The 2MB Wrestling Podcast is being re-branded, so Sunday the Top Of The Morning Podcast will be trying its hand at a watchalong live with the 1995 Royal Rumble match! Obviously being most remembered for Shawn Michaels’ epic and controversial victory, what else happened that night? Let’s find out and watch with Top Of The Morning live, Sunday at 9AM EST!
Open: A limousine pulls into the back of the arena and out steps Pamela Anderson. The WWF Superstars are there to meet her with open arms, but she shrugs them off and enters her locker room.
Match #1 for the WWF Intercontinental Championship: ‘Double J’ Jeff Jarrett w/The Roadie vs. WWF Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon
A loud “Razor” chant breaks out, The Bad Guy throws his toothpick in The Roadie’s face at ringside, Double J tries to take the opening to attack from behind, misses with a clothesline and gets decked by big right hands. The champion shoots him to the corner and follows in, Jarrett hops up-and-over, stuns Ramon with a fist, hits the ropes for a crossbody, but gets caught in mid-air for a fallaway slam. Razor plants him with a chokeslam and the challenger rolls outside for a breather, The Roadie tends to Double J and he slowly steps back inside, toweling himself off. Collar & elbow tie-up sees Jarrett score with an arm drag, he struts around, go back in for another tie-up, Double J ducks under into a waistlock and hits another arm drag before strutting again.
They lock back up and the challenger goes to a wristlock, The Bad Guy counters to one of his own, switches to a top wristlock then a hammerlock, Double J reverses to a hammerlock, Ramon counters right back, but gets taken down by a drop toe hold and Jarrett slaps him on the back of the head, backing into the corner and having a good laugh. Another tie-up and Double J gains a side headlock, gets pushed off to the ropes, the champion drills him with a haymaker, clotheslines him to the outside and the challenger takes another little stroll to gather himself before heading back in. Jarrett asks for a test of strength, Razor gets the upper-hand and starts working over the shoulder, wrenching away at the joint, slaps on an armbar and returns the favor with slaps to the back of the head.
He whips Jarrett to the ropes for a right hand, Double J ducks under it, connects with multiple dropkicks, The Bad Guy crawls up to the 2nd rope, the challenger with a seated senton to the back, hits the ropes for a flying clothesline and covers for a count of 2. He sends Ramon hard into the turnbuckles from corner-to-corner, looks for a boot to the breadbasket, the champion blocks it, avoids an enzuigiri attempt and tries an elbow drop, Double J rolling out of harm’s way and gets another 2 count. Jarrett grounds Ramon now with a rear chinlock, The Bad Guy finds his way to a standing position and hits the ropes, the challenger tries a hip toss that’s blocked, Razor looks for one of his own to no avail, but hooks the challenger for a backslide that gets 2.
Jarrett quickly levels him with a clothesline for another 2 count, irish whip to the ropes is reversed, the champion ducks his head for a back body drop, Double J counters with a sunset flip, but it’s blocked and the champion drops down for a near fall. The challenger with a roll-up for his own 2 count off the kick-out, quickly lays Razor out with a dropkick, hooks the leg, but still only finds a count of 2. He whips the champion to the ropes and hops on his back with a sleeper hold, The Bad Guy shoots him off to the ropes and misses with a wild right hand, the challenger slides through the legs, gets sent back to the ropes, Ramon again tries a back body drop, but gets planted by a swinging neckbreaker, Jarrett putting his feet on the ropes for multiple 2 counts.
Irish whip to the corner is reversed, Razor charges in and slides to the outside, sweeps the legs and yanks Jarrett into the ring post to crotch him, steps back into the ring, climbs to the 2nd rope and hits a reverse bulldog for a near fall. The champion calls for a clothesline and builds a head of steam, Double J side-steps him and throws him over the top to the floor, Ramon pulls himself up favoring his leg, Jarrett distracts the official and The Roadie chopblocks The Bad Guy’s knee, the referee putting the count on and reaches 10.
