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Chairshot Classics: Raw #8 (March 8 1993)

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Hello again friend of a friend and welcome to the place where we cover Monday Night Raw episode by episode. It’s been seven weeks so far. Seven weeks of hit and miss. Seven weeks of Enhancement talent. With Wrestlemania just around the corner, what will this week have in store? Let’s find out together as we head to

Raw #8 (March 8 1993)

We immediately open with Hulk Hogan, Brutus Beefcake and Jimmy Hart in a pretape. Hogan says they accept DiBiase’s challenge to a match (despite the fact Hogan wanted Jimmy Hart to sign the match in the first place). Then they mention sending Jimmy to get the contract signed (I’m confused). Hogan says he’s been pounding Beefcake all week…… in the head with a metal suitcase (friend to the end Hogan). Beefcake says he’s been trying to remove the turn signals from their Harley’s to fit the Tag Team Titles on the front. Then Hogan for some rason starts singing “Getting to know you” from The King and I (I’m not making this up, that happened).

“From New York it’s Monday Night Raw!”

. Ted DiBiase & IRS vs El Matador & Virgil

OK this not officially an Enhancement Time, but it might as well be. Matador and DiBiase start and DiBiase uses a Collar and Elbow to push Matador against the ropes. Matador does the same with a second Collar and Elbow. A shoving match starts but ends quickly. A third Collar and Elbow ends with Matador in the corner and DiBiase striking with a Knee and a Chop. Matador reverses an Irish Whip and knocks DiBiase down for a two count. A Headlock Takeover gets Matador another two and Dibiase gets a two of his own from a Roll Up. Matador locks DiBiase in a Headlock before tagging in Virgil. Wanting no part of his former ally turned opponent, DiBiase quickly tags Irwin. Virgil puts Irwin in a Headlock which Irwin breaks by sending Virgil off the ropes but Virgil knocks Irwin down with a Shoulder Block. Virgil then catches Irwin with a Hip Toss and a Clothesline. Irwin rolls to the outside to get his bearings. On the outside, Matador hits a series of Right Hands to Irwin before rolling him back into the ring. With the referee distracted by DiBiase’s complaints, Matador and Virgil hit Irwin with a double Back Elbow and Matador gets a two count. Referee! Matador slams Irwin face first into the canvas for another two. Matador applies an Arm Wringer. Irwin gets to the ropes but Matador quickly pulls him away. DiBiase complains to the ref. With the referee distracted, Virgil (part of the SUPPOSED face team) enters the ring without a tag and applies an Armbar to Irwin. Irwin gets back to his feet whil Virgil switches between Armbar, Arm Wringer and Hammerlock. Virgil tags Matador in for what is probably their first legal tag of the match (No, wait, Virgil tagged in earlier but they have had two illegal switches since despite being the ‘face’ team) Matador yanks Irwin’s arm down across his own shoulder and pulls on Irwin’s arm to prevent him making a tag to DiBiase. Matador lets go of Irwin to punch DiBiase who tries get into the ring. With the referee distracted, Matador and Virgil swap illeagally (again!) and Virgil applies an Arm Wringer. DiBiase is annoyed at the Illegal switch and complains to the ref (you know where this is going, right?) With the referee distracted (again) Virgil and Matador swap (yet again) with Matador puting Irwin into an Arm Wringer.

Back from the ads and Matador is breaking out of a Chinlock with elbows to the gut. Matador runs the ropes but is caught with a knee to the gut which allows DiBiase to tag in. They split Matador’s legs like a wishbone. DiBiase wears Matador down with a Front Facelock. Matador fights out of the hold with punches to the gut. Following a Knee to the gut, DiBiase grabs Matador in a Headlock. Matador quickly pushes him off the ropes to break it. There’s a clash of heads and both men are down. DiBiase and Matador tag in Irwin and Virgil repectively. Vigil hammers Irwin with a series of Right Hands and an Irish Whip which knocks Irwin down. Virgil hits a second Irish Whip and a Clothesline. DiBiase tries to interfere and gets knocked down with a Clothesline by Virgil. Following a Bodyslam to Irwin, Vigril runs the ropes and is tripped by DiBiase. Irwin catches a distracted Vigril with a Side Suplex and gets the victory.

Winners: Ted DiBiase & Irwin R Schyster

We get highlights of Tatanka beating Shawn Michaels. First in a non title match from Superstars three weeks ago and then the Raw six man tag match we covered a couple of weeks back.

