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Chairshot Classics: Survivor Series 2001 – Winner Take All



WCW Tag Team/WWE Tag Team Championship Unification Steel Cage Match: The Dudley Boys (Alliance) with Stacey Keibler vs The Hardy Boys (WWF)

 Dudleys get a huge pop, despite being heels. They are accompanied by Stacey Keibler, who will not get to do her trademark entrance due to the steel cage, much to the chagrin of most of the guys in the audience.

Hardys get a huge pop as always, but especially since they’re from North Carolina. Finkel actually has to pause to let the pop die down a little before continuing.

These four guys have such great chemistry, it doesn’t matter what the match is over, you know it’s going to be a good match.

For some strange reason, we’re having a traditional tag match in the steel cage, which I find kind of silly, but here we go.

I’m sure you won’t be surprised that this is a really good match, even with the silliness of doing a regular tag match in a steel cage.  These teams know each other incredibly well, but the match isn’t boring.

Things finally break down and we get an old fashioned free for all and our first escape attempt, made by the Hardys, which ends in D-Von taking a Twist of Fate off the top rope and Jeff getting a Bubba Bomb on the other side of the ring.

An attempt to flapjack Jeff into the wall of the cage almost backfires when Jeff tries to climb to the top of the cage, but Bubba keeps a hold of him and the Dudleys hit the Dudleyville Device.

After several minutes of Dudleys dominating, Matt makes a comeback and gets a near fall that ends with Bubba accidentally dropping an elbow on D-Von.

We get a weird near fall for the Hardys where it looks like Korderas counted three before the pin was broken up before Bubba came in.

The Dudleys re-assert their dominance and Bubba yells for Stacey to get the tables, though how they’re going to get them into the cage is a mystery to me. Nick Patrick stops her, but Stacy basically flashes her butt at him and flirts, before taking his key to the padlock on the cage. While Korderas is yelling at Patrick, the table is introduced anyway. The Dudleys try to 3D Jeff through the table but Matt interferes and Jeff counters.

Matt escapes, but that leaves Jeff alone with two angry Dudleys. Jeff fights back and goes for the escape, but that daredevil side kicks in and he goes for the Swanton Bomb, D-Von moves and Jeff goes through the table. Bubba gets the pin and the Dudleys are the new champs.

Result: The Dudley Boys by pinfall.  The EMTs come out and Matt and Lita are in the cage. Jeff is out for the count, I think, though how the ‘trained’ pros are moving him doesn’t look right to me (no neck or back brace, really?)

Comments: That was a great match.

WWF may have just spoiled the end of the show by announcing that RAW was going to be in Charlotte, NC, home of Jim Crockett Promotions for decades…and the adopted home of Ric Flair.

(if you remember the 2001 storyline post Survivor Series, you know what I’m talking about).

We go to WWF New York, where Mick Foley is living it up. JR asks Foley why he’s in New York and not in North Carolina since he’s the WWF commissioner. Foley says that it’s a good question and the answer is: Vince told him to stay in New York. Foley says that he’s having fun and running up a heck of a bill on Vince’s tab, but his heart is in North Carolina. He also says that the commissionership is kind of a joke because he has to do what Vince wants. He adds that he’s pulling for WWF, but IF WWF wins, he’s going to fly to Charlotte and have a talk with Vince.

Backstage, Scotty 2 Hotty is running for the gorilla position when he’s stopped by Test.  Test asks him if he’s headed for the battle royal, Scotty affirms that and walks away, only to be hit from behind by Test, who beats Scotty to a pulp and leaves him in the hallway


Immunity Battle Royal: Winner Cannot Be Fired For One Year.

 No one is getting their own entrance, at least for the Alliance, including DDP.  There seems to be some dissention between Raven and Steven Richards, which is interesting if you know their history back in ECW.

The WWF guys are also not getting individual entrances and APA are leading the pack. The Human Block of Swiss, Albert, is there, though he doesn’t get in the ring just yet and grabs his former partner, Test for a quick fight. Taz comes out, to everyone’s surprise and starts fighting.

This is hard to keep up with, but it seems to be partisan right now. Someone did a run-in, but I can’t tell who it was. It’s started getting nasty as we get down to what looks like the final ten guys or so.

Taz talks trash to Heyman and gets eliminated by Billy Gunn. Taz isn’t happy about that and goes for Heyman before the refs usher him out.  Bradshaw just Fall Away Slammed Billy Kidman out to the floor.  We’re down to the Final Four: Bradshaw, Billy Gunn, Test, and Lance Storm.

 Results: Test by eliminating Billy Gunn.

Comments: This was a good match, not thrilled about the outcome, but the match was good.

Backstage, Shane and Booker T are talking about the upcoming match. Booker says that he trusts Shane, but he doesn’t trust Austin. He points out Austin’s motto ‘DTA: Don’t Trust Anybody’.

Shane says he understands what Booker is saying and that they both have a lot riding on tonight, but that Austin is the guy and that he trusts him and that the Alliance has to stick together.

(Could they be telegraphing that swerve any harder?)


Six Pack Challenge for Vacant WWF Women’s Championship: Trish Stratus (WWF) vs Jacqueline (WWF) vs Lita (WWF) vs Ivory (Alliance) vs Jazz (Alliance) vs Mighty Molly (Alliance)

 Trish is out first to a great pop. Jacqueline gets a quiet pop. Lita gets an amazing pop.  Ivory gets a round of boos. Mighty Molly gets little reaction. Jazz gets no reaction, but she looks like a BAMF, in my opinion.

We start with Jazz going for Lita, and this match is on!

This match was going to be: Two women start out, the other four in the corners, anyone can tag in anyone, first pinfall wins. That lasts for a a couple of minutes, then it breaks down into a free for all.

All pretense of team spirit is out the window and all these ladies want to be women’s champion.

Jazz tries to take Trish out, but Trish ducks and sends Jazz outside, leaving her alone with Ivory. Ivory goes for a slam, Trish counters, hits the Stratusfaction and we have a new Women’s Champion.

Result: Trish Stratus by pinfall after hitting Ivory with the Stratusfaction. The crowd goes nuts for the new champ!

Comments: Even knowing how good Trish would become by the time she retired in 2006, I was still surprised by her win. Trish was not a very good, or experienced, wrestler at this point, though she’d been training down in OVW during a hiatus due to a sprained ankle during most of the Invasion storyline.

Vince gives his troops a…pep talk. He tells them that he has every confidence that Team WWF but he also knows that he could be looking at a group of losers (nice one, Vince). He also warns that the WWF would never forgive them if they lost to the Alliance. Vince basically tells them that they’d be done as professional wrestlers if they lost (pretty sure the Jarretts would snatch them up).

(Vince, we get the point, please shut up)

Vince cites all the greats that Team WWF is fighting for, including Rock’s grandfather.

(the wrestlers look bored and I agree)

Team Alliance is heading out, no pep talk for them.

We get a recap of the events leading up to Survivor Series, including Taker putting the fear of God in Rock and Jericho.

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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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