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

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

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

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

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

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

What I Watched #15

AAW Defining Moment 2018

8/31/2018

Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago, IL

Runtime: 3:18:22 (HighSpotsWrestlingNetwork)

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

 

THE RESULTS

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

 

THE BREAKDOWN

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

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

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

Darby Allin vs. Shane Strickland

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

Jessicka Havok vs. Palmer Cruise/Steve Manders

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

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

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

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

AAW Heritage Title- Trevor Lee © vs. DJ Z

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

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

AR Fox/Myron Reed vs. Bandido/Flamita

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

Maxwell Jacob Friedman vs. Marko Stunt

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

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

Jimmy Jacobs vs. Sami Callihan

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

THE INCIDENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

AAW Heavyweight Title- ACH © vs. Brody King

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

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

THE FINAL REACTION

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

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

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

Best Match/Moment: Shane Strickland vs. Darby Allin

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

Overall Show Score: 8/10

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

 

THE SIGNOFF

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


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