We get a new ad for Mania featuring Todd Pettingill. It’s Wild, it’s Crazy, It’s Excessive Excitement caused by Acute Hyperactivity. It’s an ad that is going to air for a while.

. Tatanka vs Phil Apollo

OK, the last match might have been, this one really is. It’s Enhancement Time! Apollo turns a Collar and Elbow into a Headlock but Tatanka sends him off the ropes to break it. Tatanka ducks and then twice leapfrogs Apollo before countering a counter and Hip Tossing Apollo out of the ring. Tatanka heads to the outside and, after a series of Chops, tosses Apollo back into the ring. In the ring, Tatanka Irish Whips Apollow twice and knocks him down with a Chop. Apollow catches Tatanka with a thumb to the eye and a Right Hand before Tatanka counters a whip off the ropes and hits Apollo with a Powerslam but misses an Elbow Drop. Apollo takes back control with an Uppercut, a couple of stomps and another Uppercut. Apollo hits Tatanka’s head off the top turnbuckle but it has no effect on Tatanka and he ‘Hulks Up‘ by doing that hopping dance he did a few weeks ago. Tatanka catches Apollo with some running Chops to the head, a Backhand Chop and a Samoan Drop that gets the pinfall.

Winner: Tatanka

We get a Wrestlemania Report with Mean Gene. With less than a month away from Wrestlemania, tickets are STILL available. Gene hypes Hogan & Beefcake vs DiBiase & IRS, Bret vs Yokozuna and Undertaker vs Gonzales.

. Papa Shango vs Mike Edwards

It’s Enhancement Time again! Shango starts by clubbing Forearms to Mike’s back and ramming Mike headfirst into the turnbuckles. Shango hits a Bodyslam and a big Elbow Drop. Shango hits an Irish Whip followed by a running…. a Ho Train. Shango lifts Mike up and drops him with a Side Suplex for a two. Shango then tries to gouge out Mike’s eyes with his fingers. Shango hits Mike with a second Side Suplex before stomping on his face and Headbutting Mike’s gut. Shango hits a Shoulderbreaker and this is over.

Winner: Papa Shango

We get the IcoPro ad and the ad for the action figures

. Bob Backlund vs Tony DeMoro

It’s Enhancement Time again! Our cup doth runneth over this evening. Backlund and Tony lock up and sort of…. dance before Backlund is able to Hip Toss Tony. They tie up again and dance again. Backlund attempts an Abdominal Stretch but can’t quite lock it on and eventually Hip Tosses Tony again. Tony runs at Backlund who clips his knee and leaves Tony laying on his back before rolling out of the ring. Backlund goes behind Tony with a Waistlock but Tony counters it into one of his own but Backlund eventually rolls out of it. Tony turns a Collar and Elbow into a Waistlock but this time it’s Backlund that counters it with one of his own. Tony pushes Backlund into the corner and smashes a Back Elbow into Backlund’s face. Backlund reverses an Irish Whip and hits a Double Underhook Suplex and a complicated looking Roll Up for the three.

Winner: Bob Backlund

Backstage Rob Bartlett is with Rick Martel. Martel says that perfection is boring and tonight he will show Mr Perfect some excitement and he will show how Martel is not only the greatest model in history but also the greatest wrestler.

. Mr Perfect vs Rick Martel

A Collar and Elbow goes nowhere but Martel turns a second one into a Headlock. Perfect pushes Martel off the ropes but is knocked down by a Shoulder Block. Prfect hits Martel with a Hip Toss but Martel kicks Perfect in the face. Perfect Bodyslams Martel and gets kicked in the face again. Martel hits Perfect with a Bodyslam and HE kets kicked in the face by Perfect. A Collar and Elbow sees Martel pushed against the ropes by Perfect but Martel turns it so Perfect is against the ropes. Either way the ref forces a break. Perfect blocks a Right then a Left from Martel who runs before Perfect can hit a Right of his own. From a Collar and Elbow, Martel hits Knees to the gut and a forearm. He sends Perfect of the ropes but Perfect reverses it and Martel cartwheels to avoid another Right Hand from Perfect. Perfect goes for a Waistlock but Martel reverses it into one of his own. Perfect grabs Martel’s foot to break it but Martel uses his other foot to kick Perfect off the ropes. This time it’s Perfect that performs a cartwheel. Perfect uses a Collar and Elbow to push Martel into the corner. As the referee attempts to break it, Martel jabs Perfect with a thumb in his eye. Martel holds Perfect for a Bulldog and instead punches Perfect in the face. Martel hits Perfect with Knees to the gut in the corner but Perfect reverses an Irish Whip. Martel gets his knees up to block a charging Perfect. Martel stomps on Perfect before taking him over with an Arm Drag-cum-Northern Lights Suplex before locking in an Armbar. As both men get to their feet, Martel turns the Armbar into a Hammerlock but Perfect reverses it into one of his own. Martel manages to leap over Perfect to break the hold and pushes Perfect against the ropes, Perfect ducks sending Martel to the outside.