Winner: ‘Double J’ Jeff Jarrett (Count-Out)
- After The Bell: Jarrett grabs a mic and doesn’t want Razor to get away this easily, stating he didn’t come all this way to not walk away with the title. He thinks if the champion accepts that decision then he’s proving he is a coward, The Bad Guy taking the bait and heading back to the ring to restart the match.
Ramon hobbles back into the squared circle and the bell rings to restart it, Double J charges at him and gets driven into the turnbuckles, the champion quickly goes to a schoolboy and gains a near fall. Jarrett pops back up and goes after the injured knee with kicks, picks him up for a slam, The Bad Guy counters with a small package, but still only gets 2. The challenger back up quick and again goes to the bad leg, connects with a kneebreaker, drives the leg down into the canvas numerous times, then sets it on the bottom rope and drives down all of his body weight. Double J goes to the well one-too-many times and the champion kicks him over the top rope, the challenger pulls himself up and goes right back to the leg, dragging it over the apron and ramming it down into the mat.
He slides back inside and hooks on the Figure Four, The Bad Guy hanging on and breaks the hold with big right hands, Double J hits the ropes for shots of his own, but the champion blocks and scores with more fists. He ducks a clothesline and props the challenger on the top turnbuckle, climbs up for a super back suplex, Jarrett turns over in mid-air for a cover, Ramon rolls through into a lateral press and nearly puts it away. The champion flattens Double J with a clothesline, drags himself up and calls for the Razor’s Edge, his leg gives out on him, Jarrett goes to a small package and we have a new champion.
Winner and NEW WWF Intercontinental Champion: ‘Double J’ Jeff Jarrett (Small Package)
- EA’s Take: Great opener, Razor is still white hot and knew how to perfectly use his position to help get rising starts over, such as Jarrett. There was not a lot too this rivalry heading into the night, however this was merely just the beginning with The Bad Guy seeking revenge and his championship heading into WrestleMania, especially given the circumstances of The Roadie playing a part in furthering damaging the left knee. Many fans will recognize The Roadie who was portrayed as a stagehand for Double J as Jarrett’s character was now looking to become a country music singer. The Roadie wouldn’t be sparingly seen in the ring at this time, mainly serving as a heater for the new IC Champ.
Backstage: Stephanie Wiand is standing by awaiting the arrival of Jeff Jarrett and throws it to Todd Pettengill who is with Pamela Anderson in her dressing room. Pamela is surrounding by gifts from the WWF Superstars, Todd wonders where his gift is, but it’s nowhere to be found. We head back to Stephanie who is now joined by the new WWF Intercontinental Champion Jeff Jarrett & The Roadie, Double J claiming this will be the biggest celebration ever tonight, stating he doesn’t have time for an interview because Pamela is waiting for him.
Match #2: Irwin R. Schyster w/’Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase vs. The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer
The Deadman stalks Irwin at the bell and IRS hangs out on the apron until the official creates separation, Paul gives some final instructions, Schyster sneaks in behind Taker and delivers a dropkick. The Phenom absorbs it, Irwin is stunned and quickly rolls outside for a conference with DiBiase, then takes his time sliding back into the squared circle. IRS avoids a right hand, ducks under another and starts getting confident, Undertaker stalks him in the corner, once again Schyster exiting the ring to take a walk. He has some words for Bearer, Taker climbs out behind him, chses Irwin back inside and IRS cuts him off with stomps and right hands.
Irish whip to the ropes is reversed, Schyster ducks under a right hand, The Deadman comes back with a big boot to the chops, then drives him head-first multiple times into the top turnbuckle. He shoots IRS hard back-and-forth from corner-to-corner, grabs him by the tie to lift him to his feet, then tosses Irwin across the ring by it. Undertaker in full control now, grabs a wristlock and scales the corner to the top rope, walks out to the middle and comes off with a clubbing blow to the back, prompting DiBiase to climb up on the apron. The Phenom grabs The MDM, Irwin sneaks up from behind to deliver a punch, Taker side-steps it, DiBiase gets clocked and Undertaker tosses IRS to the outside.
