit with a side suplex that looked brutal followed by a brainbuster and a frog splash attempt is met by knees to the back. Benoit hit a STIFF powerbomb on Eddie, his head definitely bounced off the mat. Benoit sticks Guerrero with a full nelson suplex with a bridge for the pinfall. Really fun match here, awesome to see these guys just go and go.

Winner: Chris Benoit via pinfall

Mean Gene interviews Kevin Sullivan and The Giant. Sullivan runs down Hulk Hogan but it is a very bland promo. Disco Inferno comes out and dances for a minute before Meng’s music hits and Disco is chased off.

Meng vs Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Hacksaw gets a huge pop but is attacked while posturing to the crowd. Meng is in control early but misses a cross body that allows Duggan to take charge. Meng counters back with a thrust kick to the face and then locks in the spike for the submission victory. Slow, plodding match without much excitement.

Winner: Meng via submission

Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman vs Ric Flair and Sting

Sting isn’t in the match to start, just Flair. Ric stays in control early, the crowd is growing restless for Sting. Anderson gets locked into the figure four and Pillman tries to break it up only to get locked into it himself before Arn breaks it up. Anderson gains control but then Sting comes out to be Flair’s partner. Sting gets the hot tag and comes in to beat down both Anderson and Pillman. Stinger splashes to both guys before tossing them both outside. The referee counts them out to end the match. Hot match after Sting got in, but a lackluster finish.

Winner: Ric Flair and Sting via countout

Mean Gene interviews Flair and Sting after the match, and Sting is putting Flair over big time. Sting agrees to team with Flair.

A somewhat lackluster overall episode, but seeing Benoit and Guerrero is encouraging for the future episodes!


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