Back from the ads and Martel is in the ring pulling Perfect back into the ring. Martel hits Perfect with Axe Handles to his previously injured back, probably to soften him up for a Boston Crab. Martel hits Perfect with a Gutwrench Suplex for a two count. Perfect slaps Martel and Martel Uppercuts Perfect before hitting forearms to Perfect’s back. Martel applies a Camel Clutch. Perfect fights his way out of it but is caught by a Knee to the gut from Martel. He hits Perfect with a Backbreaker before going out of the ring to the apron. From there, Martel attempts a Slingshot Splash but Perfect brings his knees up to counter it. Martel sends Perfect off the ropes and this time catches him with a Punch to the gut. Martel climbs to the second turnbuckle and leaps at Perfect but it’s a flying nothing as Perfect catches Martel with a fist to the gut which he follows with an Atomic Drop and in Inverted Atomic Drop. Perfect catches Martel with Right Hands and a Chop in the corner before an Irish Whip and a Back Body Drop.

Back from the ads and Perfect’s won the match! We get a ‘during the break‘ replay of Perfect hitting Martel with the Perfect Plex for the three count

Winner: Mr Perfect

We see an ad for Slim Jim and an ad for the latest WWE video game releases for the Game Boy, The Master System, Super Nintendo and the Genesis/Mega Drive (how retro).

Vince hypes next week’s matches Razor Ramon in action (read enhancement), Kamala in action (again enhancement) and Bam Bam Bigelow vs Typhoon and we fade to black.

Post Show: Not much to say here. Three enhancement matches and in the two ‘star vs star‘ matches, the result of those didn’t feel in doubt either to the point that Rick Martel, El Matador and Virgil might as well have been Ross Greenberg, Duane Gill and Barry Hardy

Match Of The Night: Mr Perfect vs  Rick Martel. Some good back and forth stuff with some good pace to it even if only one an was ever going to win.

MVP: Mr Perfect. In this current climate he looks like a main eventer

Rating: 4/10

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Chairshot Classics: WCW Beach Blast ’93 – A Day At The Beach, A Night For Revenge

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Open: Eric Bischoff & Missy Hyatt open the show. They discuss title matches including the Iron Man match for the United States Championship, and Ric Flair pursuing the NWA title once again. Jesse Ventura is running late to be at ringside as he’s hanging out at a tiki bar with some ladies.

Match #1 for the WCW World Television Championship: WCW World Television Champion ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff vs. ‘All-American’ Ron Simmons
Simmons gets the crowd riled up as some chant “Paula”. Orndorff is irate. Simmons knocks him off the apron and goes on the attack on the floor. He rolls Orndorff back in the ring, kicks in the gut and knocks him down with a right. He sends Orndorff for a back elbow and follows it with a drop kick. A lateral press for two and Orndorff rolls out. The crowd gets on his case some more. He slowly steps back in. They feel each other out, drop toe hold from Mr. Wonderful but Simmons moves from the elbow.

Simmons grabs a wristlock and works over the arm.Simmons converts into a hammerlock, broken up with an elbow. Orndorff keeps striking with elbows and rights. Irish whip and Simmons moves out of the way. The All American goes back on offense and grabs an arm bar. They hit the ropes, Orndorff ducks a clothesline and jumps on Simmons’ back with a sleeper. He shoves the former world champion into the corner and scores with a belly to back suplex. Orndorff heads up top and Simmons dodges the knee. Ron works over the knee that he just landed on, stomping it down on the mat from behind. More kicks to the inside of the knee and Simmons uses the bottom rope for more leverage. Simmons locks in a figure four but Orndorff was too close to the ropes.

Orndorff rolls outside and baits Simmons. He pulls the challenger out to the floor and ambushes him. Simmons rolls back in and Orndorff is still on the attack, grabbing a reverse chinlock. Simmons works to his feet, breaks the hold and lands a shoulder tackle. Orndorff comes right back with a high knee lift, and he drops that knee across Simmons’ jaw. Front face lock by the champ, Simmons scores some body shots, breaking the hold. Irish whip but Orndorff gets his foot up. Lateral press and Simmons kicks out. Orndorff goes back to the reverse chin lock, the crowd cheers Simmons on. Simmons tries fighting from his knees, Orndorff measures him with rights.