Schyster and DiBiase have a brief little dust-up, The MDM calls out to the back, a couple of druids make their way out to ringside and all seems to be well again with Irwin. The druids surround the ring, one climbs up to the apron, IRS slides in behind Undertaker and charges in, The Deadman cutting him off with a back elbow. He clobbers Irwin with uppercuts, grabs a wristlock and again looks to scale the corner to the top rope, one druid jumps on the apron to distract the referee, DiBiase and the other druid hop up on the other side, shake the ropes and it allows Schyster to drag The Phenom all the way down to the mat. Taker sits back up before Irwin can recover, scores with more uppercuts, Taker sends him to the ropes for a back body drop, IRS counters with a kick, then clotheslines him over the top to the floor. The Phenom lands on his feet and grabs both druids by the neck, Irwin comes off the apron from behind with a double axe, then deposits Taker into the steel steps.
He rolls into the ring and the druids get in some cheap shots, throw Undertaker back in, Schyster puts the boots to him, slaps on an abdominal stretch and uses the ropes for extra leverage. The official finally catches Irwin, Taker powers out with a hip toss, delivers a powerslam, hits the ropes for an elbow drop, but nobody’s home. IRS whips him to the ropes for a back elbow, Undertaker staggers, Schyster goes back to the ropes, flattens him with a clothesline, then drops multiple elbows followed up by a leg drop. The Tax Man goes back to the ropes for a splash that’s off the mark, The Deadman with uppercuts, irish whip to the ropes is reversed, he ducks a shot, both guys come running back out and they collide heads, falling to the mat. DiBiase grabs the ref’s attention and one of the druids enters the ring, drags IRS on top of Undertaker, the official turns around and counts, but only to 2.
The druid hops back up to the apron, The Phenom sits up, gets him by the neck, Irwin hits the ropes and rushes in from behind, Taker side-stepping out of harm’s way. IRS runs himself into the druid to knock him to the floor, Undertaker picks him up for a Tombstone, the druids hop back on the apron only to get kicked back down. The Deadman drops Schyster, The Tax Man goes into the ropes from behind, Taker turns around and gets leveled by The Write-Off. IRS can’t capitalize on it and stumbles to his feet, The Undertaker sits up again, Irwin with kicks, sends him to the ropes for a clothesline that misses wildly, The Phenom delivers a Chokeslam, crosses the arms over the chest and gets the 1-2-3.
Winner: The Undertaker (Chokeslam)
- After The Bell: The druids hit the ring and ambush The Deadman, send him to the ropes for a double clothesline, Taker avoids it with kicks, plants one with a Chokeslam, then floors the other with a clothesline to clear the ring. King Kong Bundy would head out, step into the ring and go eye-to-eye with The Phenom, IRS attacks Bearer of the outside, swiping the urn in the process. Undertaker would turn his attention to Irwin, Bundy takes the opening to ambush him, sends him to the ropes and squashes The Deadman with the Avalanche. The Walking Condominium hits the ropes for an elbow drop, follows with multiple splashes, leaving The Phenom laying.
- EA’s Take: Solid bout, nothing really spectacular. First time I can recall The Undertaker winning a match with something other than a Tombstone for what that’s worth. After he disposed of Yokozuna at Survivor Series, Undertaker’s rivalry with DiBiase was revisited as The Million Dollar Man was now leading a stable of Superstars with his Million Dollar Corporation. In my opinion, it was hard to take IRS as a legit threat to defeat Undertaker, so the use of the druids were used to help suspend that disbelief as DiBiase portrayed them as a couple of Taker’s druids that he had paid off. Ultimately, the identity of them would never be revealed and it was a short-lived angle. This was all really leading to a Bundy/Taker match at WrestleMania, sticking to the formula of giving The Deadman “monster” challenges.
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Chairshot Classics: WCW Beach Blast ’93 – A Day At The Beach, A Night For Revenge
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 Take: It’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 Take: Fans 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 Take: A 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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Chairshot Classics: WWF King Of The Ring 1994
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 Take: This 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 Take: Ho-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 Take: Another 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)
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.