Welcome to the part of the week and the corner of Chairshot Classics where we are looking at Monday Night Raw week by week. Last week Brutus Beefcake returned and issued an open challenge to anyone that wants to get in the ring with him. Ted DiBiase took him up on it so….
RAW #5 [February 15 1993]
We open with Brutus Beefcake telling us he is a hundred percent healed and ready.
We then cut to Ted DiBiase who tells Beefcake that the injuries to his face will be the least of Beefcake’s problems.
Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner vs Glen Ruth & Bobby Who
Yes people, it’s Enhancement Time! I’ve previously mentioned Glen Ruth before and what he’ll go on to do. I’ve no idea WHO this Bobby lad is (disappointed it’s not an early incarnation of Bobby Roode as I have a ton of puns ready).
Commentary get the inevitable “Who’s on first base” joke out of their system prior to the opening bell. Scott turns a Collar and Elbow into an Armdrag but Glen is back on his feet first. another Collar and Elbow becomes a Headlock by Scott but Glen pushes him off the ropes before Scott knocks him down with a Shoulder Block. Scott shoots himself off the ropes and Glen attempts a Hip Toss. He can’t lift Scott who turns it into a Dragon Suplex. Rick tags in and forces Glen to his corner where he tags in Who. Who? His partner Who. Who? Screw it, Bobby! He tags Bobby. Rick hits Bobby with a knee to the gut and a Right Hand that knocks Bobby down before Rick picks him up and lobs him across the ring with an Overhead Belly To Belly Suplex and an Elbow Drop before tagging Scott back in. Scott Dropkicks Bobby before hoisting him onto his shoulders and tagging Rick who clmbs to the top rope and Elbows Bobby. For reasons unknown, Rick doesn’t go for a pinfall but a Chinlock. Rick allows Bobby to reach the ropes to break the hold. From a Collar and Elbow, Bobby hits Rick with a series of Forearms to the chest but a single Right Hand by Rick knocks him to the ground. Rick sends Bobby of the ropes and catches him with a Clothesline before tagging Scott in. Scott hits Bobby with a Double Underhook Powerbomb before lifting him for a Doomsday Bulldog. Scott covers Bobby while Rick stares at Glen.
Winners: Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner
We cut to Mean Gene with a Wrestlemania Report. In a change from hyping Wrestling hotline phone numbers, Gene gives the phone number to get Wrestlemania tickets. Gene runs down the announced matches for Wrestlemania that are Bret Hart vs Yokozuna for the WWE Title, The Undertaker vs Giant Gonzales and Crush vs Doink. On the off chance these matches have made you want to go to Wrestlemania, Gene gives the ticket phone number again.
Yokozuna vs Ross Greenberg
It’s Enhancement Time again!! I like Ross. I wish I could say he goes on to become some famous star in the future but he doesn’t. Instead he just loses to name wrestlers for the next few years. Spoilers.
Proving that enhancement know nothing about wrestling, Greenberg runs at Yokozuna. The force of Greenbergs Neck and chest smashing into Yokozuna’s arm is so powerful that it somehow knocks Greenberg down. OK, Greenberg ran right into a Clothesline. Yokozua then picks Greenberg up off the canvas and drops him back there with a Belly to Bellies Suplex. Yokozuna then hits Greenberg with a Legdrop. Yokozuna thows Greenberg into a corner where he blasts him with Palm Strikes before Irish Whipping Greenberg into the opposite corner and charging at Greenberg with an Avalanche that squishes him in the corner. A Forearm knocks him down and a Banzai Drop finishes him.
As one Yokozuna match is not enough, we get highlights of a recent episode of Superstars pitting Youkozuna against Jim Duggan in what looks a very boring match. The main reason why we are seing this footage is what happened after the bell. Following a DQ for throwing an entire salt bucket in the eyes of Duggan, Yokozuna then hit him with at least two Banzai Drops crushing his chest and putting him on the injured list (that list is getting a bit busy).
Vince McMahon tells us that nobody in the upcoming Battle Royal wanted to include Giant Gonzales in the Battle Royal. To show us why, we get footage from Superstars where Gonzales beats up one familiar looking enhancement (that I’m sure we’ll see again) and two others (including one I KNOW will be back in a couple of years) run for their lives giving Gonzales a Count Out win.
We see the IcoPro ad with Bret Hart again. Same for a Slim Jim ad and one for action figures that both feature Randy Savage.
Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels, Owen Hart, Terry Taylor, Damian Demento, Mike Sharpe, Bob Backlund, Koko B Ware, El Matador, Kim Chee, The Berzerker, Typhoon, Skinner, Kamala and Tatanka [Battle Royal Match]
I love a Battle Royal. I enjoy watching Battle Royals and watching the mass of humanity and all the potential match ups. I enjoy trying to gess who wins and a lot of other things that I can’t quite put into words right now.