Reverse whip to the ropes and Simmons scores with a powerslam and gets a two count. Orndorff with a shot to the throat, he sends Simmons to the ropes, a backbody drop is reversed with a sunset flip and the champ kicks out. Orndorff sends him again but Simmons stops short of a dropkick. Simmons sends Orndorff for a big clothesline, sends him again for a back elbow and Orndorff again kicks out. Front facelock and a snap suplex by Simmons but Orndorff is too close to the ropes. Orndorff changes momentum with a thumb to the eye, he sets Simmons up for a piledriver and it’s reversed with a backdrop over the top rope, prompting a DQ.
Winner and STILL WCW World Television Champ: ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff (Disqualification)

  • After The Bell: Simmons doesn’t realize he’s been disqualified and sets up Orndorff for a top rope shoulder tackle. The ref explains what happens and Orndorff tries to blindside Simmons with the belt. The challenger ducks and turns the fate on the champ. He poses with the belt as Orndorff retreats.
  • EA’s TakeIt’s been a while since I’ve seen Ron on a PPV. He was hot leading into his 1992 championship win, but his reign was somewhat underwhelming and then he got hurt. Great to see the fans give him a good response, but part of it was the fact that Orndorff was getting great heat as the injury really derailed all the momentum Simmons had prior.

Match #2: Marcus Alexander Bagwell & 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Tex Slazenger & Shanghai Pierce
Pierce and Bagwell start us out and lock up quickly, Pierce with position in the corner. He breaks it off and the crowd boos at his taunting. Collar and elbow, side headlock by Bagwell, they hit the ropes and collide twice with shoulder blocks. They go for a third time, Bagwell with a baseball slide under Pierce’s legs, he ducks a clothesline and lands a cross body. Slazenger charges in, Scorpio helps his partner and they double team the big man face first on the mat. Scorpio tries to elevate over the top rope and it prompts an all out brawl on the entrance ramp. The Texan team bails to the floor and the babyfaces hold the ring.

Slazenger is tagged in to face Bagwell, he taunts Scorpio and they oblige with a tag. Scorpio dances and Slazenger doesn’t like it. Collar and elbow tie up, Slazenger with the side headlock into the ropes. Slazenger wins with a shoulder tackle. Scorpio hits the ropes and he is hit with a huge back drop. Slazenger sits him on the top rope. Scorpio blocks strikes and scores with a big cross body. He follows with a drop kick and an arm drag, and holds on with an arm bar. Bagwell is tagged back in for a double team hip toss. He latches on with a wrist lock and Tex fights out with forearms. Pierce is tagged back in, he’s caught with a drop toe hold.

They hit the ropes, Pierce with a shoulder tackle. Bagwell leapfrogs him twice and scores with an arm drag, hanging onto the wrist. Pierce with a forearm and a scoop slam. Tag is made to Slazenger and he’s met with an arm drag. Bagwell with a suplex and a two count. They hit the ropes and Pierce cheapshots Bagwell from behind. Slazenger takes advantage, elbows the skull and brings Bagwell down, going into the hammerlock. Pierce is tagged in and picks up where his partner left off. Quick tag back to Slazenger who stomps away. The fans rally for Bagwell who is head butted. They hit the ropes and Bagwell leaps with a sunset flip.

Slazenger kicks out and hits a vicious clothesline. Scorpio saves his partner from the pin. Pierce is back in and stays in control. He throws Bagwell into his corner and runs a distraction to get a double team. Snapmare into the reverse chinlock by Pierce on Bagwell. He’s held on the mat and Slazenger helps his partner get extra leverage. Bagwell works to his feet, breaks the hold with elbows he he’s caught with kick to the gut and a side saulto suplex. Lateral press and Scorpio makes the save again. Tag is made to Slazenger and he holds the hammerlock. They work back to their feet and Slazenger still has the arm bar.

Shots to the midsection by Bagwell but he’s brought down with a drop toe hold and a tag is made back to Pierce who drops a big elbow. Scoop slam by Pierce but Bagwell dodges the elbow drop. Tag is made to Tex and he cuts off Bagwell from his tag attempt. He lifts Bagwell on his shoulder, lands a shoulder breaker and Pierce is tagged in who drops the elbow. Cocky cover and Bagwell kicks out. Forearm to the back and Bagwell meets the turnbuckle. Irish whip and Bagwell moves out of the way. Marcus crawls under Pierce’s legs and he makes the hot tag to Scorpio. 2 Cold with quick strikes and a back elbow. Side kick to a charging Slazenger.

He whips Pierce into the corner and scores with a superkick. He heads for the top rope and lands a big splash. Slazenger saves the cover, Bagwell comes in to deal with Tex. They whip the heels into one another, Slazenger is drop kicked out of the ring. Double Irish whip to Pierce, Bagwell ducks a clothesline and hits a belly to back suplex. Scorpio heads for the top and lands a 450 splash for the win.
Winners: Marcus Alexander Bagwell & 2 Cold Scorpio (Scorpio/450 Splash)

  • EA’s TakeFans would better know Pierce and Slazenger as the Godwinn’s of the WWF in a few more years, but this might be some of the better in-ring work we will see out of the big bruisers. This team of Scorpio and Bagwell is a lot of fun, but this match could have used a little more 2 Cold in my opinion as he’s by far the most entertaining of the four at this time.

In the Arena: Missy Hyatt is joined by Paul Orndorff and someone they simply call The Equalizer. She knows a lot of people who want to take his TV title, but Mr. Wonderful explains why he’s the John Wayne of professional wrestling. He plays by the rules, and when things get tough he can handle it. Ron Simmons should be punished for tossing him over the top rope. Simmons can keep coming, but he’s going to keep on choking just like Florida State. A guy like Ricky Steamboat is too old to come after his title, they call him the old man by the sea.

Match #3: Erik Watts vs. Lord Steven Regal w/Sir William Dundee
Watts comes in for a tie up and Regal struts away. They bluff once again and they finally attempt a lock up, Regal maneuvers out of the way. Finally a collar and elbow, Regal grabs a modified arm bar, moves it into the wrist lock. Watts reverses it on him and Regal dances around. Regal somersaults out and hits a monkey flip but Watts keeps hold of the wrist. Regal gets position for a snapmare and moves into an arm bar.  Regal ducks a kick to the head, Watts flips over and kicks Regal off of him.

Watts with a backdrop and he stays right on the arm. He drives the knee in. Regal jumps to his feet, reverses out of the hold with a wristlock takedown. Lateral press and Watts kicks out. Regal holds his wrists to the mat, Watts tries to bridge out, Regal jumps on top of him but Watts somersaults backwords and holds the wrists strong. Regal counters out of it with a top wristlock, driving Watts down to the mat. Test of strength on the mat, Watts makes it to his feet. Regal flips him over for a pin, quickly countered. Collar and elbow tie up, hammerlock by Watts. Regal moves him in corner, breaks the hold with an elbow and takes him down with a drop toe hold.

Watts spins out of a front face lock and scores with a hip toss. He holds Regal on the mat with the arm bar. He works into a standing hammerlock, Regal reverses with a backdrop but Watts hangs on for a sunset flip. Regal goes into an ankle submission. He lifts Watts for European uppercuts and forearm shots. Snapmare takedown, he moves the knee pad off but Watts dodges it. Whip to the ropes and Watts takes the legs out from under him. He sets up for the STF, locks it in but Sir William Dundee hits him in the face from the floor. Regal blindsides him with a schoolboy and we have our winner.
Winner: Lord Steven Regal (Schoolboy)

  • EA’s TakeA welcome to WCW PPV’s to one of the most underrated talents in professional wrestling history. I say that acknowledging he won his share of belts and that he continues on as the General Manager of NXT, but Regal was brilliant in the ring. The little things make all the difference in professional wrestling and Regal’s crisp technical skills, believable selling, facial expressions and mannerisms were always great from him. One of the competitors you couldn’t really appreciate until you’re older and have a better understanding of everything. Also, how is Erik Watts still employed?
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Despite all the controversy, WWE Crown Jewel is moving forward as planned on November 2nd and not only will the event feature the in-ring return of Shawn Michaels when D-Generation X meets The Brothers Of Destruction, but also the World Cup tournament. So today, we’re looking back at another past WWE tournament with the 1994 King Of The Ring! Following Bret Hart’s King Of The Ring win last year, his brother Owen looks to claim the throne for himself and step out on his own. However, the likes of Razor Ramon, Bam Bam Bigelow, Jeff Jarrett and The 1-2-3 Kid all have their sights set on the crown. Let’s jump into the action!

Open: Earlier in the day as the camera crews were setting up around the tournament bracket board, Jeff Jarrett showed up to do some premature advancing of his name. Owen Hart would walk in to correct him, followed by Bam Bam Bigelow and Irwin R. Schyster. Todd Pettengill then voices over highlights showcasing tonight’s card, including the first round tournament matches, our WWF Title match and Roddy Piper vs. Jerry Lawler.