What I don’t like about Battle Royals is writing them for review websites. It’s a hell. Trying to write up who does what to whom when there are so many bodies in there doing mainly punches and attempted eliminations. So I’m not going to try.
I can give you some random thoughts as it progresses like:
El Matador’s black tights make him look like a heel when he isn’t.
Only ones I see wining this are either Shawn Michaels or Razor Ramon.
The rest are a motley crew of jobbers with name value and Mike Sharpe.
Owen Hart and Shawn Michaels had the first of MANY interactions. They will have a lot more of those on Raw alone.
Koko is the first man out. Not a surprise.
Vince advertising Quantum Leap airing after Raw amuses me as Quantum Leap was the reason that ‘Leaping Through The Network‘ was so named
Kamala eliminating Kim Chee after he was eliminated by Kim Chee seems a very heel thing to do, when he isn’t supposed to be a heel
From a distance, Terry Taylors hair and red ring attire make him look like Ric Flair which I’m sure is Taylor’s idea.
This Battle Royal is going way too long.
Shawn Michaels shouldn’t be able to Back Drop Typhoon as easily as he did.
It comes down to a final four of Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels, El Matador & Tatanka. Shawn is eliminated by Matador and Tataka who Irish Whip Shawn to the point he is laying across the top turnbuckle. A kick to the chest by both men and he is eliminated. Giant Gonzales wanders to the ring. Razor rolls out of the ring to get away from him but Tatanka isn’t as lucky. Gonzales grabs Tatanka and tosses him over the top rope eliminating him. The same fate happens to Matador. Satisfied with an empty ring, Gonzales leaves. Ramon is declared the winner.
Winner: Razor Ramon
Brutus Beefcake vs Ted DiBiase
A Collar and Elbow ends in DiBiase being thrown into the turnbuckles. A second Collar and Elbow ends with a knee to Beefcake’s gut and forearms to the back and gut of Beefcake. Brutus ducks a clothesline and unloads on DiBiase with a series of Right Hands that send him rolling to the outside. Back into the ring and another Collar and Elbow becomes a Headlock by Beefcake. DiBiase breaks it by sending Beefcake off the ropes and ducking him when Beefcake comes back but Beefcake hits a Right Hand to DiBiase when he gets back to his feet sending him out of the ring again.Back in the ring again, DiBiase kicks Beefcake in the gut and tries to ram his face into the turnbuckles. Beefcake manages to block it instead ramming DiBiase’s head into the buckle and locking DiBiase in another Headlock as IRS walks to the ring. DiBiase pushes Beefcake off the ropes to break the Headlock. As he hits the rope, IRS smashes him in the back with a briefcase causing a DQ.
Winner: Brutus Beefcake
Following the bell, DiBiase and IRS stomp the fallen Beefcake. Dibiase lifts Beefcake to his feet and holds him for IRS to smash Beefcake in the face with the briefcase. Jimmy Hart tries to stop him but IRS pushes Hart out of the ring. Pow right in the kisser! With nothing to stop him, IRS smashes the case into the surgically repaired face of Beefcake and he goes down clutching his face. Jimmy Hart checks on Beefcake as DiBiase and IRS stand over him laughing. DiBiase has the case and threatens to hit Beefcake again. Once again Hart tries to stop him. Satisfied with their work, they leave as officials roll Beefcake onto a stretcher. WWE decide to show the briefcase attack in a replay, twice.
Following the ads, Vince tells us that Beefcake is up and walking but has a suspected broken nose. After Vince hypes next week’s matches including Money Inc in action (probably an enhancement match) and a six man tag match involving Shawn Michaels and Tatanka, we fade out.
Post show: Not really good. two enhancement matches, a Battle Royal filled with never-gonna-wins and a main event that felt really short but had a big post match angle. That said we’re only five shows in, WWE are still trying to find what sticks (some will tell you that in 2018 after over 1300 episodes they’re still trying to find what sticks) it’ll get better.
Match of the Night: The Battle Royal. A nightmare to write but always fun to watch.
MVP: Giant Gonzales. WWE seem to be going all out to get him over as a monster.
And I am done for another week. I can be found on Twitter @Callaweasy2220 where I live tweet Raw, Smackdown, NXT and (when there’s one on) Pay Per View, so join me. I also talk about Batman, Dr Who and I post random pictures of what I’m reviewing.
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Attitude Of Aggression #275- The Big Four Project Chapter 3: Royal Rumble ’88 & WrestleMania IV
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!
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
Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago, IL
Runtime: 3:18:22 (HighSpotsWrestlingNetwork)
Commentary By: Tyler Volz (PBP) and Marty DeRosa (Color)
- 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
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 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.
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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