In The Arena: Bill Dunn asks the crowd to please rise, as Ricky Medlocke of the band Blackfoot sings our National Anthem.

Match #1 – King Of The Ring Quarterfinals: Bam Bam Bigelow w/Luna Vachon vs. Razor Ramon
Luna has some words for The Bad Guy and he tosses his toothpick in her face, Bam Bam ambushes him from behind as the bell rings, clobbering him down to the mat. He sends Ramon to the ropes for a shoulder block, whips him back in for another, plants him with a body slam, drops a headbutt and follows with a big leg drop. Bigelow to the top turnbuckle for the Diving Headbutt, Razor rolls out of harm’s way, scores with big right hands, irish whip to the corner is reversed and The Bad Guy hits the turnbuckles hard.

The Beast from the East looks to send him back across, Ramon reverses, follows in and slides under the legs to the outside, trips Bam Bam up and yanks him in an unforgiving position into the ring post. The Bad Guy climbs back in, comes off the 2nd rope with a bulldog for a near fall, starts to target the left leg with elbow drops and grabs a heel hold. Bigelow kicks him away, goes for a kick that gets caught, tries to bring his other foot around for an enzuigiri, Ramon ducks it and then staggers him with a clothesline. He goes to the ropes for another and can’t bring Bam Bam down, tries once more, The Beast from the East side-steps it and uses the momentum to dump Razor over the top to the floor.

Bam Bam goes out and hits a couple of rights before rolling Ramon back in, clubs him in the back, loud “Razor” chants and Bigelow puts the boots to him for a count of 2. He clocks Razor with an enzuigiri for another 2 count, drives headbutts into the lower back, then powers him into a torture rack. The referee checks the arm, Ramon doesn’t let it drop on the third attempt, Bigelow can’t hold him up anymore, flips him over to his feet for a side headlock and The Bad Guy counters with a back suplex. Both guys stagger to their feet, Ramon blocks right hands and returns fire, irish whip to the corner is reversed, Bam Bam charges in and The Bad Guy side-steps out of the way.

He delivers a body slam, lifts him up to prop him on the top turnbuckle, Bigelow with a big back elbow to avoid it, then plants Razor with a body slam of his own. He scales the corner to go for the Bam Bamsault, Ramon pops to his feet, plants him into the canvas, stacks The Beast from the East up and gets a 3 count.
Winner: Razor Ramon (Bam Bamsault Counter)

  • EA’s TakeThis has nothing to do with the match, but I need to address it right off the bat…why on Earth is Art Donovan on commentary tonight? Just awful. Anyways, good to open the night and tournament with this one as Razor is  over and Bam Bam was one of the best heels in the company. Honestly, either of these guys would have been excellent choices to win the whole thing. In case you’re wondering, after retaining his Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania against Shawn Michaels, Ramon would lose it just a few short weeks later to The Heartbreak Kid’s bodyguard, Diesel.

Backstage: Todd Pettengill is standing at the King Of The Ring board with Irwin R. Schyster & Mabel with Oscar, opponents in our next tournament match. IRS informs Mabel he’s not worried about him and then next up will be Razor Ramon, then says he hopes 1-2-3 Kid makes it to the finals before walking off. Mabel thinks Schyster needs to stop thinking about Razor and be concerned with him, then states if he meets Ramon then he will learn who the real Bad Guy is.

Match #2 – King Of The Ring Quarterfinals: Irwin R. Schyster vs. Mabel w/Oscar
IRS tries to attack from behind after the bell, Mabel drives him head-first into the top turnbuckle over and over, levels him with a clothesline, then plants The Tax Man with a body slam. He hooks Schyster for a delayed vertical suplex, grabs a wristlock for clubbing blows to the back, brings him back to the canvas with a modified fireman’s carry takeover, then drops a massive elbow to the chest. Mabel shoots Irwin to the corner and follows him in for a splash, IRS side-steps it, delivers a knee to the back to send the big man to the outside and takes himself a breather in the ring.

Mabel rolls back into the squared circle, Schyster meets him with right hands, sends him off to the ropes and drops him with the Write-Off followed by multiple elbow drops for a count of 2. He attempts to pick Mabel up for a body slam, can’t lift the weight, Mabel counters to a small package for a quick 2 count and IRS swiftly starts putting the boots to him before slapping on a rear chinlock. The big man powers up to a standing position, backs Irwin into the turnbuckles to break the hold, hammers him with big punches, shoots him to the ropes and elevates him with a big back body drop.

Mabel runs him over with a clothesline, shoots Schyster back to the ropes for a high back elbow, then back in again for a sidewalk slam, nearly putting the match away. He drives IRS into the mat with another body slam, climbs to the 2nd rope, Irwin quickly shakes the ropes forcing Mabel to lose his balance, he crashes down to the canvas, Schyster with a cover using the ropes for leverage and he gets the win.
Winner: Irwin R. Schyster (Pinfall)

  • EA’s TakeHo-hum, pretty basic stuff here to get IRS to advance and meet Razor Ramon is the semi-finals. The company was trying out Mabel as a singles competitor for the first time as they still were enamored by Superstars of enormous size, but it wouldn’t last past the summer and he’d slide back into tag team action with Mo.

Video: Earlier in the day, Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette were prepping Yokozuna & Crush for their match-up for the WWF Tag Team Titles tonight. Cornette says Fuji has his boys well prepared to take the championships tonight, Fuji stating he wants The Headshrinkers to be squashed and for his guys to walk out as the new champs.

Match #3 – King Of The Ring Quarterfinals: Tatanka vs. ‘The Rocket’ Owen Hart
Owen steps into the ring after his entrance and Tatanka immediately meets him with right hands, the bell sounds and The Native American whips him back and forth into the turnbuckles, elevates him with a back body drop and gains a quick 2 count. He executes a vertical suplex for another count of 2, The Rocket goes to the eyes to stop the onslaught, slows things down with a standing side headlock, The Native American pushes him off to the ropes and gets knocked down by a shoulder block.

Hart goes back to the ropes, Tatanka drops down, leapfrogs over and catches him with a hip toss, shoots him back to the ropes for a Japanese arm drag, then grabs a side headlock of his own. Owen shoves him off to the ropes, Tatanka with a big shoulder knockdown, goes back to the ropes, The Rocket drops down and uses the momentum to toss him over the top to the floor. The Native American back to his feet, sweeps Owen’s legs from the outside and drags him under the bottom rope, connects with a series of overhand chops, Hart returns fire and whips him shoulder-first into the ring post before rolling back inside.

We go backstage where IRS & Razor Ramon are involved in a shoving match, WWF officials having to step in between them as Tatanka pulls himself back into the ring in the arena. Owen drops him on the 2nd rope and chokes away, hits the ropes and drops all his weight onto the back with a seated senton, then rakes Tatanka’s face on the top rope. He plants The Native American with a gutwrench suplex, heads upstairs for a dropkick, hooks the leg and gains a near fall before grabbing a rear chinlock. Tatanka fights up to his feet, hits the ropes and ducks under a clothesline, The Rocket slaps on a sleeper hold and The Native American starts to fade down to the canvas.

The referee checks the arm, Tatanka shows some life on the third attempt, battles his way up, Owen clocks him with fists, drives him head-first into the top turnbuckle over and over, but it has little affect and The Native American goes into his war dance. He pummels The Rocket with knife-edge chops and punches, makes a cover for a count of 2, irish whip to the corner is reversed, Owen follows him in and runs into a boot to the jaw. The Native American spikes him with a DDT for a near fall, plants him with a body slam, heads to the top rope for an overhand chop, but still can’t get a 3 count.

Tatanka sends Hart to the corner and charges in behind, The Rocket looks to hop up and over, gets caught on The Native American’s shoulders, but Tatanka gets frustrated after another 2 count. He argues with the official about the count, catches Owen trying to sneak up from behind, irish whip to the ropes is reversed by The Rocket for a back body drop, Tatanka goes for a sunset flip, Hart drops down on top, hooks the legs and advances.
Winner: ‘The Rocket’ Owen Hart (Sunset Flip Counter)

  • EA’s TakeAnother bit of a “ho-hum” contest, but much better than the previous IRS/Mabel match. Owen is really on fire as a heel following his win over Bret at WrestleMania, a quarterfinals loss here would have made no sense whatsoever, no matter how over Tatanka was at the time.
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Chairshot Classics: WCW Monday Nitro Episode 19 (1/8/96)

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WCW Monday Nitro

From the North Charleston Coliseum, in Charleston, South Carolina, comes WCW Monday Nitro! Set up from the last episode, we have Hulk Hogan teaming with Randy Savage to take on Ric Flair and Arn Anderson. The other advertised matches are very intriguing as Lord Steven Regal battles Eddie Guerrero and Sting faces Diamond Dallas Page. A solid sounding lineup, especially those under card matches. Let’s see how it plays out!

Chris Benoit vs Alex Wright

Wright comes out to a sizable reaction, he definitely was a fan favorite. Benoit jumps him quickly and hits a solid snap suplex and back elbow. Wright tries to come back but takes a beautiful bridging northern lights suplex for a near fall. Benoit throws Wright outside and distracts the referee while Pillman at ringside chokes Alex for a bit. Wright sends Benoit over the top rope and Heenan asks if that’s a DQ? Was that still illegal at this point? Alex hits Chris with a big cross body from the top rope to the outside. Wright sinks in a deep boston crab before transitioning into an STF before Benoit gets out. Pillman trips Wright, but Wright launches himself over the top to drop him. Coming back into the ring, Benoit gets the upper hand with knees to the midsection. Benoit hooks and drops a dragon suplex with a bridge to pick up the pinfall. Fun little match here, lots of fun back and forth action.

Winner: Chris Benoit via pinfall

Lord Steven Regal vs Eddie Guerrero

Great chain wrestling to start this matchup, they go back and forth, trading holds and counters. Eddie counters a double arm suplex with an arm drag before a nearfall exchange is ended when Regal pokes Guerrero’s eyes. Regal takes control with a big European uppercut and several more strikes before hitting a nice reverse suplex, a move that is very underutilized in my opinion. Eddie reverses a pinning attempt for a nearfall before eating a big back elbow from Regal. Regal is in control with strikes and out of nowhere, Eddie drops Regal with a backslide and picks up the shocking win. This was a very fun match, but I would have liked something twice as long.

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

Mean Gene is on the ramp with Sting and Lex Luger. Sting asks Lex about Starrcade why he pulled Sting down before he could get back into the ring, costing Sting a chance at the title. Lex claimed he got hurt and was reaching for help and asked Sting to give him a chance at redemption as a tag team against the Blue Bloods at Clash of the Champions. Sting agrees and it is set.

Sting vs Diamond Dallas Page

DDP gets Sting with the cigar in the eye to start the match and gains the upper hand. Sting counters with a double axe handle, a dropkick that sends DDP out of the ring followed by a cross body over the top rope. Strange spot where Sting goes for a leapfrog and initially it looked like Sting came up too early, but he sold like a low blow. No DQ, but DDP is in control with a belly to back suplex and swinging neckbreaker. DDP grounds Sting with a rear chin lock and plants his feet on the ropes but denies it to referee, Nick Patrick. Sting tries to counter out with a top wrist lock but DDP gets a handful of hair to drag him back down to the mat. Sting fights out with a facebuster and some big strikes before hitting a reverse atomic drop and big dropkick to send DDP into the corner. Sting hits the Stinger Splash but can’t get the Scorpion Death Lock in. DDP hits another neckbreaker and a thumb to the eyes out of a pinfall attempt. Sting counters a kick and locks on the Scorpion Death Lock and DDP taps out. This was another fun match with two great guys in the ring.

Winner: Sting via submission

Ric Flair and Arn Anderson vs Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan

Flair and Hogan start us off, and Hogan gets his hits in, a big boot, some clotheslines and bodyslams to both Flair and Anderson. Arn is tagged in and in comes Savage as well. Anderson tries to suplex Savage out of the ring, but Savage counters it, sending him to the outside with a big boot from Hogan. Savage hits a double axe handle from the top rope to the outside of the ring and one to the inside. Arn tags in Flair who tries to go to the top rope, but Hogan sends him off the top. Hogan and Savage lock on figure 4 leg locks but the Horsemen get out. Anderson sends Savage outside and into the guardrail before feeding him back in to Flair. Flair hits a big belly to back suplex and tags in Anderson. Flair is back in and hits a shin breaker and attempts the figure 4, but Savage rolls him up a couple of times for near falls. Flair comes back with a couple of vicious sounding chops. Savage gets the hot tag to Hogan and he’s in on fire. Back body drops, and clotheslines with a double clothesline to send them both outside. Anderson back and and hits a big spinebuster, but Hogan no sells it, Hulks up, big boot, leg drop, pinfall. Pillman and Benoit come down and fights with the Dungeon of Doom. The Giant comes in and gives chokelsams to both Hogan and Savage. Hogan barely got up in the air for it, looked kinda sad. The show goes off the air after that exchange.

Winner: Hogan and Savage via pinfall

So, we had a pretty fun show here with some good matches. Stories are still being made clear as we work towards Clash of the Champions. It’ll be interesting to see how the next few months play out as we are going to get into some intriguing angles.


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